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Wintertime Blues…

You could be forgiven for thinking today was a day picked straight out of Summertime…

Blue skies & sunshine…

Hot sun. A gentle breeze. Big blue sky. Dark blue sea.

While it’s still technically winter here in Queensland it’s days like today that bring hope of warmer weather. All the hibernating, restoring and nurturing of the long winter nights & short days are giving way to a sample of the seasons ahead.

On the beach there are plenty of people sunning their bodies and playing in the sea. Dogs frolic on the foreshore or explore the hind dunes. There is a sense of anticipation. Of excitement.

On my walk today I was reflecting on this and how grateful I am to live in such a place. Then my mind started wondering of those less fortunate, maybe cooped up indoors or in quarantine or another Covid lockdown.

So I’ve come up with a little list to lessen the load, the burden or strain of living like this and to bring a little of the outdoor in… I hope you enjoy it and it inspires you embrace life with nature.

Let the sun shine in

Open the windows, pull back the curtains and blinds and let a little sunshine and fresh air flood your space and wellbeing. It does wonders for the spirit!

Eat seasonal & fresh

Even if you don’t feel like it make an effort to keep nourishing yourself with good wholesome food. Share mealtimes and talk about positive things in your day. Maybe you could start a gratitude practice where everybody has a chance to share something they are grateful for each day.

Breakout the backyard cricket

Got a backyard or even a courtyard? Maybe just a veranda or a long hallway. Challenge the family to a game of backyard cricket or any sport you all like to play. A little friendly competition will soon break the boredom and have you all in a good mood. No-one to play with? That’s ok. Challenge yourself. Bounce a tennis ball against a wall and try catching it with your opposite hand. If this is too easy it’s up to you to find something that challenges you mentally or physically. Go on. I dare you.

Bring the outdoors in

Flowers and plants are a great way to bring a little nature into your home. A few flowers from your garden or potted plants on the window sill will brighten your day. Even supermarkets these days have a nice assortment of fresh flowers or if you are feeling extravagant you could order yourself a nice bunch from your local florist delivered straight to your door. Look closely at them, smell them, touch them or smile at them as you pass. You will feel great joy in your heart as they also help nurture your soul.

Time for a picnic – A couch picnic

No I haven’t gone mad… I know you can’t go outside so what about a couch picnic! That’s right! Right there in your home. Spread your mat on the floor and serve up some of your all-time favourite picnic treats. Be creative, spontaneous and above all have fun!

Splish Splash I was taking a bath

If it’s impossible to get to the ocean and you have a bathtub why not recreate your own seaside bliss… Search spotify for some ocean sounds, waves and whales are good, light some gently scented candles, arrange some seashells and run a lovely tub to immerse yourself in. Close your eyes as you lie back and let the gently lapping sounds carry you away.

Get crafty

Got kids? Or just some time for yourself. Fossick around and make a collection of found objects; sticks, leaves, flowers, stones, feathers are all good. Add to this some string, glue, glitter & googley eyes and you have the makings of an art session with nature. Some ideas include making some pet rocks, hanging mobiles, gift cards, place mats or book marks. Be as creative as you like!

Tech Time

Research has shown that even listening or watching nature can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. When you’ve exhausted all other avenues of you #covidnaturefix you might want to explore the many documentaries, podcasts and apps that you can find on nature and wellbeing. You might even like to schedule a Zoom call with others or start a watch party to share that time with someone special.

Take heart dear ones for the times they are a-changin’…

I hope this little list of ideas inspires you and encourages you to stay strong and positive. I truly believe that by strengthening your connection to nature and spending time each day with her you will soon be feeling more alive and hopeful about the opportunities each new day brings.

All my very best wishes to you all…

bushflowergirl xox

If you or someone you know is not coping or feels in need of support at this time help is available for you. Just reach out.

www.beyondblue.org.au

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

www.lifeline.org.au

www.kidshelpline.com.au

Other mental health helplines

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New Moon, Dark Sky, Black Glossies…

Set your intentions free…

A noisy cockatoo squawks her way down the valley and lands ceremoniously atop a she-oak… it bends and sways under her weight but still she lets our her cry. Haunting and soulful it floats on the breeze. I wonder where her mate is as she cocks her head to one side. Her yellow cheeks flushed and her sweet little crest feathers ruffle in todays winter winds.

It’s as though she has come out of last night’s dark sky and moonless night, speckled with stars that stretch across time. My thoughts deepen as I think of this new moon cycle and the month ahead and what it is I wish to bring into fruition… a fresh project, a strengthening of character or perhaps learning a new skill? It is all there to blossom with just some awareness and intention and of course some inspired action… this new moon phase.

No seed pods for stripping the female Glossy Black lets out one more shriek before gracefully taking flight and continues down the valley taking with her my thoughts and giving my intentions wings so they may spread across the sky…

#blackgossies #newmoon #bushflowergirl

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Perspective…

So how are you? I hope all is well in your world and your families are safe…

Finding beauty in Nature every day…

Living where we do in Australia and being blessed to have such natural surroundings to be able to still have some space, spend time in nature and feel some sense of freedom I feel very lucky and privileged. If fact, at the risk of sounding flippant, and that certainly is not my intention as I know many people’s lives have been seriously affected by Covid-19 pandemic, I have to say that l have been enjoying this time of staying at home and not having to travel far.

On a whole I think the forced travel restrictions, lock-downs and new socialising laws have allowed a lot of people to take a collective breath and slow down. It has allowed space to think, to re-evaluate and figure out what is really important in their lives.

As my dear Poppa said leading up to his final months on Earth:

“As long as you have a roof over your head, food in your belly and someone to love the rest is fairy floss…”

~ Maurice E. Blake
My dear Poppa taught me well…

He was right of course. We put so much emphasis on having more, being more, doing more but to what end? Surely we have just complicated things.

I remember one of the first lessons in social studies at primary school learning about the basic needs for life: food, water, shelter the teacher said. Add to that some sunshine and the great outdoors, love, friendships and fun and you have the makings of a contented life!

Last week we were watching some old episodes of Upper Middle Bogan on Catch Up TV and in the episode the boys were making a home movie. They were doing some really daggy things but the words they used were really impactful and I’ve been pondering them ever since.

In essence they were:

“Have something to do: Something to look forward to: And someone to love:”

~ Kayne from Upper Middle Bogan

So simple and yet such a good way to look at life and get things in perspective.

  • Having something to do keeps you occupied and gives you purpose;
  • having something to look forward to gives hope and builds excitement and momentum;
  • and having someone to love, and the reverse having someone to love you, brings meaning, joy, peace and contentment to your life.

So how have you been spending your days? What are you looking forward to? And who can you show your appreciation to to let them know they are loved and valued?

Take good care of yourselves & remember to take some time to

“Embrace Life with the Power of Nature”

Lots of love,

Bushflowergirl xox

Love is all around us…
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Stay Calm & Smell the Flowers

The past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for many. It is important in times of upheaval to keep yourselves safe and allow yourself some time to reconnect with your Inner Wise Self…Please find a copy of the Bushflowergirl Fellowship e-Newsletter which I hope will arm you with some strategies but also instil some peace and calm to carry you throughout these unchartered waters.

Stay safe and remember to take time to recharge in Nature

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Out and About August 2019

Spring bush flowers are out and looking radiant! All photos are my own, some flowers are my first flowers in my new garden, others are from walks in the neighbourhood and some are from the Noosa National Park… Enjoy!

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21 ways to fall in love with Nature over and over again…

Being out in Nature is my most favourite place to be. It soothes me and makes me feel so connected to the source energy of Mother Earth. She is so awesome and can stop you in your tracks and suck your breathe away with her wondrous beauty or be so immensely challenging to the point that you question your own existence. But the best part is that whether you choose to do it on your own or with someone special the energy you will feel after spending time with her will have a lasting effect on your happiness; your mental, emotional & spiritual wellbeing…

How many of these ideas have you tried or do on a regular basis?

  1. Watch the Sun come up
  2. Swim in the Ocean
  3. Walk barefoot on the grass
  4. Listen to the whispers of the trees
  5. Talk to the Animals
  6. Take some art supplies outside & get creative
  7. Lie on a blanket under the stars
  8. Grow some herbs or tend to your garden
  9. Go camping with a bunch of friends
  10. Find a waterfall & swim in it
  11. Discover a secret garden, maze or labyrinth
  12. Book a holiday somewhere Wild
  13. Pack a picnic and head outdoors
  14. Watch the Moon rise and make a Wish
  15. Climb to the top of the highest mountain
  16. Take time to smell the flowers
  17. Keep a Nature Journal
  18. Give back to Nature eg volunteer, sign a petition, make a donation
  19. Share what you love about Nature with someone else
  20. Pick some flowers to bring Nature indoors
  21. Be curious Explore Dream Remember Connect with the Earth…

Connecting with Nature can have a powerful long-lasting effect on your wellbeing. What is your favourite way to connect? I’d love to hear in the comments below…

Love Bushflowergirl xox

“Embrace Life with the Power of Nature”

Bushflowergirl xox

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