Archive for September, 2010

Tonight we picked (and ate) mulberries by torch light.

Special Man’s parents have two mulberry trees in their backyard and at the moment they are jam packed full of fruit.  And we of course just had to help them lighten their load.

The mulberry tree laden with fruit is a magnificent site.  In my opinion each branch looks like it is covered in a multitude of caterpillars, each one a different colour along the spectrum between golden green and deep maroon.  I cannot help but think as I look at them – My God did that, and only my God could do that.

For me mulberries are synonomous with memories, and it was amazing how many came flooding back tonight as we munched our way around the tree.

Growing up, in my backyard, well not very far from the house actually, we had a massive mulberry tree.  It was taller than our house.  Every year it would produce an impressive crop of fruit and my favourite past time was  standing on tip toes under the tree, picking and eating mulberries until I was purple from head to toe, inside and out.

Another memory that came flooding back was of our dog Scruffy.  Scruffy joined our family after we discovered him at this commune which consisted of some very unsavoury type people and mum didn’t have the heart to leave him there.  After mum paid for him (I think it was a whopping $10.00), one of the unsavouries put Scruffy in a box, taped it up and then produced this machete sized knife and proceded to pound holes in the lid of the box.  We were all certain that Scruffy must have been killed, but thankfully we heard some movement in the box when we speedily drove off.  Thinking back, I’m glad we survived. 

So how does this fit into a mulberry memory…

Well Scruffy looked like he hadn’t been fed since he was born, (hence another reason Mum couldn’t leave him there) and when we got home, much to Scruffy’s delight, he found the backyard laden with the mulberries that had dropped from the tree.  Well Scruffy thought he had died and gone to heaven (heaven being the mulberry yard).  He whipped through the yard at a million miles an hour cleaning up all of the fruit.  His poor little system however, wasn’t used to that many mulberries (or even food), so it wasn’t long before our backyard was covered in lots of little purple mounds 🙂

The last memory that popped into my head was of mulberry pie.  My mum (hands down) makes the best mulberry pie ever!!!!  It was a tradition in our house and a much loved one at that – home made mulberry pie and custard or cream (or both if you were Dad). 

We moved from our mulberry tree house when I was ten.  So it was a sad day the next September when we all realised that there would be no mulberry pie that year.  One of us must have been reminiscing (or complaining) when Mum got a twinkle in her eye.  She disappeared out to the freezer and came back with a bag of frozen mulberries.  She had managed to smuggle that precious fruit with us all the miles away from our old mulberry house.  Saving it for this very moment.  So that year we shared one last mulberry pie together – it was the sweetest one ever!!!!

And tonight as all of my childhood memories flooded back, I smiled as I looked and listened to my happy children under yet another mulberry tree making their own mulberry memories.


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Did you know that Peter (the bible Peter) has a ladder?

I didn’t either until a couple of weeks ago.

It’s not a literal ladder, but a ladder none the less.  It is a series of steps, each one following the other, which in every sense is a ladder. 

You can’t jump from the bottom rung of the ladder to the top – well you could try, but the results I would say would be rather less than successful and probably very humorous to watch. (Funniest home video material) and when you climb the ladder step by step, you reach your goal – the top of the ladder.

Peter’s ladder is a step by step guide to helping us reach our peak mental and physical performance.  It is found in 2 Peter 1:5-7

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,  to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” NKJV

Did you pick out the rungs of the ladder?

  1. Faith
  2. Virtue (understanding)
  3. Knowledge
  4. Self control
  5. Perseverance (or Patience)
  6. Godliness
  7. Brotherly Kindness
  8. Love

Pretty cool ladder hey?

I’ve been studying each one of the rungs, trying to get the essense of what each of the topics are so I can truly have them in my life.  It was a real eye-opener for me reading about Faith and how little faith I really have and also a bigger eye opener to realise that if I don’t have faith I can never truly have love.

Some food for thought…

We’ll continue to climb Peter’s ladder next Thursday.  Until then…

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So I’ve been reading through some other blogs and a common thread seems to be daily themes.  Different things to write about on different days.  The idea appeals to me.  I work well within a structure.  So now all I have to do is think of some themes that would inspire me to write.  At the moment all I have is Wordless Wednesday (an idea I saw on the Teach Preschool blog).  I also like the idea of the theme starting with the same letter as the day…

That means an M, a T, a Th, an F and an S – I’ll combine the weekend into a big SSSSSS for something…


okay…some time has passed and my brain has ticked.  Here are the results of my brain storm…

Monday’s Mothering Moments

Tuesday’s talkin’

Wordless Wednesday

Theological Thursday

Friday’s Family Fun

Sunday’s Surprise

I think they are broad enough, yet narrow enough to inspire me with something…

If it works, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me 🙂

Have a great day!!


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