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New Moon August 2009

July 3, 2010

Aloha Beloveds,

Serenity Beaches-Tonga


Merlady and Bella form New
Zealand

I am in the midst of resorting my life now that the Whale Watching Business is truly in the past.
I am doing healing sessions, eating papayas being a clown nanny. i also am kayaking with the whales which is quite an experience. The most magnificent was the other day when i spotted some blows and kayaked out. There was a mama and baby hanging together in the water. i slipped in quietly and didn’t wait long before the curious baby came by. She was so big circling me eye to eye that her tail was way longer than the kayak i kept between us. Mama came closer to make sure i wasn’t being a bad influence on her baby and the escort swam under me to make sure all was well. Oh my we hung in the water checking each other out for about 15 glorious minutes. Then mama decided to move on. WOW

I had this built and live in it till I leave Serenity Beaches. If I can't live on a boat, this is next best.

S/V Taiko fruit for the journey

snorkling and clowning on S/V Taiko

Back to the USA
I am going back to the USA to take care of my folks in Indiana and Florida for the fall and early winter.
I am also considering marrying Whitewolf who has been such a loyal supporter for the last 5 years. He wrote me a letter saying he couldn’t live without me no mo (is that a song?)and he is willing to spend 6 months a year by/on the sea.
hmmmmmmmm…OK blessings and hugs, alicia merlady

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New Moon, July 18, 2009

July 22, 2009

New Moon July 18, 2009

Maloaleilei from Tonga,
The whales are spouting and being sighted and seen in the waters in and around the islands of Vava’u. I am waiting to see them myself though I feel them moving in my dreams.
Vava'u Beauty, Tonga
Moonlit Sail
I was blessed to hop aboard the S/V Moonglow from Serenity Beaches in the Ha’apai islands and sail on a full moon evening up to the Vava'u group. Oh My I was in bliss with the rosy glow on the water at sundown on the port and the silvery beauty of the full moon rising on the starboard. The night was a magnificent blanket of stars in a humid warm atmosphere of calm rolling seas.

Tongan Princess Visit

Tongan Family celebrating a weddingA festive feeling floated through the air in aniticipation of the visit of the King’s sister to Vava'u. For a week before, folks put up homemade white and red triangle flags in streamers along the roadways. The police car would go thru with a loudspeaker and ask people to corral their loose pigs of which there are many of all sizes ,varieties running freely in the yards and streets. The day before, folks got out their tapa cloths, white lacy curtains and colored cloth to decorate the hedges and fronts of their homes. Artificial flowers in pinks, reds, whites and blues were put in pots along the sides of the houses as well as shiny silver and blue tinsel.
The Tongan Ladies sing to welcome the Princess
On the day of her arrival, Sola, Inyat and I got dressed up in the local traditional garb. I had a kiki of colored straws hanging off my long skirt. We waved at the Princess as she went by then hopped in the car with some Tongan lady neighbors and joined the parade that went thru all the villages of Vavau celebrating her visit.
Sola and I jumped onto a bright canary yellow flatbed truck full of Tongan singing ladies beating sticks on tin containers of crackers for percussion. Much laughter and happiness radiated everyone’s mood. The villages had a contest for the best decorated. We saw teddy bears perched on sticks, lots of colored red and white balloons, a few over the road signs even a decorated baby cow. As the parade went thru different villages more trucks and cars honking joined the parade. Simple floats mainly women dressed in their finest singing and laughing filled the air. There was even 4 ladies standing up in a truck in red long skirts with Obama t-shirts with leis on.

Sufi Friends

Sola and Inayat Since I have been here in Vavau I have been so blessed to stay with my sufi friends Sola and Inayat who have moved here from the states. They went to New Zealand and got a containers of goodies to settle in here. I am watching their upstairs apartment overlooking the ocean transform with a stove, refrigerator, running water in the sink, painting, the shower going in etc. It is quite an affirmation of what we can all do. They have a wonderful relationship with the Tongan family they leased the land from and are totally guided by spirit to be here. We feel there is some connection between us all. I feel so lucky to be here in their presence.

I am still waiting for the next door to open up for me. This waiting periodAlicia with her water wings is a lesson in patience. In the meantime, we have had some great adventures launching their big dingy type boat, the Nancy 111, in the surrounding small islands. Glorious sunny days of blue skies, crystal azure waters, snorkeling delights and picnics on remote low tide beaches. I spied a new fish-flourescent blue flat like a damsel fish with black markings and a bright canary yellow tail and fins. I followed it around watching it eat and swim amongst the coral beds. We also constructed the 75th flying heart out of huge clam shells and living green vines for the wings on a remote tiny island that Sola and Inyat have eyes to go back and camp on overnight. There are also eight 2 week puppies to play with, yummy.

Alicia at Sola and Inayat's home with Bambi and her puppies

Alicia at Sola and Inayat's home with Bambi and her puppies


Serenity Beaches
I plan to return to Serenity Beaches by the end of the month where a Tongan falleTongan falle is being built for me. Patti and I look forward to putting our creative juices together to offer events, practises and programs to the guests.

Women’s New Moon Guide
The book of new moon ceremony is coming back from the printer and I am so excited. You can go to www.aliciabonnet.com for how to order the book and companion CD. I know you have been hearing about this for months…aaah can’t Hurry the Goddess..

Big hugs and blessings to each one of you. I do hope that your lives are bringing great blessings and joy to you….

Merlady

New Moon, June 22, 2009

June 24, 2009

Aloha beautiful family,
Greetings from Tonga

Serenity Beaches, Uoleva, Ha'apai, Tonga

Serenity Beaches, Uoleva, Ha'apai, Tonga


May this turning time on the earth find you all in great health, peace of mind and joyous life. Not only is this the new moon, it is the solstice –summer in the northern hemisphere and the winter here in the south as well as my mother’s 92nd birthday. I realize again how we carry inside of us what is time. My body carries the summer solstice yet where I am it is winter here in Tonga. Hmmmm

Changes in Whale Watching

Life is such a mystery isn’t it? Just when we believe we have it all figured out coyote throws in a curve ball and we get to reconfigure. I got to Tonga all ready to start on the whale business and found that Capt. Jim had reprioritized. So I took the night ferry to Serenity Beaches where Patti, Semi and Yoda the new puppy
Yoda and Spot romping

Yoda and Spot romping

have graciously opened their hearts and home to me. We are finding ways to absorb the equipment I had shipped here and exploring options to do the biz in a different way. I admit that I was in a state of surprise with the news and disappointed that my home is not a boat now but a land base.
Merlady falle(guest house) land base

Merlady falle(guest house) land base

Yet what a lovely land base surrounded by gorgeous azure blue waters, 2 beaches, abundant fresh food and amazing loving folks. Do check out www.serenitybeaches.com perhaps a Tongan vacation? Patti, Semi and I hold the vision of the sea/land community and are holding the image of a catamaran sailing into the bay with the perfect captain who wants to also become part of this community and my home on the sea. So I invite you all to assist this manifestation by lighting a candle on this the winter/summer solstice.

Guiding Programs at Serenity Beaches

Medicine Wheel at Serenity Beaches

Medicine Wheel at Serenity Beaches

While at Serenity Beaches,I have made a medicine wheel out of large coral pieces to balance the land and the 73rd flying heart art piece out of coconuts and wood. When I tune in I feel the connection of all these medicine wheels and flying hearts in the web I have created around the world. Patti and I hold similar visions for activities and programs here. I have begun to guide morning movement, a combination of yoga, energy medicine and various other movement practices. There is also the opportunity for me to keep guiding new and full moon gatherings and peace fires as well as living a simpler life off the grid with all the challenges that awake my lower chakras. This experience is a way to trust in the perfection of spirit to know that when one door closes another will open. The transition time in between doors is my challenge right now to keep positive, happy and energetic.

Bubbles joins the parade

Bubbles the Clown marching with the school kids Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Bubbles the Clown marching with the school kids Nuku'alofa, Tonga

I put on my red nose and funny blue jester hat so that Bubbles could join in the all day parade on the opening day of the Tongan Parliament. This parade is made up of hundreds of school children from grade school through high school in splashes of their uniform colors of orange and white, blue and white, red and white and maroon and white. All of the school bands were very professional sounding and each one had amazing complicated walking patterns as they played familiar western tunes. Bubbles had a great time miming, blowing bubbles and marching with the kids. As some of the tunes played were ragtime , Bubbles sweated and danced with the mothers and teachers marching alongside their school. It felt like a July 4th parade with crowded bystanders cheering on their kids. The atmosphere was light, fun and full of laughter. It is amazing how many people saw me that day. Even now weeks later I hear about the clown who joined the parade.

Sharing with the youth of Tonga
Joining the parade inspired me to seek out sharing my talents of music, juggling and clowning with the youth of Tonga. I am meeting with the youth council here this week and spirit has led a few teachers to me. There is a tradition in Tonga for juggling though interest has been lost due to video and computers which take up more of the youth time than in prior days. Most of the juggling here is solo to see how many balls one can put into the air. This is an opportunity for me to teach the more cooperative type of juggling in which 2 folks do tricks together and pass balls back and forth. I will also be sharing my knowledge of music-banjo playing is rare here so I am as usual an eccentric.

May the winds of change blow gracefully in your life uplifting you to greater opportunities.
Hugs and blessings, Alicia Merlady