If you were challenged to produce only one wheelie bin full of non-recyclable plastic refuse per month, when a busy beachside café in my region, operating seven days a week can, and does, could you do it? It requires planning, but The Boneyard Espresso proved it's not that difficult. If they can do it, you… Continue reading Changing the Material World
As tempting as it is to recount the highlights of 2021 and the relative freedom we enjoyed in most of Australia; to do that now in the midst of the opening of the Covid floodgates that are occurring, this minute in our country, seems unfeeling and irrelevant. Australia was lucky - we had our bubble… Continue reading Wisdom and New Year Beginnings -2022
When Greg North, Liaison officer for the Northside Beekeepers, first became interested in a new hobby, he was surprised to find little information for those new to keeping bees. However, that changed when he found the associations of Beekeepers, a group that's been supporting apiarists and others interested in the management of European Honey bees… Continue reading The Bees Knees
Australia has been likened to Nazi Germany! Is it true? As an Australian, you'd have to question the rationale of such a comparison. Yet this is the power of media to sway opinion and spread propaganda and fear across the world. Decide for yourself: Here's a snapshot of my life in Australia Nazi Germany: This… Continue reading Life is Normal Down Under
No one lives forever, so as we get older, we inevitably think about our own mortality. Especially when we lose a family member or a close friend. I had imagined the leading cause of death for Australians to be either heart disease, vascular issues or cancer and I was wrong. It was a reality check… Continue reading When Will I Die?
I 'm the type of girl who’s rarely without some kind of handbag, or tote. I have many. My so-named 'bag-robe,' consists of various D.I.Y. constructions, which have either been recycled, or have recycled fabric or zips incorporated into them. Many I've hand-made or hand-painted. There's one exception to this and it's that one exception that had me… Continue reading Is Buying Vegan Better?
By the time the humble spud or apple reaches your supermarket shelf from its trek from the farm, it could be up to three weeks old, due to storage times: days waiting for freighting in trucks, sitting in the open air at wholesale markets, transportation to distribution centres and then to individual supermarkets. Then, there… Continue reading REKO – Covid safe drive through food
I could have been anyone with access to my name and date of birth which the clinic happened to have entered incorrectly. No ID or Medicare card check was requested; I just walked in, gave my name, waited in the queue, then had the jab. "22nd August 2005," some family member screamed out to a… Continue reading Father’s day Covid Jab #1
Over half a century ago this happened: It's Friday 13th, one October, in the early seventies and it's raining hard, in torrents, as it does in summer in a tropical country, like Australia. Construction had started on the Sydney Opera House, (it took 14, instead of the predicted 4 years to complete) and Apollo 16… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Look Back to the Future
In the 1950s the British military detonated a total of 21 nuclear weapons in various sites in Australia. Maralinga is the most infamous of these sites. British soldiers were told it was a secret assignment and despite the displacement of the local Aboriginal people, many were still exposed to high levels of radiation and became sick or died.
I was 22 years old and I was lucky to make it to 23. But I didn't know that yet. While other girls my age flocked to tropical getaways or the beach for holidays, I was going to the remote North-west of Australia. The fact that I'd promised to visit a good friend in a… Continue reading Travelling to the Pilbara in Western Australia
Germaine Greer is a legend in her own time, a leading feminist in the 'burn the bra,' era, yet Germaine has something to say about security. "Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life." - Germaine Greer If we think about those words, to live… Continue reading Security
Over at The Sandy Chronicles, my Friendly Friday co-host Sandy has thrown out the challenge for me to participate in the theme Road Trip. Not just with the usual written post, but with a custom video presentation via Canva. So, I know a little about Canva, but I've only used the trial version. Ah! This… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge – Road Trip