Wednesday, December 18, 2013

All Things...

Early this morning...
I took a trip down the hill below the cottage to see what was to be picked

some of the grapefruit was ready...
those great big globes of lovely yellow

we've had quite a bit of rain lately...
and a papaya tree fell that took on too much water in the ground

but, I'm not about to let those papayas go to waste...
they are big enough that they will ripen over time...
and some I can dice and boil to make a green papaya salad with yogurt dressing

I did manage to find some limes and mandarins ready for use

my two little sick hens are keeping company together
one has the injury under her wing from a dog attack a few weeks ago...
she is still healing from that and no, it wasn't my dog...
but, she limps still and finds it hard to go far anywhere

the other hen has some kind of issue going on we haven't figured out
what ever it is seems not to be a threat to the others and probably...
has to do with the nasty genetics of some factory hatched layers
this one was a rescue from a caged hen pen
she seems to have improved a bit with treatments of...
garlic, papaya seeds, raw apple cider vinegar and lots of fruits

in fact, after doing nothing but sitting and not eating for two days...
she insisted on coming out from her confinement...
and this morning went out with the other chickens for free range scratching

I was glad to see that but, time will tell how she will come along

and these hens are waiting in line to lay their eggs in the same spot
what is it about my husband's work table they like so much?
after one lays, the next sits, then the next...
I kid you not
no bickering, no fighting...
they wait patiently and take their turns...
while all those cozy, private hen boxes we made them sit forlorn and empty
go figure 

the coffee trees got their turn at my attention this morning, too

after not visiting these trees for a while...

I was pleasantly surprised to see how many beans are on the trees
soon, they will be harvested for the morning cup of coffee
of course, I'll need to put them through the process first of drying and hulling

and really, who are those people that think vegetable plants in the front yard...

could be such an undesirable thing?! 
I can happily say it is an expected and admirable thing to grow gardens all around the home...
front, back and on the sides, here on this little island

why, they look just as pretty to look at as the next flowering plants...
and edible, too!

our fig trees are loaded with promising and luscious fruit...
I can't wait to have more of these on my plate

love cabbage leaves...
too pretty to pass up

for now, I must go and gather up some fallen passionfruit

and remembering that Christ Jesus...

He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creations.
For by Him all things were created,
in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-
all things were created through Him and for Him.
And He is before all things,
and in Him all things hold together.
And He is the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning, 
the firstborn from the dead,
that in everything He might be preeminent.
For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven,
making peace by the blood of His cross.
Colossians 1:15-20

May your day or night find Christ preeminent by His grace.


  1. What a lovely post in photos and in scripture.

    Have a wonderful Christmas ~ FlowerLady

  2. Awesome! Is the first picture the grapefruit too? I thought it was more of a tree than a bush/vine growing on the fence.
    Are those beets, next to the flowering plants? I wish I could fix up my yard like yours!

    1. Mark, the vine on the gate is just a vine. The grapefruit tree is a tree. Those are beets. I was comparing the beauty of beet plants with flowering plants. Make yourself some boxes on the ground around the house, fill them with good soil and put in some seeds or seedlings.

  3. "I can happily say it is an expected and admirable thing to grow gardens all around the home..."

    You are so very right. And your place is a shining example of how everyone with a little time and love should be keeping their piece of God's earth. It's no secret we were placed in a garden at the beginning... and even though the cosmos are fallen, there's a healing goodness in building gardens that nourish and bring beauty.

  4. Beautiful life you have Jean! The food growing on your property is gorgeous and just like our God to make it so beautiful!

    Merry Christmas!


  5. Well, you are by far the most exotic blogger around! So nice that you stop in and visit me now and then! I am so amused by your chickens. They are fun to watch. I hope your sick girls are better! I hope you have a lovely Christmas!