Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Titillating Tuesday...

One of my favorite things to do in the morning...
is to take my cup of coffee and the dogs to take a turn around the cottage compound

I love to see what new things the Lord may have brought our way...
and sure enough, the "jump-up-and-kiss-me" flowers are blooming vivaciously

the Mexican Sunflowers that grew there last year...
have left their seeds scattered around my potting shed area...
and they are coming up around the jump-ups and promising more blooms in the near future

Ms. Ruthie Moo-Moo who still hadn't waken up completely...
turned her head to say, "good morning"

Big Red was up early with his hen flock and out into the bushes for their morning meal

and oh! how beautifully the butterflies show the handiwork of God's creation

the Duranta tree has been blooming big-time and beckoning to the winged pollinators of the air...

and the Duranta flowers with their delicate fragrance have been successfully...
tempting the butterflies and honeybees to come calling to take nectar in the sun rays

the "Pride of Barbados", aka Peacock Flamboyant is in full bloom by the corner of the cottage
the tangerine-orange blooms cannot be silent in their demand to be seen

the white Mussaenda won't be outshined and is putting all it's might into the competition

and while the roses are waning just a bit...
there are more buds rising up from the bush stems in what looks like a race for a color show

I stopped by the Guava trees and noticed the tiny fruits that are growing into food for us...
and no doubt, for the birds and the lizards who will want their share, too 

the Mango trees look pretty decked out in their mango fruit...
but, I can tell you, sometimes it's hard to wait for that delicious ripeness 

I noticed one of my hens came running up the hill from under the breadfruit tree
she was alone which is unusual for her and I got a little suspicious
so, going over to the tree...
there by the trunk on the ground was a little nest, neatly carved out with twigs and leaves

well, it turns out that, the hen who lays the smallest egg and the hen who lays the largest egg...
seem to have gotten together and conspired to lay their eggs under the shade of a tree
why, you clever little hens...you've been found out

the French Cashew tree has been putting out some fruit for the first time...
and I knew there just had to be some ready for the picking

while the little lizard in the above right photo watched me come to steal what he thought was his...

I picked these two fruit ready to eat for breakfast

in my next post, I'll tell you more about this fruit

and while it may look like paradise here...
yet, it is not without it's troubles
where sin has it's grip, every nook and place in the world will have it's sorrows

but, here is true paradise for me...
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed,
because His compassion fail not.
They are new every morning:
great is Thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion,
saith my soul:
therefore will I hope in Him.
The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him,
to the soul that seeketh Him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:22-26

May your day or night find paradise in the mercies and grace of the Lord.


  1. Very beautiful Jean! I'm anxious to learn what that last fruit is. And the white Mussaenda is extremely beautiful, so unique! Is it fragrant? I've never seen anything like that before. It is a mercy to be able to enjoy the place the Lord has allowed each one of us to live, when we're able to work side by side w/ a spouse, in our own yards or gardens. A blessing indeed.

  2. It was so much fun to walk along with you and see the sights. What a peaceful lovely sweet place you live! I can't wait to hear more about the French cashew tree. The fruits are so pretty!

  3. Great walk. I'm quite interested in growing cashew apples. I could probably pull those off in S. FL. I notice yours don't have the attached seed in its acid sack of death. Guess I'll have to watch for your next post...

  4. I enjoyed your morning walk and the beauty that surrounds your home. How true that no matter how beautiful the place in which we live...there are times of trouble or imperfections. Yet, our God is faithful to meet our needs according to His riches in glory. Thank you for sharing your abundant blessings with us!

  5. Such beautiful pictures of nature and I love the roosters and the cows.