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a journey of self discovery. You just never know what we might see. Is that a fairy ring under that rowan tree? Look! - a hedgewitch, I wonder what she is brewing in her cauldron today. Oh, and look at that poor menopausal soul, she needs our love & understanding. We may take a stop at the creativity school or a wander through the garden. And maybe, we will take the time machine back to the past! But wherever we go, we will always take time to stop for tea.

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here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

"a friend is someone who knows all about you, and still likes you" my dear DAILY PARCELS

Thursday, December 21, 2006

My daisy lupin Christmas memory

I have many, many memories of Christmases past ~ but the one that is most special for me is a Christmas not long ago ~ Christmas of 2001.
The year I finished my radiation treatment. During that year as I 'did' my treatments, I had met many wonderful women online on a cancer support forum.
My gorgeous darling, sensitive husband gave me a 'reward' for being 'brave' ~ a trip to New York city to visit my bestest friend Gin. She and others helped me get through those weeks of treatment. So at the end of July we began our preparations for this huge 5 week holiday (the trip alone is daunting - I think a 14hr+ trip from Sydney to Los Angeles then from LA to NY - so many hours, on a plane)
Sept 11 dawned and as we all know - New York was attacked.
what to do? do we go or not? we had to make some pretty fast decisions in the days following - against the advice of many, we decided to continue on with our plans. And I am so glad we did!
Gin lives on Staten Is. Her husband is a NYPD detective. her parents were italian. She is a New York yankee fan. She is an all round nice person and she welcomed us into her home and heart.
Before we left Australia, Gin emailed me and asked me to make a list of what I wanted to do. my list went something like this:
to pay my respects at what was now known as Ground Zero ~ we arrived at the site and while we were there, a news show was being made and we were all asked where we came from, once we said Australia, the news crew came running over to film us ~ we were on the news that night ~ oh gawd, I looked a sight: my nose was red from the cold, I had a woollen beanie on and really looked like a homeless waif - ahh well such is fame!
to eat pastrami on rye in a traditional New York Deli ~ and we did and it was delish!
chestnuts from a street vendor ~ an aquired taste - not my kind
a ride in the carriage in Central Park ~ such fun - we were wrapped up under a blanket and off we went!

to have an 'affair to remember' by visiting the Empire State building ~ we got to the Empire state building and had to produce id. of course we had left all our passports back on Staten Is - Gin flashed her 'detective' badge and they let us in - thank heavens - it was sooo cold up the top, it was raining ice, but the view was amazing
I wanted to visit 34th street and we did and I danced to the Christmas music in Maceys! those New York people thought I was hilarious
I wanted a white Christmas - even though Gin and Ron assured me they had done the naked snow dance, it didn't snow on Christmas day - although at first I thought it had - you see, I woke early Christmas morning and looked out the window - seeing white! snow! I woke everyone up and made them look and then realized I was looking at the next doors drive which was covered in white pebbles - it was funny!
We visited the huge toy store in New York city, we travelled on the Staten Is. ferry, unfortunately we couldn't visit the Empire State building as it had been closed to the public, we went to see the famous Rockettes, we had New York hotdogs with the lot,

we had our photo taken with New York police

~ we met friends of Gins who had worked on the rescue after Sept 11, we visited people we didn't know and talked to them about life. We, strangers from Australia were welcomed with open arms into their homes.
We had a traditional Christmas eve italian dinner ~ we went to midnight mass ~ we had a traditional Christmas day with our friends.

Then we travelled for 3 weeks to Pennsylvania and Indiana to 'meet' some more online gal friends...then came back to New York to fly back to LA.

The day we were driving to the airport - it started to snow.

I cried all the way from New York to California - knowing that I would miss this gal with all my heart.
and that dear friends is a little peek into one of my Christmas memories.

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Blogger 2SsMommy said...

What wonderful, beautiful memories!! I wish you many, many more!! Merry Christms!!

6:56 am  
Blogger Colette said...

Such a beautiful Christmas memory. Thank you for sharing it with us. May you have many many many more!

7:16 am  
Blogger giggles said...

Wonderful fun memories, thanks for sharing! Glad you were brave enough to go!!

Peace and giggles

8:05 am  
Blogger ACey said...

Very special memories. I'm so glad you shared them

8:29 am  
Blogger Sheila said...

What a great experience, and to share it with someone who had shared your 'dark' days. It certainly is a great Christmas memory, and so great you got to meet your other online friends too.

8:53 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

You will have to come back again and visit your blog neighbors in the south of the USA. I think Rosemary and a few of us could make lots more memories for you. :)

9:06 am  
Blogger Lisa said...

What an awesome Christmas memory! Thanks for sharing it. I feel a little closer now knowing that we have stood in some of the same spots. :)

10:09 am  
Blogger Janet said...

That is a wonderful Christmas memory. Thanks for sharing it here. It sounds as if you had a good taste of NYC. I wish I had known you then 'cause I'm close to L.A. and we could have met there! Maybe next time.

10:16 am  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

A lovely memorie it is! I hope to go to New York myself this year.hugs NG

11:09 am  
Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

Robyn that sounds like the trip of a lifetime, and you had the chance to spend that time with a dear friend too.
A treasured memory for sure!

12:38 pm  
Blogger Daisy Lupin said...

Robyn, your memory is now posted on the daisy lupin christmas memory site. It is such a lovely memory and what a lovely reward to be given after such a traumatic year. xx

1:54 pm  
Blogger cityfarmer said...

You couldn't have said it any better...I transported myself there right with you.

Merry Christmas

3:38 pm  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Wonderful walking with you on your beautiful memory lane!
Happiness is being cancer free! What a wonderful adventure your trip seem to be...very Americano !!

5:13 pm  
Blogger Rosa said...

Oh Robyn, to be there while everything was still so raw is both heart wrinching and special. That city rallied like non other I have ever seen. And to be there that Christmas was a special time indeed. I am so glad you had the chance to visit and dance at Macy's. Sounds like you did the whole thing, right down to the Italian dinner. Wonderful! xoxo

12:08 am  
Blogger Kai said...

aweeeeeeeeee, what a hearttouching story Ms Robyn..
There's only one question.. So when are you coming back to the USA? I figure that with all the glitter girls and friends and newyork policeman to visit, your 2007 is pretty much booked!!
I have a permantant guest room.. hint..
PEace, Kai xx

2:10 am  
Blogger AnnieElf said...

Well, heck! A girl can't feel much safer than when she has 16 NYC cops at her back. Yep, I counted. LOL

7:30 am  
Blogger Beth said...

Oh how much fun you had! Any time any asks either me or my daughter what country we would love to visit, we both say Australia. One day my dream will come true and I hope to have her by my side when it does. New York City is a very awesome city, one of my faves!

10:35 am  

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