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On the therapeutic benefits and theological lessons of gardening


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First Billy Buttons and a Hoary Sunray in the native garden bed. #forthebirdsandthebees A photo posted by Alison Payne (@thisfoggyday) on Oct 2, 2016 at 7:53pm PDT That is perhaps an overreaching blog post title. But Alistair recently shared this article from The Conversation on the therapeutic benefits of gardening, which I found fascinating – health, achievement,

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Why I don’t keep pets – maybe


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This is a long post about domestic pets. I started it last week, realised it was too long and ran out of time, so it sat. I had meant to come back and finish and edit it to write it more nicely. That became a reminder that it takes a long time to compose posts nicely.

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On too much gift and longing


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My back step in spring time. A photo posted by Alison Payne (@thisfoggyday) on Oct 31, 2015 at 7:45pm PDT I recently read Death by Living, by ND Wilson, again on the bus. There is in it a little section about the yearning felt by Solomon, which is a curious spin on my fascination with

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On those things we disinterestedly enjoy


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This, friends, is a tapestry – a rather large tapestry in fact – hanging on my wall, that I both like and am embarrassed about. I bought it from a Salvation Army shop when I was driving through Nowra on my last holiday, because I saw it on the wall and liked it. Since then

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The bright shadow on common things


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Packing, packing, packing. It’s all I’ve done today. So now I am sitting down with a cup of Fireside Rooibos — have I mentioned before how much I like rooibos tea? — for a little rest. It’s been a splendid autumn day here, not that I have been out in it so much except for

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