Monday, 31 July 2017

Small and Wonderful Things . . .


"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard 

A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.

 

The smell of wet pavement after a summer rain . . . it is unique and fresh and green. I love it 

  

Trees that grow handkerchiefs.  This was taken in Tatton Park a few years ago.  I have always thought that such a thing was magnificent. 


What an awesome God we have that could create such a beautiful earth for us to live on with all of its variety, from the most largest of things to the most minute of things, everything fitting together and with a singular purpose for each and every thing. Oh how I wish we were better stewards of it all. 


Garden visitors. I love to listen to blackbirds sing.  They have a beautiful call. Very melodic.  Have you ever wondered why it is that the male bird is always so much prettier than the female?  And yet in the human species it is the female that is more flamboyant and outstanding for the most part.  Interesting. 

  

Speaking of birds and flamboyance, my sister had two of these in her garden yesterday, proving to be quite a mystery for a time as they are not natural to Nova Scotia.  Guinea Fowl.


Aren't they fat little things?  I have eaten Guinea Fowl before.  Quite tasty.  They have not had water at mom's all weekend.  I hope they were able to get it sorted without too much expense.

  

I call this Beauty and the Beast . . .  these lovely flowers against the backdrop of the old brick wall of our shed.  The shed needs a bit of work doing on it I think.  Or it will be falling apart . . . 


The Lavender is almost finished now.  the bees have really enjoyed it. 

  

Sunday soup, from the store cupboard. If only it looked as good in real life as it does in the photo on the can.  It tastes alright though, so won't complain and when you are hungry but lacking in time, it does what it is intended to do.  Fills you up.  Todd has his with bread and butter.  I have mine with crackers.  We are both happy with that.  Todd actually put his pajamas on yesterday afternoon after church.  Well, first he had a nap while I called my mom and then he came downstairs in his pajamas after.  So not like him, but I thought what the hey!  And then I went up and put mine on and we both enjoyed hot bowls of soup in front of Songs of Praise in our pajamas while it bucketed down rain outside!  It poured and poured.  We were safe indoors eating our soup, every mouthful being carefully watched by you know how . . .  and feeling all snuggly and cosy while beautiful music tickled our ears.  Bliss.

God is good.

A thought to carry with you  . . .

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Spiritual Enlightenment  

Sometimes these things are just what I needed to hear  . . . wow.


  

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Buttermilk Dressed Rose Salad Bowl.


Have a great week.  May it be filled to overflowing with an abundance of small and wonderful things  Don't forget . . . 


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And I do too! 
 

10 comments:

Suze said...

IN the morning our year will be two thirds over. I am truly itching to pack my bags and scrape up the pennies and take advantage of the travel insurance policy I have until December. Everything looks so lush in your photos. Meanwhile we are desperate for rain. The world is a funny place.

Today it was fix the crown day. So off to the dentist. This the second crown I have had that requires reworking. The dentist was gentle and most of the work was done at this one appointment. My dentist works down my the bay. So we had a short walk and a smack before heading home. All in all I have driven about 110 km today and I feel a little tired.

I hope Todd wakes feeling better. I can just him snuggled in his chair and watching Songs of Praise. How I love that program. You can tell Todd we are pj people too. Pip is spending most of her days in them now. She is tiring and the baby is growing day by day.

Hugs and love to you all.

Marie Rayner said...

Oh you have so much to look forward to with the arrival of this wee bairn of yours Suzan. It will be everyone's child and so very loved. God bless you all. Love you. xoxo

Suze said...

Yes I am waiting in great joy and anticipation. Pip and Connor can be so funny together. Today was the washing of muslin squares.

kate hazlehurst said...

Hi Marie, YAAY! PJ'S rule!! Nothing better than getting your pjs on on a wet Sunday afternoon!! Funny though it was lovely here yesterday afternoon, it didnt rain till about 3 this morning when we had a really bad storm.

The flowers in your garden are beautiful. I miss sitting in my garden but definitely dont miss doing it!

Nothing planned for today, just pottering. Enjoy your day. Lots of love xxx

Marie Rayner said...

Today, Suzan,I am making bread, from scratch, don't die of shock, and chicken fricasee to use up some chicken legs. (Not my favourite part of the chicken I have to admit!)

Marie Rayner said...

Kate, it was tipping it down here so heavily yesterday afternoon that you couldn't see your hand in front of your face, but cleared by early evening to brilliant sunshine! enjoy your pottering day! Love and hugs. xoxo

La Table De Nana said...

I have an ex client that goes out for breakfast..comes home and puts his pjs on:)
I would stay in my jammies some days..but Jacques..its not comfy for him..so Christmas day I do:)

They are just so comfortable..and no effort lol..

lots of gratitudes here..love that.Have a great day.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Soup and PJ's are comfort for sure. I prefer homemade over canned but yes, sometimes it's quick and easy. Hope your Monday is a wonderful one!

Marie Rayner said...

Monique, would wear nothing but pjs if I could, but Todd, he is much refined, lol! For him to stay in pjs is highly unusual! Christmas is the perfect day for relaxing in them! Xoxo

I prefer homemade also Pam, but one must needs do what one must. Happy Monday to you as well! Xoxo

Sybil said...

That loaf of bread looks lovely no wonder it tasted delicious. You are so clever at doing things like that, I would never have enough ....puff...to keep kneeling.....as I write that my mouth is watering at the thought of a slice spread with thick fresh.....non salted....butter mmmm
Like Ma I like home made soup, it is always my first thought once the colder weather comes in, I find if I make carrot soup I can always keep extra in the freezer.....I am quite tired tonight, no idea why as I haven't been doing very much. We did have smile and sing this morning but that shouldn't have tired me out. Anyway having said that I'm going to have an early night xxxx