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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Is our capacity to love finite?

On the 11th June, Archer Robert Kenny, our new grandson was born. Interesting energy that this young soul has taken on. Archer is my maiden name and Robert is the name of his maternal grandfather and his paternal uncle (my eldest son). It has taken me awhile to get used to seeing it written down. As I held him in my arms, and felt that grandmaternal rush (yes, I just made that word up, but I’m sure you understand exactly what it means) it sent me back in time twelve years to when I nursed my first grandchild, the son of my […]

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The wonderous morning chorus

I woke very early this morning and was unable to go back to sleep. So here I am, sitting at the computer. The world is absolutely wonderous at this time of the day, with new beginnings and endless possibilities. It truly is amazing to be up before the rest of the world. Not even the birds were awake when I sat down here to write. It was 4am and pitch black. As the light dawned the birds began their sunrise chorus and I felt as if it was a performance just for me. When my children were little this was […]

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The road back…

Way back in February I promised that I would journal the journey of taking  my body from acid to alkaline. I had good intentions. I did start but each time I felt like writing, which wasn’t often I must admit, I was feeling miserable and writing about it just seemed like whinging. There is a little of my journey to be read in the blogs that I did write. Well here it is nearly August I am feeling much better  and I am taking NO DRUGS. How did that happen? My last visit to the rheumatologist was at the beginning […]

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Music to my ears!

Ahhhh!!! The sweet sound of a power tool as it rents the morning air! Normally an irritation, now because it’s been so long coming, it is music to my ears Seven years ago we moved into this house and as you do when you buy a house you discuss all the things about it that you want to change so you can stamp your personality on your new home. This was only the second house we had bought, and as the first one was 35 years before, the idea of renovating was exciting. We have done many small renovations, the […]

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Sending love from the future

Today is my wedding anniversary. This time 41 years ago today I was getting ready for my wedding.  I had spent the night before at my parent’s house, which is where I was living at the time.  My son, who was 13 months old, had been up all night with an ear infection so someone had to take him to the doctors. I drove the bridesmaids to the hairdressers and then ran around trying to find them a ‘spencer’, as it was called in those days, to go under a scooped neck short sleeved dress because, surprise, surprise, the weather […]

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A lesson in unconditional love

There is nothing like spending some time in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to give you a reality check, a clearer perspective on life in general and your life in particular. My four and a half year old granddaughter has been in there for the past week. She has Cystic Fibrosis and because of an infection that wouldn’t clear up with long courses of tablets required IV antibiotics for at least two weeks. I used to work in disabilities in various areas for 20 years although that was a long time ago now. Being at the hospital reminded me how heartbreaking […]

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