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Bosco Verticale: A High- Rise City Forest Development

A what? What’s a forest apartment? Inner City? How do you grow forests on a building? You mean climbing plants, not forests? The mind boggles and being a person always attracted to creative, boggling minds I had to check this one out. I came across the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest)…

19 November 2021 | Life-Style

London Calling 2022

It’s Sunday. Cold and windy with rain showers..early spring. I pick up the newspaper and a chocolate croissant and head home. Morning tea while I watch the daily press conference on TV from the Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton (who incidentally has the best tatts. under that conservative public servant…

17 October 2021 | Life-Style

Travellers Tales: Perugia, Italy

Qantas just sent me an email to say that if I can provide evidence of my double Covid vaccination they would give me 1,000 frequent flyer points! Yoo Hoo! Along with the 50 points I already have I cannot actually fly anywhere, but I’m on my way…soon! Oh and no…

26 August 2021 | Life-Style

Downtown……. Adventure in a time of Covid by Inge Hatton

Viva70 is a community of older people ageing well. There’s no formula for this, as we’re all so wonderfully different, but there areĀ  role models all around us. Most of us have at least 30 years in the 3rd stage of our lives and making the most of this phase…

16 July 2021 | Life-Style

The White Afghan Coat: A Traveller’s Tale From 1970’s

It’s funny how memories can be triggered by the most inane association. This week I was trawling through a recycled fashion store in downtown trendy Brunswick for no reason in particular except that I had time to kill before my lunch date. The little shop was a mecca for nostalgia…

2 July 2021 | Life-Style

Away With The Fairies: A Traveller’s Tale

I’m itching to travel and decide to have a 3 day minibreak in Port Fairy. It’s all spur of the moment and I feel that buzz of excitement of new adventures at last. The cat looks perplexed as I make bookings and then the black overnight bag is hauled out…

11 June 2021 | Life-Style

Wallpaper…. A Design Friend

Wallpaper…. mention it to any younger person and they’ll talk about a background pattern for their iphone. But I’m talking about the stuff that comes in rolls for walls – hard copy! Often already glued, you cut it into required lengths, wet it or peel the backing, then haul it…

30 May 2021 | Life-Style

The Spare- Rib

If you’re a solo traveller in this world you probably know the scene. You’ve lived happily single for many years. Life is good. You have family, friends and you’ve created a life for yourself that is full of meaning and largely a very joyful existence. You’ve done it for years…

23 April 2021 | Arts | Life-Style

Renovation 101: A New Kitchen Reno. in a Pandemic

I need to attend a daily meeting for addicts. While I enjoy a glass or two of wine, this is not my demon. Instead I can be seen marauding around homewares stores, devouring every episode of Grand Designs and I have a cushion collection large enough to decorate Versailles. I…

24 March 2021 | Life-Style