At first I wondered how I would cope, but then this happened… Beautiful book. Cup of tea. Sleep. Visits with friends. Hand-written notes for my cookbook project as I snuggled under a doona on a cold, rainy night. And suddenly Sunday was over… Today I see my Lyme Doctor, obtain a raft of new […]
Blogging is redundant
This is what blogging looks like on a rainy cold morning when the dog ate your computer. Hint: Somewhere under the dog and the blanket is me…. (This post proudly brought to you by i-phone.)
Unforseen Technical Issues
This blog is temporarily out of service due to unforseen technical issues. Live updates are being brought to you via i-phone. A certain dog is in deep, deep trouble…. Again. Normal blogging will resume when new power pack has been sourced. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
Out in the wilderness…
“Funny how “question” contains the word “quest” inside it, as though any small question asked is a journey through briars.” ~ Catherynne M. Valente, Under in the Mere “Say it, reader. Say the word ‘quest’ out loud. It is an extraordinary word, isn’t it? So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.” ~ Kate […]
No-Bake Yummy Slice Recipe
“When all else fails, take a vacation.” ~ Betty Williams It’s school holidays here in Queensland, and this it the perfect easy slice to make. In fact this recipe is so easy that the kids will have a batch of these whipped up faster than you can say “you’ll like this – it has chocolate in […]
10 ways to make a little extra time in your life
“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time […]
Lemony Slow-Cooked Lamb Shanks Recipe
“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ~ W.C. Fields Slow cooked food – there’s nothing better to nurture the body and comfort the spirit, and this tasty dish fits the bill perfectly. Now that there’s a chill in the air here at the farm, a nourishing warm dinner is always […]
Recognising Karmic Relationships
“When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it’s because of karma, some past connection.” ~ Richard Gere Karmic relationships are a big part of our growth. We can experience a karmic relationship with lovers, siblings, children, parents or friends, even work colleagues. Contrary to popular opinion, not all karmic relationships are soul […]
Meditating with the Super Moon
“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.” ~ Irish Blessing Tonight, Sunday 23rd June, 2013, we will experience a supermoon. A super moon is a perigree full moon – a full moon that occurs at the moon’s closest […]
My Winter Solstice
Yesterday was the Winter Solstice – the shortest day; grey, cold and wintry. A perfect day for bonfires, for eating the luscious golden fruits from the orchard, and for curling up in front of the hearth to sleep away the longest night… ‘The Shortest Day’ by Susan Cooper So the shortest day came, and the […]
Did you smell that?
“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” ~ Rumi I’ve had lots of comments and queries from the mention in my recent post You see dem owls? of smelling odours such as cigarette smoke or flowers when there was no obvious source for that smell. It’s a big […]
Easy soft boiled eggs and toast soldiers recipe
“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” ~ Bernard Meltzer You know the feeling. You need something to eat, but you’re not famished. Or perhaps you’re tired or a bit poorly and you want a meal that’s quick and no-fuss, […]
You See Dem Owls?
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ e.e. cummings So, back to my story about the Kimberley owls… Have you ever wanted to run away from yourself? Twenty years ago or so, when I arrived at this remote cattle station at the top end of western Australia – a […]
Love Letter To My Left Eye
“Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity.” ~ Thomas Merton One of the more insidious aspects of stealth pathogens like Lyme and its […]
Self Care isn’t Selfish
“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” ~ Deborah Day A friend of mine has finally taken time out from her crazy over-giving-to-everyone-else-but-herself life to focus on her health. She’s run herself ragged, and her poor body […]
Someone to watch over me…
“It is the custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother […]
Nicole Cody’s Magical Owl Oracle
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”~ Khalil Gibran Owls have been such a dominant theme on my blog here over the past few weeks that while I’ve been swanning around in my pyjamas I thought […]
Meanwhile, back in Lymeland, an Owl showed up!
“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” ~ Eden Philpotts I’m sorry to keep you hanging for my Owl and Orchard Man Story, and for my ongoing adventures in the Kimberley. Truth is, I’m just not up to writing much right now. So instead, I shall share […]
It’s Lyme Time!
“What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can’t move, with no hope of rescue? Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn’t been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances […]
Before we get back to Owls, let’s talk Fairies!
“There are things that make no sense, that seem unreal, that can’t be grasped, or understood, or explained, that maybe don’t even exist… And still, somehow, those wonderful things touch and change our lives. Isn’t it strange?” ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Secrets of a Noble Key Keeper I present this information to you only as story, […]
My story, interrupted!
“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” ~ Deborah Day I was going to keep writing about owls and fairies and those sorts of things, but I can’t this morning. Instead I have to go to work. Psychic […]
Those Kimberley Owls…
“I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.” ~ Abraham Lincoln Sometimes the wrong road leads you in the right direction. When I look back on my life I can see that this one place, deep in the heart of Australia’s magnificent Kimberley region, was a game changer for me. […]
Easy Baked Cheesecake Recipe – Gluten Free, Sugar Free
“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!” ~ Author Unknown One of the not-fun parts of being unwell, or being on a restricted diet, is that treats seem to be harder to come by. So many desserts are crammed full of sugar, grains and fats. Or they have twenty steps, weird ingredients and […]
The Lady Who Walked Out of My Past
“I sustain myself with the love of family.” ~ Maya Angelou One late afternoon in April this year, the dusky sunset was shimmery and luminous. A light rain fell, misting the cold air and making us hurry to light a fire and get inside where it was warm. That evening the moon rose brightly amid patchy […]
The Silver-Blue Light of Love
“Love seeketh not itself to please, Nor for itself hath any care, But for another gives its ease, And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.” ~ WILLIAM BLAKE If I’m going to tell you about the Owls and the Orchard Man, I’d better first tell you about the Silver-Blue Light. It was probably one of […]
Waking from a long sleep…
“You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien I woke up this morning, stretched my arms out, yawned widely and realised that something has shifted as I slept last night. My fever’s broken, my pain has eased, and my mind is bright. It’s a great relief. The last few days […]