I returned to the place of my birth and found a part of me I’d left behind

My husband & I have been away overseas for exactly one month , we left on 17th July and returned on 17th August. Over lunch we have been discussing how ‘full on’ the trip was, with very little down time. I am an introvert and I need alone time to allow me to re-charge. This was difficult because we were surrounded by people who wanted to ‘do’ things. There was no time for afternoon naps so whenever I could I escaped into a book. Coming home has been like heaving a huge sigh and re-enforces yet again why I love […]

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Organised and ready …

The plans I had for the last three days were cancelled so having been given a gift I thought I would use the time wisely. I have been complaining for a long time that my business needed systems put in place to make things easier and quicker for me. But I never seemed to have the time to do such a big job. Healing Steps was birthed 16 years ago after I left full time employment. I took on clients after I completed my remedial massage course and as I kept studying. It continued to grow, the list of modalities […]

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The miracle that happened yesterday

Something extraordinary has happened. I don’t know how (and at the moment I don’t much care) I am just so very grateful that it has The how I will work out later   We had old friends come and stay People I had known most of my life And whilst they hadn’t been close they had always been there, in the background   I was showing them two photo books that my children had done for me One for our 30th wedding anniversary (14 years ago) and one for my 60th Birthday, photos of me with my grandchildren, messages and […]

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There is no ‘one size fits all’ with grief

My mother died at 1am on Easter Monday 2004. That is the day that I think of as the day of her death, not the date on her death certificate. Mum died at 1am on 12th April 2004, she just made it to my daughter’s first wedding anniversary. But because of Mum’s death, I am fuzzy on the date and I always have to double think it (if that’s such a word). Strangely on the 12th April each year I am not melancholy and it can pass by without me thinking of Mum. Recently I was reading a brilliant book […]

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The world has changed.

I feel as if I’m in a bizarre alternate universe!   Here I am at a social media workshop and instead of writing notes we are typing on our laptops and taking photos of the notes on the screen on the wall. These photos I will download later from my phone to my laptop and then put into a program together with my other typed notes. Which will then be a true account of the information I have been taught here today.   Incomprehensible to the child I was at school, or the adult studying as a ‘mature age’ student. […]

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I’m back!!!

I don’t know where I’ve been for the past three and a half years. To a far off land, a fuzzy head, sleepy, pain filled, body restricting place that I don’t ever wish to return to …. BUT I’m back!!!!!!! I thought the old me was gone forever. Replaced with a tired, dried up, decrepit, pained, inflexible….fill in the blanks. I thought that was going to be my life from now on. So I feel like I’ve won the lottery. After waking up at 4am this morning I was up and into a few more drawers before the sun came […]

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The confession of a natural therapist ~ and why I took drugs

For the last few years I have had some health challenges. Slowly, insidiously getting weaker. A slow decline to old age some people said, it’s what is expected. But although I didn’t agree with them it was still happening. When I ruminated on it I realised that things had been gradually getting worse over the last ten years. So slowly it was hardly noticeable. Until the day that I woke up and couldn’t straighten out my fingers, my knees seized up and the pain was excruciating. I still remember the fear that morning when I couldn’t do anything for myself. […]

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Yes, I was a child bride!

Today is my wedding anniversary. 43 years ago today we said ‘I do!’ (and yes, I was a child bride!) How does 43 years go by so fast? I have been pondering that question for the last few years. One minute I was up to my elbows washing the nappies of my four babies and the next I’m changing the disposable nappy of my tenth grandchild!!   When I walked down the aisle all those years ago I knew what marriage was all about, of course I did. I’d read the fairy stories, I’d seen the movies, I’d watched The […]

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One thing leads to another…

I bought a cushion!                                                                                A simple thing you may think, so what’s the big deal?   Over the past couple of years we have extended and revamped our front balcony. When it was finished we bought new chairs to go with the table that we’d had for years but hadn’t been able to use because we had nowhere to put it. […]

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There really is no place like home

Travel. What a wonderful thing to do. Experiencing new places, tasting new cuisine and meeting new people gives us a completely different perspective on life. It broadens our minds and our world view. Hopefully making us more tolerant. As an Australian the thing I find most fascinating about visiting all these places is how old everything is. In Australia a house that is 100years old is considered very old. Go to Europe or UK and there are things that are thousands of years old. My cousin’s house in Cornwell was built in the 18oo’s. We have houses in Australia that were […]

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