After seven years…

It’s is almost seven years since I published my first post on this blog. August 23, 2009. A cellular lifetime ago…

Seven years and 383 posts later, I have realised it is time to end this chapter of my life.

Yes, you did read that correctly. I have decided it is time to officially end this blog. Other projects and endeavours await my time and energy. The blog will remain online, but without new posts. I trust the archives can still offer some inspiration.

I want to thank you for reading and commenting and joining me in my journey.

My journey continues, but in different forms.

And I’m not disappearing from the interwebs entirely:

  • If you’d like to keep in touch about my creative endeavours, come on over to my Verdant Facebook page. There will be links and posts about creativity, belly dance, and goodness knows what else!
  • If you’re interested in adding spiritual and creative depth to your life, I am now offering one-to-one coaching (in person, over the phone or via online miracleness). Come over to the Cordyline Coaching Facebook page for more information and inspiration, or check out my website (with all new blog!)
  • And if you tweet, I’m there sporadically and chaotically, too – expect randomness!

Thank you for your company over these past years. I have enjoyed sharing with you. I hope the turn of the years brings you much joy and love.



I’m back :)


After all that, and even more weeks months of releasing and personal transformation…


I may be a touch excited about this 😉

You may have noticed some subtle changes to the blog appearance…

I’m also changing my approach to content and posting.

I’m planning to post weekly for now – probably Friday/Saturday, but that’s very -ish. We’ll see how the schedule actually unfolds.

I’ll be sharing with you:

  • my creative writing,
  • reviews of books I’ve found satisfying,
  • other things that inspire me,
  • and a range of oddments of my life

(not necessarily in that order)

I’m really looking forward to posting to you again. And I’m really looking forward to some good conversations with you – I love to hear your voice, too ❤

Let’s talk more soon 🙂


Please ignore my previous post!

Turns out my new adventure required more releasing first…

Yeah, nah, I’m not really surprised… When was life ever a straight path?!

More soon 🙂

Thanks for being patient ❤


Releasing so as to embrace

2011-09 Moonrise2

I’m typing from my dining table, watching the golden moon rise over the hills to the east…

My son is asleep in my studio, where I usually write. His father is renovating his bedroom as I type.

I have dragged myself away from Pinterest, where I was hiding, as this is not a comfortable post to write.

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As I work through this process of releasing and embracing, and deciding which to do where, I have come to the uncomfortable realisation that one thing that needs to change is this blog.

It is uncomfortable because I have found myself a comfy rut with wonderful readers, so I am reluctant to change.

But in truth that comfy rut is getting uncomfortable, as I can feel words within me pushing to be written. I don’t know yet exactly what form they want to take, but I do know I want to find out…

Blogging helps ease my discomfort temporarily: having written something I can feel a pleasant glow of achievement and ignore those stirrings a little longer. But in truth my blogging has become a form of procrastination itself!

So, I have decided to release this blog a little. Do not fear – this is only a temporary release!

I need some time and space to breathe in without the strict rhythm of regular posting.

I crave time and space to explore my writing further, and to push the boundaries of what my blogging is.

I anticipate I will be away for at least a month, possibly longer. I fully intend to embrace blogging again well before the next Solstice (aka Christmas), but it may not be quite the same as before…

I ask your patience with this process, and hope that you will enjoy the end result as much as I intend to.

I will still be around on Twitter and Facebook, if you fancy a chat.

While you wait for me:

❤ you can find visual inspiration here,

❤ you can be encouraged in your quest for a simpler life here,

❤ you can explore words about creativity here, and

❤ you can find things to ponder here.

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I will see you again soon, my friends. Thank you for your reading 🙂

A new month and a new season

PC1.2 Daffodils

Spring has sprung, September is here already (did that really have to happen so soon?!) and my thoughts are turning to de-cluttering, spring cleaning and re-vamping.

Given what Spring is like here in Wellington (soggy, windy, changeable, windy, damp, did I mention windy?!), I find this is an ideal opportunity to look inside my house and myself, and see what I can shake up and sort out.

So, in as much as I ever actually plan anything round here, I’m planning a theme for September of “Spring Cleaning” (what a surprise…)

If you’ve got any tips, questions, favourite sources of information and transpiration, or anything else vaguely relevant to the topic, let me know (you can use the comments, Facebook, Twitter or email verdant at Guest posts are welcome, too.

Otherwise, you’ll have to put up with whatever comes to my mind – so don’t be shy!


BTW I’m still accepting submissions for August’s monthly challenge (there is no deadline… unless you want one… in which case, tomorrow! Panic!!!) I’ll announce September’s challenges soon.


I’ve joined Bloglovin

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Yet another place for you to follow along 🙂


I want your input!

You’ve probably spotted that I’ve been making some changes to the appearance of this blog.

This is all the ‘fault’ of Have Your Cupcake’s “Blog Makeover Challenge”. I’m getting a lot of food for thought from the daily challenges: the inspiration is bouncing around like an upended box of ping-pong balls!

My inspiration for the new look comes mainly from Day 2 of the challenge, which asked the question:

if your blog was a place, where would it be?

My immediate answer to that was the coolest street in this city: Cuba Street.

Cuba Street is mainly a pedestrian mall with lots of colour and inspiration and funky shops and cafes and the coolest fountain ever:

Cuba St bucket fountain by
This photo is by as I don’t yet have a good photo of my own. I’ve cropped it for the header image.

The old look of the blog didn’t really fit that. It was more like a quiet walk on misty mountains. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (I adore misty mountains). But it didn’t have the vibrant energy I want to share with y’all.

So I’ve been playing with themes and fonts and pictures and…and… and…

which is loads of fun, but…

it’s only actually useful if you enjoy viewing and reading it!

So… what do you think?

Do you like this new look? Or did you prefer the old look? Or something else?

Is it easily readable for you? Or is it way too distracting? Or something else?

Any other thoughts or reactions?

Please (pretty please) tell me what you think – good, bad or indifferent. I really want to hear your views – as my readers, you’re super special to me and I don’t want to scare you away 😉

You can comment on this post here, or on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Thank you!

(for your thoughts, for your reading, for your support)