September 2015 – What To Expect

“And so taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn’t come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than […]

Nana’s Delicious Ginger Cake Recipe

“And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.” ~ William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost   This was my Pa’s favourite cake. It is a heavy, moist old-fashioned ginger cake and it has very good keeping qualities. Teamed with an afternoon cup of tea or an early morning […]

Journal Challenge Week 5 – August 30, 2015

“Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to find other people or to even […]

Full Moon Supermoon Ritual – August 29, 2015

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit […]

All Things Green In My Garden

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”  ~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables   Yesterday I arrived home at my farm to find the gardens green and lush, and everything budding or already in flower. The air was […]

A Shopping Day

“I had a dream about you. You wanted to go shopping for shoes, and I suggested we go to the bowling alley. Where else can you go to rent such stylish shoes and have a FREE game of bowling thrown in?
” ~ Jarod Kintz   I did something marvellous yesterday. I went shopping! That may […]

Those Big Conversations…

“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.” ~ Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin   For a long time (my whole adult life in fact) I have […]

Easy Baked Eggs Recipe

“A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.” ~ Pat Conroy   Sometimes I need a warm, easy meal that takes just  a minute or two to throw together, but that is more substantial than toast. If I’m writing, and don’t want to leave what I am doing for too long, or at […]

Journal Challenge Week 4 – August 23, 2015

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining […]

Mum’s Priority!

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey   Dear Peoples, There’s no blog today. It’s my fault. I had a bad night. My leg was sore so I was crying. Mum had to come and sit with me. She gave me some healing and it made me feel a […]

The Supported Teacher

“One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra   At my last retreat, my Beginner Channelling Intensive, I taught a new healing method. It’s a beautiful technique, and simple  – an energy balancing, healing and expansion, performed in silence, and using energy, awareness, essential oils […]

He’s Home!

“When problems beat upon you like a raging storm, search for the eye. You might not be able to avoid misfortunes, but you can find the calmest spot within them.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich   Our beautiful Bert is home! His cruciate surgery was long, complicated and difficult. But it went well, and everyone is pleased […]

Bert’s Latest Operation!

“Doctors?” said Ron, looking startled. “Those Muggle nutters that cut people up?” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix “I saved a man’s life once,” said Granny. “Special medicine, twice a day. Boiled water with a bit of berry juice in it. Told him I’d bought it from the dwarves. That’s the […]

What Else Can You See?

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” ~ Marilyn Vos Savant   A wise and talented memoirist and creative writing teacher, Beth Kephart, has her students do an exercise where they go out into the world and take ten photographs. The students know they are going to come back […]

Journal Challenge Week 3 – August 16, 2015

“In writing, you must kill your darlings.” ~ William Faulkner Welcome to Week Three of our journal challenge. If you missed the start you can go here to catch up on the tools you’ll need, and here to do Week One’s activities. This week, starting on August 9, holds a strong and supportive energy for killing things […]

Tiny Tinkling Bells

“Arrival in the world is really a departure and that, which we call departure, is only a return.” ~ Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun   The oddest thing happened, the night before last. I was at my farm, ready for bed, when I heard a sound like tinkling bells outside in the dark. […]

Boots ‘n’ All

“It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free   That, my friends, is photographic evidence of true love. Me in […]

Looking Back at Me

“We look back on our life as a thing of broken pieces, because our mistakes and failures are always the first to strike us, and outweigh in our imagination what we have accomplished and attained.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections   It’s odd, this process of writing about yourself. Seldom do we […]

Easy Moussaka Recipe

“If you are careful,’ Garp wrote, ‘if you use good ingredients, and you don’t take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give […]

Inside My Story

“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.” ~ Colette, Casual Chance, 1964   I’m deep into the editing process for my memoir right now. It’s a strange process, crafting your own […]

Journal Challenge Week 2 – August 9, 2015

“Don’t you find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.” ~ Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State   Welcome to Week Two of our journal challenge. If you missed the start you can […]

Late blog because… COWS!

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ~ Dr. Seuss   While enjoying a late afternoon session at the Byron Bay Writers Festival yesterday my phone went nuts […]

Poking Bruises

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche I’m still editing this memoir. Because of that, I did something really dumb. I couldn’t remember a detail about someone’s appearance. An old friend from the past. Turtle. What colour were his eyes? I couldn’t tell in any of […]

Crazy Busy Writing!

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway There’s not much going on at my house right now. Except this. Reading. Underlining. Sighing. Crying. This book is all a pile of crap. Sudden bursts of stompy-footed door slamming and wandering around the paddocks. The […]

Celebration Cupcakes Recipe – Because We Hit 2 Million Views!

“Children take joy in their work and sometimes as adults we forget that’s something we should continue doing.” ~ Ashley Ormon   Sometime last Friday Cauldrons and Cupcakes hit two million views. Two million views is cause for celebration. And we did. With cupcakes, of course! Dear Readers, thank you so much for all of the […]

Signs of Spring

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~ Mark Twain   The days are slowly getting longer. Nights are cold, but the […]

Emergency Help for Ungrounded People – Especially after Seismic Activity!

“The safest place to be during an earthquake would be in a stationary store.” ~ George Carlin, Brain Droppings   In Australia we’ve had a string of small earthquakes in the past few days. Seismic activity like this can be very unsettling for energetically sensitive people. In the days before an earthquake, volcanic eruption or other […]

Journal Challenge Week 1 – August 2, 2015

“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.” ~ Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay I’ve always found journalling to be a nurturing practice. It has helped me to explore […]

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