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Sitting Down

After a couple of days of cool it is hot again.  Definitely sitting down weather rather then gardening. Reflection: Mark 9:35 NIV "Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”


I have cleared the path through the agapanthus patch which has now become a fishbone fern patch. Reflection: Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV) "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


I have been mowing the grass and cutting back the greenery so the neighbours who use this path don't have to fight through a jungle.  It's been a bit hard to get out to the garden lately, it swings between too hot to too wet. Reflection: Psalm 11:7 New International Version (NIV) "For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face."


I am feeling pleased with myself because this weekend I managed to sweep all of the paths. It has been very hot lately but the last couple of days cooled down enough for me to get out there and do it. Reflection: Proverbs 2:12-15 New International Version (NIV) "Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.


Thinking about stars because of today's scripture verse.  It is not a picture of stars because I am not good at night shots even though there are always plenty of stars to be seen in our night sky as we don't have the light pollution of the big city. Reflection: Psalm 8:3-4 New International Version (NIV) "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?"


We have lots of visitors at our house yesterday - lunch for our city church members attending the annual Summer School up at Katoomba. Today it is peaceful here again and this visitor came to our garden.  A brown cuckoo dove. Reflection: Psalm 7:17 New International Version (NIV) "I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High."


These lilies are doing so well. I guess because their feet are in the pond so they are never starved for water -- unlike other parts of my garden. Lilies always bring to my mind the scripture verse from Matthew 6 "consider the lilies of the field" the version from The Message gives a modern take on this passage. Reflection: Matthew 6:30-33 The Message (MSG) “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Making friends

I have decided to make a friend of the ivy.  Small plants have established in parts of the garden, where not much else will grow.  So instead of weeding it out, I will let it grow and make a ground cover.  It is not too much trouble to clear it from the tree trunks once a year and clip it back where it has become too vigorous. There is a big pine tree up at the Everglades where the ivy ground cover below looks really good. Reflection: Matthew 5:23-24 The Message “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God."

Summer Roses

I continue to have little success with Roses in my mountain garden but this one is doing OK. Still quite damp around here this week. Reflection: Psalm 4:8 New International Version (NIV) "In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Fresh picked

Zucchini and cucumber fresh picked from our garden.  They are about the only veges I have any success growing. Reflection: Genesis 8:22 New International Version (NIV) “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Summer Blue

I love the blue summer flowers that mark the passage of this season in the garden.  We have been having quite a run of hot weather but are now back to mountain misty rainy days and cooler nights. Reflection:  Psalm 3:5 New International Version (NIV) "I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me."

One last day

Yesterday I turned on the Christmas lights for one last evening of sparkles before packing them all up this morning. Reflection: Matthew 2:11New International Version (NIV) "On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh."

New Year 2017

Happy New Year  too all of my friends. This year I am going to try to post more often and that means most likely posting regularly the toils and delights of the garden at Burnbrae.  I have missed the joy of photography and it is time I got back to it. At this time of year the agapanthus explodes everywhere around the garden like a burst of New Year's fireworks. Reflection: Genesis 2:15 New International Version (NIV) "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."