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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 in the opposite way for me. In looking for the good moments to snap, I’m completely present; […]

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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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The concept of ‘Stranger Danger’ is more dangerous than actual strangers

When I was fifteen, I went to a party with some friends. It was busy and loud and, when people started getting obnoxious, one friend asked if I wanted to go for a walk to chat quietly. The two of us … [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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Inspiring me this week …

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to speak with some really interesting people. An even better part is being able to then share their stories, and my aim is quite often to not only inform … [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...]

Marketing

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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When is it time to let go of that ‘I’m not done having kids’ feeling?

This time last year I was telling a friend that I wasn’t sure I was done having kids. “People say you know when you’re done,” I said, “but I don’t have that feeling yet.” I felt that just one more was … [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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13 weeks of autumn: so far it’s all about family and food

(And that's okay with me!) A slight snag hit with doing this '13 weeks of autumn' thing: I spent the last week having to be super careful of my internet usage, with a couple of days running at … [Read More...]

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Half past six

My big girl is six-and-a-half now, and I feel like there's something special about being this point. It's the edge of a new stage, where you aspire to a new set of interests and independence. It's … [Read More...]

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13 weeks of autumn

We've had our first summer (well, half-summer) here and we got off pretty lightly. While it hit the high-30s, we never got over 40 and it was wetter than usual. Our water tanks were literally … [Read More...]

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Finding a steady rhythm

At 6am my alarm went off with a terrible noise. It was dark. I didn't want to wake up, let alone to run. And Iris was holding onto me saying, "Mummy, I neeeeeeed you". (Iris never 'wants' things; … [Read More...]

Travel

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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 … [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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Family

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Slowing down parenting

I'm watching my kids adapt to the newness of their life here. They've been incredible, already settled and content in this way of life. It's surprised me, but then again maybe it shouldn't have: we've … [Read More...]

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Exploring a new town with kids

Moving to a new town means we're having to get used to new everything. We've tried all the supermarkets in three towns, found a great butcher, but we're still deciding on the best place to get … [Read More...]

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What’s the best that could happen?

You know when people make a change to their lives, find it wonderful, and then say, "Why didn't we do this sooner?" I've been so close to saying that, but I've held off. Life is all about timing, … [Read More...]

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Writing

Marketing

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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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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Country Life

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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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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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