Sunday, February 17, 2019

Weekend Words

The Duck.

Standing at my kitchen sink looking out the window at the cattle on
the hill and the sun sparkling on the flowing creek, I am watching a
little duck on the creek paddling upstream against the flow, and
thinking that's what life feels like sometimes.

The impression I get from this little duck is not that he is
paddling fast, hard and furious, but that he is enjoying the journey
even though he is going against the tide. He appears to be looking
around (despite the fact that under the water his little feet are
probably going 'ten to the dozen'). He's not making for a straight
line, but crossing from one side of the creek to the other....perhaps
he knows the path of least resistance? 

It got me to thinking about our Christian walk. Life takes us on
detours sometimes (some good, some bad) - we can feel like we are paddling upstream and not getting very far. Sometimes we are knocked back by the fast flowing current of life and have to take a
little rest in a sheltered spot near the bank to regain our the little duck does.

But we need to remember there is joy in the journey even amongst the
trials, and we should take a lesson from that little duck and look
around at the beauty that surrounds us despite the problems we may be
in the midst of. Take a little rest on the bank if we need to, but
don't forget to get back in the creek. We know that we aren't
paddling alone (Jesus is with us!) and that the destination (heaven)
will be worth all the trials we may have had to endure here on

Even in the hard times, there are blessings to be found if we
look for them!

(Lynda Helen Kay - 2008)

FYI - the poems and prose I post for my Weekend Words over the next few weeks were written when I was married to The Farmer, and lived (and worked) on the farm.  I am no writer, so all credit for the ability to write them goes to God, although maybe He'd rather not be credited with the results :))

Friday, February 15, 2019

Days of jam and bread

Made up a batch of greengage plum jam...
still more plums from my tree in the freezer waiting to be 'jammed'

it's delicious!

Then I took a coffee break and browsed my stash of Grass Roots magazines...

Baked a banana, date and walnut loaf...

Here's the basic recipe...

...which (of course)...I changed :)

Didn't have any self-raising wholemeal flour, so used a cup of white self-raising flour, 1/3 cup buckwheat flour, 1/3 cup spelt flour, 1/3 cup almond meal (to make it up to the 2 cups).

Instead of a teaspoon of cinnamon, I added a combination of cinnamon, mixed spice, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves (go easy with the cloves and nutmeg as the flavours are quite strong).

I added some chopped walnuts and chopped dates.  I soaked the dates in the milk to soften a bit while I was preparing the other ingredients.

And before putting in the oven I sprinkled the top of the loaf with some brown sugar and cinnamon.

Easy Peasy!


Picked up these potted plants from a country roadside/farm gate stall yesterday..
 two English lavender, one jasmine and one sage

Reading Homespun (from my bookshelf)…
just finishing off the edging and sewing in a few ends on my 'green granny'

And picked up these ones from the library...
all true stories relating to WW2 experiences

Loving these busy days, the cooler weather, and no (literal) headaches!!


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Weekend Words

Morning Stillness.

Early morning stillness.
Autumn smoke hangs in the air
From farmhouse chimneys as households stir.
The sound of birds calling overhead,
And in the distance a rooster crows.
A dog barks,
As cows in milking sheds are urged to move on through.
The stillness.
The quietness.
The sun breaks the horizon.
The first stirrings of the breeze,
And the moment is broken.
The day and life move on,
As stillness gives way to activity.
And that first peaceful newness of the day is gone.

(Lynda Helen Kay 2009)

Moon and Cow - Alex Colville

Saturday, February 9, 2019

February Yarn Along

Linking in to Yarn Along

Still sewing together my 56 green grannies...

Finished these two baby blankets for charity...
 to go to a special care nursery in Victoria

Also finished reading the Trapp Family Singers book and now reading this one by the eldest von Trapp daughter Agathe...
both books true stories and very interesting and informative about life in another time and place

Also watched Leave No Trace DVD...
Refreshingly different.  I like different!  And I liked this movie...

On another note...

I had a birthday on Tuesday, so another year older, but thankfully, not deeper in debt :)
 received cards and handmade goodies from family and friends, as well as phone calls, txt messages, video calls...

This came in the mail all the way from Charlevoix Pure Laine in Quebec City (via Connecticut)!  Beautiful natural knitting yarn and a warm woolly poncho (which I love)…
thanks my 'Connecticut family' :))

And what birthday would be complete without a new book: Tea and Threads...
a beautiful book... from me to me

And also arrived in the mail this Blurb book Natasha put together of their family trip to Vietnam in 2014...
underneath is one she did of their trip to Stanley (when I was living there) in 2011

And if that wasn't enough, when I got home from taking my car in for its annual service to Launceston on Monday, the workers were here...

Turning the ugly, messy, decommissioned, garden strip down my driveway from this...

To this (the cement was still wet in the photo but has now dried to blend in more)...
thanks Marnie and Phil...a very welcome and practical birthday gift!

Are you exhausted yet?  I am!!  So here's your calming nature pic...

We are having some lovely summer rain, so this morning it was a walk with my umbrella...

And that's more than enough from me...

Coffee time!


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Weekend Words

From the sublime, to the (maybe not so) ridiculous??

The 23rd Channel

The TV is my shepherd, I shall want.
It makes me lie down on the sofa.
It leads me away from the Scriptures.
It destroys my soul.
It leads me in the path of sex and violence, for the sponsor's sake.
Yea, though I walk in the shadow of my Christian responsibilities.
There will be no interruption, For the TV is with me.
It's cable and remote, they control me.
It prepares a commercial before me In the presence of worldliness;
It anoints my head with Humanism, My coveting runneth over.
Surely laziness and ignorance shall Follow me all days of my life:
And I shall dwell in the house watching TV forever.

Author Unknown

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thursday - in words and pictures

Been down and out again this week with a full blown migraine (Monday and Tuesday).  After 12 trips (I counted!) to the bathroom to be sick during Monday night, I needed Tuesday to rest and recover.  Finally today I'm feeling 'alive' again, and actually got out and did some gardening.  We had rain overnight (but not enough to make a difference to the bushfires still raging in the central and southern areas of the state), so I got out and put in some time in the garden.  It's so much cooler here today (17'C) with lovely cold (from Antarctica!) south-westerly winds, which my head loves. It's the north-easterly winds that give me trouble, and low air pressure!

But today...all is well, and that is more than enough words from me, so here's your pics...

The granny squares have all been edged in green...
 I've just laid them out randomly to take the photo, but will tweak them a bit before I sew them together.

But because I dislike the sewing up bit, I'm procrastinating, and crocheted this baby blanket instead...
 Just finishing the edging. I hope to get a couple more done (they only need to be 60cm squares), then they will go to one of the nominated February charities for K4C. This time a special care nursery in Victoria. 

Finally finished the book about the Trapp Family I was reading, and really enjoyed it.  So interesting to read about their life in Austria and then their move to America. Now reading this Corrie ten Boom book...
It's from the church library and as I've had it here for awhile, I want to get it read and returned.  It's only a small book (so won't take me long), and I did read it many years ago, but it makes a nice re-read.

Here's a recipe for you, which I made yesterday.  Not only made, but 'made up' as I went along...
tomato, lentil and veg base

Here's what I did...

Fried some chopped onion, capsicum, garlic and grated ginger in a little olive oil.  Added the tomatoes.  I had a lot in the freezer from previous years garden produce, so I thawed (and drained off some of the water), then blended.  I also added some flavourings (curry, nutmeg, sugar, mixed herbs, salt, pepper, and some of my friend Debbie's Kasoundi - India paste mix), but you could add whatever you liked, and fresh herbs would be nice too (parsley, coriander) but I didn't have any.

I then added cooked lentils and some cooked sweet potato and peas.  I had it with my fish (trevalla) yesterday, and today I'm going to add some green beans (from the garden) and broccoli, and maybe some bacon.  It's a good base to make a batch of and freeze in containers for future use, adding meat, fish, chicken or more pulses/vegetables.  

So versatile!  



Sunday, January 27, 2019

Weekend Words

Psalm 23 from a Japanese Translation - by Taki Miyashina

The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush,
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind,
And His guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret for His presence is here.
His timelessness, His all importance will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity.
By anointing my mind with His oils of tranquility;
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours.
For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord and dwell in His house forever.