• Ideal growing conditions

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    I believe that the real work of life is trying to figure out what kind of person you are, and what your ideal growing conditions are. We’re not always born in the right climate. Just like a plant, we all have basic requirements: soil, sun, water, temperature, nutrients. Have you ever seen a frangipani trying […]

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  • Phone-a-phobia

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

      I have a confession. IĀ hate mobile phones. I like being able to check my email and social media accounts. I use the banking app. I love Spotify. But the actual phone that rings? I HATE IT. 15 years working in the media has made me allergic to the sound of a ringing phone. I […]

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  • The circuit

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    I have a theory. It’s nothing new but I thought I would share it with you anyway. I believe that love is a circuit. You only get out what you put in. I am fortunate in the sense that I have an abundance of love and support around me. Subsequently, I believe that it is […]

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  • Why I need retreats

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    I recently returned from a two night stay at Billabong RetreatĀ and – wow – what a difference. The 48 hours I spent there shifted something. The past month has been really tough and I’ve felt it in my body. My stomach has been sore – in both the muscles and digestive system – and sleep […]

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  • What happens when you damage a rental car

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Have you ever wondered what will happen if you damage your rental car? Well, friends, you can rely on ol’ spatially challenged Castle here to deliver. On my recent East Coast road trip adventure, my friend Michael and I hired a car from Avis. To our great delight, when we went to pick it up […]

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Sep
24

Travel Tales: Lorraine Elliott aka NotQuiteNigella

Name: Lorraine Elliott Occupation: Food Blogger and publisher of www.notquitenigella.com Favourite travel destination? That’s a tough one. I loved Phuket, Finland and New Zealand but for different reasons. Phuket because we stayed at a fabulous resort that arranged for a lot of fun activities for us, Finland because of the complete novelty of a country […]

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Sep
24

Home is the only place to start…

Every journey starts at home. I recently moved to Marrickville, NSW, and quickly discovered that my new suburb was as full of life and colour as any overseas country I have ever been to. Marrickville Council has the *highest number of people not born in Australia which lends the area a thriving diversity. Walking down […]

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Sep
24

Maybe it was fate…

I was a really bolshie little kid. I would talk to anyone and I wandered off a lot. My childhood memories are punctuated with any number of PA systems calling my name. I remember once when I was meant to be playing netball that I got bored and decided to just walk off the court. […]

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