Listening to the sound of rain

“On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”~ Mark Haddon Hey, Lovelies. I did something delicious last night. I lay in bed and listened to the sound of rain on the roof. […]

What To Do When Your Beds Are Burning

“How do we sleep while our beds are burning?” ~ Midnight Oil Hey, Lovelies. I’m back in civilization, after some much-needed time away. I’m not back in Australia yet, but I do have reliable internet again. I’d love to say that I’m better rested, refreshed and feeling brand new. But, to paraphrase Midnight Oil, how […]

The Strange Goodbye

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Not long now, lovelies, and I’ll be on a plane. Usually, post-Retreat is a blur for me. I’m always the kind of exhausted that makes moving impossible, let alone thinking or talking. My normal post-Retreat plan is three days of solid sleep. But […]

Stir-Fried Mushroom, Asparagus, Zucchini and Tomato Recipe

“We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.” ~ Michael Greger Hello, Lovelies!Last week my husband Ben and I sat at out kitchen table with Trish Lyons, my wonderful PA, and our neighbours, Richard Jones and Jo Immig. We spent the night talking about […]

The Decision Not To Plant

We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it. Jay Inslee Hello, Lovelies. When we first moved to Byron Bay, fleeing eleven years of drought on our organic farm in Queensland, the locals laughed that they called it a drought […]

Easy Fried Plantains Recipe

‘Plantains? Cook ’em up and you can’t go wrong. We’ll tell you how. They go with everything, love.’ Neville Singh Hello, Lovelies, You’ll probably know that one of my favourite places on a Friday is the Mullumbimby Farmers Markets, and it was here that I was first convinced to give Plantains a go, thanks to […]

The Sound of Rain

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. Bill Watterson We’ve been in and out of drought here at the farm for the past two years. Byron Bay is rainforest country – it’s usually a place of frequent rainfall. When the rain dried up, huge cracks in […]

Frosty The Calf Teaches Us About Life

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. Meister Eckhart There’s a new little calf at our farm. She came into the world so quietly. She just slipped in without a sound. Ben named her Frosty, because once her coat dried and fluffed out it was bleached […]

The Magical Healing Qualities of Being Home At The Farm

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such […]

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