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

downsizing · it's all about me

Adventures into subdivision #3

If you’ve been following along, you already know that we’ve been hokey-pokeying about subdividing our principal home property. I told you a little about it here. And a little more about it here. It’s a slow old process. It’s already given us dozens of should we/shouldn’t we conversations and shiploads of stress-induced insomnia. And we haven’t… Continue reading Adventures into subdivision #3

out and about

Lake Elizabeth, deep in the Otways

“It’s dusk. You’re canoe-gliding across a remote forest-fringed lake, the air bristling with birdcalls and eucalyptus aromas. From the water, skeletal grey tree trunks claw for the sky. Your guide gestures towards a ripple and (at last) you’ve got what you came for … a platypus encounter in the wild.” It’s months since I wrote… Continue reading Lake Elizabeth, deep in the Otways

it's all about me

The Ultimate Bucket List for Over 50s

Being fifty-something naturally boosts bucket list cogitation up the dinner party conversation agenda, even though it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. To do, or not to do a bucket list? Are you on the yay or nay team? I’m far better at listing than ticking off. For me, the process of listing (even if only in… Continue reading The Ultimate Bucket List for Over 50s

it's all about me · remembering / musing

Where there’s a will …

NB: This is sponsored content. For a variety of reasons, people might feel they have not been reasonably provided for when someone dies, whether it’s a family member or someone who they share a close relationship with. If that’s you and you have no legal background, chances are you’ll have no idea where to begin… Continue reading Where there’s a will …

downsizing

Adventures into subdivision #2

Today, I’ve been contemplating our beautiful silver birch trees in the midst of their autumn splendour. Will this be their last autumn? Downsizing is all about letting things go. If we go ahead with our smaller footprint plans, our trees will have to go to make way for a new build in our backyard. And where the f!@k… Continue reading Adventures into subdivision #2