What Are Community Gardens in 2022 and How to Join One

More Australians are joining community gardens in 2022. Source

First, check if community gardening is the thing for you: Did your early-pandemic attempts with Bunnings seedlings end badly? Do you want more space to grow your own food? Do you want to be more involved in the community? Do you want to learn more about growing vegies and herbs, composting, and the like? Do… Continue reading What Are Community Gardens in 2022 and How to Join One

Bookshop Staff Think You Should Read These 8 Books these Holidays

True booklovers around Australia tell us the 8 books we should read these holidays. (Photo by Nguyen Thu Hoai on Unsplash)

“What’s the best book you’ve read in the last year?” I asked this of bookshop staff around Australia. Many were flat out with Christmas sales as this year’s bestsellers walked out the door, but they were still keen to talk to us about the books they loved. These books aren’t all published in 2021. They’re… Continue reading Bookshop Staff Think You Should Read These 8 Books these Holidays

11-year-old makes magazine for older Australian perspectives

11-year-old Grace knows that older people have interesting stories, if you just ask them the right questions. This year Grace interviewed nine locals aged over sixty for her new magazine Perspective Is. She wrote the transcripts, laid out the magazine complete with photos, a recipe, and a word puzzle, and promoted it on social media… Continue reading 11-year-old makes magazine for older Australian perspectives

Four Reasons to Start Birdwatching Today

Rainbow bee-eaters are some of the amazing birds you can see in Australia. Photo by Kelly Dalling on Unsplash

What was the last bird you saw? Thousands of Australians took up backyard birdwatching in lockdown. They realised that a bird can have an almost alchemical effect on your day, whether that bird is a city pigeon or one of Australia’s truly splendorous species. Here are four benefits of birdwatching, and how to start today.… Continue reading Four Reasons to Start Birdwatching Today

How to Join A Women’s Shed

Women's sheds have teken off around Australia. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Whether you’re looking for new skills, friendship, or a place to practice a hobby, women’s sheds around Australia have open doors for women of all ages. Here’s what you should know about women’s sheds, from how they work to how to find one near you. What are women’s sheds Like men’s sheds, women’s sheds meet… Continue reading How to Join A Women’s Shed

A hobby becomes a career: Tonya Trott is a furniture DIY expert

DIY furniture redecoration expert Tonya Trott loves being in her workshop.

Tonya Trott had a problem. It became an award-winning business. It was 2012 and Tonya and her husband had just moved to coastal NSW from country Victoria. They’d brought most of their country-style furniture with them. But it didn’t match their new home’s coastal surrounds, and that just wouldn’t do: Tonya, a qualified interior designer,… Continue reading A hobby becomes a career: Tonya Trott is a furniture DIY expert

It’s 2021: Here’s how to recycle your takeaway coffee cup

In 2021, we have three options for reducing our coffee lifestyle’s impact on the planet. Image: Tamara Bellis on Unsplash.

In 2020, when we weren’t allowed to sit in cafes or bring reusable cups, I accumulated about 60 takeaway coffee cups and put them in my garage. You know the ones: tapered, with holey lids, nice to sip from on car trips and walks with friends. We see them daily, cradled in people’s hands or… Continue reading It’s 2021: Here’s how to recycle your takeaway coffee cup

Best things to do in Cape Tribulation

Whether you’re free to travel or stuck at home waiting for borders to open, the ancient Daintree Rainforest awaits you in Far North Queensland. This UNESCO World Heritage rainforest has been on the comeback since it became protected in 1988. It’s just been handed back to the indigenous owners, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. This… Continue reading Best things to do in Cape Tribulation

Style, attitude, and taking risks: Part three of our interview with Tricia Cusden

Don't tone down style or life decisions because of age, says Tricia. Photo: Look Fabulous Forever

Tricia Cusden is an expert on makeup for older women. Eight years ago, at 65, she started multi-million dollar business Look Fabulous Forever to provide makeup products that would work for older faces. Find out how she did it, her personal style, and her attitude to life at 73 in the final part of our… Continue reading Style, attitude, and taking risks: Part three of our interview with Tricia Cusden

Makeup is just one part of beauty for older women: A conversation with Tricia Cusden.

Tricia Cusden talks makeup and beauty for older women. Photo: Look Fabulous Forever

It’s 7pm in the UK, and Tricia Cusden looks beautiful even on Zoom. Dressed simply, she’s wearing light makeup and striking pink lipstick that matches her earrings. Makeup made for a younger face didn’t work on my 65 year old face. It would disappear without a trace. it wouldn’t look as luminous as I wanted… Continue reading Makeup is just one part of beauty for older women: A conversation with Tricia Cusden.

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