Our family grew a tiny bit bigger this week with the addition of Rusty the puppy. Rusty is a little ball of cuddles and joy but he’s also shown a real taste for plants. Any plants will do but lavender seems to be a real favourite closely followed by violas (at least he’s going for … More Puppy vs Garden
Growing up on the Australian coast, I’d never really paid much attention to autumn. When I moved to the Snowy Mountains, then Canberra, that changed – watching the leaves on the trees start to change in little patches gradually working up to a brighter and brighter display was magic. Rich gold, warm orange, plum and … More The magic of autumn
Yesterday my daughter became a raging hot mess. She oscillated between demanding, angry and shattered crying on the floor with such alarming speed I couldn’t keep up. Maybe not so unusual for a three year old but the reason it started really got me thinking. My mum and I had taken her to a Japanese … More Time to stop spending…(again)!
The idea of being able to carry my rubbish from an entire year in a mason jar like the Rogue Ginger kind of overwhelms and intimidates me. I admire anyone who can but in all honesty, I just don’t think I’m ready for that yet. BUT breaking down the idea of lowering waste into smaller … More How to create a zero waste bathroom 101
After going into a decluttering frenzy after watching Marie Kondo on Netflix, I found a stack of dried play dough in little plastic pots that we’ve collected since our little person arrived. Not wanting to buy more play dough (encased in more plastic) I decided to have a go at making my own. And guess … More How to make play dough from pantry staples
No matter how small your yard (or balcony) is, you really can grow food anywhere. You don’t even need to be an experienced gardener, you just need to start simple. Strawberries are so hardy and easy to grow so long as you have room for a pot and a bit of sun so they’re a … More Growing food in a small space garden – strawberries
Backyard chickens are great pets and also add some serious sustainability credibility to your life: they eat food scraps, improve your soil, keep bugs in check and give you eggs. Chickens can live happily in an average backyard (but remember to check with your local council for any regulations.) Our move from country to city … More Sustainable living: keeping backyard chickens (even if you live in the city)
Its the day after my 38th birthday and I’m standing on a rice terrace hacked into the side of a cliff in Tegalalang in Bali. My thighs are burning and my heart is beating way faster and harder than I’d like. I slow down, look around and breathe. In and out. A big smile creeps … More Turning 38 and a mid-life anti crisis.
If you are in Canberra and want to experience the snow without the extended travel and expense of heading to the main skifields, Corin Forest is a great alternative. Only a short drive from the edge of the city, Corin Forest provides a beginner ski slope, a toboggan slope and a snow play area as … More Corin Forest, Canberra: SNOW SNOW SNOW
The Canberra Reptile Zoo (located at Gold Creek) finally managed to find its way onto my Canberra to-do list and I’m really glad it did! Like a lot of things in Canberra, the scale of the reptile zoo (no pun intended!) isn’t huge but what lacks in size it makes up for in hands-on fun. I’m not … More Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek