marimekko bags
Australia, blogging

Is Buying Vegan Better?

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?

Sirmione
blogging, Cakes

Lots of Recipes to Love Lemons

What makes a great tasting Lemon Cake? Ju-Lyn might consider me a Queen of Lemon Cakes, but I am no reigning monarch of cooking, merely slightly obsessed with lemons. The family loves lemon cake, which means I am keen to try out any new lemon-themed recipe I find. This month, in setting up a tasting… Continue reading Lots of Recipes to Love Lemons

Food, review

Saving the Planet One Sip of Green Tea at a Time

Eco-friendly Biodegradable Tea Bags It's no secret the world has a problem with plastic pollution, particularly the presence of micro-plastics in our oceans and drinking water. Did you know that some tea manufacturers incorporate small amounts of plastic into the teabags, so they hold their shape when immersed in hot liquid? That plastic ends up… Continue reading Saving the Planet One Sip of Green Tea at a Time

Early morning sunrise photography
Environment

Solar Energy in Australia

When visiting Germany in 2010, I was staggered to see solar panels on so many roofs and farms across the country, especially in the rural areas. It put my own country, Australia, to shame. Why? With plenty of strong sunlight year-round, Australia would presumably be at the forefront of engaging with solar technology early on,… Continue reading Solar Energy in Australia

surf beach with waves australia
Environment

The Future – the Facts

Photo by Trace Hudson on Pexels.com What the future will be like is a contentious issue, as it is not about what has been, but what might happen. There are those who choose to deny it, who find it overwhelming or depressing, who stick their heads in the sand and conversely, those who are moved… Continue reading The Future – the Facts

melbourne
Australia

Road Cycling and Safety

I leant out the car window this morning and had a conversation with a road cyclist at the traffic lights. I wanted to know why so many cyclists appear to choose NOT to ride on the outer or footpath side of the road, but position themselves on the inner side, dangerously close to where the… Continue reading Road Cycling and Safety

Australia, Community, Environment, Mental Health

Corona Fallout

When I looked at the stats for countries being hit with this pandemic, it struck me as surprising that the number of cases/deaths due to Covid 19, in some places, did not correlate proportionately with the level of population. It would be easy to assume hygiene levels and santization practices might be lower in underdeveloped… Continue reading Corona Fallout

lady mountain view
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

Environment

DIY Recycled Fashion Skirt

Reducing Landfill Waste In my bid to make this a sustainable living year, I decided to re-purpose an old item of clothing and up-cycle it to a new piece. This helps reduce landfill and provides a new item of clothing to wear and enjoy. With a small piece of elastic, a skirt like this can… Continue reading DIY Recycled Fashion Skirt

deception bay path
Australia, Community, Environment, Motivational

Meeting Daniel

There is nothing more likely to incite anger in the community, than petty theft. Especially when most of us work hard to purchase sought after or sentimental items and build a sanctuary where we can relax and enjoy the fruits of our labours. When something is stolen, we feel violated and angry. New homes, like… Continue reading Meeting Daniel

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

frog
Environment

A Frog in My Garden

With the long awaited arrival of the recent rains, an old visitor returned to our garden. I do believe it is the same frog I wrote about him a few years back: - I had a delightful green visitor in my garden. I found him hiding in the inner dark and cool realms of a… Continue reading A Frog in My Garden

Community

Small Windows

We bought the land near the water on a peninsula, because the local district has water on three sides. We thought how lovely it would be to have the cooling effect of the sea during our long, hot summers. We can be kinder to the earth we thought, by opening windows to catch those sea… Continue reading Small Windows