Friday, April 11, 2014

A Peek in Our Garden

Taken on March 23, this photo shows a promise of nasturtium flowers, jasmine in bloom, and our cute gnome peeking out from his underground home.
To the left, out of sight, are two Canterbury Bells plants I have nurtured for two years, so this is their year to bloom. I wonder what color their flowers will be?
On the right, barely visible are two mystery bulb plants (planted in green wire gopher cages). My husband brought them home when a neighbor gave them away. I think they may be what we call Naked Ladies. Time will tell, there are just small green leaves emerging.

Do you like the watering can plant stake? I bought quite a few as I think they are cute. Above is a closer photo of our happy jasmine blooming near the gnome.
I planted our first tomato plant of the year this week, an elongated cherry tomato called "Juliet", which is new to us. Someone told me "you only need one Juliet", so they must be heavy bearers.
Are you planting vegetables now?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Handsome bird from Bali

Here is a handsome bird from our collection of art objects, bought here in town in shops that import them. Lots of the art we buy is from areas like Bali. We also have five puppets and a flying mermaid and more that I will show you in future.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Originally uploaded by abers

I enjoy learning about our family history.

My husband is related to the Methodist minister, Lord Soper, and I was happy and surprised when I saw an anecdote about Lord Soper in a book I purchased, "Church Chuckles."

Lord Soper (1903-1998) was noted for preaching to one and to all on Tower Hill and then in Hyde Park in London, even in his 90s, right up until 3 weeks before his death. He was made a Lord for working hard to help the poor, pushing for equal rights for women and all races, for his dedication to pacifism, and for animal rights. I read that he was so devoted to being a pacifist that when asked what he would do if Russia invaded England, he replied "I would offer them tea."

That is not at all my view!

Here is the story from the book I bought:

While addressing the crowd at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park the distinguished Methodist minister, Lord Soper, was interrupted by a heckler who kept shouting "What about flying saucers?"

Finally Lord Soper turned to him and, much to the delight of his audience, silenced him with "I cannot deal with your domestic difficulties now."

And no, there is no aristocratic estate that accompanies the title of Lord, so no castle or manor house for us!

Donald Soper was given the non-hereditary title of Lord for his life long dedication to good works.

There is a touching obituary in a London newspaper and it ends with "His was a gallant, debonair faith, yet under all the layers of sophistication he was at heart a simple believer. Jesus was his master and friend right up to the end."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Miracle of Us: Confessions of an Online Dater book review

The Miracle of Us: Confessions of an Online Dater by Laura Bennet
This writer took me into her world of seeking a Christian soul mate, and I read it quickly while at the same time not wanting her book to end.
The Miracle of Us
Who could imagine that two lonely people who have suffered heart break and who live in different countries would ever meet and connect?
A widower with young children living in Australia and a twice divorced American woman with young adult children who lives in California met on a Christian online dating site. The obstacles in their paths were overwhelming, and sadness, tears and doubts occurred amid sparks of joy.
The best part is that they each trusted God to guide them with each step they took as they grew to love each other. When would they meet in person? Would they marry? Live in Australia? Live in California? What about jobs? Selling a home? Schools for his children? It sounds daunting but trusting Jesus, they believed it just might work.
Read this book to hear about this “miracle of us” adventure toward love.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Laurie's blog is back at I Loved a Cloudy Day

One of my very favorite bloggers is a Canadian gal named Laurie and I worried when her blog disappeared.
This painting of the fox is by her and I am HAPPY to say she is back blogging at
I Loved a Cloudy Day
I think she will like to have her followers find her new blog. She paints beautiful owls and song birds too, and has difficulty seeing so is happy with her new program or computer for the visually impaired.
She changed the name of her new blog slightly.
In addition to starting a blog with a new name, she is packing up her home and moving. Now that is busy!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pink tulips

I bought pink tulips 5 days ago and when they began to droop, as tulips do, I cut the their stems shorter and put them in two small vases. They look quite cute, I think, and it is a way to keep them in the house and still flowering.

The next two photos show them before droop, and then beginning to fade with the first new bouquet near them.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Dancing Seagull Thrift Find

I get inspired by some of you bloggers when you share great bargains you find in thrift stores and yard sales and here I share one of my finds. Every garden (well, my garden) wants a dancing seagull who does acrobatics on a ball, and now I have one. He cost $2.25 at a Goodwill store. Isn't he a cutie?
 This photo below shows him on our front porch; as you can see he likes to travel around in our yard as he gets acquainted here.

I like to smile in my garden and on our patio and this fellow brings me smiles.
What shall I name him?