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Food Forests Are Fun- And Good For You!

cartoon-bugFor 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.

Juicy orange

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!

hot-toddy

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.

winter fruit

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!

The Single Mother’s Club.

My very first Bliss Balls!

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 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.

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.

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.

Mama with joey.

The Single Mother's Club.

The Single Mother’s Club.

The Howling Winds Of Winter.

Horses at the waterhole.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.

wild wind

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.

fireplace

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!

 

 

Winter Holidays.

maleny mistWe’re all going on a summer holiday, that’s me except I’m in the Southern Hemisphere, we’ve just gone into winter proper by the calendar but you wouldn’t know it by the temperature. Some of the days have been crazy considering the time of year and the fact that I am up in the mountains where it is generally colder even here in sunny Queensland. You never completely know what’s coming next and this blog is no exception to this general rule of life!

holiday

So I’m taking a friday holiday but will endeavour to come back with a little more focus for your sunday serving of whimsical, strange and sometimes erotic meandering, through this grand journey known as life!

Ah ho!

A World In Transition.

My next toning circle is going to be on 31 August, so we will be marking the transition from winter into summer, feels like we are jumping into the heat early this year. There will no doubt be some spring like weather too, but for me it’s the summer time that is almost upon us, and time to reap the harvest for whatever we may have sown, over months, years………… I think there might be a big transition occurring on a cosmic level at the moment and it’s being reflected in the lives of many as we respond to that energetic environment. A lot of readings that I am doing certainly reflect the huge shift that is happening in the world, for each of us the actual circumstances may vary but the essence is the same.

The Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

The Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

So the question is how to travel through the shifts and changes with ease and grace, and I guess the first part of that is the act of bringing awareness to whatever is happening in your life. This is where the observer comes in, stepping back and actually seeing what you are doing, the behaviours that are creating what’s going on. This can take practice but it does get easier over time, and once you can see with that kind of clarity there is a sense of liberation that comes with achieving a deeper knowledge and understanding of yourself.

compassion2

So when the changes stir things up for you bring that clarity of mind to the situation, and ask yourself what might help with moving the energy along and out of your organic system. Keep the energy in your body flowing as much as possible and you will manage smoother travelling on the roads of change, staying grounded in everyday practicalities can also be a huge help in remaining positive about your experiences. And sometimes there are pot holes on the road of your journey and you simply have to surrender to a bumpy ride for a time, just keep your safety belt on and know that it won’t last for ever.

Sweet Dreams.

As the clear winter water

Nourishes the seed within the earth

I am nourished by new-found awareness

of who I truly am.

This awareness has not yet fully matured,

Which will reveal all wisdom

In its time,

the Power of the unmanifest

Even now works within my spiritual heart,

And I am at peace.

The Essene Book of Days by Danaan Parry: http://www.earthstewards.org/ESN-Danaan.asp

My last toning circle was all about planting seeds, then watering them and giving them a powerful loving focus, and of course juicy frequencies through our sounds. It may sound a little strange to be planting seeds in winter, but it is the inner garden that I am referring to. The stillness that may come with the cold winter months draws us into ourselves, so it’s a perfect time to be tending our garden within.

planting-seed

This strong focus on the seeds I have planted helps to keep me from straying back into old patterns, that still beckon me with their siren song. How addicted we can be to things that so obviously do not serve us, how hard to let go of dreams that never truly held the promise that we so desperately tried to see in them. I am so very tired and that makes me particularly vulnerable to regret, when weary one tends more towards negative self-talk, feeling rejected in this moment, even the cat has left the room!

Don’t worry, it’s nothing a good night’s sleep won’t fix, as my mother reminded me tonight, I have been subject to a kind of psychic attack  for a number of months now and that is the sort of thing that tends to wear a girl out! Sounds dramatic doesn’t it, but having an energy vampire playing with your heart and your emotions is no fun for anyone, it’s pretty much over now and I am stronger and wiser because of it.

Energy-Vampire

The cat is back and she is purring, this is a sign that all is well in my world, my inner garden is planted with the most amazing seeds and I have the strongest feeling that some of them may practically grow overnight! The world is a wonderful place and I belong in it, the morning will be bright even if it is still raining and after my morning yoga class I will be ready to take on anything.

Carpe diem! (Seize the day).

Eat Everything In Sight!

The cold has really arrived and the danger that that brings is already playing havoc with my diet! Yes, it’s the eat everything in sight so that I will have plenty of fat on this fleshly vehicle and will be able to make it through the long hard winter months syndrome. What is it about the cold that does this to us, all year-long I resist eating bread and enjoy the wonderful state of health that comes from listening to my body, then all of a sudden it’s winter and all of my willpower is simply gone.

breadandsoup

I’m going to have to come up with a system for this, putting on weight for winter might be ok if I had lost it all again come summer but somehow it never seems to work like that. The first step is to start making my almond meal muffins again, I leave out the sweet ingredients and just make them plain so you can have them with soup or as little sandwiches. And I am sure there are other good alternatives that will assist me in keeping my wonderful figure as we go through these dark months.

But I keep thinking that the place to truly effect this change is inside my head, it’s my thoughts that have shifted in response to the changing season and so to get a different outcome I need to change the thoughts. Mmmmmmm this is going to take some reflection, I can feel a sense of unworthiness swirling around inside of me which is definitely a part of this whole thing. Time to dive into myself and see what I can find in this ever-moving journey of discovery, slowly evolving into a better version of who I am……………..

I will keep you posted on my progress, hopefully with tips on how you too can stay slim and warm for winter!