Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Marvelous Thing...

The other morning, I noticed the rose bushes are blooming, once again
that is a marvelous thing to me

my husband was pruning another bush when he realized a bird's nest, nestled inside it

I took some vines and banana leaves and draped the bush with it...
hoping to replicate the original covering over the nest

the mockingbird, whose nest it is...
came back and is now taking care of her 3 blue with brown speckled eggs
that, too, is a marvelous thing

yesterday morning, for sure, we thought this hive was about to swarm
the bees all came out in a sudden flurry of noise and took to the air...
climbing higher and higher...
wider and wider, until...
we thought the hive was lost

my husband opened the hive from the top and checked to see what was going on
all he could find was that the new bee queen had probably gone to find a mate

we waited and hoped
and while we waited, my husband harvested approximately 7 pounds of honey...
and put another super on top to give the bees more room

and wouldn't you know it...
the bees came back...
and now they are back to normal...
calmly going about with their nectar gathering and honey making
this is indeed, a marvelous thing

we have a temporary water "moat" under the hive to keep out red ants...
that can destroy a whole hive in a matter of minutes
which is why you see the red bin to keep the hive out of the water in the black tray

the guava tree back of the cottage...
was ready for the picking

these wonderfully sweet, juicy fruit were bigger than my fist

they were good to the last bite, let me tell you
how marvelous is this

for the past few months, our papaya trees have been giving...
and giving

they are beautiful to eat just as they are...
and they make great smoothies
a marvelous thing, indeed

how nice to see the chickens and goats...
don't worry one about the other

they all live together and each go about their business...
the chickens never minding the company of the goats...
nor the goats of the chickens
"farm city" I call it
too marvelous, it is

these days, the citrus trees all around us on the homestead...
are covered in blooms
(in the photo below, you can see one of our kid goats, standing to reach some citrus leaves)

the scent of them send a fragrance out so delicate...
and yet, so heady, it can make a person giddy with pleasure...
and I do believe we may have more citrus than we could count, soon
a perfume of marvel in God's creation

those layer chicks we got a few months ago...
are giving signs that shortly, in the not-too-distant time...
they will gift us with more eggs on the homestead, please

how marvelous indeed, is the wonder of God's creation

Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously:
for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe,
though it be told you.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts;
Behold, I will save my people from the east country,
and from the west country;
And I will bring them,
and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem:
and they shall be my people,
and I will be their God,
in truth and in righteousness.

Habakkuk 1:5 and Zechariah 8:6-8

May your day or night find marvel in the grace of God.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Keri, for coming by!

  2. Papaya fresh from the tree, that must taste so.... marvelous! I never even tasted Guave, didn't know what that looked like. I hope your bees have settled down and produce a lot of honey. Love the citrus trees abloom and with lemons on them. I can only guess about the fragrance they bring in your truly marvelous world.

    1. Citrus flower scent reminds me a bit of jasmine. Glad you came by and commented, Marian!

  3. What's truly marvelous is your blog . . . my gateway to paradise.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, for visiting, again!

  4. I sense your joy in the life you are living, in your thanksgiving to God for His many and glorious blessings.

    I love the color of your home, at least I figure that is your home. It looks very tropical.


    1. Yes, Lorraine, it is the cottage we live in. It is easy to go bold in colors on a tropical island : )

  5. Your guava looks as big as a breadfruit! Great pictures! Great farm!

    1. Thanks, Mark. If you were closer, I'd give you a bag of guavas.

  6. Marvelous beyond words or experience! As is your life as you journal it & witness to the awesomeness of our God.

    1. Thank you, 12Paws, for coming by and commenting!

  7. Your blog always amazes me, I read every email I get and don't respond that often and will do more because this is truly an amazing post! All that fresh honey.....YUM!!!


    1. Thanks, Cynthia! Next week, I will be doing a give-away for a jar of our honey. Stay tuned : )

  8. wish he had taken a picture of the inside of the hive and the honey and would have loved seeing the inside of the guava....how do you know its ripe if it is green?

    1. Sharon, some guavas turn yellow when ripe and some stay a light green color and the way we tell it is ripe to eat is when the guava gives a bit under a slight pressure of the fingers. When I do another post on guavas, I'll make sure and show the inside. And, perhaps, when my husband opens up the hive next time to check on it, I'll be there to take a few shots of the inside.

  9. Bees can be fickle friends! I had a hive swarm, but still have two hives remaining. Glad yours made it back.

    1. Sometimes, even though the bees know why, it can be hard for us to tell why a hive swarms. Glad to see your visit and comment, Michelle.

  10. I always wish I was your "neighbor"! What a beautiful paradise! Oh how I miss the guavas (guayavas) from the island where I grew up!

    1. Hello Villarosa! Perhaps I'm biased but, guavas from the islands seem to taste the best : ) Thanks for coming by!