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I'm Chantelle Bourne (known as Charlea to some), mama to two sweet girls, lover of natural fibres, natural living, gentle parenting and making things
Interests: photography, creating from natural fibres, baking, books, vegie gardening, chooks, music and finding that daily rhythm that brings peace to my home and family life.
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Dearest Emmanuelle, June and July have slipped by all too quickly here too, but today, sunshine at last! So good for our souls. I think perhaps I have some small understanding now of the relentlessness of your winter weather, not in terms of temperature, rather the monotony of one type of weather. I have fallen into a creative rut these past months, hence my absence from this space, and wonder how much I can attribute this to the weather. Today the sun shines, the bugs dance overhead, a breeze blows and I can feel life force stirring again. How wonderful to have your love with you for three whole weeks! So glad things are slowing down on the translation front at last. Looking forward to enjoying more of your wonderful drawings and poetry. XxxC
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2016 on june :: july days at the Wise Robin
Dear Emmanuelle, by now your crabapples must be in full bloom and spring, she is finally upon you. My favourite time of year when the harshness of the elements at both ends of the spectrum, summer and winter, draw to a close and we take a big breath out. For you an outpouring of energy as you tilt into spring and for me a closing inwards as we tilt into late autumn ( although it still feels like late summer most days). Your raccoons are adorable, much like our possums I imagine, without the cackling and hissing perhaps :) I am always so spellbound by the birds you draw and your photo of the Bohemian Waxwing shows off it's colouring superbly. We have some tiny Eastern Spinebills visiting the Salvia in our garden every day. I would love to capture them to show you, but alas, I have had no luck they are quick & like their privacy. I am still having trouble leaving comments on your blog. For some reason it takes me through to a blogger profile I have never seen and won't allow me to publish my comments. So happy you are finding time to draw again. Enjoy your sunshine Chontelle
Toggle Commented May 20, 2016 on buffalo dreaming at the Wise Robin
Dearest Emmanuelle, it makes me smile to know the knot in your heart has been untied, that you are living authentically in each moment, letting your light shine for all to see. Your drawings are exquisite. Your connection to the animal world is deep. For me, that connection comes with plants. Oh how I do wish you could see some of the birds in our garden... tiny fairy wrens, noisy gang gangs, flycatchers, blackbirds, rosellas....I do so love the image of the bird tracks in the snow with a tiny bit of spring green poking through. I hope it won't be long before you are feeling spring breezes and sunshine on your face. xxxC PS I am having trouble leaving a comment on your blog so I thought I'd leave it here hopefully for you to find.xx
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2016 on autumn bright at the Wise Robin
Oh Meg, I know just how you feel. We have had a lot of humidity here this year, normally we experience intense dry heat. Autumn is definitely here & I'm sure it is not far away from your little corner. There is nothing more lovely than digging over that first patch of earth, being outside in sunshine that warms the face & cool evenings under a quilt knitting. Autumn is my most treasured time of year. Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to leave a comment. ~ Chontelle
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2016 on autumn bright at the Wise Robin
And I love to immerse myself in your snowy scenes when the intensity of summer is deep. I do indeed think you are right, an autumn fairy it could be, fairy magic is everywhere in our garden!
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2016 on autumn bright at the Wise Robin
Dear Emmanuelle, so happy to hear you can feel your days getting longer. It won't be long before you'll be back in your secret garden with the sunshine on your bare skin. I'm putting the finishing touches on the 'library' and hope to have some pictures for you soon : ) xxC
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2016 on summer fade at the Wise Robin
I am starting to feel the itch to knit, which can only mean...cooler weather ( although the past three days have been 40 degrees). The trees are snow gums, they only grow above a certain altitude, and look so ghostly because they were burnt 6 years ago in massive bushfires which swept the alps.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2016 on summer fade at the Wise Robin
Dearest Emmanuelle, your thoughts and words lift me up! I find this online world so difficult to negotiate sometimes, finding where it all fits in amongst my day to day, keeping it real & meaningful. I'm not a prolific blogger so it means a lot to hear that you & perhaps others still feel a connection when my words, thoughts and images are a long time coming. This space does bring me joy, which I guess, according to Marie, means it's a keeper :) I've been thinking about how to photograph the 'new' rooms. I must say the new creative space is nothing like your beautiful atelier with white floor boards but it is making me incredibly happy!
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2016 on flux at the Wise Robin
Ah, you are right Emmanuelle, how strange our minds can be, except the inward energy of Autumn has been neatly folded away with my woollens and the free, air energy of spring & summer has unfurled through the open windows.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2015 on summer storm at the Wise Robin
Whenever I am struggling in any way, I always return to the small things, finding joy, gratitude in the simple, and everything feels okay again : ) There are many, many, many shiny river pebbles to be found in Autumn that make me smile. Xx C
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2015 on small things at the Wise Robin
It is all so fleeting Emmanuelle. Some days you just look at their little faces & see how much they have transformed.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2015 on one time the sun at the Wise Robin
I find myself playing around with the mud when I pass by or 'tidy up'. Enjoy the cosiness that Autumn brings : ) C
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2015 on mud at the Wise Robin
Such sweet relief, dear Emmanuelle. Ordinarily I lament the passing of the cooler seasons but this year I've welcomed the light and new season with open arms. Having such a little resolute soul by side, one who needs to move, embrace & explore constantly has opened my eyes to the beauty that is warmth & longer days. I find summer very much like the way you describe Spring as a child, wunsettling, with a "clear, piercing energy". Perhaps I will learn to love this too! Children are the most amazing teachers. I'm not sure if you received my birthday wishes?! So Happy Birthday again just in case. Happy equinox in the north. XxxC
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2015 on light at the Wise Robin
Autumn and lanterns. Two of my most favourite things. Happy equinox. C
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2015 on light at the Wise Robin
Her face has really changed in the last little while. All the baby-ness gone.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2015 on one time the sun at the Wise Robin
Everybody has a landscape they feel most at home in. The seaside at the Southern Ocean would follow closely behind my beloved mountains. xxC
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2015 on to the mountains at the Wise Robin
Happy Happy {belated} Birthday dear Emmanuelle! XXXXXX
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2015 on to the mountains at the Wise Robin
Happy Birthday for next week dear Emmanuelle, child of Autumn. These are the best times of the year I say, Spring & Autumn. What is the exact date? Virgo?
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2015 on ten at the Wise Robin
Autumn is my most favourite time of year followed by right now, the beginning of spring. It is a dream of mine to spend some time living in the East of either the States or see the amazing colours of Autumn & to live in 'real' snow. I am so glad this little space has left you feeling peaceful & hopeful Kara. love and light to you, C.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2015 on first pink at the Wise Robin
Dear Emmannuelle, so so so lovely to hear of your return from your childhood island! Yes indeed spring is on the move here. I can feel the momentum of her energy building, surging more urgently and powerfully each day. It is indeed wonderful. It is the first time I have truly wanted winter over and gone. And for you the trees must surely be beginning to turn? It seems that it was not long ago I was admiring your snowscapes! I like this idea you have about Ramona. There are certainly a few old things I have been trying to release this past six months. Maybe they are indeed related. I've been checking in every other day looking forward to your vacation stories. I'll pop in tonight after all the birthday celebrating is done and the girls are all tucked up. Xxx C
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2015 on wintershine at the Wise Robin
Thankyou for such kind words Suzy Mae. ~ C
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2015 on wintershine at the Wise Robin
Gerda would have to be one of favourite children's book authors!
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2015 on book basket | winter at the Wise Robin
I found and read The Snow Child. What a beautiful story. Thanks for the recommendxx
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2015 on book basket | winter at the Wise Robin
The Bramble Hedge series was one of those childhood favourites I couldn't wait to share with Zahra when she was Niamh's age. In fact I think they even kick started our seasonal book list. I remember poring over the intricate illustrations as a kid, completely entranced by the miniature world. Zahra loved them just as much as I did, I hope Niamh does too. The Snow Child looks interesting. I've just finished March by Geraldine Brooks and am looking for a new read. I'll have to pop down to the library to see if they have it. Cxo
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2015 on book basket | winter at the Wise Robin
Some days the domestic nature of my life seems never-ending & tiresome, which can make for a grumpy Mama & a slackening of rhythm. My 'little ladies' quickly show me how important this rhythm is for them & myself. It is always a juggle & balls inevitably always get dropped ;) Cxo
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2015 on a learning rhythm at the Wise Robin