Sunday, 23 January 2011

A rest on Sunday

"What a splendid day!" said Anne, drawing a long breath.  "Isn't it good just to be alive on a day like this?  I pity the people who aren't born yet for missing it.  They may have good days, of course, but they can never have this one!"

Anne of Green Gables,  Lucy Maud Montgomery.

I am really enjoying reading this book, and I am very happy that I am in contact with L M Montgomery's cousin, who still lives where this book was set.  Thank you Kathie for getting in touch with me. 

Today we have enjoyed a lovely lunch, that I popped into the slow cooker early this morning.  Onions, bacon and mushrooms browned, pork steaks grilled, carrots and parsnips chopped, then everything added to the crock-pot with 500ml of cider and a can of lovely, velvety mushroom soup for good measure. No recipe required, simple!

I also copied my daughter's idea and scrubbed and halved some new potatoes and put these at the bottom of the cooker, so no need to cook any potatoes seperately, very easy, just the way I like it!

Then I simply put some yorkshire puddings in the oven and boiled some broccoli.

Then lit some candles and made everything cosy and homely for a lovely, relaxing Sunday lunch.

Then eldest son very kindly agreed to model the beanie hat and gloves I have been knitting.

The patterns were given to me by my sister, who has won awards for her knitting. In fact, if knitting was a martial art, my sister would be a blackbelt!

There's not much colour here, because he wanted them in black, so I am looking forward to buying some yarn next weekend, and indulging in some technicolour crochet.  Watch this space! 

"Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens.  I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you.  Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."  Jesus.  Matthew 11:28-30.

The caring lovingkindness of God towards me and towards others is a continual source of amazement to me.  That He, the Creator of all life and the Universe could be so personal, so tender, so thoughtful, so kind and so caring that my heart runs to Him for refuge, shelter, security, and He never fails me, because He is all Love, from first to last.  He knows how many hairs are on my head, and I find in Him a sweet haven of companionship, of understanding, of comfort and of rest.

Enjoy a restful Sunday my friend.


Blackberry said...

Your casserole looks delicious! Yorkshire puds with it is a great idea - I'll remember that next time.x

Fixing My Thoughts said...

Jayne, I love everything about this post, but especially your last paragraph. So well-written and heartfelt. Jesus is indeed a sweet haven. Thank you for saying it so beautifully. Bess

Luke said...

How I wish I was at home today! This was so delicious to read, and totally reminded me of how good cooking can be. Loved the quote at the start - glad your day was that exquisite!

Joanne said...

Yes, so touching and beautifully written. Thank you Jayne!
I noticed that you live in the Midlands. I stayed there for two weeks a few years ago...loved it!
Love your typical British Sunday meal, especially with the Yorkshire pudding!
Joanne who is also grateful for a loving, caring, compassionate God...Psalm 16:5-9

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

hello my lovely

oh your son does look dapper in his beanie and gloves and that casserole looks sooo delicious mmmmmmmm
i must think about investing in a slow cooker.

wishing you a wonderful week ahead

warmest hugs xxx


Susan B said...

A lovely post, Jayne. I enjoyed reading it. Your Sunday meal looks very good! I love using my slow cooker, and use it as often as I can. It's so nice to put something in there to cook during the day, and then not have to worry about the meal until it is time to eat! :)

Pom Pom said...

A wonderful meal and needlework! Perfect!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bojour Madame! Comment allez-vous? Merci pour être venue à mon blog; vous dites que vous parlez français? SUPER! Moi aussi, je suis prof dans une école d'immersion française dans la quatrième année! THANK YOU FOR COMING TO LEAVE A MESSAGE and you asked about my writing? Well, I would so love to write children's books FOR ADULTS...inspirational and whimsical tales really written on the LEVEL of elementary students, but with profound meanings. I want to reach adults who love whimsey and fairytales, but I have only discovered the boldness to even DREAM of writing professional SINCE BLOGGING! Blogging has truly given a MEANING TO WRITE. Tell me more about your French experience Madame, Je voudrais savoir! Revenez parce que je me profite de la langue française dans me billets presque chaque weekend!


Jayne said...

Bonjour Anita! And thank you to everyone for your kind words, you are such a blessing to me, and I am also enjoynig reading your blogs! xx

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