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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

Easter Memories

I love Easter!  In Melbourne it’s an autumn festival teetering on the edge on winter and with just the right amount of sunshine to encourage us outdoors. In the UK where I grew up, its spring and buds burst into life and a new energy is born. With 2.2billion Christians…

18 April 2019 | Life-Style

A Tree Change – Life Change (part 2) by Chris O’Connor

Last week we enjoyed the story of Chris O’Connor’s “Gap Year” and the life change that followed. Moving from New South Wales to Chatsworth Lodge, a Victorian heritage listed cottage with grand plans to restore the beautiful old home, sympathetically add to it and build a new cottage on the…

7 April 2019 | Life-Style

A Tree Change – Life Change by Chris O’Connor Part One

A recurring theme in the stories of our generation is the search for a new way of life. Recently, we read about  Inge Hatton’s inspirational journey from Montreal in Canada, finding a Buddhist path in Colorado which led her to establish a new way of life in Nova Scotia. The…

1 April 2019 | Life-Style

Foodie Adventures in Tuscany with Maureen Moffatt DAYS 7 & 8

Our Tuscan food and wine tour draws to a close with these last 2 diary entries from our inspiring writer and friend, Maureen Moffatt. What an adventure its been! I’m reminded of a quote by Robin Leach, ” In Italy, they add work and life on to food and wine.”…

27 March 2019 | Life-Style

Foodie Adventures in Tuscany with Maureen Moffatt DAY SIX

 Only two more days to go of our tasting experience of Tuscany. We all know that feeling when our travels are coming to an end. Each moment seems more precious and each taste, sound and view more intense and special. Continue travelling with our dear friend, Maureen Moffatt who so…

26 March 2019 | Life-Style

Foodie Adventures in Tuscany with Maureen Moffatt DAY FIVE

We continue our journey with Maureen on this wonderful culinary adventure exploring food and wine but also some of the emotional responses that travel with us….sheer joy! Thursday Today is market day in Camucia.  We arrive in town early and head off in different directions.  There are rows and rows…

25 March 2019 | Life-Style