Musings on old seeds, new seasons and the sound of singing.

Tis the season for a good Spring Clean, and a couple of weeks ago, as we cleared out our shed, we found a massive bag of expired seeds. 

The date on the packets told me these seeds were over, time to dispose of and buy new. Instead, I bought a monster bag of potting soil and planted every expired seed. A satisfying afternoon of dirt under my gel nails as I wondered whether these tiny dots held life. 

As I planted, a word came to mind, dormant. The dictionary definition is, ‘slowed down for a period of time; in or as if in a deep sleep.’ I imagined the life inside the seed, the burial needed, then the trigger needed for the renewal process. The seed lies dormant until environmental conditions are favourable for it to germinate. I decided to be a part of the renewal process!

The reality is, there is no period of inactivity where nothing is happening. Dormancy might appear to be a hard shell, impermeable even, but I see it as protection until the right time. That time when the exterior weakens to allow breakthrough through soaking and scarification. Heat, light and fire being effective methods to breakthrough – sound familiar? Of course, there is natural scarification as the ground freezes and thaws.

Scripture encourages us to watch the seasons, the signs, nature encouraging us that there are times to prepare. 

I recently read this, which sums up my thoughts well, ‘Just as winter prepares plants and trees for warmer weather, a spiritually dormant season is a time of preparation—when our inner character is developed and strengthened. Strong character is essential for withstanding storms that will come during seasons of growth and harvest.’ 

The very nature of God encourages us: that we are never static, that the seasons are His gift to our soul, that He allows favourable conditions for our growth.

Be encouraged that there is no expiry but simply dormancy; my little green shoots have shown me this.

In this harsh, fragile, Covid world we find ourselves in, I pray that we’ll allow the light, heat and fire of God to break through our protected self, bringing life to the new things that are happening inside.

He is faithful; He is doing a new, different thing, new life is emerging. 

Or, as Solomon wrote, 

My beloved spoke and said to me,

    “Arise, my darling,

    my beautiful one, come with me.

See! The winter is past;

    the rains are over and gone.

Flowers appear on the earth;

    the season of singing has come,

the cooing of doves

    is heard in our land.

The fig tree forms its early fruit;

    the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.

Arise, come, my darling;

    my beautiful one, come with me.” Song of Solomon 2:10-14

Expired? I’m confident I’ll show a whole garden of flower pics soon,

Remember, you are loved! 

Michelle xo

Lasagna Garden

Hello friends. It’s been a while! My life is consumed with many things right now. I’m not writing as much as I’d like but I know it’s a season of focusing elsewhere and I’ll be back to it soon enough.

Here’s a Collins catch up in pics…

Soccer time for Josiah.


Ballet exam for Bella – here she is warming up.


Homeschooling Miss Jess, 6 weeks to go!! A busy soccer season for Em. This week Emily goes to ‘Valleys’ with her team with a chance of heading to Provincials in Vancouver – exciting! The twins are in Vancouver this weekend supporting their friend who is auditioning for ‘The Next Star’.

Seasons! I love the season we are in and I am loving the life and colour of Spring.

Pics from our treehouse.




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Phil and I enjoyed a weekend in Harrison at the ‘Pastor and Spouse’ retreat for our denomination. A lovely time, authentic speaker and we cleared up on the door prizes. Did I mention I won a camera Glen?



Fluttering fairies otherwise known as Hummingbirds.


Phil has been working with Josiah on a new project in our yard. A lasagna garden! What’s a lasagna garden? I hear you say. Glad you asked…

Lasagna gardening is an efficient method for a making a new garden bed. Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich soil with very little work from the gardener. Also known as “sheet composting,” lasagna gardening is great for the environment, because you’re using your yard and kitchen waste and essentially composting it in place to make a new garden.

To make the garden, organic matter is added in layers (hence the term lasagna) The layers break down over time and you are left with a nutrient filled soil in which to grow your flowers, herbs and veggies!! The best way to layer the garden is to alternate layers of brown (carbon rich) materials with green (nitrogen rich) materials. ‘Greens’ for the Lasagna Garden: Fruit and vegetable scraps, Grass clippings, Coffee grounds, tea bags, tea leaves, trimmings and deadheads from the garden. ‘Browns’ for the Lasagna Garden: Shredded paper, newspaper, straw, peat moss, fall leaves.

One of the best things about lasagna gardening is how easy it is. You don’t have to remove existing weeds. You don’t have to double dig. The first layer of your lasagna garden consists of either brown corrugated cardboard or three layers of newspaper laid directly on top of the grass or weeds in the area you’ve selected for your garden. Soak this layer down to keep everything in place and start the decomposition process. The grass or weeds will break down fairly quickly because they will be smothered by the newspaper or cardboard, as well as by the materials you’re going to layer on top of them. This layer also provides a dark, moist area to attract earthworms that will loosen up the soil as they tunnel through it.

The delivery of layers (all recycled)





Josiah concentrating on planting.


Here’s to the harvest!

I pray you are able to see the life and beauty of the season you are in,

Love, Michelle x

‘He has made everything beautiful in its time’ Ecc 3:11