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Utter Joy: tomatoes, zucchini and seaweed

Oh my goodness. We are right into tomato season. Big juicy tomatoes. This year, so far we haven't beaten our record of two summers ago, when we had a single tomato weighing 480 gms.We may not have quite the weighty tomatoes this year, but, oh boy, we have ABUNDANCE. We have already made our first batch of Tomato Relish and the second one is on the go, as I write....

January 20, 2023

December in the garden: Summer Solstice, creating a garden and the first ripe tomato!

In December, everything in the garden, just like the days and weeks before Christmas, seems to speed up.This month, I check the tomatoes every couple of days and apply another soft tie further up the stake. There are lots of tomatoes now. This year I have grown two varieties from seed I collected last year. One of them is an heirloom tomato, which we call Discombe, brought back from Italy by a New Zealand soldier at the end of WW2.  It is a big beefsteak style tomato with tons of flavour. D...

December 21, 2022

My year of ocean dunking

I have recently completed 365 consecutive days of immersing myself in cold water. Almost all of these days have been in the ocean, with a few in lakes or rivers when I was away from home. On 18th November last year, I made a casual comment to Terence after noticing people getting in the ocean on my early morning walk. "I would love to commit to swimming every day for a year." says I. "Why don't you?" says Terence "Perhaps I will start on January 1st?" says I. "Why wait til then?" "I don't have...

December 1, 2022

Companion (Planting)

Nature is so awesome. This is the month for abundant growth. Where I live, in the north of New Zealand, we have had abundant rain too, which certainly helps. I am amazed every day when I wander around the garden to see that the tomatoes have grown since I looked just a day before. And on the micro level there is plenty to feel wowed by too. I was recently pricking out Little Gem lettuces (my favourite!), ever so gently easing the little seedings out of the potting soil. I was blown away by the...

November 21, 2022

Homing, Coming home, Homesickness, and more

Hoppy, our resident blackbird dad is busy feeding his rapidly growing offspring. It won't be long before the second brood is underway as mama blackbird can be seen regularly disappearing into the high ivy hedge that creates a green boundary wall outside our living room windows, carrying bits of straw in her mouth. It's that time of the year. Spring is happening everywhere. ... one of the joys on my early morning walks is hearing the grey warbler, the riroriro singing its little heart out. ...

October 21, 2022

I'm in love with Spring!

Everywhere life is burgeoning. Every day, everywhere we can see rampant growth: new leaves, buds and blossom....

September 22, 2022

Longing for spring: musings on Trust:

The two months after the Midwinter Solstice always seem to be the coldest and wettest time. Having passed the shortest day, I start to long for warmth and sun and blue skies. I am tired of all the layers I need to wear. After my daily cold water dip in the ocean, I yank my singlet and merino layers on over damp wet skin. I balance, somewhat precariously on a rock, pulling on socks and leggings, trying not to get them wet. Good for my vestibular system I tell myself. Such an effort, compared to ...

August 21, 2022

Winter in the Garden, July musings

Winter in the garden ... It is so wet underfoot so doing much in the garden this month is a recipe for muddy shoes and dirty fingernails. July is the month to dream of next season's abundance, and drool over the images and promises contained in seed catalogues ... It is the season for TRUST that even though there may not be a lot happening above ground, there is plenty going on underneath the soil. Quoting from the Virtues Project, TRUST is: Having faith. Positive expectation that all will be w...

July 21, 2022

June 2022 musings

This is the first of my monthly pieces about Gardening - both inner and outer. My intention is to share practical garden notes and knowledge as well as ponder how those same processes can be applied to our inner landscape. Because I live in New Zealand - or Aotearoa, I will be incorporating concepts that are drawn from a Māori world view, what is referred to as Te Ao Māori. I do not have Māori ancestry but like many New Zealanders, I am striving to embrace and honour the rich traditions of th...

June 29, 2022

Gardening with Soul, Soul Gardening - My new creative project

I have spent most of my life I trying to suss out what I needed to do in order to be noticed, loved, accepted and taken seriously. And, in the process I have learnt many things and worked with many amazing people. Creating 'Re-imagining Ourselves' a few years ago was the start of listening to what wanted to be created from within me.... A while ago I was speaking with a dear friend and was telling her about my deep enjoyment of gardening and how the garden provided me with so many rich analogies...

June 11, 2022

Bold Women No 1: Dr Viola Brody

Born: 3 June, 1908, Michigan, USA Death: 11 August, 2003 (aged 95 years), Florida, USAViola Brody was one of the humblest women I have had the honour of meeting.And, in her unique way, she was also BOLD. In the USA, Vi Brody was nationally recognised as one of the leading pioneers in the field of Play Therapy....

October 6, 2021

Reflections in the deep pool

I have been reflecting on the themes that emerged during our  "Growing Older, Growing Bolder" session. In the sharing circle after the visualisation exercise, the theme that emerged was one of softening, a deepening trust in ourselves, a tenderness towards self, a sense of the importance of believing in ourselves and letting go of doubt. What comes to mind as I reflect is being held ...  like a leaf on a pond....

September 24, 2021

Stepping (again and again) into Boldness

A consistent theme for most of my life has been seesawing between, to use my mother's words, 'playing to the gallery' and feeling inadequate and fearful of shining. Moving into being visible and loving it; then getting scared.  Fear has been a familiar companion. Growing up as the 5th child in a family of six, I often felt like 'the little one'. Combined with a family dynamic that didn't encourage tall poppies, I certainly didn't feel comfortable shining brightly and being too obvious. I l...

September 10, 2021

I can't help growing older. I can choose to grow older and bolder!

This quote has been attributed to a number of people, including actors Richard Gere and Anthony Hopkins. In fact it originates on a Facebook chat from Nanea Hoffman in May 2015. The quote goes on to encourage the reader to live life to the fullest. Great advice....

July 27, 2021

Becoming a mother is one of the biggest transitions ever!

I have always known that the transition to motherhood is a potent time in a woman's life. I have been blown away at how powerful and useful Re-imagining Ourselves has been for a recent participant, Lily-Rose* (not her real name). Lily-Rose is in her mid 30's. She's intelligent and smart. She started Re-imagining Ourselves when she was around 20 weeks pregnant. She knew she wanted to honour her transition to motherhood and mark the shift with her partner from being a couple to a family. 1 + 1 =...

June 17, 2021

On symbiotic relationships and home coming

The process of returning to my birth name has been an important focus the last few weeks and I have written about it in: Returning. Alongside that process I have been working on another creative endeavour. Only very recently have I seen that both processes are leading to the same point. And that point lies within me. It was Sylvia Boorstein who, I believe, coined the phrase 'Happiness is an inside job' and wrote a book of that name. Its a simple easy to read explanation of the positive impact of...

May 17, 2021

I am seething about this advert!

This ad was in the NZ Herald this morning (12/5/2021):...

May 12, 2021

The story of 'The little gold cup and saucer.'

Recently, for the opening meditation of an online group I was running, I lit a tealight candle in a beautiful gold cup and saucer I have sitting on my desk....

April 6, 2021

Love Letters to Death # 3

I celebrated Equinox and the coming of Autumn over this last weekend. Lovely to spend time out in nature with other people interested in stopping the busyness and take time:time for ourselvestime to honour the change of season time to feel gratitude ...

March 22, 2021

Love Letters to Death # 2

I have had lots of very positive comments about my Love Letters to Death # 1. Thank you. ...

March 12, 2021

I am Re-imagining Myself my way ...

This morning I awoke out of a dream where I was holding a tiny, new born baby. ...

March 4, 2021

Love letters to Death #1:

Death is the biggest transition any of us will make in our lives.This is certainly true for the person dying.It can also true for the dying person's family / nearest and dearest.Death, dying is one of life's transitions that I feel most drawn to. This is partly, for sure because my father's death in 1962 defined who I was until I finally did the work of resolving that experience in my thirties. Caring for my late husband, Ivan as he died in 2009 was one of the most powerful and rich times of my ...

March 4, 2021

one woman's story number 1

Re-imagining Ourselves is a process to understand life transitions. It provides a framework - like a map pr markers along the path.It came to me the other day that a good way to communicate how different women come to the place where they are ready to make that inner journey was through storytelling.So here is the first story :...

February 22, 2021

Stepping into boldness ... again!

Towards the end of last year, I decided to commit to making a promotional video with some video creatives here in Auckland. I knew that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and 1) ask for help with marketing and, 2) walk my talk by being bold and become visible. It was useful to have Christmas as a deadline to pay for the video as that meant I had to act promptly. I chose One Day Video (ODV) because I had a connection with one of the team and I liked the initial conversation I had with them o...

February 2, 2021

Walk Thoughts

I haven't felt moved to make new year resolutions this year. If 2020 taught me anything it was that seemingly random stuff - like Covid, like the circus in the US right now - happens; that so much of our lives in a story in our heads, or more dangerously, in Donald Trump's head. I also haven't felt moved to write the usual new year blog. So many of them contain imperatives about what we should be doing in 2021. I find most of them preachy  ".... just do x, y or z ... and your life will be...

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