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Architecture, Australia

Friendly Friday Challenge – Surprise

I am not that fond of social media, but I do use it. Sounds a bit hypocritical, doesn't it? I rather like the Facebook 'Memories' feature. It reminds me of what I was doing on that same date, in previous years. They are always happy memories. (I generally don't post sad ones). Last year at… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge – Surprise

Australia, Community

ANZAC Poem

https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/awm-media/collection/A01005/screen/4162834.JPG The Ode They went with songs to the battle, they were young.Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years… Continue reading ANZAC Poem

Community

Buy one thing

Come on Aussie, come on. Support our smaller shops doing it tough. Buy just one thing from our smaller gift shops to keep them going through this crisis, or when it is over, we won't have those beautiful shops to browse through. Your purchase doesn't have to cost much. Australians are renowned for their community… Continue reading Buy one thing

New Zealand
Australia, History & Traditions, Travel

Australia Speaks – Yeh Nah!

Australians are renowned for a laconic, self-deprecating sense of humour that is, to a large extent, the sort of mockery that is not meant to offend. Australia - New Zealand Relations We love to tease the New Zealanders about their accent and habits, like their habit of calling all and sundry, 'bro.' The Kiwis, in… Continue reading Australia Speaks – Yeh Nah!

Australia, Community, Motivational, Philosophy

The Future of Australia

This is Australia, a continent not ravaged by war, disease or famine. A country rich in resources and a friendly open public. It should be a vanguard for a successful democracy, shouldn't it? Australia in 2020 A wobbly renewable energy sector, Over-reliance of exports of raw materials, A powerful and corrupt financial sector, A struggling… Continue reading The Future of Australia

Australia, Community, Environment

Where are you going, Australia?

Australia Day 2020 Today is Australia Day, or if you are a First Nation person, you might call it Invasion Day. Back in 1788, the "First Fleet." of British ships arrived on Australia's eastern coast and began establishing a British colony. The British considered the Australian continent unoccupied - as the indigenous peoples were not… Continue reading Where are you going, Australia?

Community, Environment

The Future of Australia

Recently I had a discussion with another blogger and it highlighted to me how the bulk of Australian public opinion appears to differ greatly from the rest of the First World in the North. Coal and Renewable Energy Sources Australia could, and should be, a solar energy powerhouse of the world with our almost constant… Continue reading The Future of Australia

Community

Holidays and Church whilst Australia Burns

In case you are not aware, the head of our country has taken himself on holiday. He is out of contact - although supposedly still being sent daily briefings. There would normally be nothing at all wrong with that, except that there is a national crisis - we have had months of bushfires burning through… Continue reading Holidays and Church whilst Australia Burns

Australia, Community, History & Traditions

Christmas Traditions Around the World

It may not be a Sunday for a Sunday still, but nevertheless, it is Holiday decorations! Whilst touring New Zealand, I was invited to Diane's house in Wellington, which, I have to say, was like walking into a Department's store, albeit without price tags. She LOVES Christmas decorating and had no less than 15 trees in her house. It was beautifully done, and tasteful, but bordered just a tad on the obsessive! But what a nice obsession! Dianne collects a gold coin donation from those who visit and the money raised is solely for charity. So it's all for a good cause.

table overlooking the sea
Community

A Seachange

A Home by the Sea

How does one handle change?

Change might be disruptive and jolting, a shock to the system but it also heralds new possibilities and opportunities.

I will soon be moving to a new location. A new house, new area, new neighbours. It is exciting but a little daunting.

Some of you know that we have been prepping for this move for over a year and soon it will become reality. Add to that, I will be semi-retired- whatever that means?

Have you some moving tips for me? Last year when I moved to my current townhouse, I become stressed out and exhausted. I used to be an ace at moving house, when I was in my twenties and moving flats every year or so.

Thirty years on, I am older and need some tips on making it less stressful.

I would love to hear your suggestions.

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