Humility Fuchsia

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After completing work in this community, we made a brief detour into Palm Valley for lunch. This was my favourite thrill-a-minute four-wheel drive road. Not only was it an adrenaline rush because it was so challenging, the landscape was stunning and ever-changing. We didn’t have time to walk deeper into the valley, but the road itself and the flowers along the way more than compensated. After being forced to drive past many fuchsias on the roads north of Alice Springs due to time constraints, I became a little obsessed with fuchsias for the rest of the trip.

I found myself searching for a black and white fuchsia that I kept seeing in my mind. I couldn’t work out what it was and why it seemed important. Perhaps it was one Grandma had shown me as a child. Fuchsia was one of my grandmother’s favourite flowers and my grandparents had loved visiting Palm Valley, so it felt special to find my first fuchsia here. Continue reading

Crowd-funding Campaign for Publishing

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I shared the first small print run of Wildflower Spirit Journey with my family and my students. Now, I’d like to do a larger print run of about 100 books so that I can share this book with my clients and blog readers, so I’ve started a crowd-funding campaign!

I need to raise $3,000 to print both the books and the accompanying card sets I’ve created. The initial prototypes have been very popular with my students in particular, who love being able to shuffle and select a card at random, while asking which flower spirit might be able to support them with healing, and then referring to the book for more information.

This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in spirituality, nature, flower essences, flower photography, family history, remote Australia and/or healing.

Some of the most important themes explored in the book are:

*Reframing our childhood wounds in a more positive light

*Keeping the wisdom of our loved ones alive in our hearts and minds after they pass

*Healing our relationship with loved ones who have passed

*The importance of being ourselves, even in the face of disapproval from others

*Finding ourselves by understanding and embracing family history

*Calling on flower spirits the way we call on angels (flower essences aren’t the only way!)

*Using imagination and intent to connect with the spirit of nature

If you would like to learn more about the crowd-funding campaign, please click HERE.

Book update

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was hoping to have my book Wildflower Spirit Journey through central Australia ready for publication earlier this year but the company I was working with produced a truly uninspiring end product that was going to be very expensive for the end user. The paper they were using for their colour books was extremely poor quality and they could offer me no better option. After meetings with my editor and conferring with family members, we all agreed: I couldn’t go ahead with this company. I was going to have to start again.

For a few months I researched and contemplated my options. The answer came from an unexpected quarter: Blurb. Blurb rescued me years ago after another publishing saga gone wrong and I have always been impressed by their standard of service and the high quality of product they are able to produce for a very reasonable price. Blurb has just created some new product lines and services that have turned out to be perfect for my first flower book project. We have had the odd challenge to troubleshoot here but the teamwork has been fantastic.

The book has been millimetres away from being ready to release for months now but I have been distracted by overseas travel and perhaps just a smidgeon of procrastination. I am certain I could edit this book another hundred times and still find things that need fixing or changing. So I am hereby making a solemn promise to only do one more edit and to get it done in time for christmas. My family and friends have been waiting so patiently….

To honour this promise I will have to prise myself away from other writing projects and resist the temptation to dive head first back into the first draft of Wildflower Spirit Journey through Kakadu. I left the narrative halfway through day through day three of the bush walk, just before we headed down onto the side of the escarpment. I’ve been binge-writing this draft, immersing myself completely in writing for days and weeks at a time before emerging to rest for a few months. The memories are still fresh, a little too fresh at times, and there is a limit to how long I can hang out in Kakadu, even on paper. Powerful country.

Last night I caught up with the women who shared that journey with me and not for the first time, we talked about going back. We have unfinished business there, but so far my attempts to return have been thwarted. If Kakadu lets me back in, it will happen when and how Kakadu wants it to happen, not according to my agenda. In the meantime, I have been climbing other mountains, in Belfast and Austria, and tested a suspicion: Was it possible that the Kakadu adventure cured my fear of heights? So I jumped off a mountain in the Austrian Alps; a blissful tandem paraglide over an incredible landscape of snowcapped peaks and grassy slopes. Verdict? Jumping off mountains isn’t scary, it’s fun!