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 […]

Slow Trip Home!

“The road that leads to nowhere for others might just be the road that leads to somewhere for you!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan   The power is back on, the river is down, and so yesterday afternoon we headed out to buy a few supplies. On the way back home, on a meandering one-lane bitumen […]

The Frog Choir

“Then the singing enveloped me. It was furry and resonant, coming from everyone’s very heart. There was no sense of performance or judgment, only that the music was breath and food.” ~ Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith   It’s been a magical few days here at our little farm. We had a […]

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 […]

Me, right now!

“Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.” ~ Heraclitus, Fragments   Forgive me, but I’m sleeping. It has been a big week. Clever wordpress let me write this before I even went to bed, and it shall post itself as I sleep. I’ll be back […]

A Rather Fine Lizard

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” ~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar   Just outside the hall where we go each morning to meditate and do our group work  is a large rounded rock, with an indentation which […]

Musings on Early Morning Magic

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats   I am sitting on the veranda of my retreat bedroom, looking out over the quiet, still bay. It’s cool this morning, and cloudy. A ribbon of pink light is beginning to colour the sky, slowly growing […]

A sneak peak at Day One…

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~ Mother Teresa “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl   The picture at the top of this post is a rather large crystal mandala, […]

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 […]

Sowing Seeds

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson   Yesterday afternoon the sky over the farm grew heavy and dark. The air was hot and humid, with not a hint of breeze. I had finished a busy day of phone readings and retreat […]

Harry Dog Update

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”  ~ Dag Hammarskjold   Young Harry is feeling a little brighter each day, and if we get the all-clear from the vet today we will take him home to the farm tonight! He’s still quite tender and sore, […]

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 […]

Helping The Great Mother

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” ~  Rachel Carson “In a moment the ashes are made, but a forest is a long time growing.” ~ Seneca   One of the most vivid dreams in my night of owl dreaming was one in which […]

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 […]

Random Magical Things

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl   Here’s a collection of random magical things, because it’s Friday, and magic seems appropriate today, don’t you […]

A Moment of Perfect Peace

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” ― Meister Eckhart Very […]

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 […]

Storm Clouds and Other Magical Things

“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   As I finished my meditation this morning, sitting on the veranda overlooking the ocean, a lightning storm began. There was no thunder. The whole thing […]

Kindness Challenge – Week Five

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~ John Muir   It’s fitting, in a way, that I couldn’t bring you last week’s kindness challenge due to in part to the extreme weather events we were experiencing in our part of the world. But here we are. On with the challenge!   […]

That Strange Wise Universe

“All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.“ ~ Miyamoto Musashi   Sometimes things don’t go to plan. We’ve had a lot of rain here at the farm. Lots actually. Think floods. Last Saturday, after having been flooded in overnight, the causeway dropped and Ben decided we’d make a run […]

Life on Hold

“Finished crap can be edited. Unfinished greatness languishes forever. The only bad writing is the thing you didn’t write!” ~ Margarita Gakis   I’m tweaking the very final edits of my memoir. You know, the one about my time in the Kimberley? So, there’s not much else to report right now until that’s done. That’s […]

The Sound of Rain

  “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   Here at the farm it’s raining. It has been […]

Meditation – Taking Energy From Trees

There is a simple meditation that I do sometimes, when I feel the need to be strengthened. It is something my Aboriginal Aunties taught me to do. Let me show you how to do it too. Find a tree. It could be a big tree, or small, gnarled or straight. Stand where you can see […]

The Return of Bandit

“Now they return home, their bones bruised and their spirit slightly broken, but they’re still alive, and they will be well sometime soon.” ~ Hannah Nikka Bryan, Soldier’s Descent   It’s been blowing a gale all night. The wind chimes have been ringing furiously, and the rustling of the leaves sounds like an orchestra. Add […]

A Little Light Rain

“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 […]

Around the Campfire

“So, I looked up and we were in this giant dome like a glass snowball, and Mark said that the amazing white stars were only holes in the black glass of the dome, and when you went to heaven, the glass broke away, and there was nothing but a whole sheet of star white, which […]

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. […]

The Wild Life!

“Connecting with the wilderness allows us to live in the flow of a meaningful, joyful life. Embracing this state of connectedness or oneness with other living beings including animals, as opposed to feeling an “otherness” or “separateness” brings a sense of harmony and enables us to be at peace with oneself and the world.” ~ Sylvia […]

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 Gentle Morning at the Farm

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden   Autumn is a magical time at our farm. Gentle showers soak the ground during the night, and in the morning thick mist wraps itself around the mountains. As the sun burns […]

Making a Cosy Nest

“The bird, a nest; the spider, a web; man, friendship.” ~ William Blake   There’s a cold change in the air. Autumn is well and truly here at the farm. That means stoking the fire each night, and digging out our jumpers and extra blankets for the beds. A few weeks ago I sat on the veranda, discussing the Bluesfest program with […]

Cedric Snake’s New Girlfriend!

“All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.” ~ Mae West, Wit & Wisdom of Mae West   There is an enormous carpet python who lives in the roof of our farmhouse, and has done for many years. We christened him Cedric, after my maternal grandfather. Last year Cedric had a girlfriend who […]

A Flower Mandala for Heart Chakra Healing

“It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.” ~ Colette   I’ve […]

A Short Walk

“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors…disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.” ~ Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking […]

Coffee with a (feathered) Friend

  “Without birds, trees would be very lonely and men too!”  ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan   As I sipped a coffee yesterday, killing time, with worries on my mind, a little Mickey Bird (Noisy Miner) came to visit me. The Universe must have known I needed some company. The friendly bird stayed with me, singing cheery songs 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 […]

Sleepy Sunday Morning Triumph

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”  ~ Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water This beautiful water-lily grows in a cattle […]

Rebirth of a Tenacious Tree

“Often it is tenacity, not talent, that rules the day.”  ~ Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance When we moved to this farm there was a hulking squat skeleton of a tree near the clothes line in the back yard. From its furthermost branch clung a few twisted and misshapen leaves. Piece by piece […]

Sunshine, Earth and Dancing Orbs

“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. […]

The ’10 Lovely Things!’ Challenge

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ~ Marcel Proust Yesterday morning my lovely husband set me a glorious distraction (for those of you who aren’t up to speed I am currently taking a savage amount of drugs to combat Lyme Disease […]

View From My Windows

“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”  ~ Edith Wharton, Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verses   My windows are both real and figurative. The picture above is the view from my bedroom window. This view changes hour by hour, and affords me much pleasure. In the early mornings the sky is grey, before becoming […]

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 […]

Saying hello to Mae West

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”  ~ C. JoyBell C. […]

Violet’s New Baby

“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” ~ Mae West One of our cows, Violet, gave birth yesterday morning. But instead of a snowy white calf, she produced a deep burgundy baby with blotches of white all over its head. Hmmm…. That baby didn’t come from our bull. Earlier this year, during bad […]

Life -Disconnected!

“We are creating and encouraging a culture of distraction where we are increasingly disconnected from the people and events around us, and increasingly unable to engage in long-form thinking. People now feel anxious when their brains are unstimulated.”  ~ Joe Kraus There was a huge storm here at the farm on Saturday afternoon. The Black Cockatoos […]

The Owl and the Eagle

“Baby eagles can never soar under their family’s wing.” ~ Liu Yang I woke yesterday morning to find a Powerful Owl sitting on the clothesline in the last shreds of darkness, feasting on something caught between its powerful talons. The owl paid me scant regard and finished his supper before flying up into the branches […]

Weathering the Moment

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” ~ Langston Hughes Do you ever get stuck in your head? I found myself there last night. The sort of stuckness where you’re oh-so-tired, and know you should be getting to sleep, […]

What Quiet Sounds Like

“On soft Spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars – Something good will come out of all things yet – And it will be golden and eternal just like that – There’s no need to say another word.” ~ Jack Kerouac, Big Sur It’s late at night. Or to be more accurate, early morning. I’ve […]

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.”  […]

Easy Pecan Pie Recipe

“Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.” ~ Douglas Jerrold 1803-1857 Something very cool happened yesterday afternoon as we went for a family walk to wheel the rubbish bin (it’s a glamorous life on the farm LOL!) down our long driveway to the road. As I trailed […]

Animals, Meditation and Energy Work

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.”  ~ Amit Ray Animals are very tuned in to energy and emotion. If you meditate or do […]

Was it all a dream?

“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.”~ Khalil Gibran It’s 5am. I woke this morning in my own bed. The cool dawn air from the windows flung wide is fragranced with lemon blossom, jasmine, green grass and rich earth. It’s a lush smell. A rich smell. So dense I can almost hold it […]

In Search of Greener Pastures…

“I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there’s a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.”~ Alice Hoffman There’s not a lick of moisture in the air out […]

Outback Australia – A Snapshot

“We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.” ~ Shirley Abbott I picked up a stone yesterday and put it in my pocket. I walked on a […]

Down at the River

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”~ John Lubbock    There’s a place I go, here at my farm, when I need to think or meditate or to ease my worries. I go […]

One of those mornings…

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full […]

Tree Oracle Reading for Embracing Change

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”  ~ Robert Louis Stevenson Trees have long been known as Sacred Guardians of the Earth. […]

Favourite Things

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.”  ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow It’s Sunday, and for me it’s a day of favourite things. Meditation first, before the sun comes up, with my Mala beads and Tibetan Bowl. A short walk around the farm with Harry while we wait for the rest […]

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 […]

The wisdom of planting trees

“Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn.” ~ Lord Orrery, 1749   Our humble little farmhouse was built firstly as a two room cottage in 1860 by the original timber-cutter in our area. The […]

How Synchronicity Happens

“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.”  ~ Charles de Lint Have you ever wondered how synchronicity happens? It’s a […]

Getting ready for a bumper harvest!

“Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.” ~ Kent Nerburn The picture at the top of the page is part of a stand of Bunya Pines along one of the fences at our farm. Each year the pines produce giant […]

Homeward bound!

“And when the day arrives I’ll become the sky and I’ll become the sea and the sea will come to kiss me for I am going home. Nothing can stop me now.” ~ Trent Reznor The ute’s all packed, it’s not quite dawn and we’re heading home to the farm. I’m filled with a quiet thrill. […]

My Winter Solstice

Yesterday was the Winter Solstice – the shortest day; grey, cold and wintry. A perfect day for bonfires, for eating the luscious golden fruits from the orchard, and for curling up in front of the hearth to sleep away the longest night… ‘The Shortest Day’ by Susan Cooper So the shortest day came, and the […]

You See Dem Owls?

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ e.e. cummings So, back to my story about the Kimberley owls… Have you ever wanted to run away from yourself? Twenty years ago or so, when I arrived at this remote cattle station at the top end of western Australia – a […]

The Joy of Guerrilla Art

“Art is not a thing; it is a way.” ~ Elbert Hubbard I went to my local Library in Byron Bay yesterday, and was delighted to find a small house made entirely of books (used in such a way that they were still readable) displayed prominently in the middle of the room. The librarians had found it […]

An Afternoon Walk On My Farm

“When I woke up I was changed. The land had recognised me again.”  ~ George Djilaynga, Neil Murray, Warumpi Band I’m home again, at my little farm at Possum Creek. Yesterday I went for a walk in the late afternoon sunshine.  The wind was rustling the branches, the giant wedgetail eagle flew above me, fat […]

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 […]

Inviting Stillness…

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh How can you be well, how can you know peace, if you are always busy? Always rushing? If your days are blurring one […]

Finding moments for yourself

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha   Life can be hectic. Sometimes we just have […]

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 […]

Meet Red Bull!

“Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.” ~ David Ben-Gurion Do you remember me posting recently about a very fat cow, who couldn’t possibly be pregnant, giving birth to a baby bull calf. He’s our little miracle, and he came into the world after we’d lost both of our young bulls to […]

Rain is better than drought…

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. ~ From ‘My Country‘ by Dorothea Mackellar We endured eight hard years of drought at our old farm –  a cattle property in the Lockyer Valley. Slowly the grass turned brittle as straw and the dams […]

Home, after Rain

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”~ Jane Austen I’m home. I slept last night in my own bed. After so long in the city it was good beyond measure to be here at my little farm, surrounded by a thick blanket of peace and the sounds of night; cattle lowing, croaking frogs, […]

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: […]

Where have all the flowers gone? OR Vote for Variety!

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh Right beneath our noses something sneaky is happening. Our choices are becoming more limited, even as it appears that there is greater diversity in the […]

How a Garden Can Teach You To Be More Creative

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.”  ~ Author Unknown Gardening is a seasonal thing.  There are tasks to do in every season, but Summer tasks can’t be easily undertaken in Winter and Winter tasks aren’t so suited to the Spring. What does this have to do with creativity you may ask? Why, […]

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 […]

Simple pleasures

“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 […]

Welcoming 2013

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. ”  ~ J. B. Priestley I know the calendar says that we’re already into February, but from an energetic point of view today, 2nd February, is really […]

Crystals for Highly Sensitive People

“Treating myself like a precious object makes me strong.” ~ Julia Cameron I love working with crystals, and my gorgeous fairy companion Sokli is completely nuts for them. Because we’ve had such positive and strong reactions whenever we have blogged about being sensitive, we thought we might give you some suggestions for crystals to help […]

Safe Haven

And now for another update via my magical iphone… It has been cyclonic here at the farm the past few days. Trees down everywhere, extensive flooding, wild winds… There is still no power, but this morning the wind has died down and the sun is out although big black clouds are building up behind us. […]

Flooded in!

Mother Nature has been wet, windy and wild at our little farm. We are safe and well but flooded in. Trees down everywhere and no power. But we have candles and a radio, books and a gas stove so all in all we are okay. And my iphone is fully charged! Plenty of time for […]

Inviting Stillness…

“When I dance, I dance, when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk in a beautiful orchard , if my thoughts drift too far off matters for some part of the time, for some other part I led them back again to the walk, the orchard, the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.” […]

Emerging from the Chrysalis – Your Butterfly Oracle for 2013

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  ~ Author Unknown “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”  ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller Here we are with 2013 stretching out in front of us, full […]

Healing and Grounding Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation

I learn more about God From weeds than from roses; Resilience springing Through the smallest chink of hope In the absolute of concrete…. ~ Phillip Pulfrey, “Weeds,” Perspectives   Morning at our little farm – the birds are singing, the sun is shining and the day is fresh and new. I’ve already been for a short […]

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 […]

Meet Harry- it’s puppy love!

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ~ Charles M Schulz Meet the newest edition to our family – Harry! Harry is an Australian Blue Cattle Dog – a working dog in the finest of traditions. Although I suspect he’ll go the way of all dogs in this household; an ‘inside dog’ with couch privileges and a penchant […]

Be the Stillness

“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.” ~ Morgan Freeman Just for today Hold stillness inside you While the world pulses and races and dances a crazy dance Turn inward Be aware of your breathing Consciously slow yourself And be filled with peace It […]

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