Saturday, 30 April 2011

April 30th.

Time for a little bit more poetry!

At last, young April, ever frail and fair,
Wooed by her playmate with the golden hair, 
Chased by the margin of receding floods
O'er the soft meadows, starred with opening buds,
In tears and blushes sighs herself away,
And hides her cheek beneath the flowers of May. 

O. W. Holmes

While the stars shine, or while day's purple eye
Is gently closing with the flowers of Spring,
Where even the motion of an angel's wing
Would interrupt the intense tranquillity
Of silent hills, and more than silent sky. 

W. Wordsworth


I love the cherry blossom. So beautiful and yet fleeting. The flowers are already falling. I am finding that each flower I see must be appreciated as, in it's fullest bloom, the fading and dulling is already waiting in the wings. In one way it is sad and yet there is the potential for so much more to come!  

I like to take photographs looking up at things - perhaps because I am short! Trees especially look beautiful from below with the blue sky behind. The criss cross of branches and the dappled light create such a magical atmosphere! 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Friday, 29 April 2011

Royal Wedding Day!



The news coverage of the Royal Wedding has started on the news channels! I am so excited as I love weddings and romance - William and Kate seem like such a lovely couple too. Looking forward to seeing the dress of course - I am sure she will look beautiful. They seem like such a normal couple and their relationship, thus far, has been  relatively private. They are so genuine and the public love them! Kate is so pretty and ladylike! I just love her clothes - so groomed and elegant and always appropriate. 

The whole country seems excited about the wedding! On the news it shows that there are thousands of people in London lining the wedding route and hoping to catch a glimpse of the happy couple. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Jesus is Alive!



Jesus died for my sins. It is hard for me to comprehend that someone could love that much. Just saying that He died doesn't cover all the torture and suffering that He endured. In spite of the hate surrounding Him, Jesus died for love. He could have stopped the process at any point but He went willingly to His death. I can't imagine such pain or such love -  Jesus forgave those who hurt Him and set the example of how a good life is to be lived.  


I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they may die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. 

John 2 : 25 - 26

Jesus conquered death! He is risen! Thank you for your sacrifice. It gives us all free access to God and washes away sin. We each have a choice and I chose love. 

Faith, grief, joy, gratitude, hope and love. 

Blessings, 


Jenny

Thursday, 21 April 2011

April 21st.

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more. 

Byron

Love this poem! I so enjoy wandering in the countryside - no rushing and nowhere to go. Just enjoying nature and the peace all around. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

April 19th.

I remember, I remember
The roses red and white,
The violets and the lily-cups - 
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,
The tree is living yet!

Thomas Hood

Blessings, 

Jenny

Monday, 18 April 2011

April 18th.

If the oak is out before the ash, 
'Twill be a summer of wet and splash;
But if the ash is before the oak,
'Twill be a summer of fire and smoke. 

Traditional Saying. 


I love how the bright green leaves look against the blue sky. The green looks fresher some how and the blue more brilliant. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Herbs.

I am attempting to grow a little herb garden! This year as I am busy with coursework and all sorts of other things I am having a trial run with bought plants rather than growing from seed. That is next year's challenge!


The supplies including pink spotty gardening gloves - an essential! I had a little trip to the garden centre today to pick up the supplies I needed. I don't have much experience with gardening so I wanted to go the simple route for my first try!


I like the urn design of the planter - it was just a little bit different to the basic pots available. I put a few gravel stones at the bottom for drainage. I don't want my little plants to get waterlogged. 


I bought compost that is specifically designed for pots and planters as it retains moisture well. I am hoping I don't forget to water my herbs but as I am not used to having plants to take care of it is a possibility! It is a really light and soft compost not like the soil in the garden. 


My little herbs just waiting to be planted. They look a bit tired but it is so sunny here today so I think they will perk up after being watered. The thyme smells so lovely! 


All planted and watered! I just have to find the perfect spot for the urn to go - somewhere with a little sun but not too much and sheltered from the wind. 

The herbs I have chosen are coriander, thyme, basil and garlic chives. 

Coriander - distinctive citrus flavour. Ideal for salads or to add interest to cooked vegetables.

Thyme - intense and scented. Suited to chicken, lamb and fish dishes. 

Basil - sweet and peppery. Ideal for pizza toppings and any tomato based dish. 

Garlic Chives - mild onion flavour. Add to salads, soft cheeses or use as a garnish. 

I am looking forward to caring for them and using them in my cooking! I am excited to see how much difference there is between dried and fresh herbs. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

April 17th.

We often praise the evening clouds, 
And tints so gay and bold,
But seldom think upon our God,
Who tinged those clouds with gold.

W Scott. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Saturday, 16 April 2011

April 16th.

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles to-day,
To-morrow may be dying.

R Herrick

Flowers that seem to vibrant today may be faded and withered by tomorrow. This poem reminds me to live my life - not to be a bystander but to be an active participant. Not to be contented with spending hours watching mindless television or any activity that has no worth. I want to be creating things! I want to have something to show for my time be it a cake that I have made or a table cloth that I have sewn. Or I want to have learnt something - spending time reading the Bible and other books with Godly influence - rather than vapid fiction books and magazines. 

Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. 

Psalm 39 : 4

Life is fleeting - God tells us this. How many days do we while away in pointless activities? God wants more from us! He wants us to achieve and to set an example for others. We weren't designed to be inactive but to be productive. I struggle with procrastination and laziness - a sin that I wish that I could rid myself of. I keep praying and struggling as I find it much easier to just sit and waste time than to motivate myself to do anything. Even when I intend to get up bright and early I think "just five more minutes" over and over and before I know it an hour has passed. An hour or so may not sound like much but if one hour a day is wasted it soon adds up to a considerable amount of time. If I waste an hour a day that adds up to FIFTEEN DAYS in a year! What could I do with that time? There are so many possibilities and wasted opportunities. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Friday, 15 April 2011

April 15th.

Wouldst thou find an the rose's blossom
More than thy fellows find?
More in the fragrance of the lily
Than odour in the wind?
Love Nature and her smallest atoms
Shall whisper to thy mind.

Mackay


The lilac is coming into bloom! I can hardly wait for the blossoms to open fully as I love the scent of the lilac tree. There is so much beauty in the world when you slow down to notice it. While walking today I smelt the sweet scent of wallflowers in a garden and way up high on a chimney pot there was a glossy blackbird singing it's heart out. People were rushing all around but I was glad that I slowed my steps a little and noticed a few of God's special gifts. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Thursday, 14 April 2011

April 14th.

Oh! How much more doth beauty beauteous seem
By that sweet ornament that truth doth give!
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live!

Shakespeare. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Walking to Work.

I walk to work and I have tended to think about the bad things about it - the time it takes, rain, wind and snow - rather than the good things. However, in light of the fact that I am trying to be positive and count my blessings I have re-evaluated it! My walk to work is really calming for me. It is one of the few times in the day when I am alone with my thoughts. I find that if I focus on the fresh air and the season changes around me, I arrive at work in a much better mood. 


There are beautiful blue skies some days and my walk takes me past the church yard where there are three huge horse chestnut trees. I am so excited to see the candles blossom! There are also squirrels which are a delight to watch - so much so that I dawdle so I can see more of their antics, running races, bounding along and circling the tree trunks. 


I also walk past quite a few different trees that all seem to be awakening and blossoming at the moment - the wonders of Spring! Their colours range from white and the palest pink right through to deep, deep purple. So beautiful! I am so glad that when God created this world for us He chose to make it so spectacular. I now class my walk to work as a true blessing in my life!

Blessings, 

Jenny

P.S. There is also a Home Keeping Hearts group which has just started and is aimed at young ladies with an interest in home making and crafts. I hope that it provides encouragement and a place to chat for like minded girls.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

April 12th.

Be we sad, or be we gay;
With thick curls bright, or thin locks grey;
We never find the Spring bloom meet
Our presence with a smile less sweet. 

Oh! I am glad I learnt to love
The tangled wood and cooing dove;
For these will be, in good or ill, 
My old companions, changeless still. 

E. Cook


Bright and cheerful daffodils that are growing in my garden. I love to see their yellow petals smiling away! 


Blessings, 

Jenny

Monday, 11 April 2011

April 11th.

It was an April morning: fresh and clear.
The rivulet, delighting in its strength, 
Ran with a young man's speed; and yet the voice
Of waters which the winter had supplied
Was softened down into a vernal tone,
The spirit of enjoyment and desire.

Wordsworth. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Sunday, 10 April 2011

April 10th.

There is no time like the old time, when
you and I were young,
When the buds of April blossomed, and the
birds of spring-time sung!
The garden's brightest glories by summer suns
are nursed,
But oh, the sweet, sweet violets, the flowers
that opened first.

O. W. Holmes

Blessings,

Jenny

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Blue Skies.


Such a beautiful sunny day today. Warm with just a gentle breeze. It really feels like Spring is on the way and that it will soon be time for pretty Summer clothes in brighter colours - just like the flowers blooming all around! 

The sky was so blue with just faint wisps of white clouds that I couldn't resist taking a photograph! I was in the garden taking photographs of the flowers and trees as, especially at the moment, the flowers blossom so quickly. Spring flowers are so beautiful - it feels like the world is waking up!

Blessings, 

Jenny

April 9th.

Why, with wise instinct, Nature seems
To harmonise her wide extremes,
Linking the stronger with the weak,
The haughty with the soft and meek. 

Whittier

Blessings, 

Jenny

Friday, 8 April 2011

April 8th.

What a thrill of delight in Spring-time
What a joy in being and moving! Men are at
Work in gardens; and in the air there is an 
Odour of fresh earth.

Longfellow

It is somehow easier to get moving now that the mornings are lighter. There is a special sort of Spring energy! Everything seems possible in the Spring sunshine. Plus I get a strange urge to de-clutter and clean everything. It is lovely to sit for a while with the window open, a breeze flowing in and the birds singing outside. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Thursday, 7 April 2011

A Parcel.

When I returned home today a parcel had arrived for me. So exciting! I have ordered a few bits and bobs lately and I don't have a set date for them to arrive - just that it will be between two and six weeks as they are coming from America. Today's delivery was my order from Vision Forum which I had been looking forward to. There were a few things that I had had on my wish list so when they had a sale (and a fantastic sale at that) I knew it was the right time to place an order. 

I ordered two books and two CDs which are going to go in my hope chest. I am looking forward to studying them and truly absorbing their message. The books are Joyfully at Home and Verses of Virtue and the CDs are Home is Where the Heart Is and Twenty-Four Hours is All You Get. I am hoping that these items help me in my quest to become more organised. I need all the help I can get! 

I have a habit of opening any new book to a random page before I start reading from the beginning. Odd I know! The quote on the first page I opened in Verses of Virtue was:

"Feminists who ceaselessly inveigh against their own oppression by men (often hardly specifying its exact nature) would ignore how they themselves have oppressed ... feminine women. It oppresses a woman who could delight in domesticity to tell her that her domesticity makes her a parasitic inferior to men. It oppresses a woman who yearns to stay home with her children to tell her she is worthy only insofar as she achieves in the workplace."

F. Carolyn Graglia, A Brief Against Feminism. 

Strong words! Although this quote is in the Femininity Defended section so it is probably to be expected! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book and I quite like that it is set out in such a way so that I can just dip into it. 

Blessings, 

Jenny 

April 7th.

Triumphal arch, that fill'st the sky
When storms prepare to part,
I ask not proud philosophy
To teach me what thou art; - 
Still seem, as to my childhood's sight,
A midway station given
For happy spirits to alight, 
Betwixt the earth and heaven. 

Thomas Campbell

Yet another poem I hadn't read before! I do so love rainbows and this is such a sweet poem. Rainbows fascinate me.I have to stop whatever I am doing when ever one appears. There is something enchanting about seeing those colours woven through the sky! They need both the sun and the rain and then burst forth between the clouds to brighten your day. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

April 6th.

The loveliest flowers the closest cling to earth, 
And they first feel the sun; so violets blue,
So the soft star-like primrose drenched in dew,
The happiest of Spring's happy, fragrant birth. 

J Keble

I love the imagery in this poem! I can just picture the little violets, not pushing themselves forward or being overly extravagant and yet they are noticed and valued. I have some pretty violets in my garden and they smell so sweet! They really are adorable flowers.  I am so grateful to have found the birthday book as there are poems, like this one, that I had not read before. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Sweet Home Making Quotes.

I am reading a few home making related books at the moment. Just little bits every now and again as I need motivation!

"I would like to change the name housewife to home maker. Housewife has such a commercial sound, but home maker - there is all the love of home, of happiness, of family and neighbourliness in its meaning. 

I have found that there is something more important than running the home itself. It is that a woman has her husband's temperament to consider as well as her own, and also, later on, the temperament of each child. 

The woman who can make every member of her family feel that his or her personality matters in all home affairs, and that a little bit of home specially belongs to each one, will surely succeed as a home maker."

From Rose Buckner's Book of Homemaking. 

"The Domestic Goddess adds feminine touches to her homemaking - gingham curtains, a basket of fruit, soft pillows, a cosy rug at the door, flowers, a row of plates above a cross beam, cheerful wallpaper - to give a homey feeling to the house. She adds feminine touches to her meals - cheerful tablecloths, pretty dishes and delicious aromas. 

She also adds a warmth of spirit to her household. She scatters sunshine, makes a house a home, fills it with understanding, love, and happiness."

From The Fascinating Girl by Helen Andelin.

I love the idea of scattering sunshine! Such a pretty picture! I hadn't considered how much my mood affects the people around me. Even if I am unaware of it tiredness or stress can make me react differently to people and, even if I am too wrapped up in myself to notice, they will feel it. I am making a conscious effort not to inflict my moods on other people. Not the negative ones anyway! Everyone has problems and by allowing mine to impact on my interactions I am basically saying that my problems are more important when they are not. I need to focus more on the needs of others than on my selfish wants. 


Another flower photograph - just because!

Blessings,

Jenny

April 5th.

She grew in sun and shower, 
Then Nature said "a lovelier flower
On earth was never sown."

W Wordsworth

Such a windy day today - perfect for blowing all the cobwebs away! Cloudy but dry so overall quite pleasant. It feels like Spring is well on it's way as today the wind seemed to be lacking that biting chill. Maybe it is the feeling of potential in the air but I feel like clearing the clutter and having a proper Spring clean. It is like all the stagnant energy has pooled and gathered through Autumn and Winter and now it is time to throw open all the windows and let the fresh air breathe new life into the home and it's occupants. 

Blessings, 

Jenny 

Monday, 4 April 2011

April 4th.

Her feet beneath her petticoat
Like little mice peeped in and out, 
As if they feared the light;
And oh! she dances such a way, 
No sun upon an Easter day
Were half so fine a sight. 

Sir John Sucking

I love the idea that her feet looked like little mice - so cute!

Blessings, 

Jenny

Sunday, 3 April 2011

April 3rd.

Fair daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun 
Has not attain'd his noon. 
Stay, stay
Until the hasting day 
Has run
But to evensong;
And, having pray'd together, we
Will go with you along. 

Robert Herrick

The daffodils in my garden are already fading, soon to be eclipsed by bright, bold tulips and the blossom buds are opening soon to weigh down the tree boughs with beauty. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Saturday, 2 April 2011

April 2nd.

Lo! from the west a parting gleam
Breaks forth of amber light,
But yet behold - abrupt and loud
Comes down the glittering rain;
The farewell of a passing cloud,
The fringes of her train. 

Chaucer

This poem fits quite well today as it started bright and sunny and now it is raining. I do like the rain - I like how it makes the world smell, some how it amplifies the scent of the flowers, grass and earth. Oh and I love rainbows and how the rain sparkles as the sun catches it. Little drops of life falling on the parched ground! 

The first thing I thought of when I saw the rain today was the April Showers song from Bambi! 

Drip, drip, drop 
Little April shower
Beating a tune
As you fall all around.

Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
What can compare
To your beautiful sound.

It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful the world is! 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Friday, 1 April 2011

April 1st.

From you I have been absent in the Spring, 
When proud-pied April, dress'd in all his trim, 
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.

Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell, 
Of different flowers in odour and hue, 
Could make me any Summer's story tell, 
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.

Nor did I wonder at the lily's white, 
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were sweet, but figures of delight, 
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.

Yet seemed it Winter still, and, you away, 
As with your shadow I with these did play.  

William Shakespeare. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Pretty Flowers.


Look what I received on Thursday! I love flowers so much! They are so bright and cheery and they arrived on the perfect day when I was feeling a little down. I know that some people have certain flowers that they don't like - I certainly have a few favourites - but I truly love all flowers. Even if I am given flowers that perhaps aren't my favourites I love and appreciate them because someone cared enough to send them!

I just received a tiny little book that has a poem for each day of the year so I may post a few of those now and then - when it is a particularly lovely verse. It is actually a birthday book that some one was given in 1915. So excited by it as I adore poetry and old books. 

Blessings, 

Jenny