Intuition in Practice

This morning, I started working through my list of jobs – I had 3 customers booked in for shopping and readings and around them, I had to shift stock, crates, set up and re-pack the aura camera!  I am sure I moved each crate about four times in two days.

After my last client left, I had a cuppa and a snack and prepared to go out to buy groceries.  As I left, I thought ‘I shall drop in the salt lamp to the G’.  Then I thought, ‘no, I will just bring it with me tonight when I go to do my talk on Crystals and Intuition’.

Now, that’s not an unusual train of thought, is it?  We think something, then we think again.  I walked out the door to the car; and turned around to go back inside and fetch the lamp.
You see, I made a promise to myself that if I ‘think’ of something, I must follow it through. Even when I trying to ‘second-think’ it.

So, having returned to the house a second time to fetch my KeepCup, I drove up the hill to the G.  Parking the car, I took the lamp and cup inside and greeted the staff there.
‘Here is my donation for the fundraiser on Friday’ and offered up the salt lamp.
The ladies then mentioned that there had been discussion about about my talk being postponed because it was State of Origin but then they had decided to go ahead with it.  I just looked at them both and waited, it seemed like they weren’t certain even though it had been decided to go ahead with it.  So I said that I was happy to still come in but if they thought it would be better to postpone, then I would grateful for the extra time tonight to prepare for my trip tomorrow.
They left a message for the owner and I went on my way, with my yummy coffee.

An hour later, I emerged from the supermarket and decided that since it was cold and wet, as well as being State of Origin night, I would message and say that I would prefer to postpone the talk to another time.  They responded ‘yes, ok’ and I started my drive home, having gained an extra hour and a half in my evening.

Imagine if I had over-ridden my thought to stop in at the G on my way out – I would have happily turned up for the talk but possibly had no-one attending and felt stressed because I was short on time for my trip preparation.

In hindsight, I had thought a few days ago about ringing the G and cancelling my talk but I didn’t want to look bad.  Perhaps that was my first opportunity to have it postponed afterall but I wasn’t aware of it.  I got a second chance and listened today and we all achieved what was the best for each of us.

In addition, I was able to take proper time with packing and loading the ute and then I was able to spend time with my daughter preparing dinner and cooking some food for the weekend.  It was lovely to do that without feeling stressed.

It is a little story, but it made a big difference to my day.
You could listen to your little voice – it is telling you there is a possibility of something better.

Feeling pressure to keep up.

Last month, almost 6 weeks ago, I stayed in an amazing place in the middle of nowhere. Well, it was somewhere special up to 17,000 years ago, but it looks pretty bare now!

For someone interested in social history and a developing interest in First People’s history, this place I visited ticked all the boxes. I read information and took photos and videos. I looked and listened, sat quietly and observed too.

I sat in my car on my long trip constructing great paragraphs to tell you all about it.  When I returned home, I couldnt put it together. Something was missing, but I felt pressure to produce something lasting. Talking about it wasn’t enough, I felt.  However, you can’t force writing, or perhaps you can….but I may not be choosing to yet.

Tthe, the other day I read an article about an Elder in the Northern Territory running meditation camps in the middle of somewhere quiet and peaceful.  It is just what city people needed. No phones, no work. I know exactly what I was doing out there. It was blissful.

I thought I would share that with you, just in case I don’t get that article done after all!

If you’d like the short version, visit my Youtube channel and have a laugh at some of my vids that I took those few days. I hope you get a glimpse of what I experienced.

Cheers, Jo

New challenges as I upload videos to our own Youtube channel!

Hi and welcome to a different looking Avalon by Nature.  We’re undergoing some transition here in the cabin.

Last week, despite best efforts, I wasn’t able to pay for my popup stall at Lake Haven as well as order new stock to service the booking, so I’ve had to be creative!

Good news though, I am heading to Tamworth tomorrow for Mandy Coles’ one day Psychic Fair on Saturday and while I am there, I will head up to Armidale to check out possibilities there.

I will be heading to Orange for Earth Spirit Nature’s Psychic Fair in late November and I recorded this short video to help Sarah’s customers get to know me a little before I arrive.

I recorded this next video because I unexpectedly enjoyed doing the first so much and thought I would practice by doing an unpacking of a parcel I received. Rivetting hey, but hopefully enjoyable!

And lastly, because I received feedback that the lighting could better and to try outdoors next time, I recorded this one today whilst tie dyeing a friend’s scrubs.

Anyway, I’d like to do more, so if you have any topics that you think I might be able to share on, please let me know, and please suscribe to my Youtube Channel by searching for Avalon by Nature.

Well, head down and on with tasks, will do another post soon.  If you haven’t already, please follow Avalon by Nature on Facebook and/or Instagram.


Jo x

St Ives Medieval Faire is this weekend!

Hi there!

A quick note before I start packing my crates…. wooden ones, of course…. I have been preparing medieval gems and herbs and all manner of goodies for my inaugural stand at this year’s St Ives Medieval Faire at St Ives Showground in northern Sydney.  This faire is the last on the medieval calendar for 2017 and I am stoked to have made it in!

Pictured here is my friend’s Comfrey Ointment for healing bruises and fractures, and what better event to bring them to!!

Soulsong Avalon Comfrey Ointment

It has been fascinating to research the history of gems and to surmise what might have been available in the 14th century, the time period I have chosen to re-enact.  However, it isn’t all about strict accuracy, I do have some ‘dragon glass’ for those GoT enthusiasts!  So, I am calling my collection of products an ‘historical approximate’ selection of products for the discerning medieval shopper and going out there to have some fun!!

In other news, you may have seen that I returned to Broken Hill last month for a combination of the Miracles Psychic Fair and a pop-up shop in Westside Plaza. The Miracles event was fabulous and I met an awesome bunch of people locally and from South Australia.  This meant I spent 10 days in this great town and really immersed myself.  This is a winning combination of work for me and I look forward to returning in 2018.  There is a possibility of stopping in Cobar to do some Energy readings and sell some treasures, but those details are still to teased out.


Lake Munmorah Shopping Centre pop-up Wed 27 Sep, Tue 3 & Wed 4 Oct – Renata, the Tarot and Reiki Lady will be joining me for these dates to offer Tarot readings and chair-based reiki mini-sessions.  Please call me on 0414 775 612 to make a time or turn up!

Mid Coast Crystal & Craft Festival Sat 7 Oct & Sun 8 Oct, Coffs Harbour Showground

Gwandalan Public School Twilight Market Sat 14 Oct, Kanangra Drive, Gwandalan, 4-8pm

Empire Bay Village Fair Sat 21 Oct, Progress Hall, Gordon Ave, Empire Bay

Tamworth Thurs 26 and Fri 27 Oct to offer Intuitive Synchrodice and Crystal readings at Spiritual Elements, Calala. Ring Rhonda on  6762 0888  to book.

Swansea Wellbeing and Psychic Fair Sun 29 Oct, Swansea RSL Club

Lake Haven Shopping Centre pop-up Mon  6 – Sun 12 Nov, near Muffin Break.

Earth Spirit Psychic Fair Fri 24 to Sun 26 Nov, Earth Spirit Natures Clothing & Giftware, rear 200 Anson St, Orange.

Phew, that’s a bit on and there are some gaps to fill still, so look out for the Avalon by Nature banners and hope to catch you somewhere!!

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Medieval Trader Profile 2017

To the edge of the Outback

To the edge of the Outback – from Trangie to Broken Hill

After a lucky escape from the Hotel California* haha, I leave Trangie and the clouds behind.  After a while I turn off the audio cd story and just focus on the road ahead.

Over the next few hours I notice the changing landscape: light green grass on the roadsides and leafy green shrubs and gums casting shadows on the black ribbon of the tarred road.  All of a sudden, and ‘how is that possible?’ I wonder, ‘what have I been thinking about while driving along, that I suddenly notice that the trees are smaller and sparser and the dirt is redder?’

Between Nyngan & Cobar
Between Nyngan & Cobar
View East, 10kms East of Cobar
View East, 10kms East of Cobar

I stop to take in the change. My heart sings. It begins to expand. There is room to breathe here.

By the way, the road is really good. There appears to have been a program of road works for some time – the tar is still black, the lines are clear and solid. At no point did I think, ‘crap, this trip is going to be awful’. Perhaps the ‘grey nomads’ are having a good impact on the outback.

Arriving at Cobar, you can’t help but know instantly that it is an old mining town.  A monument to minerals dominates the Eastern entrance to the town:  the former Administration Building (c1910) of the Great Cobar Copper Mine houses the Great Cobar Heritage Centre and the Visitor’s Information Centre and, like many buildings in the outback, the building has seen it’s heyday and a period of abandonment.  I love a good museum and this one promises much treasure but mindful of the distance I have to travel, I content myself with the gift shop, and then look for car and personal fuel!

After a good break, I head on out and notice sudden movement to my left.  I catch a glimpse of a group of goats.  Oh the goats, I heard about those wild goats on the road between Cobar and Broken Hill.  Goat rustling and everything!  So I am on the lookout for more goats and find a few smaller groups of them, thankfully they are skittish and run from the road when your car approaches.  They also run away when you approach to take a photo!  Neither will they stick around for a selfie, haha, I want proof!!

Goats, 24kms west of Cobar
Goats, 24kms west of Cobar

Did I mention that it is a dream drive?  That the road is really good?  Well, I have to commend the rest stops too.  The Baden Park Rest Area was particularly good, with a very airy loo and great shady picnic tables.  Sadly, no water in the tank, but that’s to be expected!  Always be carrying water with you anyway, and wet ones!

Baden Park Rest Area
Baden Park Rest Area

Anyway, driving, driving, driving, landscape still changing.  The foliage is being stripped away to reveal the contours of the land.  Such gentle contours, even little rises give fabulous views of the land.

I approach Wilcannia and decide that I don’t need to stop for fuel and drive through.  After about 10kms, I re-think that and double back.  Apparently there is a BP station, the sign says ‘turn right at any street and turn left’.  Hmmm, after driving around a few blocks, I give up and stop at the Liberty Station on the main thoroughfare.  After filling the tank, I step inside to pay but realise that without mobile reception, I can’t transfer what I need to my keycard account.  ‘Hang on, I’ll get cash from the car’.  Mildly perplexed by the strange look on the attendant’s face, I grab cash from my unlocked car and head back inside.  Later, I hear that it wasn’t such a good idea. Perhaps you can call me the ‘Naïve Traveller’!

Heading out of Wilcannia, I am starting to feel sickened by the number of ravens that take off when cars approach.  The number of roos dead on the side of the road is so sad – I wonder if there are any left, but there must be.  Every 10 metres there is a carcase and I guess the roos come off bad every time.  I don’t see any evidence of the vehicles, perhaps they are cleaned up much more efficiently than they are at home, where accident glass stays on the road for months after a collision.  There is no discrimination: small ones and big ones, and later I see pig road kill but no goats.  Perhaps the goats are cannier?  It feels the most difficult part of the drive, the carnage on the side of the road on what is, otherwise, beautiful country.  It makes me spur on to get to Broken Hill before dark!  I put my headspace in to mission-mode and put my foot down.  After what I refuse to acknowledge as eternity, I notice the approach of a ‘hill’, Dolo Hill rest area.  Stopping and looking back at where I had come from: the expanse of land is unfathomable and indescribable.  My photos are just a token of the experience, a quick moment in time, in this ancient timeless land.  The feeling of diminishing significance is palpable.

View from Dolo Hill Rest Area
View from Dolo Hill Rest Area

Back in the driving seat, my attention is drawn to a truck slowly catching up to me, and I pick up my speed:  I take it as a sign to get a move on.  For the last 15kms approaching civilisation, with the truck hot on my tail, I see a solar farm on my right, wooden structures on my left.  We are travelling so quickly that I miss the entrance sign to Broken Hill!

I have to go back, it is a momentous occasion in my travels that I have to document.

I have arrived at my destination before dark!!

Broken Hill
Broken Hill

*Hotel California is a joke – the The Trangie Imperial Hotel was lovely, friendly and comfy. I just had to leave before staff open up for the day. Luckily, the manager had shown me a back entrance to the verandah which I remembered after panicking that I couldn’t get out. I stayed there again on my return trip. At $40 a night, I would recommend it to anyone travelling on a budget.

Jo Durand, Gwandalan, 17 April 2017

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