Loving…sea mist, weeds and odd hats

Loving…A rolling sea mist at sunrise, that brings a full heart feeling that’s hard to describe. Quiet squeals of delight in the cold, but also at the sheer beauty of it all.

Loving…People speaking passionately about things they care about. That kind of care on subjects close to the heart, it’s inspiring.

Loving…Radishes straight from the ground, destined for fermenting. Because, really you can never have too much fermented goodness surely?

Loving…Second hand finds that have been on ‘the list.’ Oh let the odd hatted play begin. (Surely you can never be too old for dressing up? Never.)

Loving…Hot tea and weeds. In the quiet of the morning, when small needing people, are not needing in that hour. Quiet, methodical work begins. Bugger meditation on a mat, this is how I still my mind.

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[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]

loving, living, laughing

Loving meeting friends for a solstice swim at sunrise in the pouring rain. There was a chorus of small folk bundled up in jackets, beanies and boots looking on as their parents braved the wintry watery ocean depths in a nod to all things solstice. It was cold and raining wet and grey.

I loved every bit of it.

Living one step away from chaos every day. With three kids who regularly make mischief of one kind or another and a pup who will chew everything, anything in sight.

Chaos.

Just one step away from it.

Delicious laughing at things small people come out with. The smallest is quite intrigued by babies at the moment, and is looking forward to having one. I was gently telling her, well she had to do quite a few other things first. She has to learn about lots of different people…discover new things in wonderful places. She has to try lots of delicious foods, like eating ice cream in Italy…and sausages on cold days in Germany…

[She has a think about this]

So we have to eat lunch first?

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What are you loving at the moment?

[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]

 

loving…autumn light and small paws

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Loving…

Small paws that have joined our 95% of the time chaotic household. It made no sense what so ever to get a whippet pup, none. Often things in life really don’t make sense but you surge forward anyway. People say having a pup, is like having another child, (and dear readers, it really is.)

Loving…

Autumn light. I will never, ever, get tired of the magical light of autumn. Whether it’s early morning sunrises or afternoon shadows. It’s divine, and I can’t get enough of it.

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What are you loving at the moment?

[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]

Loving… summer days

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Fierce heat and warm blue green seas,

that’s what summer days are made of.

While this is the last

 day left of the calendar season,

the summer days still linger on.

There’s still corn to be eaten,

 basil seed to pinch off,

and a pile of hidden tomatoes ready to ripen.

Hot nights and a scant breeze,

to gently nudge sleep

just a little closer.

…summer days you haven’t left us yet.

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What are you loving at the moment?

[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]

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Thank you to all those who left such great comments on my last post. I loved reading them all.

You are an inspiring bunch, and I love that!

loving…shared local food and kindness

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Loving… shared local food and kindness.

Wonderful and kind people, bringing shared and much appreciated food. A jar full of honey, an armload of fragrant basil, green tomato chutney, a bucket of red tomatoes, garlic, garlic garlic, a bowl of blackberries and a divine blackberry vinegar.

Cuttings, seedlings and favourite seeds. In a transition period when things can often feel different, unsure and completely out of place- being given these locally grown gifts for immediate nourishment and long term edible growing, it’s something that is incredibly grounding.

Brings a smile to the face and a fullness in the heart that no Westfield shopping expedition could ever hope to replicate.

Nope, not ever.

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What are you loving at the moment?

[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]

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Loving…

weekend sneaky swims before breakfast

reluctant kids that don’t want to go, changing their minds

friends that make you laugh

pictures that make you think

words that get shifted around until they fall into their ‘slotted’ place

and standing up for things that you believe in, (you should always do that.)

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What are you loving this weekend?

[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]

loving…light, Wookiee Cookies and intact fingers

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Loving…the change of light. A subtle change, a little longer, a little warmer.

Loving… Wookiee Cookies. Not because I’m a diehard Star Wars fan. I’m really not, but I’m loving the fact that my small boy is, and on seeing my attempt at baked themed goods for him to take into his classmates at school. Well, seeing your child smile like that is pretty contagious.

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Loving…a bumper crop of cumquats. Hardy little things they are, (and just quietly, quite delicious with dark chocolate.

Loving…not having cut a large chunk of finger off forever and ever. This one will heal, and I wasn’t overly attached to that finger print anyway.

Loving… a course I’ve been doing for the past couple of months. My brain is fizzling and popping and all kinds of things every time go. I’m sure if you stand still long enough, you might just hear it.

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What are you loving at the moment?

[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]

loving…clear thought and raw stories

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Loving…. reading this book.

I regretted not buying it when I was in Hill End. I say there is no room for regrets. I bought it and it’s delicious. Every single word and picture.

Loving…. listening.

To people’s heartfelt honesty on the radio recently. The topic was how people remembered and stayed connected with loved ones after they had died. A single wooden spoon handed down through generations, wearing a mothers top on the anniversary of her death etc. Sobbing in the kitchen while cooking dinner, wasn’t quite what I expected.

Loving….Rough seas.

With sea spray on my face and hair flying wildly. It looked like a regular weekend visit to the beach. Except for the fact there was a big fat seal sun baking on the rocks.

Loving…. clear thought.

Those teeny tiny moments when your thoughts and ideas are completely clear, nothing else is being squashed in, no lists being checked off and the whole beautiful process is (momentarily) truly allowed to stretch its legs. (To some people this won’t make much sense, but to the handful it does? Yes.)

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The past two weeks have been a little loco, so it’s been good to sit down and do this little post. What’s happening in your world at the moment, what are you loving?

[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]

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Loving…

The long deep cries of black cockatoos flying overhead, they stop me, I look up, I’m paying attention.

Giggles. Ripples of laughter that start at your belly.

Seeing one of my photos hung on a wall in a exhibition. It was there briefly, but it was there, and I saw it.

Coffee. Good hot, take it slow cup of coffee. I am not a coffee gulper. (I’m especially loving coffee with cardamom and ginger in it at the moment, have you tried it?)

Being a part of the Voices of 2015 top 100. That’s a bit special.

Brownie.

Getting to hang with someone that makes me laugh, makes me think and is always happy to go chasing light.

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What are you loving at the moment?

[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]

loving…words that uproot my soul

 

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How do I describe the impact a weekend of words can have without sounding gushing, rambling and slightly manic?

I’ve decided it’s not possible, so I’m going to run with it.

The Sydney Writers Festival is a highlight of my annual calendar. To be able to listen to the people who create our books, telling their stories, expressing their voice and in doing so somehow I find my voice.

Or at the least another branch of my own voice.

I can’t tell you how powerful that stuff is. I adore photography and loved every bit of Head On this year (May I love you to bits) but words? Words they shake me, rattle me and uproot my soul….and I’m bloody loving that.

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[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]