out and about · shopping / or not

The good, the bad and the brilliant [ 27 September 2014 ]

A (roughly) weekly maybe monthly round-up of what’s got in my head, up my nose and in my heart. THE GOOD Please allow me one vainglorious moment to gloat about being placed in the Eat Drink Blog Writing Competition 2014  for Australian food bloggers. Who would have thought? I share the podium with two super food-savvy… Continue reading The good, the bad and the brilliant [ 27 September 2014 ]

craftiness · decorating / homefront · shopping / or not

DIY Terrarium … the gift that keeps on growing

Being fifty-something, I’m a terrier when it comes to a gift-giving mission. I love to stick to my guns and, in this year of buying nothing new, it’s more critical than ever. With my great niece Miss E’s fifth birthday looming I was keen to find a suitably “ethical” gift for her. I’d set a… Continue reading DIY Terrarium … the gift that keeps on growing

inspiring folk · it's all about me · remembering / musing

On funeral slideshows

Being fifty-something, I seem to be attending funerals with unsettling frequency. The generation that went before is moving on, one by one. So I’m feeling qualified to make this personal observation. Those slideshows of photographs they show at funerals are growing on me. More and more, I look forward to the moment when everyone in… Continue reading On funeral slideshows

it's all about me · kitchen capers

Kale Puttanesca (when life hands you kale)

Being fifty-something, I’ve seen the rise and fall of many a fad “super food”. It seems that just as I’m ready to surrender to a culinary trend,  a barrage of de-bunking articles hits the interwebs and I’m left with a not-so-super food to contemplate. Not so with kale. It seems to be standing the test of time. I’ve… Continue reading Kale Puttanesca (when life hands you kale)

it's all about me

If you’re happy and you know it

Being fifty-something, it’s no surprise to learn that (according to a recent survey) Australians aged 55-59 years are the most satisfied with their careers, with three in four (76%) claiming to be “very happy” or “happy” with their work life. Hell, yeah. “This suggests that experience in the workforce can amplify happiness. It’s also likely that… Continue reading If you’re happy and you know it

it's all about me · out and about

Castlemaine – a weekend on the road less travelled

Being fifty-something, I love a knowing moment, a nanosecond in time when you know something to be true. It doesn’t have to be world-changing, just true. On Friday afternoon at 5.30pm, Mr P and I settled in to toast our toes by the ginormous open fire at Castlemaine’s Public Inn. We sat at the corner… Continue reading Castlemaine – a weekend on the road less travelled

inspiring folk · out and about

The Wholehearted Success Summit 15-21 September

After yesterday’s ranty post about my “turning fifty-five” terrors, I have pulled myself together. Somewhat. I’m feeling much more like me again, rather than some age-obsessed weirdo stuck in a loop playing “too old, too old”. Crisis over. To keep the more positive vibe going, I want to share with you this upcoming (FREE and… Continue reading The Wholehearted Success Summit 15-21 September