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The happy musings of a lifelong learner, question asker, sourdough baker, Landrover fixer-upperer and committed off-grid aspirer.

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Top five lessons from my first month living off-grid



Well it’s been just over a month since I left the big smoke for the rural life, and my ‘sea-change’ (or ‘tree-change’ as I’ve come to call it) has me living with my sweetie in a 1979 Franklin caravan on 5 acres of rolling pastoral lands. It’s early days and as expected, things are still […]

March 9, 2021

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The Dirty Dozen: getting started with organics



The Dirty Dozen is a list that comes out each year that ranks the fruits and vegetables that measure highest in pesticide residues. Based on data from the US Department of Agriculture, the rankings consider the pesticide contamination of 47 different fruits and vegetables and has been published each year since 2004. To give you […]

January 12, 2021

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Movie Review: Early Man



As a lifelong fan of the wonderful claymation of Aardman Studios, I was excited to watch this 2018 movie directed by the brains behind Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park. Set in prehistoric times, the movie follows a tribe of simple, warm-hearted Stone Age cavemen and their battle against the smug Bronze Age people. With a […]

December 16, 2020

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Life finds a way



Each time I pass through the NSW Blue Mountains (and one of the sites of horrendous bushfires in summer 2019) I hear Jeff Goldblum muttering his famous Jurassic Park quote ‘Life finds a way’. In his case, he’s predicting that all female dinosaurs will find a way to reproduce (and they do). But in this […]

November 23, 2020

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Meet the Beltie



Although I’m an avid animal lover and support various animal rescue organisations (check out the Farm Sanctuary for some inspiration), I must admit that I’ve never been one to get excited over ‘cute cows’. But lately… I introduce you to the Beltie! There’s a small herd I pass regularly on the way to our property […]

October 16, 2020

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Stand strong for who you are



The Archibald Prize (or the Archie as Aussies call it) is the most prestigious portrait prize in Australia. Awarded annually since 1921, it’s almost a hundred years later and in 2020 we’ve finally had our first indigenous winner. The competition stipulates the portrait represent a ‘distinguished man or women preferably in Art, Letters, Science or […]

September 15, 2020

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