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

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

Adventures into subdivision #1

Being fifty-something often means change. Physical changes, outlook changes, family changes, housing changes. For us, Boy Wonder’s recent shift to the big smoke signals that we are (like it or not) empty-nesters. Just me, Mr P and Jack Sparrow (Pirate Cat) remain aboard the Mothership. This house is a far heavier footprint than we need… Continue reading Adventures into subdivision #1

bookishness · decorating / homefront · organising /good ideas at the time

A little home office update

Being fifty-something, I know the value of brightening up my work space now and again. It’s easy to get complacent about your work environment, especially when you work from a home office. My space was well overdue for a declutter, reorganise and update. I decided to devote a recent Saturday afternoon to spiffying it up.… Continue reading A little home office update

decorating / homefront · it's all about me · shopping / or not

Reflecting on a year of buying nothing new

Being fifty-something, I’ve wised up to the fact that good living is not about “things”, it’s about experiences, and people … and relationships. Twelve months ago I quietly embarked on a year of “buying nothing new” where I challenged myself to take a step back from consuming and, instead, to dance with the notion of… Continue reading Reflecting on a year of buying nothing new

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

decorating / homefront · inspiring folk · it's all about me · kitchen capers · Uncategorized

Jae’s Date and Almond Meringue Torte (for Father’s Day’s sake)

Today is Father’s Day in my part of the world, and almost 25 years to the day since my dad died. Inside I ached and reminisced, running my mind’s melancholy movie reel of that godawful time. Outwardly, I was swept up into family celebrations for the other fabulous fathers around me. Twixt the laughter and chatter, memories… Continue reading Jae’s Date and Almond Meringue Torte (for Father’s Day’s sake)

decorating / homefront · good bad brilliant · kitchen capers · out and about

The good, the bad and the brilliant [1 September 2014]

A (roughly) weekly round-up of what’s got in my head, up my nose and in my heart. THE GOOD My friend Prue grows perfect lemons. Yes, they’re perfectly perfect … for juicing, for zesting, for slicing. They’re a lovely deep saffron colour and the skin is thin – you get to the flesh fast. Prue’s… Continue reading The good, the bad and the brilliant [1 September 2014]