Frost Crystals

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals on a tree with lichen

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals, looks like an ice caterpillar

Pete and I were commenting yesterday that we hadn’t had a real frost this year yet and how warm it is at the moment in comparison to other years. We have sunflowers about to open and even tomatoes that had flowers on the bushes. Last night we had the first big frost of the year. So we will see if the sunflowers open or not over the next few days. (The tomato flowers got ‘burnt’ last night.) And we had a magical morning of ice crystal discovery, exploration and wonderings about how, what, where, why, when, purpose, intention, etc of God’s creations.

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals, look like they have been licked

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals, look like they have been licked

We went out on a discovery expedition when we woke up ( I recommend warm clothes and gloves if you try it for yourself some time) and found all sorts of amazingly beautiful creations! We noticed there are different types of ice crystals and that each ice crystal is different from the next. Each plant the ice forms differently on and some plants even have multiple ice formations. Different areas have denser quantities of ice and each one makes a different pattern.

20140627 First frost - iced clover

20140627 First frost – iced clover. Interesting how the edges and centre vein of the plant has stand up tall ice crystals, between the veins are lots of little crystals and the veins on the leaf itself are still ‘green’ without any crystals. The clover looks very pretty covered in ice and creates heaps of questions, heals the earth by growing, gives all sorts of other fabulous things to the environment, air, soil etc, feeds animals and humans… It is a truly remarkable creation!

feeds animals/humans, and

feeds animals/humans, and

When you go exploring there are so many questions that come up – a few are below:

Why does moisture freeze in different shapes? How come different plants have different shaped ice crystals? How does ice form? Does Ice draw up moisture from the ground? Why does ice/cold make certain plants die and not others? What actually happens when things freeze? What is the purpose of freezing? How come God made every ice crystal different? And many, many more….

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals, they are swirly and spiralling. How come it forms like this on this leaf and differently on the one beside it. Every question must have an answer…

Heading out in nature to discover things is pretty amazing and I reckon God made it specifically to encourage us to ask questions so we can develop desire to know and learn.  I often find that it feels automatic like I suddenly have all these questions that I didnt think about before and now I want to know about. My curiosity gets sparked. In my humble experience everything in nature causes a flood of questions and wonderings within me that I want to know about. I was recently reading a couple of chapters in The Life Elysian, by Robert James Lees*, that speaks about children learning in the spirit world which I was reminded about with my experience this morning.

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20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals on the bark of a log with lichen. Notice how the exposed wood with no bark has much less frost crystal formation. I wonder why…

20140627 First frost - all the little crystals forming on the top of the tree guards

20140627 First frost – all the little crystals forming on the top of the tree guards

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals, it looks like it has been dipped in sugar

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals, it looks like it has been dipped in sugar

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals. amazing how these ones only grow around the edges of the leaves

 

* Chapters referred to:

XI. A Lesson in Creation

XII. Cushna At Home

Click here for link to a PDF of the Life Elysian or go to  www.divinetruth.com 

‘New Discoveries’ in the Natural World

New Discoveries for us.

God is one super loving being to create a world so full of diversity, wonder, variety, interesting stuff in such super abundance!

These are some creatures the kids and I have discovered about the place lately. We have yet to identify them. We are just enjoying finding them and watching them and seeing what they do, how they behave and wondering where they came from. They are so incredibly amazing.

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We wish you all a life of wondrous adventures, exploration, discovery and experimentation.

In my humble opinion, God made this world a living, wondrous place to find out about God, Love, & ourselves. God’s discovery learning centre – the natural world around us – is truly exciting, splendid, awesomely magnificent and so full of wonders that if we truly engaged it with our whole soul I doubt we would ever stop asking questions and would passionately and continuously explore… For our entire existence! (It wouldn’t stop with this physical world we live in or our earth life I suspect.)

20140612 A new type of insect Iz Discovered on the Willow Tree. It seems to be a  bigger type of Aphid that leaves red on you if you touch it. Some also have wings.

20140612 A new type of insect Iz Discovered on the Willow Tree. It seems to be a bigger type of Aphid that leaves red on you if you touch it. Some also have wings.

20140612 A new type of insect Iz Discovered on the Willow Tree. It seems to be a  bigger type of Aphid that leaves red on you if you touch it. Some also have wings.

20140612 A new type of insect Iz Discovered on the Willow Tree. It seems to be a bigger type of Aphid that leaves red on you if you touch it. Some also have wings.

We think this is a type of Mealy Bug, not sure of it's exact species. as yet unidentified properly.

We think this is a type of Mealy Bug, not sure of it’s exact species. as yet unidentified properly.

A grape leaf caterpillar, I think its feet are  amazing!

A grape leaf caterpillar, I think its feet are amazing!

Spider & Insect Creation

Spider & Insect Creation

Insect house It's house is totally made out of carefully cut/chewed off pieces of gum leaf, perfectly arranged to blend into the tree. When I went back to look for it the second time I got such a shock as it had moved house and all. I thought it was so cool and wondered what it would be like to live in such a beautifully crafted work of art and perfection.

Leaf Case Moth – Hyalarcta huebneri, Insect house It’s house is totally made out of carefully cut/chewed off pieces of gum leaf, perfectly arranged to blend into the tree. When I went back to look for it the second time I got such a shock as it had moved house and all. I thought it was so cool and wondered what it would be like to live in such a beautifully crafted work of art and perfection.

20140509 spider

20140509 spider

Fungi growing out and around moist newspaper

Fungi growing out and around moist newspaper

Wonders of God’s Creation – Leaf Case Moth Caterpillar

* This post has been updated with actual & scientific names of caterpillar. For more Insect and spider construction go to the Gallery page or click on the link here.

* Tess sent me through a link with what this caterpillar is: The Leaf Case Moth – Hyalarcta huebneri, also known as Leaf Bagworm click on link (highlighted) for more information and photographs. They have really cool houses!

We Met this dude on a smallish eucalyptus tree branch a some weeks ago.

I was struck at how ingenious its house construction was and surprised to see that it is a caterpillar. It moves about it’s food source carrying this flower looking ‘house’ with it – just like a hermit crab. I named it the ‘hermit crab caterpillar’ as I have not yet scientifically found an identification for it. (If you know I would love you to share it with me, smile.)

A really cool thing about this ‘house’ is that when the caterpillar gets scared, or wants to sleep/rest (I am not sure if caterpillars actually need to sleep or rest) it some how sucks onto the branch and the opening to it’s house is perfectly formed to completely seal the opening so nothing can get in (see bottom image).

I reckon God is ingenious at demonstrating all sorts of fabulous wonders through nature. It is truly exciting to discover ‘new’ (new to me) things that God has purposely created for me (everyone of us) to find, examine, explore and question. This is what I find in nature – so many questions, and recently an excitement about finding the answers – and an inkling of a feeling that ‘yes, for every single question there is an answer!’ I feel excited about that. I have a stronger feeling that I will get answers if I just keep searching and keep asking God, rather than worrying about not knowing or that I must know everything now.

It is being regularly demonstrated to me how very little I do know and how much wondrous, deliciousness is out there yet to discover…

 

I named this the 'hermit crab caterpillar'. It has made the most beautiful house which it carries about on it's back as it moves around eating a young tree. You can just see the little caterpillars head peeking out near the branch. If it feels you watching it it quickly 'sucks' onto the branch creating a perfect seal so that no one can get in. I was entranced watching it move about with it's house. I am noticing a lot of similarities in shapes and creatures on land and sea at the moment. Very exciting.

20140509 I named this the ‘hermit crab caterpillar’. It has made the most beautiful house which it carries about on it’s back as it moves around eating a young tree. You can just see the little caterpillars head peeking out near the branch. If it feels you watching it it quickly ‘sucks’ onto the branch creating a perfect seal so that no one can get in. I was entranced watching it move about with it’s house. I am noticing a lot of similarities in shapes and creatures on land and sea at the moment. Very exciting.

The caterpillar house like a beautiful rosebud or flower bud, or shell.

The caterpillar house like a beautiful flower bud, or shell.

It's house is totally made out of carefully cut/chewed off pieces of gum leaf, perfectly arranged to blend into the tree. When I went back to look for it the second time I got such a shock as it had moved house and all. I thought it was so cool and wondered what it would be like to live in such a beautifully crafted work of art and perfection.

It’s house is totally made out of carefully cut/chewed off pieces of gum leaf, perfectly arranged to blend into the tree. When I went back to look for it the second time I got such a shock as it had moved house and all. I thought it was so cool and wondered what it would be like to live in such a beautifully crafted work of art and perfection.

 

20140509 Leaf Skirt caterpillar or the 'hermit crab caterpillar'

20140509 Leaf Skirt caterpillar or the ‘hermit crab caterpillar’. This is a close up of it suctioning onto the branch and sealing it’s home off.

* I find it interesting how on land and at sea there are similar looking creatures/shapes/and jobs that creatures do. This caterpillar and hermit crabs with a house on their back as a protective construction. Sea stars and particular thistles that are ground covering look very similar with arms and even sometimes the shapes on them.

I was wondering – there are insects on land so there must be insects and ‘waste warriors’ of the sea, like shrimps, crill, different types of plankton, of which there is such abundance.

I also wondered at how very large in size animals eat insects and plants – like whales, elephants, giraffe, the largest dinosaurs etc etc and how it is just interesting that these massive creatures function and thrive on plants. It all just makes me wonder and I feel that dinosaurs – the meat eating ones were actually carrion eaters – clean up agents rather than killers or predators. I reckon the predatory creatures in our world today could survive without killing anything.

Creatures reflect us, in my experience, so I wonder what ‘behaviour’ changes will occur when I deal with my causal emotions… I look forward to seeing the changes…

** All these ideas are based on my feelings and my opinions. Some I know for certain because I have experienced them and some I don’t know if they are true or factual yet, but I do wonder about them and I reckon in time I will know for certain, many things I don’t know just yet, I have growing faith I will know. And when I do maybe I will tell you about them… but then you could always conduct your own experiments and find out for yourself – for certain…. smile.

 

Inspiring People: Marla Spivak – Why Bees Are Disappearing

We thought this talk was interesting and an inspiration to go out and plant a variety of native flowering seeds or plants to your area which can provide food all year round for bees and insects. It is very common in Australia to have only Spring and Summer flowering plants when in fact there are different species that flower at different times in order to provide food all year round.

Native flowering plants to the region of where you live are going to be the most beneficial and will help re-establish micro-climates and eco-systems that have been steadily decimated.

If we plant an abundance and variety of necter and pollen producing plants then we would be on our way to creating a very different environment to the one we have now. At the moment we force small creatures, birds, organisms, insects etc to have to travel long distances, with increased stress and lower breeding abundance due to having cleared out many of the essential smaller flowering flora species.

Without bees and insects there would not be a single flowering plant or any food on the planet. I feel often we desire to remain unaware of our impact on the smaller creatures, especially insects, many of whom we view as ‘pests’ or we are afraid of when actually we rely on these intelligent creatures for our very survival. We need to stop eradicating and begin prolifically encouraging as much insect life and as diverse insect life as we possibly can if we truly want to re-establish and help regenerate healthy fully functioning eco-systems.

In Australia there are so many beautiful flowering trees, bushes, shrubs, flowers and ground covers to find out about and explore which can provide food and habitat for all kinds of wondrous intelligent life to flourish.

Have a lovely day, and we encourage you to observe the beautiful smaller creatures and find out the incredible roles they play in the existence and survival of our planet (if you desire to, smile).

How Cool is Fungi

Pete found this Ted Talk today and we thought you might be interested – it’s about fungi.

We love the living systems that Jesus introduced us to a couple of years ago. We watched the above talk and we understood more of what Jesus was teaching us about the intelligent life in the soil, air, atmosphere and fungi. Living systems are a great catalyst for re-igniting and re-invigorating fungus which creates mycelium, back into the landscape.

Who knows one day you might have an old growth forest in your own back yard.

We don’t agree with or promote everything in this talk, but there is some awesome insights into the power and importance of fungus, including some great experimentation and research Paul Stamets has done.

Paul Stamets has some books on growing fungi if you are interested in this awesome intelligent organism.  A couple of titles are: ‘Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms’ and ‘Mycelium Running’).

Regular Events: Environment Day

 

Creating a Fertility System

Creating a Fertility System

This is a basic outline giving a general overview of what the event Environment Day/days is all about.

We hold regular Environment Days (generally mornings) and they are an open invitation for anyone who would like to come and give to the land.

Peter generally facilitates the Environment Days and each one is a little bit different depending on the projects we are running and what needs doing at the time.
They may include but are not limited to:
  • Putting the Principles of Divine Truth into Action in our environment
  • Tree planting
  • Mulching
  • Water Management Projects
  • Waterless systems
  • Fertility/Living Systems
  • Fauna Boxes (making, placing, renovating)
  • Seed Collection
  • Hole digging
  • Removing Barbed Wire
  • Pond Creation
  • Fauna Projects
  • Flora Projects
  • Experimentation
  • And much more
 We Generally meet at the workshop and go out to the site we are working on together. We don’t want lots of vehicles traipsing all over the land so parking is up behind the workshop (big green shed).
We will let you know on the Events page as soon as possible if the day is cancelled for any reason.
The general things to bring are: (for specifics check the Event’s page)
Water bottle with enough water for the day
Snacks (Vegan/vegetarian food only while on the property please)
Work gloves
Own tools -maddock, digging tool of choice

We are also collecting the following and if you have any you would like to donate we would gladly take it off your hands to put into the projects we are doing.

  • We are asking for your old/new/used newspapers and cardboard (or your neighbours if they care to give it to you) that you do not want any more and would be willing to gather and bring along to Kyabra Station, Kentucky, when you come or we can arrange to drop it somewhere central so we can pick it up?
  • If anyone has any old Trampoline Springs (for fauna boxes) that they don’t want. Or if you know of any that others might not want theirs anymore. We would really like them and are happy to pick them up. please let us know if you do have any.
Thank you.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Email Peter and/or Eloisa at eloisalh@gmail.com or phone 02 67787348.

During some environmental events held here, there may be talks that include discussions about God, the Human Soul and other spiritual matters. However these will not be of long duration and any person can elect to not be present during these sessions.

Making Snake Haven's

Making Snake Haven’s