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Celebrate Our Birthday.. Walk Down Memory Lane with Viva70!

Hi Everyone! After a well-earned rest we’re back and it’s our second birthday! Yey! Happy Birthday to all our readers, subscribers, contributors and dear friends. Two years ago,  with a heart full of excitement and fear I pressed PUBLISH on my first article sending it out into the stratosphere, expecting…

19 February 2021 | Life-Style

China For Two…well maybe….. One and a Half!

Let’s travel! This article about a trip to China by Lesley was published in July 2019. It’s a lovely story of grandparenting, travel and having fun. Thank you lesley. More please..! Here’s the article…. This week it’s great to introduce another new writer to the Viva 70 team. I’ve been…

19 February 2021 | Life-Style

A Covid-19 Reality: What Will The World be Like in 2023?

This article was written in July last year (2020) based on research I did on health modelling of previous pandemics. Although we’re heartily sick of Covid conversations it is interesting to look back in hindsight and see how useful predictive modelling is. Which scenario do you think meets a fair…

19 February 2021 | Life-Style

Harlowe House…in name only

I like houses to have names. Houses tell stories and have history, personality and character.  Perhaps it’s my love of narrative……..  or marketing….. but I like a house to express itself and not just be a page out of Home Beautiful.  Some houses are richly scented with history like my …

27 October 2020 | Life-Style

The Move

Picture this… a moody rainy day saying” leave me alone, I just want to hang low today….” 7am mist and mud. The cat is at boarding school while I sit on boxes munching on a stale croissant and a glass of water for breakfast. The big truck pulls up and…

2 October 2020 | Life-Style

Old Houses New Houses

Dear Viva 70 Friends, It seems that even in a pandemic the world can slow but life cannot stop! This week I finalised the sale of my home on Monday and signed a contract on the purchase of a new home on Thursday.  It’s been quite a week! The Moet…

31 July 2020 | Life-Style

Candi Dasa Morning

Let’s go arm chair travelling with Graeme Leith as he takes us on a Balinese fishing adventure. Today was fishing day at Candi Dasa. It was arranged for Mider, who owns the boat, to collect me from the bamboo walled and thatch roofed hut “ A.1,” and we’d head off…

16 April 2020 | Life-Style

Shopping at Amlapura. 

Let’s travel in our memories and our minds as we read another lovely story from our dear friend and author, Graeme Leith. Graeme was a frequent traveler to Bali like many of us over the years. As I read this story I can smell the kretek cigarettes and see the…

30 March 2020 | Life-Style

1950’s Rock n Roll and Stuffed Sheep’s Heart

My Mother (who you are getting to know quite well by now….) was not a good cook.  The key goal of her cooking was to provide food that would make the family feel full ie not hungry. If we ate for an army of 500 and clutched our stomachs because…

30 March 2020 | Life-Style