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?

good bad brilliant · it's all about me · out and about

2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

Being fifty-something, I know that the world’s a better place with whisky in it. And, as a writer, I know how creativity sparks in stunning, scenic environments, the more distant from the commitments and distractions of day-to-day life the better. (I give you Hannah Kent, Iceland and Burial Rites.) So, how did I not know… Continue reading 2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

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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 · out and about

Food Trails by Lonely Planet ~~Book review

Being fifty-something, I’m all for the road less travelled. Give me a quiet, uncrowded journey where the magic unfolds at my pace. If that magic is punctuated by new food experiences, all the better. In Food Trails, Lonely Planet unpacks 52 short breaks embracing the road less travelled through a cherry-picked collection of the world’s… Continue reading Food Trails by Lonely Planet ~~Book review

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]

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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