For my Beautiful Bhumi and Davidson Plum’s

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My Beautiful Bhumi, Tonight the light outside is golden yellow. The day was heavy and hot and we spent the morning (now third or fourth in a row) swimming weightlessly in the deep, clear blue incoming tides of the ocean mouth. Your getting good at putting your face under and are fearless in the deep water as you hold onto my shoulders. You kick your strong and long legs and tell me to go under again. I have been outside laying my big belly in the last glow of light,... Read The Rest →

A Sacred Birthing Site and Florin’s Pecan Prince

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I was only weeks pregnant when we went on a big family trip north, from Cairns and onwards to the Daintree Rainforest. It was short, but incredibly sweet…made especially so by the time we had to spend together, along with my dad and his amazing wife and family, in the ocean and in the forest. On arrival in Cairns our first stop was of course, the farmers market. We picked up fresh sugar cane juice blended with ice, lime, quince and mint and sipped as we swam through the thick, sticky, far northern... Read The Rest →

Since Summer Faded- A Bowl of Gracious Goodness

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Today, well actually for the last week or so, there has been an excited feeling within me that we’r emerging out of the darkness of a long and uncomfortable winter. Its kind of laughable to write considering I live in a sublime, sub-tropical paradise…but like an animal waking out of hibernation I emerge rubbing my eyes and stretching my back as I squint into the gentle sparkle of spring. It’s here. Thank God. Before I bore you with a blog post that chimes of so many others I’ve read with... Read The Rest →

Corn and Herb Fritters with Mango, Chilli and Lime Chutney

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Just before this time last year, we were planning our wedding. When we started making plans the weather was warm and dry. We decided on a simply ceremony in a forest of paper-bark trees and a reception at home. We set a date. I bought a dress. Hundreds of invitations were sent. And then the rainy season arrived with such intensity that the place where we planned to take our vows was flooded under five feet of water where we planned for people to park their cars near our driveway... Read The Rest →

Blueberries and Bunya Nuts

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We didnt go away these holidays, but instead packed our bags with herbs and cress… You already know how much I love to go somewhere. But being home has been wonderful. It has given us time to relax… Time to eat…And time to play… It was around this time last year I made a post on green mango chutney. For many months now, mangoes have been dangling from the trees. We have been collecting them from our own land, as well as from trees growing wildly in our area. So... Read The Rest →

How to Grow Your Own Pina Colada Popsicles

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I hope everyone had a wonderful, safe, uplifting and happy Christmas. I had so many plans of things to share but the days leading to Christmas disappeared. Stefan’s brothers are here from Switzerland and we are having a break from working in the dread shed, completely closed down just to be with family, to garden, relax and catch up. Its peak summer. Days are long and hot (today it was 39 degrees in the shade). We spent Christmas morning on the beach. We swim every morning before it gets too... Read The Rest →

Girraween, Place of Flowers and a Zucchini Soup

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In the soft blue light of a half moon night, disturbing her as little as possible, I run my hands over Bhumi’s soft round cheeks and forehead, cursing the calluses on my palms and fingers that seem to catch on her skin, almost as if they would  on a piece of fine silk. Sleeping, as beautiful as an angel, she doesn’t stir. In the recent weeks since she’s stopped breast-feeding herself to sleep it has become something to mark the end of each day. It only takes a moment, but... Read The Rest →

Peta’s Place

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You know the feeling when you meet someone and you know in an instant that that person is your brother or sister, mother, father, aunty or other kind of family member even though you have no real blood relation? The kind of person who feel instantly connected and comfortable with and don’t have to hold up any kind of pretensions in front of? The kind of person whose house you’d walk right into and go and have a look in the fridge…just to see what’s inside? It’s a feeling that goes... Read The Rest →

To Our Darling Spring

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To our darling Spring,  We want to thankyou now before you go,  For helping our vegetable garden grow, Blue shining skies with little rain, We rest tired feet at the end of the day, Thank you for the red atriums you unfold,  The star jasmine, ginger and marigold,  Just one more thing before you must leave, Please plant in Amy’s belly a magic bean,  A little boy would be nice but we’re not fussed, We’re ready when you are…                      ... Read The Rest →

With Thyme on Our Hands (Summer Squash and Black-eyed Beans and Dill, Nigella and Yogurt Flatbread)

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Right now I’m loving using as many yellow squash and yellow zucchini as I can…and in just about everything I serve. Somehow its colour mimics and enhances the sunshine our days have been filled with. Watery summer squashes and zucchinis have a cooling, refreshing effect within the body which is ideal for the warm, dry weather we’ve been having. They are also diuretic and excellent for overcoming oedema or difficulty urinating. The Jaboticabas (more on these lovelies later) are in season and homegrown tomatoes have been gracing our kitchen table every... Read The Rest →

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