Magickal Blessings Box

Way back when I lived in Woodenbong, on the far north border of New South Wales, I ordered a wooden box for my essential oils. It was well-made, heavy and great for my oils until we moved to North Cyprus. I pulled out the partitions and packed all my jewellery inside as it was so sturdy, and used a plastic box to hold my oils.

And then a couple of weeks ago I saw someone decorating woodwork and though it was time to cheer up my wooden box which was very plain indeed. I had been using it for jewellery but, as with the essential oils, my jewellery decamped to a plastic box.

I painted my box purple (what else????) but found a brush didn’t provide proper cover so used a sponge which really did the trick. Then I dabbed on some pink glittery paint blobs. I had just received in the post some sew-one patches to hide holes and stains on clothes I love and really can’t throw away, but missed putting away a white butterfly patch which one of my dogs chewed. I managed to salvage the remnants and they went on top of my box along with bits of jewellery I’ve collected over the years and various stick-on decorations.

The catch on the box has been decorated with a pendant by my artist friend, Tammy Vitale. I thought having something with “Live, Laugh, Love” on it, blessed the intent of my box and also re-affirmed for me the power of friendship with so many lovely people around the world.

So now I have a Magickal Blessings Box in which I put all sorts of odds and sods which have personal meanings for me, or remind me of grace in my life.

This is the top
And this is the front.

As Above, So Below

As above, so below

I was sitting in my front room when a mandala hanging on our wall caught my attention.  It’s the first one I ever created on a commercial basis and it was on the front cover of a New Age magazine in Brisbane (albeit a small photo, but on the cover, nonetheless).

Anyway, this mandala positively glowed at me so I went to work on a photo of it with the new gizmo on PicMonkey, Mirror Effect. Something I hadn’t realised before is that you can fiddle with the mirror image to produce different effects, and the image above reflects that. The turquoise frame is found on Pixlr.

I called it “As Above, So Below” because it is, of course, an image of a butterfly heralding change and transformation. The double image reflects the way inner change comes to the surface from within, then transforms what we do in our daily, outside lives.

Boab Dreaming

Boab Sacred Stone

When I lived in Victoria, Australia, I happened to meet a lass who showed me two stones she’d found under a Boab tree in the Northern Territory and which she’d brought home with her.

I imagine that these two stones probably had spiritual resonance for Aboriginal groups in the area where the stones were found and I’m dubious about the ethics of removing them. I’ve always felt that the spirits of these stones were calling to back to Country.

So this is a contribution to offering healing energy to those stones, and to provide a rainbow bridge to journey back to Country in their Dreaming energies.


ChangeI created this image again from the photo of the twisted tree in Japan.  The butterfly represents metamorphosis from the old to the new, while the lightning represents the sudden changes which can erupt in our lives and change our circumstances irrevocably. Quite often this sudden change can cast aside the fears and circumstances which hold us back, and open up new vistas and fresh visions as we move forward in our lives.

Song of the Sacred

Song of the Sacred

When you listen to your heart and soul,

to the voice whispering of the sacred in your life,

you are powerful and empowered

for you are listening to the

magnificent Hallelujah chorus

of the raging current which powers life

past, present and future:


Of Birds & Beasties 1

As I was going through my photos to move all flower pics to the one folder, I realised how many photos I’ve taken of the various birds and beasties we’ve come across in our travels. So in this post I’ve included the birds and in the next one the beaties.

Willlie Wagtail - Back garden
Willie Wagtail – In Western Australian Aboriginal lore, the Willie Wagtail is a Spirit messenger. They wag their tail like the clappers and have a chirping song. They’re one of my favourite birds – first one I heard after we returned to Australia from the UK.
Australian Brush-Turkey
Australian Brush-Turkey. Protected species, lay their eggs in mounds. One of them chased me through the bush when I was walking on the top of Mt French, Queensland. Nasty looking brute, it was!
Cormorant at dam at Ned’s Bed, a pet motel where we stayed on the mid-north coast of New South Wales
Common eggfly butterfly
Common Eggfly Buttterfly – these are huge with velvety wings, and we used to get heaps when lived halfway up Mt French, in S-E Queensland.
Butcher Bird & Baby at Ned's Bed
Butcher Bird & Baby at Ned’s Bed. Butcher birds have the most beautiful, liquid song which varies along the east coast of Australia according to each family group.
Bryan & Kooka
This baby kookaburra landed beside my husband, had a good look and completely ignored him mum who was going bonkers with worry in a nearby tree.
Two baby kookaburras in our garden at Woodenbong, on the Queensland-New South Wales border. The noise of the babies and parents was deafening until they grew up and flew off.
Galahs on front verge
Galahs – a type of parrot. Renowned as pranksters who love hanging upside down on telephone lines. Joke: to cook a galah boil for 24 hours with a stone. At the end throw away the galah and eat the stone!
White-bellied Sea-Eagle. you'd see quite a few of these over the Nambucca River close to the Indian Ocean. Huge, magnificent bird
Not my photo, but I added it because you’d see quite a few White-Bellied Sea-Eageles over the Nambucca River close to the Indian Ocean. Huge, magnificent birds.
King parrot - male
King Parrot – I didn’t take this photo, but we used to see heaps of King Parrots in our garden in Boonah, South-East Queensland. They were quite tame and you could get quite close.
Kooka on clothesline
Kookaburra on clothes line, Bowraville, mid-north coast of New South Wales
Magpie – has a beautiful, carolling song.
Swallows in St Barnabas Church
Swallows in St Barnabas Church, near Famagusta, North Cyprus
Rainbow Lorikeet on grevillea 1
Rainbow lorikeet on grevillea bush in our garden at Bowraville, mid-north coast, New South Wales, Australia.
Pelican at Port Mcquarie, mid-NSW coast
Pelican on light stand, Port Macquarie, mid-north coast, New South Wales, Australia. Pelicans were rife along this stretch of coastline.
Pelican at Port Maquarie
Pelican on sea at Port Macquarie, mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Tawny Frogmouth which we found trapped between ours and the neighbour’s fence. We released it, I gave it Reiki and my husband fed it some water, and by the next day it had perked up and flown away.
Turquoise-black butterfly on Bryan's hand
Turquoise-black butterfly on my husband’s finger
Wedge-tailed eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle – we saw these marvellous, magnificent birds on the wheatbelt in Western Australia; in Woodenbong on Qld-NSW border; and at Bowraville on the mid-north coast of NSW, which really was Eagle Central.
Regent Bowerbird
Regent Bowerbird – I didn’t take this photo, but I did get a look at one of these birds as it flew away from our garden and the colours really are striking. Bowerbirds build a bower as a nest, then place brightly coloured trinkets in front (ribbon, clothes pegs, etc.,) to attract a female mate.