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Eat your weeds

  Stop everything. Run out into your garden. Survey that overgrown, weedy patch, and see it in a new light. It’s now a wild greens garden. ALL FOR YOU. That’s right, there’s a salad bar on your doorstep. Free, fresh salad greens. For successful Australian foraging, I heartily recommend The Weed Forager’s Handbook: A Guide to…

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Pokemon vs. zoology

  Admit it. Back in the 90s, you knew more about a fictional set of ‘pocket monsters’ than you did about real animals. You learned the basic tenets of evolution from a collector card game and later, your gameboy, well before it was introduced in the classroom. Your cards were your prized possessions. Key life…

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Milton Faces: Meet Jacob and Santana

For a family of six children, it’s statistically improbable there would only be one son. That’d be Jacob, my 23 year old surfing bohemian brother. He’s so great you don’t need another. The beach orients his life, and he is irresistibly at peace in nature. Despite his extensive travels, he finds himself drawn back to Milton, where…

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Cosy spaces.

Having a cosy space is exhilarating. It’s the fulfilment of every childhood cubby house dream, a daily adventure worthy of the Swiss Family Robinson. Having somewhere that is all yours? A secret hidey hole to run to across the frosty grass while the ocean roars up the valley? It’s a dollop of self-sufficiency that not much…

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Why I love birthdays.

You get that feeling of anticipation. You’re well into double digits but the few days surrounding your birthday are exciting, tremulous and full of unexplored possibilities. Whether it’s a homebody’s delight of a day with family, a dinner with friends, or some frolicking in the garden, it’s a moment where we stop. We clasp the…

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Vegan black bean brownies (GF)

  Beans are a vegan’s best friend. High in protein and carbohydrates, they’re low GI and super satisfying. Bean-based brownies have been kicking around for a while, but I’d never experimented with a recipe. Until now. This afternoon the tin of black beans in the cupboard caught my eye. Hey, it seemed to say. It’s brownie time. Give this…

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Milton Faces. Meet Emily Reid.

    This week, meet Emily Reid, one of our top local rising talents. She’s a local who appreciates the great sense of community here in Milton, where friendly and supportive souls abound. During the day you’ll catch her at Pilgrims or Tallwood, but when she’s not a crucial part of the local restaurant scene, she’s…

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Milton Faces. Meet Anna Smith.

    There truly is something in the water here in Milton. It’s home to many creative, inspiring people. I’d like to celebrate this by introducing you to some of them, through a new series dubbed ‘Milton Faces.’ This week, meet my first ‘Milton Face': my incredible sister Anna. She’s a keen athlete, aspiring model…

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From little things, big things grow

Life is the sum of many little things. We can’t cram wealth into our wallets in the form of plastic cards or colourful paper notes. Instead, we can surround ourselves with true, lasting wealth by appreciating the myriad of everyday, little things in our lives. These moments are precious commodities, and the more we are able…

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Amaze balls

Bliss balls are a vegan treat staple. While I was wandering last year I stumbled across a delicious concoction based on dates, nuts and oats that carried me through many adventures: climbing Mt Snowdon, hiking the Pembrokeshire coast path, or even just brightening up a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea. When I came…