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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

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