13 February 2017

The Productive and Happy Woman- Podcasts

Did you make any New Year resolutions this year?
How is that going for you?
Still on course or are you feeling adrift?

I thought about my New Year resolutions for about a day
and that was it. I wasn't interested in focusing 
on a long list of goals...again.

I just wanted answers to a lot of questions.

Life changing kind of questions, the kind
that make you want to pull your hair out
 in search of answers.

Thankfully, my hair is still in tact,
just a little shorter. ;)

My luck started to turn when I tuned
 into the world of podcasts.

What is a Podcast?
A digital audio file
available on the internet,
where fun things happen.

I started by downloading 
the iTunes Podcast App onto my iPhone
and have been listening ever since.

iTunes Podcast APP

Being one who is known to be a bit ADD on the listening front.. 
I have to say I am listening (in earnest) like never before.

I listen in the car, I listen in the kitchen, I listen in the bath,
I listen in bed,  I listen when I am walking 
and if I get side tracked, I go back and listen again
and sometimes again and again. 

I am learning and laughing
through many subjects and loving it.

Best of all...I haven't tugged on my hair once!

It's easy to explore the world of podcasts
I recommended starting with

Here are a few topics that interest me.

this can be a lengthy and fun exercise!

I am currently learning.. 
how to become a more productive woman
with Laura McClellan, a happier one
with Gretchen Rubin and a well informed 
one in the world of design
with Debbie Millman. 


A podcast intended to help busy women find the tools 
and encouragement they need to better manage their lives, 
their time, their stress, and their stuff, 
so they can accomplish the things that matter to them.



Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully. Part of the Panoply Network.



Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a thought-provoking 
Internet podcast, which profiles industry-leading graphic designers, 
change agents, artists, writers and educators. 


It is just the beginning for me 
but I have a good feeling about it 
and thought a few of you might enjoy it too. 
If you are well in tune with podcasts and would like 
to recommend ones that interest you...I am all ears! 

Here are a few others I enjoyed 
while running errands before the 'big snow' today..

An interview with Jo Malone 
and her new autobiography,

An interview with Anthony Bourdain 
on writing and travel with David Remnick 

Speaking of snow
We have a lot and it is still coming down.
I will sign out here..
Wishing you well from snowy New Hampshire!

Tahilla Farm
February 2017

Happy Listening!

Jeanne xx

Thank you all so much for your
kind words in remembrance of our
dear Tika. xx

23 January 2017

Puppy Love...True Love..Farewell Tika

Tika in Australia, 2003

Dear Friends,

I have stopped and started this post so many times in the past weeks... a loss for words, until now. Many of you would have seen on my Instagram post that our dear Tika passed away peacefully. Her 14.7 adventurous years had come to an end at Tahilla Farm in New Hampshire…a long way from her birthplace in Melbourne, Australia. We all take comfort that she is resting with us and is now part of the Tahilla Farm story.

09 December 2016

Hong Kong, London, Tahilla and a Christmas Book List

Birds of a feather flock together and guard the Christmas trees in New Hampshire, USA

There is no other way to start this blog post other than jumping in and saying HELLO!  Some of you may have thought I had travelled off into the midnight blogging sky never to return...again. My great attempt to complete a 30 post writing quest by the end of 2016 has gone awry...as life often does. I have decided to postpone it for another year....when life settles down a bit. (cough, cough, if ever) ;)

If I told you what I have been up to in the past month you would think I was nuts. As I know many of you already do...I won't add to that number!

14 November 2016

Hello...it's me

Just checking in to say...
I did something out of the ordinary recently
and booked myself a photo session.
It was time to be me.

Say what?
Yes, time to be me.

Simply said..
I hate having my picture taken.
The art of dodging an eager photographer 
is a specialty of mine. 

The only one who always 
seems to be one step ahead of me 
is my mother-in-law.
Clever woman.

I decided to 'just do it'
and where better than Sydney.

07 November 2016

What's with the Happy?


What's with the Happy?
My youngest son and I have been spending quality time together these past weeks. He is embarking on his senior year of high school, prepping for a long year in anticipation of the HSC (High School Certificate) in New South Wales, Australia.

03 November 2016

Walking on Sunshine with Lucy, Ethel and a Winner...

Good Afternoon!

I am signing back in from Sydney 
with a view to the Harbour Bridge.
I snapped this pic on my morning walk.

I love this time of year...
when the Jacaranda trees start to burst 
with beautiful lavender blooms.

30 October 2016

A Quickie Giveaway....


I am jumping right in here to say I am offering a quickie giveaway and am delighted to do. I just want to do it...to say thank you for your readership in my own special way. It's been a while since I have had a giveaway.  For me, it has to be something I am loving at the moment and this week I am loving a book by one of my favourite Aussie magazines, COUNTRY STYLE.

29 October 2016

Taking a "CHILL" day...in Australia

Big view on a cloudy day in Sydney.

Hello from Australia!

I am taking a break in Sydney to visit with family and friends. I have had a few questions about our Sydney connection and decided this is as good a time as any to fill you in. So here's the scoop.
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