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Exploring Dame Nellie Melba’s (you know, from the $100 note) secret garden

Over a couple of recent trips, I've found myself quite inspired by the original feminist, Dame Nellie Melba. If that name means nothing to you, then you're probably like me and don't see many $100 notes (her face is on them), but her story is fascinating. … [Read More...]

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Photography expedition: the old Beechworth Hospital facade

I love an outing with my camera in hand. You know how some people say you shouldn't watch life through a viewfinder, that you need to put the camera down to take things in? Well, sometimes it works … [Read More...]

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22 reasons to fall in love with walking

When I tell people I love to walk, they look at me like I'm a bit soft. Yeah, everyone walks, is the thought I can see in their eyes. It's not 'real' exercise. But here's the thing: walking is … [Read More...]

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Why I don’t drink alcohol anymore

I don't drink anymore. There, I've said it. My reasons for giving it up aren't the usual ones you hear. Alcohol has never been a big part of my life; aside from an expensive French champagne or a … [Read More...]

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Should we tell our kids they’re special?

One of life’s greatest tragedies is that we lose the solid belief we hold in ourselves as young children. My two-year-old thinks she’s amazing. The way she reacts to her own day-to-day … [Read More...]

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Why it’s hard to develop a strategic plan for a creative business

Last month I went to a great workshop about strategic planning. It was good for lots of reasons: meeting other business owners in my new community, being part of a hands-on exercise run by a … [Read More...]

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How to be a good house guest

We've had quite a lot of people staying with us at our new place so far. We love having them all, and I thought I'd share the one thing that makes a great house guest (aside from being wonderful … [Read More...]

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FAQs about moving to the country

I’ve been asked lots of questions over the last couple of months, about our move to the country. I thought I’d put them all together in a blog post in case anyone else out there is wondering … Did … [Read More...]

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10 ways to a successful freelancing life

I wish I could record people’s reactions when I tell them I’m a freelance writer. “You make a living from that?” “What do you write? And what do you mean that companies need things written for … [Read More...]

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5 things I’ve learnt in 5 years of blogging

Consistency is king. Sometimes the best lessons are those you learn by making mistakes, and I've certainly done that. I've chopped and changed too much with different blogs and new domains, and … [Read More...]

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Photography expedition: the Beechworth Gorge

"Do you want to stay up later tonight and ..." "YES!" (A six-year-old doesn't need to know why she's allowed to stay up late. It doesn't matter what else is happening; not being told to go to sleep … [Read More...]

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Are there ghosts at the Beechworth Asylum?

"Are you nervous?" There was silence as we all looked around hesitantly. "Well, you should be." And with that, the ghost tour of the old Beechworth Lunatic Asylum began. I'm not one to believe … [Read More...]

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An overnight hike with kids at Wilson’s Prom (and related lessons)

Every hike we do throws new challenges at us and our kids, and our latest adventure was perhaps the biggest lesson in resilience for our family yet. … [Read More...]

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Rainforest scuba diving

It wasn't until weights were tucked into my gear that I realised why I'd never wanted to scuba dive. I'm not at my most confident in the water, and the idea of being weighted down below the surface … [Read More...]

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A big breath before diving into 2015

There's no way that 2015 can't be huge. We're moving 300km away, leaving suburbia to start a new lifestyle on seven acres, and I'll be freelancing full-time. … [Read More...]

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ADVENTURE

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An overnight hike with kids at Wilson’s Prom (and related lessons)

Every hike we do throws new challenges at us and our kids, and our latest adventure was perhaps the biggest lesson in resilience for our family yet. … [Read More...]

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Rainforest scuba diving

It wasn't until weights were tucked into my gear that I realised why I'd never wanted to scuba dive. I'm not at my most confident in the water, and the idea of being weighted down below the surface … [Read More...]

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Swimming with seals and dolphins: the experience I had to have

It took a while to figure out what made me book Swimming with Dolphins. Because while it might sound like great fun and a really special experience, it’s actually something I’d done before… and hated. … [Read More...]

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CAMPING

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My first ‘glamping’ experience

I love to keep things basic when camping, so thought the wilderness retreat ‘tent’ at Wilson’s Prom would be a bit soft. As it turns out, maybe I’m happy to soften up a bit.

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Out the back of the William Creek pub

William Creek – population 10 – is South Australia’s smallest town. But somehow, referring to it as just a dot in the middle of nowhere underestimates the power of this place.

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10 tips for camping with toddlers

Camping with toddlers is great fun (truly!), although there are some things you need to know ahead of time. These ten tips will help make it an experience worth doing again and again.

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TRAVEL WITH KIDS

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Photography expedition: the Beechworth Gorge

“Do you want to stay up later tonight and …” “YES!” (A six-year-old doesn’t need to know why she’s allowed to stay up late. It doesn’t matter what else is happening; not being told to go to sleep is the ultimate in life.) “Well, I’m going to take you on a photography expedition,” I explained. And […]

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An overnight hike with kids at Wilson’s Prom (and related lessons)

Every hike we do throws new challenges at us and our kids, and our latest adventure was perhaps the biggest lesson in resilience for our family yet.

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Giving kids an old-school summer break

It’s been a big year and I don’t know about you, but we’re very ready to wind down. (Getting there!) Our plan is for a summer with lots of fun and little routine.

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