I’m late again and this time it’s a positive shift in the sea of constant change that has thrown me into an ungrounded state for a time. I discovered the good news late at night when I was getting ready for bed so the timing wasn’t the best. But I did some slow breathing and managed to relax enough to get to sleep soon enough. The next day which is when this post was supposed to be written my Beloved and I moved into our latest lovely house sit. Another positive but I found myself feeling a bit strange and having a bit of a hard time staying in my body.
It’s obvious that something deep in me was triggered by yet another shift in the wonky sands of my current existence. I don’t know what exactly but methinks it was quite likely something to do with survival, base chakra stuff, and with any luck that particular bit of energy has now moved on. I tried to be in the moment as we packed and moved and when I got the chance I also followed up on the new potential that had emerged and in the end I found peace within myself. So if you are experiencing a lot of change even be it positive, just remember that it is still stress for the body and you need to practice self-care.
My self-care included love-making and having a lovely meal cooked for me, a nice hot curry to chase away the cold that’s been hanging around for a week now. All activities that will help you get back into your body, dancing or physical exercise are also helpful with grounding. Of course connecting with Mother Earth is probably one of the best methods, touching nature with your bare skin will release all kinds of stress out of your system. Our new place is close to town but you would never know it, lots of tall trees and birds and so quiet apart from natural sounds.
Dear Mother Nature, thank you so much for the unwavering support that you always offer to me, thank you for the peace you bring with your very presence!
For those of us in the southern hemisphere who are experiencing winter, you might be feeling those bugs dancing around you, waiting for an opportunity to make you sick. I’ve gone for whole winters without getting sick but nothing wrong with a bit of a workout for the immune system every now and then. And when you do need a bit of extra help you may look no further than nature where all kinds of fruits abound.
I am feeling particularly grateful to the citrus fruits at the moment, lemon and orange juice brewed up with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic and ginger. Add a good helping of some fine single malt whiskey once you have taken your slowly simmered medicine off the stove and the alchemy is complete! That’s my recipe for a hot toddy, I don’t remember who I got it from but I do know that it is wonderful for colds and flu. And the fine brew we made came from fruit on the trees here at our latest house sit, abundance comes in many forms and this is certainly bounteous nature at her best!
I’m not sure about some of the garlic but the ginger came from a lovely lady at my Sunday market who sells strawberries, avocados and other yummy things. The honey comes from my local co-op and is raw, so my medicine for my cough was made with very fine ingredients! And when I sent my Beloved out for the whiskey I was happy when he came back with a good bottle, nice and smooth. It’s a funny thing but the only time I ever really want whiskey is when I’m sick with a cold or bug of some description. For me it really is medicine, does a wonderful job of healing and in winter it’s nice to be so hot, but you wouldn’t want to be drinking it all the time.
So if you are in winter at the moment consider whether your immune system might need a boost, when there is a lot of fruit on the trees sometimes even organic can be quite cheap, certainly no more than the commercial fruit. In fact whatever season you are currently inhabiting may well be rich with all the nutrition you need. Nature does seem to balance supply and demand quite well if treated with respect, if you have the opportunity plant a food forest where you live!
I like the sound of that!
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My very first Bliss Balls!
For anyone who actually noticed, big apologies for not offering my usual Wednesday post. I got up in the afternoon having done an overnight shift and I spent the day with my Beloved having cups of tea and making bliss balls and omelette stuffed with garlic and onion and turmeric. To say nothing of the pot of fresh lemon and ginger tea, I was very conscious of having food that suits the season. For us here in the southern hemisphere its full Winter and the fruit trees are groaning under the weight of lemons and oranges and mandarins, a good example of nature providing lots of support to the immune system at a time when people often get colds and flu.
Mama with joey in pouch having a well deserved rest.
Mama with joey out of pouch, if you can’t see the little one click on the image to make it bigger.
We also had some particularly good entertainment from the wallabies, there is a mother we have been watching for the last three months as the joey in her pouch has grown bigger and bigger. He didn’t have any fur at all when we first used to see him, just very pink and tiny. They decided to hang out in the garden yesterday and the little one is not so little anymore, he was out of the pouch and even grooming his mother at one point! It was wonderful to watch and my Beloved decided to say thank you by giving her some of the macropod pellets we give them every morning. We ended up with three mums turning up with babies in pouch and I decided that it must be a single mother’s support group.
The Single Mother’s Club.
It’s so special to see the wallabies lounging around the garden as they often do here, apparently they are nocturnal and spend a lot of the daylight hours resting. There is nothing quite as chilled as a wallaby stretched out on the grass, and lovely to receive their trust as they make themselves so vulnerable to we dangerous humans. The most dangerous animal on the planet without a doubt, the animal known as man, but methinks we are learning to be softer and more pliable, prepared to be a part of our environment rather than lording it over everything.
Hope you enjoy the pictures, I don’t often wish for a good camera but if I had one then I could easily have enough great pics to start a career as a wildlife photographer!
Here are a couple more for you to have a look at.
Mama with joey.
The Single Mother’s Club.
It’s transition time for me again as my Beloved and I are coming to the end of our idyllic house sit in the bush, knowing that we will be gone soon sharpens my appreciation of the beauty we are surrounded by here. I will miss the wallabies and the birds and the horses, although I won’t miss having to feed them every morning at 8am! Once again I have another piece of the puzzle that is making up the picture of where I will eventually settle, being in the bush seems like an essential part of that.
As I sit here writing the wind is howling outside and winter has finally closed her cold fist over the landscape, moving back into town into a brick house might not be such a bad idea after all! I spoke in my last post about the immediacy of nature that we experience here in Australia, the wind is practically yelling and it is a little bit unsettling to say the least. I have learned to like winter but at this moment I’m longing for that summer warmth to return, makes me a typical human being, always wanting what we don’t have.
So it’s time to focus on what’s good about cold weather, sitting in front of a roaring fire and snuggling with my Beloved would probably head my list.Two hot water bottles in bed also used to be a winter essential but now I have a human hot water bottle, nothing like cuddling up with a fiery Leo to raise the temperature! Hearty soups with yummy gluten-free toast dripping with organic butter, woolen hats and gloves, and of course sexy long boots make the season much more fun. And finally simply surrendering to the fact that its bloody cold and there ain’t a damn thing I can do about it!
Having lived in Australia all my life I have grown up with a keen sense of nature, of a big country that is always a breath away no matter how civilised we might think ourselves. I’ve done very little overseas traveling but in my own country I’ve been everywhere, as a child we went camping most school holidays, I remember long bushwalks and crashing surf. The baking heat of summer, it was always hot for my birthday in february, we would run around in bare feet and it felt like the holidays lasted forever! Tim Freedman from “The Whitlams” has a lovely line in his song “Little Cloud” where he talks about the fence shimmering in the heat as if it wants to disappear, just that one image captures my childhood summers perfectly.
Tim Winton describes Australia as “more landscape than culture” and explained, “I was calibrated differently to a European. Everything we do in our country is still overshadowed and underwritten by the seething tumult of nature.”
Maybe you have to go traveling to really understand your own culture or at least get a different perspective, for me nature is woven into my everyday reality, especially as I am living in the bush at the moment. and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But it is fascinating to try to imagine what it’s like for those who have grown up in very different environments, how difficult is it for someone who has grown up surrounded by people and buildings to actually connect to nature when they get the chance? And how important is it for human beings to feel that connection to their natural environment?
I would say that it is vital and one of the key elements of the evolution of humanity, in order to be good caretakers we need to get to know the amazing systems that have evolved on this wonderful planet called Earth. Have a look at this inspiring short film that shows just how connected we are to the planet we call home, enjoy!
It feels a bit like I am sitting in a poem with each stage like a stanza telling the tale of water moving over the land. Looking out upon the Glasshouse Mountains in the distance I watch the grey veil approaching as the mood shifts from warm sunlight to a touch of chill, back and forth. The rain which has been foretelling it’s coming in random stray drops finally begins to fall in a steady pattern as the sun shines through the sheets of water. It’s heavy for a time and I turn on the car’s engine and switch on the windscreen wipers, watching the motion back and forth and resting in the vibrating embrace of my metal steed.
The water continues it’s journey over the land and so it passes me, ahead the veil is gone and sunshine and shadow outline the sweeping greens of the landscape, the odd and compelling shapes of those mountains. The wind is whistling and swirling as I watch a tree with a spiky afro that describes a subtle and yet extravagant dance.
Even though my feet do not literally touch the earth I feel her, the feminine energy of this land is strong and many strong women are drawn to this place. But she is there for all so please call on her for the support you need, wherever you may be she will be present, no matter how subtle she is always here. After all, where could she go? Gaia is the universal intelligence that holds together what we know as our existence on this earthly plane. She is wise and if we allow her to do so, she is very good at keeping a balance between all the different realms.
As I sit here the sun has become strong again, shining its glory upon my neck and shoulder, flooding my cells with strength and determination. I’ve got a good feeling about what I am co-creating with my Beloved, Apollo fills me with optimism and hope, and my intuition whispers to me to do this, and do that.
Challenges will always come along but they can be instruments of diversion, taking us to places we might never have gone otherwise. And also providing more opportunity to feel pleasure as I release more and more of the holdings that couldn’t let me feel it all. And that isn’t just about sex you know, it can be in sitting in nature and connecting with the land you are on. The more deeply you are able to ‘see’ into things, the more pleasure you can feel. Why wouldn’t you want to take that journey!
Oh and by the way, all the photos are by me this time!
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The view from my seat.
I look for ways of taking myself out into the world while still doing all the things that need to happen for life to be supported. It’s better right now to be away from home where possible and that is having a rather delightful effect. I’m doing things such as writing this post out in my community, on a bench at the back of the library overlooking the creek at this very moment!
I can hear the kids at the playground and the cars passing through the roundabout on a busy saturday afternoon. My town is a bustling hub and it’s nice to be out of it in a peaceful fairly solitary place, but still in earshot. It’s warm with a touch of coolness in the air, fluffy white clouds in a deep autumn blue sky, perfect weather in fact so I’m truly glad to be out in it.
Life is good and so very worth celebrating anytime really, you can always find something to be grateful for. I’m grateful for where I live and for the gorgeous friends who provide such a wondrous support network, satisfying so many levels of my being. Even so, when I have to be away from my Beloved for as long as four days! Well thank the Goddess for the love that I receive in my community, the stimulation to my mind, heart and soul.
And any discomfort that I may feel from wherever it may come, is only ever temporary. I go from heart and soul brimming over with joy and love to uneasy belly, and then back again. So remembering to breathe and to connect with Mother Earth for grounding, I allow myself to be with whatever feelings are moving and I sigh, as I let go………..into infinity and peace.
Shanti, shanti, shanti………peace, peace, peace.
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