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Miss the forecast? Love food, nature and feeling great?

Miss the forecast? Love food, nature and feeling great?
Miss the forecast? Love food, nature and feeling great? If so, you might like to join me! Hi Everyone – it’s Becca here. I hope you are all having a wonderful spring and that summer feels like it’s just round the corner! I have started up a new blog called Lady Lentil and I wondered if you’d like to join me on my journey? 🙂 Each month there will be a forecast based on .

Farewell for now….

farewell-for-now
This is a momentous newsletter for me marking the end of an era. It’s time to say farewell for now. It is a year since the business was passed on to Jenny and Nicky from me. Chris is still very much involved, but I am no longer a part of the business. As part of the agreement, I said I would continue to write this newsletter for a year after the changes. This newsletter .

February 2017 – Finding Courage

Go with the flow
Finding Courage At this time we are still in the depths of the season of Water in the Chinese Five Elements. When our Water is in balance, we are able to meet our daily lives with courage and equanimity. We can go with the ebb and flow of life. We take the highs and the lows in our stride. However, when Water is out of balance, it can’t support our courage. Our fears rise up .

New Year – January 2017

happy-new-year
Happy New Year everyone! It’s my heart-felt wish that each and everyone one of us finds a way to meet the highs and the challenges of 2017 with open hearts and solid integrity. Not a good time for New Year resolutions This newsletter is about gentle new beginnings. In my opinion this is not a good time of year to make big New Year resolutions. This is a deeply yin time of the year .

November 2016 – Grief

Allow grief to unfold
Yesterday morning I received the Power Path newsletter that I like to read each month in my inbox. The theme of that newsletter was Forgiveness. My initial feeling was that I don’t feel that I have a need for forgiveness – I don’t think I’m holding too many grudges. But as I read the newsletter, I realised how much I need to forgive myself – and I also realised that this is probably something most .

September 2016 – Transition

September 2016 – Transition
Transition I felt the first stirrings of Autumn a few days ago as we began our transition into the Earth season of the Five Elements. The light changed and there was just a hint of a nip in the morning air. It’s hot today, but the seeds of change have been planted. Earth is very much to do with transitions and at this time of year there are many to deal with. There is .

June 2016 – Fun

Relax with Rose
As we move into June, we also move into Supplementary Fire – the first part of the season of Fire in Chinese Five Elements. Supplementary Fire is about filling our cup with love so that we can overflow naturally into the world. We can do this by having fun and pampering ourselves. Yay! I love this time of year! Have fun with massage, visit a spa, have friends round and paint your nails together, .

New Beginnings – March 2016

Big changes at Bailey Essences
Wood is a time of exciting movement, new beginnings and planning – and it’s like that more than ever in the Bailey Essences business this year. For a number of years, since I have been in Canada, the business has struggled. I have been looking for almost as long for someone to help, since I felt it wasn’t possible for me to run the business successfully from such a distance. We have now found .

February 2016 – The Pause

Fuji Cherry
And we pause before action…. Deep in the Earth, spring is rising. Even though the ground may be frost covered, the snow deep and the air bitingly cold, we can feel the stirrings of the sap. It can be a strange time of year, like the end of a pregnancy, the pause before birth. Time seems suspended and can feel to be moving quite slowly and yet excitement is building, behind the scenes. And .

Insight – January 2015

honest self reflection
Happy New Year everyone! I hope that 2016 is a fantastic year for you, full of insight and growth. Honest self-reflection leads to great insight This time of year, right in the middle of the Water season, is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the year that has gone before. The power of honest self-reflection and insight is enormous. It is a sign of real maturity to be able to recognise our own behaviour, .

October 2015 – Completion and Grounding

Piccalilli on garden wall
We are still in the Season of Earth, although we are moving to Metal as this month passes by. The main aspect of Earth is bringing to fruition everything that has come before. You can have lots of creative ideas and lots of energy to work at things, but until you return to Earth, the project cannot be completed – the harvest cannot happen. We are drawing close to the end of the Earth .

August 2015 – Feed your Fire!

Feed your fire
At this time, Fire is reaching its peak. Certainly here in BC it is fully expressing itself with lightening storms and widespread fires. Although they can be dangerous, these wildfires are also a natural part of the way things work in nature. The trees that burn away make space for new plants to grow and the ash settles into the Earth and makes the land fertile. Fire whirling and swirling! The excitement can be .

July 2015 – Heart Healing

July 2015 – Heart Healing
This is a very creative and potentially healing month, at the height of the Fire season. Fire energy is emotional and creative. The main organ of Fire is the Heart, the home of your spirit. Your Heart is what enables you to communicate and to hold relationships with other people, but also with your inner self. Last month, I talked about the Heart Protector. This feeding of ourselves is still important. When your Hearts .

June 2015 – Think Pink!

red frangipani
Thank you for all the messages of support I received last month. My operation went really well and I feel wonderful. I’m just taking things gently and the reminder to work with Supplementary Fire is really timely. 🙂 Supplementary Fire is the beginning of the Fire season, the most expansive time of the year. I love the supplementary fire season! I love what it represents, and I feel the need to soak it up. .

May 2015 – Little bit at a time

Speedwell
A little bit at a time I find myself in a strange position as the days roll on this month. Various things seem to have conspired to make it difficult to write the newsletter this May, including a virus on my computer, and some health issues. As a result, the newsletter is a little different to normal, and the photographs are simply beautiful pictures of flowers that I love. This year has been a .

April 2015 – The Winds of Change

willow
April 2015 – The Winds of Change Here we are, firmly in the season of Wood in the Chinese Five Elements year. All the elements have associations with different things in life. For example, there is a colour for each element, a time of day, an emotion, a sound and so on. The climatic manifestation of Wood energy is wind. The stagnation of no air movement is not healthy and doesn’t feel so good. .

March 2015 – New Growth

Bank of snowdrops
March 2015 – New Growth I want to illustrate the move from Water into the Wood time of year with these beautiful snowdrops! Snowdrop represents the new beginnings of spring as we break through the hard earth of winter and blossom forth with new growth. For many people, this time of year is like a spring board. We can feel the pull of movement – we are itching to get out there and start .

February 2015 – Staying with it

water-glass
February 2015 – Staying with it As winter approaches its end, so too does the Water season. Water is the pause between dying back and rebirth, and in February, that pause feels heavily expectant. And yet, although we feel the Earth beginning to stir deep down, we are still in the Water season of non-action and reflection. “Water’s action is nonaction and its form is no-form, like the great Tao whose essence it echoes.” .

Lily of the Valley

lily-valley-bells
Lily of the Valley is for yearning. Yearning is an emotional step-up from dreaming – and not in such a good way…. Dreaming and day-dreaming, so long as they don’t take over our lives, are both important activities for human-beings. This is where our creativity springs from. It’s the Water stage in terms of five elements. We allow our thoughts to swirl around, going where they will, flowing freely and suddenly from somewhere, an .