Crazy Wild Weather!

“Suddenly all the sky is hid As with the shutting of a lid, One by one great drops are falling Doubtful and slow, Down the pane they are crookedly crawling, And the wind breathes low; Slowly the circles widen on the river, Widen and mingle, one and all; Here and there the slenderer flowers shiver, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Storms and Black Cockatoos

“Nothing ever goes to plan, Nicole. You should know that by now!” Ben Phillips (husband) It’s a gorgeous sunny morning here at the farm, but oh, what a storm we had last night. Thunder, lightning, hail, ferocious winds and then we lost power, right at sunset. So my day of enforced rest rolled on into […]

Big Winds and Blackouts

“You never know what’s around the corner…” I had intended many things for today’s blog, but they will have to wait. We had a day of strong winds and high temperatures yesterday so we decided to go down to the beach for a cool down swim, a walk, and then fish and chips for dinner. […]

Listening to the Wind

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”  ~ W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire   Midnight at the farm. After an unseasonally hot Spring day and a very warm […]

Stormclouds, Music and Melancholy

“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   The air is tinged with cold and that strange electricity that comes before a storm. I am watching from my upstairs bedroom, stuck in the city and […]

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 […]

Come sit with me

Come sit with me. There’s nothing to be done about this blog. The power’s out since last night’s storm, and all I have is my iphone. Who can be bothered writing an epic on an iphone? So come sit. You can play with the puppy, watch the cows, listen to the rustle of the early […]

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