Beer With The Locals!

“All events and experiences are local, somewhere. And all human enhancements of events and experiences — all the arts — are regional in the sense that they derive from immediate relation to felt life. It is this immediacy that distinguishes art. And paradoxically the more local the feeling in art, the more all people can […]

My Boxing Day Challenge For You!

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” ~ Joshua Becker Hello, Lovelies! The tradition of Boxing Day originates from the United Kingdom, and dates back hundreds of years. It was traditional that on the first workday after Christmas wealthy households would make up Christmas Boxes with […]

Bon Voyage!

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away […]

Off On A Grand Adventure!

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” ~ Anonymous By the time you read this I’ll be at the airport, or maybe even on my way overseas! My darling husband Ben bought me a surprise three-week holiday as a belated ‘Congratulations on Turning Fifty and Thank You For Not […]

Listening To My Body

“The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon, The winds that will be howling at all hours, And are […]

A Taste Of Vietnam

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” ~ Bill Bryson   So, here I am in Vietnam, and our first day […]

Five Things That Made This Week Extra Wonderful Already!

“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~ Charles Dickens   1.New Journal Challenge! It’s been a while since I ran a journal and oracle card challenge, so I’ve decided to cook another one up for you. It’s […]

I’m on a Plane!

“An airplane crossed the sky, and she imagined its interior-people packed in rows like eggs in a carton, the chemical smell of the toilets, pretzels in foil pouches, cans hiss-popping open, black oval of night sky embedded in the rattling walls. How strange that something so drab, so confined, so stifling with sour exhalations and […]

Graffitis and Curiosities

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” ~ Banksy   It’s the last day of my holidays today, and then I’ll be on a […]

Return To Santorini

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ~ Anita Desai   So, here we are, sitting in a very low-brow bar in Santorini. We’re up on the roof, drinking cold beer on a hot day, and availing ourselves of the free wi-fi, which is patchy but hey… free. There are many gorgeous (and […]

Beautiful Bangkok!

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ~ Anita Desai   So here I am in Thailand, after a wonderful flight, with many good movies and some delicious (really!) food. We got into our hotel at about 10.30pm local time, after midnight by my body clock, and Ben made the sensible choice and […]

What to pack?

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ~ Rumi   Just one more sleep and we’ll be on our way. Our first proper holiday in four years! A friend is staying home at our farm, looking after Nurse Bert and Cafe Dog. Our bags are almost packed, and this time tomorrow we’ll be enjoying […]

Holidays – in less than two weeks!

“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, On the Road   If you’re working with […]

Misty Morning Pre-Christmas Happiness

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book Saturday morning, 22 December, 2012.  The world hasn’t ended. Instead Harry the pup woke me up, and after a cuddle the dogs and I went […]

A Bangkok Kind of Day

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ~ Henry Miller So here I am, on holidays.  My morning started early, as always, with meditation.  Bangkok is the kind of place that starts late and finishes as I am waking up. So at 6am I was roaming the almost empty streets, […]

Packing My Bags. Destination? Adventure!

It’s official. NO more sleeps ’til I begin my holiday! Of course that doesn’t mean I’ve packed. Right now my house looks like a bomb’s hit it.  But I trust that in a few hours everything will have been put back into some semblance of order, I shall have found my passport, my swim suit […]

The Power of a Father’s Love

 “Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.” ~ Marge Piercy One night, in the middle of 2010, I was on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. It was late, and we had been asleep for some hours. The room phone rang, waking us up.  When  I answered […]

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