Forest Life

I have become attuned to the cadences of the forest. Daily I listen to magpie melodies.  I know when they are communicating that the seed plate is empty.   ‘Ahem,  please address this matter.’  I wander outside under their watchful eyes, armed with fresh supplies, smiling to myself as feathers begin to flutter with anticipation.  Later, aRead More

Flying Visits

Winter is slowly turning into spring. Whales are breaching and spurting their way up the coast.  Onlookers are rejoicing.  Seagulls are happy that onlookers have snacks. In the forest, male magpie song fills the air all through the night.  It’s breeding season.  At ground level, kangaroo families are also expanding.   Young kangaroos stay close toRead More

Smile Like Glitter

It’s winter here.  The weather has been stormy, rainy, windy and grey.  It’s as if someone turned the dimmer switch down.  Occasionally the sun will appear between clouds.  But only as if to say, “I’m still here.  I’m just shining on other regions of the world right now.  I’ll be back with you in a fewRead More

Common Traits

Here in the forest, cockatoos come out to play.  A choreographed arrival of black ties on red carpet.  Uninvited.  Disturbing the peace that other beings may wish to enjoy.  Uncaring?  Unaware? These cockatoos screech with pleasure for hours.  They dance high in the trees, revelling in the smorgasbord of flowering eucalyptus.  They drop partially-eaten nuts andRead More

Simply This

I was hit in the face by a butterfly yesterday.  Three times, in fact.  On distinctly separate occasions.  Whilst meandering along my favourite coastal track. Out in the open, two beings collided momentarily.  One with wings and the other with legs. A simple and natural occurrence.  Ok, three occurrences. End of story.  Or so I wouldRead More


Each day I remind myself to be open to what life brings.  Open-minded and open-hearted. Life rarely unfolds in the same direction as what was expected.  Often I will pause and reflect with bewilderment on where I am or how I am.  I ponder the many steps that led to this particular moment and how fewRead More

Precious Gifts

The vibrant blue and indigo feathers of a fairy wren. A smile from a stranger. The barely discernible outline of a harmless jellyfish.  It’s gossamer form pulsing with grace. A homegrown lemon.  Placed at my front door by a friendly neighbour. Tiny flecks of light, dancing on water. Someone who listens when words are spoken.  TrulyRead More

Arrivals & Departures

At this transition into a new season, I take a moment to contemplate beginnings and endings. The moon arrives as sunlight departs. A flower delights all then withers into non-existence. Inhalation ends. Exhalation begins. Friends come and go. We ourselves come and go.  Bustling between home and work and shops and amusements. Birthdays, graduations, celebrations, promotions,Read More

2016 Rolls Out

Today is the final day of 2016. Usually as we sit on the cusp of a new year, there’s a bit of reflecting on the year that has just passed.  Please remember that when you do this, it’s not particularly helpful to analyse the pants off the whole year.  You can re-live/regurgitate/recall as much as youRead More

Driving With Gratitude

Driven to thanks

Long distance road trips are not on my bucket list.  Not that I have a bucket list.  But if I did, sitting in a driver’s seat for several consecutive days would not be a feature. However, due to a series of circumstances which are not entertaining enough to be elaborated on here, I recently found myselfRead More