Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Are You Home?

Is Anyone Home?

Everything seemed normal at Jack and Lorna Jensen's place. It was such a pretty little house along a quiet street and passersby at this time of year would sometimes check to see if her tulips were up yet. Everyone knew that her flowers were the cheeriest, the healthiest looking in the neighbourhood, and it was a sight to behold once they were all budding. The blooms didn't stop with tulips either. Once they were beginning to fade other flowers took their place, and it was an un-going session until blankets of snow created a new type of beauty.
It wasn't only outside though, that everything appeared to be normal. As the sky paled to peach and an azure blue, the alarm went of somewhere in a bedroom. Soon that was followed by lights switching on here and there, the clink of dishes on the table and other sounds that came when the couple started their day.
The ping of the microwave was next, followed by the whistle of the kettle. Everything seemed normal. So normal. Soon the sound of Jack and Lorna's chairs being pushed to the table, and the rustling of thin paper could be heard. Jack's deep baritone read a scripture for their morning devotions, and he prayed.

The days lengthened and grew warmer, but eventually the neighbours noticed that things were not quite the same. Just little things, mind you, but changes none the less. For one thing Lorna wasn't getting around to weeding her tulips! Strange! And when they were faded, they weren't even replaced! Stranger yet! And why was Jack neglecting to mow the lawn? It was always so immaculate; his pride and joy!
Finally someone knocked on the door to investigate. No one was home! They spotted a tape recorder on the table that appeared to automatically rewind and play the same daily sounds from morn until night, then start again the next morning. Robots that looked just like Jack and Lorna went around automatically doing ordinary things.

Does everything seem normal at your place? Are you going through the motions of living a Christian life but the Spirit has moved out and you are on autopilot? Do you know when things began to change? Are the flowers of friendliness and hospitality blooming in your front yard? Are you so used to following the 'correct formula' that you don't sense that the 'abundant life' is only a faint memory?

Wake up!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Come ON Down!

I've been having so much fun prettying up the place in preparation for Bed and Breakfast guests that's updating the blog has been put on the back burner. Talking about back burner, or rather front burner, in this case: I have had the fleshier parts of two old hens simmering on the stove all day. What a wonderful aroma! What should I do with them? Chicken and Dumplings? A soup? A casserole? Save some for sandwiches? 

Don't want to make you jealous or anything, but you can't get that good a flavor from chicken at the supermarket. There is something, real, real good about the taste of homegrown, free range chickens.
But that's not all I've been doing lately. The shelf by my kitchen window and under all the various grow lights tiny seedlings are sprouting. I'm really intent on prettying up our place this year. Sure, some people say it looks nice already, but just wait...! Every year I end up starting some plants in the house, but this year I really outdid myself. That's my typical reaction when winter seems too long and spring is slow in coming. Here's some of the visions dancing in my head.

What else with a name like Hollyhock Haven, eh?

Because of all the shade caused by immense trees I have lots of begonias growing around the place. Well, actually that's only part of the reason. I love, love, love them!

Maybe you'd like to take a peek at some of the show-offs from last year. (Mind you, with B&B guests expected, I want to baby them even more this year!)

You can't really see what a vibrant color these are, can you? 

These aren't exactly ours but I love growing this kind.
Would you believe I wintered this little guy just inside that patio door?
I'm eager to see it take off when its a little warmer. 
I don't exactly blame you folks for not showing up this winter when some of the time it was looking more like this:
but just wait til summer when you can do lots of canoeing on this:: (our canoe is available for rent)
or this:
Or maybe you prefer heading to the river and doing this:
or this:
Or going to a nearby market garden for this type of fun!

See you next summer!