downsizing · organising /good ideas at the time · shopping / or not

Frugal Friday Fortnight [2 September 2016]

My Frugal Friday report struck a chord with many readers – thanks for your emails and messages. You’ve encouraged me to think even harder about living lightly and consuming less. Reusing and “making do” has become a natural part of our lifestyle since committing to a year of buying nothing new (which has evolved into… Continue reading Frugal Friday Fortnight [2 September 2016]

bookishness

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ~~ a book review

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it… Continue reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ~~ a book review

it's all about me · shopping / or not

Frugal Friday [19 August 2016]

Lately, I’ve been fielding questions about my year of buying nothing new. I haven’t been banging on about it mostly because it felt like a personal mission rather than an opportunity to air my laundry. Still, folk are keen to know whether I’m lasting the distance. Two and half years in, I’m proud to report that… Continue reading Frugal Friday [19 August 2016]

out and about · shopping / or not

The Entertainment Book foodie tour of G-town

Being fifty-something, I’ve learned the value of a dollar. I get that it’s less about what you earn and more about what you do with it. When your thoughts turn to (the whimsy of) retirement, saving a buck or two seems even more imperative. And, so it came to pass that we bought an Entertainment… Continue reading The Entertainment Book foodie tour of G-town

decorating / homefront · downsizing · it's all about me

Adventures into subdivision #4

Rusted-on readers will know we’re on a journey into the badlands of subdivision. I posted about it here, here and here. There’s not been much posting about it since. You see, if you live in an area with a “heritage overlay” populated by notorious objectors to most developments, you’re best to keep your head down –… Continue reading Adventures into subdivision #4

bookishness · health matters

A Brain for Life ~~ Book Review

A Brain for Life – how to optimise your brain’s health by making simple lifestyle changes now By Nicola Gates, PhD [Published by ABC Books]   Being fifty-something, I’m prone to an occasional “senior moment”. Every so often, I wonder if not being able to find my keys is a signal of something more sinister.… Continue reading A Brain for Life ~~ Book Review

bookishness · health matters

Is your job making you fat? ~~ Book Review

Is your job making you fat? How to lose weight and control your waist at work By Ken Lloyd, PhD & Stacey Laura Lloyd (Nero Books) When I sighted the cover of this book, I expected a light-weight how-to about “al desko” exercise rationalised by more of the “sitting is the new smoking” message we’re all… Continue reading Is your job making you fat? ~~ Book Review