• No better place to buy rosary beads, a $2 saucepan and a 1972 cookbook

    Op Shop Week!

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    You could argue that it’s always Op Shop Week at my house but it actually is National Op Shop Week at the moment. I love op shops. I bought tonnes of stuff for The Spark and I’s new place at the Vinnies in Glebe which is a paradise of cheap books, daggy platters, boxed up glassware […]

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  • The view from the breakfast room at Travaasa Hana

    Hawaii fan club

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    When I like something, I tend to really, really like it. Obsession is too strong a word but I am devoted to the things I love. Hawaii is one of them and, the weird thing is, it has that effect on a lot of people. I was chatting to my friend Phil and he said […]

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  • The goddess Kali, Shiva's wife, is a fairly scary chick

    Back to the beginning

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Finding yourself back at the beginning can feel like failure but here’s the thing: it’s not. A woman I heard speak recently described life as a series of ladders. You climb one, get to the top, look around and then realise, ‘This is not for me’. Then you climb back down and head over to […]

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    I have a confession

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    I am a little bit addicted to buying things online. I got tipsy and bought two saris the other night. The thought process went like this: I have to go to an awards function I need to find something to wear Let me just look online There is nothing in my size Argh. I am […]

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    Stuff my therapist taught me

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    A few years back, I went to therapy. It was expensive but is was also one of the best investments I have ever made. I’ve always associated therapy with neurotic Woody Allen types but my therapist (technically an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner) was a poised and elegant English lady named Margaret. She taught me three important lessons; […]

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No better place to buy rosary beads, a $2 saucepan and a 1972 cookbook
Aug
27

Op Shop Week!

You could argue that it’s always Op Shop Week at my house but it actually is National Op Shop Week at the moment. I love op shops. I bought tonnes of stuff for The Spark and I’s new place at the Vinnies in Glebe which is a paradise of cheap books, daggy platters, boxed up glassware […]

Read More
The view from the breakfast room at Travaasa Hana
Aug
27

Hawaii fan club

When I like something, I tend to really, really like it. Obsession is too strong a word but I am devoted to the things I love. Hawaii is one of them and, the weird thing is, it has that effect on a lot of people. I was chatting to my friend Phil and he said […]

Read More
The goddess Kali, Shiva's wife, is a fairly scary chick
Aug
25

Back to the beginning

Finding yourself back at the beginning can feel like failure but here’s the thing: it’s not. A woman I heard speak recently described life as a series of ladders. You climb one, get to the top, look around and then realise, ‘This is not for me’. Then you climb back down and head over to […]

Read More
anushka chennai silks - moviegalleri.in
Aug
19

I have a confession

I am a little bit addicted to buying things online. I got tipsy and bought two saris the other night. The thought process went like this: I have to go to an awards function I need to find something to wear Let me just look online There is nothing in my size Argh. I am […]

Read More
woody-allen-820x500
Aug
13

Stuff my therapist taught me

A few years back, I went to therapy. It was expensive but is was also one of the best investments I have ever made. I’ve always associated therapy with neurotic Woody Allen types but my therapist (technically an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner) was a poised and elegant English lady named Margaret. She taught me three important lessons; […]

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travelagent
Aug
6

8 ways to book travel like a pro

In the digital age, many of us are booking our own travel. But here’s the catch: we’re not experts. Here’s a handy checklist to help you navigate the world of online travel bookings. 1. Passport Has your passport got six month’s validity? If not, apply for a new one ASAP as many countries won’t allow you in […]

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Manta rays
Aug
5

Best things ever

When you think back over your life, what are the absolute best things you’ve ever done? Here are mine: Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on the Year 10 excursion Getting my puppy Dash, the toy poodle Snorkelling with manta rays on Big Island, Hawaii Hippo-watching as the sun set in the Okavango Delta, Botswana Holding a baby […]

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Book club
Aug
3

Find your people

The power of special interest groups really hit home on the weekend when I was in the Hunter Valley with my book club. We – a group of five – were talking about the various clubs you can be a member of; Upholstery Club, Taxidermy Club, a Skipakke (Belgian Barge Dog) Facebook group. There is […]

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Australia
Jul
31

10 things I love about Australia

1. The word ‘mate’ I tend to go into overdrive the second I step outside the country and start ‘G’daying’ all over the place but no matter where I am, I always love hearing the word ‘mate’. 2. Sunshine Specifically, the quality of the light; so bright and clear. 3. The food From the abundance of […]

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Kerbside bar is satisfyingly juvenile
Jul
27

Sweet (Fortitude) Valley high

Sometimes I feel like I am turning beige with middle age. I wear a lot of stripes and pearls. I go to bed early and get excited about steamed vegetables. But then I went to Fortitude Valley in Brisbane and rediscovered the joy of reckless eating and drinking. My friends and I went up for […]

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