All posts for the month October, 2012

Ambivalent Abundance

Published October 8, 2012 by Healthy Living with nature
Peaceful pondering              

Some Super Salvaging and Other Stuff

Today I watched a show on telly called “The American Pickers” I loved all the old things the picker was offered. I was particularly intrigued with the history of the objects, their age, and the monetary value they have on today’s market.

I also enjoy watching”The Antique Road Show” in the UK.I find the places they hold the shows as intriguing as some of the objects being valued. English history is so fascinating.

Here in Oz I keenly frequent op shops, garage sales and recycling dumps to find useful and fascinating things to decorate my garden,or to use as plant holders, though there isn’t the history to the stuff I buy here as there is in the USA and the UK.

 Today we went op shopping at a Salvos shop. We found a couple of interesting things for planters. But the best part of our excursion was the interchange of conversation with the shop volunteers. They were such a jolly lot, laughing and joking and making us feel really welcome. No wonder they do such a roaring trade with such friendliness and such cheap prices and good quality items.

Our next port of call was to a plant nursery. Part of the nursery was a coffee shop where we supped on carrot cake and coffee. The coffee shop was called “Double Portion”. The part that made it twice as nice to be there,apart from the welcome and the garden atmosphere, was that the whole complex was serviced by the Baptist Church. We also met the Salvo Pastor and his wife who are setting up an op shop in the same complex.The management has incorporated a community garden as part of the facility, and is looking at opening an after school service for children of working parents, and a youth centre  where young people can come to take part in activities on the weekend- a truly community project. Hope it is very successful.

What a truly rewarding and entertaining morning.

 We still have the afternoon to fill in yet.

 I’m wondering what that is going to bring forth.

 Hope that will be as exciting as this morning and I find some more stuff for my garden….. still have to get it back home on the train though


Another Random Raving

Published October 6, 2012 by Healthy Living with nature


Who would think

 that so many things could be achieved

in such a short period of time

over so much distance.

Now, this is my second attempt to write this blog. The first one just disappeared off the planet. How I managed to do that I do not know. With much teeth gnashing I am writing AGAIN!

Yesterday, I woke up in Nanango.We got ourselves packed to make the journey to Mackay.

 But first we drove the 23km to Kingaroy, so that I could experience a relaxing massage by my favourite masseur, Simone. She is so gentle and kind. I feel like I am floating when I leave there.  I shared some of my passionfruit butter with Simone. I hope she likes it.

We ate our lunch in Memorial Park…. Subway club…. and water.

Then we were underway on our trek to Maryborough  -182km- where we were to catch The Tilt Train.

I Prepared dinner at my brother’s house, with the shepherd’s pie I cooked in Nanango the day before, and I added steamed vegetables. It did taste as good as it looked. At least my brother got to enjoy a home cooked meal for a change.

We off loaded our Jackeroo to have a holiday at my brother’s house, and we caught a taxi to the CBD, to catch a bus to the back blocks of Maryborough West to board our train. The train departed at 10.34pm. 

Next morning our son met us at Mackay almost 24hrs after I had woken at Nanango the previous day.

We slept most of our journey of 720km.

We had breakfast and then our son was called to work because someone failed to turn up for work. I don’t think that was part of the plan of things.

 One can never predict what is going to happen next.

Our DIL is away on a church retreat. So, we were left to our own devices. We went to the shops – the new Canelands Central. What a huge place. It leaves our little shopping centres of Nanango and Kingaroy looking sick. There was so  many shops to choose from.  I couldn’t make up my mind. So we bought some groceries and came home. We made chai latte to clwar our heads and got ready to prepare dinner. Dinner is going to be roast chicken and roast spud and pumpkin, and broccoli.

Last night we ate dinner in Maryborough that was cooked in Nanango and tonight we  cook and  eat dinner that was prepared in Mackay.

 I wonder what will be ahead of us for  tomorrow.  

Today’s Tantalising Topic

Published October 3, 2012 by Healthy Living with nature


A Sense of Purpose

Well, the subject hasn’t really changed.

‘Not that infernal garden, again?‘ you say.

Well, it gives me so much pleasure. I just want to share all the reasons why it is so important in my life.


Gardening for me is not a task.

It’s a place where I can be at peace and commune with nature.

It’s a place where I can nurture and create.

It’s a haven for me and about me.

It’s a place where I feel blessed with achievement, and  beauty of nature at it’s best.

A place where  my heart can run wild and I can dream my craziest dreams.

 It is my divine oasis …. and life is just so simple.

And as the garden grows, so does my sense of achievement and purpose.

 I can be busy and peaceful here for the rest of my life, in my garden the gives me so much satifaction, so many wonders, so much joy, and so much beauty.



Today’s Ramblings

Published October 2, 2012 by Healthy Living with nature

Getting Lost in the Moment

I have just spent two lovely hours watering my big rambling garden.

At times I quite enjoy the solitude just pottering in amongst the plants

 and the trees and grasses. It’s such a lovely time of year when lots of plants

and trees are sprouting new leaves and  spring flowers are blooming.

 It was very quiet, different from when I spend time in the gardenwhen the birds

are making such a racket. In the morning the squabbling of the lorikeets is almost

unbearable. Everywhere around us gardens have native plants in bloom and the

 birds are attracted to the blossoms. The birds come in droves and the cacophony

of  bird noise is just deafening, and yet lovely at the same time.

This spring we have again been seeing bees. For a long time we have had no bees and have had

to pollinate our vegetables by hand. The gorgeous droning buzz in the citrus blossoms and in

native blooms have been music to our ears. Welcome back little bees. Nature is getting back to

normal in our neck of the woods.

I have just been reminded that we have a meeting to attend tonight in the next town, so I need to be off to cook dinner. Well, it’s really leftovers from another night – pork and ginger stirfry – whichI am going to add extra ingredients to, and cook up some rice. Dinner will be ready in a jiffy.

Tomorrow I will see what I can get into to make life just that little bit more interesting.