When interviewed by Good Morning America (March 2018) about "A Wrinkle In Time", and asked about advice for young girls, Oprah Winfrey described being true to yourself as the “highest honor on Earth” 

“The highest honor on Earth that you will ever have is the honor of being yourself,” she said. "Your only job in the world, people think your job is to get up and go and raise money and take care of your families and stuff, that’s an obligation that you have but your only true job as a human being is to discover why you came, why you are here.”

I listened to her wise words and found myself nodding in wholehearted agreement, although I humbly suggest these words apply not only to young girls, but to each of us on this planet.

Another of Oprah's pearls of wisdom also resonated strongly with me, for two reasons in particular. The last few months I've been called to go within, to find that calm place inside, and to be. I have honoured my inner voice to the best of my abilities, and have trusted that I am right where I am meant to be, but it's been challenging as I'm still part of this world and have duties and obligations.  Don't we all?  I don't have the luxury right now of hibernating in a cave, or journeying on a spiritual pilgrimage, so I've made the best of it, going within as often as I am able.

Then, in the middle of my "quiet time", I ventured out to see a screening of the movie PGS - Personal Guidance System, a documentary by Bill Bennett.  Early one morning Bill listened to "a voice" and acted, which saved his life, although the voice made no sense to him at all.  He says "Making this movie changed my life.  Watching it could change yours."  For me, this movie came at the perfect time, as it reinforced that I was exactly where I was meant to be, no matter how uncomfortable it has been of late.

“Every one of us has an internal guidance, a GPS, an intuition, a heart print, a heart song that peaks to us,” she said. “Your only job is to be able to listen and discern when it’s speaking versus your head and your personality speaking, and if you follow that you will be led to the highest good for you, always.” Oprah Winfrey. 

May you follow your intuition, no matter how inconvenient, how uncomfortable, how weird. Honour that little voice inside. Honour your truth by following your truth.  And if you're not sure, be still.  Sit quietly. And wait. One day you'll see the light at the end of your tunnel, and you'll know that everything is as it is meant to be.


I always follow my intuition.  I have found that it is vital to my well being.  Historically, I have learnt the hard way by not following my intuition and my instincts, and so, they are an important guiding forces in my life.

This does not always make for a convenient life.  Following my inner voice often sends me down paths that are not understood by those around me, but I've learnt to accept my path, my truth, and that it is OK to be different.  In fact, I cannot be any other way in this world and be happy, or at peace.  Each of us are ultimately answerable only to ourselves. 

So if I drop out for a while, if I don't return phone calls or messages for a bit, if you don't hear from me, I'm usually spending time within, re calibrating, discovering, learning, finding clarity, following my intuition, instincts and imagination, venturing down the rabbit hole, or perhaps to the lands at the top of the Faraway Tree.  But don't worry, I'll be back in a bit.  I have much to do here.  When the clouds have parted and I feel part of this world again, I'll again integrate back into the flow of Planet Earth, hopefully with a new understanding of self, feeling renewed and refreshed, with new eyes.

Five Smiley Sunflowers

It's an interesting thing. We often have lots of sunflowers in our garden, even out of season.  I love growing them as they bring me great joy and become home to lots of creatures, including lots of lovely ladybirds. However I'm a little puzzled by these five majestic sunflowers, all facing the same direction, looking over a side fence. No matter the time of day, or position of the sun, this lot keep peering over towards one of our neighbours. Perhaps our neighbours need some positive energy? Perhaps they need a smile? No matter, I'll just appreciate our sunflowers from this view, and hope that our neighbour appreciates them as much as I do.

Recycling :: Cameras & Equipment

I've been wondering, as I do, what to do with old, outdated or damaged cameras?
We have a small pocket camera that was covered in the red dust of Central Australia, damaging the lens mechanism.  After a chat with someone at our local camera store, it seems that it's going to be rather costly to repair this camera.  Even if we had it cleaned and the lens drive replaced, there was a possibility of moisture in the camera and future problems.  In other words, not worth fixing.

I'm not comfortable with just throwing things in the bin and ending up in landfill.  In our home, before anything goes into the bin we ask ourselves a few quick questions.  Can it be re homed? Can it be re purposed?  Can it be recycled? Can it be composted? If no to all of the above, then unfortunately the bin it is. Before I tossed this broken camera in the bin, I took a few moments to see if perhaps it could be recycled, and viola! I found a few options, Camera Recycle ProjectCamera Recycle Program, or the ever informative, Recycling Near You.  Each is slightly different, your choice will probably be dependent upon whether your camera is old, or damaged.  Happily, our old camera will soon be sent for recycling, rather than contributing more to landfill. 

My Characters, My Dear Friends


Here are a few of my characters, many have been with me most of my life. The most well known of all my creations is Karma The Wish Fish. Karma believes in sunshine, rainbows and happy endings and strives to create peace and well being. An abundance of smiley sea creatures join Karma in his quest…. with lots of support from those who live up above our seas.

Somewhere Only We Know

I have watched this audition by St Patrick's Junior Choir on Britain's Got Talent 2017 countless times. I find this performance so beautiful, so moving. And afterwards, the emotion, the joy, the smiles. I love this performance more than I can possibly find words to describe it. What brings you joy? What lifts your spirits? What makes your heart sing?

Duck Palace :: Adventures






Who knew there were Duck Experiences? Many years ago whilst visiting Singapore I ventured aboard “Darcy” with our most terrific guide, Nel. We enjoyed the sights and sounds of Singapore from land and water, as well as enjoying a race with another Duck.  It's certainly a different way to see this vibrant city. Windsor in the UK has Duck Adventures too, which we discovered on a brief visit to this and I lovely town. As we cruised on the River Thames not far from Windsor Castle I did wonder if Queen Elizabeth II might have been peeking out of a window, giggling at our antics?