Intruder Alert!

“Now we had two invisible intruders. Because one wasn’t hard enough.”  Ilona Andrews Hey, Lovelies! I’d like to be able to tell you that this morning was peaceful, and that my meditation ended with feelings of calm and deep comfort. I’d like to tell you that. Instead I will tell you what really happened! I […]

It’s a day of Family First for me!

“I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching–they are your family.”  ~  Jim Butcher   Ben drove us to the city yesterday so I could finally have some decent internet connection. We’d planned a million things for the next few days […]

After Rest Comes Rejuvenation

“In a cool solitude of trees Where leaves and birds a music spin, Mind that was weary is at ease, New rhythms in the soul begin.”  ~ William Kean Seymour   Are you taking some time for yourself this week? As part of my be-gentle-with-myself healing process I spent the late afternoon in the garden […]

A Tale Of Two Dogs…

“After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.”  ~  Robert McCammon   Once upon a time there was a naughty young pup called Harry. He […]

It’s crowded here right now…

“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.” ~ Val Saintsbury   While I’m busy on bed rest just now I’m being very well looked after. Harry and Rufous take turns to stay with me during the day. Except for nap time, when we all bunk in together. There’s no chance of me […]

He Can’t Take His Eyes Off Me!

“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’” ~ Rudyard Kipling; The Jungle Book   Finally we are home. Harry Dog was […]

Death Of A Friend – Saying Goodbye to Bert

“We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.” ~ Irving Townsend   And […]

Five Things I Love About Being Home At My Farm

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple […]

Autumn Garden

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of […]

Watching The Afternoon Fade to Grey

“On this road where nobody else travels autumn nightfall.” ~ Matsuo Bashō   Late yesterday afternoon I wandered through the back garden, and then up the hill toward the old orchard behind our house. My word for the year is ‘home’ and I truly allowed myself to feel into that space yesterday.   Close to […]

Nurse Bert Reports

“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care.”   ~ Mandy Hale     I’m not letting her out of my sight. Nicole, that is. Because she’s still really sick. I’m making her rest. I’m following her if she needs to get […]

The Thrill of Anticipation

“The excitement of dreams coming true is beyond the description of words.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita   I may have done something stupid last night. I may have asked my husband Ben, just as we were going to bed, ‘Are we going for a walk on the beach in the morning?’ I may have said […]

An Afternoon with the Cows!

“Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.”   ~ Thomas de Quincey   Late yesterday afternoon, after I’d finally finished the last of my psychic readings […]

Meet Our Latest Edition – Calvin the Calf!

“The apple does not fall far from the tree.” ~ Proverb   Here’s our cheeky heifer Daisy Mae with her young bull calf – her first ever baby! We’ve named him Calvin, after Joelle’s suggestion. When Daisy Mae was a young ‘un she’d crawl under the fence, romp through my vegetable garden, and play with […]

Ready For Going Home!

“Mr. Fred shook hands with her, said he was glad to see her, drew out a wet Coke from the machine, wiped it on his apron, and gave it to her. This is one good thing about life that never changes, she thought. As long as he lived, as long as she returned, Mr. Fred […]

What Love Looks Like

“Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand’ring bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.” (Sonnet 116)” ~ William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets […]

Pretzels and Early Morning Strolls

“I can’t think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog—completely exhausted after a hard day in the field—limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I’m sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes […]

A Message From Harry Dog!

“Sometime you just gotta get out of the house, breathe the clean morning air, run around like a mad thing, and bark at some waves.” ~ Harry the Cafe Dog   Hello! This is an action post, because this morning is an action morning. Everyone has been stuck in the house for days because of the […]

Big Brave Bert And The Terrifying Fly!

“Courage is found in unlikely places.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien   Summer is fast approaching here at our little farm, and with summer come the March flies. March flies are big flies. Big. Did I say big? Some people call them horse flies too. Besides being big they are also bullies. They bite, and their bites […]

Weekend Roasts, Owls and My Email Address!

“Are you still forgetting things?” “I don’t know, I can’t remember,” I said.” ~ Stephen King, Duma Key   Last night Angela’s husband came around to the farm for a roast dinner. It’s only a week since Angela passed away, and everything is so hard and new for him. Before her breast cancer diagnosis Ange had […]

Life Returns To Its Usual Rhythms

“The longest way must have its close – the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe   We decided to come back to the city last night. Ange’s memorial was beautiful, and very Byron Bay. We gathered at the Lighthouse, all dressed in our most colourful happy clothes, as a […]

Home In My Own Bed!

“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” ~ Lauren Myracle   There is something so sweet and good about sleeping in your own bed after a long time away. It’s a little crowded just now though. Harry and Bert refuse to leave my side. Not that I’m complaining. […]

Bush Lemons And Farm Strolls

“Lemons. He liked lemons. They made you make funny faces when you bit them, and a very, very long way in the future there was a really amazing planet where they’d evolved into people and lived in harmony with a variety of hyper-intelligent bee. Evolution. Thousands and thousands of years of tiny changes could turn […]

Unwelcome Visitors

“The sheriffs are completely outnumbered and outgunned. And we don’t have enough border patrol agents.” ~ John Culberson Harry Dog was jumpy all day yesterday. It started as we came home from an early breakfast. His ears went up. His hackles went up. He started a low growl. We couldn’t see anything. We had no idea […]

A Not-Unexpected Delay in Plans

“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” ~  Mark Buchanan   There has been a lot of resting going on in our house just now. Harry, home from the vet and minus his big broken molar, needs plenty of rest. He’s content to lie […]

No Trouble Here!

“Whether you’re being good, or you’re up to no good, try not to look guilty.” ~ Jarod Kintz   They look so sweet and innocent, don’t they? Bucket-Head Bert and Cafe Dog Harry… But looks can be deceiving.   Could these two dogs possibly be responsible for: a) the raiding of the kitchen bin b) […]

The Bucket Of Shame

“What strange creatures brothers are!” ― Jane Austen Bert has a significant wound under his jaw right now after surgery to remove a grass seed that had caused a huge abscess and infection. There are about twenty-five stitches, but in a place he can’t reach. The vets thought he’d be fine and didn’t place a dressing […]

Brave Nurse Bert’s Operation

“The world is come upon me, I used to keep it a long way off, But now I have been run over and I am in the hands of the hospital staff.” ― Stevie Smith, Selected Poems Poor Bert! The lump in his neck had not responded to antibiotics. As soon as we took him […]

We Are All Exhausted

“He’s our rodent control officer. He doesn’t catch mice, he just terrifies them.” ~ Lilian Jackson Braun   I’d love to be writing an interesting and wordy blog this morning, but we are all exhausted. We being Harry, Bert and I. Ben is lucky enough to be somewhere else just now. Of course. He always […]

A Little Bert Update

“Good medicine always tastes bad.” ~ Ron Hall, Same Kind of Different as Me   Thank you everyone, for your love and well wishes for dear Bert. The painful lump under his neck is in fact a very large and infected abscess. For now it has been partially drained and he has drugs. In a few […]

Bert’s Amazing Adventure

“Those who teach the most about humanity, aren’t always human.” ~ Donald L. Hicks, Look into the stillness   Bert’s been trying to hide it from me for a couple of days. He has a lump in his neck, and all of a sudden it’s grown from the size of a pea to the size of […]

The Long Drive Home

“When anybody honks at me in traffic, I blush, wave, and shout, “Thanks for being a fan.” Being a celebrity is a 24/7 thing.” ~ Jarod Kintz   It was a slow trip from the country to the city yesterday. It didn’t take long to pack the car, but the detours and delays, they were […]

Here Comes The Sun

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the […]

My Day’s Best Medicine

“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” ~ George Gordon Byron   There is one thing Lyme has taught me that is well worth sharing. Some of the best medicine isn’t prescribed by a doctor. Here’s some of my favourite medicine. The smell of pine trees and sunshine. Posies of sweet little flowers from […]

A Refreshing Pause

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” ~ Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book “…I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms…” ~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain   I’m so glad that we went and […]

Ouch! Poor Harry!

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger A. Caras   I got the phone call no dog parent wants to have yesterday. Ben rang from the farm to say that Harry had been hurt after he chased a stick that had been spat out the back of the […]

Saving Marlo

“I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.” ~ Cesar Millan Note – All names have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved   Last Friday, after a terrible night’s sleep, I spent most of the day napping. I was in a good space, but a worrisome niggle kept […]

Afternoon Magic at the Farm

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by […]

Home, away from Home

“I don’t care if we have our house, or a cliff ledge, or a cardboard box. Home is wherever we all are, together,” ~ James Patterson It hasn’t been the same, without Ben at home – while we’ve here, in the city, waiting for him to be well enough to leave hospital. We’re not used to city life […]

A Newsy Update and Writing Reminder

“Are you ready?” Klaus asked finally. “No,” Sunny answered. “Me neither,” Violet said, “but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, Let’s go.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator   This will be quite a newsy post, hence the title. Breaking News and Announcements: Husband Update: Ben […]

My Poor Sick Boy!

“The world is come upon me, I used to keep it a long way off, But now I have been run over and I am in the hands of the hospital staff.” ~ Stevie Smith, Selected Poems   It’s usually me I’m blogging about in a sad state of disrepair, but today it’s about my […]

Today’s Post Is Short For A Very Good Reason

“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us […]

Where’s My Cheese?

“What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?”  ~ Bertolt Brecht “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”  ~ G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions   I was sure I put a wedge of cheese on the kitchen bench last night while I was making dinner. I popped outside for a moment to […]

A Very Good Day!

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ~ Audrey Hepburn   What a wonderful weekend it has turned out to be. Good friends have come to stay at our […]

Dog-gone it, we’re busy!

“Sometimes, the best way to help someone is just to be near them.”  ~ Veronica Roth, Divergent   This will be a short blog post, owing to the fact that it’s cold, and all we really feel like doing this morning is going back to our nice warm bed for a cuddle. Sometimes, comfort takes priority, you […]

Frosty, Frosty… Penguin!

“If a solution fails to appear … and yet we feel success is just around the corner, try resting for a while. … Like the early morning frost, this intellectual refreshment withers the parasitic and nasty vegetation that smothers the good seed. Bursting forth at last is the flower of truth.”  ― Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Advice […]

Who’s Bad?

“I can learn to live with guilt. I don’t care about being good.”  ~ Holly Black, Red Glove “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.”  ~ Charles M. Schulz   Someone has dug up my entire new vegetable garden. […]

Blog Hijack!

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.”  ~ Charles M. Schulz   This is Bert. Me and my brother Harry have taken over this blog. Writing is dumb. Especially on a very lovely morning of rain and […]

A Very Sad Tale…

“Oh, pity the poor glutton Whose troubles all begin In struggling on and on to turn What’s out into what’s in.”  ~ Walter de la Mare   Harry and Bert invented a new game yesterday afternoon. It’s called ‘chase-the-guava’. There is so much fallen fruit beneath our heavily-bearing guava tree. Even when I pick a full […]

The many faces of Love

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Laozi   I saw this picture posted in my facebook feed yesterday (see below) about the joy of passionate, crazy, engulfing wonderful love. Yes, I thought to myself. Yes. That kind of love is wonderful… But what about the other […]

Lovely Miss Mae!

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” ~Mae West   Young Miss Mae is growing up to be an outgoing girl with abundant curiosity! She loves to play chasey and hide-and-seek with our two dogs, Harry and Bert.  Never one to be shy she pushes to the front of the herd to say hello […]

Nurse Bert Reports

“Nursing is a kind of mania; a fever in the blood; an incurable disease which, once contracted, cannot be got out of the system. If it was not like that, there would be no hospital nurses,  for compared dispassionately with other professions, the hours are long, the work hard, and the pay inadequate to the […]

My Best Friend, Bert

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers   I’m in Brisbane for a few days. I’ve got some work to do, and some medical things. Ben needed to go back to the farm so he took Harry the pup, and left Bert here […]

Afternoon Walk on the Farm

“For [Jane Austen and the readers of Pride and Prejudice], as for Mr. Darcy, [Elizabeth Bennett’s] solitary walks express the independence that literally takes the heroine out of the social sphere of the houses and their inhabitants, into a larger, lonelier world where she is free to think: walking articulates both physical and mental freedom.”  […]

Possum Attack!

“The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.” ~ Elias Canetti   I had hoped to be bringing you a Guided Meditation this morning, but no… Instead I’m blogging about possums, because it’s their fault I’m not. I’m staying […]

Sneaking out the Door

“Home is the place that goes where you go, yet it welcomes you upon your return. Like a dog overjoyed at the door. We’ve missed you is what you hear, no matter how long you’ve been gone.” ~ Michael J. Rosen By the time you read this I’ll be going home. Front door pulled shut behind […]

Harry – Cafe Dog!

“Coffee is a language in itself.” ~ Jackie Chan   Good Morning! It’s Harry here. Mum is meditating, so I thought I’d save time and write her blog so that we can go to the cafe faster. I love cafes. Ever since I was little I’ve been going. Especially first thing in the morning. So now I’m […]

Blogging is redundant

This is what blogging looks like on a rainy cold morning when the dog ate your computer. Hint: Somewhere under the dog and the blanket is me…. (This post proudly brought to you by i-phone.)

Unforseen Technical Issues

This blog is temporarily out of service due to unforseen technical issues.  Live updates are being brought to you via i-phone. A certain dog is in deep, deep trouble…. Again. Normal blogging will resume when new power pack has been sourced.  Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

Nurse Bert

“A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.” ~Terri Guillemets   Nurse Bert is very busy right now.  As well as looking after me as I travel through extensive and arduous Lyme disease treatment, he is now caring for young Harry as well. Harry had surgery for his bottom jaw yesterday. […]

Uncanny Harry!

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”  ~ Rumi   Harry, our young pup, continues to astound and delight us. For those of you who’ve been following his journey, you’ll know that Harry joined our family late last year, after the death of Charlie, our much loved old cattledog. Right from the first […]

‘Mum’s sleeping!’ by Guest Bloggers Bert & Harry

“Sleep is the best meditation.” ~ Dalai Lama Mum’s sleeping.  But she hates to miss posting her blog, so we are writing one for her.  We’ve had enough of napping! There is a pesky lizard that keeps swimming in our water bowl.  This is a picture of him. A naughty bird keeps stealing our biscuits.  Here […]

Problems…

I got problems. Mum’s in bed, and I was just trying to amuse myself.  And it’s nearly breakfast. I was hungry. Also, my teeth hurt. So I tried to be good.  I ate the zip off my mum’s travel bag.  It felt good to nibble all the teeth off one side.  It was so good […]

Brave young Harry!

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers   Harry, our not quite six-month-old Blue Heeler puppy had the next of his surgeries yesterday to help accommodate his severe overbite. His newly emerged adult lower canines were shaved down to stop them impacting […]

Morning, after rain

  “The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.” ~ Henry Beston   It rained last night.  Not just gentle rain but heavy, loud on the roof soaking rain. Nearly an inch of it. […]

My morning walk…

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”~ Dolly Parton A good friend sent me an urgent text message yesterday to let me know that a shop called Rivers in Lismore had just received a shipment of gumboots, but they were selling fast! It’s been so wet […]

We Has The Depression

“Into each life some rain must fall.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Bert: Rain, rain, rain. I’m sick of all this rain. It’s horrible being stuck inside a house in the city.  Why can’t we go home to the farm? What if all my tennis balls float away? I can’t bear it. I has the Depression. Harry: […]

Will you still love me broken?

“The choice that you, as a Soul, have in relation to anything is always to be loving. Do you understand that this is the divine purpose that all of us as humans have been given – to love unconditionally? “~ John Morton We’ve always had rescue dogs; dogs that had nowhere else to go, dogs that […]

Rambo, the Celebrity Dog of MBK Thailand

“The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue” ~ Anonymous Those of you who read my blog will know that I have a soft spot for dogs.  Although I love to travel, I eventually find myself missing my own animals, so when I’m away I […]

Saying Goodbye to Charlie

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe, we are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.”     -Roger Caras It’s been too hard for me to write this […]

Bert says sorry…

Hello, I’m Bert, Nicole’s trusty secretary… And I’d like to say sorry.   You see Nicole wouldn’t play with me this morning. I tried my best to look fetching, but she kept ignoring me. I even tried emotional manipulation… But she was still ignoring me! When she went to do her yoga stretches that was […]

Treasure in a Cardboard Box

Have you ever received an unexpected gift? I have, and it came from the carpark at Toombul Shopping Centre. In the picture above you can see the iconic ‘T’, torn down a few years ago.  If you follow the bitumen down behind the ‘T’ in the middle of the photograph, where it slopes away from […]

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