To Do Lists or Not To Do Lists?

I’m a big lists person. I make lists all the time. The sad thing is making to do lists doesn’t seem to make me more organised. Far from it. Rather it seems to have the opposite effect because I have lists scrawled on scraps of paper in my handbag, a list of things to do in my desk diary, … [Read more...]

15 Ways to Stress Less and Spend Less on Housekeeping.

The lead up to Christmas isn't always bright lights, champagne and laughter, is it? Do you often find yourself asking: "How can I spend less on housekeeping?" and "How can I do more but stress less?" I know I do. Too often the lead up to Christmas sees me in a spin and money disappearing from … [Read more...]

What to give the woman who has everything

  It's all to easy to lapse into default at Christmas isn't it? When you're wondering what to give the woman who has everything, or who appears to have everything, it's really hard not to slip into gifting 'the smellies' option. Er, know what I mean? To tell you the truth, I've seen … [Read more...]

17 Reasons Why Camping is Good For You

We’ve just had a lovely weekend away down south. Not in five star luxury, not in three star convenience ... but under canvas in a tent. And it was brilliant. Which has led me to think about the reasons why camping is good for you. Really good for you. Honest! Dave and I didn’t fall out … [Read more...]

Downsizing. To downsize or not, that is the question.

For most of my adult life I’ve been searching for dream homes. Gulp. Now I'm facing the idea of downsizing. I love houses, and have to admit to being very lucky, having lived in a couple of (what I consider) dream houses which for various reasons at various times we had to leave when we moved to … [Read more...]

What age is elderly? What age is Mature?

Here's the thing. I was an expat wife and a stay at home mum for around 20 years. When the day came and our house was empty except for Dave and myself I felt completely at a loss. I also, overnight, felt quite a lot older. I spoke about the empty nest syndrome and all that it entails on radio the … [Read more...]

Help! Drunk Monkeys Are Running Around My Brain.

I'm having a bit of a 'bleugh' day today. I don't feel particularly well, and as a result everything seems that bit harder. So I'm having a bit of a moment, and telling myself to remember just "Go Smile", keep up the good fight, and be happy, like I was above. (That's Stuart McGunigall, Cruise … [Read more...]

I’m on the Radio!

When I first started blogging, all I wanted to do was travel, then sit on a beach under an umbrella or in the bush under a shady tree, and write and write and write to entertain anyone who was generous enough to take the time to read my ramblings. Gradually I started including lifestyle … [Read more...]

Why a Walk in Nature is Good for You

Walk in Nature When we first arrived in Western Australia the State seemed so vast and the scenery so unknown to us that when a friend in Bunbury mentioned she'd been to see the tulips at Araluen Botanical Park near Perth, I thought how odd. In my ignorance, I associated mass plantings of … [Read more...]

What’s Your Favourite Cocktail?

One of the lovely things about being on a cruise is that after a hot day sightseeing you can come back on board, kick off your shoes, put on your sarong and enjoy a long cool cocktail as the ship leaves yet another beautiful destination. There’s no driving to worry about, no taxis to pay, no … [Read more...]