Our Lovely World

Reflections, Blessings & Gratitude

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Our Lovely World


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23 June 2012

Hi beautiful people

This is my new Blog, designed to simply post beautiful, inspiring and awesome reflections, memories, imaginings and things – about our Beautiful World !!

I already have another WordPress blog about Fascinating Animals, but lately I have had an “impulse” or a voice telling me to create this new blog, where I can post about nice things (to me anyway) and not necessarily about Animals.  If you would like to “Like” a post or page on this site, or to leave a comment, you will need to sign in via Facebook or Twitter, or with your WordPress account.   I have chosen this method to prevent spam that the site otherwise receives.

So, welcome to Our Lovely World.

Mitakuye Oyasin – we are all related,


Visit my other site, Peace in Practice, by clicking on the picture below.


Mum’s Recipes

Below are Five recipes of my adoptive mother – by far my most favourite Aussie dish is the first listed, being “Sausage Crunch”.  So simple to do but so delicious.   Imagine the crunch of toasted Weeties and good quality sausage meat & oats with tangy tomato sauce.  Divine.   I have left Mum’s pricing for the Ingredients in the Recipes too.   This goes to show just how long ago that Mum made up these delicious dishes.  Enjoy!

mumPhoto of Mum taken 40 years ago

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FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

The 2014 World Cup Soccer Quarter Finals are on soon, and who knows who will win?  I love the soccer and have been watching all of the Matches as recorded.  They are playing in the early hours of Australia.  I have been really impressed by some of the Goal-keepers, like the Nigerian goal-keeper, and of course with Lionel Messi of Argentina.  His crosses and goals have been fabulous, and he can’t win the matches by himself, but must feel alot of pressure upon him.  There have been some surprises, like Spain and Portugal out of the Round of 16.  I was impressed by Nigeria and Mexico going into the Round of 16 and disappointed that Mexico didn’t make it to the Quarter Finals. and am delighted that Costa Rica is going into the Quarter finals.  What an interesting match that was, against Greece.

With all its controversial Referee decisions, and in the background, protestors angry about the amount of money spent on the World Cup at the expense of health and education in Brazil ( why not have BOTH the World Cup and Health / Education ), I have been enjoying the Soccer.

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Lovehearts at Sweethearts


I have to confess that I’ve got a sweet tooth and when my partner, originally from England, told me about the wonderful lollies / sweets / chocolates in England, I decided I had to sample them when I could !  Last week on Wednesday night I was thinking about the candy hearts with the words on them which I ate when I was a child, and said out loud to him, I wish I had some of those Sweetheart candies with the messages on them.

Well, my wish came true, because the next day we visited AQWA, the Aquarium of Western Australia, in Hillarys.  After our visit, we looked around nearby for somewhere to have lunch.  My partner espied a British lolly / lollie shop aptly called SWEETHEARTS.

Luckily for our “wallets” we ate lunch first, then visited the Candy Shop.  What a treat that was. Above is the hoard that we brought back with us.  Surprisingly, the Love Hearts candies have had a modern make-over, with TEXT ME being the first message I got, and EMAIL ME somewhere in the packet too, LOL.

The Walnut Whips were the “piece de resistance”.  The Nestle website says that in the U.K. one Walnut Whip is eaten every 2 seconds, that’s how popular they are.  Here is a close up of this delight – a whirl-shaped cone of milk chocolate with a whipped vanilla fondant filling, topped with a half-walnut.  When my partner first described them to me, I could not believe him, and dreamed about the day I would get to eat such a delight.  Well, we saw them at SWEETHEARTS, and bought one each, and they live up to their reputation.

Launched in 1910, Walnut Whip is Nestlé’s oldest current brand. It was previously made by Duncan’s of Edinburgh.

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The Hero With a Thousand Faces – sweet dreams

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

Joseph Campbell

Joseph John Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience.

In 1949 Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) made a big splash in the field of mythology with his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. This book built on the pioneering work of German anthropologist Adolph Bastian (1826-1905), who first proposed the idea that myths from all over the world seem to be built from the same “elementary ideas.”

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) named these elementary ideas “archetypes,” which he believed to be the building blocks not only of the unconscious mind, but of a collective unconscious. In other words, Jung believed that everyone in the world is born with the same basic subconscious model of what a “hero” is, or a “mentor” or a “quest,” and that’s why people who don’t even speak the same language can enjoy the same stories.

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Pretty in Yellow & Red

Yellow cupcake


Yesterday I got a lovely surprise at work, when a colleague kindly gave me this beautiful and tasty Cup-cake from Maven Espresso Cafe for a “treat”.   I was hungry and so after taking photos of this work of art, I ate it.   I do have a sweet tooth.  I have probably tried every type of cup-cake from Maven by now.  I love and appreciate them all.

For more photos and information about Maven’s sweet delights, please see  THIS  post.

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Happy Mother’s Day

11th May 2014 is “Mother’s Day” in Australia, so a very H A P P Y MOTHER’S DAY to all mothers and spiritual mothers too! I am a “mother” to our cat Shandy, according to Shandy cat, so Happy Mother’s Day to me too.





Above is a drawing by one of my 7 year old twin nieces.  There were four mothers out today having lunch out, myself, my partner’s sister (mother of twin girls and another girl), my partner’s mother, and my partner’s sister’s husband’s mother.

The drawing started out with a round circle drawn by my niece which I filled in.  My partner said it looked like Dr Spock and I replied it was supposed to be an Elf.  She drew the top and he drew the pants and I drew the curly bell-topped shoes.  My niece drew the hat with the feather and the stream or river with a mermaid popping its head up.  I drew the bird and the background, except for the little house on the left of the hill.

Someone said the Elf should have a friend, so my Mother-in-Law suggested my niece draw “Big Ears” ( Noddy’s friend as the Elf looks a bit like Noddy ).  Another person said why not draw a Gnome, to which I gasped it would be hard to draw a gnome.  But NO, it wasn’t difficult for my 7 year old niece, and hey presto, a character almost out of “Gnomeo” appears in the picture to the left of the Elf.

Quite a marvelous collaborative effort, wouldn’t you say?  The other twin niece drew the fairy in the background and we all drew some magic fairy dust or sparkles scattered about the picture.

Below is a scan of a photocopy of part of a Card that I chose for my Mother-in-Law.  The Card had removable Tokens, shown below.  I tried to do a colour scan of the whole card but couldn’t get the right drivers on my computer in time, so all I could manage was a black and white photocopy of part of the card.  Now the card is with my partner’s Mother, so I just decided to scan the b&w photocopied image, and here it is.

So, to all Mothers around the World, take it easy -



Tokens for Mothers Day


Pretty in Red


This week I was on my way to work when I saw a BEAUTIFUL LADY IN RED outside a shopping centre. She was handing out pamphlets for $2 coffees at the centre. Her outfit was a work of art. As she was so gorgeous, and in her magnificent attire cheered me up alot, I asked her if I could take a photo of her.

She asked her assistant to take a snap of her with me, so here is the result.

Something out of the ordinary to make my day extraordinary.

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Sounds of Friends


This is a Poem that I wrote when I was at School, quite a long time ago.  I scanned it and am sharing it here.  I think that my sister drew the guy with the guitar for me.


Here are some Links for listening to or downloading some neat Sounds.

Find Sounds

Sound Library   ( Australian primarily )



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