Back Yard Visitors

The other day, while making my morning coffee, something caught my eye out our sliding glass back door. 

We don’t often see deer around here (even though I know someone has been munching on my beans and sunflowers!), so this was a real treat! We watched this fancy girl bound and leap around ours and our neighbors’ back yards for a bit, right before a line of storms swept through.


After having my breakfast, another neighbor texted me to let me know she had found a BABY FAWN (EEKKKK!!!!) just chillin’ in the grass. I grabbed my camera, and went right over, being sure to give baby deer plenty of space. 

Can you spot the baby fawn?

Ain’t she (he?) a cutie?

Thank you, God, for these elegant and graceful creatures!

 

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Surprise Persimmon

Don’t you love surprises?

Earlier this week, I was looking out our kitchen window, which faces the garden and tree line behind our house and saw what appeared to be a pair of orange eyes staring at me. 

Maybe it’s just my wild imagination, or the fact that Halloween (the best holiday of the year) is upon us, but it seriously gave me a spook!

There’s an owl that frequents our backyard that we’ve actually seen, so my wild imagination wondered if somehow it had gone Bunnicula on us. Turns out, the two orange “eyes” were actually persimmons!

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On closer inspection, I figured out that we have TWO young persimmon trees along the tree line that I’ve never noticed before. I don’t know if this is just the first year that they’ve fruited or if I’m just oblivious, but I’ve taken this as a huge win for the Jubilee Garden! Things that I didn’t plant or care for just doing their thang. Proof again that God is good, He is faithful, and He always provides (for both us and all the little critters)!

Since there are only a few fruits on these trees (like less than five per tree), I’m assuming that they’re on the order of 10 years old. Most fruit trees take, on average, five years before they begin to produce fruit, and the first few harvests are pretty wimpy. But the American Persimmon (I’m taking a stab in the dark that they’re not the Oriental variety) is a stubborn little fella  and can take 10-15 years to fruit. It’s a good thing I didn’t plant these, because I don’t know if I have that kind of patience. Once they get going, though, it’s hard to get them to stop.

In fact, the American Persimmon has no known insect pests or disease problems. Just another reason why wild natives are awesome! Plus they’re food for birds and other garden friends.

I’ve found a few other wild persimmons in the neighborhood, and had a horrible experience trying to eat the fruit. I don’t know if it was just that the fruit wasn’t ready yet or those particular trees got funk-ified somehow, but the fruit tasted like I was eating sidewalk chalk. Couldn’t get that furry taste out of my mouth for several hours – yuck! According to the NCSU Extension website, the fruits of American Persimmon are supposed to be really sweet when ripe, so maybe I’ll give it another go this year. But with much, much smaller test bites!

Can you spot the Persimmons?

 

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Where are you planted?

On a warm-ish day a few weeks ago, I had the uber-ambitious idea to take my daughter hiking. That might sound like a normal activity to you, however, let me interject here that my daughter is two. We can’t walk anywhere without stopping ~843 times to look at gravel or a piece of pine straw. 

We’d walked this trail at our local state park before (or should I say, I carried her 90% of this trail before), so I knew there was a good chance we weren’t going to make it more than ¼ mile without a major break. And I was right, because there’s a CREEK WITH A BRIDGE. People. You’d have thought we had discovered the Holy Grail when she found that bridge for the first time. And also, my child cannot resist a body of water – puddles, creeks, rivers, lakes, bathtubs, showers, sprinklers. This child LOVES the water. 

So, of course, we made our way down to the creek’s edge. I was feeling pretty proud of myself for bringing her rain boots (#momwin) and since the water level was only 3-4 inches in the shallows, I let her walk around while I sat on the banks. While I was sitting there I saw this tree:

Tree near stream

Tree roots

Isn’t it striking? Check out those scraggly roots! That moss action! The beauty of the moment just hit me like a ton of bricks.

Then these words came to mind:

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one

    who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

    or sit in the company of mockers,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

    and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

    which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

    whatever they do prospers.

 

4 Not so the wicked!

    They are like chaff

    that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

 

Who are you walking with?

Where are you standing?

Whose company are you sitting in?

What do you delight in?

What do you dwell or meditate on, day and night?

 

Where are you planted?

 

The answers to these questions makes all the difference. Choose wisely.

Psalm 1:1a, 2-3: Blessed is the one... whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers.

Save this as your phone wallpaper to remind yourself to examine where you’re planted.

 

Coming up:

Wednesday: All About Seeds – Part 2! Seed Lingo Decoded

Next Sunday: Flood

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