So where's the snow?

Muddling through life from Austria to Wales; God, life and a small black dog


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The New Plant

A repeat but I’m trying to make sure I still post a day while on holiday!  Still worth it I think!

We were watching a service from Willow Creek church in the USA last night and Bill Hybels was talking about how Jesus told the parable of how the seed must die to produce the new life, in reference to his death and resurrection and how when we are reborn parts of us must die, that we must die to our selves which is a main point of christian doctrine.  This is in John, Chapter 12, v24 -25, and of course reflects the parable of the seeds and soils, Mathew Chapter 13 v 1 -23

 Bill said erroneously that the seeds need nutrition from the ground to germinate, but actually they don’t.  All that is needed is moisture and warmth. All the ingredients are present in the seed to create the new plant until it grows its own leaves and can feed itself, through its roots in the soil (the word of God).  Jesus says the soil can be rich or infertile and  the world (weeds and bugs)  determines how you keep the word. 

I thought that maybe this analogy goes deeper and further  than Bills and I am going to give it a go!   When a flower is  pollinated, the new seed (or child) is created from both God and human. As the seed grows, it hardens and matures, forming a carapace that protects the seed until it has the ingredients to germinate (receive Jesus), and this can involve travelling some distance, can be quick or takes years.  The seed can also get damaged, destroyed, lost  on the journey to germination/receiving Christ. – See the likeness between us and plants??!! 

So  the essential, perfect real person, our heavenly being that we spend so much time on earth renewing our minds to become, is already there and is never actually lost.  Jesus coming to live in our soul makes perfect what the world has changed.   Like the seed, we have all the ingredients we need, we just need to receive the living water to grow.  The seed husk that is left in the ground is our old self.  When we become mature Christians/plants, God’s water supports us, but we also still feed from the word (Bible) and the world about us.We are no longer seeds but plants, and can grow or die.  The perfection is still within us.


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Those Sparrows

They saw that I’d been busy, weeding and topping at the soil on my flower bed.They know also that the supply of seeds has run out and all I have is Sunflower seeds and peanuts, which they struggle with.  So what do they do, they chose a nice afternoon and spend it making earth baths in the soil, they’ll be expecting me to do it every year now!


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Garden time

Digging out the plot in 2007

I’ve noticed that there are a lot of  gardening blogs, which is something that fascinates me and is one of my main hobbies here, so I’m going to blither about mine a bit! 

We moved here from the very temperate south of England, at 40m sea level, really – we were on the coast, to nearly 1000m and in a glacial valley.  We changed soils from claggy clay, to a wonderful river alluvial sandy black soil, facing South East.  The region has for years been a main potatoe growing region because of this soil and the fact that the potato blight never got here due to the cold climate.  The local spud is known as an Eachtling, and there’s still a great market here for spuds.

2007 settling the plots in.

We’ve made lots of mistakes here, mostly planting stuff too early and getting it snowed on or frosted.  As I write, people are just starting to sow seeds and its the 4th of May.  A lot of the balcony boxes are filled but sitting in the garage until the ‘Frost man’ is gone.  Few  people over winter their plants here except for Paggy who puts his Fuchsias in the sauna, so we’re seen as a bit nuts for putting ours all in the earth cellar for the winter!

When we arrived, we dug what we thought was the best place in the grass for the plots – exactly where our predecessors had them!  We found beautiful soil which was great.

I’ve just sown the courgettes (but with reserve in pots oon the window sill), three sorts of pea, broad beans(huge success on our first try last year),  Parsnips, carrots and I’ve just bought plugs for sprouts, beetroot, kohl rabi and some lettuce. Our experiment this year is with sweet corn which we started on the windowsill. I wait  on the boss’s (Dave’s) permission to plant out.  He’s been a gardener most of his working life, but I still argue with him!!!! It helps where he works in a Garden centre as I get hot tips when new stuff comes in!

Austria has always had a strict policy on pesticides, hence no DDT etc so we get loads of garden pests. Moles, and Molemouse – which I’m  trying to find out more about, it burrows underground and eats the roots, you think you have a beautiful parsnip but you pull up just a top, mole crickets, though I’ve not actually seen one, and worms and beetles ad nauseam – I think in our pea crop, 50% had visitors living inside last year!