“I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.”

I’m a little late with the annual ‘Spring ritual’ of posting a series of flower photos from my garden – partly because here in south Western Australia we had a particularly long, cold winter. The rain that came with it in abundance has given us a truly wonderful Spring, with wildflowers in bloom that hadn’t been seen for years. The photos below are a little sample of the ‘glory of the garden’ this year, accompanied by some favourite quotes about flowers. Enjoy! 🙂

The temple bell stops, but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. ~ Matsuo Basho


A flower never worries about blooming, it just opens up to the light. ~ Anon


Fractal geometry is everywhere, even in the lines drawn in the sand. It’s the cycle of life…you see fractals in plants, in flowers. Within the human lung are branches within branches. ~ Ron Eglash


People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~ Iris Murdoch




What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. ~ Joseph Addison


The earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


With love to all,  Joanna. ❤


‘The Light Within’ release day


The Light Within, an anthology of inspirational poems which were shortlisted in the Spiritual Writers’ Network Competition 2016, has just been released, in both print and digital editions. It’s a pleasure to have my poem ‘Heart of Light’ included in this new collection. To celebrate publication, the ebook edition will be available to download from Amazon for free until September 5th!

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If you would like a free copy, please follow one of these links, depending on where you are:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Light-Within-Collection-Peace-Prose-ebook/dp/B01L9YQJ5U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472674087&sr=8-1&keywords=the+light+within+collection#nav-subnav
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Within-Collection-Peace-Prose-ebook/dp/B01L9YQJ5U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1472647237&sr=8-2&keywords=the+light+within
AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Light-Within-Collection-Peace-Prose-ebook/dp/B01L9YQJ5U/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1472647289&sr=8-12&keywords=the+light+within
CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Light-Within-Collection-Peace-Prose-ebook/dp/B01L9YQJ5U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1472647266&sr=8-2&keywords=the+light+within

Congratulations to all the poets whose fine, heartfelt verses can be found in the pages of The Light Within.

Music for flying

While sitting at my laptop writing Ascension, final book of The Siaris Quartet, through the hearts and minds of its ‘incarnate angels’, I have the wonderful gift of looking out the window into lush late winter treetops – and as in my novels, I am kept company by a host of ‘winged beings’. Here’s an introduction to some of my feathery friends and inspirations….


There’s nothing quite like being woken in the morning by a family of kookaburras laughing outside your bedroom! After a cautious approach, a group of five gradually worked their way from the fringes of the garden closer to the house. We are now on hand-feeding terms, and Papa Kooka has landed on my arm a few times.


This pair of pink and grey galahs are a recent addition to the array of birds who visit the feed table.


The giants of the cockatoo family, black cockatoos and red-tailed black cockatoos, fill the air with their high, windswept calls.


The vivid emerald, blue and yellow of Port Lincoln Parrots are a beautiful sight, and their antics and interactions are always a delight to watch.


Magpies are curious and playful by nature, and are excellent mimics (I knew one who grew up with dogs, ran around barking and rolled on its back to have its tummy rubbed). If I leave the door open, these bold birds are likely to saunter into the house.


We have several types of doves in this area, of which these magnificent bronzewings are the largest. When being ‘territorial’, they raise one wing, and the underside is like polished copper.


I could post hundreds of photos, but will instead leave you with a beautiful piece of music by Arnaud Van Beek, from his album Peregrine Falcons, which I find perfect for flying…..with the angels of Siaris. 🙂





High Lights

I just came across this text, and read it a few times:

Each challenge is there to guide you
toward the desire of your heart
Each problem, seen from the positive side,
always turns into a blessing
Each sorrow leads you to your joy
Each doubt–to your knowing
Each lack–to your abundance
Each debt–to your freedom
Each feeling of hopelessness–to your power
Each cry of pain–to your comfort
Each act of war–to your peace
Each act of anger–to your love
And each journey through darkness–into the light. *


It reads like a summation of my goals as a writer. If I can take the characters in my novel series through each challenge, problem, sorrow, doubt, lack, feeling of indebtedness, hopelessness, pain, war, anger and journey through darkness,  transform them into light – and show what choices transform them – the books will achieve their purpose.

It also feels like a summation of my goals as a human being. If every ‘shadow’ can be transformed – alchemized, since this seems to me an inner alchemical process – into desires of the heart, blessing, joy, knowing, abundance, power, comfort, peace, love and light, then  I will have brought about the freedom to create in full consciousness, with bliss. For bliss. Well, it’s worth aiming for! I can imagine it all, and that is more than half-way there…..

Would you like to share your goals? And if you’re a writer, do you see your stories express you own life goals in a direct (or indirect) way?

* (from ‘High Lights: the Wisdom of the Intenders’)