Tuesday, October 6, 2015

flora and fauna in Fiji

A big part of any journey is investigating the land and it's inhabitants. Fiji was no exception. When we first arrived there were these huge amazing birds just sitting hovering, completely still, on a thermal. They were there for so long I thought they were kites. That got a good laugh. 
Part of the magic of being in the tropics is the lush green and the vibrant flora and fauna. On land and under the sea. An underwater camera would have been so fun! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

woodworking fijian style

Jed is into his woodworking. His toolboxes are legendary. For awhile he would disappear into a neighbours workshop and the two of them would research and design different swords. When they started hanging out I had visions of him bringing home furniture and boxes he'd made. Silly me. 
He did make some cool boxes once they'd knocked off a bit of weaponry. I have one he made on my work desk in pride of place. I know - if anyone had of peered into my future and told me that my home had an armoury at the front door years ago I would have been shocked. To say the least. Parenting aye? A surefire way to ensure you stay on your toes!

In Fiji we saw this woodworking guy at work. He was using a tool he'd made himself. The blade was held on by wire wrappings and there was no vice in sight. He was working super fast and that sharp blade came down millimetres from his hand. It was such precision work. It was like watching a symphony, he was incredible. This was his income and his joy. We talked a lot about how many skills are being lost or only accessible to 'experts' these days. We also talked at length about the joy we both find in making. Jed has been carving initials into pieces of wood lately and gives them as gifts. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015


We are just back from Fiji. I didn't work the whole time I was away and was totally off line. No screens! And nope, I didn't even get twitchy. I read three books and we swam a lot. It was such a treat to just hang out. We played a lot of skim ball (those Wadoba ones are so fun), laughed a lot and loved discovering the local wildlife. It's been 7 years since I was last in Fiji. So many changes. I was sad not to see some friends (hi Buna and Kay!) and happy to see some others. I was grateful to have that insider knowledge and local connections - Fiji can be so touristy in places - it is nice to have the groundedness of knowing locals too. Such a beautiful place and peoples. It's a special place, Fiji.

We took a boat out to an island off the mainland for the second half of the trip. Jed has been snorkelling for years in our local streams and finally got to snorkel around a tropical reef. I will never forget the look on his face after his first dive. Beautiful. Another world opening. The colours! And on his last snorkel he suddenly swam super fast into shore. He'd spotted a huge leopard eel going back into a crevice. Unforgettable.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

passing on the good stuff

A friend was moving house. Her kids had houses of their own and her son's precious stone and geological collection needed a new home. She is a dear person this friend. Jed already has a handsome treasure box full of healing stones. She really thought hard about who would appreciate each item that needed a new home. Jed got the call to come and pick up some special things. This collection. It took us several trips to get it all into my car. It came complete with ring binders of information and comes out on a regular basis. Every time it makes an appearance a different aspect of learning happens. It is quite magical to watch unfold. 

We love to pass on the things that we have loved too. Clothing I made or that Jed wore for years and was now too small. I always ask Jed who he'd like to give them too There is something special about bequeathing something you have loved. If it's clothing, we get to see it again and again, new memories being woven in and around the old memories. There is enough stuff in the world, it's all about how we move it around. 

Mending night was held in the local hall last week. (Drinks may have been imbibed while we worked.) A few learned new skills: how to mend a broken zip or use the sewing machine to patch a ripped knee. Cake was eaten and a good time was had. Somehow the mending wasn't getting done at home but doing it together made it fun. Plans are underway for the next one already. Those old favourite clothes now have a new lease of life.

Friday, September 25, 2015

the humble oatcake

Oh my. Now, the first thing to say here is that this is not a sponsored post. These delicious little numbers arrived on my doorstep courtesy of a good friend who worked for the company. She loved them and thought I would too. She was right. Friends, if you haven't met the humble oatcake, you need to. Made by good people, who hire good people - all of whom are passionate about good organic food. 

Certified organic too. The humble oatcake has to be the most delectable I have tasted. My favourite way to have them was with homemade jam and teeny slice of mature cheddar on the top. So. Good.
I like to share the good things made by good people to YOU. You're welcome!