Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Yule

It seems a little silly for me in the southern hemisphere to be celebrating yule at this time of year. But I live in a tropical zone where it is hot all year round. So in keeping with tradition Merry yule and happy winter solstice to you!

Yule is the Anglo-Saxon word for the festival of the Winter Solstice. It comes from the original 'Iul' meaning 'wheel'. In the old Almanacs, the symbol of a wheel was used to mark Yuletide. The idea behind this is that the year turns like a wheel, The Great Wheel of the Zodiac, The Wheel of Life, of which the spokes are the old ritual occasions. The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is a particularly important turning point.

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper

So the shortest day came, and the year died,

And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world

Came people singing, dancing,

To drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees;

They hung their homes with evergreen;

They burned beseeching fires all night long

To keep the year alive,

And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake

They shouted, reveling.

Through all the frosty ages you can hear them

Echoing behind us - Listen!!

All the long echoes sing the same delight,

This shortest day,

As promise wakens in the sleeping land:

They carol, fest, give thanks,

And dearly love their friends,

And hope for peace.

And so do we, here, now,

This year and every year.

Welcome Yule!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

In my garden

chilli's, basil, tomatoes(2nd round), lettue, parsley

Mangoes are ripening... yummo

mangoes waiting to ripen :-D

I think I am going to start experimenting in the soil here. Trying some species of snake beans and lettuce. Maybe if I compost enough the bateria wilt won't be an issue.

Friday, June 17, 2011

gardens in tubs

Seems vegies and such don't like the soil where I now live. We have bacterial wilt and nasty bugs in our soil hich kills just about everything. So big white tubs it is :-D

Saturday, May 7, 2011

To mothers of the world

I found this beautiful poem and speaks volumes of the way I feel on mothers day. I lost my mother when I was young. My memories of her are still there and strong and full of love. I just want her to know if I can be half the mother she was then I will be happy.
Miss you mummy...

for all the mothers who miss their mothers

I often contemplate my childhood, Mom.
I am a mother now, and so I know
Hard work is mixed together with the fun;
You learned that when you raised me long ago.

I think of all the things you gave to me:
Sacrifice, devotion, love and tears,
Your heart, your mind, your energy and soul--
All these you spent on me throughout the years.

You loved me with a never-failing love
You gave me strength and sweet security,
And then you did the hardest thing of all:
You let me separate and set me free.

Every day, I try my best to be
A mother like the mom you were to me.

By Joanna Fuchs

Friday, April 8, 2011

My dreams and thoughts...

I have dreams for the future. I wonder if I believe enough will they come to fruition? I want a small farm to call my own. I want to be able to grow my fruit and vegetables and herbs all year round. I want to live a sustainable life and bring my children up knowing this way of life. Its a pretty simple dream I have but to me it would be paradise. I hope I reach this dream in the not to distant future. Every day I take one more little baby step towards it.

Whats your dream?

Brightest blessings


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Such a very hectic time

Yes I'm still alive... just. Have moved to the northern territory. Have moved into a new house. Have started fulltime work. Have had flu/cold for at least a month. Still working on getting over that. But I'm alive and will be back :-D

Hope your all well. Will blog chase very soon.

Brightest blessings

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

jet plane

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Well I have moved to the far north of australia. Everything went smoothly. Considering I'm terrified of flying I think I did well after taking 3 flights with two young children hahah. I only squealed once and it was a bumpy landing down to Alice Springs. Here are some pics of the beuty of clouds.

Best wishes

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Some delight! ful treat

Simple, delicious and magnificent to look at. Are you looking for something a little bit better for you at dessert time. This is the most amazing summer treat. You know the days you crave ice cream or delicious frozen desserts that scream gluttony at you. Try grapes! No I'm not kidding place your bunch of delectable sweet grapes in the freezer then gobble them all up. Go on I dare you! you won't look back my friends.

stay cool this summer my feelow aussies :-D


Monday, January 3, 2011

Last Hurrah!

Well as we are moving to the north of Australia soon my family and I went for a little overnight trip along our favourite part of the coast. If you ever get to travel along the western coast of Australia you will understand where I'm coming from. The water is spectacular, the landscape is amazing. We drove from Lancelin to Cervantes stopping at some magnificent beaches. My favourite being Hangover bay. It was a stormy ole day too but still great swimming.