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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…

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J’adore St. Isidore

  It’s been six months since I moved back to Milton and began a simple living, gardening odyssey. Six whole months! It’s a bit of a shock that we’re suddenly on the cusp of winter. Luckily, Milton is swathed in an Indian summer, at least for a little bit longer. I feel blessed to wake up…

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Define your world

Our worlds can be defined in many ways. Our tax bracket; chosen profession; sexuality; knowledge of pop culture. These external definitions shape us and even dictate how we spend our time and talents. Are we acting like other people our own age? Dressing the same? Are we ‘successful’ enough? Our lives are a complex, constantly…

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Simple living

Life should be simple. We often make it hard by adding more and more external layers to it. Work as a chore, hobbies we begrudgingly keep up for appearances. Cupboards full of clothes we don’t wear and stuff we don’t use. We’re suffocated by layers. We trundle through our days like the Michelin man, ricocheting…

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Pets mean peace

The Smith farm is home to eight people. The garage has been converted into three extra rooms, and I’m living the caravan life. The cars out front make it look like party central. It’s busy. It’s chaotic. It’s always fun. You’d think we were at capacity. But no. There’s plenty of room for the cats,…

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Autumn days

It’s autumn. The days got shorter all by themselves after we cashed in our daylight savings. The first lunar eclipse of the lunar tetrad (Blood Moon) bloomed in the sky. The mornings and evenings are crisp and clear. The sunsets are captivating. The light itself seems different. There’s already whispers of chimney smoke; errant invisible,…

Macrozamia communis, the dinosaur plant.

The life of a horticulture student

A Certificate II in Horticulture is a beautiful thing. Especially if you’re studying in the lovely seaside town of Ulladulla under the excellent tutelage of Malcolm, Graeme and Wendy. Add in a rambunctious group of classmates exuding endless enthusiasm, and you have yourself a tremendous combination. There’s Merino from Venezuela, Ross the van-dweller, Em the…

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Caravan, Sweet Caravan

Hello there. I live in a classic Viscount Supreme anchored on my parent’s beautiful farm in Milton. It’s been an eventful summer of building and renovation as this caravan has been turned into a tiny home. Shall I take you on a tour? Come with me. Welcome to my home. A daybed, perfect for catnaps,…

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A new chapter

I’m continually astounded by life. Sometimes, I feel like my entire existence is founded on a string of happy coincidences. Family. Friends. University. Travel. Returning home after a year of European wandering without a clear game-plan for 2014, wondrous coincidences continue to happen: I’m living simply at home in a small space, my very own…

February in Milton

February in Milton

      It’s that time of year when summer is still weaving its peculiar magic. The holiday rush has abated and the kids have been packed off to school again. Somehow, things slowly begin slotting into place as the world passes by in a dozey, in-between daze, and summer manages to bedazzle us with…