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My name is Hattie Abernathy… Some people call me a witch, but never to my face. They’re probably scared I’ll turn them into a frog – not that I ever have. Yet.The year is 1915 and I was born in 1812. Yes, you read that right – I’ll be 103 this year. I suppose you […]
A disgusting tick Blood sucking creatures love me. If there’s a mosquito, leech, tick or vampire bat within a 3km radius, it’ll find me. Ok, maybe not vampire bats…but to the other critters I’m irresistible. Perhaps it’s my sweet, sweet English blood. Perhaps I’ll never know. Until I moved to Australia I’d never come across […]
Ever since I was a young child, I have been obsessed with herbal medicines and magical potions. So it’s probably no surprise that I ended up studying herbal medicine and now have a very overgrown garden full of beautiful culinary and medicinal herbs. Where one person sees a weed, I see a potential medicine or […]
Ok so it’s not really a war on Christmas. After all, who could be mad at this? Or this? What I’m mad about is the consumerism and materialism associated with Christmas. I’m mad about the constant message that we need to buy stuff (as if we didn’t have enough ‘stuff’ already). And what I’m the […]
Last time I wrote about mindfulness and why I believe it’s an important life skill to teach our children. When practiced regularly it can increase self-esteem, improve focus and concentration and reduce anxiety and depression. What’s not to like? But what exactly is mindfulness and how do you do it? Mindfulness vs Meditation These two […]
Mindfulness is a bit of a buzz word these days but don’t be tempted into thinking it’s a fad. It might have only been on our Western radar for a few short years but mindfulness has actually been around for thousands of years, forming part of the spiritual practice for many religions (some would argue most […]
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