Year to date

by | Jan 2, 2013 | Tales from my life | 0 comments

I have had two showers today, and I predict one more coming. At least.

What? What! It’s HOT you guys! Not to mention the fact that over the last week at dusty, sweaty Woodford we were on shower rations, courtesy of record crowds and very low water stores. So. Now that I’m back in Brisbane, and water restrictions have just been lifted here (after 8 years!), I am indulging in an extra scrub and the sweet relief that only a cool shower can bring … well, in lieu of a pool or the beach, none of which I have at my disposal.

Aaaanyway. I have clearly been having a lovely time. Simple pleasures and all that.


Over Christmas we spent a lot of time under the tree at my grandmother’s house, with our friends, their babies, my family and a variety of animals.


On Boxing Day, Jon and I headed up to Woodford for the folk festival – which this year saw something like 250 thousand people over the course of the week! There, Sarah and I spoke at the Blue Lotus stage about food, diet and health.

talking grains wff

Twice in fact!

Get this: our last talk was programmed for the morning of the 1st. We wondered who would be there, given the previous night’s events, and ended up with a full house! Fun. Not to mention a pleasant surprise.

Grains talk

Sarah and I also ran a couple of workshops in the kids’ festival. These were small, fun and completely adorable.

kids fest 1

The festival offered up some excellent and incredible acts. Oooh, it was juicy. Music, comedy, cabaret, circus, street theatre.. and more I can’t think of at the moment.  All of it awesome, wild, varied and inspiring!

Creativity, come at me.

My absolute highlight, however, was sitting on the hill of Woodford’s natural amphitheatre soaking in the music of Archie Roach. He is a legend. A legend.


This photo is not great. But Archie Roach and his band are. Also, check out that moon!


So, now we’re back and I have the good fortune of another few days with my northern clan before heading back to Sydney.

I’ll also be heading into HealthWise one last time tomorrow to see a small clutch of patients and officially bow out of my Qld practice.

I hope you, too, have had a wonderful festive season and happy transition into 2013. No resolutions from me – I don’t do them – but plenty of big ideas for the coming year. You?