Moments of Wonder Jan 2016

Oh the smell!

Oh the smell!

My daughter and I went to a spiritualist recently. Don’t ask me why. We just happened to walk past a shop and there she was, sitting, waiting for us. She didn’t know us from Adam but as is so often the case she managed to pinpoint what was going on in our lives with unnerving accuracy.

She told me that my abiding passion was words and their use. Tick. She mentioned that my overarching love was nature and our connection to it. Tick. She told me I should reboot my championing of the charity I support. Tick. During 2016 she told me it was important to continue putting pen to paper as it keeps me balanced and that she felt it was really important that I focus on seasons and cycles. She used the word wonder repeatedly. I’ve never really believed in such supposed mumbo jumbo, but wowsa, she had me completely pegged. She had no way of knowing that wonder is my favourite word and that I have been planning for a very long time to start a regular schedule of posts so I can share my monthly or seasonal moments of wonder.  What I’m reading, doing, cooking, learning, loving, watching, buying, making, planning ~ in short, whatever has inspired me during the month ~ in the hope that they might also do the same for you.  In coming months I’m also going to work hard to be able to offer you some of the products I feature in each post.

So here’s my first post for the months of December 2015 and January, 2016. I hope you enjoy it and it gives you a little moment of happiness…

I’m watching beautiful sunsets at our farm.  Each and every time they take my breath away. I’m also watching Harlequin Beetles race industriously up and down our Linden tree.

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Sunset on the Southern Tablelands. NO filter.

Harlequin Beetle

Harlequin Beetle

I’m reading a fascinating book by Martin Tedeschi called Eugenia.  It’s the true story of a woman who lived almost her entire life disguised as a man.  She married twice and for four years, her first wife Annie had no clue as to the deception (not sure how that works).  Eight months after making the discovery, Annie was dead.  Riveting stuff.  I encourage you to pick up a copy today.

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I’m listening to BBC Radio 4 Extra live via Tune-In Radio on my brand new Sonos system.  A surprise Christmas gift from my beloved.  Technology makes my head spin nowadays.

bought two beautiful framed prints for just $50 each, found in said spiritualist’s shop.  Isn’t the owl particularly beautiful?

Crystal Owl

Crystal Owl

Crystal Raven

Crystal Raven

I’m loving our garden after a much-needed shower of rain.

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Cotinus or “Smoke Bush”

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Such delicacy…

I’m making beetles and bracelets out of pistachio shells with my daughter.  Such fun!

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A little nail polish and et voila!

I’m wondering how it can be 35 degrees one day and 10 degrees with a Scotch Mist the next. I am also filled with wonder when I see that life and death can be equally beautiful.

Scotch mist comes to the Southern Tablelands

Scotch mist comes to the Southern Tablelands

Roses and Rosehips

Roses and Rosehips

I’m baking Pavlova with my family. Because you can never have enough Pavlova.

Pavlova ~ two ways

Pavlova ~ two ways

I’ve found my cooking mojo, which had gone AWOL after Christmas and am now wondering if there is any way of combining these two items found at the back of my pantry. I very much doubt it, but I’m having fun thinking about it.

Orange Blossom Water and Truffle Oil

Orange Blossom Water and Truffle Oil

I am filled with joy when I witness the bond between Grace and her dog Blossom.  Oh, by the way, the spiritualist told Grace that she is a natural leader, that she must step out of group consciousness as she must learn to love herself more (than others) for periods of time. That’s Grace to a tee. Of more interest to Grace however, is that she will have three children and marry a tall, dark-haired spunk.

Grace and Blossom

Grace and Blossom

I’m smelling the beautiful scent of the frangipanis in my suburb during my #morningwalk and then smelling it replicated almost exactly in the new offering by Sniff Soy Candles.

Frangipani flowers bursting forth

Frangipani flowers bursting forth

Polynesia ~ a must-have scent

Polynesia ~ a must-have scent

What has filled you with wonder this month? I’d love to know…

Until next time…

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Dominique Fisher says

    Wonders for me this month :
    – how so many (OMG) tiny rabbits are running all over the house paddock every morning!
    – how my darling hens go through laying an egg almost every day and doing it with apparent ease – they are such large eggs!
    – how my family creates washing piles daily that are just not possible – surely ? ( of course when my house help is on leave )
    – how i really do love hanging out washing – there is something very satisfying and comforting about hanging out clean damp clothes in the sunshine ( weird I know ) pegs all facing the same way of course
    – how much joy I get from cooking especially being inspired by my vast cook book collection (and reading the notations of years gone by – every meal I cook or someone else in my kitchen cooks the recipe is always dated, noted who ate the dish and where )
    Love your spiritualist !!
    x

  2. says

    Hello, hello, your photos are a joy to see and remind me of the wonder of nature. My kids’ energy fills me with wonder… and books books books. and this morning I went for a coffee with mums after school then met a neighbour and realised that life is about people, that’s where my passion and my wonder lies. Computers and all they mean are amazing too but I love talking to people in real life best!

  3. Eleanor Jodway says

    Oh My, I feel so negligent! I’m reading this and realizing that it is from last year! YIKES! Where has the time gone? I think the seer has You pegged pretty well! And for the record, You regularly fill Me with Wonder! 😉

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