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Today is a day to pause, to take note, to savour. My final day of maternity leave. The weather seems to be channeling my mood. Soft gentle rain, glimpses of sunshine peeking through. I’m not dreading the return, nor am I busting to get back. I think this next change will be good for our family. A little adult time for me, more father-son time for Juls and Léo. Balance. That’s what we’re striving for.

Léo will be six months next week, and what an incredible six months its been. A time to treasure, to breath in… to breath out, to cherish. The smiles playing peek-a-boo, the giggles blowing raspberries. The frown of uncertainty before the cry of fright. The absolute concentration exploring texture, taste and sound. The wonder of trees, blue skies and sunshine. The quiet luxury of nap time.  My dad (and everyone else who has ever said it) understated it when he said ‘having a child is one of the greatest joys in life’.

In our corner of the world, the last month has been a whirlwind. One week in Melbourne with my folks and ten days in New Zealand to celebrate the wedding of new but very dear friends. Juls and I are determined, perhaps naively and stubbornly, to fit Léo into our lives, rather than shape our lives around him. Within reason of course. Though it means we learn the hard way sometimes, I wouldn’t alter our adventures for all the world. Right now a few quiet days are long over due. Perhaps the weatherman knows it too. Balance. That’s what we’re striving for.

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Fun fact: That yellow glow is thanks to curcumin, a pigment found in turmeric. Curcumin can also take credit for the multitude of health benefits attributed to turmeric. Top of the list is its anti-inflammatory properties, followed closely by anti-oxident powers and cancer fighting potency. There is even research being conducted into its possible use in the prevention of heart disease and degenerative neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Isn’t it nice that we’re finely catching up to the wisdom of traditional Chinese and Indian medicines?

For which ever reason you might need, I hope you can find the time today to stop.. sit.. rest.. make a cuppa and find a little balance.

Balancing Turmeric & Lemongrass Tea
Pours 4 cups

Ingredients
1 tsp turmeric
Half a lemon – sliced
6 mint leaves – roughly chopped
6 lemon mint leaves (or more mint) – roughly chopped
Thumb size knob of ginger – grated
3 lemon grass stalks – cut small enough to fit in your tea pot and bruised
1L of water

Directions
1. Prepare ingredients as described and bang them all into your tea pot.
2. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and let brew for 15 minutes before serving, allowing the flavours to infuse.

Notes
Will easily make a second pot if you’re really in the mood. Just add another litre of water and repeat.

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