Tis the Season

Yes it is that time of year again…

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Christmas and to thank you for being part of my life.

As you will know this year has been very difficult but I am still here, I am still living and I am beginning to thrive again.

No matter what life throws at us, we can face it and more than that we can overcome it….for those of you who don’t think I know what I am talking about, the fact that my husband was diagnosed with terminal leukemia and then four day later we lost our house to a fire and everything we owned and then less than 5 months later my husband passed away, so I think this allows me to say that we can overcome it, I am living proof of that.

I have had to walk the cancer path with the chemo thrown in, then buried my best mate, my rock, my lover and then try to rebuild first a house to live in and then a life to live.

I learnt a strange thing….the more you lose the easier it is to let go.

After the fire I thought I would hold on tightly to everything we re bought, but none of it had any memories attached and I now knew it could all be gone in just a few minutes. When my husband died I realized the fire had been preparing me for this, it taught me that you can let go and move on, you can choose to live in the here and now and enjoy every moment or dwell on everything you have lost and be miserable.

I do have the advantage that I believe we live on after this life, so to me Colin is only a thought away now and as long as I live I am living for both of us. Yes I get sad and have moments of tears, sometimes days of feeling overwhelming grief, but I also know that this will pass and I will be ok. I also have a strong faith in God (but I am not religious) and that has been a huge help in getting me through this year, just knowing that someone knew what the future held and that there was someone who loved me and had my back.

It is having beautiful people like all of you who have made me see that I still have a purpose and as the new year begins I plan to be adding things here on a regular basis.

Thankyou for all your love and support.

Have a happy holidays and a wonderful and blessed New Year.

Never alone

angels always watching over us. In the times I felt most alone, these were the times I realized that my angels were actually right there watching over me. So this is an art piece I did to show this.

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas

Inspiration

Most of you know of my orchid images and love seeing them so I will add some at the end of the post as this is what this is all about.

As most of you would know from my absence that inspiration and motivation have been sadly lacking in my life since my hubby, Colin, passed away. Yes I am living, doing new things and trying to move on, but sadly inspiration and motivation have been a long way away, so what has inspired and motivated me to do this blog post?

Well a combination of two things, one a very inspirational person and two, injustice.

First let me tell you about this person who has inspired me.

He, yes it’s a good Aussie bloke, is a person who has a great love of native orchids and wildflowers in general. He has a wealth of knowledge and has found orchids that had never been photographed before as well as many new sites for some that were thought to be extinct or very close to extinction.

Now this in itself is pretty amazing, but this person doesn’t get paid for what he does, he heads out almost every day no matter what the weather and often on his own, to fight the mosquitoes, snakes and tics to survey new areas.

He could rely on what others have found, but no, he ventures out to new locations, exploring, sometimes finding very little and sometimes being greatly rewarded with a rare find.

Does this man keep the information to himself or write a book to profit from the knowledge he has gained?

No, he freely shares it with people in his Facebook Group, called “Western Australian Native Orchids.”

He has inspired a new generation of people to learn about our native orchids, to walk the bush carefully, looking where they walk, taking care when photographing so as not to disturb habitat.

He has discovered things that affect the orchids which no one previously knew.

Such as, that some of the methods of marking orchids for surveying were harming the plants and as a result, new methods have been found.

He has liaisoned with councils and raised awareness to stop habitat loss which is the greatest cause of orchids becoming endangered.

He has discovered that even using a flash can change the percentage of some flowers being pollinated.

He has shared this information freely and shown people to many sites, teaching them how to ensure we don’t harm the orchids.

Has the orchid community at large appreciated this?

Some have, but he has also been the target of much jealousy and people who want to make money doing what he does, harassing him and others in his group.

This in itself would be a great injustice, but on top of everything else his youngest son died this year, less that 3 months ago.

He has continued to be there for others as he quietly deals with his pain and grief and yet this is when some people choose to put the boots in.

What is wrong with the human race that we attack our own kind?

We see it constantly, people who give and care being attacked or vilified by others in the industry.

I would encourage each of you to think about the things you fight against and see if there is another way, can you educate people, rather than trying to control them.

Can you instill love rather than hate?

Can you be an example to others?

Terry Dunham is the man that has inspired me to write this post and I want to thank him for all the work he has done, in running the FB group, in opening up the wonderful world of native orchids to us, for giving his time and knowledge freely. For choosing to educate us, so that we too can educate our friends and the next generation, it is only as we learn to know what is around us that we will be able to preserve it.

Now I would like you to enjoy the following images.

such amazing detail

close up of the leafless orchid, aren’t the colors beautiful

Helmet Orchid

This is the tiny helmet orchid, it is about the size of a pinky fingernail and grows in moist damp areas close to the ground or in rotting tree stumps.

Tozers Bush Camp

Queen of Sheeba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hare orchid

Hare Orchid. I left the finger in to show you the size.

Blue lady a sun orchid

Inspiration

I have started a series of Inspirational Images with quotes. The images are available on their own or with the quotes. I will show some here and put links to them if you wish to have a closer look or see what the prices, sizes and designs look like.

To begin with I have just produced an Inspiration Calendar for 2014. I will show the cover image here. To see the whole 13 images and quotes click on the link under the picture.

Canarvon Jetty

…begins with one step.
Inspiration Calendar 2014

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/calendars/11008682-inspiration-from-nature

These are some individual ones as well.

Snowy Mountains

I am in charge of how I feel, perceive or interpret anything. Snowy Mountains, Australia

 

 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/11039429-i-am-in-charge

 

hot springs Katherine

In the end it is not the years of life you have left, but the life in your years. Katherine Hot Spring, NT. Aust

 

 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10949105-life-in-your-years

You can look through my full portfolio at http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood there are great ideas for gifts and cards and you can also have a look at the clothing range, babies right through to adults.

Enjoy:)

New direction

I have decided to start making some inspirational and motivational posters. These will be available through Red Bubble and are a very affordable way to bring art and inspiration into your life, either at home or in the office. I will show some examples here with a link to where you can get them. Would love your feedback as to what you think.

advirsity is as strong wind1

adversity brings out who we really are

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10940424-adversity-is-as-a-strong-wind?ref=work_main_nav

lifes an adventure or nothing

A lilttle pup full of live and into eveything

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10940443-life-is-either-a-daring-adventure-or-nothing?ref=work_main_nav

 

not years in your life

as we age a lot of people slow down, but more and more nowdays the grey naomads are getting out and enjoying life to the full

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10949104-life-in-your-years?ref=work_main_nav