Happiness as Anarchy #72: Garden Possibilities

I look out on my new back yard and see a myriad of possibilities. I have inherited two large raised veggie boxes replete with greens and herbs – lettuce, rainbow chard, thyme, parsley, rocket, dill, oregano and other leafy greens – but the rest of the garden is really a blank slate. Flat and north… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #72: Garden Possibilities

Happiness as Anarchy #71: Sleeping like a log

There’s something very satisfying about waking up feeling like you’ve slept well. I never get enough hours, but I love it when I’m physically exhausted and wake up in exactly the same position as I went to sleep in. As though I fell asleep the instant my head hit the pillow and I didn’t budge… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #71: Sleeping like a log

Happiness as Anarchy #70: Bach Cello Suites

Beautiful, interesting and soothing. J.S.Bach wrote incredible music (breaking all the rules of harmony and counterpoint), and his Cello Suites – for solo cello – burrow their way into your heart and mind. Perfect listening when you’re sad, when you’re happy, in fact, when you’re feeling anything or nothing at all.  

Happiness as Anarchy #69: Wine Tasting

For anyone who knows even a little, this is really a no-brainer – wine tasting makes me very happy. Where to start with all the things I love about it?  First there’s the sensory pleasure, lighting up my flavour, aroma and texture receptors. Then there’s the joy of learning new things, both sensory and intellectually… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #69: Wine Tasting

Happiness as Anarchy #68: Gooey cheese

Towards the top of my list of things that make me happy is an unctuous, ripe, raw milk cheese. It is entirely worth the 24 hour flight to Europe to experience the delicious taste and texture of a perfect cheese. The ultimate is, without doubt, the Mont d’Or. It is a seasonal cheese, only available… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #68: Gooey cheese

Happiness as Anarchy #68: Robust conversation

I caught up with my arts tribe tonight at an impromptu birthday gathering. I’ve missed them, and as happens so often, didn’t realise just how much until they were all there again. We talked of art and life, big things and small, with a wine and a few laughs, but what really stands out is… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #68: Robust conversation

Happiness as Anarchy #67: Environmental Regeneration

They reintroduced wolves into Yellowstone National Park in 1995 (the last wolves were killed in the 1920s) and the environmental chain reaction is extraordinary. Deer population was reduced, forests shot up, birds came back, beavers got busy, bear numbers increased, and ultimately the river changed course. It’s an uplifting story of possibility and hope that… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #67: Environmental Regeneration

Happiness as Anarchy #66: Landscape

Moving through the landscape is something I’ve always found inspiring and exciting. It brings a new perspective and sense of space. Maybe that’s what drives the traveller in me. Maybe it comes from growing up in the bush. Maybe it’s what underpins my interest in wine – a liquid expression of landscape. I love the… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #66: Landscape

Happiness as Anarchy #65: Mysterious Doors

Where does the mysterious, illuminated door lead? Does it open? What lies on the other side? Can you step back through and return if you choose? Who has walked through the door before you? What mysterious adventures await on the other side? Why does it shine so brightly? There is only one way to find… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #65: Mysterious Doors