“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away […]
There’s a Change in the Air…
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~ Barack Obama Can you feel it? There’s great shift coming. Great change. There’s nothing you need to do, if you choose […]
Unblocking and Grounding your Foot Chakras
“In a flash of wonderment she saw firm, continuous ground under her feet, stretching from back then to right now and on and on as far as her eyes could take her.” ~ Ann Brashares, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood Ever felt any of the following? Vague, disconnected and disoriented. Spaced out, especially when doing meditation […]
“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow It’s Sunday, and for me it’s a day of favourite things. Meditation first, before the sun comes up, with my Mala beads and Tibetan Bowl. A short walk around the farm with Harry while we wait for the rest […]
Thoughts on Housekeeping
If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, “Who could have done this? We have no enemies.” ~ Phyllis Diller I’m finally home at my beautiful farm. We arrived early yesterday morning, and I enjoyed a whole sunshiny day at home, doing homey kinds of things. I’d […]
Sneaking out the Door
“Home is the place that goes where you go, yet it welcomes you upon your return. Like a dog overjoyed at the door. We’ve missed you is what you hear, no matter how long you’ve been gone.” ~ Michael J. Rosen By the time you read this I’ll be going home. Front door pulled shut behind […]
Show me dem hands…
“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh The next installment of my Kimberley Story… […]
Royal Baby – Boy, you had some people fooled!
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ~ Rumi The world is abuzz right now with news of the Royal Baby. But today I’m not going to join the masses predicting his name, his future or speculating as to the man he may one day become. I am […]
Walnut and Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites – Fit for a Prince!
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ~ Charles M. Schulz While the world is abuzz with excitement at the birth of the Kate and William’s new baby boy, here we are celebrating by eating macaroons and drinking tea. Welcome, Little Prince. We shall blog about you tomorrow… […]
Writing Advice that works for Life too!
“Don’t throw it all away, our love, our love. Don’t throw it all away, our love.” ~ The Bee Gees The wonderful thing about good advice is that it’s usually applicable to more than one thing. Yesterday I was reading a great post called 23 Tips from Famous Writers for New and Aspiring Authors. […]
Do Not Be Friends With Mean People!
“It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly can never know what true friendship means.”~ Charles Kingsley I spent some time with a little girl yesterday who is having a hard time with other girls being mean and bullying her at school. Madeline (I changed her name here, […]
Pay Attention to the Messages You Get!
“There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.” ~ Charles Dickens Sometimes, I wish I’d had more faith in myself as I was starting out. One of the things I always teach my students is the importance of trusting and paying attention to the messages they receive when […]
Easy Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroons Recipe
“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.” ~ Elsa Schiaparelli I love these simple little macaroons. So quick to make, so easy and they taste like heaven – all toasty and chewy on the outside and still soft and moist in the middle. These ones are gluten-free, and can easily be made […]
Guided Meditation for Emotional Healing
“…spiritual or emotional pain doesn’t become a memory so much as a bruise …” ~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain I was up extra early this morning, after a difficult night. My daily practice, no matter where I am or what is happening in my life, is to meditate. So I found myself rugged up against the […]
Reminding yourself why…
“Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.” ~ Author Unknown Sometimes the thing we need to do isn’t pleasant, isn’t fun, isn’t anything we really want to do. Or it might have started out easy, and fun, and then suddenly we reach the hard bit! Now, to get to where we […]
Stormclouds, Music and Melancholy
“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore The air is tinged with cold and that strange electricity that comes before a storm. I am watching from my upstairs bedroom, stuck in the city and […]
The wisdom of planting trees
“Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn.” ~ Lord Orrery, 1749 Our humble little farmhouse was built firstly as a two room cottage in 1860 by the original timber-cutter in our area. The […]
Harry – Cafe Dog!
“Coffee is a language in itself.” ~ Jackie Chan Good Morning! It’s Harry here. Mum is meditating, so I thought I’d save time and write her blog so that we can go to the cafe faster. I love cafes. Ever since I was little I’ve been going. Especially first thing in the morning. So now I’m […]
Slow Cooker Italian Lamb Shank Recipe
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”~ Jane Austen I’m totally in love with my slow cooker right now. Just ten minutes of preparation in the morning and the slow cooker does all the work so that by nightfall I have a luscious, melt-in-the-mouth dinner, brimful of goodness and with next to […]
Night Flying and Cups of Tea
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci The next installment of my Kimberley story… Do you know what it’s like to sit in a bush kitchen with a barefoot […]
How Synchronicity Happens
“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ~ Charles de Lint Have you ever wondered how synchronicity happens? It’s a […]
Easy Date Loaf Recipe
“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” ~ Laurie Colwin Our farm is a social place. The pace of life is slower here, and people have time […]
Don’t Let Anyone Sink Your Ship!
“Dreams are difficult to build and easy to destroy.” ~ Seth Godin There is much truth in that quote. No matter how thick-skinned or emotionally resilient we think we are, our dreams – especially when new and tender – are fragile things. Today I want to remind you how important it is to protect those […]
Chronically ill and Happy!
“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” ~ Tricia Cunningham I’m not happy because I have a chronic illness – I’m happy because I still love my life! It’s possible, and in fact I think it’s necessary, to find happiness when life has dealt […]
Getting ready for a bumper harvest!
“Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.” ~ Kent Nerburn The picture at the top of the page is part of a stand of Bunya Pines along one of the fences at our farm. Each year the pines produce giant […]
Why do you keep running from the thing you want?
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau It’s a simple enough question. And today I’m asking you. Why? Why do you keep running in the […]
Roasted Pear and Root Vegetable Salad Recipe
“It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.” ~ Edward Bunyard, The Anatomy of Dessert I love my salads, but winter is a time better suited to warm foods and slow foods. The solution? A […]
“And when the day arrives I’ll become the sky and I’ll become the sea and the sea will come to kiss me for I am going home. Nothing can stop me now.” ~ Trent Reznor The ute’s all packed, it’s not quite dawn and we’re heading home to the farm. I’m filled with a quiet thrill. […]
Who do you tell?
“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald It’s taken me a long time to begin to share my story… For the longest while I never even thought I would. But then I […]