A Fun Family Day

Yesterday our little family decided to take a train to the Gong and check out the Toy Brick Fair.

This adventure really had everything going for it and could be classified as a win win as our son loves a train ride, Lego and Starwars.



There was a designated spot to make your own creation……Zach didn’t make anything but guess who did?

It seemed like our young fella was getting over stimulated by the sounds, people and lots of Lego and over at the door way he saw a fern tree and decided  that’s where he wanted to be.

After our little city adventure we decided to go where there are loads of tree ferns, Macquarie Pass National Park.

I’m really loving Zach’s new plant obsession……taking him to that Community garden had really paid off.

In the world of Starwars (which I love) it is so nice to see my son have another interest that adds calm to your life. I think bush walking needs to be a priority in our lives and me must encourage this new keen interest.


Weekly Photo challenge: Circle

Seating circle

circles with plants growing in them

pumpkin leaves….a special kind of circle


circles to make one look cool

celebration with a circle


2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Luke Skywalker is Still My Favourite

With all the recent hooha about Star wars I’ve been pondering on how, or if perceptions change from being a child to being  an adult.

When Star Wars first came out I was a kid and I was in awe of it. My favourite scene was when our favourite characters got trapped in the garbage shoot and at the last-minute R2D2 saves them. Go you handy little droid.

My favourite character was Luke Skywalker and I had a big childhood crush on him that lasted throughout the whole star wars trilogy. The crush never faulted.

As I was just a child when this trilogy came out that meant supervision from mum was required. I do know that a lots of mum’s took their kids to see the trilogy. Do you want to know how I know this? I know this because, every time I made mention of my Luke Skywalker crush all the old ladies (I thought that was old back then) including my mum, would say “oh no, Han Solo is the best”

All the mum’s had the hots for Han Solo and whenever I would put forward my Luke preference it was always knocked down.

So lets now stop talking about the archival past and scroll forward to now!!!

My son about a year ago discovered star wars on his own and it became his new obsession. A funny thing happened with that new keen interest; the nostalgia awakened and before anyone could rescue me I discovered I was a full-blown Star wars fan myself.

Now that I’ve got all that bit out-of-the-way lets talk about perceptions as a child to adulthood.

I often wondered if I was a mum when Star wars came out would I be overlooking the lovely Mark Hamill to be perving on the Sexy Harrison Ford? Sure, I get it Harrison is sexy, good-looking and has that cool swagger.  Mark came across very childlike and perhaps a bit bratty especially with that line ”

I Was Going to Toshi Station to Pick Up Some Power Converters

I guess that would turn mum’s off a bit and then you put that next to Han…..okay fair point mums.

Recently I re watched all the starwars films to get myself ready for the new Force Awakens and after all of it I can tell you for certain, Luke Skywalker is still my favourite.

In the New Hope it did seem as though there was a bit of over acting coming from Mark but by the time The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi came out there was more stillness in him yet he conveyed so much.

The reasons why I loved Luke when I was young are still the same as an adult,  nothing has changed. I loved his sincerity for good, his open expression that verges on near goofiness, the fact he was a Jedi, he matured and didn’t turn to the dark side. For some reason this appeals to me.

I also have decided that I like Mark Hamill and he’s hilarious. When he talks I am captivated. In an interview that I saw him do he was expressive, a little bit camp and funny. Those are the things that I like in a person and therefore I was right about my early childhood crush on Luke.

My conclusion of perception from child to adult is, that some things about us never change. The child likeness in Mark that I had picked up on then is something that I still value today. I look at this like a mirror and encourage myself to be inspired by it.

Tamar, You are a good judge of character……May the force be with you






A Shift With My Journalling

I started to journal regularly at café’s shortly after my mum passed away and when I did I started with a cheap soft cover lined journal. When I had completed that one, I decided to spend a bit more money and honour what I was writing and found my first Pepper Pot journal.

It’s been five pretty and committed years of scribing my thoughts as I have sipped coffee in satisfying contentment.

I was getting to the end of my current journal and this is when  the hunt begins for a new Pepper Pot however, this year was difficult and none of the regular haunts stocked them any more, like none!! I searched for a good two months and even went searching while I was in Perth just recently.


This is when I really started to talk to God about my journal conundrum and my discussion with God has led me in a whole new journalling direction.

I bought myself a visual diary and lets just say that I’m glad I listened to God when he spoke “It’s a new day”

So armed with my new journal style I went to a cafe and came up with this

I really enjoy this new style and feel released and free. I have also noticed that something powerful is happening as I am doing this. It feels as though I have connected with God in a way that is beyond myself and that when I am drawing, I am praying.

I have also experienced some powerful unexpected moments like the time I met a lovely family from Saudi Arabia. The little boy drew a picture of me which I will treasure forever.

I have also noticed that by drawing it is helping me get my ideas for preaching or teaching and my brain is getting into some kind of order.

This is some of my notes for a sermon that I am working on

This is the start of my lesson plan for teaching about Permaculture

It’s like the flood gates have opened and I’m feeling refreshed at this shift in my journalling. It’s like paddling in a canoe with the current on my side and all of creation is cheering me on. It’s a joy, it’s powerful, It’s love.


My Getaway 2015

Another year and another getaway at the same place  This time I got to meet the owner and she is lovely. Going back to the same place feels like I’m building a relationship with the place, house, owner and myself. It’s a special thing and even though some things are the same, many things are different.

On my first day I went and sat on black beach again and did some nature art

And the really cool thing was that the next day when I went to the Kiama Farmers Markets, my art was still there

When I went back to the house I explored the backyard as I normally would do and I found a new addition to the place.


Every time I come here the backyard becomes more magical with every stay

The next day was my big event: walking the coastal walk from Gerringong to Kiama 

I am crazy. I caught the train to Gerringong, had an egg and bacon roll from the bakery then rocked down to the Werri Lagoon. Who knew that Werri beach was soooo looooong. Anyway I made it and as soon as I was on the trail I felt immediate  peace.

What an amazing walk. My favourite part is the section between Werri Lagoon and Loves Bay where all you can see is blue sky, blue ocean, green hills and the occasional cow. It’s so dominate that it feeds your soul and does something to nourish it in a way you can’t imagine.

When I got to Loves Bay I was then walking along side civilisation and although it’s still spectacular it holds a different atmosphere. Finally I arrived at The Little Blow hole and to my absolute bitter disappointment the cafe that is close by was  closed……aaaarrrrrhhhhh

I had to regroup my thoughts because if you are familiar with Kiama you would know in order for me to get into town I would have to walk up and down a few hills. To regroup I sat on a bench under a tree that overlooks Kendalls beach and gave myself a talking to. “Listen here Tamar, just walk down that path that goes to Kendalls beach caravan park then take that short cut that leads to the other caravan park on top of the hill and then you will see Surf beach and there a coffee shall await you”…….Amen!

So that I did.

When I arrived at The Karari Bar on Surf Beach I was met with a lovely welcome from the owner. I told her that I had just walked from Gerringong and immediately she was offering me a seat and a class of water. Great hospitality and of course, coffee.

That afternoon when I got back to my accommodation I was wreaked but it was a good wreaked, it’s the wreaked that you never regret because you’ve achieved an amazing feat and fulfilled a long term goal.

This is me wreaked in the park

I slept well that night and woke the next morning and said goodbye to yet another getaway feeling refreshed, accomplished and ready to face the world.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

I grew up by this river  and I often dream about it

This space, The Barrack Heights Community Garden. I am forever taking pictures every time I go there.

The Lake is always inspirational

And I can’t stop taking pictures of my garden and chooks

And of course, these two.