Thursday, December 30, 2010Late but worth reading
Christmas is about - Christ 25 Dec 2010
'...they saw the young child...and fell down, and worshipped him...' Matthew 2:11
He was born in the humblest of settings, yet heaven above was filled with the songs of angels. His birthplace was a cattle shed, yet a star brought the rich and noble from thousands of miles away to worship Him. His birth was contrary to the laws of life and His death was contrary to the laws of death, yet no miracle is greater than His birth, His life, His death, His resurrection and His teachings. He had no cornfields or fisheries, yet He spread a table for 5,000 and had bread and fish to spare. He never stood on expensive carpeting, yet He walked on the waters and they supported Him. His crucifixion was the crime of crimes, yet from God's perspective no less a price could have made possible our redemption. When He died, few mourned His passing, yet God hung a black cape over the sun. Those who crucified Him did not tremble at what they'd done, yet the earth shook under them. Sin never touched Him. Corruption could not get hold of His body. The soil that was reddened with His blood could not claim His dust. For over three years He preached the gospel. He wrote no book, He had no headquarters and He built no organisation. Yet two thousand years later He's the central figure of human history, the perpetual theme of all preaching, the pivot around which the ages revolve, and the only redeemer of the human race. At this season of celebration and gift-giving, let's join the wise men who '...fell down and worshipped him...'(Matthew 2:11NKJV) Let's remember, Christmas is about - Christ!
Bible in a Year: Isaiah 9:1-7; Matt 1:18-25; Micah 5:2-5a;
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Monday, December 27, 2010Christmas wedding
This was the arrangement for the church.As busy as we were over the Christmas period we had a very big wedding. There were twelve table centres two different designs six of each. Although it was a winter wedding the bride wanted summer flowers nothing to do with Christmas.this was the brides bouquet roses, freesia, rosemary, lizzyanthas, eucalyptus and some lace.A variety of door wreaths
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This is the decorations in the kitchen, over the years they have been on the fireplace no demoted to the kitchen.Although we have not put up a tree this year I had to get the Nativity set out and the rusty alternative Christmas trees.
I had decorated the fire place back in early December as the little houses are advent calender's, and the carpet fitters would not have to move them to lay the carpet.
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Sunday, December 05, 2010Well fed birds
I took these photo's from the car when I was sitting waiting to get get through the road works going to work. There are so many ducks and birds here at the moment but the local people feed them and take left over bread. i believe the pet shop do well selling bird feed. This week the lake was completely frozen over the locals say its been many years since this happened last.
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The snow has caused havoc
I know there are lots of photo's out there of the recent snow but scampi looks so cute. It was deeper than she was in height, but Robert dug out a tunnel round the house up the track to the road and to the back lane where we always go for our walk. Over the days and more people got out we were able to walk round the church where I took some photo's below. I cant believe what a stand still our country came to because of the snow. Everybody needs the gritter and the snow plough it must be a nightmare for the person in charge deciding where to send them. I was supposed to have such a busy week two demonstrations at flower clubs, york minster to hear handles Messiah, doctors appointment and Sunday should have been my flower clubs big demonstration by a dutch florist all cancelled. If you have been on Bobs blog you will know about our bathroom flood which has wrecked our sitting room. The assessor still hasn't made it to see the damage, the company who riped out the carpet, took the curtains to wash and have to come back to clean all the sofa's say they are unable to come as they are a now a week behind.I want to put up the Christmas decorations as I know the next three weeks are going to be busy and only one weekend off. It all sounds like doom and gloom but what I feel most sad about is the real reason for Christmas is slipping away. I had planed an evening with my friends from church down loaded a Christmas quiz but will have to be cancelled.Its not to deep here yetWe have had some lovely sun sets this is the cricket field.My poor little new car we had to dig it out, I was nervous last year even more so now in my new car she has done very well so far.When it first snowed I went round the knocking the snow of the shrubs as the weight snaps the branches off, but the snow was deeper than my wellies and some of the shrubs. I'm trying to keep up with the wild bird food there is a blue tit hanging on the nuts.
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First Christmas wreath
Sorry for not writing for a while there's no real reason iv just been busy and not much really has been of much interest. We have had a poor seven weeks at the shop due to major road works. You would not believe the difference the roadworks have made to the shop, having to wait 20 to 30 minuets to pass through the village has made people bypass and go the long way round. November is usually a poor month anyway and along with all the other shops we have been on the brink. And then this week with the snow things have got no better. The shop is decorated for Christmas but people are being cautious. I'm not sure if they don't like what we are selling or whether its that there is such a variety in any shop anywhere. We try to sell different things that you cant buy everywhere and when people come in the shop they are full of admiration and love what we sell its just the customers are so few.I know the next three weeks are going to be busy with wreaths and fresh table centers.
A change from the usually ivy, holly,conifer and other evergreen foliage I have made a wreath from eucalyptus and gyp with a few white berries and bows. This was an order for one of the neighbours.
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