The ’10 Lovely Things!’ Challenge

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“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” 
~ Marcel Proust

Yesterday morning my lovely husband set me a glorious distraction (for those of you who aren’t up to speed I am currently taking a savage amount of drugs to combat Lyme Disease and various co-infections that left me with cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure and brain lesions) – to take a picture of ten ‘Lovely Things’ that made me smile or feel grateful during the day.

You know I am a huge fan of gratitude, and it certainly did help the time pass more easily and pleasantly.

Here are my ten pictures below:

Fat passionfruit on my neighbour’s fence – almost ready to eat! (And there’s two of my favourite passionfruit recipes here: Nana’s Passionfruit Slice and Passionfruit and Lime Curd)

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The beautiful colours on the trunk of this gum tree down near our cattle yards. Can you see the scratch marks left by Mr Koala?

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Green beans and tomatoes looking cheerful and tasty before we gobbled them up for lunch.

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Red Bull (isn’t he getting big!!!), peering out from behind the safety of the fence. I can be quite scary, I guess…

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A friend from the farm down the road invited me over for a quick visit and loaned me her cherished family cookbooks. It was an outing in my pyjamas! She pointed out all of her favourite recipes – explained over cups of tea and chocolate biscuits of course.

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Mae West, our youngest calf (whom we also call Daisy Mae due to her sunny personality), keeping company  with Blossom the cow, who is due to give birth any day now.

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Pearl – named after my favourite pirate ship 🙂 – licking molasses out of the bucket. She’s such a sweet-natured girl too!

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Tiny sweet heritage strawberries that I found hiding away from the blue-tongue lizard who usually beats me to them.

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The strawberry-stealing blue-tongue lizard who has a fondness for napping in my laundry basket.

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Big green tree frog (bigger than my clenched fist) who landed on the kitchen window with a thump as I was putting together this post. He’s busy eating bugs and croaking love songs in the rain while I upload my pictures!

2012-01-19 20.55.22I also mentioned this challenge on facebook and had the gift of many other photos and words from friends expressing gratitude for the everyday blessings in their lives.

I hope you know I include you in my Blessings. Thanks for being here and sharing the journey with me.

Maybe you could find ten lovely things to be grateful for today too! It sure is a feel-good way of remembering just how rich life really is.

Big hugs and love, Nicole xoxo

Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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13 thoughts on “The ’10 Lovely Things!’ Challenge

  1. Love yours here’s mine …Snoring Oscar , Chicken dripping on toast , spring flowers , daffodils my favorite , borrowed car when desperate from lovely nephew , poetry night , wonderful husbands. very hot Chili bubbling in pan , your blog , just the joy of life good and bad .
    Take care Cherry and snoring Oscar x

  2. Divine bovines. Lovely simple images. Thank you for the smiles they brought and of course the very wonderfully named red bull..get well soon Nicole much much love.

  3. I love how your favourite things are the simple things in life. Where I am from I am not likely to see cows, tree frogs or blue tongued lizards. How wonderful to live on a farm and what a wonderful husband to set you this task. I hope good health comes to you very soon xox

  4. Love this! Hugs 🙂
    “Love songs in the rain” sounds like a great lyric for a very noodley silly song to be crooned to any animal fond enough of their human to listen.

    That gum tree trunk is so opalescent!

    10 things… hmmm I will look around and consider. 🙂

  5. Great pics! You capture beauty so well and your words are an inspiration to all….You are a very Special Person full of love and life. Infinity wishes for your good health to arrive soon oxo

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