A Camellia in February

No temptation has overtaken you that is unusual for human beings. But God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead , along with the temptation He will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it.

1Corinthians 10:13 (Jesus is as close as a prayer, Sandy)

Today I looked with full attention at the apple tree. How was it coping? Any sap or other signs… what signs? Then a large group of sparrows in the bird bath sent splashes everywhere with their excited chirps. Was it the water still recovering from being frozen but with no ice that made them twitter? It was then that I saw the Camellia shrub in all stages of bud and bloom . It is February not April but lovely camellia you are a welcome distraction right opposite the apple tree.

Dark smooth evergreen leaves glossy in the sun with buds fat and some blooming.

This shrub has enjoyed the dappled shade from the apple tree in past years but this year it will be just what the tortured willow gives. I hope it will be alright with that.

I often see my posts as a distraction from life as it is and so I invite you to see some interesting quotes about distraction which have made me rethink or wonder about this word…

All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.

Julio Cortazar

“I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction , but we travel for fulfillment. ” Hilaire Belloc

We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them , getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are unfavourable. Favourable conditions never come.

C.S.Lewis (The Weight of Glory) 1898-1963 (A British writer known as Jack. Here is why he adopted the name Jack. When he was 4 years old Lewis’s dog Jacksie died. At first he would answer to no other name , but later he accepted Jack, the name used by family and friends for the rest of his life. )

If you have the time please enjoy C S Lewis telling his own life story. Just press on the words in bold below.

Sandy πŸ™‚

C.S.Lewis: My Life’s Journey

9 thoughts on “A Camellia in February

  1. I think some of us, like me, are prone to distraction. The aesthetics, the sites, the oddities, the annoyances all take us out of focus. Those are the times when i find that second of inspiration!


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