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November 2010

We had a visitor to our backyard this week... A turtle. He was a surprise visitor given that we live kilometers away from the nearest waterway. I know absolutely nothing about turtles, but managed to work out what sort of turtle he was was by searching the NSW Wildlife Atlas for reptiles in the Newcastle local government area. The results revealed only one turtle, the Eastern Snake-Necked Turtle. I checked a few images, and yep, thats him, commonly known as a 'Stinker' (i'm so glad we didn't experience the reason for this common name). We learnt heaps about these common... Read more →

Our household has had an on again-off again relationship with television for the past few months. Back in July, in a moment of frustration, I hid the TV in the spare room. It stayed away for a few months. Our home was a calmer more loving and creative space without it. We dragged the TV out every now and then if there was something we really wanted to watch. In the beginning we’d put it away straight after the show. But as time went on it was left out more and more. Eventually it just stayed out. Saturday night I... Read more →

Hello all. I've set up a new page dedicated to inspiring reads. It's the place where i'll list articles that are so good that they have to be shared. For example, this week I've loved: A Short Guide to Consumer Disobedience, Miss minimalist. What Simplicity And Minimalism Isn’t About, Simple. Organised. Life Life is 15 per cent better on a bike, ABC Environment Why I won't be cooking for a week, The Progressive Pioneer Why public transportation is good for kids, The Grist Make Home a Haven Using Personal Filters, Small Notebook for a Simple Home Let's make a harvest... Read more →

Slow travel is about making conscious choices, and not letting the anticipation of arrival undermine the pleasure of the journey. By choosing to travel slowly, we reshape our relationship with place and with the communities through which we pass on our journeys. A manifesto for slow travel This time last week I was sitting on a train. I had to be at a workshop on the Friday. I could have flown up Thursday night, stayed in a motel, done the workshop, and then flown home Friday night. Instead I decided to remind myself of the benefits of slow travel. 10... Read more →

Tomorrow marks the start of National Recycling Week. I'm doing some recycling myself....recycling an old post: We are recycling too much. Just remember, the 'reduce' is so much more important than the 'reuse' and 'recycle'. Little Eco playing with a puppet she made from recycled bits and pieces last week. Read more →