“Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other.” ~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration Happy New Year and welcome to the energies of 2014! It’s a glorious new year, birthed with the energy of […]
Getting Ready for 2014 – Will you join me?
“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on […]
Saying hello to Mae West
“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.” ~ C. JoyBell C. […]
Calling in Rain
Image from Wallpaper Seek “Rain drops are not the ones who bring the clouds.” ~ Sorin Cerin, Wisdom Collection: The Book of Wisdom The next installment in my Kimberley Story… Before I tell you about the Fairy Mound, I need to give you some more back story. If I don’t none of what I write after this will make […]
Things that make my heart glad!
“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” ~ Samuel Johnson, The Idler; Poems The New Year is almost here! As part of my sacred promise to live a heart-centred year in 2014, I am aiming to make sure I fill my days with more of the simple things that make my heart […]
A Christmas Gift for You!
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” ~ Amy Carmichael Merry Christmas! I want to thank you for supporting me and my blog this year, so I’ve created some gifts for you. All you need to do is select the present that most appeals to you, and then scroll down to […]
A Sleepy Kind of Christmas
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” ~ Ernest Hemingway Hello Lovelies! I’ll keep this short. I have spent most of the past forty-eight hours asleep, after dealing with a serious Lyme-related health incident. I’m recovering now, but I expect to be doing not much else […]
Easy Berry Parfait Recipe
“Some of the sweetest berries grow among the sharpest thorns.” ~ Scottish Proverb Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved parfaits. They’re so pretty with their layers of deliciousness! What’s even better about this dessert is that it’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast, and fancy enough to be served at Christmas Dinner. […]
Big Hairy Spiders!
“Spiders so large they appear to be wearing the pelts of small mammals.” ~ Dave Barry “No one knows, incidentally, why Australia’s spiders are so extravagantly toxic; capturing small insects and injecting them with enough poison to drop a horse would appear to be the most literal case of overkill. Still, it does mean that […]
What to do if you’re on your own at Christmas
“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” ~ Mother Teresa Christmas isn’t always an easy time. In fact it can be one of the hardest holidays of the year. Not every family is close, you might be a long way from home, some families are small – there might be […]
Last-Minute Christmas Cake Recipe – Quick and Easy
“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ~ Charles M. Schulz Did Christmas sneak up on you too this year? One minute it was 2012, and now it seems a whole year has flashed by and I missed it! Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding is usually an elaborate ritual in our household, but […]
Making a Flower Mandala
“Each person’s life is like a mandala- a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.” ~ Pema Chodron I spent this past weekend resting, healing, reconnecting and weaning myself back onto my Lyme drugs. It has been […]
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Living my Sacred Promise
“You protect your being when you love yourself better. That’s the secret.” ~ Isabelle Adjani It’s the final day of Retreat, and I’m profoundly grateful that my body has held up for the duration. Just at dinner last night my Lymey eye began to pulse and pain, and I ended up running our after-dinner channelling session […]
Thank you! We’re Two!!
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ~ Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul Cauldrons and Cupcakes turns two today. Two years since my first uncertain foray into the world of blogging, with the auspicious post Ice-Cream Plum […]
Wishful Thinking versus Deliberate Action
“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” ~ C. S. Lewis “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the […]
How to Have a Heart-Centred Year
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ~ Gautama Buddha “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” ~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre I’m betting you’ve never had a year where you made yourself – your wants […]
“Last night I danced. My body rose from its slump for the first time since the beginning of sorrows—my fingers beckoning to the stars at arm’s length, back arching as tingles bubbled up my spine, hips caught in a silent tempo while on tiptoe I twirled in endless euphoric circles. It didn’t matter that you […]
To BE a Seeker is a glorious thing
“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.” ~ Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid We’re under the influence of a Seeker’s Moon right now. For those of us who hear […]
We’re On Retreat!
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” [The Minotaur] ~ Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays In just a few hours we will pack the truck and head off for the week, to my Spiritual Retreat in the foothills of Byron Bay. For those of […]
A Starting Point For Change
“She had discovered early that what we want out of life can change; that the important thing is to learn to recognize or even simply just to admit what we really want, and then to have the courage to reach for it.” ~ Candice Proctor, Whispers of Heaven “The question is: how bad do things have to […]
Tasty Green Bean Salad Recipe with Miso Dressing
“What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.” ~ Augustus Saint-Gaudens I love salads any time of year – as a main event, or as a side for anything from soup to roasts. I made this one to go with a roast lamb dinner. The crunchy beans paired with the salt of the cheese, the […]
The Seeker’s Moon
“There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved.” ~ Sri Chinmoy “Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?” ~ Rumi I am making the final preparations for my retreat this week, before […]
Violet’s New Baby
“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” ~ Mae West One of our cows, Violet, gave birth yesterday morning. But instead of a snowy white calf, she produced a deep burgundy baby with blotches of white all over its head. Hmmm…. That baby didn’t come from our bull. Earlier this year, during bad […]
Easy Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe
“Reindeer are flight and motion and magic in moonlight beyond all recalling, made of Christmas dreams, spun from a place beyond all fearing.” ~ Anon A dear girlfriend and her young daughter dropped by a few days ago for a cuppa and a chat. It was a perfect opportunity to try out this Christmassy […]