• Out and About

    The Power of the Flower

    The power of the flower is not a myth, there is truth in the power of the flower. Flowers have mood enhancing ability. Flowers make us feel better. The Power of the Flower is the theme for this years Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. It is the longest running horticultural event in Australia. It is now in its 70th year and the perfect time to join in the celebrations. The Carnival commences tomorrow Friday 20th and continues until the 29th September. With over 150 parks in Toowoomba it is easy to get out and about and amongst the flowers to experience the power of the flower. Growing up in Toowoomba I…

  • Uncategorized

    Home is where your story begins…

    We have a clock at our place, in the laundry of all places, that states “home is where your story begins”. All of us have a story, a life story and it begins at home – the place where we grew up. What happened in our home environment, our relationship with significant others, such as mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt or school teacher and what opportunities we had forms who we become. It is the nurture (environment) or nature (biological) debate about what it is that shapes our personality, temperament, talents, our likes and dislikes. We may move from home to home, from town to city, from country to…

  • My Garden

    Flower power for seniors

    Many of us who are now seniors may know about or been part of the the ‘flower power’ movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It was during the time of the Vietnam War when young people opposed to the war held peaceful demonstrations. They soon became known as the ‘flower children’ because they wore coloured clothing with embroidered flowers and had flowers in their hair. If you were a ‘flower power’ child, then you may find it interesting to learn that there is truth in ‘flower power’. A 2001 Rutgers University study found that flowers may have health benefits for adults aged 55 years and older. In the study those who received…