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Indulge in the delicious combination of Kombucha and gin or rum

Who knew you could mix Kombucha with alcohol to create delicious cocktails?

I didn’t, but at the 2023 Taste Bundaberg Festival, I discovered an exciting collaboration between The Deli, Bundaberg Ferments, Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing, and Bundaberg Rum.

Together, they introduced festival-goers to Kombucha cocktails, which really caught my attention, so naturally, I had to chat with Mark Rabbitt from Bundaberg Ferments to find out more.

Here’s the scoop he gave me.

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Mark Rabbitt from Bundaberg Ferments chats about Kombucha Cocktails.

It’s no surprise that drinking alcohol has been a part of social gatherings for eons, but what do you do if you’re like Mark and don’t imbibe?

Well, he has the perfect solution for you! Enter Kombucha, a fermented tea, which has been gaining popularity for its health-promoting benefits.

When combined with spirits, Kombucha creates a refreshing and complex drink that will tantalize your taste buds.

Mark said if you’re going to drink alcohol, why not do it with Kombucha?

“It’s a great way to prevent hangovers because of the electrolytes it contains. It’s also full of B vitamins. For those who partake in alcohol, I’m all for them trying it with Kombucha!”

 

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Fermented raw Kombucha tea with different flavourings. Photo: Shutterstock.

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Kombucha: The perfect addition to your healthy lifestyle

Mark stopped drinking alcohol close to 10 years ago, soon after he and his wife Jess became the proud parents of twins, a boy and a girl.

“When it came time to introduce solids, Jess felt there were more options than bread crusts and cow’s milk for the kids. So she discovered how we used to eat traditionally, and that set us on the path of fuelling our bodies using traditional methods, including ferments.

“Jess spearheaded the change to a healthier lifestyle. Her focus dramatically changed to caring for them; she instinctively wanted to find better things and products for them.

“I didn’t really want to follow her down this path of health, but there was no stopping her. She was a new mum, so she went full-on and I jumped on the bandwagon.

“She was buying all the groceries, but that got me doing research about health and wellness and I ended up going into nutritional ketosis.

“That path led me to Kombucha. I still wanted to drink something that wasn’t just water. Kombucha I could drink and stay in nutritional ketosis.

“Skip forward 10 years… a recent study out of the University of Sydney showed Kombucha helps lower blood sugars; interestingly, the study was using the same culture that we’re using today.”

Sip low-sugar Kombucha and enjoy the perfect balance of sweet and tart

“Kombucha is fermented tea, so we get green tea and oolong tea that’s all certified organic because we are doing this for the health benefits, as well as making a delicious drink,” Mark said.

“First, we make a brew of tea and put a lot of sugar into it. I’m talking a lot; you taste it and it’s like lolly water; it’s really sweet.

“Then we introduce our culture – a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) – which contains sugar-metabolising microbes that eat away the sugars.

A man places a SCOBY in a glass jar of sweetened black tea to start the fermentation process to make Kombucha. Photo: Shutterstock.

“The microbes consume most of it, but if they consume it all, they’ve got nothing else to consume and they die, so we leave some sugar in.

“We’re sitting around in .6 grams per 100 ml, which is relatively low for what’s out there for Kombucha.

“You look at soft drinks; some can have 10 teaspoons of sugar or more, so comparing our Kombucha with that, we’re extremely low. Even compared to other Kombucha, were still on the low side of things.

“I’d prefer no sugar, but we need to leave a little in there for the microbes to stay alive because we want them to still keep doing what they do.

“The study that I previously mentioned showed even though there’s still a little sugar in Kombucha, it is helping lower blood sugars.”

Mark said throughout their brewing process, he tastes his batches all the time to pinpoint when it switches from being sweet to acidic.

“If it’s too acidic, that’s why some people say Kombucha tastes like vinegar. If we brewed Kombucha all the way and got rid of all the sugar, we would end up with vinegar. But that’s where all the health benefits are involved, so we want that, but it also needs to be just sweet enough to be palatable for people to enjoy. It’s a fine art of where we stop the fermentation process.”

Unlock a holistic approach to health & wellness with Kombucha

“There’s been a lot of research showing that many things from mental clarity to a strong immune system start with the gut, and Kombucha can help with that,” Mark said.

“The health aspects of Kombucha are fascinating topics that I highly recommend looking into.

“While I can share my opinion, there’s so much information out there that I encourage everyone to explore it for themselves and listen to the advice of experts.

“It’s important to consider your individual circumstances and health when deciding if it’s right for you. Kombucha is not a magical cure-all, but a holistic approach to overall health.

“If you have health concerns, it’s crucial to take those into account and seek the advice of your health care professional.”

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Enjoy the unique combos of Australian Kombucha

Four of Bundaberg Ferments’ flavours.

Bundaberg Ferments currently offers five delicious Kombucha flavours.

“We’ve got Kakadu Plum, which is the brand new one. That’s an amazing one. It’s probably my new favourite,” Mark said.

“Kakadu Plums are largely overlooked, I think. It’s a native Australian plum, and we like to include as many native ingredients as we can.”

Did you know that the Kakadu Plum is rumoured to have the highest amount of Vitamin C in any food worldwide? It packs a whopping 7000 mg/100g DW, which is a staggering 100 times more than what you’d find in oranges. That’s some seriously powerful Vitamin C!

“Then we’ve got Bush Fruits, which is used in strawberry gum leaf, another native plant. That has sugar gum leaf, marshmallow roots, hibiscus, banana, and strawberry – it’s a beautiful medley. This was always my favourite and I still love it, but the new Kakadu Plum, it’s kind of got me a bit.

“We also have Pineapple and Ginger, which is our biggest seller; it’s a classic combo for Kombucha especially with ginger. The first Kombucha I had was a lemon and ginger, but I wanted to do something different from the standard lemon and ginger, so we chose pineapple instead of lemon.

“We’ve also got Myrtle Mint, using lemon myrtle, another Australian native plant. I recently discovered it and again, it’s just not used enough, I think. That Kombucha also has peppermint and a bit of spirulina.

“And, we also have Cascara.  The flavour comes across like a sparkling apple, but it’s got no apple in it. It’s the fruit of the coffee tree. So, that little cherry you get on coffee trees, inside that is the bean. We don’t use that. We’re using the flesh of the fruit, so forget about it tasting like coffee. Think of it as an apple cider soft drink; to me, it’s very similar to that.”

Find delicious Kombucha at Bundaberg and Hervey Bay

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River Cruz Café & Restaurant in Bundaberg stocks Kombucha.

Looking for some delicious Kombucha? You don’t have to search far and wide if you live in, or are visiting, the Bundaberg or Hervey Bay regions. Bundaberg Ferments’ Kombucha is available across both.

“We have a special focus on refills, so when you find us at the markets, we supply our Kombucha in 750 ml glass bottles that we encourage you to take them home, enjoy every sip, clean them out, and bring them back for a refill.

“You can find us at Shalom Market in Bundaberg, the Urangan Park market at Hervey Bay every Saturday, and the Agnes Water market every second Sunday and every Sunday during school holidays.

“Besides the markets, we collaborate with various shops that offer refills. The Barn Whole Foods on Takalvin Street in Bundaberg and the Windmill Cafe in Bargara are two options. If you are in Moore Park Beach, you can visit our local IGA Supermarket and enjoy the refill station.

“In Hervey Bay, Go Natural Foods is another great spot to get your Kombucha drinks.

“However, not all outlets have refill stations. It’s understandable, as setting up the equipment can be a big expense. That’s why some businesses, like River Cruz Café & Restaurant, opt for offering our Kombucha in convenient 330ml bottles.

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Chilled Kombucha – tastier than ever!

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Chilled is best, says Mark.

“Kombucha is a drink that can benefit everyone, but timing is key,” Mark said.

“If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend drinking it super cold, just like you would with beer. The colder, the better! As you get used to the taste, the temperature becomes less important, but I still enjoy my Kombucha ice-cold.

“Some people who are more focused on improving their gut health may prefer room temperature, but that’s more for practical reasons than taste.

“Overall, a nice, cold Kombucha is a delicious healthy treat for most people.”

Try the latest cocktail flavour fad – Kombucha + Gin or Rum

You may have heard about the latest trend in the world of cocktails – Kombucha mixed with gin or rum. And, for those who enjoy alcoholic drinks, it’s a match made in beverage heaven.

When you mix Kombucha with gin or rum, the results can be amazing. The botanicals in gin or the caramel notes in rum complement the natural tartness of Kombucha perfectly, resulting in a smoother, more complex cocktail.

But that’s not all – besides being a tasty treat, this combination also has many health benefits.

Kombucha is known for improving digestion, boosting the immune system, and reducing inflammation. Gin and rum are both made with herbs and spices that have been used as natural remedies for centuries. For example, gin is typically made with juniper berries, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. And rum is often made with spices such as cinnamon, which has been shown to lower blood sugar levels.

Kombucha-gin and Kombucha-rum cocktails are delicious ways to unwind after a long day and a great way to give your body a little extra love. With so many flavors of Kombucha and types of gin and rum available, the possibilities for experimentation are endless.

Support local at The Deli Bundaberg

 

Sharon Schumacher serves a cocktail made with Pineapple & Ginger Kombucha at The Deli.

The Deli Bundaberg, nestled in the heart of Bundaberg, Queensland, collaborated with Bundaberg Ferments,  Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing, and Bundaberg Rum to create some delightful Kombucha cocktails at this year’s Taste Bundaberg Festival.

I recently had the chance to chat with Hayley Anderson and Ashley Matthews, the brilliant minds behind this awesome idea.

Hayley said they wanted to do something different and showcase the unique flavors of Kalki Moon Gin and Bundaberg Rum, paired with the delicious taste of Bundaberg Ferments’ Kombucha.

So, The Deli team came up with unique cocktail recipes, using only fresh, local fruit and beverages. The cocktails were a true representation of Bundaberg’s finest products.

But The Deli Bundaberg isn’t just about the food and drinks.

Hayley and Ashley are committed to supporting their local community. They employ a team of staff, many of whom have disabilities. The Deli provides them with opportunities not only to earn a wage, but to gain experience in the food and drinks retail industry.

The Deli Bundaberg also offers regular monthly events, and their Facebook and Instagram pages keep customers informed of upcoming events. The team recently opened the Airport Café, which employs more staff and offers a delicious selection of food and drinks. The Deli also caters for Christmas parties and other events, both in-store and at other locations.

The business is a true asset to the area. Their gourmet toasties are to die for, and their commitment to the community is inspiring. If you’re ever in the Bundaberg area, be sure to stop by The Deli and try one of their Kombucha cocktails along with something scrumptious from their menu.

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Discover the new twist on cocktails

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Jocelyn chills out with a glass of Kombucha! Photo by Brian Pickering.

Combining Kombucha with gin and rum is a journey of unique taste and health opportunities for everyone.

Mark said they were pleased to have worked with The Deli, Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing, and Bundaberg Rum to introduce people to Kombucha cocktails.

If you love a twist to your cocktails, this collaboration offers the perfect combination. The flavors and ingredients from each provider create a delightful pairing not found anywhere else.

Whether you’re already a fan of Kombucha cocktails or are new to this genre of drinks, these products offer something truly innovative.

To experience it for yourself, head to Bundaberg, Queensland, and try The Deli’s original recipes. You won’t be disappointed!

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Jocelyn travelled to Bundaberg at her own cost and did not receive sponsorships from Bundaberg Ferments, The Deli, Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing, Bundaberg Rum, or Taste Bundaberg for the publishing of this article.

Published 12 September 2023.

Photos by Jocelyn Watts & Shutterstock.

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Study shows ‘Nature prescriptions’ can improve health

A dose of the outdoors may be just what the doctor ordered, according to new research from UNSW Sydney.

Imagine that your doctor prescribes you a new treatment. It’s pleasant, and you can have as much as you want. Potential side effects include spontaneous euphoria and being in a good mood. Not to mention, it’s free and available all around you.

It’s not a drug or some other medical procedure that your doctor has recommended. Instead, it is a ‘nature prescription’ – a recommendation to spend time in the outdoors.

Researchers from UNSW Sydney assessed international evidence for nature prescriptions and their ability to improve health. They analysed 28 studies that tested the prescriptions in real-world patients.

This research was led by Professor Xiaoqi Feng from UNSW Medicine & Health and Professor Thomas Astell-Burt from the University of Wollongong, who are the Co-Directors of the Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab (PowerLab).

The systematic review and meta-analysis, published today in The Lancet Planetary Health, found that time spent close to nature provided both physical and mental health benefits. Patients had reduced blood pressure, as well as lower depression and anxiety scores – and they had a higher daily step count.

“The evidence shows that nature can help to restore and build capacities for better physical and mental health. What we need now is to work out how to make nature prescriptions happen in a sustained way for those people with high potential to benefit, but who currently spend little time in the outdoors,” said Prof. Feng.

Nature makes us healthier

Research shows that contact with nature reduces harms, including those from poor air quality, heatwaves, and chronic stress, while encouraging healthy behaviours such as socialising and physical activity. This can help to prevent issues including lonelinessdepression, and cardiovascular disease.

“This study is built upon a long-term program of research that we are doing, where we show contact with the outdoors – and trees especially – is really good for strengthening mental and physical health across our lives,” said Prof. Feng.

Previous research by Prof. Feng shows that living close to certain types of green space can improve health.

For example, in a study of almost 47,000 adults in New South Wales (NSW), those living in areas with 30 per cent or more tree canopy reported better general health and reduced psychological distress.

This research has informed the City of Sydney’s $377 million strategy to reach 40 per cent green cover by 2050.

“But even if you have a high-quality green space like a park nearby, it doesn’t mean that everyone will visit and benefit from it,” said Prof. Feng.

“How can we encourage and enable people to (re)connect with the outdoors? That’s where the idea of a nature prescription comes in.”

Taking nature prescriptions mainstream

Nature prescriptions are emerging as a supplement to standard medical care. For example, the UK Government recently invested £5.77 million in a pilot program for ‘green social prescribing’ and Canada has a national nature prescription program.

In Australia, there is growing public interest in nature prescriptions. A recent survey of Australian adults led by Prof. Feng showed that over 80 per cent of people were receptive to the idea.

However, there are no large-scale nature prescription programs in Australia yet. More research is needed to understand how nature prescriptions could be implemented in our local context.

“So how long should the nature prescription be for? What should be in the prescription? How should we deliver it, and by whom? These questions don’t have firm answers yet,” said Prof. Feng.

“If we want nature prescriptions to become a national scheme, we really need to provide the evidence.”

It’s also important for nature prescriptions to be accessible to all Australians. Previous research from Prof. Astell-Burt and Prof. Feng has shown that low-income communities are least likely to have access to green space. Yet, these communities are more at risk of chronic health issues like type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

“We don’t want nature prescriptions to be a luxury item for the rich who already have access to beaches and a lot of high-quality green space,” Prof. Feng said. “We want these benefits for everyone.”

UNSW Sydney – 25/5/2023

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Get set to celebrate Botanic Gardens Day 2023

As garden enthusiasts across Australia and New Zealand gear up for Botanic Gardens Day on Sunday 28 May 2023, the Fraser Coast Council and community groups are preparing for the big day with activities and displays that highlight the role of plants in our lives. If you’re tripping around Australia, there are also many other gardens across our country that you can visit. Read on to find out more.

Displays of orchids, bonsai, and bromeliads, as well as garden tours and talks, are highlights of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Open Day at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens on Sunday 28 May 2023.

“More than 100 botanic gardens, arboreta, and gardens across Australia and New Zealand will celebrate Botanic Gardens Day,” Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.

“Botanic gardens are wonderful places. They allow you to get into nature, to relax, and rejuvenate.”

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See the Fraser Coast’s Botanic Gardens

The Fraser Coast Regional Council operates two botanic gardens – the historic Queens Park in Maryborough and the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens.

“The gardens showcase the rich cultural and botanic diversity of the Fraser Coast through the plant life and community facilities such as the Fairy Fountain and Rotunda in Queens Park and the Chinese Garden in Hervey Bay,” Cr Seymour said.

The Open Day, which starts at 10 am at the Hervey Bay Botanic Garden, includes activities and displays to highlight the role of plants in our lives and the vital work in botanic gardens to preserve them for future generations.

Activities include garden tours, a talk on bats, a frog motel workshop, displays of orchids, bonsai, and bromeliads, and potting demonstrations.

The event has been organised by Council’s Botanic Gardens and Orchid House Team in conjunction with community groups.

Ancient sand dunes formed 6000 years ago

The sand dunes visitors can see as you walk through the Hervey Bay Botanic Garden were formed 6000 years ago.

As visitors wander the pathways throughout the 26-hectare property, they can marvel at the many different types of vegetation that make up Hervey Bay – including examples of rainforest, beach ridge, and heath country; or sit on the grass in the shade of the trees.

A feature of the garden is the Orchid House and the year-round display of orchids in flowers. There are about 5,000 orchids in the collection, which covers about 65 varieties from around the world and native Australian orchids.

The Chinese-themed garden has been created as a part of the Bay’s sister-city relationship with Leshan in China.

The garden features a moon gate, pavilion, waterfall, vine arbour, and contemplation pond.
Heritage-listed Queen’s Park, one of Australia’s earliest botanic gardens, covers 5.2 hectares in the heart of Maryborough.

It has sweeping river views, rolling green lawns, annual flower beds, ancient trees, Gallipoli to Armistice memorial walk, a miniature steam train circuit, and other unique heritage structures.

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Queens Park, an outstanding example of landscape design

At Queens Park in Maryborough, Qld, there is something to discover at almost every step – including the spectacular Sausage tree, which bears bright red pendulous flowers and fruit that weigh several kilograms that resemble sausages.

Another highlight is the magnificent banyan tree, which is one of the largest and most outstanding trees of its kind in Australia.

Since its inception, the park has been regarded as an outstanding example of landscape design.

It also remains an integral part of a network of botanic gardens across the British Commonwealth – of which the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London was the originating hub.

The honour of establishing Queens Park falls to Maryborough’s first mayor Henry Palmer.

During the mid-1840s, amateur botanist and explorer, John Carne Bidwill collected specimens of trees from the Moreton Bay region. The Bunya Pine, located in the southeast corner of the Park, near the entrance gates, is thought to be a surviving tree from his collection.

In 1865, his town was quickly evolving into a thriving port and centre of commerce, but the social and physical health of his residents was foremost on his mind.

Mayor Palmer lobbied the colonial government to allow a large block of riverfront land not used for the bustling wharves to become a public garden.

His belief in the great importance of the park “for fresh air, health, and exercise” was shared by one of Maryborough’s most influential citizens – Customs Master Richard Sheridan.

As the first chairman of the board of the Maryborough Botanic Garden, Sheridan oversaw the first 10 crucial years of the park’s development, including the introduction of hundreds of rare and beautiful trees, flowers, and shrubs.

Maryborough also holds a brilliant annual Open Gardens event in August that’s worth visiting if you’re in the Fraser Coast region at that time.

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Fruits of sausage tree (Kigelia africana) in Queens Park, Maryborough, Qld. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

How to get there

Queen’s Park
16 Sussex Street,
Maryborough Qld 4650,
Open 24 hours,
Entry is free.

Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens
Elizabeth Street,
Urangan, Qld 4655,
Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 2.30 pm,
Entry is free.

Text and photos contributed by Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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Botanic Gardens in Australia’s Capital Cities

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Dusk at the national arboretum in Canberra. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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Looking across botanical gardens towards Brisbane city’s skyscrapers. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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Spectacular view of the Sydney Opera House and the harbour bridge, surrounded with lovely jacarandas of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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A row of trees leading to a fountain in front of the Royal Exhibition Building at Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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Palm House at the Botanic Garden in Adelaide, South Australia. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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Eternal Flame and State Memorial at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens in Perth, Western Australia, located on Mount Eliza overlooking. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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Lush tropical flora along the footpath at the George Brown Botanic Gardens in Darwin. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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What can Alice’s curious croquet match teach us?

Most of us have been in situations where we have had to adapt to new and challenging circumstances.

We can say the same for Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, an 1865 English novel by Lewis Carrol, when she faces the Queen of Heart’s version of croquet.

While she had encountered many curious creatures and wacky situations, she never imagined she’d have trouble playing croquet.

But when the Queen of Hearts, the main antagonist, introduces Alice to the peculiar version of the game played in that world, she struggles to adjust.

The uneven ground, the live hedgehogs as balls, and the live flamingos as mallets, not to mention the ever-changing arches (known today as hoops) made of playing cards, made the game quite a challenge.

In the end, Alice came out victorious. What can we learn from her experience, especially as we navigate life’s difficulties? Let’s explore.

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Messages in Alice’s croquet challenge

First, let’s talk about the terrain.

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Alice found the croquet ground in Wonderland extremely ridged, uneven, and unpredictable.

Every time she tried to aim for a particular arch or hoop, the ground would tilt or move, making it almost impossible to hit her target.

She also encountered strange creatures and plants that would pop up unexpectedly, adding to the chaos.

Doesn’t that sound like life sometimes?

We may have a plan or goal in mind, but the terrain of life can change in a flash.

The financial market may dip, health issues may arise, or family situations may shift.

Like Alice, we need to stay alert, flexible, and resourceful. We may need to change our plans or find alternative paths to our goals, but as long as we keep moving forward, we can still succeed.

 

Second, let’s talk about the equipment.

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Alice was surprised to find that the croquet balls were actually live hedgehogs, and the mallets were live flamingos.

She had to learn how to handle these unconventional tools and adjust her technique accordingly.

Our lives may also throw us some unexpected tools or challenges.

  • We may have to learn how to manage our finances with new investments or rules.
  • We may have to adapt to new technologies or industries if we want to keep working or volunteering.
  • We may have to find new hobbies or passions to fill our days.

Whatever it is, we need to keep an open mind and be willing to learn.

With practice and patience, we can become adept at using what we have.

 

Third, let’s talk about the rules.

The Queen of Hearts, as we know, was notorious for changing the rules of the game as she pleased.

Alice found this frustrating and unfair, but she also learned to be strategic and creative in her gameplay.

She used the unpredictable nature of the game to her advantage, anticipating the Queen’s next move and finding loopholes in the rules.

Our worlds may also come with unwritten or shifting rules.

  • We may have to navigate changing social expectations or cultural norms.
  • We may have to balance our own desires with the needs or expectations of our family or friends.
  • We may have to negotiate new roles or relationships in volunteer work or community organizations.

Again, like Alice, we need to be strategic, adaptable, and creative. We may not always agree with the rules, but we can still succeed within them.

 

Fourth and last, let’s talk about the arches (known today as hoops).

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Ladies and gentlemen in vintage clothes, playing croquet against old English village view.

Various playing cards, which had a mind of their own (literally) formed the arches in Wonderland.

They would move, shrink, grow, or disappear at a whim, making it difficult for Alice and the other players to hit their targets.

But Alice soon realized that she didn’t have to hit the arches directly.

She could aim for nearby objects or creatures that would trigger the cards to move or adjust, creating a new opening for her.

Life may also present us with moving or disappearing arches.

  • We may have to redefine what success means to us.
  • We may have to let go of some goals or expectations that are no longer workable or fulfilling.
  • We may have to embrace new opportunities or challenges that we didn’t consider before.

Like Alice, we need to be creative, flexible, and willing to try different approaches. We may not always hit the bullseye, but we can still work towards our goals.

Embracing Change

Alice’s croquet challenge may seem like a silly or whimsical story, but it contains valuable lessons for us as we navigate our lives.

  • We need to stay alert and flexible in the face of changing terrains, equipment, and rules.
  • We need to be curious and willing to learn new things.
  • We need to be strategic and creative in our gameplay, using all the resources at our disposal. And,
  • We need to be adaptable and open-minded, finding new ways to hit our targets even when the arches move or disappear.

With these lessons in mind, we can play the game of life with confidence and joy. Who knows, we may even shout “Off with their heads!” at some point (figuratively, of course).

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Playing croquet in today’s world.

Want to find out about playing croquet in Australia?

Visit the Australian Croquet Association website and follow the links to find a club near you.

 

 

 

Aromatherapy enhances your wellbeing

Aromatherapy is an ancient method of using the sense of smell to promote feelings of calmness, balance, peace, and harmony in peoples’ lives.

However, it was not until the 1920s that it got this name as we know it today. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to enhance a therapeutic feeling in your body and mind and can help both your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Aromatherapy has gained much recognition in science and medicine today. Even though this form of therapy is almost a thousand years old, there have emerged many modern ways of reaping its benefits in the present age.

In this article, I will take you through how you can make it a part of your home and life using products like aromatherapy essential oils and aromatherapy candles.

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1. Aromatherapy essential oils

Essential oils are derived from plant extracts by steaming or pressing various parts of the plant like flowers, leaves, bark, or fruit. This method helps to capture the elements that produce a beautiful fragrance. A single bottle of essential oil might have to be made using several pounds of a plant. Aromatherapy essential oils are available in clean and modern bottles.

The different varieties of essential oils include spruce, peppermint, lemon, grapefruit, and tea tree. These contain antibacterial properties that are a great way to refresh your mind and body. Aromatherapy essential oils are a natural remedy for many ailments, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Low appetite
  • Dry mouth

Aromatherapy essential oils can be used through aromatherapy accessories such as necklaces, key chains, and bracelets that can be sniffed throughout the day. You can also purchase aroma sticks from the market. These are plastic sticks that have an absorbent wick to soak up the essential oil.

2. Oil burners

Oil burners are a very efficient way to fill up your home with soothing scents. The traditional oil burners come in the shape of a tripod that holds a beaker. The beaker contains scented oil. So here, you need to put a candle below the tripod, which heats the oil and releases the fragrance across the room.

Nowadays, there are electric oil burners available in the market as well. All you need is some water and a few drops of essential oil, and you are ready.

The rest is taken care of by the electricity, which helps release the scent into the air.

These electric oil burners are available in different shapes and styles like pot-shaped, porcelain, spherical, etc. These burners not only make your home smell good but also give it a visual aesthetic touch.

3. Aromatherapy candles

Aromatherapy candles have become immensely popular these days because of how easy they are to use and their long-lasting ability. These are usually available in a container that has wicks attached all the way through. All you need to do is find a safe place and light the wick. The candle is scented with fragrances like lavender or clary sage. Lighting these aromatherapy candles as you take a rest after a long day’s work can be a great stress relief.

4. Reed diffusers

Another way to enjoy your aromatherapy essentials is by using reed diffusers. Pre-blended oils are available, and these come with diffuser sticks made of charcoal or wood in most cases. You can also make your blends depending on the aroma you like and even build a diffuser using materials already available at home.

5. Non-reed diffusers

While reed diffusers are a great way to enjoy your aromatherapy essentials, there is also the option of using non-reed diffusers that function equally well. These are found in all shapes, sizes, styles and made using different materials. You can use non-reed diffusers in multiple settings. All you have to do is place a few drops of the essential oil on the stone, and the scent will get released instantly. Woodgrain diffusers are also available, which are not just meant for aromatherapy but also function as humidifiers.

6. Tech-based aromatherapy

It is a fact of the human body that when we smell the same fragrance for a long time, we build ‘scent fatigue’. Here, our scent receptors become saturated with the same smell, and it stops sending the scent information to the brain. As a result, we stop receiving this smell.

However, with technology, you can have a more versatile experience of aromatherapy. You can connect this device with your smartphone and switch from one scented aromatherapy essential oil to another.

Which essential oils are the best for you?

There are a wide variety of essential oils available in the market today. Which essential oil is best suited to your senses depends on what you are expecting from aromatherapy. However, there are a few aromatherapy essential oils liked by most people. These are:

  • Lavender oil– This oil has proven to reduce stress and promote good sleep.
  • Peppermint oil– Research has shown that peppermint oil can relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel (IBS) Syndrome.
  • Lemon oil– Many people find the citrusy smell of lemon oil to be an instant mood lifter. This can be a great fragrance after a hard day to bring your spirits up.
  • Tea tree oil– Originally, the Australian aboriginal people used this aromatherapy essential oil for healing wounds. The oil has a refreshing fragrance and is also used to treat acne or insect bites.

To sum up

In modern times, when we all are swamped with work or something else at all times, aromatherapy is a great way to treat our stressed mind and body.

While all the items mentioned in this article are beneficial in helping you relieve your body of all stress, try something more dramatic, like creating the perfect ambience to go with the fragrance.

So take a shower, get those essential oils ready, lean back on your bed, close your eyes, and meditate for some time as the beautiful scents surround you. Doing this will surely freshen you up for the day.

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October is Mental Health Awareness Month and with it comes a flurry of stories on suicide in the news. This is an important time to talk about suicide prevention, and also how suicide affects families, friends, and communities. In this article, I’m sharing some words from ABC’s chief online political writer Annabel Crabb that tell why conversations matter, and how her recent presentation in Hervey Bay mattered to me.

Annabel Crabb: ABC’s chief online political writer on her brother’s suicide

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When ABC’s chief online political writer Annabel Crabb was first billed as the keynote speaker for the annual Lines in the Sand festival on the Fraser Coast, I was one of the first to book a ticket.

However, the Covid pandemic put her talk on hold for three years.

So, in September 2022, when she could finally talk in person at the resurrected festival, it was a long-anticipated event.

I didn’t know what her topic would be, but that didn’t matter.

As a former journalist and long-time fan of her work, I knew it would be worth hearing, regardless.

A topic she spoke about during the Q&A session afterwards, however, resonated with me to a far greater extent than anything else she’d prepared about her life’s journey from a small farm near Adelaide to reporting on politics in Canberra.

Early in the session, she told us she was taking a break from her long-service leave to speak, but later, while talking about music and how songs can evoke memories, she elaborated further, sharing some insight into her family’s recent tragedy.

Behind the smiles and laughter of her witty presentation was great sadness—she was grieving the loss of her brother to suicide.

“I don’t mean to get too depressing, but I’ve had a very weird, horrible year because my brother died in January (2022),” Annabel said.

“He took his own life, which was very confronting for me and my family. That’s part of the reason I’m on leave now, to fall apart a little bit.

“You know, I made a decision early on after that happened, to talk about it in podcasts because one of the first things I learned as a ‘baby’ journalist was that we didn’t report suicides.

“Looking back on that, it’s the cruellest thing.

“I know that at the time that was our policy, because, you know, to deter copycats, but what a lonely thing it is to lose someone in your life and have people pretend it didn’t happen.

“It’s horrible. Horrible!

“So, when you’re going through something very dark like that and you’re surrounded by friends, then, that is the way through.

“There’s no easy way, but having company is very helpful.

“Also, having people tell you totally inappropriate jokes throughout, is something that I’ve really learned.

“People often worry about what to say to bereaved people.

“I remember when Leigh Sales’s father died suddenly, she had just finished writing her excellent book Any Ordinary Day, which is all about this.

“I’d just finished reading the proofs of that book, so when she rang me and said ‘Dad is in hospital; it’s not good’, I went straight around to her house.

“I didn’t feel awkward and I wasn’t afraid because I’d just read her own bloody book, which she’d written on how to handle this situation.

“How is that for prep? It’s a great book, by the way! Everyone should read it.”

How conversations on suicide can help the bereaved

I was grateful that Annabel spoke so candidly about her brother’s suicide at her presentation.

Back in the 1990s, when I was a budding journalist, I too learned that reporting on suicide was off limits to the media, and we respected the theory of the day.

Tragically, in 2013, my husband died of suicide and I’ve found the silence still exists, not just in media but throughout our society.

I’ve found most people avoid talking about suicide, and while I agree it is difficult, open conversations are important in helping bereaved families with their grief.

Annabel recommended reading Any Ordinary Day: Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life, so I’ve purchased a Kindle version to do so.

For anyone else wishing to read it too, just click on the image and follow the link.

Feeling down? Help is just a phone call away!

If you or anyone close to you is distressed or experiencing an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) as soon as possible.

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Kim’s botanical skincare: eco-friendly, vegan, sustainable

Looking for something new to treat your skin? Meet Kim Guseli of Hervey Bay, Queensland, who has just released her first range of sustainable, vegan, eco-friendly skincare products under the label Botanical Skincare Lab. Kim talks with JOCELYN MAGAZINE about her new venture and what inspired her to become a professional cosmetic chemist.

Kim’s journey to becoming a cosmetic chemist

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Kim Guseli and Dexter, one of her two beloved Dachshunds.

One night, Kim Guseli was dabbling with her one of her creative passions—making natural skincare products—when she thought: “How awesome would it be if I could write my own formulas?”

Kim loved mixing the formulas, but following other people’s recipes was limiting her creative streak.

That lightbulb moment soon set the nature-lover on an exciting path of transformation from corporate officer to cosmetic chemist.

“I knew I needed to know the science behind making cosmetics, so I studied to become a qualified cosmetic chemist, and I absolutely loved it,” Kim said.

“I just wanted to keep studying. The more I learned, the more that things came together, and the more I wanted to know even more.”

Now, as a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists, she has launched her own business: Botanical Skincare Lab.

“Researching all the different ingredients fascinates me, and working out the most effective combinations is captivating. And getting into the lab and testing out my formulas is exhilarating.”

Her business has become her “job” and she gets to do what she loves while helping people take care of their skin.

“I’ve got all the proper equipment. I even had some equipment sent over from France because I wanted all the correct gear,” Kim said.

“The ethos of Botanical Skincare Lab is to provide clean, nourishing, luxury skincare which is scientifically formulated and powered by nature.

“We support local and Australian businesses when purchasing ingredients and supplies. Even my labels are Australian-made.”

Originally from Perth, Kim runs her business from the Hervey Bay home she shares with husband Stefano Guseli, an artist and teacher, and their two loveable Dachshunds Lucia and Dexter.

“I love being able to work from home where I’m with Lucia (black and tan) and Dexter (chocolate and tan) all day long.”

The beauty of skin chemistry

With the excitement of a pre-schooler opening a tub of play dough, Kim wakes each morning thinking of all the fun she’ll have that day with her ingredients.

“I just can’t wait to play with all my ingredients,” she said.

Kim said she was still settling into her daily routine because she often responded to people’s requests on a need basis.

“I want to find out what things people are looking for and make products they want to use.

“If there are any gaps in the market, I love to hear about them because I can write formulas to suit.

“As it is, I’ve got so many ideas for formulas that I want to write that it’s hard to prioritise them.

“And I’m hoping to get some products into some local shops soon, so it all depends on what shops I can get into and how often I need to deliver.

“I like to make everything fresh, so I do it in small batches of about half a litre at a time.

“If you order something from large manufacturers, you don’t really know how long it’s been sitting on the shelf, but this way, I can assure customers what they’re buying is fresh.

“My products have a good shelf life, so they can sit on shelves for some time, but I don’t want that. You can really notice the difference when they’re fresh.

“Why not give people the opportunity to have fresh skincare?

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Kim’s top 5 favourite cosmetics

Kim has so many “favourite” products that she loves for different reasons, so picking her Top 5 was difficult, but for Jocelyn Magazine, she relented and named these:

  1. Pink Clay Face Mask: “I’ve formulated this so you only need to put a thin layer on your face and leave it on for just five to 10 minutes. I’ve always found the face masks I’ve bought previously I’ve had to leave them on for at least 20 minutes, but for me, that’s too long because you’re limited what you can do during that time.”
  2. Golden Jojoba Face Cream: “This has Sea Buckthorn that gives it the beautiful golden colour I love.”
  3. Velvet Rose Light Day Cream: “I made this one so it leaves your skin feeling really smooth and light, particularly on humid days as we get in Hervey Bay’s summers. It’s lightweight, fast-absorbing and moisturising for when you don’t want anything thick on your face, but you still need some moisturizing. In humid weather, when you get out of the shower and you start sweating already, this cream feels light and cool on your skin.”
  4. Sunflower Cleansing Face Polish: “This one is a cleanser, but it’s also got some ground walnut grains, so it polishes your skin as well, which is really nice.”
  5. Hyaluronic Glow Intensifying Serum: “I didn’t know this formula would make your skin feel so nice. Sometimes if I run out of it and use other things, I can really notice the difference in my skin. I like it when Stefano puts it on too because it makes his skin feel nice.”

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Botanical Skincare Lab’s products are eco-friendly, sustainable, and vegan – that’s official!

“When you make skincare properly, it needs to meet industry standards and qualifies for insurance,” Kim said.

“The ingredients used in my formulas are from Australian suppliers and come with documentation certifying the quality of the ingredients.

One of the reasons my products are classed as sustainable is because I make and distribute them mainly locally, so they’re not being transported all around the country and sitting in warehouses.

“Another benefit from purchasing all of the ingredients in Australia is that they haven’t come on ships from overseas so that helps the environment with decreased pollution from transportation.

“We’ve got solar panels on our roof and I make everything in the daytime so the energy comes from the sun. Even my packaging is recyclable.

“My cosmetics are also vegan because they don’t contain animal products and haven’t been tested on animals in any way.

“And, there are no synthetic fragrances and the natural preservative system is Ecocert certified.

“That means too, there are no strong overpowering smells, but only light aromas like the Velvet Rose Light Day Cream that contains some rose water for its skin benefits.

“I’ve done that for people with sensitive skin who might otherwise have allergic reactions.

“Many people are even allergic to essential oils, so I’ve made my products so that people with sensitive skin don’t have reactions to them.”

Visit the Botanical Skincare Lab website

If you’re looking for a new natural skincare line to source online, or are on holiday in the Fraser Coast region and want to check out some local eco-friendly products, head over to the Botanical Skincare Lab website. You won’t be disappointed!

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Croquet clubs make for great travel destinations

Have you ever played croquet? No?! Well, it’s definitely time to add it to your bucket list!

While visiting the Queensland city of Bundaberg, members of the Bundaberg Croquet Club introduced me to the classic game and I have to say, it was a lot of fun.

The club members were friendly and happy to show me (pictured right below) basic moves of the game that date back hundreds of years.

Bundaberg Croquet Club president Jennifer Lee said not only was croquet a lot of fun, but it was also the perfect addition to any holiday, whether in Bundaberg or anywhere else.

“Whether playing on your own or with friends, croquet is a great way to enjoy leisurely days outdoors,” Jennifer said.

“It’s a fun and challenging game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.”

Newbies, including (right) Peter Woodland and Jocelyn Watts, try out the traditional game of croquet.

 

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A brief history of Croquet

Croquet has been around for centuries, having become popular in Europe in the 1800s.

Its roots can be found in Ireland. The name “crookey” comes from crook + oy ( hooked stick).

A Dutch folktale mentions how players would use an indoor clay court with football-sized wooden balls and one metal ring to play Beugelen or Maillette–two different games that emerged in Europe as well.

Introduced to England by John Jaques, the game of croquet became an instant hit with middle-class attendees at The Great Exhibition of 1851.

Croquet played an important role in the lives of Victorian aristocracy, with many wealthy individuals building courts within their expansive estates.

Over time, different variations of the game developed for different audiences.

For example, there are now games specifically designed for children and seniors.

Today, the game remains a popular game enjoyed by all ages, and it is still associated with elegance and refinement.

The Bundaberg Croquet Club at 29 Quay Street, Bundaberg West, is as busy today as it was when founded in 1900.

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A card depicting a game of croquet on the beach, by Lucien Tanquerey, 1910-1919, Wikimedia Commons.

How to play

Croquet is typically played on a lawn or other open space, and involves hitting balls with mallets through hoops.

The game is relatively easy to learn, but it takes practice to master.

The basic rules are as follows:

  • Each player starts with two balls, and the first player to get both balls through all the hoops wins the game.
  • There are many different ways to score points, and players can also knock other players’ balls out of bounds.

Court etiquette

Croquet is an engaging sport that requires skill, strategy, and tact.

Whether you’re an experienced player or a newcomer just learning the rules, it is important to be mindful of the proper etiquette when playing a game.

Some basic tips for maintaining good etiquette on the court include following the correct order of shots, staying alert during your opponent’s turns, and knowing how to give and receive compliments.

With these simple guidelines in mind, you can ensure that every game is enjoyable, both for yourself and everyone else on the court.

The benefits of playing croquet

Croquet is a recreational activity that offers a wealth of benefits.

First, the game requires players to exercise both their bodies and their minds.

Whether you are playing singles or doubles, Croquet requires you to balance, coordinate your movement, and think strategically in order to succeed.

No matter your age, skill level or fitness level, you can enjoy the sport at your own pace while exercising your body.

Additionally, Croquet is a sociable activity that encourages good sportsmanship and interaction between players.

How to get involved

If you’re looking to get started with this exciting game, there are several ways to get involved.

One option is to find a club in your area and sign up for lessons or training sessions.

Another way to learn about the game is by watching instructional videos online.

You could also use resources like books, magazines, and other Croquet-related materials to gain a deeper understanding of the game.

Pack a Croquet set for your next trip

When planning your next trip, consider packing a Croquet set along with your other supplies.

Croquet is a great game to play while travelling throughout Australia.

It’s a great way to meet new people and can be easily set up and played in a variety of locations, wherever there is open space in parks or open areas.

To set up the game, simply place the hoops in a square formation, with each hoop placed about seven yards apart.

The first player then hits the ball through all the hoops, in order, before returning to the start point and hitting the ball through the hoops again.

You can find croquet sets at Amazon Australia or most local sports stores, so it is easy to get started.

Just be sure to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated on those hot days.

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Modern croquet equipment. Photo by Winnywinn, 2008, Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Visit Bundaberg Croquet Club

And, if you’re passing through Bundaberg, be sure to visit the Bundaberg Croquet Club and meet the friendly members who are keen to introduce new people to the game.

Visitors can play a casual game for just $10.

President Jennifer Lee said local members were always happy to help beginners, so you’ll be up and playing in no time.

There is also a clubhouse, which makes for a perfect place to relax after playing. It’s also available to hire for events.

Croquet is also the perfect way to enjoy the Australian sunshine and take in the beautiful scenery near the Bundaberg Croquet Club, right next to the picturesque Burnett River.

Who knows, you might just get hooked on this historic game and make some wonderful new friends.

To find out more about the club visit https://www.croquetqld.org/clubs/wide-bay-burnett/bundaberg-croquet-club, phone (07) 4152 8472, or email bundaberg@croquetqld.org

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A card depicting children playing Croquet. Photographer unknown. Source: University of British Columbia Library. Wikimedia Commons.


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Learn how mysterious opal brings inner peace

Opal is a stone that has been revered for its healing properties for centuries.

It is said to encourage hope and optimism while promoting inner peace and harmony.

The mysterious stone is usually opaque but can also appear translucent when cut properly so that light gets through them – just like stained-glass windows!

If you are looking for a gemstone to wear in a piece of jewellery that can help promote overall good health, opal might be the right choice for you.

 

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Opal is the #1 gemstone for mental health

Opal is one of the most fascinating and mysterious gemstones.

Many people believe opal is beneficial in alleviating stress and anxiety, as well as curing various other ailments.

It brings peace and calmness to you and your environment, which is why people who struggle with anxiety or depression often choose to use wear opal jewellery.

Opal also promotes self-confidence and personal growth by enhancing creativity, imagination, intuition, wisdom, cheerfulness, love and beauty– all qualities that will help you feel more at home with yourself.

In some cultures, opal is considered to be a stone with mystical powers.

Ancient Greeks and Romans particularly believed the stone to have special powers.

They used it to improve their mental health and ward off evil spirits.

Today, opals are still popular gemstones for jewellery.

People wear them for their beauty and because they believe that opals have healing properties.

Some of these include:

  • Improving mental health
  • Warding off evil spirits
  • Enhancing creativity and imagination
  • Helping with emotional problems

You too can wear opal jewellery to bring you happiness, improve your mental health or attract love.

Keeping an opal gemstone in your pocket when going through hard times, is believed to help ease your pain.

If you are interested in learning more about the mysterious opal gemstone, here are some books to help get you started:

Choosing the best opal jewellery for you

Here are some opal jewellery pieces that you can consider when shopping for an opal gemstone piece!

Opal necklace

This Blue Green Australian Fire Opal Triplet Necklace is simple and elegant. The gemstone is set in a gold-plated sterling silver setting on a delicate chain. This necklace is so versatile. It can be worn with anything from your favourite dress to more casual outfits.

Opal ring

This women’s opal ring is an eye-catcher for any occasion and makes the perfect gift for your wife or girlfriend. The opal gemstone adds an elegant and chic touch to the sterling silver setting.

Opal earrings

These minimalist white opal stud earrings for women are simple and classic at the same time – two words that also describe this gemstone perfectly. They feature a stunning opal gemstone in a sterling silver bezel setting. Add these light and dainty earrings to your outfit for a touch of elegance.

Opal pendant

This Blue Australian Opal Pendant is simple, yet stunning. It features a beautiful opal gemstone in a modern sterling silver pear shape classic setting and comes on a delicate chain. This pendant would be perfect for everyday wear or special occasions.

Opal bracelet

This opal bracelet is delicate and pretty. It features a beautiful round Cabochon White Ethiopian Opal in a sterling silver bracelet. It would be the perfect addition to any jewellery collection.

So, if you’re looking for a gemstone that has many healing properties, opal is definitely one to go for.

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Resources:

  • ‘The Opal: A Study In Color And Light’ by G. Neri
  • ‘Opal: The gemstone of the gods’ by John H. Betts
  • ‘The gem and mineral guide: a field guide to over 1500 gems, minerals & gemstones’ by Jack Stormonth

Exchange your vows with a sand ceremony

Imagine exchanging your vows in sand, billions of years old and rock solid.

You can. A sand ceremony symbolises unity and is a popular choice for weddings as couples start their new journey together.

Rock-solid? Yes, because sand comes from rock, coral, shells – and the beginnings of time itself.

In early ceremonies, the couple tossed handfuls of sand together into the wind.

The grains combined and could not, of course, be separated, thus symbolising unity and eternity.

Many of today’s celebrations honour both families and the vases are kept as a treasured reminder of eternal togetherness.

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Sand ceremony: one way of tying the knot

Choose three beautiful glass vases. 

Place one coloured sand into one vase, and a second colour into another vase. These are designed to represent the couple.

At the right moment in the service, one partner pours a portion of his/her sand into the third vase. The other partner then pours a portion of her/his sand on top of the first.

Finally, the couple jointly pours the remainder into each of their vases and into the central vase. Two symbolically then become one.

You can create your own sand ceremony kit or buy one ready-made.

 

Here is an original selection of special words each and both can say at the ceremony

  • I wish for us these sands of time to unite, inspire, and heal.
  • I wish for us the continuity of the billions of years represented in these sands.
  • I wish for us the smoothness of these sands as we too move across the waters of life, together.
  • May our commitment, our love be as ever-lasting as these sands of endless time.

You can also include children in this beautiful ceremony by using more colours.

Why not engrave the vases with initials, names and the wedding date making them a moving keepsake for years to come?

 

Recommended Reading: Author and marriage celebrant Jennifer Cram gives a fresh look at unity ceremonies in Unity Candle and Sand Ceremony: A Definitive Guide to the Creative Use of Candle and Sand Rituals in Wedding and Commitment Ceremonies

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