A Childhood Trail: Ilkeston

Ilkeston is a town In Derbyshire in the UK, first established on the banks of the Erewash River around the 6th century. During the 19th century,It grew in size due to the numerous coal mines in the area and the existence of Stanton Ironworks, which supplied iron to major projects…

21 May 2019 | Life-Style

North Yorkshire- A Picture Postcard Weekend

Can a place really be so green, lush and beautiful? I spent the weekend with friends in their converted barn near Skipton in North Yorshire. It was a fleeting visiting to a friend I had worked with in Australian before she married and moved to the UK 20 years ago….

21 May 2019 | Life-Style

Discovering Nottingham

It’s 7am and from my lovely apartment in Nottingham I look out on a landscape waking up to gentle sunshine. It’s going to be another glorious sunny day. I overlook a sea of new buildings and cranes scratching to take their place in the sky. It’s a struggle to house…

16 May 2019 | Life-Style

London Calling!

It’s 4.45am here in London and it’s dawn. The birds are practicing the Hallelujah chorus and there’s a distant hum of London traffic. I arrived yesterday and even in my jet-lagged state managed to walk 18 kilometres – not sure what that is in miles….10, 000 steps a day? Hah!…

9 May 2019 | Life-Style

Imaginative Table Settings

You’re invited to dinner at a friend’s house. The table is set. It’s stunning. You smile. It feels special and the food hasn’t even arrived. Evelyn Wilfling has featured in this mag. on many occasions because of her innate style. Go to her home for lunch or dinner and you’ll…

5 May 2019 | Life-Style

UK Adventure- Creating & Revisiting Memories

On Tuesday I board a flight from Melbourne to London. Twenty two hours later I’ll land at Heathrow as I have done many times before. This time is different. It’s a month long holiday which for the last 20 years has been unheard of. Running a business and with the…

3 May 2019 | Life-Style

A Tree Change – Life Change Part 3 – Building work begins

We’ve been following Chris O’Connor and his family as they extend an 1860’s cottage and build another house for his parents on the same block. In the previous two articles Chris describes his decision to have a ” gap year” in later life and move to Victoria to pursue his…

28 April 2019 | Life-Style

Iconic Architecture- The Top 5?

When Notre Dame burned there was disbelief and a collective grief expressed from many corners of the world.  We know the images of iconic buildings as if we have been there. And if we have travelled there the experience of identity with that building is profound. Notre Dame was/is iconic…

25 April 2019 | Life-Style

Stylish Collecting in Your Home

Do you have spaces in your home that are collections of decorator items?  These could be small spaces, niches and shelving that call out to be home for beautiful things.  Sometimes it’s a collection of memories, a blend of colours, items juxtaposed to provide balance of colour, shape and texture. …

22 April 2019 | Life-Style