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Life Lessons in the Garden

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Gardening and engaging in the natural environment became very helpful to me as I worked my way through the grief I experienced when my daughter died. In this blog I intend to share my experiences with grief and the lessons I have learned from observing what happens in my garden, and in nature in general, […]

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Winter is Coming…wait! Too late – it’s here…

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I’ve spent significant time in the last few weeks raking up fallen leaves. Specifically, London Plane Tree leaves. They are a popular street tree in this area. They’re beautiful in summer – light green leaves, fantastic shade tree. However, being deciduous, they shed leaves in autumn. But they don’t have the beautiful red, orange and […]

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Fresh Air and Sunlight

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During my current garden renovation, I’ve rediscovered a little tree I planted a number of years ago. It is still alive, but small for the time its been in the ground. A similar one I planted at the front of my house 3 or 4 years later, is now roof height! This poor baby is […]

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Deep Roots and Endless Sky

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July 31, 2016 is National Tree Day in Australia. While planting a tree has enormous benefits to the environment and our health, planting a tree in memory of a lost loved one can help the grieving process. In Perth we have the avenues of trees in Kings Park commemorating fallen servicemen and women in wars, […]

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Rocks and Sand

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I’m feeling ok today. I’m also feeling slightly weird that I’m feeling ok! It’s been 20 years today since the light left my little girls eyes and we were left broken hearted. So much time has passed, yet it seems that it wasn’t so long ago. Shouldn’t I be a mess today? Significant day, significant […]

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Butterflies, Birds and Bridges

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  Besides gardening one thing that I did regularly after Rhiannon died was bush walking. I had been doing it before she died too, as the forests around Pemberton were perfect for getting out of the house and pushing a pram around to get a fractious baby to sleep! We also had 2 energetic German […]

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Resistance is futile!

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No matter how many years, it can still take me by surprise. In the past I have anticipated it. These days, amid the busyness and distractions around me it tends to sneak up on me. Every year, without fail, I am confronted with Rhiannon’s birthday and the anniversary of her death, just over 2 weeks […]

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‘Great (Un)Expectations’

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Have you ever had expectations of something – an event or occasion, other people, or even just life in general, only to discover that things turned out in a way you did not anticipate? And then the unexpected turn of events resulted in life heading in a direction you never even imagined you’d go? I’ve […]