One of those mornings…

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“Nic, you should know by now – nothing ever goes to plan!” ~ Ben Phillips. Husband.


So, we’re on our way to breakfast with cafe dog.

Later than usual.

Because it is raining. I slept in.

Worse, the cows got into the house paddock and were eating my garden.

My agapanthus!

My parsley!

My fresh not-quote-ripe figs I’d been so looking forward to eating myself!

We needed to chase those bad cows out!

Which meant we all got wet and muddy and needed showers.

And as I was sitting in the car, squished up beside Harry the cafe dog, I realised that in all the excitement I had forgotten to blog.


Then I remembered – I have this nifty new portable technology now, so I can action-blog on the go. How exciting!

Next thing I’ll have to try is a video.

But first I need a coffee and some nourishment.

Good morning. Much love to you xoxo

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Adventures in Toowoomba!

Image from Be A Fun Mum

Image from Be A Fun Mum

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


My darling husband has brought me to Toowoomba for a few days for a ‘romantic getaway’.

Or so the story goes.

If we get to the heart of the matter, Ag Show is on. Yep, that’s right – three days of farm machinery, cattle, chainsaws and ride-on mowers, water tanks, fodder crops, cool organic things, agricultural breakthroughs, solar innovations, sheds, seeds, septic tanks, windmills and other good stuff.

Romantic indeed! 🙂

It doesn’t matter. I love Toowoomba – it’s a gracious old country town with some lovely borrowed concepts from bigger places. The spring flowers are all coming into bloom and the town is looking green, vibrant and so very pretty.

We’ve found a few exceptional coffee places, and last night we ate dinner at a fabulous Turkish restaurant – Sofra’s. It was so good we’re thinking about going back again tonight!


I have a few things on my shopping list while Ben is clambering over tractors and going misty-eyed over some big impressive piece of machinery. (Get the red one, Ben! I hear that they’re the best.) . I’m on the lookout for some fancy new gumboots, a lightweight rain jacket, a broad-brimmed sun hat, organic soil conditioners, and some speed-feed – a summer fodder crop for my very spoilt moo-cows.

I’m also going to find a little coffee shop today, and have a pot of tea, a toasted sandwich and a piece of cake, in memory of my beloved Nana, who would have celebrated her ninety-ninth birthday today. I’m still missing her enormously, and I know she would have loved being here in Toowoomba with us.

This time last year I celebrated her birthday in another country town, before meeting up with my good friend Carly to celebrate my own birthday.

A year ago I was a one-eyed pirate in congestive heart-failure who could only manage an hour or two of activity between rests due to the intensity of my treatment for late-stage Lyme disease. Walking anywhere much was out of the question. I was too weak. Too sick. How far I have come. And this year Carls is coming to me down at the farm for my birthday. It shall be a cake fiesta!

Anyway, lovelies, I must go. Coffee, and the romance of tractors and cows, awaits. (((HUGS))) xoxo

Coming back to myself


“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ~ Nelson Mandela


I am sitting in a cafe at Byron Bay, and it feels like a small miracle.

After my six-week fever broke last night, and a powerful meditation shifted me past most of my pain, things have me believing that somewhere in the quiet dark hours of early morning I turned a significant corner.

Expect a return to normal blogging tomorrow. 🙂

Hooray!!! I have missed you. xoxo

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