Whanau

Whanau

In la. Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in life who want you in theirs. Who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and love you no matter what. 

BROTHER. Stand in my corner. Play pirates. Wrestle with me. Sometimes let me win. Be my superhero. Build a fort. Believe in my dreams. Keep secrets for each other. Go on adventures. Get you back on your feet. Partner in crime. Share your toys. Be my best friend.

I smile because you’re my brother.

And I laugh because there us nothing you can do about it. ??

Amazing camping in Victoria and Tasmania – otherwise known as GLAMPING

Amazing camping in Victoria and Tasmania – otherwise known as GLAMPING

The places these photos are from is Cumberland River Camping grounds, White Beach in Tasmania (just around the corner from Port Arthur) and Riverview camping grounds in Ocean Grove!  I can’t wait to keep checking out more places!

When I say camping I really do mean Glamping.  I’m not going on a 10k hike into the hills carrying everything I need to survive.  I mean taking everything to make the trip as comfortable as possible- the champagne, the feather duvet, lights and lanterns, incense to “enhance the romance” and the kitchen sink.. almost literally.  Running water, flushing toilets and hot showers!

Camping or Glamping you just can’t put a price on waking up to the morning chill or going to bed under the stars and saying goodnight to the moon!

Off the grid

Off the grid

What does OFF THE GRID MEAN?

Thinking about my upcoming trip to America to Burning Man (OMG I STILL NEED FLIGHTS) I have been looking at some amazing pictures of Off the Grid homes.  Check out the photos on my photo blog: http://onlypinkthings.tumblr.com/  They’re beautiful and more and more I am craving the bush, camping, water in lakes and rivers.  Which is ironic considering Burning Man is a desert. In a dried up lake bed.  However it is self sustainable, and eco-friendly… for the week that the city exists…
I’m looking forward to a week offline, disconnected and blissfully out of touch with reality.


Living off-grid, or off-the-grid (OTG) means living in a home that operates without using municipal water, gas, power, sewage, or other publicly supplied utilities. Instead, off-grid homes use renewable forms of energy such as solar, wind, and geothermal technologies. A number are heated via wood stoves. Many also use a number of inventive water capturing and repurposing systems, such as rain barrel water collection, grey water systems, composting toilets, energy-efficient appliances, energy-efficient lighting, non-electric/hand-powered appliances, and passive heating/cooling systems (which involves the use of methods such as layering clothing for warmth during cooler months and closing window blinds to keep out heat during warmer months).

Our modern world has jaded the population into believing we need certain things in order to survive. The internet, for one. A cell phone. A car. But what if I told you a person could have all of these things, and still live off the grid?

Nick Rosen, author of Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America, says: “You can’t get off all of the grids all the time. It’s a question of which grids you choose to get off of and in what way and for how long. [But] going off the grid is not a game. It’s real life and a real choice for real people.”

“The era of 40 acres and a mule has been replaced by the era of a half an acre and a laptop and a solar panel.”

If you’re interested in learning more about off-grid housing, Off-grid andLiving Off Grid offer storehouses of information on the subject.
Unplugging: reconnect with Nature

Unplugging: reconnect with Nature

Amazing views from the top of the hills, all over the bay.  What you can’t see is all the tiny yachts and sail boats. The seagulls soaring around over head. And the smell of the ocean.
This is how you do camping, yes otherwise known as Glamping. It’s practically luxury.. Luxury wrapped in 4 walls of canvas. The sand, sea smells, moonlit walks on the beach at 1am.

Bacon and eggs cooked under the trees, delicious hot and sweetly smelling mixed with the scent of pine cones and damp earth.  Followed by a cheeky magpie looking for food tit bits.
Wineries you know will be good, when you drive up and smell sweet fermented grapes.  Walk in past barrels of Pino Gris… I tasted, appreciated and snaffled me a bottle!
Nothing beats mood lighting for Tarot cards like this.. candles, sea breeze.  Mmmm so delicious.
All that white sand and seaweed.  
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Witchy Queer: The day I made a friend cry and realise this is more powerful than me!

Witchy Queer: The day I made a friend cry and realise this is more powerful than me!

I like to be a little magical, a Witchy Queer… and I don’t care if this all sounds a little like fairy tales and bull-shit.  To me it’s a special gift and a sense of self awareness that not everyone is blessed with.

I’ve always known, and had the oddest people tell me they can feel my energy or that I’ve clairvoyant talents.  However to me it’s more than that.  It all stems from a belief system.  I’d like to share with you mine and how I’ve rationalised it to satisfy my sense of needing balance of mysticism and reality.

Fate or Destiny?
I believe that you can control your future, you can change or influence your life path.  Otherwise look at me, I was born to be a housewife, in a good christian family, have 3.5 kids a husband and a picket fence.  Or at least that’s the dream for me my parents had and they, bless their hearts did every thing they could to give me the best start on that path. Obviously this post is a sign that didn’t happen..

So if I believe that you are the owner of your life, your future then how does that tie in with clairvoyant things, magical life and tarot?  To me this they are all a thought prompt, a indicator to be mindful around a certain thing, situation or thought.  More often than not it’s the kick in the nuts that your sub-conscious needs.  Going on the thought process that not everyone is as in tune with their intuition this is very useful.   Sometimes with a touch of magic…

After a beautiful day out in the gorgeous Melbourne sun, after another gorgeous festival day my friend and I went for a lovely dinner then off to Luna Park for one quick round on the funniest Ghost Train I’ve ever been on in my life.  Hilarious!

The ghost train ride got us talking about Tarot cards.. and having had a set myself now for a couple of years, and getting more in tune, and better at reading, spreads and helping my friends with the meanings of their cards, I suggest I’d be happy to do a reading for her.    Back at my house, candles burning, the most delicious Godess incense burning we were ready to go.

I love creating an atmosphere conducive to relaxing and getting in tune with your self, getting your head straight and loosing all distractions…  My room is perfect, candles, a light breeze from the open door onto my deck.  Outside the solar rainbow mini lights are all lit up, the scents from the candles is sweet and there are so many the room actually warms up the cool night air just a touch.  I have a couple of incense sticks alight and the mood is perfect.  I set up my cards in front of a gorgeous painting of my three eye’d all seeing pink watermellon godess.  She’s beautiful.  I organise the crystals, I really don’t have enough I realised at the time, all pointing to the middle to channel energy.  
I’ve always been pretty on point when doing readings for people but this time was so much more, I really didn’t expect to feel overwhelmed and the energy was so intense.  I’ve never had someone cry.  It was both beautiful, scary and intense all at once.  You realise with these things you’re not just talking flippantly about things, it’s so much more and deeper.  Life, like big decisions, love, hearts… this is the real slide of magic.  In this case Tarot cards that couldn’t have been any more perfect for what she had going on..  Trippy.  
I think readings need aftercare, just the same way intense and emotional sexual experiences do.   That safety, grounding, bringing back into reality after an experience.   Hugs, a card covered in wax and glitter that has the cards that we pulled all written out.  A drink or for the smokers a ciggie… all things to calm the heart and allow the brain to absorb the thoughts..   Like sex it’s another expression of vulnerability in this case definatley both sides – that so many people are afraid of.    I was in awe, and then super exhausted.
And so, in conclusion, MAGIC.  Also, this shit is powerful.
xxx
Phlossy
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