Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been focused on building my new website:

and as you’ll see I’ve aligned this blog with the title too.  It’s now The Crazy Crone although the domain remains Aphrodite Rising.

I decided I wanted to get focused instead of doing various bits and pieces all over the place. So I’ll keep this blog for my general rants and raves, and the blog sections on my website will be devoted to material in keeping with the focus of The Crazy Crone – fearlessness, integrity, truth and the whole damned shebang.

My progress is somewhat stuttering at times: this past week has been an absolute doozy as far as health has been concerned, starting with a migraine and then finding myself hit for the rest of the week with a good old dose of the Fibro Follies, as I call the various health challenges I’ve faced with fibromyalgia.

A bee that's just been hugged!
A bee that’s just been hugged!

It’s one reason why I want to develop a forum on The Crazy Crone for those interested in growing themselves but also understanding that it’s a case of less speed, less haste and more tender self-care and self-support.

I also intend to set up a monthly newsletter so if you’d like to be included, please let me know via the “reply” section.

So hasta la vista on this blog, on my website  and on my newsletter!


When we arrived in North Cyprus last year, 2012, we encountered the longest, coldest winter for 30+ years and Spring arrived really late. But this year we’ve had a mild, short winter and spring has turned up nice and early, which is an absolute delight.

Almond blossom, feb 2013
Almond Blossom, Spring 2013

The fruit trees started flowering in February, and it really lifted your spirits to see their blossom appearing so early.

Everywhere you look now, the countryside is yellow with the flowers of the acacia, known as mimosa here, although I rather think I like “mimosa” better.

Today I went for a walk and found a really old olive tree which had been pruned but which is now busy regenerating itself. North Cyprus is covered in groves of olive trees and individual olive trees scattered around.

Old olive tree regenerating
Olive tree regenerating

I also came across some delightful bell-like wildflowers which vaguely resemble snowdrops but are much bigger.

And much to my pleasure, I have been rediscovering the distinctive scent of May blossom on Hawthorn trees. This really takes me back to my childhood when I’d go for long walks into the countryside (now, sadly long gone and covered with housing) and enjoy the fragrant smell of Hawthorn hedges.

Last but not least, I took a photo of some orange blossom.  I have to admit that it was more luck than design that I captured the sunlight filtering through the leaves as I didn’t have my reading glasses with me, so the pic was more by chance and luck than active vision!

I love nature and it’s been a very healing process for me to reconnect with the passion of childhood where I’d spend hours roaming the fields and woods where my grandparents lived in Blackheath, London, or exploring the parks and fields in Ramsgate, Kent, where I spent my childhood.

Wild flowers, spring 2013
Wild flowers, spring 2013

I don’t know if you’ve experienced losing something valuable from your childhood and then rediscovering it but that’s what’s happened with my love of nature. I hug this passion to my heart now and am very comfortable with my need to spend time alone appreciating the wildness of this world and feeling the nurturing of my inner spirit through my connection with the richness of nature and the world around us.


Orange blossom, spring 2013
Orange blossom, Spring 2013
Acacia 2, Spring 2013
Acacia/Mimosa, Spring 2013


This past weekend I bought a beautiful amethyst necklace and suddenly realised how much crystal jewellery I’ve gathered here in North Cyprus.

For some reason, I thought (you know, up in the head stuff) that I wouldn’t be working with crystals any more when I left Australia, but when I looked around here recently I realised I’d been kidding myself.  My heart and soul have still been connecting with crystals, rocks and stones, and at the beginning of April I’m holding a crystal workshop at my home. I guess I really have to accept that I’m a crystal singer, weird though that still seems to me after my early decades of a very logical, intellectual approach to life.

So since I’ve been mugged by the metaphysical world, here are photos of all the crystal jewellery and a couple of rocks and polished wand I’ve accumulated since I arrived in Aphrodite’s Isle:

Amethyst multi-strand necklace
Multi-strand Amethyst necklace
Amethyst bracelet 1
Amethyst Bracelet
Amethyst pendant
Amethyst pendant
Chrysocolla Necklace 1
Chrysocolla Necklace
Amethyst ring 1 - Copy
Amethyst ring – middle finger; blue topaz ring – little finger
Amethyst ring, amethyst & garnet ring - Copy
Garnet & Amethyst ring – forefinger; amethyst ring – middle finger (Australia)
Fluorite bracelet 1 - Copy
Fluorite Bracelet
Labradorite Pendant - Copy
Labradorite Pendant
Purple bow ring - Copy
Purple bow ring – glass but I just liked the pink stones in the bow and the purple stone setting
Sodalite necklace - Copy
Sodalite Necklace
Calcite Spear - Copy
Raw Calcite Spear


Amethyst cluster necklace