Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Dandelion...a pesky herb?

"A weed is but an unloved flower"
                                         - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I have dandelion everywhere on my lawn and have never really paid much attention to them other than when I was a kid. I used to blow all the thistles off and and sometimes make a wish :). After taking these photo's I thought about if there was anything more to this weed?
I had a quick check online and came across a website that mentioned the whole plant is used as a medicinal herb both internally and externally. The freash juice of the dandelion can be applied externally to fight bacteria and help heal wounds as the plant has an antibacterial action. Also, if you place the plant in a paper bag with unripe fruit, the flowers and leaves release ethylene gas, ripening the fruit quickly.
So, next time you look at a dandelion, maybe you won't think 'pesky weed'...

(have fun blowing away the thistles, I still do :)

Monday, 24 October 2011

Natural Beauty...

"Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts"
- Sigmund Freud

I just wanted to share some pictures from my garden...
hope you enjoy them...

" You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt"

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Im glad you came...

This is my song of the day...it has been on repeat for most of the morning! Makes me feel happy :)..think its because it's so upbeat.

It's by 'The Wanted'...
Glad you came

The sun goes down, the stars come out,and all that counts is here and now...


Saturday, 8 October 2011

Can't beat the beach....

The cure for anything is salt water- sweat, tears, or the sea
Isak Dinesen

I thought I would share some photo's that I have taken over the past couple of weeks. It is just a collection of beach images to enjoy...hopefully you can enjoy them just as much I did when I took them :) 

 "Our memories of the beach will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone"

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Illegal Banditz!

Multi-cultural rock, pop & hip hop crew....100% Kiwi !
I am loving this group at the moment, especially their songs "I like it" & "Keep it moving". Illegal Banditz is a Kiwi band made up of members of the 'Illegal Musik' stable of artists and entertainers...which includes, NOX (Illegal Musik producer), HUZ (Brendon Husband), Brooke Duff,  Brandon Wallace, DJCXL, K.ONE & PATRIACH. Brooke, at only 19 years of age, "adds her amazing vocal over pop-infused dance beats to bring vocal balance & crazy synergy" (couldn't agree more!!) I expect their sound to hit big this summer, its freash with a great dance vibe!

visit  http://illegalmusik.co.nz/

or check out their facebook page for info. on upcoming gigs!

if you like their music you can purchase their songs at:


Heres their song, "I like it"...a song about "letting loose, creating a bit of chaos and having fun"


Sunday, 2 October 2011

Amazing HANDiwork...

I discovered a series of paintings online called 'Handimals' by a man named, Guido Daniele. Guido is an artist who was born in 1950 and works in Milan, Italy. He graduated from Breva School of Arts majoring in sculpture. In 1990 he developed a body painting technique and his work has been used in advertising commercials, fashion events and exhibitions. I found an article online which notes that Daniele uses his son & daughter as his primary canvases, "If you're spending hours on end holding someone's hand, I'd rather it be the hand of someone I love". He also admits that the hardest part is not in the painting itself but more in seeing his paintings be washed down the drain. His Handimals collection started with Daniele working for an advertising agency to do some body paintings of animals. I have included some images below...just check out the talent! Each of the paintings has such depth and detail that it is difficult to think anyone would want to wash it off! For more images you can go check out his website which includes advertising campaigns,  hand painting and some body painting.