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Most Beautiful Monday: almost spring



Its almost Spring here and I have been enjoying my daily walks with Fizzy and taking photographs along the way. Here is a little dandelion I photographed for Day 17 of the Maddabling Photo Challenge, the daily theme was: fragile. Since the effect of this photograph is like looking at the world through rose coloured glasses, let me go totally Polyanna on you and say: kind words are not as fragile or fleeting as you think. Just like the dandelion that scatters in the wind to create new life, kind words land in treasured spaces in our soul and are remembered in hard times, preserving life.

Love, Starry xoxox


Most Beautiful Monday: Autumn!


haunted walk

I have had a little fun locally with my camera as we finally begin to experience a little autumn weather, though it was still quite warm over Easter.

I edited these images on pic monkey (so much fun if you haven’t tried it, especially if you don’t have your own editing software or apps) and used sepia and textured ‘smudge’ effects to transform my original photograph which had too much bright white and sunlight coming in from the left hand side.

epic journey

I thought I’d see if I could have a little fun with my pencil sharpener (yes it is a pencil sharpener!) it didn’t look like much of a photograph with the original colours, but running it through dusk, sepia, intrepid, and texture settings gave it a gritty vintage feel.

I still have a lot to look forward to, since we only have a very few coloured leaves as yet, not enough to create an impressive display.

a single tallow leaf

So for now, my autumn begins with a single Chinese Tallow leaf on my mulched garden. Hoping to see a carpet of colourful leaves as soon as possible please Mother Nature!

Most Beautiful Monday: meet the reason I can say “I love you”


with my eldest niece when she was still a tot


I became an Aunty when I was quite young, there is only a ten year age difference between my niece pictured above, and myself. I may have been a young aunty but I was absolutely delighted to have gorgeous nieces and nephews to grace my life and I remain fiercely protective of them all. Even a couple of years ago, taking my niece to a concert at night, waiting for a cab or transport from the venue, I confessed to her that I felt responsible for anything that might happen to her… even though we are now much more like sisters or best friends… you can’t go from being responsible for tending to a baby to feeling no guardianship at all! But what I’d really like to share with you today is that this little miracle, named Diana, is the reason I am able to say “I love you”.

The love and the bond between my niece and I was evident to all… she would run straight past my parents to get into my arms for a hug. We spent many hours together from when she was a baby to when she began at kinder, and I was prime baby sitter while my brother and sister (in law… but I call her my sis) were looking for a new home. In fact my ‘sister’ used to tell me Diana thought the sun shone… (well you know how that sentence usually goes)

So I was surprised when one day, my niece, by then attending school, asked me, very timidly, if I loved her. I was surprised that she needed to ask, but of course I instantly told her I loved her. And this brave little soul, who put her heart on the line to ask me that question, a question that many adults dread to ask, then told me that I never say it. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I realized she was right. I just assumed people knew how I felt about them.

From that day forth not only did I make sure I said ‘I love you” to my niece as well as her brother and sister, but it began to have influence over all my relationships. I am confident telling my family I love them. I even got over the fear of telling my friends how I felt about them.

After a few years I began to not only say “I love you” but to express other thoughts and feelings about the people who are precious to me. I am able to pinpoint the way they have positively inspired me or impacted on my life, I am able to say thank you, thank you for everything that is meaningful and beautiful to me. I am the person I am now, putting forward encouragement and love into the world because of one very brave little soul who taught me the necessity of never taking feelings for granted.

So thank you Diana, and I do love you. I love Jason, Amber, and my brother and ‘sister’ too. I love my other niece and nephews (Michael, Kristian, Luke, Kate), I love my cousins, my mum’s cousins, my friends, and my online friends. I love my mentors, my inspirations, my creative muses.

Most Beautiful Monday: everything’s coming up roses!


there's always time to smell the roses!

On this most beautiful Monday, I would like to share what my life has been proving lately,

“the more you praise and thank the world, the more the world will praise and bless you”

It’s Spring, Baby!

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I love spring, I always have. I know many people do, of course, its such a fun season coming out of winter and seeing colour and sunshine again. But I wonder if there is an extra factor. I've always wondered whether there is a connection between the season you are born in, and the season in which you feel most spiritually alive and joyful. Because I was a spring baby. And today was my birthday.

Most Beautiful Monday… early Spring garden


Okay, so its August 29th, not quite officially spring here in the sunny south west of Australia, but my garden already thinks that Spring has sprung.

laurustinus in bloom

This is truly packed with flowers and buds still to open…

The first iris flowers are blooming in the front, back, and side gardens, and we have daffodils and California poppies brightening up the yard already.

I’m excited because my Kindle 3G should arrive any day now.

I’m looking forward to the Spring Racing (horse racing that is!)

And I have lots of creative work to do.

What are you excited about as the season changes wherever you may be?

Most Beautiful Monday…blossoms bursting open


These flowers are actually really small, but they pack a punch in the colour department! I always look forward to these opening, and they surely brighten up winter.

Here is my Buddha quote of the day “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole world would change”.