Rhubarb Is Awake

Rhubarb is awake

Dreaming of rhubarb pie, stewed rhubarb (stupid barb is what we call it) mmm
Tea from boiled leaves keeps club root from brassicas and black spot off roses.
Fruit stalks are mildly laxative, rich in potassium, vitamin C and fibre used as a spring tonic with a tart flavour caused by non toxic malic acid.
Makes yummy pies, jellies, jams, wine and ‘stupid barb’ sauce.
The raw or cooked leaves are poisonous to humans and livestock if consumed in large enough amounts.

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Live Today As Best You Can

Bumblebee

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

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Garden Trio

Garden Trio

I found this lovely blues trio in the raspberry patch
making beautiful harmony together.

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Primrose Smiles

Primrose from my Valentine
now in my garden shine
turned up faces in the sun
bring smiles every time.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Turning Fear Into Faith

‘I love doing preposterous things,’ he replied. “Why, I don’t know anything more exhilarating and delightful than turning weakness into strength, and fear into faith, and that which has been marred into perfection.”

~ Excerpt from “Hinds Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard

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I Will Lift Up My Eyes

Jervis Inlet

I will lift up my eyes
and see beauty
and hear birdsong in the trees.
I will count my blessings
one by one
and care for those around me.
I will not let fear
turn my head
nor my thoughts
to negative thinking
because this too
shall pass
and all will be well.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Back To Basics

Though it might feel like it, the world has not stopped spinning,
seagulls have not stopped fishing,
Mother Nature isn’t aware of our pandemic.
Life goes on as usual for those who depend on her for their livelihood.
Maybe we need to get back to that simple way of life again,
of working to live, not the other way around,
and creatively use what we have at hand
rather than rushing out to buy something.
Life goes on for us too
if we can squelch the panic and realize
we can and will survive this.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Pond Shots 2

Pond Shots 2

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Sun On Cedar

Sun On Cedar

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Blank Verse

Pond Shots 2

Blank Verse

My mind is like a leaf
floating on the surface of a stream –
depth,
colour,
no sound,
content to drift
whichever way
breezes blow
or waters flow.
Blank mind,
blank verse.

©2013 Sharron R. McMillan

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Pond Shots 1

Pond Shots 1

The underwater colours are so brilliant right now, I love to just sit and stare at the little pond in our back yard.

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Periwinkle Thinks It’s Spring

Periwinkle Blooming

It makes me smile to come across tiny blue periwinkle flowers in the flowerbeds.  Like a promise to me that spring is truly on its way.
The Periwinkle Flower’s Message Is: Reach out to make new friendships while remembering the past fondly. Hold on to the things you cherish for as long as possible.

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A Lovely Blessing

To the traveller of land, sea, and air may you be strengthened in heart, mind, and soul.
May the hands that hold your needles be steadfast and sure
and may our yarn bring you peace as it travels through your fingers.
May the shoulders that wear our clothing experience added warmth and comfort
in times of distress.
To the home bound, lonely, or scared may your fears be lifted
and doorway to comfort and hope opened.
And to all, may you remain in good health, uplifted spirits, and remember to be not afraid.

Printed by permission by  Ben Hostetler – Mountain Meadow Wool Shop www.mountainmeadowwool.com

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Another Driveway Vignette

Another beautiful spot by Middle Daughter.

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Spiffing up the driveway entrance

Middle daughter did a beautiful moss garden and rockery along one edge of the driveway. Looks so nice with the sun on it.  She has more plans for further down the driveway too.
Vignettes like this around our acreage fill me with gratitude and make me smile.  Thanks Middle Daughter.

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