The wind is blowing so hard I don’t want to go outside, not even to look at my garden, or maybe especially not to look at my garden. I know that the top few centimetres of soil is going to be dried out completely, and some of the tomato stakes are going to be blown over. Tomorrow morning when everything is quiet I’ll gi and survey what I can rescue. Last Sunday five cows came into my gaden – somebody had opened the gate – but luckily one of our employees saw them through the window and ran out to chase them out. She had acted quickly and the damage was minimal. They already call my garden ‘holy ground’ so I’m guessing that they know my heart and soul are in it. This incident rminded me of the verse in Song of Solomon that speaks of the little foxes in the vineyard.
Song of Solomon 2:15 – Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.
Now cows aren’t foxes, and they aren’t little, and they can do a lot of damage. I’ve been thinking about the little foxes in the vineyard and I wonder if a camel or a donkey wouldn’t do more damage to a vineyard than a fox. A cow, a camel or a donkey are large and can be easily seen and easily chased out of a garden, whereas a fox, or any other small animal can hide between and behind plants and do a lot of damage before it is detected. Think about a caterpillar or a locust that chews away at succulent green leaves and can only be seen at closer inspection. Sometimes we are so busy concentrating on the big problems in our lives that we fail to see the little things that are going wrong. The subtle bad habits that sneak in, the extra spoon of sugar in a cup of tea, the negative attitude, ignoring a health warning. There are so many things that can creep up on us like the little foxes in the vineyard if we aren’t vigilant. Despite the cows my garden is flourishing and I am enjoying the time I get to spend there. It is truly my happy place.
On Thursday I baked some banana muffins for the shop and today I baked some gluten free ones. They came out so well tht I’m going to share the recipe:
Gluten Free Banana Muffins
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (if the flour does not contain any)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
(mix these dry ingredients together)
3 ripe bananas
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup melted butter
1/4 cup milk
(place all the wet ingredients in a bowl and mix with a stick blender – or mash the bananas and then beat everthing together)
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir till they are mixed. Spoon the mixture into muffin pans and bake at 180 degrees C for about 20 minutes.
My kitten is also bringing us so much joy. She loves it when my husband watches TV because she can lie and sleem snuggled up close to him. Have a happy week and let me know if you try the muffin recipe.