Asking for a Sign

Have you ever wondered if there’s anyone listening? To your prayers, your meditations, your calls for help or inspiration… Did you know that you can ask for a sign? This is not a technique to be misused, but rather something to be done with serious intent – an action that calls for a response, an […]

My ‘One Lovely Blog’ Award

One of the things I’ve come to love about the blogging community is their generosity of spirit, their ability to connect us, one to another, and the crazy amount of awards that are out there for us to show our gratitude and appreciation to one another. I’ve recently been nominated for the One Lovely Blog […]

Easy Farmhouse Frittata Recipe

It’s cold here at the farm this morning, as Australia slides towards winter.  There’s work to be done, and it’s raining and utterly miserable outside.  A warm breakfast for the workers is in order, before they go to out to rebuild the cattle yards and fence the back paddock. With a full basket of fresh […]

In Defence of Fairies

Nothing can be truer than fairy wisdom.  It is as true as sunbeams.  ~Douglas Jerrold Those of you who know me will also know that I believe in fairies.  In fact, you’ll know that I count a fairy as one of my dearest friends. I found myself in an odd position on the weekend. I’m […]

Telling yourself a better story

I really haven’t had that exciting of a life. There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life. So I pretty much like to make it up. I’d rather tell a story about somebody else. Kurt Cobain We all tell […]

Hey Sister, You Okay?

I was looking forward to Saturday. In the last few weeks I’ve supported a friend through the end stages of terminal cancer, holding her hand til she passed, ridden the roller coaster of supporting an addict in recovery, and juggled my daily work and writing. Saturday was this wonderful window of calm in front of […]

Doing Nothing is Productive!

Are you one of those people who needs to be productive? I certainly am. Not from any external pressure –  I just LIKE getting stuff done, and I always have several projects on the go, a big fat to-do list, as well as a schedule that stretches out towards the horizon.  Life, and its possibilities, […]

My Embarrassing Affirmation Confession

You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition ~ W. Clement Stone Affirmations are a known powerful tool for change, and are used by many people for creating positive shift and personal growth.  Louise Hay has made affirmations a modern-day medicine for the soul. (You can sign up for her daily affirmations here) An affirmation […]

Let the Teacher appear…

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. ~ Henry David Thoreau If you have a dream, chances are you’ll need help to get there. Whether you want to write a book, climb a mountain, win Olympic Gold, speak a new language or improve your health, your best bet […]

Bert says sorry…

Hello, I’m Bert, Nicole’s trusty secretary… And I’d like to say sorry.   You see Nicole wouldn’t play with me this morning. I tried my best to look fetching, but she kept ignoring me. I even tried emotional manipulation… But she was still ignoring me! When she went to do her yoga stretches that was […]

Walnut and Basil Pesto & Pasta Recipe

My summer garden plantings are coming to an end, and I have more fresh basil than I know what to do with. The rabbits, possums and wallabies don’t like it much, and have left plenty for me – while they nibble my kale, parsley and coriander into oblivion! This pesto recipe is such an easy […]

Get yourself an ugly journal…

I have a special journalling quest for you today.  Are you up to the challenge? Get yourself an ugly journal. A cheap one. One you can never feel fond of. Trust me, you do not want to get a pretty journal for what we are about to do… Today we are going to create a […]

Looking after Charlie

Charlie is one of the major loves of my life! We rescued him as a very small pup, and he has been an important part of our family ever since. I hadn’t intended to get a dog… A friend from the country, who breeds working dogs, had phoned me to say that he was giving […]

Eight Ingredients for Better Health

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.  Buddha Our bodies are the vehicle for our Souls. By honouring and looking after our physical vehicle we are then much better able to access and work with our mental and spiritual gifts. […]

You’re not alone…

sometimes life can get you down you can feel so small that you wonder if anyone knows you’re here you might even wonder if anyone cares life’s burdens may weigh upon you until you wonder how you’ll ever take another step until you wonder if you’re cut out for this until you doubt you’ll ever […]

Cheesy Mexican Bake with Home-made Coleslaw

All my clients and friends keep telling me they want to eat better but have no time to cook! In response to this I’ve decided to post some quick-to-prepare recipes that will allow you to eat well, and get food on the table fast, with a mimimum of fuss. This recipe is embarrassingly easy and […]

Protecting a Good Idea

We’ve all had them. Ideas that are special to us. Ideas that seem like they could turn into something good given enough time. It might be an idea about creating something or becoming something – but we sense that this idea is special, and has the power to be transformational for us. A good idea […]

The Power of a Father’s Love

 “Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.” ~ Marge Piercy One night, in the middle of 2010, I was on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. It was late, and we had been asleep for some hours. The room phone rang, waking us up.  When  I answered […]

Writing your way out of stuckness

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.  ~Swedish Proverb Well it looks like Monday has become our regular journalling day! I’m sure most of you already know I have a love affair with journal writing. Can’t even begin to wonder how many millions of words I’ve clocked up longhand over the years. So […]

The Healing Power of Flowers and Fairy Blessings

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.  ~ Emma Goldman Flowers are a precious gift from nature.  Their colour, fragrance, shape and texture have a marvellous ability to impart energetic and healing qualities to us. My beautiful fairy friend Sokli (you can read about her here) and I chose these […]

Virtual Vegan Potluck – Creamy Satay Hotpot Recipe

Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck: bringing vegan food bloggers together to share a virtual potluck, linked by a blog circle – and our love of cooking, eating and sharing. Participating bloggers will be posting recipes – from appetizers to desserts.  Many Blessings to Annie from the wonderful blog an unrefined vegan for bringing us […]

What does Happiness look like to you?

In our age of overwork, stress, social isolation, time pressure and exhaustion, it is increasingly important to know what fills you back up again, what makes you smile, what brings joy and happiness into your life. What does happiness look like to you?  If you don’t know, make it your mission to find out, and […]

Drought, Poetry and Roses

Today’s post is inspired by a flower – a single rose blooming in my garden. Bless that rose, and all she means to me… A few years ago we weathered eight years of the most horrendous drought. Our farm in the Lockyer Valley was baked brown, and it seemed surreal to be without water up […]

Knowing When to Walk Away

“Sometimes walking away has nothing to do with weakness, and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realise our worth and value, but because we finally realise our own.” ~ Robert Tew You know the old saying I am sure.  The definition of madness (some actually say stupidity) […]

Nothing Grows Well in Depleted Soil

Today it looks like I’m blogging about farming.  But I’m not really.  I’m blogging about you.  Read on… Life on the farm is always varied. Yesterday we went down to the flats by the river to inspect the pasture regrowth. Once upon a time (long before us) this paddock was heavily cropped, year after year, […]

Easy Baked Custard Recipe AND a Free Kitten!

Today an old family recipe worth cherishing, and the latest instalment on life at my farm. This baked custard recipe was my grandmother’s, although my grandfather liked to boast that he perfected it! It always reminds me of the love and care he had for my grandmother – he was never a man to be […]

Defining Your Priorities in Life

Life is short. Life is precious. And in our lives we need to be able to fit into a limited amount of time the things that will satisfy us, grow us, and make us happy. So many people that I know have this terrible sense of never having enough time, and never getting around to […]

Attracting Inspiration and Opening to Abundance

 “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” – Buddha “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius   I truly believe that for each of us there is an idea, matched perfectly to our […]

Soul Mates – How to Recognise One

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas Carlyle You might wonder what a Soul Mate relationship feels like, what it looks like, and how you’ll know… Let’s start by looking at what a Soul Mate relationship is not. A Soul Mate will not share every view, feel as you do about everything […]

Cherry Ripe Slice Recipe

We’ve got a party to go to on the weekend – a neighbour’s son is turning eighteen! Like most parties in the country, people will be coming from near and far, and there will be quite a crowd to feed. I’m taking along a huge tray of of these delicious Cherry Ripe Slices and another big […]

When the Muse Whispers in Your Ear…

O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention. ~ William Shakespeare Inspiration comes to us in many ways, but there is one way almost all creative people have in common – the Muse comes and whispers in your ear. The Muse knows you – she knows your talents and […]

Everything changes…

Nothing that is can pause or stay; The moon will wax, the moon will wane, The mist and cloud will turn to rain, The rain to mist and cloud again, Tomorrow be today. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Take heart, because everything changes. No matter how stuck you feel right now, how burdened or exhausted or unhappy, […]

Such a simple act of kindness, given with complete mindfulness, becomes a meditation and a bridge of great trust, love and peace. I totally heart this!

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