A Bit Of Fun…

…to brighten your day! 😀

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Published in: on October 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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‘Tis The Season…

…no – not that season! It’s the season of renewal – flowers budding and new growth. And rain.
I’ve been sitting here today, either listening to the rain or enjoying the all-enveloping greyness of the weather. I’m even in my dressing gown!
I haven’t been able to go for my walk the last few days. The last time I went I took some photos of the flowers I saw – they were opening up with the sun, looking forward to the summer.

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These lovely sweet smelling white flowers are just about to bloom en masse. Even my onion for lunch was showing me love. 🙂

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A couple of days ago was Hubby’s birthday. We had a low key day – went to Bunnings to pick up some herbal tea plants.

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From top right – pineapple sage, chamomile, lemon balm and peppermint.
We got them planted out before the rain, which they have appeared to enjoy.

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On our way home we stopped at the Japanese Gardens down the road, and sat by the teahouse for a while. Peaceful and dreamy – not a lot in the way of dragonflies and butterflies, but lots of new flowers.

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My spring has long gone – I’m somewhere in the summer of my life. This was brought home to me again the other day when I watched a YouTube clip of a recent acoustic version of A-Ha’s “Take On Me”. That was not originally one of my favourite songs, but I felt a bit nostalgic, especially with the shots of middle-aged women singing along… I think it sounds good as an acoustic song. Probably the first time I’ve been able to understand the words. Here it is, for your enjoyment…

Enjoy the rain. Enjoy the flowers. And enjoy whatever season of life you find yourself in! 🙂

Published in: on October 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Back To Real Life…

The holidays are over, the last term of the year has begun…
It’s been so hot these last couple of weeks! We’ve felt lethargic a fair amount of the time, and haven’t really strayed far from home. I’ve managed to get some assessments nearly finished, though.
The rain has been welcome. Today and yesterday was lovely and cool. I went for a walk yesterday, before the rain came. The flowers were waiting, shining in the gloom…

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These were powering down for the night – closing up before the rain.

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I’ve enjoyed the steady rain, but I could still enjoy a bit of sun with the photo I see on my desktop when I switch on or off 🙂

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Not one of my photos… This comes from a site for free images called Pixabay.

Part of our routine in the holidays has been my boys coming in to chat after breakfast. We cover all sorts of interesting topics… Biggest boy shared a “heavy metal” version of “The Wheels on the Bus” with me.

I shared an Indian version of the Sherlock theme with him (I’ve finally got around to watching the 4th season!)

Not the official version – the hooping is extra…

 

Back to reality again… plenty of time for good things to happen! 🙂

Published in: on October 2, 2017 at 11:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Everywhere, Grace

This popped up on my YouTube page, so thought I’d share. 🙂

Published in: on August 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Breathe, And Be Still…

The holidays have started – for Sweet Bean, anyway. He finished up with a Sports day at his Community Homeschool day on Thursday. I think it’s the first sports day he’s ever been to – he won ribbons – excitement! 🙂 After a shaky start to the term he ended up accomplishing more than he thought he could, as well as getting a good report.

As for me, I finally got to do a couple more of my clinic practice days (I was unable to get there last time). Not only did I pass both days (while enjoying them as well), I managed the travelling, even though I had to walk from the station to the college and carry all I needed for the day. That’s the first time in a long time I’ve managed long days away from home and the strength needed to get there and back! I’ve taken it easy for the last two days…
There’s more work to be done, so I don’t get two weeks holiday. I’m feeling more confident, though.

Here’s a couple of songs I’ve been enjoying lately. Have a listen (and click through to YouTube to hear some more…)

Published in: on June 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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.

Published in: on April 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Indeed!

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  
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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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Be Nice!

I’ve been planning a post for a few days, but my brain is not running at full capacity at the moment. I’ll share some giggles instead… 🙂
Each morning we sit on the patio to have breakfast, and that often leads to discussions with the boys on various topics. This morning we went from Mr Bean, to physical comedy and the art of mime, and then somehow onto this sketch –

Be nice! 😀

Here’s the response, years later, of some real rappers…

Back to study…

Published in: on March 15, 2017 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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Present The Pieces…

Published in: on March 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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