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We put some water plants into the small pond to dress it up a little.  There are also some invisible fish in the pond.  Given the high death toll of our fish, we assume from being eaten by birds, we got the bright idea of buying fish that the birds won't see ... but nor do we so it seems rather pointless having them. Reflection: Romans 1:20 New International Version (NIV) "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."


The summer holiday is over and I am back at work today7:00 so the frequency of posts will likely drop back again soon, but I am keen to keep up my garden progress. I was really happy that the peace lily on the front verandah decided to flower again this year. Peace, that is a good subject to reflect on as the busyness resumes. Reflection: John 14:27New International Version (NIV) "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."


I found this guy munching the lime leaves.  I wonder what type of butterfly it turns into. Reflection: Philippians 3:20-21 New International Version (NIV) "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Fruiting 2 of 2

A very old tree down the back has fruit on it this year.  Just these two.  They have an odd shape, what type of fruit are they? Reflection: Galatians 5:22-23New International Version (NIV) "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Fruiting 1 of 2

It's the fruiting season too.  These are not edible but I like the red berries on this viburnum. Reflection: Luke 6:44-45 New International Version (NIV) "Each tree is recognised by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."

Colour of Summer 2 of 2

The hydrangeas are flowering too. Blue is certainly the colour of summer in this garden. Reflection: Psalm 74:17New International Version (NIV) "It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.

Colour of summer 1 of 2

Agapanthus are in flower all over the garden at the moment. Reflection: Genesis 8:21-22 New International Version (NIV) The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”


It might not look great to you but let me assure you it is a great sight better than it was. Weeding   With a clip, then a tug tangling vines snake through the long grass winding into a pile of discards. Blackberry clasps grasping anything to take hold and not give way Fighting its release to the end. A dig of the fork and hard soil breaks so grass and buttercups relax and respond to a pull. Lavender and daises now sway free in the warm summer breeze. Reflection: Proverbs 24:30-32 New International Version (NIV) "I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw."


For some reason I thought flat leaved parsley would be harder to grow than the curly leafed variety.  Wrong! Reflection: Philippians 4:6-7New International Version (NIV) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."


When we first came back from holidays there were some small zucchini on those burgeoning plants.  I picked some and left others to grow a little longer.  Just a few days later I found that had not only grown longer but much fatter!!  There were plenty of cherry tomatoes to pick too. Sounds of Summer Balmy warm on the verandah chopping a surfeit of white zucchini. Pond burbles, birds whistle, quick rustle of a skink in the grass. Inside muffles Jacqui vacuuming away the aftermath of our big party. Over the road council workers mowing, snipping and blowing leaves drowns the soft pock pock of aged tennis players volleying. Reflection: Psalm 65:9-13New International Version (NIV) "You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and

Vege patch

We came back from our Christmas holiday and found the vege patch had gone mad.  There has been quite a lot of rain of late as well as warmth and the garden is lapping it up. Exhausted I've been gardening today lifting rocks and pulling weeds. I saw white butterflies as play. A blackbird walking in the grass and tiny birds tweeting high in the trees. Over the fence flash of blue bower bird and then his strange call. Under the rocks were spiders, worms, snails slugs, millepedes, lizards, slaters, beetles and other creepy crawlies. Right now I feel as if I would like to crawl under a rock and sleep. Reflection: Matthew 11:28 New International Version (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Clip Clip

Making green mounds, neat like new cut hair. Lopping the tall bits watching them fall Then like an apprentice swept the floor. I have been clipping Azalea Walk. It is not yet smooth mounds of manicured perfection like in the Chinese or Japanese gardens.  But perhaps one day. Reflection: 2 Corinthians 3:18Living Bible (TLB) "And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.


When this little fellow started on the high branch I thought it was a female satin bower bird because of the olive colouring and specked breast.  Then when he/she reached the edge of the pool I realised it was too small.  Was I seeing a baby bower bird I wondered? Blue Eyes (part 2) A little bird follows down down down jumping Into the water flipping and flapping, washing.   A tiny bowerbird? the beady black eye says no. So what is this bird?  I thought perhaps a regent bowerbird but Birds in Backyard says "The dark patch on the head of the female and immature, and the scalloped pattern of the breast, help to distinguish them from the female or juvenile Figbird, Sphecotheres viridis. The Regent Bowerbird is slightly smaller and more slender than the Satin Bowerbird, Ptilonorhyncus violaceus, which has a blue eye." No blue eye, no dark patch on the head.  So methinks perhaps a Figbird but it isn't right either.  This lead me to the Catbi

Cautious steps

Here another infrequent visitor to our garden that I have been keen to catch in my camera frame for quite some time. Blue Eyes  From magnolia canopy a jewel bright eye looking then branch to branch blue-black bower bird hopping to the edge of the pond bending and sipping drinking. Using the same path a brown cuckoo dove resting on a high branch then lower and lower edging to the cool pool, cool blue eyes watching. Reflection: Psalm 37:23-24New International Version (NIV)  "The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand."


During the summer we often sit out on the verandah having morning and afternoon tea, recovering from a stint of hard work in the garden, sweeping floors or cleaning windows. I was thrilled to capture the male satin bowerbird. Sun glossed his inky blue feathers and rippled as he changed pose. A slow turn flashed sapphire blue eyes piercing and enchanting. Majestic masculinity. Reflection: Jude 1:25New International Version (NIV) "to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!"

Everything is ready

Happy New Year.  Summer is in full swing and we have been busily spring cleaning the house and garden. It is all ready for our City Church visiting for lunch tomorrow. I have great plans for the garden this year (as I resolve to do at this time every year) I am going to strive to transform it from a "wild" garden to a "parklike" garden.  Let's see how we go. There has been a lot going on so I will probably post every day for a while. Reflection: John 14:2-3 Living Bible (TLB)  "There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am. If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly."