Wednesday, 29 November 2017


"Visualizations are daydreaming's virtual reality: a deliberate, positive scene-setting of what you'd like to see happen in your future" - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Sunday, 26 November 2017


Trust in the LORD and do good. then you will live safely in the land and prosper.             Ps 37: 3 (NLT)

Friday, 24 November 2017

Apples for Morning Tea

On Monday Don shared with me the first of our ripening apples. Taken a little too early from the tree I think, but in a week or so they will be very good eating.

We have discovered Moxie and Banjo also enjoy eating apples as the photo above shows. A couple had dropped from the tree and Don left them out from underneath the net for the King Parrots. However Moxie and Banjo were not interested in sharing with the birds.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Changing Times

".....we can only cope with changes we acknowledge." ~ Gregg Braden

Monday, 20 November 2017

Lettuce Explosion

I have had an explosion of lettuce germination taking place in my garden over the last few weeks. It began when these lettuce and those planted in the next bed grew and then went to seed.

This is a picture of the same garden bed. I have moved about a dozen seedlings and re-planted them in other gardens

Shown below are some of the transplanted lettuce. Yes there are some weeds in the garden too.

At some point I realised that I enough lettuce and cut the seed heads and experimented with dropping the seed heads in different garden beds.

I dropped a red lettuce seed head in the garden shown below. 

I also dropped some green lettuce seed heads in bare patches in my main ornamental garden. There have be lots of seed sprout.

It was an interesting experiment. Next time I try this I will break up the seed heads more so that I don't have so many lettuce seedlings come up in the same spot.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Abandoned Self

"And now, in my own stillness, I hear something. 'Where have you been?' my inside body whispers to my outside one. Its sense of outrage is present, but dulled by the grief of abandonment. 'I had ideas. There were things to do. Where did you go?' What can I answer? Oh, I had some errands to run. I had a few things to do. I needed to get married and have a child and go underground for twenty-five years, be pleasantly suffocated. I meant to come back. But the bread crumbs got blown away."  ~ Elizabeth Berg, The Pull of the Moon.

I wonder what is worse the abandoned self or the undiscovered self? The abandoned self knows himself or herself, at least to some extent; 'I had ideas. There were things to do'. The undiscovered self,  being of a closed spirit, does not have this knowledge.

We can feel that the self has been abandoned when the truth is we have chosen a path and walked it. It is a bit hard to walk two paths after all. 

Keeping a journal may help us keep track of our ideas, our values, our selves. Then while some things may be delayed as we walk the path we have chosen, they need not necessarily be abandoned. Those ideas, those things we wanted to do, are recorded and we can turn to those pages to reconnect with our sense of self. And someday as the carousel of time spins in its circle, there may be the opportunity to walk the path not chosen. 

Monday, 6 November 2017

The Haves and Have Nots

I came across this video last week. The video was produced by the Australian Council of Social Service. Despite more than two decades of unprecedented economic growth, income and wealth gaps continued to grow between the top 20 percent and the bottom 20 percent of the population. 

This video and related report were produced in 2015. I wonder how those people being squeezed out of the pool during the period of unprecedented economic growth are faring now in this post economic boom period?