Nature’s Power To Renew You

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. […]

20 Ways To Strengthen Your Connection To Mother Earth

‘Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things […]

I was horrified the first time it happened…

“Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don’t base your self-esteem on their opinions.”~ Harvey Mackay I remember, years ago, when I first started channelling. It was excruciating. My logical mind was stuck in judgement, cynicism, scepticism and disbelief. My soulful self trusted anyway and urged me on. I […]

Tiny Treasures!

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau My morning meditation […]

How to Self-Care When Life Is Challenging!

“Self-care is how you take your power back.” ~ Lalah Delia It’s simple enough to be well-intentioned and kind to yourself when life is going smoothly. Or if you are on holidays. Or in a really good head space. But when we are hard up against it – when we have crushing deadlines, or horrible […]

Monday Oracle – 18 February 2019

“ It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. -Irish proverb ” ~  Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well Hello, Lovelies! February is a month for action and self-empowerment – for taking your plans and turning them into goals, action steps and habits. It’s a month […]

The Sweet Smell of Night

“‎Pleasure is wild and sweet. She likes purple flowers. She loves the sun and the wind and the night sky. She carries a silver bowl full of liquid moonlight. She has a cat named Midnight with stars on his paws. Many people mistrust Pleasure, and even more misunderstand her. For a long time I could […]

On Hot Days Add Water!

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” ~ Laura Gilpin There’s a heatwave moving slowly across Australia this week. That means you’ll find us near the water. River, ocean, swimming pool. Any and all of them. All our birdbaths are full, and we’ve added extra saucers and […]

I was going to write something else…

“Good stories are like those noble wild animals that make their home in hidden spots, and you must often settle down at the entrance of the caves and woods and lie in wait for them a long time.” ~ Hermann Hesse This morning started as it always did. I meditated at 4am, and then rose with the […]

Simple Ways To Reconnect With The Earth

“Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things […]

Night Time At My Farm

“The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.”  ~ Haruki Murakami After a short holiday we arrived back at our little farm in the Byron Hills yesterday. It was so good to be home, so good to be in our own space, to find […]

Energies of November – 2018

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~  Ralph Waldo    Hello, Lovelies  November  is  an  unusual  month, gifting  us  energies  in  two  different  but  interlinked areas. The first area is spiritual development. It’s a great month for all forms of metaphysical work, […]

That first taste of Spring!

“And the Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”  ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley I wandered into the garden yesterday afternoon after sitting at my desk too long. The sky was heavy with bruise-coloured […]

Things to be thankful for…

“Take time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have.” ~Germany Kent This morning I’m counting my Blessings. Such a simple thing to do, and it always makes me feel richer. I like to count them […]

Frost On The Flats!

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again […]

How to do a walking meditation

“When you look at the sun during your walking meditation, the mindfulness of the body helps you to see that the sun is in you; without the sun there is no life at all and suddenly you get in touch with the sun in a different way.”  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh   Do you have […]

Understanding Intuition and Gut Instinct

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey There is an unseen force that lives within each of us, and that connects us all.  We are energetic by nature, and that energy can guide us if only we can tune in to it.  One of the simplest ways to do this is […]

It’s a Fairy Forest here at the farm!

“Few humans see fairies or hear their music, but many find fairy rings of dark grass, scattered with toadstools, left by their dancing feet.”  ~ Judy Allen We’ve had a furious amount of rain here at the farm these past few weeks. Everything is damp and waterlogged, but green green green! On my morning walk I […]

  “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, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time It’s windy and raining here at retreat. During the night we […]

A Small But Positive Sign In The Shape Of A Snail

“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.”  ~  Oprah Winfrey When we holidayed with a friend and her family early this year, her small children asked me what I had done to earn pocket money when I was little. We didn’t get pocket money when we were growing up, […]

My Favourite Morning Job

“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only […]

Eagles and Cups of Tea

“Farewell,” they cried, “Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey’s end!” That is the polite thing to say among eagles. “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks,” answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.”  ~  J.R.R. Tolkien We are always up early, […]

The Best Blog Was The One I Didn’t Write!

“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing […]

Magical And Surprising – Spring At The Farm!

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”  ~  John Galsworthy It was a beautiful day at the farm here yesterday – all […]

Road Trip Treasures!

“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.”  ~  Paulo Coelho   Late last week Ben and I slipped away from the farm for a few days. We took a simple road trip into country New South Wales. […]

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 […]

Feather Oracle – For Inspiration and Guidance

Image by Rachel Mitchel “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickinson Every night at my farm a big owl alights on my clothesline. I feel very safe and loved in the presence of this owl. […]

Stones, Crystals and Meditation Magic

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ~ Caroline Myss   I have long been a meditator. In fact it has been a daily practice for me since adolescence. Even with my recent bout of ill-health I haven’t missed a day. It’s as much a […]

The Owl and The Night Sky

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ~ Shel Silverstein   I was totally spent yesterday. We’ve had some personal stress in the past few weeks, some health […]

The Eagles and the Crystals

“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, So You Want to Be a Wizard   In January, we pulled down our massive Ancestors and Songlines crystal healing grid […]

Saving Dudley Dog!

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” ~  John Grogan   Australia is in the grip of a ferocious heatwave right now. Late yesterday afternoon I lay down on my bed in our air-conditioned bedroom, thoroughly exhausted and […]

Standing Under Old Trees

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ―~ Rachel Carson   This morning, after a restless night, I slept […]

My Top Five Ways To Get Some Reflection Time

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard   We’re sitting in a terrific month for reflection, reinvention and connection. So how do we do that? Here are my top five ways to find that headspace where we can explore the past and imagine the future…   1 […]

Moonlight Meditation and Old Tree Energy

“It was the kind of moon that I would want to send back to my ancestors and gift to my descendants so they know that I too, have been bruised…by beauty.” ~ Sanober Khan   I’m late posting today, because I was up so late last night. Lats night I sat in meditation in a […]

The Tawny Family Shows Off Baby!

“She had blue skin, And so did he. He kept it hid And so did she. They searched for blue Their whole life through, Then passed right by- And never knew.” ~ Shel Silverstein   We have a family of Tawny Frogmouths that nest in the teak tree outside our kitchen window every year. They […]

Grounded Goodness

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ~ Rachel Carson   Yesterday was one of those days when my […]

Stormbirds

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia   I heard a stormbird yesterday, just after dawn. It’s so early in the season […]

An Amazingly Ordinary Fabulous Day!

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people […]

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 […]

Quiet, Tea and Dogs

“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 neighbour — such […]

Quiet Time

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~ John Muir   It’s rainy here at the farm this morning, and cooler. You can truly sense autumn in the air. My Accelerated Channeling retreat starts tomorrow, and I can feel […]

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 […]

Misty Morning Wonderland

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ~ Henry David Thoreau   It’s so good to be home. The dogs and I went for a very early walk. We have six new calves and the unseasonably warm weather means that our paddocks are lush with dewy grass, and the dam is still […]

Farm Life

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.” ~ Joel […]

Autumn in the Air

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, […]

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 […]

Being Held By The Universe

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. […]

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 […]

Koala Concerto

“I want to go to Australia and take the same goofy picture of me holding a koala that everyone else takes.” ~ Jessi Klein Our little farm here in Byron Bay is a koala sanctuary of sorts. We have plenty of them living here, and we see them daily. Cute, huh? As I stumble around, bleary-eyed […]

Feathered Friends Come Visiting

“What use is care? What good is watching for that matter? People are forever watching things. They should be seeing. I see the things I look at. I am a see-er.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss   As I sat at my desk on my little office veranda yesterday I had many visitors. First a kookaburra flew down […]

Things Not To Get Me For Christmas

“We no longer live life. We consume it.” ~ Vicki Robin   When I was a kid, Christmas was something to look forward to. We’d get a new toy or two, maybe a book (mine was always books), a dress or a t-shirt, socks and undies. The toys would last us for the year, the […]

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 […]

After the Storm…

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore   One of the things I love about our retreats at Sangsurya is that we are always so supported by the natural environment. We’ve been doing […]

Riding Out The Heatwave

“Dawn, then, was a time where things changed element for element. Air ran like hot spring waters nowhere, with no sound. The lake was a quantity of steam very still and deep over valleys of fish and sand held baking under its serene vapors. Tar was poured licorice in the streets, red bricks were brass and gold, roof tops […]

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 […]

An Afternoon Concert for My Cows

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone   The first time I heard Albinoni’s Oboe Concert #2 in D Minor I was seven, a little girl sitting in the music room of her primary school, eyes closed as instructed by the […]

Listening as a Healing Tool

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. […]

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 […]

10 Easy Steps For Self Care During Troubled Times

“They called her witch because she knew how to heal herself.” ~ Te’ V. Smith   It’s simple enough to be well-intentioned and kind to yourself when life is going smoothly. Or if you are on holidays. Or in a really good head space. But when we are hard up against it – when we have crushing […]

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 […]

Keeping Bert Quiet…

“The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.” ~ Mother Teresa   Nurse Bert is healing well from his cruciate ligament surgery. Next week he’ll have an x-ray to see if the bone has healed. If it looks good, the vet says Bert will finally be allowed to run free. He’ll […]

Rain, Whales and Orchids

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne   Whenever we are on Retreat the weather always seems to mirror and support our journey. For the past two days, as we have laboured under the Usurper’s Moon, dealing with all of our shame and self-betrayal […]

Bert’s Latest Operation!

“Doctors?” said Ron, looking startled. “Those Muggle nutters that cut people up?” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix “I saved a man’s life once,” said Granny. “Special medicine, twice a day. Boiled water with a bit of berry juice in it. Told him I’d bought it from the dwarves. That’s the […]

Signs of Spring

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~ Mark Twain   The days are slowly getting longer. Nights are cold, but the […]

Nurse Bert Reports…

“Hoping to get a head start on the next day, I eat breakfast the night before. That way I can sleep in until two in the afternoon.” ~ Jarod Kintz   Hello, Peoples! It’s cold here at the farm this morning. Brrrrrrrrr! Too frosty for paws just yet. There’s ice in my water bowl, and every […]

Morning Rituals To Greet The Day

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays   It’s cold this morning. Four am meditation finished, the house still silent with sleep. Last night’s fire rendered down to ash. I push the back door of our little farmhouse open and am […]

Restful Rambles

“We need the tonic of wildness…  At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden: […]

Being Held By Nature

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~ Albert Einstein   Here’s a little snapshot of the loveliness that is our retreat venue. The picture above is of the huge crystal grid set up in the middle of our work room. […]

Fairy Oracle – Messages Of Guidance and Support!

“You must try to have a positive attitude. It does not matter how small a person is. One can still change the future. Size is only a state of mind. You know – it is how you use your wits that counts. Nothing can stop us, if we put our hearts into it. Anything is […]

My Kind Of Nightlife

“I love the silent hour of night, For blissful dreams may then arise, Revealing to my charmed sight What may not bless my waking eyes.” ~ Anne Brontë, Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters   We’re home again at our little farm, for a while at least. It rained on and off from late in […]

Was He Born This Way?

“Right or wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky This is a picture of Harry, known to some as Cafe Dog. It is, in fact, our very first picture of Harry, taken two years ago. Pretty cute, huh? In retrospect, there is a worrying glint of mischief in […]

Autumn At The Farm

“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” ~ Joe L. Wheeler   The last of the summer grass is long and lush and sweet. The wind by turn blows warm and then cold. The leaves are tumbling down, making a pretty carpet upon the lawn. The air is rich […]

A Very Hurried Post Because…

“Tantrums are not bad behavior. Tantrums are an expression of emotion that became too much for the child to bear. No punishment is required. What your child needs is compassion and safe, loving arms to unload in.” ― Rebecca Eanes, The Newbie’s Guide to Positive Parenting   Thanks for your understanding as I write this post […]

Water Oracle – For Embracing Opportunity

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away […]

Which One Will You Choose?

“When you make a choice, you change the future.” ~ Deepak Chopra   I’m working on some new oracles for you right now. Images from which you can select, that have a channelled message attached. You may have seen some of my oracles in the past, like these ones: Tree Oracle Reading For Embracing Change […]

Coming Home

“Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had.” ― Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures   I’ve been in the city so long this last stay. It was necessary. Bert needed surgery. Then Harry. […]

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 […]

A Morning Cup of Tea With Friends

“Think thoughts that make you happy. Do things that make you feel good. Be with people who make you feel good, and who cheer you on. Eat things that make your body feel good. Go at a pace that makes you feel good. Embrace Life… live!” ~ Angie Karan   Shhhh… Just sit quietly for […]

The Noisy Visitors

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson   All last night we were serenaded with the thumping and screeching of possums running along our tin roof and jumping noisily into the adjoining trees here at our little farm. Poor Bert was having conniptions! It’s no wonder they […]

All Hung Up…

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson   If you look carefully at the photo you will see a very large tree on a very big lean. It is not the best of photos. The scale does not do this red cedar justice. Its trunk is wider than the body […]

It’s The Little Things…

“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea   Yesterday was […]

A Cleansing Storm

“…I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms…” ~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain   I came home late yesterday afternoon to our little farm. The heat and humidity were oppressive and you could feel that rising tension that always signals a storm. Sure enough, after nightfall a […]

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 […]

Red Bull’s Beautiful Babies

  “To country people Cows are mild, And flee from any stick they throw; But I’m a timid town bred child, And all the cattle seem to know.” ~ T.S. Eliot Do you remember Red Bull, our miracle calf? That’s him in the photo above, taken about eighteen months ago when he was just a […]

Home at My Farm

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein   I’m home, at our beautiful farm. The dogs and I have just gone for a ramble to check on the cows, and to see if we could spy the platypus down in the river. There are branches down everywhere after the […]

A Day At the Farm

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” ~ Emma Goldman   I slept in yesterday. Til nearly eight am. Pure luxury! I’ve had a month of restless nights thanks to Lyme disease, so to sleep so deeply and completely was bliss. Our farm is a hive of activity right now. […]

Adapting to Change

“When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: if you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the […]

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 […]

Sleepy Morning

“I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.” ~ Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time   I woke to the sound of rain. It was soft at first, a comforting patter of drops on the old iron roof. […]

That Big Ol’ Sky

“If you follow the ancient maps written on the stars, no person will ever understand you. So if you could read these maps, would you follow them? And forever be misunderstood? Or would you close your eyes tightly and pretend to be like everyone else?” ~ C. JoyBell C.   About a quarter to four […]

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