Friday, December 31, 2010

John Otway - Delilah - The Otway Sings Jones EP

01 - Delilah
02 - It's not Unusual
03 - Green Green Grass of Home (live from Harlow, Vegas)

Happy New Year to all my readers, posters and lurkers, all a bit frantic here, so just the one upload, hope everybody has a great new year.

John Otway

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Friday Photo

I took this about 18 months ago, on the shore of Lake Rotorua, so he's an inland gull, a member of one of the hundred or so gull species; these red-legged ones are the most common we see on our coasts, along with the bigger Pacific gull.
The sun was just starting to set, and there was a nice quality to the light which picked up the colour of the rust on the pole.


Happy Friday - and Happy New Year.

Cocteau Twins - Otherness

01 - Feet Like Fins
02 - Seekers Who Are Lovers
03 - Violaine
04 - Cherry Coloured Funk

Cocteau Twins

Youth Group - Shadowland

01 - Shadowland
02 - For The Night
03 - Waiting For A Bus

Youth Group

The Alarm - Raw

01 - Raw (Edit)
02 - Sixty Eight Guns
03 - Devolution Workin' Man Blues
04 - Sold Me Down The River

The Alarm

Happy New Year

I made no resolutions for this New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.

Wishing all my Blogger friends a Happy New Year and be safe!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Madder Rose - Car Song

01 - Car Song
02 - Johnny Take A Ride
03 - The Widow Song
04 - Holiday

Madder Rose

Babyshambles - Albion

01 - Albion
02 - Do You Know Me


Sunscreem - Broken English (CD2)

01 - Broken English (7' Extended)
02 - Broken English (Distorted English)
03 - Broken English (Slam Sub Dub)
04 - Love U More (Heavy Club)


Interpol - Obstacle 1 (Arthur Baker Remix)

01 - Obstacle 1 (Arthur Baker's Return to New York Mix - Edit)
02 - Obstacle 1 (Arthur Baker's Return to New York Mix)
03 - Obstacle 1 (Radio Edit)


Athlete - Beautiful

01 - Beautiful
02 - On and On
03 - Beautiful (Performed by Fonda 500)


Sparks - When I Kiss You

01 - When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing) (the beatmasters' radio edit)
02 - When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing) (bernard butler's fashionable world of fashion mix)
03 - This Town Ain' Big Enough For The Both Of Us (bbc session - acoustic piano version)
04 - When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing) (the beatmasters' full-blown dub)


The Chemical Brothers - It Began In Afrika

01 - It Began In Afrika (Radio Edit)
02 - It Began In Afrika
03 - Hot Acid Rhythm 1

The Chemical Brothers

Sam Brown - With A Little Love

01 - With A Little Love
02 - Long Way Down
03 - Window People
04 - Dolly Mixture

Sam Brown

Christmas Vacation..end!

Time flies so fast and my holiday vacation is over. back to my old nest!  work:) I'll be spending my New Year with good friends at the city!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

White Butterflies

Has anyone/ everyone noticed that White Butterflies are everywhere right now?   I love Butterflies and I am in delight when I see them prancing and dancing among the flowers.  I especially love when I see two White Butterflies dancing together - seeing Butterflies makes my heart sing.

It is perfect to be seeing and enjoying the beauty of Butterflies - a symbol of change and transformation - timely for me and most probably true for many as we journey towards the end of 2010, towards 2011.

I am very Excited to be finished my Diploma of Transformational Coaching Course.  It has been an amazing, AMAZING Course.  I am very Grateful for my Teachers who have Inspired me and helped me be the best Life Coach that I can be and have taught me the importance of Self-Reflection as an opportunity to keep learning and growing - and Inspired me through their commitment to study. 

And I am also very Grateful that I belong to a Community of wonderful women who have made the experience of becoming a Life Coach so rich and alive and meaningful and real.

Our final weekend for our Course was a chance for Self-Reflection and Honouring, Sharing, Transition and Celebration.  I loved the opportunity to create a Journey Stick, choosing a stick from Nature and decorating it with colour, representing where we have been and where we are going to - our Past and our Future.  And I loved having the symbol of the Butterfly on my Journey Stick. 

I felt like it was the ‘Love Fest’ - so much Love, Heart-Felt Acknowledgement, Warmth, Authenticity, Presence, Connection, Community.  When I talk about Spread The Yellow, this was it - the exchange of Love, Light, Positive Energy, seeing the Light and Spirit in each other - WOW!!!  On the final day of our Course I loved that our Teachers set up a Threshold to represent this time of Transition - Completion of our study and Forward Movement to a new time in our lives. As we were walking down the stairs towards the Threshold, I was looking around at all of the beauty, aliveness, incredible-ness in each of my fellow Soul Sisters and I felt so Excited - Excited at the difference we can make in the world.  May we be the White Butterflies prancing and dancing among the flowers.

With the White Butterfly a symbol of Transformation, this is true in so many ways for me (apart from finishing my Course).  It is interesting as the last two years has highlighted the importance of Balance for me - Balance of Personal and Professional, Doing and Being, Solitude and Intimacy, Activity and Relaxing.  I am Excited that although I love Coaching and love working with people on their Journey - I am also committed to my own Journey, my own life, my own life separate from my lifework.  Two years ago I never would have guessed that I would be here planning my wedding, finally letting go of relationships that did not serve me, and being open to True Love. 

This year sharing Christmas Day together and together with our Families was very special.  Although My Man and I exchanged so many Gifts and there were so much Gift giving with my Nieces - my favourite Gift of all is that of being together - it is what I appreciate the most.  We enjoyed a beautiful, relaxing lunch with My Man's Mum and I was so happy that my Mum and Dad were also guests for lunch.  


And after enjoying the relaxing day, we then entered the chaos of time with my Brother, Sister-In-Law and my three beautiful Nieces - and I loved it all!!!  Presents, giggles, hugs, kisses, laughter.  And more food!

And time on the trampoline - the new trampoline that Santa brought my Nieces.  I love My Nieces - they are White Butterflies in my life - dancing and prancing and so in the moment.

For me Love and Family are the most important and I am Grateful that my Coaching Course also helped me come Home to my Self - where I feel relaxed, at peace and HAPPY.  Meditations from our Final Course at College and the experience of creating our Journey Stick, highlighted to me that I was once a person chasing Happiness, so busy being busy, busy chasing Love - now I AM HAPPY, now I AM LOVE.  Now I AM.  Now I AM ME.

It is definitely a time of Change and Transformation - the merging of our two Families and the creating of our own Family.  We are getting married in 12 weeks and there is much to do - and we are also looking forward to having our own baby - now that will be most wonderful!!! 

And I want to be like the White Butterflies - just enjoying the flowers, the sunshine, the freedom of being alive, the joy of being me, the joy of being in relationship.  We have a poster in our living area that speaks to my heart and is a great reminder of what to bring into each and every day "Live - Laugh - Love".

The ironic thing tonight is that as I am about to publish this Blog about White Butterflies, there are two small moths flying around our home, flying close to me.  I have never been a fan of moths and yet they are so similar to Butterflies (and very different) - as I am reminded by My Man.  It is interesting, Google tells me that Butterflies fly during the day and moths fly during the night - and without doubt this is symbolic of one of my other greatest learnings of the last two years - that there is Light and Dark, day and night, sunshine and rain - and I can be with all - I can be with the Paradox - I can be with Joy, I can be with Pain.  Perhaps it is true that I most delight when I am in the Light and see the Butterfly - I have a natural tendency to move towards the Positive and the sunshine - this is my nature and my strength as a Life Coach.  And I have learnt to be in Sacred Space with sorrow - I can be still and calm (rather than panic) when I am in the Dark or feel the movement of the moth.  

I am now Home in my Self - and I can take that with me wherever I Am - I have all of my Strengths and Resources - when I am at Home in my Self I am in My Yellow Heart - I Am Love, Light, Truth and Peace - this is my Soul's Home, in the quietness I feel the rising of Spirit, I am in Connection with God.  When I am Home in my Self I can see that I am the Butterfly, I am the Moth, I am All.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Favourite Shots of the Year #3

Wintry light

These are photos which I took in midwinter this year in Northland, New Zealand. They were all taken between 10.00 am and noon.  (Click to enlarge)

It was very cold; there was rain about, the sun was struggling to come through, and the light was strange, eerie at times:

Mussel Farm and Barge (and Blue Heron)

Mussel Farming

Mussel barge

Mahinepua Bay

 Sorry to post so many - I couldn't decide which to leave out ...   

Friday, December 24, 2010

Mew - She Came Home For Christmas

Merry Christmas to all visitors, hope you all have an excellent time whatever you're doing.
This post is dedicated to my colleagues working over Christmas, and to everyone who hears the phrase " I think I need a commode nurse" Keep the faith.

01 - She Came Home For Christmas
02 - That Time On The Ledge


Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Friday Photo

I've decided to indulge myself and start a weekly Friday photo post. Just because.

I was going to post this one as part of Thematic Photographic's favourite shots of the year - until I realised that I took it last year....

Driftwood on the beach after an autumn storm, May 2009.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hola Dinner !

 Food was blunt for me this past few days. I don't feel like eating. Paolo suggested to grab our dinner at Mexicali! So a night of HOLA! HOLA! the taste of Mexican caballeros and California gringos! Burritos rule our taste buds for the night!

Vamos a comer!

Life is good! 

Photography by me  and paolo

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