therapy by the sea

Tue 28th, Jan, 2014

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Just wanted to pop in here with a couple of pics from my phone this morning to say that we are healing though very tired.  Many people have been in contact to say how the human body is pretty amazing, last year when we had an accident in Bali I experienced that first hand, this time was a whole different ball game and I was unsure of it, but again it’s amazing how things can slowly get better in a few weeks, day by day….

We are improving and slowly normal life is coming back in little dribs and drabs and the injury couldn’t be doing any better according to the surgeon.  My heart is still ripped in two, will that ever change, I don’t think so, but we are now on a more even keel and regular things are happening again…learning to accept it all and the changes for the future…

I’ve found enjoyment in pottering here at home, making really homely meals and lots of healthy veggies and beans, I’ve been taking photos of them too and squirreling them away to one day maybe share, the penicillin chicken soup I’ve found myself making over the years when kiddos have been unwell has helped so very much – when the thought of anything to eat made me gag a bowl of this restored and recharged, pulling on my wellies and gardening has been good, when the house was very quiet the white paint was out, unbelievable but true and we’ve been ensconced in essential oil concoctions, taking photos of things I love has been therapy and long deep baths and foot massages have been a-plenty in this old cottage…

I’m not wanting to go out at all but thanks to a good friend and a little prompting I made it to the beach for a coffee this morning before another appointment with the surgeon this afternoon….

As I looked out to sea today sitting on the beach it’s a good feeling to know that this place they call Australia, this lovely land, this climate, the beauty of nature, whatever the circumstances, is now the place that we call home.  If there’s anywhere to come home to, to recuperate, to recover, to take life on the chin, well, this is the place for me and I’m so grateful for that.



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61 Responses to “therapy by the sea”

  1. Jodie aka Mummaducka says:

    So pleased you are coping better with working your way through!!

  2. Oh gosh, you seem to be going along really well Sarah. There is no rush to go back to “normal” , whatever the heck that is, but the fact you are doing your little homely things, picking up your beloved camera and pulling on your gorgeous hunters shows you are stronger than you thought. I hope things continue to improve and the surgeon’s reports continue to be positive…xxx’s to you

  3. Liz says:

    I’ve found its the small things that keep you sane during the ups and downs of life – a beach walk, a favourite meal or a small wet nose with a tennis ball…
    Much love to you and your BC Crew from the other side of this beautiful country xo

  4. Jan Withers says:

    So glad to read your blog this evening. It is amazing how the body heals. Life by the sea is wonderful and I’m sure that the sea air helps with stress. How fabulous it is to live in this country. Xx

    • sarah says:

      I wouldn’t have wanted to do this in any other country that is for sure Jan! thanks for your kind words x

  5. So lovely to hear that thingss are slowly getting better, Sarah. Thinking of you and your family and praying that all will be well. Thank God for the ocean and chicken soup and gardens and white paint:) It’s the therapy us homely types need and I so get why you are finding some comfort in those things. xox

  6. Janelle says:

    The ocean and outdoors is such a soothing place to be. One day at a time xx

  7. FMH says:

    Finding our way back from my husband’s illness last year, I’ve started to look at life as a series of moments. Moments to treasure. Moments to endure. Moments to try to repeat. Moments to commit to memory and value them. Moments to learn from, to triumph and to grieve. The moments you had on the beach today are restorative, nurturing and very much deserved. I am so very glad to read that your baby is healing and so is your heart. Even if it is slowly. Fxx

  8. Michelle says:

    I hope you are ok. X

  9. Sandra says:

    So glad things are improving slowly for you and you family. Positive thoughts are with you.

  10. Nanci says:

    Sarah ,

    Thank you for the update, it’s wonderful to hear you’re puttering around in your garden
    and cooking … It’s these things that will help ease your mind for a bit along with
    the smell of the salt air and sandy beach beneath your feet . Continued prayers
    for your child and all of you . please feel the strength of the thousands who are thinking
    of all of you … Hugs ..

  11. Selby says:

    I’m so glad to hear your finding joy in simple pleasures- sometimes they can be the best healing balm for broken hearts.
    Still sending healing vibes to you & yours.


  12. Donna says:

    So glad you got out, if even for a moment . Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.. Always praying for recovery . Bless the surgeon for doing the miracle that surgeons can do and you .. Because you are the glue.
    Be well yourself … Minute at a time all the way back …
    Love always

    • sarah says:

      thank you so much Donna, our surgeon has been absolutely fantastic, I actually can’t quite believe it, there are some wonderful people in the world xxx

  13. Nadine says:

    It’s a bit off topic, but your talk of the beach being a place of refuge and being so Australian made me decide to share two names of new babies. One neighbour is a Chinese refugee, her new daughter is called Ocean because crossing the ocean made them free. My new granddaughter is half Japanese, her name is Arisa, it means a place of sand also it can mean Beach. Havens of peace.

  14. Mumofsix says:

    I’m so glad you are feeling positive, Sarah. After the shock you’ve all had there are going to be ups and downs. Such good news from the surgeon. Sending love and positivity from a grey cold England xxxx Sarah

  15. Diana says:

    Thank you for the update!… Good to hear a little “lift” in your blogging.. It is not easy to get used to a “new normal”…but you are so blessed to have the ocean and beauty at your doorstep to help soothe your troubled heart. All my best wishes and thoughts are with you and your family during this trying time… All will be well.. I am sure.. we just don’t always have the patience for waiting that we need and I pray for you to have strength, patience and continued love and support!!… Even in the deepest dark, we can see the light! May your light grow stronger every day!!!

  16. Kim says:

    Blessings to you and yours Sarah….continued healing.

  17. Prayers to you and the BC crew Sarah for continued comfort and strength in the days ahead. What an awesome place to be for healing….the beach.

  18. Tammy says:

    First I am so glad you are doing so much better. Tons of prayers and positive vibes are coming your way. I must ask, and I so very sorry if this is too forward, but as a nurse my “medicine” side is screaming what happened? What has torn your sweet heart in two? I have seen, treated, and been a part of thousands of medical situations and my medical mind won’t let me rest. I almost can’t read the blog due to the anxiety it creates. Seriously, the urge to jump in and help is overwhelming and of course there is no way I can jump through the computer screen and spring into action but that is the kind of anxiety I feel when I read and you speak of the accident. Im sorry if this is forward, and you don’t have to answer if I am prying, just know that I am sending you love and peace. Thanks for sharing your beautiful piece of heaven with those of us that are so far away.

    • sarah says:

      ahhh thanks for your concern but I decided not to share the accident and injury – it’s very personal and though I shared my part in all of it I only want my kiddos to share on the internet what they want if you see what I mean and it’s not up to me to share this I don’t think xxx thanks for the vibes of peace and love xxx

  19. Pia says:

    Minute by minutes the doctors told us, then it went to hours, and days 10 years on I sometimes still hold my breath…… Life is changed forever. But it will go on and things do get better….. Breath and try and find the warm summer rats on your back whilst gardening. I do not know what has happened to your dear child but I know their is a photographer on the northern beaches who’s own life and that of his families changed forever last year when his wife fell. Perhaps talking to can my help, do you know him?

  20. Julie Johnson says:

    I always gain peace from the ocean and I know familiar things definitely make you feel more in control. I hope your child has a quick, full and complete recovery. My prayers go out to you and yours from the states.

  21. merilyn says:

    what a trooper you are and you always seem to take things on the chin … amazing sarah! … something overwhelming always puts us to the test!
    one moment at a time is all anyone has and many things are out of our control.
    finding solace in the everyday foofing or whatever gets you through and herbal teas … sweedish bitters, dandelion, nettle tea are good for healing and blood cleaning one can find nettle in powder form easy to pop into stews etc.
    maria treben ‘health through god’s pharmacy’ don’t know if still available. love m:)X

  22. Deb says:

    Isn’t the beach a truly wonderful place? Always enabling you to find peace and comfort. No better medicine in my book. A great big hug to you and your family…..

  23. Petra says:

    So glad you made a trip out to the beach and what a gorgeous photo. I had an illness 6 years ago that changed me and I’ll never be the same but on finding that I am different, and that I look at life differently, is perhaps a good thing for me. Praying for your family.

  24. Sarah says:

    So glad you got out today and the beach is a wonderful place to start…it is a great place to heal for sure. I do hope you continue to do this and stay busy and see friends. Enjoy your cuppa too – many times a day if you can…saying prayers for you and your family xoxo

  25. The beach is your healer, your anchor. Glad you’ve been out to see her x

  26. suzanne says:

    Its wonderful that your son is healing well but slowly. well wishes to your boy who may have a journey in front of him. The support of a good family is medicine in itself. Your husband and other children must have been through hell themselves. I wish you whole family only the best.

  27. alison says:

    You are inspirational Sarah. Thank you yet again because you really make a huge difference in this world to so many people.

    I wish your family continual healing.

    alison xo

  28. ashlee says:

    what happened, sarah? i’ve been thinking about you and checking in on your posts. i am glad to hear you are finding some light at the end of the tunnel.


  29. Beth says:

    All of us readers are truly touched that you have reached out to us to tell us that your world has been turned upside-down. All of us pray for your kiddo’s full recovery and for your family to begin to heal their own pain during this trauma. We will be here when you get back if you need to take a sabbatical from your writings! Looking over some of your archived entries today reminded me why your postings always bring a smile to my lips and a feeling of ‘all’s right with the world’ after I finish reading them and having my fill of your gorgeous photographs.
    Thank you and please take good care of yourself. xo
    Beth from wintery New England…

  30. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    I hope your heart will heal Sarah things may never be the same or maybe they will I do hope they are for you sweet lady.Im glad your getting some comfort from good food and a walk or a coffee much love to you and your family Sarah xx

  31. Lark says:

    So glad to hear things are getting better! It is hard to adjust to the ‘new normal’, especially when we don’t know exactly what the ‘new normal’ will turn out to be. Sending positive thoughts across the sea… Lark

  32. janita says:

    Prayers and hugs sent your way once again. Even in the heartaches you will find love. Glad to hear the weight of it all is slowly lifting. Fresh air is always healing. And thankful for your friends who are caring for you. Janita