Monthly Archives: July 2012

Overdoing it!



It was a lovely day outside today. High cloud, brilliant sunshine and only a whisper of  cold breeze.

I spent as long as I could enjoying the sunny day.

I took a fork and turned over a garden bed…it’s about 3’x 4’area.  Many months ago I dug out the weeds & overgrown grass then put a thick layer of grass clippings, mulching to kill weed regrowth.  So it’s been overdue for digging it over again.  The soil is not too wet.  Not exactly dry either but okay for forking. Hopefully sometimes on the weekend I’ll be up to putting some bulbs in.

On the front porch there’s a bag of flowering bulbs…five different kinds, a handful each .  I bought them at a market stall in Trafalgar and have had them so long I can’t remember what sorts of flowers they are.

Grandma’s Magical Mystery Garden.

It’s a mystery what plants I’m growing…oniony things that turn out to be 40 leeks & two garlic plus a pineapple happily surviving the frosts. Oh and the spuds too, born from peelings  And now tulip/dutch/iris/jonquil/maybe daffs or even hyacinth…have to grow them to find out…lol. 




Positive out of a Negative

Kathryn M. McCullough

It’s been two weeks since I fell head-first down our back stairway, earning myself some souvenir bruises and a side trip to the emergency room.  The black and blue has faded, and now there’s little left but peace to be made with the stretch of steps down which I tumbled.

As many of you know, I’ve taken on a creative reconciliation with that stairway.  I’ve rumbled with the tumble and am 4 steps into turning a staircase into art.

So today I bring you a photographic update on my mixed-media redo.

Step 1

This step features paint and decoupaged papers, including a map of Southeast Asia recycled from an out-of-date atlas.  The circle painted a deep rose on the far right is covered with 2 sizes of orange and yellow stickers, the dots often used as price tags at yard sales.  The decoupaged surfaces will be covered in multiple coats of an oil-based polyurethane…

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They are LEEKS!


I went down to the vegie garden yesterday. 

The day was sunny if cool.  A good day for being outside; after several long days stuck in bed.


I took the camera with me and one days soon Í hope to post a few pics.

The oniony things have grown into strong healthy leeks.  And I counted and there’s 40 of them…some smaller others bigger.


with a fork I moved some compost mulch onto a patch where small potatoes are growning … kitchen peelings sprouting.

Bob tidied up some rubbish off the lawn, most of this were pieces of wood now stacked neatly in a small pile by the fence.


A good day with the frost from the night before sparkling  in the sunlight … rainbow & silver… and the leek leaves, velvet green leaves beaded with the most beautiful fairy diamonds.  Flashing colours in magnificent display.


I took some photos but a quick look & it seems I didn’t capture the rainbows…just look like water drops on a leaf.  we’ll see …

Never had this problem with proper might be good for a lot of things…but not for sparkle 

Pell’s Mell


Isaiah 66: 1–6

Says Jehovah, The sky is my throne and the earth my footstool:  what house is there that you should build for me, and what place that should be my resting-place? and all these things my hands made and these things all came to be, quoth Jehovah.  But at this I look, at one who is submissive and dashed in spirit, and is alarmed at a word of mine.  The one who slaughters a bull is killing a man; the one who sacrifices a sheep is breaking a dog’s neck; the one who makes an offering puts on hog’s blood; the one who presents a memorial of frankincense blesses mythical beings.  They have chosen their own ways, and their fancy takes to those disgusting objects of theirs; so I will choose ways to pester them and will bring them the objects of their terror, since I called and there was nobody that answered, I spoke and they did not listen, and they did what I disliked and chose what I have no fancy for.


Listen to Jehovah’s word, you who are alarmed at a word of his:  your brothers who hate you, who excommunicate you because of my name, say “Let Jehovah be something glorious and let us have a sight of your gladness”—but they will be brought to shame.  A sound of hubbub in the city, a sound from the temple—the sounds of Jehovah paying off his enemies!


Micah 3: 5–7


Says Jehovah about the prophets that mislead my people, that bite with their teeth and proclaim peace, and against him who does not put something in their mouths they declare war:  Therefore you shall have night cutting off vision and darkness cutting off soothsaying, and the sun shall go down on the prophets and the day turn black over them, and they shall all veil their lips, because there is no answer from God.




Micah 6″: 1—8


Listen to what Jehovah is saying:  “Stand up, upbraid the mountains and let the hills hear your voice.  Listen, mountains, to Jehovah’s upbraiding, and give ear, foundation of earth, because Jehovah has a case against his people and is having it out with Israel.  My people, what have I done to you and how have I overtasked you? testify against me.  For I brought you up out of Egypt and ransomed you out of the slave-quarters, and sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.  My people, remember what King Balak of Moab proposed and what answer Balaam the son of Beór gave him, and from the Acacias to the Gilgal, in order to know Jehovah’s loyal work.”  With what shall I advance to Jehovah, pay homage to the transcendent God?  shall I advance to him with burnt-offerings, with yearling calves? will Jehovah accept thousands of rams, millions of rivers of oil? shall I give my eldest son for my crime, the fruit of my wife for the sin of my soul? 


He has told you, man, what is good;  and what does Jehovah demand of you but to do justice and love friendliness and walk sanely with your God?