It’s Okay To Hermit

Progress isn’t achieved by preachers or guardians of morality, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels and sceptics. Stephen Fry Hey, Lovelies. I was talking with my Inner Circle yesterday in one of our Open Office Webinars – it’s a session where we all jump online and I answer questions about spirituality, intuition and navigating […]

No, you don’t need Facebook to join my Free Challenge!

Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. Susan Sontag Hey, Lovelies! We’ve had a rush of emails from folks who want to join me free […]

Gazing Into The Future – Monday Oracle 28 June 2021

Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. Roy T. Bennett Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Sacred Earth Oracle Deck cards by Toni Carmine Salerno and Leela J. Williams, illustrated by Helena Nelson-Reed for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to guide us for the week ahead is […]

Come Join Our Free Journeymaker’s Planner 30 Day Challenge!

Life is short. Do stuff that matters. Siqi Chen Hey, Lovelies! I’m deeply invested in helping you to be the champion of your own life – creating meaning, living with authenticity and being guided by your intuition. The second half of 2021 is well suited to taking action, and to creating plans for projects that […]

68, 3, 11, 97, 1, 116, 382 – Numbers To Wake You Up

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand–and melting like a snowflake…      Francis Bacon For Lilly, because I promised you I would… For Angela, and all the things we never got to do… For Kate, who was […]

I’m Still Too Angry To Talk About It

When people are hurting, what they really need is someone who is fully there for them – not someone who is condescending or officious. The only way for you to be there for them is by facing your fear or anger, whatever feelings cause you to shut down. Pema Chodron Hey, Lovelies. I reached out […]

Sitting In The Forest Saying Sorry

I think of what wild animals are in our imaginations. And how they are disappearing — not just from the wild, but from people’s everyday lives, replaced by images of themselves in print and on screen. The rarer they get, the fewer meanings animals can have. Eventually rarity is all they are made of. The […]

It’s Okay To Simplify

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. William Morris Hey, Lovelies. One thing that living in the time of COVID has taught us, especially lockdowns, is that simple can be good. That slowing down is good for our souls (and our relationships, dreams and […]

The Passion To Follow Your Path – Monday Oracle 21 June 2021

True power comes from standing in your own truth and walking your own path. Elizabeth Gilbert Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Sacred Earth Oracle Deck cards by Toni Carmine Salerno and Leela J. Williams, illustrated by Helena Nelson-Reed for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to guide us for the week ahead is SHIFT. In this month […]

Free 30-Day Journeymaker Planner Challenge Coming Soon!

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Hey, Lovelies! Are you ready to use the second half of 2021 to increase your intuition, to improve your habits, and to work towards your goals and dreams?If you are, then come join me for our free 30 Day Planner Challenge, which will […]

I am NOT Mrs Cody, but Mx would be just fine

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.  Rebecca West Hey, Lovelies. I have needed to fill in a mountain of paperwork this past week; for medical tests, insurance claims and […]

Embracing Stillness

As spiritual searchers we need to become freer and freer of the attachment to our own smallness in which we get occupied with me-me-me. Pondering on large ideas or standing in front of things which remind us of a vast scale can free us from acquisitiveness and competitiveness and from our likes and dislikes. If […]

Don’t ignore that niggle!

Nicole, honestly, how much worse did you need this pain to be before you actually took it seriously? Doctor to me, ER Hey, Lovelies. This is a short, sharp and sweet post, but it’s important. If you know your body, and it starts behaving in a way that is not normal, do something about it. […]

The Awful Noises In The Night

Some night sounds outside my window remain strange & mysterious. Perhaps they are the sounds of the trees themselves, stretching their limbs in the dark, shifting a little, flexing their fingers, whispering to one another. Ruskin Bond Hey, Lovelies. I had the crappiest night the other night. I was riddled with pain, and no matter […]

Starting Over And Feeling Better – Monday Oracle 14 June 2021

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. Mahatma Gandhi Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Sacred Earth Oracle Deck cards by Toni Carmine Salerno and Leela J. Williams, illustrated by Helena Nelson-Reed for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to guide us […]

Some Thoughts On Friendship

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. Helen Keller Hey, Lovelies! I’ve had a hard week in lots of ways. I’m supporting lots of people in my community right now who are going through major life difficulties. I love my work, but it’s exhausting at times. And […]

True Love In The Shape Of A Star Trek Toy

It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid. Q – Star Trek Hey, Lovelies.I’ll be honest. It’s been a little rough here on the health front. Nothing catastrophic, but I’m experiencing some old Lyme symptoms that haven’t shown themselves for a […]

Essie’s Easy Bread Recipe

Warm familiar scents drift softly from the oven, And imprint forever upon our hearts That this is home and that we are loved. Arlene Stafford-Wilson Hello, Lovelies. Do you love fresh bread? I want to share a simple but special bread recipe with you today. It’s easy to make, and produces a soft fresh loaf […]

Instructions For The New Moon Eclipse June 10 2021

Sometimes I think there are only two instructions we need to follow to develop and deepen our spiritual life: slow down and let go. Oriah Mountain Dreamer Hey, Lovelies! I love a good astrological event. If you’ve followed my blog you’ll know that I often provide rituals and activities to help you tune into that […]

Why I Stopped Calling My Work Space An Office

You can change the course of your life with your words. Anonymous Hey, Lovelies! Now that I have begun settling into our new treehouse I have become very aware of the power of words. One of those words, which has been causing all kinds of wrinkles in my disposition, is the word ‘office’. I’ve worked […]

Set Your Boundaries! – Monday Oracle 7 June 2021

“No” is a complete sentence. Annie Lamott Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Sacred Earth Oracle Deck cards by Toni Carmine Salerno and Leela J. Williams, illustrated by Helena Nelson-Reed for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to guide us for the week ahead is MODERATION. As we move into the energies of the New […]

Your Feedback On Yesterday’s Grief Ritual For Children

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. Kahlil Gibran Hey, Lovelies! Did you read my post yesterday about a simple crystal ritual to help children with grief and loss? If you missed it you can catch up here. I received many emails about that post, and […]

Simple Pan-Fried Fish Fillets with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

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 […]

Funny How Quickly Things Can Change

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.  Lao Tzu Hey, Lovelies. I needed to go back down to the city for some medical appointments, and I stayed the night in our Brisbane […]

My Friend Peter And His Message For Me

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about. Rumi Hey, Lovelies. Yesterday I was searching the internet for something related to my health, and a familiar name came up in the Google […]

Trust Yourself And Change Your Life! – Monday Oracle 31 May 2021

That’s two lessons I learned very quickly: (1) You don’t need to do anything in life—if it feels wrong or unnatural, it probably is. And (2) I had no one but myself to blame for not trusting my own instincts and pushing back when I felt something was wrong. Colin Jost Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter […]

It was nearly 5pm on Friday afternoon…

May today be the Fridayest Friday that ever Fridayed. Anonymous Hello, Lovelies! It was late on Friday afternoon. I was sitting in my new office in our treehouse, surrounded by work, boxes that needed unpacking, and a massive to-do list that has been neglected this week while I have supported clients through emergencies and held […]

Eclipses, Earth Energies and Your Intuition

If you’re going to trust one person, let it be yourself. Robert Tew As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe Hey, Lovelies! I so enjoyed the recent Lunar Eclipse, which I watched unfold in the star-spangled sky above me. It filled me with a sense of […]

Cheesy Vegetable and Walnut Bake (Can be Vegan too!)

Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness. Eli Brown Hey, Lovelies. I was tired […]

Two Quotes That Can Change Your Life

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.  Paulo Coelho Hey, Lovelies. What do you do to manage overthinking, stress and bad moods? As a highly sensitive person, and someone with a chronic degenerative illness, I have found that pain and overwhelm can sometimes trigger me into becoming […]

A Week For Rediscovering Yourself – Monday Oracle 24 May 2021

Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly […]

Taking A Short Break – See You Monday!

Slowing down does not indicate that you are giving up. It simply means that your soul is seeking some well earned recharge. Christine Szymanski Hey, Lovelies!I’m briefly stepping away from my desk while I attend to some health maintenance things. I’ll see you back here, bright and early, on Monday morning. Where ever you are, […]

Things I Saw Outside My Window Yesterday

Set wide the window. Let me drink the day. Edith Wharton Hey, Lovelies. I am working from a temporary office in our treehouse – one that looks over a little garden, our long driveway, and the winding path to our front door. All the big views are from other rooms, but oh, the things I […]

How To Get Help From The Universe

The shaman had taught me how to set a strong intention each time I had a vision. I had to ask for the help I needed. “This is how spirit works,” she had said to me with a smile. “Spirit is ethical. You have to ask in order to receive.” Meggan Watterson – Mary Magdalene […]

A Week For Lightbulb Moments – Monday Oracle 17 May 2021

Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind. Roy T. Bennett Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Sacred Earth Oracle Deck cards by Toni Carmine Salerno and Leela J. Williams, illustrated […]

Nana’s Baked Rice Pudding Recipe

Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness. Eli Brown Hey, Lovelies. My Nana, Joyce […]

My Urgent Need To Bake

That thing where you are baking instead of doing the other thing? It’s called procrasti-baking. You’re welcome! Nicole Cavalchini Strickland Hey, Lovelies. I feel the need to bake. It’s one of the foundations on which I created my blog. Being in the kitchen is what makes me happy. It’s also how I manage stress. I’m […]

Working With The Pleiades Healing Portal – May 2021

Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works? Diane Duane Hello, Lovelies. Right now we have an astrological conjunction in the skies above us. The Pleiades constellation of seven stars has come […]

Some Encouragement For You To Do The Hard Things

Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi Hey, Lovelies. Sometimes what you need to do doesn’t feel good. Or it feels unfamiliar, all wrong, and way out of your comfort zone. It can often involve not just effort, but sacrifice.   While everyone else is taking things easy, while […]

A Week To Regain Your Strength – Monday Oracle 10 May 2021

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. John Lubbock Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Sacred Earth Oracle Deck cards by Toni […]

Salt Water (and food) Is The Cure For Everything

if the ocean can calm itself, so can you. we are both salt water mixed with air. Nayyirah Waheed Hey, Lovelies. I had one of those days yesterday. My laptop decided to freeze up and stop co-operating. It’s about to die, but I need to make it last until I can get a new one. […]

My Favourite Coping Mechanisms For Difficult Times

Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it. Conrad Joseph Hey, Lovelies.It’s been a busy time for me. I am settling into our new home. I am unpacking. I am writing our Planner for 2022. I am back at work, conducting psychic readings. And I am supporting our community, many […]

Soul Messages Colour Oracle – Which one will you choose?

Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow. Khalil Gibran Hi, Lovelies.Want to have a little fun with me? Scroll down through the images and pick the one that speaks to you – the one you find the most vibrant or attractive.  Then go […]

Harry Dog Got A Great Report!

Change, like healing, takes time. Veronica Roth Hey, Lovelies. We took Harry Dog back to the vet again yesterday after his recent surgery. Our vet was delighted with Harry’s healing progress, and I am happy to report that our dog finally has a gleam in his eye and a wag in his tail again. Five […]

Why You Should Buy Your Own Slippers For Mothers Day

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha Hey, Lovelies! I have a girlfriend, Carol, who is an entrepreneur, a mum to four young boys and the wife of an equally busy husband, Steve. It’s fair to say that my friend does most of the emotional labour […]

Slow Down And Step Back – Monday Oracle 3 May 2021

In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. Gordon B. Hinckley Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Sacred Earth Oracle Deck cards by Toni Carmine Salerno and Leela J. Williams, illustrated by Helena Nelson-Reed for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to guide us for the […]

The Life Giving Properties Of Cheese

I’d had no idea that cheese was a miracle. Jennifer L. Holm Poor Harry Dog. We took him back to the vet yesterday, because he was still not eating or drinking after his surgery. Ben had tried to tempt him with food for two days. Barbequed chicken. Fresh beef mince. Dog snacks. Puppy treats. Nup. […]

A Harry Dog Update

Scars are not injuries, Tanner Sack. A scar is a healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole.  China Miéville Hey, Lovelies! Thank you so much for all of the kind messages about Harry Dog. His surgery went well, and he is home, resting. All he wants is cuddles, and to be right […]

My Grandfather’s Voice, Guiding Me

The people you love become ghosts inside of you, and like this you keep them alive. Rob Montgomery Hey, Lovelies! I’m probably around the age now that my grandparents were when I came into their lives as a baby. All of my grandparents have since passed away, and I still miss them, and think of […]

Good Luck, Harry Dog!

I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source. Doris Day Hey, Lovelies! Our beautiful boy Harry goes in for his big cruciate ligament repair and knee stabilisation surgery today. Please keep him in […]

You Can Be Strong AND Scared and that’s okay!

Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.  George R.R. Martin – A Game Of Thrones Hey, Lovelies. I’ve been busy this past few weeks, supporting some of our community through some really tough stuff and […]

Staying True To You – Monday Oracle 26 April 2021

A dream is our imagination waiting for us to be brave enough to pick up a pencil, zealous enough to sketch out a blueprint, determined enough to gather the tools, committed enough to lean into the task, and audacious enough to make imagination the reality that it was always meant to be. For in time, […]

A Normal Friday Night

Normal is an ideal. But it’s not reality. Reality is brutal, it’s beautiful, it’s every shade between black and white, and it’s magical. Yes, magical. Because every now and then, it turns nothing into something.  Tara Kelly Hey, Lovelies. This might not be a big deal to you, but it is to me. I had […]

Stop Being So Hard On Yourself

Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well. Naya Rivera Hey, Lovelies! My inbox is groaning this week with messages from people who are really struggling right now. If you’re having a hard time too, please know that you’re not […]

Are You Managing Okay This Week?

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds. Laurell K. Hamilton Hey, Lovely! Are you travelling okay?Are you managing? This is a big week, energetically speaking. It’s a week where old wounds, insecurities and hurts may flow to the surface, suppressed fears may re-emerge, […]

Dawn View From My New Office

Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern. Oscar Wilde Hey, Lovelies. This is the view from my treehouse office, just before dawn. Later, the place explodes into colour […]

Dear COVID Long Haulers – Don’t Give Up

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. Lucius Annaeus Seneca Dear COVID Long Haulers, Welcome to my club. I’m so sorry you acquired membership to this motley band of chronic illness warriors, but you’re here now, so as newbies I’d like to show you around, and help you settle in. 1. Let’s talk […]

Healing Your Inner Child – Monday Oracle 19 April 2021

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, […]

Is Your Child Psychic?

What does it mean to be psychic? Essentially it means to feel, rather than think all the time.    Rama Hello, Lovelies! ‘Is my child psychic?’ It’s a question I am asked often. I am also often asked if people’s pets might be psychic, and my answer in almost every case, whether it’s a child […]

Our First Day Off

Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.  Mark Buchanan Hey, Lovelies. Today, Ben and I are taking a day off. I’ll be working all weekend on the 2022 Journeymaker’s Planner, and that’s a total labour of love and devotion! And from next week […]

The Bird In The Pine Tree

Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood. Pablo Neruda Hey, Lovelies. Were you ever fascinated with something when you were little? One of my loves was a white enamel serving bowl with a blue Scandinavian Folk Art pattern on the outside. It showed pine trees in silhouette, and some of those trees had […]

I wanted to tell you all about my Planner Sale but…

Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are. Cheryl Lacey Donovan So, Lovelies, I was going to write this big complex post about how I have discounted my final planners by 50%, with some wonderful testimonials and new words and oh, so much other good stuff… But… Harry Dog glued […]

Sleeping On The Floor With Harry

Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.  Robert A. Heinlein Hey, Lovelies. I’m tired today. I spent most of last night curled up on the lounge room floor beside the dog bed. Harry, our older dog, has a partially ruptured cruciate ligament that requires surgery. We had him booked in earlier in […]

Making Magic Starts With You – Monday Oracle 12 April 2021

That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too. Paulo Coelho Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Sacred Earth Oracle Deck cards by Toni Carmine Salerno and Leela J. Williams, illustrated by Helena Nelson-Reed  for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to […]

The Spring That Sprang

They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming. Hermann Hesse Hey, Lovelies. We have recently had a magical discovery, here at our treehouse. A natural spring bubbles up out of the ground after rain. We […]

Do You Fall Asleep While Meditating?

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. Moliere Hey, Lovelies. I’ve had a lot of comments from my students, and wider community, about their frustration when meditating – especially when listening to a guided meditation. Their frustration is that they are falling asleep, and feel that somehow they are missing out on […]

Midnight Visitor

Have you ever Stared into the owl’s eyes? They blink slow, then burn: Burn gold in the dark inner core of the snow-shrouded cedar.” Robert Penn Warren Hey, Lovelies. I had kind of a crap day yesterday. Unexpectedly, late in the day, I received bad news. The kind you can’t shrug off or ignore. The […]

A Beginner’s Observations From Living In Our Treehouse

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 […]

Easter Oracle Reading for 2021 – My Gift To You ❤

Easter is joy, hope, love, and renewal. Easter is proof that we can begin again.  Richelle E. Goodrich Hello, Lovelies! Happy Easter! Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, whether you are able to be with family and friends, or whether you find yourself alone, I want you to know that I am thinking of […]

Lockdown Workarounds

Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink. Charles Bukowski Ah, Bukowski – I just love the way you tell it how it is… Hey, Lovelies! We’re in lockdown again here in our part of the world. Greater Brisbane went into a 3 day COVID lockdown at 5pm on Monday. Ben and I had […]

That Big Ol’ Moon

Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars. e. e. cummings Hey, Lovelies. Last night I spent hours under the light of the Full Moon. I watched her slow dance across the sky. I sat, silent on my verandah, observing owls and possums […]

Focus on Home And Belonging – Monday Oracle 29 March 2021

I know this world is far from perfect. I am not the type to mistake a streetlight for the moon. I know our wounds are deep as the Atlantic. But every ocean has a shoreline and every shoreline has a tide that is constantly returning to wake the songbirds in our hands, to wake the […]

Those Cinnamon Buttered Pretzel Donuts I Was Talking About

Whether you take the doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit. Haruki Murakami Seriously, you guys are hilarious! After yesterday’s post I had an inbox crammed with enquiries about the curious cinnamon buttered pretzel […]

Stopping For A Moment

If you go out for several hours into a place that is wild, your mind begins to slow down, down, down. What is happening is that the clay of your body is retrieving its own sense of sisterhood with the great clay of the landscape. John O’Donohue Hey, Lovelies! I was reflecting on this time […]

Room With A View

She could see all of Ferenwood from here: the rolling hills, the endless explosion of color cascading down and across the lush landscape. Reds and blues: maroon and ceruleans. Yellow and tangerine and violet and aquamarine. Every hue held a flavor, a heartbeat, a life. She took a deep breath and drew it all in. […]

When The Universe Gives You Messages…

A real love letter is made of insight, understanding, and compassion. Otherwise it’s not a love letter. A true love letter can produce a transformation in the other person, and therefore in the world. Thich Nhat Hanh Hey, Lovelies! I’ve been so tired with all of this moving that I have been having lots of […]

How To Clear The Energy of Secondhand Clothes

Ethical fashion is the recognition that there are human beings behind the clothes that we wear. Elizabeth Joy Hey, Lovelies! Have you ever bought secondhand clothes, shoes or accessories? Did you wonder if these items might hold unwanted energies? One of our community sent me a question yesterday, and suggested I might answer it via […]

The Power To Change – Monday Oracle 22 March 2021

I dwell in possibility… Emily Dickinson Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I will be using the Wisdom of the Oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid for my weekly oracle readings. This week our card is 46 – REGENERATION. It’s a week for taking small steps towards new goals, a time for believing that change is possible, and a week where change […]

Dinner With A View

Dinner? Anything will do, as long as I can eat it on toast, and make it in five minutes flat! I’m that kind of tired. Nicole Cody Hey, Lovelies! We’re STILL moving. I’m still exhausted. Ben’s back is still preventing him from doing anything but supervise. But I spent a night (on my own) in […]

About My Filthy Toes

The way I see it, the difference between farmers and suburbanites is the difference in the way we feel about dirt. To them, the earth is something to be respected and preserved, but dirt gets no respect. A farmer likes dirt. Suburbanites like to get rid of it. Dirt is the working layer of earth, […]

The First Thing I Did In My New Home

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. Meister Eckhart Hey, Lovelies! I am still traipsing between properties, not properly settled in any of them. There is still much to be done, but I have had time to consider the way I will live in this next […]

Nicole’s Moving House Update

Floyd could imagine a dozen things that could go wrong; it was little consolation that it was always the thirteenth that actually happened. Arthur C. Clarke Hey, Lovelies! You know when I said I’d be offline for a FEW days? (Go on, roll around laughing!!!) I’m STILL deep in moving land but I thought I’d […]

I’ll be offline for a few days!

Of course it’s bloody raining… Ben Hey, Lovelies!We’re on the final week of packing, lugging, and transporting what the removalists won’t take, and selling the last of our farm equipment and building supplies, as we get ready to leave our farm and head north towards the treehouse by the beach. We still can’t get access […]

Boxes, Coffee and Possibilities

The beginning is always today.  Mary Shelley Oh, Lovelies! This girl is soooooooo tired from all this moving business. Today we’re ferrying the first of our ‘packed but not needed yet’ boxes to a storage unit close to our new home. We’re also using the trips to scout out new coffee locations. Life’s about the […]

Not Being In A Rush

What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies. Jack Kerouac Hey, Lovelies. This packing up your life thing is […]

Imagining A New You – Monday Oracle 15 February 2021

I dwell in possibility… Emily Dickinson Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I will be using the Wisdom of the Oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid for my weekly oracle readings. This week our card is 20 – IMAGINE. It’s a week for opening yourself to new possibilities, to bigger dreams, to innovations and opportunities. IMAGINE encourages us to dream of better […]

Busy Baking and Making Lists

In Ireland, you go to someone’s house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you’re really just fine. She asks if you’re sure. You say of course you’re sure, really, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don’t need a ting. Well, she says then, […]

Easy Melt and Mix Banana Cake

Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.  Natalie Babbitt Hey, Lovelies. I would have loved to do some glamour shots of this fabulous banana cake. Actually, who am I kidding? I was lucky to even get a photo of it before Ben and his hungry hordes of workers cut into it for Smoko. I’m in […]

The Spider In The Shower

Spiders so large they appear to be wearing the pelts of small mammals. Dave Barry Hey, Lovelies! Our little farmhouse is a spider haven. We have ‘house spiders’ in every room, and more come out each night. We’ve grown used to them. They don’t harm us (although they have occasionally given us a fright!) and […]

The Mother, The Daughter and The Fire Alarm

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace […]

What Should I Pack In My Moving Day Survival Box?

The art of our necessities is strange That can make vile things precious. William Shakespeare Hey, Lovelies. I need your advice. What should I pack in my moving day Survival Box? You know, the box you unpack in the middle of all the chaos that has the stuff you need to get yourself through the […]

The Power To Transform – Monday Oracle 8 Feb 2021

In order to make a lasting contribution to humanity, we cannot allow other people’s expectancies to limit our development or restrict our dreams. We must live our own lives unaffected by other people’s expectations. Kilroy J. Oldster Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I will be using the Wisdom of the Oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid for my weekly […]

Friends, Thank You

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.  Elbert Hubbard Friends, Your kind words, your messages of friendship and support, the sharing of your own shames and insecurities and fears and hard experiences, were a balm for my tired hurting heart yesterday. I’m grateful for you, and for our friendship. […]

Shame

Never start a sentence with the words ‘No offense’. Gretchen Rubin Can I tell you something? I struggle often, sometimes daily, with being who I am. Although I am accepting of who I am, I also carry a deep sense of shame about that, and I am working hard to parent myself out of this […]

Cristo Velato – My Strange Dream

I dream my painting and I paint my dream. Vincent Willem van Gogh I had the strangest dream last night. I was lying on a narrow bed, like a chaise lounge, my head propped on pillows. I was immobile, and my body was cold. Everything was cold. I wasn’t breathing, but I was alive. It […]

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