13 Oct 2014

Springtime

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“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”
#Proverb

The crumble of the soil between my fingers felt incredibly good today, planting a few new herbs and gently pruning my small but well producing balcony veggie patch. The first of the purple paper daisies flowered today, a rich deep purple that reminded me of the colour of my high school formal dress. This is its third year; it’s almost always the first show of colour we get.

My balcony garden not as big as it has been in previous years, but the herbs are growing well, the lettuces have provided me with several lunches and the blueberries are still coming into their own.  Read more

08 Jul 2014

Spoonies

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“Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.”
#MohsinHamid

It’s been a while since my last update, but I wanted to give a shout-out to the lovely Julie Ryan, who writes and curates Counting My Spoons. She recently interviewed me for her weekly Fibro Warriors series, which is a really great way of learning about fibromyalgia and how these amazing people manage their health.

This has to be one of the best ways I can think of to help others understand what can be a very invisible but equally challenging disease. Julie’s blog was inspired by The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino, and her aim is to help educate and inspire us all to connect and share our fibro story.

Head on over to her blog for a great dose of inspiration, empathy and compassion.

 

20 Feb 2014

Energy

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“The dog is a reflection of your energy, of your behaviour. You have to ask, ‘What am I doing?’ That’s the right question to ask.”
#CesarMillan

The days are getting shorter as autumn takes its time in getting here. Our clocks turn back on April 6 to standard time and that’s when we’ll really notice the downshift to cooler days and nights. We’ve had something of an Indian summer here over March, with warm days still in the high 20s. Winters in Sydney are pretty mild by comparison to the cities I’ve lived in or visited during my travels. An Edinburgh winter is bitterly cold, an Oslo winter dark and at times oppressive, a New York winter freezing but still incredibly beautiful.

Sydney winters are often dry, bright and sunny but pleasant, around 18-20’C most days with cool to cold(ish) nights. Still, having said that, the energy of the city starts to wind down a little as the days get shorter. Personally, I love it at this time of year because it’s still mild enough that you can be outside and enjoying all the city has to offer and if it starts to get cool of an evening, you just tug on a cardy or a light sweater.

I also find that my energy comes back a little.

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01 Feb 2014

Paperbarks

2 Comments life, spaces, travel

“Time spent amongst the trees is never wasted time.”
#KatrinaMayer

So last week was my fortieth birthday and to help me ease into my next decade, my best friend decided to whisk me away to the south coast of NSW for a four-day girl’s weekend away. 2013 had proven to be both stressful and busy for both of us so it was fantastic to take some time out so soon after Christmas and before the last days of summer left us.

Several months before, my bestie asked: “What do you want to do for your birthday?” After 24 years of friendship, we know each other pretty well and when I moved home to Australia six years ago, we started taking these birthday weekends away together to celebrate in the way that only besties can. The deal is that we each get to plan the other’s birthday weekend, so these weekends are always a bit of a secret and the challenge is to let nothing slip. Zilch, nada. Read more

24 Jan 2014

Forty

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“If my life weren’t funny then it would just be true and that’s unacceptable.”
#CarrieFisher

40 years. 14,610 days. 21,038,400 minutes.

That’s how long my feet have been on this planet. It’s quite an auspicious thing to arrive at the first day of my 40th year and feel remarkably grateful for where I stand in my life.

I’ve been looking forward to my 40th birthday in much the way I did my 30th: happy that I’ve made it through another decade, not worried – too much – about a few more wrinkles and a little wistful that the whispers about being childless, single and ‘getting on’ are growing quieter. Read more

01 Jan 2014

Hello 2014!

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Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.
#BradPaisley

2014 has arrived and we are on our way home after a very lovely night out with friends celebrating New Year in what will be a very memorable night. Along with 4000 other lucky winners of the Cahill Expressway ticket draw, we arrived early and set up camp to watch Sydney light up under what is arguably the best fireworks show on earth at this time of year. It has been a beautiful and fun filled night and, hopefully, a happy omen of the year that is to come.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year for 2014. Let’s make this a year worth writing about :)

 

 

05 Jul 2013

Grace

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“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.”
#SharonRallsLemon

I’m sitting on the verandah of a friend’s house in regional NSW, a rug over my lap to keep off the mid-winter chill and just watching the slow transitions from afternoon to dusk. The house is up high and overlooks several paddocks and a ridgeline across the back that is the boundary to the national park just beyond it. There is little but silence, the odd neighs and the rustle of the wind through the big old ghost gums down by the creek.

I’ve only been here a day and already I feel so much better. The last few months have been a juggle of work, illness, family stuff and just not getting enough rest, so when my friend so generously offered to have me stay for a long weekend, I took it as the circuit breaker I needed. And indeed it has been exactly that. Read more

15 Mar 2013

Sunsets

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“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”
#MarcusTulliusCicero

Where once there were four, now there is only one. Yesterday my godfather lost his battle with Alzheimers and was the third of four lifelong friends to pass away after a devastating illness. He was one of a group lads who became mates in their first year at high school in 1951, the second eldest and by all accounts one of the smartest. His battle with Alzheimers was, in no uncertain terms, a ripping fight. He had watched his grandfather, mother, brothers and cousin all do battle with a disease that is colloquially called “The Long Goodbye”. Read more

01 Jan 2013

Starts

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
#DrSeuss

2013 arrived not more than 45 minutes ago, and while I’ve seen in the New Year in many a city around the world, it is Sydney’s colourful spectacular that is forever my favourite. Every year it gets that little bit better. We joined our neighbours on a local street where we all would have a clear view toward the Sydney Harbour Bridge and watched fifteen minutes of light and colour explode across the night sky. Read more

24 Dec 2012

Merry Christmas

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“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
#LauraIngallsWilder

Well we’re in the last few hours of Christmas Eve here in Sydney and I’m settling and nesting in with my family for the next few days. I love this time of year; I get to see my family together and enjoying each other’s company, a few Christmas orphans will drop in to share our home since their own families are far away, and there will be plenty of good healthy food. Read more