From darkness to light – an apology

Hello friends. Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted to my favourite blog and I must apologise for not announcing my absence. It was obviously unplanned and I was not prepared to say the least when I found myself enveloped in darkness.

Photo by Josh Nuttall on Unsplash

But here’s the good news. I saw a blinding light at the end of my long dark tunnel and headed straight for it. I don’t know what took me so long to see the light but I’m sure of one thing, my prolonged experience with darkness was a learning in itself.

“I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.”

Barbara Brown Taylor

Isn’t that so true? We don’t want darkness but we sure need it.

I hope to live well in the light for a long time to come.

Featured image by Benmar Schmidhuber on Unsplash

Tears & memories

“If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.”
~ Author unknown

For my readers who are unaware, my beloved wife Ethel passed away on 22 December 2020 after a valiant two year battle with Stage-4 Lung Cancer. She was laid to rest on 31 December 2020, the last day of a year that will long remain etched in our memories.

We shared a unique love that cannot be defined. One that can be enjoyed only by sharing.

She left me after 52 years of a ‘full-on’ life filled with daily laughter, dancing and beautiful memories. She was double trouble and has left me feeling like 104. 😊

You have left this world a better place, and me a better human being.

Until we dance again in heaven to angelic tunes, I remain…

Do you give back to the land?

I stumbled upon Four inspiring stories of Aussies who learnt from YouTube & created lasting impact on my Google homepage.

Amazing couple Tim and Cree are passionate about helping their community and our planet through their self-built regenerative farm.

Find something new to learn at ‘From the Ground Up – Regenerative Agriculture’.

Okay, you have found it. What do you do?

Try it and share it, its that easy.

Fature image by Anaya Katlego on Unsplash

Life is Growth

Personal growth is an ongoing process. Isn’t it? I call it my journey. I’m always learning and growing. When I want to touch base on the old school stuff, I learn from my kids. 🙂 It’s a vital milestone on my journey of personal development.

Do you agree that as we grow, we begin to feel more passionate about life? I was always passionate about reading and writing. And here I am at 48, excited, motivated and still learning to write through this blog platform. I want to simply be the best person I am meant to be with the endless possibiities and opportunites around me. I awake each morning with anticipation of the day ahead.

Photo by Johnno on Eat Luv Live

I want to describe the picture above. On a beautiful sunny day, I was walking on Beaconsfield-Emerald Road, Upper Beaconsfield, not too far from my favourite bakery Up The Hill Bakehouse (more in my next post), and came across this beautiful scene and couldnt resist sharing it with you. I initially shared it with a very good friend of mine who is on his own journey, and I am hoping it served its purpose.

Some of the things I do for my daily growth are:

  • Listen to music and dance with Ethel, location not a problem. 🙂
  • Staying still and keeping calm some times of the day
  • Taking a walk in the neighbourhood and saying hello to fellow walkers
  • Cleaning my home and car
  • Making healthier food choices
  • In a conversation, giving someone else the benefit of the doubt

How do YOU grow on a daily basis?

You can share your thoughts by commenting to help me and other readers. And remember, there are never any silly comments. 🙂

Featured image by Clique Images on Unsplash

My first Love

Photography was my first love. I enjoy capturing subjects in different settings especially nature because it’s constantly changing and always a mystery.

At the age of 12, I was introduced to a close-up (macro) photograph of a beautiful spring flower bejewelled with a hundred dew drops and enveloped in the rays of the morning sun. I was smitten…forever. 😍

Here’s four of my recent photographs that define my passion for the art.

1. Cups of Java

Cups of java
Cups of Java by Johnno on Eat Luv Live

A personal tribute to my habit of drinking Coffee (java) while delving into technology. I had the cups lined up for a standard shot using my Samsung mobile camera. I then opened the window blind for some extra light and the setting sun cast these long shadows that absolutely blew me away. I later applied a Silhouette Style using the professional photo editing app Snapseed on my mobile.

2. Heart of The Rose

Heart of The Rose by Johnno on Eat Luv Live

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”

– Leo Buscaglia
Heart of The Rose by Johnno on Eat Luv Live

Using the Triple Camera on my Samsung A50 mobile phone, I captured the Heart of The Rose at a friends garden in early Spring 2020. Image tuning and sharpening applied with Snapseed.

3. Bird’s eye view

Birds Eye View by Johnno on Eat Luv Live

Living in Pakenham, Victoria since 2011 has been bliss. For me, contentment & balance of living is key and I’ve found that right here. Paky as the locals call it has a suburban-country town feel to it. This sunrise view shot on my Canon EOS 70D is from Eddie Barron Terrace and is my place to go for an occasional birds eye view of my leafy neighbourhood. 😊

4. The Big Freeze

Frozen Yellow flowers
The Big Freeze-Yellow Flowers by Johnno on Eat Luv Live

In early Spring 2019, on a day that will remain forever implanted in my memory, I captured these amazing pictures. I got my elbows and knees dirty in the cold mud and battled frostnip on a 2°C morning. Was it worth it? I think it absoultely was.

The Big Freeze-Leaf by Johnno on Eat Luv Live

I had never attempted anything of the sort, so was quite amazed to see the wonders of creation. And yes, I must admit I did make a personal connection with the creator in those moments. Defining moments.

Frozen pink flowers
The Big Freeze-Pink Flowers by Johnno on Eat Luv Live

This little pinky was the size of my pinkie. 😃 It was amazing to discover that every petal was covered in ice crystals, almost like fine jewellery. I wonder, if all we humans do is imitate nature. 🤔 The Big Freeze was captured on my Canon EOS 70D.

Photography keeps me sane and grounded while connecting with natural beauty all around.

So there we have it until my next post with more beautiful pictures.

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.”

— Unknown