Checking in for another year…

We are really just visitors on this incredible planet and even though we get to hang around for longer than birds and spiders our lives aren’t necessarily richer for that longevity.   It sometimes lulls us into a false sense of security giving us an air of rights and entitlement.

We are not immortal and must remember to recognise the forces we can’t control.  For there are so many things we cannot change in this world and we should be inspired by these rather than intimidated or afraid.  That is what makes life real.

After all we are not here on this earth for very long either… So make the most of your time however you intend to spin your life’s web and be prepared for it to be pulled, broken and re-woven many times over and certainly don’t hang on with remorse to the things you can’t change.

I certainly intend to make the most of my next year on this earth whatever it may bring as I celebrate my Birthday today on Easter Day and feel incredibly grateful for getting to extend my stay.

On such an occasion it has given me the chance to reflect on how precious life is for the time I have it and hope for the longer I live the more spiritual I grow.  I hope my evolving soul is less driven by greed and material cravings and awakened to greater fulfillment of actions rooted in kindness and generosity.  For there is always room to weave acts of kindness throughout our life’s.

Golden Orb Spider in its web.

Golden Silk Orb-Weaver.

The name of the golden silk orb-weavers refers to the colour of the spider silk, not the colour of the spider itself.   Yellow threads of their silk shine like gold in the sunlight.  Although they are weaving to catch their prey they are just surviving in the time they are privileged to be here.

Birthday Surprise!!

To my dearest Mother,

Welcome to my blog!  The intrepid adventures and musings of Chasquita.  I have been busy creating these pages for your perusal so you can keep up with my travels and discoveries while I am away from you.

I wanted to be sure the content was flowing before I introduced you to the world of blogging and have happily found the path it has taken me on keeps on unravelling!  Now I can proudly present you with 60 posts to view at your leisure.

This is indeed my 60th Post, timed to be especially dedicated to you on your 60th Birthday today!


Congratulations on achieving so many milestones!  I hope you feel bliss being 60 and enjoy the fruits of all your labour.  I am one of your fruits and hope to bring you amusement and pleasure with my writing and images.  This comes with all my most magical wishes to you for many wonderful years to come.

Now sit back with a cup of Yorkshire tea and start from the very beginning….

I do hope you will enjoy the ride!

All my love always,

Chasquita. x 

Two shadows.

Today I am celebrating….!

It is my Birthday today and I am turning 36!   I am not one to worry about the number going up so long as I feel as though I really have lived as much as I could for each year of my life that goes by.   If the Birthday comes when I feel like one year is just blurring in to another then I hope the alarm bells will start ringing.  However, to date, I have to say all 36 years have been unique, elaborate, progressive, enlightening and a personal expansion of my mind, body and soul.

I am sure there is always going to be more that could have been squeezed in (maybe I need another year for that!).  However, so long as I feel like I have given it my best shot and significantly moved forward, maintained a skip in my step, aimed to hold my head up high even when the going got tough, and kept a light touch in my dealings then I am hopefully on the right path.

I must add to this the art of enjoying each moment for what it is and trying to live in the moment.  Something that is not always easy when the past can haunt and the future can sometimes seem scary.  Time is precious and there is little point in worrying about things you cannot change.  Instead live to love, learn, breathe, share and cherish every moment with valour and dignity.

I am really loving the thirties and don’t feel the desire to go back to my twenties, teens or childhood. This is exactly where I want to be and I hope to make the most of the new year that lies ahead of me, all 365 days and nights!

On reflection, to make sure the last year wasn’t just a blur (and doesn’t turn into one!), and so that I can review this post in a years time, I am making note of the journey it has been.  It’s just a snap shot but the summary below captures 36 highlights that I am going to celebrate and cherish today:

  1. It started on my birthday last year climbing the Great Hawe in North Yorkshire.
  2. Followed by discovering a quintessential English pub with the worlds best ever scotch egg I have ever had with two of my favourite people!
  3. Watching the Royal Wedding and the Queens Diamond Jubilee at my mother’s house in North Yorkshire whilst eating home-made cake and sipping on the finest blend of Yorkshire gold tea and feeling thoroughly moved and proud to be British.
  4. Keeping fit and having good health.
  5. Learning hatha yoga and a combination of tai chi and yoga in body balance.
  6. Laughing with friends and family, and crying with friends and family all over the world!
  7. Traveling around the globe twice.
  8. Dancing like the world was going to end and thankfully it didn’t as a result of all the dancing I did I am sure!
  9. Taking my beautiful mother on a wedding reconnaissance mission to Ibiza and generally plotting, planning and spending time together.
  10. Attending the opening and closing parties of Space in Ibiza (more dancing!).
  11. Planning and organising my wedding whilst upside down on the other side of the world in Australia!
  12. Driving an RV the size of a house across California and Nevada, USA.
  13. Whipping up an almighty amount of magical mayhem at Hotel Ashram Galactica, Burning Man.  Where my alias as Feather Dusta Sista, Tzar of all Hotel Chambermaid services, aims to serve all those who reside, visit and enjoy the pleasures of the Grand Hotel along with my dusty crew.
  14. Meeting new and old friends, sharing stories and living in a society where monetary transactions don’t exist and there are no rules for one week.
  15. Sharing love, light and peace at an intimate blessing with my family and new marital family in the small Chapel of a moated, medieval, manor house deep in the Yorkshire countryside.
  16. Getting married!
  17. Watching and feeling the four elements create magic around our wedding wknd and embrace us entirely from start to finish….  Hairs standing up on my arms and neck type of magic!
  18. Learning and performing a dance routine with my husband….. now this does not come naturally to the two of us together.  Maybe separately but not as one!  We kind of pulled it off…. Well we made people smile at least!
  19. Hanging out with my awesome amazing american godmother, I love you Elaine!
  20. Having an amazing time on the white isle with family and friends, you all rocked my world.
  21. Honeymooning in the Maldives and Dubai.
  22. Escaping an encounter with a trigger fish twice!
  23. Eating dinner by candlelight with my husband in the middle of the desert all on our own…..  except for the spiders, beetles, scorpions, snakes, praying mantis and glistening eyes of various other desert creatures…..  they kind of stole the romance but it was an unforgettable experience!
  24. Having dinner on a secluded beach with my husband under the stars, this time the breeze was warm, the food uninterrupted by creepy crawlies and it was an amazing evening to be treasured forever.
  25. Causing mischief at the Eclipse Festival in far north Queensland, (Australia) working and playing with the fabulous Coco Poco Loco Crew.
  26. Watching the Eclipse in far North Queensland.  An amazing experience albeit sharing it with ants and their hills, dangerous spiders, crocodiles, dust, dirt and scorpions.
  27. Learning to become a better cook… now that I am a wife and all.  The proof is in the pudding!
  28. Becoming the godmother of my best friends baby boy, a very special and wonderful honour.
  29. Learning to give proper head and body massages.
  30. Learning to use photoshop and illustrator…  the next year will be the test of my progression.
  31. Learning to ride a motorbike and conquering a huge amount of fear in the process having been involved in a very serious motorcar accident when I was a young girl.  I now have my motorcycle license.
  32. Learning to carve a pendant out of bone and make jewellery, producing my own pair of earrings and a ring.
  33. Starting this blog!
  34. Traveling to Cape Town in South Africa to explore new horizons and make some very big decisions.
  35. Getting my South African visa stamped in my passport… literally three days ago!
  36. Feeling so much love, happiness and gratitude for being alive and having the privilege to live this life.