Woke up this morning and saw this out the window. Rushed out half asleep in the dark with the camera – fiddled with the adjustments without being able to see them, and spent the next half hour trying to find out what I’d done!! The first photo isn’t bad, but the second is the result of brain fade…

…and here it is


When all beneath heaven abides in love
we work the fields with song and dance
but when all beneath heaven forgets love
war-horses rage across the land

What misery is greater than a lack of contentment
and what greed greater than the passion for gain

holding contentment within
there is where the secret lies

after Tao Te Ching (6th Century BC)



The renovations continue apace – as does the chaos.  In idle moments I’m trying to catch the essence of some lovely Spanish buildings, with the light shining down from above.  Long way to go.

The wall is now partly back in, but being an old house there are always unexpected angles to consider.  The original framing and floorboards appear to be Cedar, and in reasonably good nick, but for now they will remain covered…


Well the drastic kitchen deed has started, those dreadful high cupboards ripped out, and for a little while, a huge hole in the wall. Our house is definitely open plan right now. And look what we discovered under the plaster-board – tongue and groove boards, they’re in the ceiling as well! Unfortunately they will remain covered for now as I have lost the vote. But at least I know they are there…


Spent the morning emptying and clearing cupboards in preparation for the start of our kitchen renovations.  Lots of things that are past their use-by date, and other bits and pieces that haven’t been used since we came to Whanganui, got tossed.  The pantry was emptied, and pots and pans re-stacked.  And at the end of all of this we hope to have a new kitchen.

I got to thinking about renewal in general, and God’s statement that one day He will make all things new, and all that rubbish that causes so much pain will be thrown out…