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This season we seem to be having larger numbers than usual of mosquitoes, due no doubt to the wet winter and spring we’ve come through. At my place that means using my doTERRA oils that keep them away from me, or if I do get bitten it takes the itch out and I believe possibly neutralises the toxins they may or may not have. The point is that I take action on what’s best for myself and my body. The power of personal choice cannot be overemphasised.

I heard very disturbing news yesterday. The large regional towns just down the river from us have ‘received funding to spray for mosquitoes’. This to me is horrifying. It often scares me how much power the big chemical companies, such as Monsanto, have. Now our governments are spending money paying said companies to provide widespread formulas to poison entire districts.

I know this happens already in Thailand and Bali – mainly due to the Tourists not coming if there’s too many mosquitoes, although the excuse is because of Denghe Fever, and recently I also found out they’re doing it on our Gold Coast. We’re in pristine country, the Murray River food bowl area. What happens to organic producers in these areas when governments think it’s ok to poison everything?

What about the eco-system? It’s such a fragile thing.  Do scientists really believe they totally understand how it works? I don’t use sprays around my house. I have spiders, I have frogs, I have small birds. I watched a frog eat a mosquito this morning. I have more spiderwebs than usual at the moment because they’re catering to the large numbers of mosquitoes. The little fairy wrens love all insects. I’m sure they’ve cut my mosquito population down.

Our society as whole has to get over this fixation on destruction of anything that annoys us. Build up the immunity of communities to withstand the viruses carried by a very small population of mosquitoes. Use essential oils to help combat those viruses. Look for other answers. Don’t immediately move to bomb the @#$@ out of everything. I don’t want poison on myself or my food, total genocide of any population is not acceptable, it just highlights our ignorance.



Musings on what seems simple to some

My life has been very full lately, but it’s great to have so many choices in life about how to spend my time! Family, farm, b&b, business, friends…


Today though it was my passion for the past couple of years of using and promoting doTERRA Essential Oils, when new exciting products were added to the range….and it got me thinking….


I remember one of my sons as a teenager asking me about the cost of buying a house versus renting one. This was at a time when many of his peers were moving away for apprenticeships or work or study purposes and often would rent a house together and all put in equal money to pay the rent and running costs.

It didn’t take much for him to say ‘so if I buy a house, then get 3 of my friends to share it and pay me rent I’d have enough to pay off my house and not be paying anymore than I would if I was sharing somebody else’s house?’ Yes. Correct.

His answer to that was ‘but then why doesn’t everybody do that?’

It’s a good question. It’s the same question I remember asking the first time I came across Network Marketing 30 years ago. I buy products that I use, I tell friends about them, they join and buy products, I get commissions, and numbers-wise it builds a passive income.

I’ve looked into various companies over the years, that sell via network marketing and they all have drawbacks, the sort that has given the industry a bad name over the last few decades. Not product focused, pressure to sell, expensive memberships, exclusive territories, company ‘American’ hype…but I’ve still liked the theory, because when I like a product I always tell my friends and family about it, and why should all the profits of products go to the advertising industry?

Then along came doTERRA. A company founded in 2008 whose early mission included wanting to change the culture of network marketing to something ethical. A complete product based business – sourced worldwide from over 40 countries, with no need to sell retail, no geographical boundaries, an incredibly generous commission structure, the possibility of fast rank advancement AND that is also an ethical company, with sustainably sourced products THAT WORK!


So I’m back to the question: ‘Why doesn’t everybody join and use these products?’ I guess it’s the same answer I gave my son years ago,

‘because not everybody can see an opportunity nor have the commitment to do it’.

I didn’t mean for this post to be a promotion for my business, but if you’re looking for any of these things then this is the best business I’ve come across that ticks all the boxes:

  1. A way to supplement your family income by using superior natural products within your normal household budget;
  2. A business to replace full time family income;
  3. A way to get debt-free;
  4. Natural products that produce amazing results very quickly;

If you’ve got leadership, organisational, and people skills, then I’ve got a vacancy for you in my team! You’ll get support and mentoring from me 24/7….and if you just want to use great products and get them at wholesale prices then I’ve also got room in my team for you, and you also get 24/7 support 🙂


P.S. Did I mention these oils are also amazing for flavouring my homemade raw organic chocolates?

A dull topic on a beautiful day

Life has been extra busy lately and I’ve been missing writing. Today’s spiel is a reaction to some things that happened this week in a friend’s family and so I just thought I’d share my thoughts about that label of ‘Depression’. That insidious dark state of being that we oftentimes keep hidden from those close to us – or alternatively we dump it all over them. I’ve been there, from the inside and from the outside and I’ve found some wonderful tools to help escape it.

So here’s my list for when you’re in that black thickness in your head and you feel like you’re drowning and you can’t see the sense in continuing with this life….or your head feels like it’s bursting at the seams with the pressure of keeping your pain and thoughts inside. I have no medical or otherwise qualifications and my advice is purely my own thoughts, what you do with it is your decision.

  1. Choose to change – you will mess up your family and friends if you decide to quit life for good, even if you think they’re better off without you, or that they don’t care.
  2. Quit sugar – totally
  3. Start a bathroom routine:
    1. Look at yourself in the mirror, directly into your own eyes, and make yourself smile;
    2. Laugh 3 times: hee hee hee, ha ha ha, ho ho ho – or more if you find this ridiculousy silly;
    3. Dance your way through your routine – moving even a little bit out of the ordinary, a jiggle of your bum, or a wave of your arms;
  4. Put on some pure essential oils and take 3 deep breaths of them – I use doTERRA because they’re awesome and effective. Maybe Elevation, Frankincense, or Wild Orange – or all 3!
  5. Tell yourself that today you CHOOSE JOY, you choose to be happy just for today.

If you want help, tell somebody that you trust, maybe they’ll just check in to see if you’ve done your 5 steps today.

If you’d like to try the doTERRA oils contact me – wherever you are in the world I can get them to you.

If you want to learn to dance to heal go to nianow.com and find a Nia class somewhere – no experience or coordination needed!

I also had a wonderful Historical Society trip to one of the older homesteads in the district, my children’s great great grandmother was born there. I love all the stonework, not to mention the gorgeous setting, although it’s a pity the new owners removed all the trees and gardens around the house.

The Mains c1878
The Mains c1878
possible burial site of baby
possible burial site of baby
Coolroom at The Mains
Coolroom at The Mains

Definitely (and Defiantly) Loved

Life has been busy here, many guests staying over the past few months, and farm and family and work all ensuring my days are never empty! I’m very lucky and I am grateful for it every day.

Spring is now officially here and new growth and new life is abundant 🙂 There’s much to be done on a farm and in the garden, and additionally we now have poddy calves to rear. These are all choices of how to spend my time, and I love to have been able to make those choices.

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I rise most days at 4.30am and deliver newspapers for a couple of hours. I often get to see the incredibly magnificent night skies of the Milky Way, the Southern Cross, and many other constellations, and then the most spectacular sunrises.  I truly am blessed.

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I don’t think of myself as a ‘hippie’ a ‘greenie’ a ‘weirdo’ or any other label people tend to put on others, and some probably do apply them to me. For those who don’t know me well though I do try and follow a mixture of a Paleo and Raw Food way of eating; I love Qi Gong and Nia Dance for my exercise; I’m a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils; I clean my house with Ha-Ra products (and no chemicals!); and I love using my Thermomix and food dehydrator to create meals and snacks to not just sustain me but for the pure enjoyment of taste sensations and the creative process.

I also love my oracle and tarot cards and enjoy doing readings for friends and family;  using healing energy to help people; and I like to be aware of the messages the universe may be sending me at any time – particularly via animals and other life forms.

I have also loved having guests stay at my place and have met some truly wonderful people who I would happily count as friends. The last couple of weeks however has thrown up some issues that I’m now addressing.

Firstly my local council has decided to hound me over official registration – which I had been told I didn’t require – but now apparently I do if I serve eggs at all….the same class of registration as a restaurant needs. Now I don’t object so much to the fee – after all it has to pay for the ridiculous top heavy bureaucratic system we have developed. I do object to the amount of paperwork involved and I’m questioning whether I want to spend hours of my precious time on a task that I believe is a ridiculous waste of my time. OK, so stop serving eggs? Maybe….but then I find that only means a slightly different class of permit if I’m still serving cut up fresh fruit….still regular logging of fridge temperature etc…oh, and the fee. I love creating breakfasts for my guests but the only way I can avoid it is to buy it all in already packaged….and not needing refrigeration. I was going to put my prices up for my accommodation, now I’m thinking I’ll leave the cost as it is and maybe just make breakfast a free option. If I’m not charging, but just sharing my food with friends, maybe that’s a loophole? Watch this space for the verdict.

This is the ‘old’ menu:

breakfast menu

The second issue which arose was feedback by one of my recent guests. A lovely couple whose only fault from my perspective was arriving over an hour earlier than check in time while I was still trying to clean and organise the rooms after guests that left earlier that day. The feedback they wrote on airbnb however upset me more than it should and I stewed over it for days because the use of the words ‘unloved’ was completely unfair in my opinion. Her feedback was that first impressions count, and she did say how much they enjoyed their stay in every other way but that the first impression from the outside was that it was ‘unloved, untidy and with cobwebs’.  Untidy and with cobwebs I can live with. I don’t use chemicals and try to keep a natural balance with the natural ecological system. The spiders keep the mosquito population down, the frogs love the spiders, the birds love the spiders and the frogs….etc etc…and I have heaps of bird and insect life in my garden. Another aspect of my life that I love.

I also live on a farm, on a dirt road. I’m pretty sure I have better things to do with my time than spend it all trying to keep ALL the dust away from the outside of my home, although I do brush the old cobwebs off regularly. The ‘untidy’ part is possibly the ‘weeds’ in the garden – feed for the wild bird population, the dog beds, and the lineup of shoes because we try to limit the amount of dirt in the house by taking our shoes off outside. The inside is different, that I do make sure is clean and tidy in the guest and living areas.

This is the front of my home the week that the review was written, you can judge it, or you can just accept it as is, I LOVE it:


Rant over…decision to do less B&B and more doTERRA oils….and maybe more blogs….I like writing.