"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)

Tuesday, 30 September 2008


October 1st is the Feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux - the little flower..... many years ago, when I decided that Catholicism was the way for me to go, I was told that I needed to choose a Saint's name that I could use for my confirmation name - Therese was one of the most Catholic names that I could think of, so I chose St. Therese, not really knowing alot about her.... I read a few stories about her.. still not really grasping what she was about. And I still don't.... however, she became familiar to me, through the many statues and pictures that seemed to come my way over the years. I never looked for them, but they popped up into my life at the oddest places and times.. so I bought them. Until one day it seemed like I had an obsession with the Saint and I truly had to stop buying more... Sometimes when I would walk in the bush, I would smell roses .. and i immediately thought of her and realized that she was with me, for whatever reason. To give me comfort, support or maybe to let me know that I was never alone....
then I was diagnosed with cancer and I turned to her and begged her to help me.... not really believing that she could, but I was desperate. When I had to go to hospital for part of my treatment, I was allowed to decorate the room for the duration of my stay and I took a large picture of my Saint and hung it on the wall at the foot of my bed and I looked into her eyes as the treatment was given. Gaining strength from her loving eyes... When her relics visited Australia, I lined up for hours just to touch the casket and when i did, it was like I was frozen to the spot. I knew the line should keep moving, but I just could not move. It was like an electrical current was going up through my hands and through my body and it was as if I was in a trance. THAT is the moment that i knew I was healed........

nowadays, I don't follow the Catholic religion, although I still love the traditions... but St Therese is still in my life. I have statues of her on my altars and I light candles in front of her when I meditate.... when I look at her now, I am reminded of my connection to the Divine. I realize that she is with me to help me on my path, wherever it may lead. I feel absolute pure love coming to me from her.

my garden here at Inglewood is absolutely divine at the moment. The ancient apple tree is in full bloom once again, promising yet another bountiful harvest. My potatoes are up, so now is the time to plant the next batch which I hope to do today.

Tomorrow, I am going away for 5 days on the back of the Harley no less! We are riding up the north coast to attend a rally. The best part of the time away will be our ride to Nimbin and Mullumbimby - Hippy Heaven. I cannot wait!!! so dear blogging friends - have a wonderful feast day tomorrow.. will see you when i come home xo

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Spring is here !!

this morning - an early wander through my garden, in the light drizzle of rain... to see if my snail barriers had worked on my beans (yes, they did!!) ~ first day of spring and it is raining... but it is the light springtime rain, with no hint of coldness that our winter rain had this year... just that delicious spring fresh smell, rain that lightly waters the garden, helping the seeds to burst forth. And you know, this rain was also helping my soul to burst forth, helping my soul to connect with Earth once more. And I loved it!

I did a little spring cleaning today.. only one room. Seeing as my home is probably much larger than my ancestors homes, I need to pace myself with the Spring Cleaning and do one room at a time... so now the Sacred Healing Room is done for the year.... smudged, blessed and some new witches balls and prayer flags hung over the door and windows. I have started back at doing healings - not alot but a few people have requested it.. I get so nervous, wondering if I am doing it 'right' - but I know i have to trust - remembering that it is not me doing the healing.. but I still get nervous...

I took a walk around my garden to talk with the flowers - calendula - brightening me day each time I walk outside my back door, thankyou for the brilliant orange that balances my sacral chakra... Bluebells- as I look at them I feel balanced, peace & comfort. Tiny pink geraniums, touched my heart.. they looked exactly like a chakra flower, five petals with deep pink stamens... what a wonderful way to balance chakras..with flowers. I wonder if that is what Hildegarde of Bingen did.. I read once that she healed with things from nature...

"One who is oversensitive to the remarks of others is constantly irritating the heart. Concentrating on materialistic rather than spiritual matters, such as money-making or money-losing, creates turmoil instead of peace. Confront anger and other negative thought patterns. Release your negative energy and develop a spiritual attitude. And take the parsley-honey wine!"
.. so I did a search for parsley-honey wine, I think I might make some, I have plenty of parsley and I can buy organic honey at the co-op. I love making things like this, it makes me feel like I am a true wise woman.. healing myself with things of nature:
To make parsley wine
combine 10 - 12 large sprigs of parsley with 1 quart of red or white wine and 2 teaspoons of white-wine vinegar.
Boil for 10 minutes then add 9 ounces of honey. Strain the mixture and pour into bottles.
Take 1 Tbsp. Three times a day is said to keep the blood circulating

I really do feel the energy of Spring! Have a blessed and magickal day... and I hope your day is full of fripparies... cause it sure sounds like a spring word to me!

Monday, 22 September 2008

Spring Equinox eve....

light a purple or violet candle and burn patchouli incense. Carry them both through the house, and say:

Farewell to wintry spirits and friends;
On morrow we greet the spirits of spring.
Our blessings to thee as your way we wend;
And merry we'll meet next winter again.

Blow out the candle and say:
Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again

so what has been happening in Inglewood these past weeks? LOTS!!.... I have planted my beans & some Ruby chard, mulched most of my gardens, made a chickweed tincture, celebrated Full Moon with my wise woman circle, which I must say was amazing. My tomatoes are ready to go into their summer home, I just have to get the bins ready. I have turned compost and sorted out my store room. I have journalled and meditated and I have dreamed and I think I am ready to come back to blogging...... I still play with facebook, it is a little lighthearted fun. oh and I have a frog in my pond!!!

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

I am taking a little time away from here... not long, just a few days. I am tired.. a real soul tiredness and I can't seem to find the energy to write about my life... nor can I find the energy to visit other blogs and then my responsible Capricorn self starts to feel guilty about neglecting my friends (but I do promise that I haven't forgotten any of you & will be over to your blog very soon).....
I think the best thing to do is take time away..

all I can seem to do lately is waste time on facebook... it is a mindless task but fun...

my home is an absolute mess.... clean but very untidy, cluttered and it is time for me to get into it and clean it all.... when it is like this I feel out of control in my soul...maybe the winter blinkers have been taken off and I am seeing my home with fresh new spring eyes...

my soul bones tell me spring is coming, I can feel something stirring inside, I want to stretch and skip ... September 1st was a brilliant sunny day - right on cue with the Gregorian calendar, (which tells us the first day of Spring is September 1st and is so very wrong) Spring peeked her head out... a butterfly flittered past... Spring has gone again with a cold wind and rain today..... Spring for me will be the Spring Equinox which falls on September 23 ... then it will be time for Spring Cleaning....
so the next few days I am going to commit myself to a daily meditation practice.. I am ready for this.. I am going to do some crystal balancing & reiki on myself and will be back next week....