The daily rituals of homemaking have a way of slowing the mind and building contentment as the tasks we attend to through the hours of our day are accomplished one by one.
My days lately have mostly been a mix of gardening in the early hours before the scorching sun hits the back garden, washing, cooking, stitching, spending time with our grandchildren and Blossom, general repairs, dusting, re-arranging furniture and the weekly vacuum and mop of all rooms.
For a few years now, when I study my Bible, right beside me is the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, because I learned it was not enough to just read the words in my English Bible - it's important to understand the full meaning from the original language as this brings the Word alive in a deeper way and opens the eyes of my understanding to the fullness, complexity, pure truth and divine authority of God's holy Bible, especially as we seemingly face end times.
The roses all decided to rest for a couple of weeks, unusual as they tend to take turns in producing a full flush of blooms so that my table is always beautifully displaying a vase or two or three.
I gave them all a little trim, more soil, mulch and fertiliser, and carefully removed spent leaves...and within ten days they came alive with abundant beauty once more! First, the beautifully fragrant Perfumed Passion rose offered forth her fluffy pink flowers, which delighted my senses as this is my favourite rose.
Now the blue rose is flush with blooms so they'll be cut for the vase today. The long stemmed reds are almost ready and will be ready to cut at the weekend. I'll prune them right back at the end of April, but for now it's still summer and though they need care not to burn under our tropical sun, I find immense joy in this expanding hobby. Come winter I shall purchase a few more bareroot roses and large pots and continue to 'grow' my new hobby...one day perhaps my garden will be a rose retreat, for beauty's sake alone.
Before I sign off today, here's some photos of the new designs for the next set of Faith, Heart & Home stitchery club patterns.
It was our 30th wedding anniversary in December, and I designed and stitched this lovely memento to frame and hang in our home. Often I'm asked about patterns for a new marriage or a wedding anniversary, so you may like to stitch this for that purpose?