collecting · downsizing · good bad brilliant · it's all about me · remembering / musing

Am I late to the vinyl party … or early?

Being fifty-something, I’m prone to reminiscence. Today, I went scurrying beneath the house to unearth our 70s/80s vinyl record collection. A copywriting assignment for a vinyl record retailer got me inspired. As I waxed lyrical about the warmth of high fidelity sound, I got to thinking about the records and artists that underscored my growing… Continue reading Am I late to the vinyl party … or early?

bookishness

Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

If you like your literature served up in sickly sweetness, classic fairytale arcs, loveable characters and happy endings, this is not the book for you. The Dinner is an unsettling and sometimes confronting read. Definitely on the savoury side, many-layered with challenging flavours and textures. Ever eaten something you can’t identify and then realised you… Continue reading Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

bookishness · inspiring folk · out and about

Ancient Rain with Paul Kelly + Camille O’Sullivan

Being fifty-something, I love an experience anchored by a moment in history. A happening my future self can align to something important. It’s a variation on “where I was when …” the twin towers collapsed/John Lennon was shot/the Berlin wall came down. My future self will now remember the day I saw Ancient Rain as the… Continue reading Ancient Rain with Paul Kelly + Camille O’Sullivan

good bad brilliant · inspiring folk

MobileMuster – transforming lives AND lessening landfill

Being fifty-something, I’m inspired by two-birds-one-stone opportunities – social-positive concepts that do double-duty to make the most of my effort or donation. This heartening partnership between MobileMuster and Able Australia has got inspirational written all over it. For September and October, MobileMuster and Able Australia are joining forces in an initiative that supports Australia’s deafblind… Continue reading MobileMuster – transforming lives AND lessening landfill

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]

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