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July 7, 2017

World Travels: I’ve Been Seeing and Being Seen

I’ve recently returned from a six week trip abroad to the northern hemisphere, traveling to San Francisco, Florida, Europe and then tracing the steps back again.   Leaving hubby Bruce and four-legged Nina behind to navigate the beginnings of New Zealand winter, I set out solo for my family-of-origin focused […]
May 5, 2017

Family Visit + Harvest Season = Family Woofers

My sister Joy, her husband David, and their two children Sienna (7) and Haylie (4) recently finished a two-week visit with us here at the ol’ Birdsong Retreat & Sanctuary.   And while I think they were able to have a retreat and rest, their arrival during harvest season meant there […]
February 28, 2017

The Joy of Summer: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Here down in the southern hemisphere, we are in the last days of summer.   Three months of this season has passed far too quickly and many are lamenting that it hasn’t been a normal one.   Indeed, all the country over, there have been many ups and downs with the weather […]
August 19, 2016

Pilgrimage to the Sun: European travels, June/July 2016

47 days:  ten planes, several trains, four countries, countless churches, two workshops, several sacred sites, one crop circle, and many blessed friends new and old,  we’ve just been on a whirlwind trip to Europe, commencing with the summer solstice and riding the wave into sun-drenched long days and warmish nights. […]
April 17, 2016

Three Weeks with Paulo: Burnsong, Bushwhacking, and Breakdancing

I’ve held intention that my life in 2016 be filled with more FUN and so far it seems to be working.  There’s been no lack of entertaining activities this year and the last few weeks brought fun to the foreground when our U.S. friend Paulo Wellman decided to come for […]
March 12, 2016

Birdsong Summer: January & February 2016

A week into March and Mother Nature is right on schedule.  The weather pattern is changing signifying autumn is on its way.   We are at the tail end of summer and everyone I speak to wonders where the time has gone.   “It can’t be over,” “We’ve only just got started,” […]
February 27, 2016

Wainui Spring & Summer, September – December 2015

My winter 2015 blogpost talked about the deliciously slow passage of time where I delighted in  the short days and long nights.   But how the opposite holds true for spring and summer!    As I sit here cataloguing my photos from the last several months, I barely remember all that has […]
November 13, 2015

Team Tree Felling – September Woofer Cohort

A big shout goes to September’s woofer cohort who did an incredible job helping us during our big tree felling operation of 2015. About two years ago, after a big wind and rain storm toppled and snapped a lot of our trees,  we suddenly realized that owning a ten acre […]
October 29, 2015

Thank you USA – San Francisco & Portland Oct 2015

I’m recently back from a three-week whirlwind trip to the States where I spent time with my sister, nieces, and mom and as many friends as I could pack in.   A side trip to Portland also allowed me to catch up with nearly a dozen pals as well. I stepped off […]