God, FB … and me ūüėá

Funny I did not realise my Creator could be talking to me through FBūüėĪ¬†that is one hell of a thought… or one heaven of a thoughtūüė欆….but when you think about it … why not? Here’s how it happened.

Only yesterday I looked at my Cherry blossom tree which is just bursting into flower and asked God “Please,¬† can you let me keep this tree without it toppling over.¬† I know it seems foolhardy,¬† but I really love these flowers. So ,¬† should I cut it or trust you to hold it up for me? I can trim it a bit more maybe …? ”¬† ¬†and I left my conversation open ended. I thought that I would have to take a decision soon.

I should explain that the tree next to it –¬† an older and¬† much more solid Ficus of double the girth¬† – came crashing down in heavy rains in November 2017.¬† We usually park our cars beneath them, but that evening a guardian angel nudged my brother to step out in the down-pour and move both cars further up the road to where there were no trees.¬† ¬†He had hardly returned when he heard a prolonged creaking sound … and whilst he watched, the Ficus slowly and carefully pulled away from its roots and fell right across the road.¬†

Writing this I realise,  why oh why did I  not see before that the tree,  guided by its Creator,  was gently untangling its roots to keep the boundary wall (which was just one foot away)  intact?   We all said it was a miracle but the more I think of it the more it astounds me.  You will see from the pictures below how close the tree was to the boundary wall and the house- and how huge!!  And yet it fell without even an inch of damage!!

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Roots gently untangled to save boundary wall

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The Girth. Had to be split in two to be hauled away. A part still remains.

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Spanned a 40 ft road without downing high voltage wires!!.

And the connection between God and FB ?

Well after I whispered the prayer for my tree yesterday,¬† FB reminds me today about a post written three years ago to the very day : –¬† a post I had totally forgotten about titled¬†Earth’s crammed with heaven¬†and referring to – you guessed it – my Cherry Blossom tree.

And what is so uncanny is that FB never EVER has reminded me of posts on my WordPress blog,¬† but “chose” to¬†remind me of this less than 24 hours after my whispered my prayer/question to God.

I had trimmed¬† the branches when brother Ficus came down as ‘Sherry’ was more exposed to heavy gusts but was still not sure if to take her down completely¬† ¬†?

So through FB’s reminder¬† – incredible as it sounds – I believe God was reminding me that Sherry had been saved before and I should not worry.¬† ¬†I believe I can now keep her around some more to give glory to her Maker with the most beautiful and fragile of flowers that makes your heart sing.

Indeed as Elizabeth Barrett Browning¬† wrote ..¬† “Earth’s is crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God.”¬† ¬†

Port City Project

I posted my comments on this a few months back.   This cartoon from the newspapers last week captures it well :

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Land-filling 450 acres of ocean  will sink Sri Lanka in more ways than one.   Fiscal … there is a chance of recovery – generations for the next few centuries can pay the debt.

Destruction of the environment – IRREVERSIBLE.

Earth day April 22

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Google mail icons today are colorful vibrant doodles to remind us that it is Earth Day РApril 22nd.    Perhaps Google should also stamp Earth day across these beautiful doodles so that the millions who see them will be reminded that it is Earth Day.

earth-day-2013-istock23733018.The Earth day logo¬†which I have selected from the many non ‘Google’ images available reminds us that all life and activities need to be in harmony and balanced with each other for continued sustainability and JOY.

Happy Earth Day everyone ¬†… ¬†ūüôā

Please do a little something today for Mother Earth to minimise your footprint.   Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Facts-2

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. http://www.greenenergysavingtips.com/reduce-reuse-recycle-facts/

 

 

 

Beating the heat !

Your door-step you said ? ¬†Forget it. ¬†We are not moving ....”

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Water buffaloes enjoying the shade

“Ok .. no protests from me. You really are a beautiful specimen. ¬†And the heat is almost¬†unbearable so you stay … I’ll just park next door ūüôā ¬† ¬† Let me first get a picture of you though for the Mundane Monday community. ¬† Done. ¬†¬†Now I’ll just wait here till you are ready to move .” ¬†¬†Image result for emoticons

Colombo has been¬†experiencing a heat wave. ¬†The animals are the hardest hit … as are those in drought stricken lands of Asia where humans too are succumbing to the heat.

One of the big questions in the climate change debate: Are humans any smarter than frogs in a pot? If you put a frog in a pot and slowly turn up the heat, it won’t jump out. Instead, it will enjoy the nice warm bath until it is cooked to death. We humans seem to be doing pretty much the same thing ¬†– Jeff Goodell

Grumbling at the heat … but doing nothing to minimise our carbon footprint? ¬†Guilty as charged.

Nature’s parachutes

hbhatnagar‘s picture of¬†a seed pod last week, reminding me of a similar capture of mine -the same week ! – of a pod of a Stephanotis plant on my¬†balcony.

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The parachute-like seeds are natures strategy for dispersal. ¬†They float in the wind, land on soft ground and take root. ¬† Man-made parachutes and most of man’s inventions – even the air-plane, have ¬†all¬†their design inspiration from¬†nature.

Hope you enjoy these pictures.  I could not get the angles I wanted because the seeds kept spilling out each time I moved the plant for a better view.

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Close up – Stephanotis pod and Nature’s parachute.

Posting in response to Jithin’s Mundane Monday challenge to find beauty in the mundane .. and ¬†..to make the mundane beautiful.

Posted for Mudane Monday Challenge hosted by Jithin.

Earth’s crammed with heaven

Woke up on a mundane Monday morning to the most awesome sight.  The tree outside my balcony had burst into bloom.

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The sight that met my eyes !

I could just gaze and gaze and gaze at it for hours.

I looked up again and noticed the moon was still out .. perhaps hating to leave the scene of such beauty ūüôā

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Even the moon refused to move away ūüôā

Delicate, paper thin, shadowy pink flowers so ephemeral they  would bruise to the touch. Some were floating down and I stretched out my hand for them to land on. The ground beneath was a carpet of pink.

The sight leaves you dazzled … wanting to burst into laughter, ¬†scoop up the flowers, embrace the tree for giving you such a vision.

The tree which is just outside my front door poses a serious threat to my boundary wall and roof. You can see how close it is in this picture.

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That’s the ¬†roof jutting out on top left. Too close for safety ?

Many have advised me to cut it and yet I can’t bring myself to do this and¬†and lose the glory of this sight when it blooms – once, sometimes twice, a year.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning must have been referring to such a vision when she wrote :

Earth’s crammed with heaven,¬†
And every common bush afire with God, 
….. But only he who sees takes off his shoes.¬†

Eventually, I tore my gaze away and looked across on the other side of the balcony.  There stood another tree that I really admire, a lone sentinel rising above its neighbours, in majestic competition with my flowering cherry blossom tree.                  cherry blossom competition _065425

A solid¬†and stable sentinel every day, unlike the ephemeral blossoming tree, I have to recognise this tree too or it will feel left out ūüôā

Sharing with Mundane Monday challenge of Jithin though this is ‘cheating’ for it is anything by mundane. At least it was taken on a mundane Monday ūüôā ¬† and also sharing with Jacqueline’s Echoes of my Neighbourhood challenge which brings so many many places to your doorstep.

Creative Disposal!

I was intrigued by Jithin’s ¬†picture of items dumped in crevices in the wall and kept my eyes open for any such handy storage¬†units in my area.

I got lucky. ¬†This wall had a bottle dumped in almost every ‘weep hole’ ie. ¬†holes to allow rain water to escape. ¬†I could not get a shot of the whole wall, nor is it as colourful as Jithin’s ¬†but these tell the story of handy disposal ūüôā

Can I draw a conclusion that this ‘creativity’ (or laziness ?) is unique to the Indian sub continent?

To use or not to use …

Photrablogger’s challenge really has me trying to find beauty in the most mundane – like this jar of plastic lids on my sister’s kitchen sink. She separates the HDPE¬†covers from PET bottles and milk cartons that are to be¬†recycled as part of her efforts to minimise her footprint.

For love of Mother Earth

Apart from the eye catching colours, I think the jar is beautiful because it helps in some small way to prevent this.

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Submitted in response to MM Challenge Colors and Angles ¬†… and containers ūüôā

Cartoon credit : http://www.maxgustafson.com/

Quiet time

Rest is not idleness,

and to lie sometimes on the grass, under trees on a summers day, 

Listening to the murmur of the water, or watching clouds float across the sky, 

is by no means a waste of time.” ¬†¬†John Luddoc

But is a great way to start ¬†– or wind down ¬†a Mundane Monday ¬† ūüôā ¬†¬†And it gets better when you have company ¬†….

Attidiya Lake        Quiet time

So quiet time for two ūüôā