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Happy winter friends – may it be filled with dark organic chocolate

(fair trade ofcourse)

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Now there’s a solution to that pesky peak oil dilema. Veggies IN your bambino. Va Bene !mowerbikeAnd another ! Design bliss !

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You know those times when life picks you up like a leaf in a swollen river and carries you downstream so fast and crazy that it barely seems you have time to take a breath let alone stop and write about it.

Thats my now.

In brief….

I cried and cried for those in the fires.

I stressed over writing and presenting a veggie workshop.

I gathered with many many people to heal and give and celebrate life and music.narce1

and this made my heart sing

I watched lovers tread so light on the earth that i swear their feet didnt touch the ground.

his music touched me

I met more that i think may change my life….

i danced like i’d never danced before

i did the veggie workshop !

i sat with the whale on my doorstep

I cried some more

i reconnected

next week i might do it all agin…..

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I’m glad its raining. The first time in 8 weeks, after the hottest day on record.

Relief for firefighters, for families who have lost so much, for the garden

and for my spirit, needing a healing soak….leafalmond

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Yesterday the family went adventuring. What a glorious time, discovering a new spot whose magic snuck up like a breeze. A picnic overlooking the bay while peacocks and highland cattle gazed on and on. Then….the garden, oh the garden. Mulberries dripping – so many that the birds left enough for all of us and all of you to eat pies for a month. Cape gooseberries. Bananas where bananas just dont grow. Herbs. An orchard. Perennial borders filled with bees and ducks. I could go on…..

which brings me to my page of ephemera; garden ephemera.

I dream of a lush garden like the one we visited, the dream is a long process in creation. While I can make a journal page in minutes (or hours or days if i want) – the garden evolves over years. A different time scale altogther.

My january garden isnt the green oasis that i long for. Its dry. Its brown and cream and grey and all the shades in between. This page – while it didnt take long to create in its book – has taken years in the earth. And is probably the most honest page in my journal so far.janjournal18chookparsley

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a feast of parsnip, chard and kale

fresh organic and delicious

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And not a day too soon

for a while there it looked like spring was going to give it a miss this year,

and frankly I was getting a little worried.

But just when I was about to succumb to S.A.D – the flowering plum put on a little show.

Good girl – I say – bring it on !

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