Coming Up Roses


Aren’t they beautiful?
I got them at church a couple of weeks ago, and they were just the sort of cheeriness I needed! I don’t usually like pink and orange together, but these just looked right.
Here’s a close up.



Here’s another couple of photos taken later in the week, when the roses had opened out more.



I’ve been meaning to write for a while, but haven’t had anything much to say… I’ve just finished an assignment, though, so I’m feeling good! Most of this last week I’ve had more energy and less pain than has been the case for a while – I’ve done a bit of walking and other exercise, and I even did both a load of washing and folded it with no major problems! I’m off to a healing meeting at church tomorrow night, so feeling hopeful about that…
Still, my life has a lot of roses, even if the thorns can crop up unexpectedly.

One of the nice parts of the week was going out for a coffee.


Citrus cakes – dairy free and gluten free. Yum!

Here’s to the flowers, sunny days, and opportunities to grow and bloom. 🙂


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And Then The World Changed…

An Easter Carol
(Christina Rossetti)

Spring bursts to-day,
For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play.

Flash forth, thou Sun,
The rain is over and gone, its work is done.

Winter is past,
Sweet Spring is come at last, is come at last.

Bud, Fig and Vine,
Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and oil and wine.

Break forth this morn
In roses, thou but yesterday a Thorn.

Uplift thy head,
O pure white Lily through the Winter dead.

Beside your dams
Leap and rejoice, you merry-making Lambs.

All Herds and Flocks
Rejoice, all Beasts of thickets and of rocks.

Sing, Creatures, sing,
Angels and Men and Birds and everything.

All notes of Doves
Fill all our world: this is the time of loves.

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The Big Picture



Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Can you make a lintel?
Can you make a door?

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Can you make a universe
Where there was none before?

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Living in the midst of us,
A working man and poor,

How shall we esteem you,
Holy, humble carpenter?
By the universe you made –
And also by the door.

Elizabeth Rooney

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Waiting In The Silence


“Surely this man was the Son of God!” –
(Mark 15:39)

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I’ve just got internet back after two weeks, with nearly a week without TV, as well. We lost signals after some storms here (no landline either), and it’s taken this long to fix. On the one hand, I’ve had more time to catch up on non-internet stuff, which is nice… that’s mixed with a bit of stress over not being able to finish assessments – I can only get so far with them before needing my online resources.
One of the effects of this much time offline (apart from lots of reading! 🙂 ) is having to wade through all the accumulated emails…
I seem to have had a preponderance of posts/articles/devotionals on freedom, Wild Faith, and a bit about pain and suffering.
Something to think about…

Published in: on April 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Vision For The Night

I should be asleep…
I’ve been trying to find a version of this hymn that I like – there’s many to choose from. It was one of my favourites when I was little, and I still love it!
“Be Thou My Vision” is from an original Irish text, 6th century, or possibly 8th century… here’s a version by Maire Brennan (Enya’s older sister), sung in (modern) Irish –

It was translated by Eleanor Hull in 1912 – this is the closest version to the one I remember singing (I remember the first line of the third verse as “Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight…” and the last verse as “High King of Heaven, O Heaven’s bright Sun, Grant me its joys after victory is won…”)

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Here’s a more modern version, by Audrey Assad –

Published in: on March 29, 2017 at 12:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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Counting The Blessings


I’m just in that comfortable space between finishing outstanding assessments and the release of my next subjects – a feeling of freedom and ease.
…of course, I sent off the last assessment past midnight last night, so it may just be tiredness! 🙂

I’ve been reading this book – I saw it in a catalogue and found it at the library. It was hard to get into at first – the language is a bit “flowery” – and I’m still not totally sold, but I’ve persevered. It’s basically about recognising and counting God’s gifts in each day, even in the midst of pain and grief, everyday sameness and boredom – the minutiae of life.

There’s always a gift in each day. It can take time and effort to “catch” them, but it changes us when we accept and name them… even if it feels like betraying the grief sometimes.

I’m thankful for the gift of my life today. For little yellow butterflies dancing around each other in the garden, and for old TV shows I can share with my Sweet Bean and have a giggle over together.
And I’m thankful for a break in the study time and the chance for a cup of coffee and music this morning. 🙂

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Present The Pieces…

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Wrapping Up The Week

Ever have one of those weeks that veer between “I feel the world is out of control and can I just punch something/one?” and “All is right with the world – I shall now randomly sing”? I’ve sort of had a week like that…
First – here’s a heart I found in the car park at the markets I went to yesterday.



It’s the first time I’ve made it to the Rocklea Markets for months now. We brought back pastries for breakfast – we had to get back in time to get to a book sale…


Rhubarb crumble brioche, and sour cherry and coconut. Yum!

This week I’ve been trying to finish an assessment – everything I searched for, every book I read, I just couldn’t find the answers I was looking for. I think I’ve finally figured it out, but I felt hopeless for most of the week…
Also this week – Hubby went for a job – his first interview for around five years. It didn’t go well, but because of a good phone interview the week before, he’ll be in the second intake of trainees. It’s commission only, but the best offer we’ve had for years…
The world goes on, and in our little corner it may all change soon!
We went out for coffee to celebrate 🙂


There’ll apparently be travel involved 😉


A very chocolatey brownie and a pineapple/coconut muffin with lime infused icing…


I love my coffee! 🙂

What will the coming week bring?

Published in: on February 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Back To The Everyday

We’re back from holiday – actually, we’ve been back since last Wednesday, but various things have prevented me from posting…
School’s back, and we’re settling in to everyday life again.

We went to Caloundra for ten days – it’s quiet (and a lot cheaper) when the schools go back. We were quite close to the beach – here’s the view from our verandah –


Here’s the view inside the unit –



(The bedding is ours)
The place was nice – there were some little issues, but the view was gorgeous, the location was good, and we really enjoyed that sofa!
Every breakfast time was spent looking at the sea. There were some huge mugs to set the mood…



…Biggest Boy colour coded his breakfast.

Healthwise I had some days where I couldn’t leave the unit, but by the time my birthday came around I was coping, and we went to Maleny for the day. By the time our ten days was nearly over I was able to go down and walk along the beach, and I’ve been feeling quite energetic since we got back!
I treated myself to a haircut for my birthday, so it’s quite short now. Takes some getting used to! I spent most evenings on the verandah, listening to music and the sea. I was also able to watch the sunrise on one of the mornings –


So calming, and so easy to spend time in prayer.
We had time to recharge, but it was great to come home – ready for a fresh year…

I was given some roses at church yesterday, for my birthday – here they are!


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