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June 2024
Winter Wonders at Tomah Retreat: A Cozy Tale by Flora the Pig

Hello dear friends, it’s Flora the Pig here, Oink Oink!, writing to you from the heart of our mist-shrouded sanctuary, Tomah Retreat. As the cooler months roll in, I’m thrilled to share the unique gifts of winter that make our little haven a magical place for our guests.

Firstly, each of our studios is warmed by a charming fireplace, where the crackling of logs and the gentle warmth invite you to relax and unwind. Imagine yourselves curled up by the fire, perhaps with a good book and a warm drink, letting the peacefulness of the place soak into your bones.

For those who wish to warm up in a different style, our infrared sauna in the garden offers a blissful escape. As the mist settles in the evenings, there’s nothing quite like stepping into the soothing warmth of the sauna, letting it envelop you as the cool air brushes against the windows.

The landscape here at Tomah Retreat transforms during winter. The fallen leaves carpet the earth, and the air is crisp and cool. In the evenings, our pretty fairy lights twinkle and shimmer through the mist, casting a spell of enchantment all around. It’s truly a sight to behold, and one that I, despite my limited height, never tire of admiring.

For those feeling adventurous, a misty stroll through our neighbors, the Botanic Gardens, offers a mystic experience. The gardens are a quiet marvel during winter, with the fog enhancing the natural beauty and serenity of the surroundings.

And why do I, Flora, love this weather? Well, residing at the top of Mount Tomah means we often find ourselves sitting in or even above the clouds—a surreal and peaceful experience. It’s like living in a dream, high above the world.

So, if you’re looking to cuddle up, warm up, or simply soak up the serene beauty of winter in the mountains, consider this your personal invitation from me, Flora, to join us at Tomah Retreat. Embrace the gifts of winter with us—where every moment is a memory waiting to happen.

More warm snuffles...

Flora the Pig

May 2024

Autumn Whispers at Tomah Retreat: A Cozy Call from Flora the Pig

Hello from your friendly piggy at Tomah Retreat, Flora! As the leaves turn to gold and the air fills with the crisp essence of autumn, I’m snuggling into my house, padded with fresh straw and some sneaky stolen autumn leaves—it’s just the perfect setting for a cozy day!

A Palette of Fall Colors

May is a painter’s dream here in the Blue Mountains. The maples are showing off shades of amber, scarlet, and gold, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your retreat. It's the time when nature dresses in its festive best, and every corner of Tomah Retreat becomes a live canvas. Whether you’re an artist, a photographer, or someone who cherishes the simple joy of being amidst vibrant colors, this is the place and season for you.

Chestnut Charms

And let's not forget, the chestnut trees are still generously dropping their treasures. There’s something truly magical about foraging these spiky gems. Imagine roasting them in the evening by your private fireplace, the rich, nutty aroma mingling with the woodsy scent of the fire—it’s an autumn ritual you won’t want to miss! Just make sure you put a cut in them first or they explode!

Misty Days and Cozy Mornings

The misty mornings (and sometimes days!) add a touch of mystery to Tomah Retreat, transforming our five acres into a mist-shrouded wonderland. It’s the perfect weather for wrapping yourself in a warm blanket in "Breathe," with its bay window offering a panoramic view of the mist-covered mountains, or getting lost in a good book by the fireplace in "Chill."

Visit Flora!

Most importantly, I would love some company! Come give me a cuddle; I'm quite the affectionate pig and I adore making new friends. Visit us this May at Tomah Retreat—enjoy the changing leaves, cozy evenings, and of course, a warm welcome from me and all the animals here. We can’t wait to share this beautiful autumn with you!

Warm snuffles,

Flora 🐷

April 2024

A Snoutful of Secrets: Walnut Wonders and Chestnut Charms at Tomah Retreat

Hey there, humans! Flora the pig here, coming to you from the heart of the Blue Mountains at the enchanting Tomah Retreat. I've taken a brief pause from my busy schedule of rooting around and enjoying the lush greenery to share a little secret with you. Well, it's not just any secret—it's about the season we're trotting into, and trust me, it's a tasty one!

First off, let me squeal about walnut season. It's that magical time of the year again when those crunchy delights start falling from the sky. Okay, maybe not the sky, but it sure feels like it when you see the ground littered with these treasures. Now, I must confess, I've been known to partake in a walnut feast (or two...or three), but worry not! There's plenty to go around. If you're quick, you can gather some of these natural treats for yourself. Just imagine, fresh walnuts right off the ground, ready to be enjoyed in the cozy comfort of your very own studio with a fireplace.

Not far behind walnut season, chestnut season is peeking around the corner. Ever picked a chestnut? Oh, it's an adventure, let me tell you. Their casings are a bit spikey, so you've got to be careful, but the reward is oh-so worth it. Roasted chestnuts on an open fire (safely in your studio fireplace, of course) are something you just have to experience. The aroma alone is enough to make you feel like you're in a storybook.

And speaking of storybooks, have I mentioned the mornings here? Misty, magical, and utterly mesmerizing. They're the perfect start to a day of exploration, walnut and chestnut foraging, or simply relaxing. And as the day winds down, the cool air invites you to snuggle up in front of the fireplace. Whether you're staying in "Chill" with its luxurious bath, "Breathe" with its serene bay window overlooking the mountains, or "Relax" with its enchanting garden view (and the occasional chicken parade), the evenings are simply perfect here.

So, here's my call to you, dear two-legged friends: come and stay with us at Tomah Retreat. Whether you're here for the walnuts, the chestnuts, or just to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Mountains, I promise you an unforgettable experience. And who knows, maybe you'll even catch me and the other friendly animals—mini horses, chickens, dogs, and cats—on one of our daily adventures.

Walnut and chestnut season waits for no one, and I'd hate for you to miss out. So pack your bags, and don't forget to bring a good nutcracker and some sturdy gloves for the chestnuts. I'll be here, eagerly waiting to welcome you to our slice of paradise. And remember, if you find me with a walnut or two, there's plenty more where that came from!

Until we meet, Flora 🐷

March 2024

Hello, dear humans! It's me, Flora – not just any pig, but your future best friend and the unofficial but totally necessary welcoming committee of Tomah Retreat, nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Blue Mountains, NSW.

March is upon us, and oh, how the tables have turned in our little slice of paradise. The air is getting crisper, the mist rolls in like a dreamy blanket in the evenings, and the world here is painted in the most vibrant shades of green you could imagine. It's like stepping into a fairy tale, but with me as your guide, it becomes a funny tale of adventure and snorts!

The chickens are in a frenzy, and can you blame them? The worms are throwing a party, and everyone's invited – well, every chicken that is. And me, of course, I never miss a party. But between you and me, I'm more interested in the veggie crop. Ah, the last of it is just divine! I've been munching on the remnants of our lush garden, savouring every delicious moment before the season changes.

Now, I have a very special invitation for you. How would you like to receive a piggy kiss from yours truly? Yes, it's a once-in-a-lifetime offer! Visit us in March, and not only will you get to enjoy the cooler weather, the enchanting mist, and the lush greenery, but you'll also have the honor of a piggy kiss. I'm practicing my pucker just for you!

Imagine cozying up by the fireplace in one of our beautiful studios – "Chill," "Breathe," or "Relax" – each with its own charm and surrounded by nature's beauty. And the animals! Oh, you'll meet them all: the mini horses with their naughty looks, the dogs and cats who've mastered the art of lounging, and the chickens, of course, who might just share a worm or two with you if you're lucky.

So, what do you say? Are you ready for an adventure? Are you prepared to be charmed by not just me, but all of Tomah Retreat's delightful inhabitants and the magical atmosphere of the Blue Mountains?

I promise, it'll be a visit filled with laughter, warmth, and maybe a little bit of mischief. After all, what's a visit without a bit of fun?

Looking forward to smooching you (with consent, of course), Flora the Pig 🐷

February 2024
Hello there, Flora's fans!

Flora here, and I'm oinking my way into the world of blogging – can you believe it? Well, folks, I turn a grand 15 on February 4th, and what better way to celebrate than to share my piggy tales with all of you!

Did I tell you it's apple picking season up here? No? It is! Wheeeeee. Lovely, crunchy, green, red, apples. Have you ever had a fresh apple before? It's like nothing on earth. Come up and try them (I'll tell you my favourite spots!)

Now, you might be wondering, "Why on earth would a pig want to start a blog?" Let me tell you, dear readers, being a pig in the Blue Mountains next to the Botanical Gardens on Mount Tomah is no small feat. It's a life of mud baths, walnut feasts, and the occasional chestnut frenzy – truly, a pig's paradise!

Firstly, let me tell you about the fantastic perks of living here. The weather – oh, it's just right. Not too hot, not too cold – just perfect for a piggy like me. Lots of beautiful mist in the mornings, I can barely find the labyrinth!  And let's not forget my very own mud bath in the garden. It's like having a spa day every day! If you're into relaxation, you've got to try it.

Speaking of the garden, it's a pig's dream come true. I get to greet all the new guests with a friendly wag of my tail and regale them with tales of my adventures. I've got a prime spot to observe the beauty of the mountains from my house, and let me tell you, it's a sight to behold.

Now, about those walnuts – oh, they're like little pieces of heaven. Walnut season is my absolute favorite time of the year. I'll happily trade my mud bath for a walnut feast any day. And chestnuts? Don't even get me started! I go absolutely mad for them. Crunchy, delicious chestnuts – a pig's guilty pleasure. They'll all be here in 1, 2 , 3 (excuse me, while I count on my trotters) months. 'April', my mum tells me. Oooh, I can't wait. And guess what? The neighbours sell them too.

You see, my mission with this blog is to spread the word about the wonders of the Blue Mountains and, of course, Tomah Retreat. It's not just a place; it's an experience. The lush green acres, the friendly mini horses, the clucking chickens – it's a piggy paradise, and I want to share it with the world.

Now, I must confess, my fellow swine enthusiasts, that sleeping is a top priority for me. In my advanced age of 15, I've earned the right to enjoy some beauty sleep. But fear not, I'll make sure to wake up for the important stuff – like greeting guests and, of course, enjoying some cake on my birthday.

So, if you're looking for a unique retreat surrounded by nature's wonders, consider coming to Tomah Retreat. Who knows, you might catch me in the garden, ready to share a tale or two – and maybe even a piece of birthday cake. Just remember, though, they say something about pigs and sharing. Wink, wink.

Until next time, keep it piggylicious!

Snorts and oinks,

Flora 🐷

Featured Studio - Flora's favourite is "Chill". *Hint - It has a bath!