About Cauldrons and Cupcakes

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.

Choosing Love and Kindness- Monday Oracle 20 May 2019

“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

Hello, Lovelies!

May is such a breakthrough month – it’s a time for positive progress, big leaps forward and fine-tuning of your self-awareness. Use experts and wise people to help you move past stuckness and overwhelm, and find your balance between sustainability and momentum. Expect your own wisdom to grow too this month! Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts of inspiration which the card Unconditional Love brings us.

Unconditional Love has an important message about the space that you choose to occupy this week. This is that space of loving yourself – of not treating yourself cheaply or meanly but instead treating yourself with kindness and care.

What does that mean? This is you being able to cherish yourself when you make a purchase so that you are choosing one beautiful thing rather than a whole heap of cheap things. It’s about saving up for the thing that you really want rather than just being second best with whatever is the thing that is important to you. It’s about making healthy food choices rather than feeding yourself junk, it’s about not buying what you can’t afford, it’s about not letting others devalue you, use you or exploit you.

This is you silencing that mean and judgemental voice in your head that endlessly nags and criticises. This is you choosing to support yourself, encourage yourself and motivate yourself. This is you putting up boundaries – for yourself and for others, so that you live in an energy of respect and self-care.

It’s about giving yourself the gift of time, the gift of care, the gift of space in your life for you and for what matters to you. It’s about slowing down and truly being in the moment. It’s about LIVING, not just existing.

It’s also about making peace with where you are now, even as you desire more or better for the future you.

This week Unconditional Love reminds you to remember that you matter and that your life matters. Tune in and rediscover love for yourself, reach into awareness to find that understanding of what your needs are – lifting your self-worth, lifting your self-esteem and really starting to trust that you can provide for yourself with whatever it is that you need. It’s a really beautiful space of self-discovery and self-knowing.

The other thing that this week is about is the love that you radiate out from yourself in your thoughts and actions – especially in regard to looking after the planet. It is having that unconditional love for family, for the community, for the environment and feeling really impassioned to do things that support those areas of your life as well.

Supportive crystals this week?

Pyrite provides passion, power and protection. It builds determination and self-belief. 
Dalmatian Jasper (pictured) helps you move forward, living in mindfulness. It releases stress and amplifies joy. Snowflake Obsidian is a wonderful stone for any form of pattern-breaking, helping you to invite or invoke change. Rhodonite is great for supporting you to follow your heart. 

Helpful essential oils?

Combine Lime and Cypress Essential Oils for an uplifting and focusing diffuser blend this week.

Lime helps clear away stale energy, Use it to clear away any disappointments, hurts or negative emotions that are holding you back from being kind to yourself and accepting of yourself. It brings a sense of optimism and renewal for body, mind and spirit.

Cypress is really like taking an energetic broom to the cobwebs in the corners of your life. It gifts focus and clarity, and is a beautiful oil for enhancing calm concentration. It supports being able to plan your life without being limited by self-sabotage or negative thinking.

I’m passionate about essential oils and their capacity to support our wellness journey and our spiritual and emotional wellbeing. If you’d like to know more or want to source the oils I recommend and trust visit this site or contact me at channelnc@gmail.com
I’m also looking for three key people right now to train as future leaders and work with me around sharing and using essential oils. If that sounds like you, contact me via the email address above.

Want to come join me for a Fairy Wisdom Workshop and Yummy High Tea?

If the answer is YES then I invite you to come join us in Brisbane on Saturday June 22 for a very special event.

My beautiful friend Sokli will be hosting the main part of our event, and Sokli is a fairy. How can she do this? I’ll be channelling her, so she can speak to you directly.

Sokli is going to speak about:

  • How to make friends with fairies
  • What fairies know about nature and the seasons and how this knowledge can help you
  • Important messages about the planet right now and why fairies need your help
  • Fun and interesting stuff that will help you to improve your wellbeing and health
  • How to create a crystal grid to energise food and turn it into healing medicine for your body or for a loved one or a pet

Together we’re also going to:

  1. Lead you on a Guided Meditation (you’ll receive access to a copy of the recording after the event so you can do the meditation whenever you want);
  2. do a little Winter Solstice colouring project;
  3. and make and activate a crystal grid (you’ll get to take this home with you too).

If you feel like making the occasion extra magical then dress up in your favourite Fairy Theme, or add a little Garden Magic to your outfit (think flowers, leaves, and all other lovely nature-themed goodness). There will be a prize for the Best Dressed, and some extra little surprises as well.

Of course, there will also be a goody bag for everyone because I never run an event without including a goody bag. All the best parties have them!

While you enjoy the party feel free to browse our Winter Solstice Pop Up Shop, which will have a delightful range of crystals and special spiritual and self-care items available. For purchases from the shop, we can take cash or card on the day!

Cost for this event is $104 all inclusive. This includes the workshop, a delicious High Tea (with lots of recipes from my blog!), a goody bag, crystal grid and access to a recording of the meditations after the event.

This is incredibly good value!!! Why are we running it so cheaply? Sokli just wants everyone to come together in friendship, to learn about fairies, to have fun, and to have a party in a safe and happy learning environment.

Tickets are the same price for adults and children because we are only covering costs for this event!

For Tickets to our event click: HERE

We are so excited for you to join us!

Wishing you a week filled with love, self-care and good boundaries. Above all, be kind to yourself and those around you. In these uncertain times, kindness matters more than ever.

Lots of love, Nicole ❤ xx

PS: Monday’s oracle card, Unconditional Love, is from the Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark . I use any cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book. 

I’m Stepping Away From Work For A Few Days

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.” 
~ Lemony Snicket

Hi, Lovelies.

Just letting you know that I am stepping away from my blog and my work for a few days and will be back again next Monday.

Yesterday morning we lost a loved one and so I am taking some time out to be with family. It’s one of those times where we need to sit and be with each other and talk about things and drink tea and laugh and cry and re-adjust.

Life is all about these cycles of love and life and loss, and I need to take time to honour this changing season in our lives.

Ben and I thank you for all your love and support,

Nicole ❤ xx

Why Being ‘Nice’ Can Be Poisonous To Your Soul


“Share your weaknesses. Share your hard moments. Share your real side. It’ll either scare away every fake person in your life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called “perfection,” which will open the doors to the most important relationships you’ll ever be a part of.” 
~ Dan Pearce

Lovelies, today I want to share my perspective on ‘making nice’ with you.

Kindness is a loving balm, understanding is a mental tonic, compassion grows our hearts, love is food for the soul, but niceness? Far too often niceness is a poison administered to ourselves by our own hand.

There is a trend (and I recognise it because I once was in that same place!) where people beginning to become spiritually aware try to live from a place of unconditional love. That’s a beautiful thing, but too often what gets practised is not actually unconditional love but ‘niceness’.

Many people consider niceness to be a virtue; a sign of living from heart, and acting from love. I’m not referring to kindness, or good manners, or amiability. I’m talking here about pleasing others, not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings, and being agreeable and amenable, even if it comes at a high cost to yourself.

Speaking our truth honours us, and it teaches us honest and direct communication that honours and respects others. Can we come from a place of unconditional love and still speak our truth? Absolutely! Because the premise of unconditional love is that we also love ourselves.

Authenticity requires us to live with honesty – not with silencing ourselves or suppressing our true thoughts and emotions.

Niceness is not about unconditional love – it is about giving up honesty in order to avoid disapproval, confrontation, rejection, ridicule or embarrassment. It elevates the happiness and well-being of others above your own. It is based on falseness, and by its nature, niceness prevents honesty and authenticity. When you come from niceness you teach others to devalue you, and disrespect you. You do not set clear boundaries.

Niceness does not come from a heart-centred life. It grows out of fear and a lack of self-worth. It is a behaviour that goes counter to our intuitive wisdom, and to those gut-based mechanisms that keep us safe.  We tell people what they want to hear, we do and say things to keep others happy or to keep the peace. We act in a way that pleases others but that robs us of a little (or a big bit!) of ourselves.

There is always a way to tell the difference between being nice and being kind.  Kindness comes from a place of being centred, and it empowers us.  It strengthens us, as it strengthens others. We can act with generosity or compassion and there is no cost to us, or it is a cost we willingly bear.  We give without expecting anything in return, for the sake of uplifting others.

Niceness always leaves you with an aftertaste – you know you have’t spoken truthfully; you feel that twang of inauthentic energy, that twinge of discomfort, or you even get that sense of being taken for granted or taken for a ride.

Niceness diminishes us, even when it strengthens others. We bite our tongue in order to say the flattering thing, we do the act with a little flame of resentment in our heart. And sometimes it starts out as kindness – but our kindness becomes expected, or disrepected – we are taken advantage of but we are unable to speak up about that and voice our own feelings. So we act nice instead.

When we choose niceness it poisons us.  It leads to depression, anxiety, shame, emotional distress, guilt, anger and despair.   Life-long patterns of niceness leave us open to exploitation and invite difficult, damaging and dangerous relationships into our lives.

We end up doing things we don’t want to do – we can become an entirely different person to who we are on the inside. We can lose ourselves so completely that we have no idea any more what makes us happy, what our preferences are, what we want in life…

Taken to extremes, through living a life of niceness we can cease to exist. Instead, we become a support role in someone else’s life. We become Cinderella, at home scrubbing the floors while her stepsisters are out having fun!

Are you too nice?

Maybe it’s time to start honouring your own truth. Love starts with the self, and healthy self-esteem can only be built by standing up for yourself, giving your feelings a voice, and attending to your own needs.  You can do that and still be polite.  You can do that and still be kind.  You can do that and still be likeable, lovable and accepted.  Don’t keep drinking that from that poisonous niceness bottle!

And if your acts of self-respect and kindness aren’t taken well by others? Maybe it’s time to  get some space, maybe it’s time to stop giving, maybe it’s time to move on… If you have to be ‘nice’ in order for your life to work, the price will always be too high.

You might be surprised. As you begin voicing your honest thoughts, you give others permission to do the same. Being authentic can create great change. It invites miracles. And this week supports that kind of energy, so be brave and embrace your truth then live from that space and watch the magic begin to happen in your life. Choose love. Choose kindness. And above all, be true to yourself. It’s worth it! 

Much love, Nicole ❤ xx

Image from www.simplereminders.com

Have You Ever Met A Fairy?

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” 
~ Nora Roberts

Hello, Lovelies!

Have you ever met a fairy? Do you want to?

If the answer is YES then I invite you to come join us on Saturday June 22 for a very special event.

You could call it a Fairy Workshop, and you would be right. My beautiful friend Sokli will be hosting the main part of our event, and Sokli is a fairy. How can she do this? I’ll be channelling her, so she can speak to you directly.

Sokli is going to speak about:

  • How to make friends with fairies
  • What fairies know about nature and the seasons and how this knowledge can help you
  • Important messages about the planet right now and why fairies need your help
  • Fun and interesting stuff that will help you to improve your wellbeing and health
  • How to create a crystal grid to energise food and turn it into healing medicine for your body or for a loved one or a pet

Together we’re also going to:

  1. Lead you on a Guided Meditation (you’ll receive access to a copy of the recording after the event so you can do the meditation whenever you want);
  2. do a little Winter Solstice colouring project;
  3. and make and activate a crystal grid (you’ll get to take this home with you too).

This event isn’t just a workshop though! It’s also a Tea Party! Saturday 22nd of June is Winter Solstice, and the energies support friendship, connection and celebration.

We’ll be serving a delightful assortment of sweet and savoury delights as a satisfying Tea Party Lunch. (Gluten Free and Vegetarian options available – you just need to let us know your special requirements).

There will be time to chat, to hug, to meet new friends and old. It’s the loveliest coming together to celebrate our shared love of magical happenings, ritual, intuition, nature, fairies, crystals and friendship.

Can you bring your children? Yes, of course, as long as they are old enough to enjoy the workshop content and engage in the activities.

Tables seat 8, so if you want to get a group together or sit with friends please let us know by emailing Trish Lyons at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com.

If you feel like making the occasion extra magical then dress up in your favourite Fairy Theme, or add a little Garden Magic to your outfit (think flowers, leaves, and all other lovely nature-themed goodness). There will be a prize for the Best Dressed, and some extra little surprises as well.

Of course, there will also be a goody bag for everyone because I never run an event without including a goody bag. All the best parties have them!

While you enjoy the party feel free to browse our Winter Solstice Pop Up Shop, which will have a delightful range of crystals and special spiritual and self-care items available. For purchases from the shop, we can take cash or card on the day!

Cost for this event is $104 all inclusive. This includes the workshop, High Tea, goody bag, crystal grid and access to a recording of the meditations after the event.

For Tickets to our event click: HERE

We are so excited for you to join us!

And if you live too far away to come to the live event? Stay tuned because we’ll have a special online package to share the magic with you, no matter where you live!

A Week Of Monumental Breakthroughs – Monday Oracle 13 May 2019

“…I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms…” 
~ John Geddes

Hello, Lovelies!

May is such a breakthrough month – it’s a time for positive progress, big leaps forward and fine-tuning of your self-awareness. Use experts and wise people to help you move past stuckness and overwhelm, and find your balance between sustainability and momentum. Expect your own wisdom to grow too this month! Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts of inspiration which the card Transformation brings us.

Wow, what a week. Can you feel it already? Transformation brings beautiful energy, the fiery energy of you understanding your own worth. This is you defending your rights, this is you standing up for yourself and claiming better for yourself. It’s a week where dramatic changes can occur, magical and good ideas can fall down around you like rain, the solution can be found, and where life slams doors closed while throwing open others. It’s a week for justice, action and immediate change. It’s a week for crossing the bridge that leads to a different life for yourself.

If necessary bring in an advocate to work on your behalf; it might be a doctor, it might be a lawyer, it might be a business advisor. Whatever you do, find people who are going to bring wisdom, insight and experience to your problems so that they help you to transform past the areas where you’re currently (or endlessly) stuck. Think coaches, teachers and mentors as well.

Transformation is the clarifying moment where you think ‘F*ck it, I can’t be in this space anymore’ or ‘I can’t be unwell anymore’ or I can’t be overweight anymore’ or ‘I can’t let my finances be  a mess anymore’ or I can’t let my business be a mess anymore’ but I can take action and if I don’t know how I’m gonna take action then I’m going to get help to take action.

Expect to feel impassioned and riled up and a little bit crazy and a whole lot determined this week. And let those feelings guide you to transform, transform, transform. Not little bit by little bit but in grand and dramatic ways!

And if you’ve been broken by life and find yourself down on your knees? If life has had you blocked and stuck and stymied? Expect that this week you’ll find the strength to haul yourself back up and try one more glorious time.

Supportive crystals this week?

Pyrite provides passion, power and protection. It builds determination and self-belief. Dalmatian Jasper helps you move forward, living in mindfulness. It releases stress and amplifies joy. Clear Quartz (pictured) amplifies intuition and your ability to tune in to Universal and Personal Wisdom. It’s a great stone to enable you to understand at a soul level what you really need. Amazonite helps you to live bravely and from your heart, especially in regard to decisions and direction. It will boost self-confidence and self-worth. 

Helpful essential oils?

Combine Frankincense, Vetiver, Lemon and Peppermint Essential Oils for an energising and focusing diffuser blend this week. A ratio of 2 drops of Frankincense and Vetiver, and 3 drops each of Lemon and Peppermint is delicious!

Frankincense helps you to be grounded and connected at the same time, and reduces stress and inflammation within the body. Vetiver grounds you into your own intuitive wisdom and the wisdom of Mother Earth. Lemon is uplifting and helps bring focus and clarity, and Peppermint refreshes the mind and spirit.

Need an oil to enhance your creativity, and to help you move out of overwhelm or anxiety? Use Neroli by diluting and applying to your pulse points as a perfume or add it to your diffuser alone or with a couple of drops of Frankincense to bring back a sense of being grounded and connected.

I’m passionate about essential oils and their capacity to support our wellness journey and our spiritual and emotional wellbeing. If you’d like to know more or want to source the oils I recommend and trust visit this site or contact me at channelnc@gmail.com

Other Ways To Be Supported On Your Journey?

Think about taking one of the last two remaining places on my upcoming Temple of Light Shamanic Meditation RetreatMore details on that here.

Come hang out at our Fairy Tea Party on June 22, in Brisbane. There will be lots of guided meditations, channelling and spiritual activities in this gorgeous mini-workshop and yummy lunch. Stupidly cheap at $97, which includes all activities, a delicious lunch, a goody bag and lots of fun and prizes. Limited places and kid friendly! Details here.

Book a reading or some business coaching with me. To get more information
email my PA Trish Lyons directly at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com

Register your interest for ‘Platform’ my final retreat for the year. (This is a Retreat for those of you who have a Calling and who need to get your message out into the world. We’ll be helping you craft your message, identify your audience and get your book or course outline written as well as a lot of other important practical and creative stuff like using social media. If that sounds like you, email my PA Trish Lyons directly at nicolecodyinfo@gmail.com and she’ll add you to our pre-course list so you can be the first to access the course information and early-bird bookings.)

This is your week, so make the most of it – embrace transformation and do whatever you can to make change happen. It will be worth it!

Lots of love, Nicole ❤ xx

PS: Monday’s oracle card, Transformation, is from the Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark . I use any cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book. 

Good Boy Rufous

“Rules of Food Sneaking #73: If you do it real fast most people will never know.” ~ Rufous the Dog

Hello, Peoples,

I am Rufous. And it is true – I am a bit of a nibbler. Most things can be edible if you chew on them enough.

Like Mum’s slippers.

I have eaten three pairs now. And they were delicious. I usually tried to sneak one off into the paddock where I could dissect it at leisure, or I’d stash one under the bed and chew quietly on it there.

But then there were no more slippers, and Mum started wearing socks instead and then it was Summer.

Now it is almost Mother’s Day and Dad bought Mum new slippers. They are lovely and fluffy and they will be such a surprise. I have already nibbled off the tags. I’m sure she will appreciate that. I am such a good boy.

Harry Dog and me are sending all our loves to you for Mum’s Day, to every single people, because people need to feel loved and everyone does Mum jobs sometimes, even if it is just for themselves.

And don’t forget, if you get yourself or your Mum or a Mum friend good snacks for Mother’s Day, that dogs always appreciate a bit of a taste of that good snack!

Lots of happiness to you, from Rufous the Dog xoxo

Shush! Writing!!!


“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” 
~ Rumi

It’s too late to back away from this memoir now. I’ve started this final rewrite.

I’ve peeled apart my old drafts and stuck sticky notes all over them. I’ve crossed out whole sections, entire chapters. On some pages I’ve simply drawn a big red question mark with a Sharpie pen to indicate that I had only given you the facts, not the truth. They are the pages I despise the most because of what they are waiting for me to say.

I have boldy written a list of all the things I am TERRIFIED to share out loud. None of which were in any of the previous eight drafts.

I tacked it above my writing desk where it challenges me to keep writing whenever I falter and look for an easier path.

F*ck. I hate this.

(I’ve actually screamed that out loud on more than one occasion so far and I’m only mere pages into this new draft. It’s not that I hate the writing, or even the story. I hate that I am making myself so uncomfortable, so exposed, so… ugh, it makes me sick to write this truth and to let it stand there all alone on the page.)

Anyway, I have no more time to devote to the blog this morning. I must write.

I must.

I know you understand.

All my love, Nicole ❤ xx

PS. I still hate this…

Easy Puff Pastry Ham and Egg Pie for Mother’s Day


 “Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”
~ Donna Ball

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 12.

This simple ham and egg pie (or quiche if you’d rather) is simple enough for kids and non-cooks to attempt. It’s easy to modify the recipe too, to incorporate other ingredients or to make it bigger or smaller.

It makes a delicious breakfast or brunch dish, and can be eaten warm or prepared in advance and eaten cold. Warning, if you use a lot of cheese the pie might be a bit gooey straight out of the oven. Letting it sit for fifteen minutes before you cut into it will help it firm up. Or, just enjoy it cheesy-gooey if that’s your thing. I certainly like it like that!

Serve it on its own or with a side salad, some crusty fresh bread and a good chutney or relish. Any leftovers will keep, refrigerated, for three days.

Don’t have a mum or a grandmother to bake for? How about preparing it for an elderly neighbour, an overworked mum you know, or someone who is mourning the loss of a parent or child.

It’s also perfectly fine to bake it for yourself!

Hugs and love, Nicole ❤ xx

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of pre-prepared puff pastry (use gluten-free if that’s an issue for you) *Hint, have an extra sheet on hand just in case 1 isn’t quite enough for your dish
  • 1 medium onion, diced and softened in a frypan over medium heat with a small amount of olive oil to grease the pan (don’t let it brown, just colour it up slightly)
  • 1 cup cooked ham, chopped
  • 1 cup cubed or grated cheese (I love using Swiss or Jarlsberg cheese but use whatever you have to hand)
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup of milk or cream
  • optional but good – some fresh green shallots or chives finely chopped
  • butter to grease the dish
  • one pie or casserole dish at least 22cm in diameter, with sides at least 4 cm high

Want to make this vegetarian? Omit the ham and use a cup of other vegetables of your choice. Capsicum (bell pepper), mushrooms and broccoli are favourites of mine. Once you’ve made this quiche a few times you’ll be confident to change out the ingredients to make all kinds of flavour combinations.

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celcius.
  2. Rub a little oil or butter around the inside of your pie dish and then line it with the pastry making sure that you go all the way to the top of the dish. It’s okay to cut pieces to fit. Just overlap them a little and then press them together well. It’s even okay if the pastry sticks over the top a little. Rustic is good too.
  3. Layer the cheese, ham and onion or whatever ingredients you have chosen onto the pastry crust.
  4. Break the eggs into a bowl, add the cream and beat together with a fork. Add salt and pepper and fresh herbs if you are using them and mix again.
  5. Pour egg mixture gently into pie shell.
  6. Bake for thirty to forty minutes or until quiche is lightly coloured and firm to touch. How can you tell if it’s cooked? When you give the pie a nudge the centre of the pie shouldn’t move. If there is movement or a wobble it’s not cooked through. Put it back in the oven and give it a bit more time if it’s still wobbly.

Don’t Panic! Not Hacked!!!

“Oh gosh sorry!!!!
I created a sample post and published it to check if it was posted on Facebook without realizing that they are subscribed to every post!!!!”

~ Love Pascual

Dear Subscribers,
As you will see from the quote above, one of my team was trying to reconnect a social media link on my blog last night and made a few test posts. One in Latin and one with the innovative text ‘meow meow meow’ ad nauseum.

No, we haven’t been hacked. Or taken over by cats. And we certainly didn’t mean to spam you. We were just trying to fix a problem.

Thanks for all your messages of concern. You’re such a great bunch! I’m glad it ISN’T something more serious.

Once again, sorry from all of us. It was just one of those days,

Lots of love, Nicole ❤ xx

Humble Thank-Yous


“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Hey, Lovelies.

I just wanted to thank you for the outpouring of support and love that you showed me yesterday when I updated you on why I’ve been so stuck with my memoir.

Not long after I posted my blog Facebook brought up a memory from six years ago for me to look at. It was a flock of Black Cockatoos that I had photographed as they flew over our farm. And most of you will know that Auntie always promised me her mob would show up as Black Cockatoos when they had a message for me or to keep an eye on me.

Later in the day they turned up in person, roosting in the hoop pines and calling loudly to me and to one another.

I took all of these things as strong signs that I need to bravely press on and just keep on writing til this story is done.

Thanks again. Your support means the world to me. It can get very lonely on this side of the screen, and your responses really helped remind me of WHY I am writing this book,

Biggest love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xx

PS – the short video below is for anyone who doesn’t know these beautiful birds and their haunting cries.