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November Notes From Nora

Hi Everyone! Viva 70 seems to be settling into a monthly format in this new Covid normal. How are you doing? I hope you are all safe and well. Those are big words in 2020! It’s 23 degrees today and I’m sitting here at my desk with minutes to spare…

20 November 2020 | 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

Smile time…………..Ah…Those Canny Scots

A tall tale arrived in my inbox this week…and fun to share………. A Scotsman (wearing his kilt and a bonnet) walks into offices of private bankers Coutts & Co in the Strand, London (Bankers to the Royal Family since 1820) and asks to speak to the manager. He informs him…

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

Lessons Learned in Moving House

Dear Readers The feature image says it all! I hope you’re having a good week and you’re managing to find joy in this very strange world. What are you looking forward too? What are the new and interesting things you are doing right now? For me life is really simple…Pack…

28 August 2020 | Life-Style

Where Will You Travel?

Currently, we need permits to cross from one state to another within Australia. If you live in Victoria you are persona non grata interstate. Think …… The Black Death. Cross border travel permits are few and far between. There are exceptions. I’m thinking here of the member of a wealthy,…

21 August 2020 | Life-Style

Viva 70 Article Connects Lost Family

It’s a hum – drum day of calendar watching to see when lock – down in Melbourne ends and I can see family again. I’m packing for the impending house move and the cat weaves her way among boxes and lashes out at the giant rolls of bubble wrap invading…

21 August 2020 | Life-Style

Waiting and the Numbers Game

How are you travelling? Is life good, bad or indifferent, or a mix of all of these? What do you enjoy most in your current world? What gives your life meaning? What are you waiting for? If these were your last days how would you use them differently? These are…

14 August 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