These photos are actually from a few weeks ago when our church joined with some others in the area for Church in the Bus Shed. Some folk from Wesley Vale near Devonport own a bus company, and each year around this time we join with a few other of the Uniting Church congregations for a morning tea/service/lunch. We travelled there and back in one of the air conditioned buses, and had a lovely day of fellowship...
(enjoying morning tea in the a-joining shed on arrival)
The platform/stage was on the back of the flat tray truck you can see in the distance...
(finding a seat for the service...we ended up with over 100 people there)
There is still much smoke around and fires are still burning in the area. An unprecedented 4 day total fire ban has been declared for the whole of the state (as in you are not allowed to light any type of fire for any reason). Some pics from my morning walk...
(the sun at 7am yesterday morning)
(a close up...it looked like a red moon!)
(the river over the slipway is very low)
(The Makings of a Mess! I tend to spread myself out a bit when I work!!)
It's in the oven now and starting to smell delicious (and I will probably get 3 meals out of it!)...
(rack of lamb cutlets; marinade in red wine and olive oil; with garlic, red onion, rosemary and thyme; salt and pepper)
(and the vegies - potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnip, swedes, red onions, capsicum, beetroot - tossed in olive oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper and cardamom)
Wanted to leave you with this quote I read this morning in my devotional book...
One of the hardest things in our secret prayer life is to accept with joy and not with grief the answers to our deepest prayers. At least I have found it so. It was a long time before I discovered that whatever came was the answer. I had expected something so different that I did not recognize it when it came.
And He doesn't explain. He trusts us not to be offended; that's all.
(Amy Carmichael - 1867-1951)
Enjoy your day...keep safe...and be happy!!!