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Shadow Shot Sunday

It’s the times when I am home when I wouldn’t  usually be home that I am surprised and delighted by the shadows that dance around my house, when no one is looking.

Shadow Shot Sunday celebrates shadows from all over the world.
If you would like to participate, please visit Hey Harriet’s blog.


This week has been a funny week.

I have been alone since last Saturday, when I dropped my Peter man at the airport.

We have not spoken since then (only texted).
I worry that he can’t survive without my guidance screeching in his ear about everything!

He has written, if you can call poking a finger onto letters on the front of an iPhone writing, pages and pages and I have responded.
We have kept up a steady stream of communication, but if I don’t hear something the minute I know he wakes up (six hours after I have woken up) I panic.
He is in South Africa.
Because I know very little about South Africa, I believe he must be in constant danger, so my ‘thoughts’ take over and I imagine all sorts of calamities have occurred.

However, the problem is, in Peter’s words,
“They are really not anywhere near as techno-resourced as we are”
So, if I don’t hear anything it is not because he has been kidnapped, robbed of all his belongings (including his iPhone), eaten by a pack of marauding lions, or become lost on the savannah.

Will I ever be a relaxed, laid back, middle aged woman?
Or will I always be a timid, emotional little child with an overactive imagination?
No need to answer that, thanks.

Suffice to say, I have been alone.
Some things about being alone are good and others not so good, but overall, ‘doable’ as long as I don’t have food in the house – (see binging on anything and everything to relieve the boredom or whatever that dumb emotion is).

I have had time to blog.
I have had time to start a new blog.
What am I thinking?
I don’t even have time for this blog.

I have had time to clean.
I mean, really clean.
Not just a quick wipe over of everything with the nearest tissue or washing the floor with a piece of absorbent paper.
Well, that’s the plan, anyway.

So, I will get on with it.

I wanted to leave you with some words from today’s sermon.
The sermons at our church are usually very short – today’s was a bit longer (about 15 minutes).
I don’t think I need to go into detail and I don’t think you need to be a church-goer or even a believer in God for these words to resonate in your spirit like they did mine.

“We need beauty and we need magnificence to stimulate the soul”




Today I found something.
It was made of sticks and it was beautiful.
It was perfect.
I felt like a little kid, spotting it, disbelieving, running over to gently scoop it up.

How I love nature.
Shells, birds, cats, lizards, rocks, gum nuts, seed pods, leaves, bark.
I have collected them all, ever since I was little.
Beetles, worms, egg shells.
How can things that man hasn’t made be so perfect?

Today I found the most perfect birds nest.
Each twig intertwined with another.
An exquisite circular basket.
Cosily lined with poly filler.
A little mattress for the eggs and hatchlings!

I hope no little ones are without a home tonight.
I looked for signs of disaster.
Broken eggs, lost babies.
There was nothing obvious.
So I took my treasure inside, excited about this gift from nature.
And I couldn’t stop thinking my deep thoughts (that I think too much).
How can a bird be so clever?
How can they know how to do this?
Are birds more clever than humans?
And almost in the instant I think these thoughts, the answer comes.
It is God.
This can only come from God.
“Of course”, I say!

Obvious to me.
Maybe not to everyone.
Not the first conclusion everyone would reach.

Then again, I’m not sure that everyone would think that deeply about a birds nest.
I’m not sure everyone would be excited and overjoyed to find one.
Or even notice it sitting there in the carpark.
I know for a fact that the owner of that particular parking bay would have run it over and not even have noticed.
And that makes me sad.

I kind of feel a bit of my heart break when I think about how much beauty surrounds us, quietly, humbly, mostly unnoticed.
It makes me sad because we have created a world filled with noise, busy-ness, carelessness, haste, waste and ignorance.


Birds sing a salute to the sun each morning and each evening.
Did you notice?
Did your heart swell with joy when you heard?

The sun paints the sky in the east and in the west every day.
More dazzling than anything an artist’s brush could create.
Did you notice today?
Did your heart sing at the beauty of it?

Did you see them today?
The jacarandas are beginning to bloom!
Did you sigh just because you love Spring?

A birds nest.

Is all it took to make me happy today.

And a little girl on a scooter.
Reminded me of myself when I was little and rode my scooter like the wind.
One little leg, madly swinging, propelling, swinging, propelling.


From Song of Songs 2:12

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

May your day be filled with all things joyous, beautiful and peaceful..

11th day of Blogtoberfest

Today is my 11th blog in a row for Blogtoberfest, hosted by Cathy over at Tinniegirl.
Did that get your attention? Fire up your imagination? I know.. I am sorry if things are a little boring or quiet here today.
Monday, Monday, Monday. How I struggle to like Monday even a tiny little bit.

I’ll share my AFFIRMATION A DAY! first of all and then if I think about any wonderous news to share I’ll do that too, but that is unlikely.
This affirmation comes from 2 Timothy 1:7

God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love
and of self-discipline.


Mondays are my least favourite day of the week (unless it is a long weekend). My brain doesn’t function too well on Mondays. Neither does my body. I always feel worn out and have trouble staying awake at work.
My one thought is just to get through the day. Then the rest of the week will be a breeze. But I’m not there just yet. I can barely string together the words to make a sentence, let alone anything of interest.
You’ll have to forgive me. Please..

This, washed-up, little fish has more potential for being entertaining than I do at this point in time. Especially if you’re a seagull!

Roll on Tuesday!


Blogtoberfest Shadow Shot

Tonight I’m killing two memes with one stone. Sounds gory, doesn’t it? Who made up that saying, anyway? I would never, ever kill a bird (just so you know). Anyway, here we go!

First up Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted by Tracy at Hey Harriet. I’ve mentioned my friends’ open garden Peter and I visited last Sunday. It was a fund raising event for AFFORD, Australian Fund for Overseas Relief and Development in Kenya. I’m so glad that our visit to my friends’ garden is helping to support orphans in Kenya. Beauty with purpose is so much more than skin deep!
So here is the shadow shot for this Sunday.

A frog hides in these shadows, in case you didn’t see. Frogs, I love!

The other meme for today? Blogtoberfest, hosted by Tinniegirl! This is my commitment to blog every day during the month of October. What’s the date today? The third? Well, so far, so good, especially since I just spent two nights at our internet-less house.
During Blogtoberfest I have said I will give you an AFFIRMATION A DAY! Just a reminder; all these affirmations are taken from the Bible. I haven’t made them up, but I don’t think copyright law applies to the Bible. Oh, what? Another blessing? Here is today’s affirmation (sorry it’s so late today). These words come from Psalm 49:3.

My mouth shall speak wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

You know what? I’m going to post another shadow shot, because I have sooooo many photos from last Sunday. I am learning that I am surrounded by beauty. It is up to me to see it…. Can you believe? 45 years old and only just catching on to that now? Better late than never!

Happy Sunday evening. God bless you..