Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In a word

If I had to describe our summer in a would be windy!!

Usually spring is our windy time of year, but this year it has continued to be windy right on through summer :((

Roll on autumn!!!

It is usually calm when I go for my walk around 7am, but by 9am the wind has picked up again and doesn't stop till around 7 at night.

So here are a couple of photos from my 'calm' morning walk...

And for Yarn Along

Still reading The Sunlit Night and still knitting my jumper...

Also dipping into the following from the church library:
How to Hug a Heart - Tamyra Horst
Ordinary People Faithful God - (edited and compiled) by Nathan Brown
And for travel and patchwork inspiration, watching:
Northern Exposure and How to Make an American Quilt

An update on my goals for 2017:

*As regards the has been purchased!
now I just need to learn to play it!!
*And my 'read through the bible in alphabetical order' is coming along:
Acts, Amos, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles...
*I've planned my first patchwork project!
*As regards travel...I haven't actually gone anywhere...except in my dreams!  And in my current book...all the way to Norway :))

Read this in my a Year's Journey with God devotional book this morning:

"Don't try and live a holy life for that will crush you by its immensity; rather think of a series of holy moments, each one lived for God - then one day you will realise that you have lived a holy life without effort.  Concentrate on Jesus rather than on  your own efforts because it is His job to sanctify us." (Alexander Lindsay Glegg)

Have a good day!

  I'm off to the dentist :(((((((


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dreaming of a place far away...

Great Yarn Along weather today!  Rain...rain and more rain!  Sorely needed, and enabling me to stay inside and not feel guilty about the jungle that is my garden.

So I am enjoying some reading, knitting and cooking...


Picked up The Sunlit Night this morning from the library and have had my nose in it since.  Think I'm going to like it...

Particulary liked this...  "What does it matter if you do what you love, if what you love doesn't matter?" (p12)

And this (regarding Norway, where she was headed)...  "It promised to be solitary and terribly far away. eighteen-hour train ride that started in Oslo and connected to a four hour ferry trip across a major fjord.  .... Leaving the colony was possible only when the fjord proved crossable, on select and unforeseeable days." (p22)

Now that is my idea of a great place to live :))

Knitting   Still working on my classic jumper in my Willabaa wool nice to knit with!

Picked up The Seal Wife and A Song for Summer for 50 cents each at the op shop. My (part-time) Paris Life is a new one from Book Depository...
 next in line on my 'to read' list
What draws you to a book?  For me it is mostly the setting. The above mentioned books are set in Norway, Alaska, Austria and Paris.  If I can't go there (yet) I can at least read about it!
I love books about cool climate, sparsely populated places.  I think that is partly why I read Scandi crime books, not because I like crime books...but because I like the settings.  And it seems to be that most of the settings I like are in crime fiction!! 

Cooking    Cottage Cheese Rolls...

Here's the recipe:

3 beaten eggs
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1 small chopped onion
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Combine all together.  Place on puff pastry sheets ( I cut the sheets in half then place mixture on sheets and roll up, then cut each roll into 4 or 5 pieces), brush tops with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Prick tops with a fork (to allow steam to escape) and bake on trays in 200'C oven for 20 minutes or until pastry is cooked and slightly browned. 
Notes:  I also add some tomato relish and fresh herbs (parsley, coriander, thyme, rosemary, mint) to the mix, and I used normal rolled oats as I didn't have any of the quick cooking variety.

these are some I made last week

And here's the wet garden as I wait for it to stop raining so I can gather some fresh herbs...

And last night's full moon...

Rain has stopped...making a dash outside to pick my herbs for the cottage cheese rolls, and some beans and silverbeet for tea tonight...
can't get much fresher than that

Rain is starting again.  Time for a cup of tea and my nose in the book...oh...and maybe a piece of the banana, date and walnut cake I made yesterday...

Bon appetit!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sunday Snippets

I received this email today from Timeline Ministries and thought I would share it with you...

Topping up your oil &trimming your wick!

David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

As David returned to his home in Ziklag he discovered his enemies, the Amalekites, had destroyed or stolen everything which was important to him. David stands alone, stripped and confused, in total despair, on the verge of being stoned by his men.

God fully intended a crisis be allowed in David's life that would take him into the more. For sixteen months, David had lived with the Philistines, leaning heavily on King Achish. God wanted to give David the kingdom; he was about to settle for Ziklag. God would not permit David to settle down in a place that depended on the flesh for survival. Could it be that David had grown tired of the struggle, weary of so many battles, so many hardships? Was he thinking he had earned the right to an easier lifestyle?

As David sat among the ruins of Ziklag he had a choice: he could allow grief, depression and bitterness to conquer him; Or he could fight back. David had no one to encourage or strengthen him, so he "strengthened himself in the Lord his God". But how did he do this? Consider the Psalms written by David during troublesome times.

In Psalm 34:1-4 David declared, "His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Praising God is part of the path to encouragement. When praise is in your mouth, there can be no grumbling, no complaining and no negative speaking or thoughts. Praise is the language of faith. If you want to strengthen your faith, begin to praise God. David also declared: "Oh, magnify the Lord with me." "Magnify" means "to enlarge or make bigger in perspective." When we magnify a small object, we change our perception of it. We cannot make God any bigger than He already is but you can magnify your perspective of Him. Magnify the Lord! Speak of His greatness, His power, His might. Talk about how big and powerful God is. "When you make God bigger, you make your trouble smaller." It's simple but true.

To strengthen himself in the Lord, David had to let go of all earthly trusts and rest completely in the strength and provision of His God, for it is not by might nor by power but my Spirit says the Lord. Zec 4:6 God permits the hard times so that we might cast ourselves wholly on Himself and to walk by His Word. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30

We live in times where every day the news gets worse, a little more ominous, a little darker but no matter how dark and hopeless this world becomes and how deep our personal challenges are, God's people are to strengthen [encourage] themselves in the Lord and rest on His great and precious promises. Maranatha


I fellowshipped at the Mennonite Church this morning.  Always a time of heavenly singing and uplifting and encouraging Bible teaching.  They are having their annual conference next month.  Below is the program.  Maybe I'll see you there :)

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Very hot and windy here today.  I am holed up inside with the aircon on.
I hope you are enjoying your day!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

And so endeth (almost) another week...

A busy week, so I'm late with my Yarn Along link up....

Still knitting bright beanies for charity, and dug out this lovely soft wool that I've had for years, from a family woollen mill in Victoria, that no longer operates.   Knitting this classic jumper, one of which I made myself years ago, but waylaid somewhere in all my moves.  I really loved that jumper, so why not knit another one!!  It was in Willabaa yarn too...

And my friend Debbie in India sent me a parcel, and a challenge, to crochet a 'mood blanket'...
 lots of bright coloured yarn (and a rice bag to put it in)

Still working on my hexi flowers from a fabric swap with a group of ladies how many years ago??
think I might join them into some sort of carry/knitting bag

Finished reading Candle in the Darkness.  Enjoyed the historical content on the American Civil War and abolition of slavery...

In the process of finishing Blue Christmas (interesting, but a bit repetitive)

Still forming an opinion on Quicksand

And picked up this Reader's Digest (which I don't usually buy) as there looked to be some interesting articles in it

The year of using up and finishing off :))

Regarding bible reading...

I have my quiet time in bed with my early morning cup of tea, before the daily busyness starts.  I have been using the Our Daily Bread for years, but also like to add one or two other devotional reads.  Last year it was Grace Notes - Philip Yancey, but as I started it part way through the year, I am continuing with it this year.  I do like his writings...

Also this year, as well as Our Daily Bread, I am using Seeds of the Kingdom and a Year's Journey with God (both of which I have used in previous years)...

And in my plan to read through the Bible alphabetically, I am using the Holman Christian Standard Bible  (my usual preference is NKJV) for a change.  I'm on track with my reading:

1. Acts
2. Amos
3. 1 Chronicles
Had some recipes to share with you too, but that will have to wait till another post.
Will leave you with this poem I read Jan 2nd in a Year's Journey with God:
Lord, I surrender all my gifts, to take into this year,
That I may use them in your will, to bring the Saviour near.
The gifts you give are not my own - they're yours to take away,
Or let remain, if you should choose, to use for you each day.
And so my gifts I dedicate that I may serve you here.
May all the glory go to you - my King, my Saviour dear.
(Ann Clifton)
Onwards and upwards....  :))

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Last Post...

...for 2016!

New Years Eve here!

Just a quick post before tea (that leg of lamb smells good!)...

Recipes:  made this Banana Bread recently, due to the ever present problem of over-ripe bananas (I don't like to eat them once they get black on the skin!)...

Here's the recipe which was on the sultana box...

And here's what I did to it:  used dates instead of sultanas; substituted about 1/4 cup of the flour with almond meal; added a dash of cardamom, allspice and ginger; sprinkled some cinnamon/sugar on the top before baking.  It was pretty good, especially warm with butter!!

A few goals for 2017:
  • Read through the books of the Bible in alpabetical order (Acts to Zephaniah).  Already started and am half way through Acts.
  • Buy an electric piano/keyboard and learn to play (have been putting this off for how many years??  The time is now!)
  • Do some patchwork/quilting...I've missed it...
  • Travel....  to places near and far..

I'm sure I'll think of more.

Will finish the year with this...
no explanation necessary

I hope 2017 is all you wish for...and then some...
See you next year :))

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

After the rain

After a day of rain yesterday there was plenty of green on my walk early this morning...

 this is my favourite section of the walk

 the green, green grass of home

The waterbirds were out in force...

Then, later this morning, as I was feeling in need of a little retail therapy, I walked down to the Salvation Army op shop to pick up a few bargains...

A pretty summer skirt (which was half price), a ball of variegated yarn (minus the band), and 2 little old ink bottles (just because)...
 a grand total of $5.65

Which leads me on to Yarn Along...

I've been knitting more children's beanies for Ronald McDonald House.  They wanted cheerful colours.  What do you think...will these do?  As I use one strand of variegated and one of plain, I thought the yarn from the op shop would prove useful.

Still reading Candle in the Darkness from last week.  I'm enjoying it, and  despite the fact that it is partly a romance and I don't like romance novels, I am finding the interwoven facts of the antislavery movement and the 1861-1865 Civil War very interesting.

Also working my way through Quicksand which consists of vignettes of Mankell's thoughts and life.

Will leave you with this quote from Mankell...

"I am myself and no one else.  I am me."

I like the thought that I am unique, which, some might say, is just as well...

Sunday, December 25, 2016

T'was the day after Christmas....

...and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring...

Not even me!

After a big day yesterday it's been all quiet on the home front.  I did go for my river walk this morning, then did an hour in the garden before it started to rain.  It's been much cooler today, although the sun is out again now and it is starting to warm up.

Thought you might like to see some photos from the Christmas Day Lunch yesterday.  They had 80 booked in, but I think they ended up with around 70 turning up...
 some of the guests

The young folk from the Mennonite Church came to sing...
they sang 3 Christmas hymns, concluding with Silent Night

Marnie, Denver and I went for a walk around the river after our tea last night...

Remember this photo of the swan family I posted a few months ago...
mother and 6 babies

They now look like this... 

I think the one on the left is the adult, but you can hardly tell them apart now, except that the young ones are slightly grey still.

And for some reason they like to spend long periods of time floating around with one leg stuck up in the air...then they change legs...
does anyone know why?

Boxing Day blessings from me!