THE BEST SEASON…

Which season do you enjoy best?? In Australia we are about 3 weeks of summer, when the heat descends and so do the flies.

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Now I must admit that winter is my most favourite season.  I love being able to start the wood stove and keep the house warm.  I enjoy making hearty stews and soups to feed my family.  I’m happy that I can be inside doing the crafts I enjoy.

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Then comes spring, when everything seems to come alive after a long, cold wet winter.  The sun comes out a bit more often and the days warm up and we peel off the layers to allow the fresh air to tingle our skin.

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We get organised to grow our vegetables and the fruit trees start budding and the fruit starts to appear.

Then we ease into summer, or so we should.  Sometimes summer comes with such a bang we have a hankering for winter to come back.  I like it when summer comes softly, when the days start to warm up slowly.

Normally here where we live summer comes and goes.  Sometimes Christmas can be cool and then New Years can be stinking hot. Sometimes we don’t see much heat until the children have headed back to school.  That’s when we go to the beach – when everyone else have finished their holidays.

It does seem sometimes that summer will just go on and on and then all of a sudden it is autumn.  The evenings are cooling off and the days are still quite warm and pleasant.  Then it starts to get colder and colder and then we get rain.

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No 2 daughter and son

Then it starts all over again and I am enjoying my most favourite season once more.

Sometimes these seasons match the seasons in our lives.  There have definitely been times (seasons) that I have just loved.  When the little ones were born, when we decided to homeschool, when God blessed us with our farm.

Then there are always times that haven’t been so enjoyable.  When my parents passed away and life seemed to be so topsy turvy, trying to finalise everything from 2000 kms away and then when our little one went to be with the Lord.

But then like all the different seasons there are good days and bad days.  Days when you don’t want to get out of bed and days when you bounce out ready to attack all that there is.

We can learn so much from the different seasons in our lives.  God allows these seasons to bring glory to His name and to encourage us in His will.

I try to enjoy each new season although my favourite is winter.  I try to be thankful for each one that comes along and to be thankful to God for what He has given us.

May God keep bringing seasons and days and years, may we be open to enjoy them to learn through them and to grow with them.

Ecc 3:1-8  A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

What  is your favourite season??

 

 

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WHEN YOU’RE NOT INVITED

Our No 2 daughter (9 years old) has just been invited to a homeschooled friends birthday party.  She couldn’t be more excited.

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Now No 2 son (6 years old) hasn’t been invited.  He has asked us to ask if he could come as well. I am sure they would say yes if we asked them, but we are not sure that this is the best thing.

My husband and I have been discussing the situation and we both remember times when we weren’t invited to things and our siblings were,  we both remember the hurt we felt at these times and the lack of sympathy and understanding from our parents.

I’m sure our parents thought they were doing the best by us and that is not really my issue.  My issue is our young son and his heart and feelings.

Maybe he just needs to understand that things don’t always seem fair and that he needs to ” build a bridge” and get over it and move on.  Maybe he needs us to show him that we really do understand how he feels and know that we have been there.

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I know he needs to understand that he doesn’t always have to have special things when his sister does and this goes for his sister as well.

He needs to show her that he can be happy for her getting a treat and he needs to be able to handle the fact that he doesn’t.

(We have never been one to give him a present just because his sister has a birthday.  They need to realise that special days are just that – special days for a special person and they need to feel joy for that person.)

There are seasons in life, seasons when we have to wait at home while others go out.  Seasons when we are the youngest and maturity seems to take ages to arrive.

How can we teach him to deal with this situation???

We teach him by walking through it with him, by explaining and guiding him to a point of understanding.  We need to share with him how special he is to God and to us and that when the time is right special treats will come his way.

Eph 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

How do you handle these situations??

 

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TRAVELLING TIPS

Since we have just completed driving a 2080 km round trip to Canberra and back I thought I would write some very handy tips that help when travelling long distances.

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The gang at the bottom of the Black Mountain Telecommunications and Observation Tower in Canberra.

THINGS TO DO:

  1. Take and drink plenty of water;
  2. Stop every couple of hours and walk around – necessary for keeping the circulation going in your body – also necessary for toilet stops (because of all the water you are drinking);
  3. Take plenty of healthy snacks:  vegetable sticks and dip, fruit, nuts and dried fruit;
  4. Be prepared, cut your fruit and vegetables up and have it in handy containers or zip lock bags;
  5. Take wipes, or damp face washers to wipe sticky fingers;

OurRange_Deli_DeliPlatters_320_10THINGS NOT TO DO:

  1. Eat heaps of carbohydrates and greasy junk food, especially white bread and hot chips;
  2. Eat heaps of sweet lollies;
  3. Just drink soft drinks and sweet beverages;

These are a few hints to just give you an idea.  Basically to save money and have healthier choices  take your own snacks.  It seems to me the minute you get in the car you want to chew on something, my husband finds chewing keeps him awake whilst driving.  I find I eat too many carbs and it makes my ankles and feet swell and this is just plain annoying.

Now because I didn’t follow any of my own advice and keep to the above tips I am now going to have to do a detox to get my system back to normal.

A detox could include doing the following:

  1. Maybe do a juice fast, just a day or so;
  2. Cut out dairy and sugar;
  3. Stop eating potatoes and white bread – maybe get some sprouted grain bread to eat for a few days;
  4. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.

I am not a doctor or health professional, the above tips are things that I find works for me.  If you want to try a juice fast or something more severe please check out with your doctor first.

I hope next time you are travelling that it goes well and you arrive safe and sane!!

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VEGETABLE PLANTING PART 2

We are back to planting vegetables and my husband took the day off work so he and the children could get them done.

The children finished planting the potatoes, so we have nearly 90 kg planted, half whites and half reds.IMG_0258[1]

Here’s a picture of the first potatoes coming up.  This  is very exciting!!

IMG_0265[1]Here are the gang planting the potatoes.  The children did a fantastic job and saved their father and myself from doing it.  We are trying to teach them diligence and consistency when they work.

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Here’s a picture of my very handsome husband after he had finished laying out the potatoes for the children to plant.

After they finished planting the potatoes, No 2 son and his father planted pumpkin and corn seeds.  The pumpkin they planted with the corn was Jarrahdale and then they also planted peas with Queensland Blue Pumpkins amoungst them.

We have been buying our seeds from a bulk supplier so we have enough for a few years and it is more cost effective this way.  This year we bought 15,000 corn seeds (this was the smallest amount we could get), this should last a little bit!!!

I just asked my husband why they planted the corn and pumpkin together in rows.  His answer was very technical and might take up a bit of room, but here goes:

  1. Hopefully the pumpkin leaves will shade the ground and keep it moist and cool.
  2. Both corn and pumpkins require a lot of water, so this will water 2 birds with 1 stone.
  3. The corn will finish off before the pumpkins so hence allowing room for the pumpkins to spread out – and the most important reason of all….
  4. That was how they did it on the movie “Fiddler On The Roof”!!!!

We got some cucumber seedlings from our local nursery and planted them in an area that was heavily manured.

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You can just see the green of the cucumbers in this photo. They are apple and continental. The manure comes from our feedlot pen where we had been keeping our pigs and cattle over the winter. They were bedded down on hay so now it is ready to be dug out and hoed into the beds,

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Seed sower

This is the tool that my husband uses for planting seeds.  You put the seeds in the hopper on top and then there is a plate in there that has holes big enough for the specific seed to go through.  There are a number of different plates for different sized seeds eg: carrots. Then you push this along the bed and it places the seed on the ground and then covers it over and rolls it down.  This is very handy and saves a lot of back breaking work.

The tomatoes that we first planted are going quite well, but we didn’t get the plastic on as it had holes in it, so we put preserving jars over them.  Now as the weather is warming up we took them off and they look good.  We did loose a few though but this happens.IMG_0264[1]

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Tomato seedlings

So that’s our latest vegetable news for now, will post more photos once everything starts coming up.

Blessings to you all.

What are you up to in your garden, is it winter or spring???

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #3

Welcome back to Good Morning Mondays Link Party.  It was so exciting to see you all link up this last week.  I am really enjoying connecting with you all and reading your posts, so thank you all for taking the time and putting in the effort.

We are still in Canberra, having just returned from our nephews baptism and confirmation.  It was such a blessing to hear and see him make a clear and firm declaration to the Lord.  We will continue to pray for him and his faith journey.

We have had an enjoyable time catching up with our extended family and seeing how the children have grown.

Here are some photos of us in Canberra.

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Graeme and the children in front of the Black Mountain Telecommunications and observation tower
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View over South Canberra from my brothers verandah.
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View at dusk.
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The family at a local market

We will head home tomorrow (Monday) morning so I am looking forward to catching up with you and reading your posts this week.

I am looking forward to getting home and back into things there, I really enjoy being at home.

Blessings to you all.