Herbs and Things by Jeanne Rose

I’ve found a new favourite thing to do at lunchtimes:
wander up to the bus interchange and discover the stores there. The bus interchange here is a T shaped junction of noise, drug addicts and a smattering of eclectic bookstores and shops wedged between larger retailers. I like to amuse myself by thinking I’m in Sydney or some far off metropolitan Adventure-Town.

Yesterday I found a second hand bookstore with that fabulous musty second hand bookstore smell. I miandered about the overflowing shelves for a while taking in all the treasures. I returned with my love today to show him the treasure, and secured myself the above book: “Herbs and things.” Last week at the Diaru Centre I learned about herbal lore, and this was one of the books recommended.

Closer inspection of the book has me in fits of giggles. Being published in 1972 lends “Herbs and Things” a more psychedic quality than I had expected.

Want to know how to make Peyote Butter? Dates and Figs Hashish to serve over ice cream? Apparently Marijuana Butter is “very delicious and mild tasting.” The Peyote Butter comes with a warning of sorts: “You may see God.”

There is even a chapter on “Forbidden Secrets” and a recipe “To Enable One to See the Fairies.”

A delightful find indeed, even if I already see God and the fairies without butter.

We finished our walk by securing some red bean dumplings from a Japanese cuisine hole-in-the-wall, and eating sushi in the spring sunshine.

Today’s Lunchtime Amusement and Adventure Value: 10/10

if i had a picture…

to show you,
it would be of a flowering chinese plum tree,
with miniscule and precious pink petals
being danced upon by bees.
the sky above is a perfect azure cloudless spring sky.
i am lying beneath it, on a tiny patch of grass outside the post office,
an amazon box open beside me,
drinking in “the millionth circle
(we can change the world with our circles)
radiant in my purple crocs and almost spring shirt and my knowing.

a pristine noon.

you are invited to create one.


I was talking to my mama on the phone tonight,
and she says:

“I really miss you. I really miss you being three and eating green apples and riding your tricycle around the front yard.”

“I know Mum. I miss that too.”

We both cry a little.

“Hey Mum, how bout we come back and do it again next life?”

“Okay, I’ll bring the green apples.”

“Okay, I’ll bring my tricycle.”

I love you Mum.
Little & Big Leonie


quan yin watches over one of my book stashes…

I’m taking the book batton on from splendid goddess sister Sone 🙂

One book that changed your life? “Succulent Wild Women” by SARK… I agree with my soulsis Sone on this one… I’ve made amazing friends and had incredible adventures because of this book.

One book you have read more than once? “My Place” by Sally Morgan. I read this book every year for a number of years. The stories of an Aboriginal woman and her family.

One book you would want on a desert island? “Women who run with the wolves” or “Bhagavad Gita”. Those are lifetimetoread books for me.

One book that made you laugh? “Still Life – Thoughts of a man hurriedly going nowhere” by Richard Stubbs. I have fits of giggles still when I think of his words on rental trucks.

One book that made you cry? Not particularly the most original, but “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks. I had to stop reading it on public transport because the sobbing became a bit much.

One book you wish had been written? Agree again with Sone on this one… The Diaries of Anais Nin. The woman has a way with words that makes me ache and feel hopeful all at once.

One book you wish had never been written? “Grease 2: The Screenplay”. This is entirely my own fault: what on earth was I thinking? In my defence, I had a crush on the dude who played Michael in the movie, and perhaps reading the book was some vague attempt at reclaiming the moments watching him. Please spare yourself however: once you start, you will be so enraptured in its cheesiness you won’t be able to stop.

One book you are currently reading? “For Goddess’ Sake! Get the girls together and have some fun” (I like the concept, but probably a bit too homogenised white bread goddess circling for me); “Goddesses and Angels” by Doreen Virtue (I am finding with Doreen’s books they are quite subtle, and yet cause big shifts on an internal level) and “Crystals and Crystal Healing” by Simon Lilly (A great beginners guide to crystal, I very much like it… even looking at pictures of crystals makes me feel gooooood).

One book you have been meaning to read? “Ask and it is Given: Learning to manifest your desires” by Jerry and Esther Hicks. It’s sitting on my nightstand, but the goddess books are holding me captive.

One book you loved as a kid? “Grandpa’s Horses” (a beautifully illustrated kid’s story book about my favourite creature) and all of Roald Dahl’s books.

One book you loved in school? “The Green Wind” by Thurley Fowler (quintessentially Australian book about a girl living in the bush).

One book that is your all time favourite? “Microserfs” by Douglas Coupland (a fabulous quirky novel about a house of geeks living in Silicon Valley… it has it all ~ humour, intelligence, irreverence, love and spirit).

Would Gail :: Amy :: Lisa Marie :: Bek :: Pixie like to play books?

blessings and the perfect reading chair,

And in the end

me and he, photo by Donna

…the love we take
is equal to the love we make.

~ the Beatles