Signs of Life: Brisbane – Whimsy

Signs of Life: Brisbane
A whimsical series celebrating the urban artists, humorists, signs, signal boxes,
sandwich boards and other oddities of Brisbane, Australia.

I love this image because it reminds me that even though I’m an adult it’s okay to stop and enjoy some playful whimsy like blowing bubbles, or dipping into the realm of fairy tale
and wonder, or simply enjoying the warmth of the sunshine on my back or the caress of the breeze on my skin.  I am reminded to stop and really feel the moment so that the pleasures of life don’t pass me by.




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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
Helen Keller

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Signs of Life: Brisbane – Wonder

I am a wanderer at heart and along the way I have been gathering snapshots of things that delight or amuse me.  So I thought I’d start sharing these pleasures with you in this whimsical new series Signs of Life: Brisbane in which I’m celebrating the urban artists, humorists, signs, signal boxes, sandwich boards and other oddities of Brisbane Australia.


For the past couple of months Fairytale has been swirling around me as I have immersed myself in stories while reading Women who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype in which Clarissa Pinkola Estes suggests that by engaging with our wildish nature through fairy tales, myths and legends it is possible to “find the guiding myth or fairy tale that contains all the instruction a woman needs for her current psychic development.”

So it came as no surprise when I went for a crystal healing session that wonder, magic and fairy dust should be the theme for the day.  As I came out of the building afterwards, still half in the land of pixies and fairies, I had to laugh when I saw this mushroom metropolis worthy of any self-respecting, upwardly-mobile fairy citizen.

This scene reminded me of another fairyland created by some unknown fairy artist in the backstreets of our own metropolis.  So in gratitude for the joyful fairy dust sprinkled on me this morning, I dedicate this first Signs of Life post to the fairy realm:

Stumbling upon these fairy delights reminded me
that you just never know what magic you’ll discover when you look at the world
with openhearted attention, curiosity, wonder and delight.



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Celebration is gratitude in action…
When we dare to savor our joy,
our lives become a continuous, movable feast.
Elizabeth Marglin
The Mother’s Wisdom Deck: A 52-Card Oracle Deck with Guidebook

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Celebration Ocean

Wherever you are, there are beautiful things to enjoy

Even if it’s only imagining yourself by the ocean on a sparkling summer’s day

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To Suffer or to Dance?

“Mortals, why is it that half the time they’d rather suffer than dance?”
Nora Roberts
Tears of the Moon

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I am always amazed by the power of intention and the synchronicity that it generates.

Celebration Ferris

Yesterday was my birthday and I was drawn to start my day under a Ferris Wheel surrounded by bougainvillea, a symbol to me of celebration.  As I sat there enjoying the view, an unexpected commitment to a year of celebration tumbled out of me onto the page and the day that blossomed from that intention was truly a delight:

  • I went and saw La La Land which turned out to be a wonderful celebration of a film
  • When I went to lunch afterwards the server who brought me my meal at the fast food restaurant happened to share the same birthday as me – how weird is that?  He wished me a happy birthday then made a point of smiling and waving me goodbye as we left the restaurant.  Such a lovely connection with a total stranger
  • Throughout the day, birthday songs were sung with gusto from Operatic-style to Family Tabernacle Choir and from as far away as Bali
  • E-card wishes danced across the screen with butterflies and brilliant colours while stickers of love poured into my iPhone
  • I even received birthday wishes from someone special, someone I haven’t spoken to in years, and
  • Later in the day my sister treated me to a strawberry and chocolate calzone – yummo! – at my favourite cafe.  When the wait staff brought out my treat, it came with four sparklers and smiling waiters singing me happy birthday.  What a delight!

While words seem inadequate to capture my day or the shower of love that fell upon me, by evening my heart was overflowing with happiness and with awe.  What an extraordinary day of love and connection and definitely a wonderful start to a year of celebration.

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