These days I find Christmas pretty overwhelming and each year I dream about taking the boys away to a secluded cabin on a lake somewhere and avoiding it altogether. In my dreams we fish for flatties during the day and play cards at night, we have long sleep-ins and read books out on the deck in the morning sun, me sipping hot coffee while the boys feed bread to the local birds…
Failing that dream ever coming true, I’ve been trying to work out ways to help the boys to focus on the important things and enjoy the magic and meaning of Christmas, and have worked out a few things along the way:
1/ Involve the kids in the act of writing cards, and have a conversation about the person and what kind and meaningful words you can write together. Continue reading “Christmas”
When you think about it, the most powerful vote you have isn’t the one coming up in the next election, but rather all the little ones you make every single day, with your dollars.
Every single time you make a purchase you are choosing to condone that brand’s behaviour, whether they’re a small family business or a large corporation, you are saying ‘yes I agree with your practices, keep doing what you’re doing’.
This is an incredibly powerful thing; you have the power to support those humans who are trying really hard to change the world and do the right thing, and you also have the power to starve the multinationals and bring about change for the better… Big brands are always trying to work out what their customers what, and nothing speaks louder than dropping sales. Continue reading “The little votes”
The other day I was giving my niece a tour of our potted garden in the back courtyard and as I recounted a special story behind every plant it occurred to me that all of my favourite plants stem from my childhood.
They reminded me of fairy hunting adventures in the rose garden surrounding our farmhouse, or of my dad fondly recalling how his mother always had a Daphne bush by the back door.
Mostly though, my botanical preferences were subconsciously instilled during holidays spent at my maternal nanas house in Wangaratta, who was also a Daphne fan (I imagine they featured in a lot of Australian backyards in the late 1950’s, kind of like lemon trees). Continue reading “Frugal gardening”
Rewind just 50 years when kitchens consisted of dry goods in jars, bulk meats stored in large freezer chests and imperfect looking fruit & veg – often grown organically, and we begin to realise that Zero Waste is not so much a futuristic idea but more of a homage to a more simple era.
If we take this lens to our kitchens today it’s easy to see the steps to take just by asking ourselves, what would our nan’s kitchen have looked like?
Continue reading “A sustainable kitchen”
What’s on hand may be even better: Rather than buying something new, look for things you already have in the house. Using things for unintended purposes, like a carafe as a vase or a white porcelain dish to hold small objects – can give your room an unusual and interesting touch.
– Muji Global Tip 07 for Living a New Way
This tip from Muji pretty much sums it up perfectly. Every time I have a problem where the obvious solution is to rush out and thoughtlessly buy a quick fix I always take a few days to think over what the solution might be and to go through what I have on hand to see if I can come up with a solution. Continue reading “Making do with what you have on hand”