Crockery, cake and Cartier: a very royal wedding weekend

  Well "the wedding" of last weekend is over, but the honeymoon certainly isn't. Many I've spoken to still admit to being in a post-wedding glow, and admittedly, I'm having trouble letting go of the occasion this week. I didn't think I would get as enthusiastic as I did about the marriage of the sixth…

The lesson of 2016: Choose Life while you still can.

I drafted a fresh post about George Michael on Boxing Day, but before I could hit publish, another icon, Carrie Fisher, had died. People we don't know die every day, the loved ones of others. Sometimes it's someone dear to us and it's terrible. But when an icon dies, someone who may have occupied your thoughts and woven…

The science of resolutions: what will you do with 2016?

  Hello 2016! I am lucky enough to have been blessed with the gift of seeing another year go by. Like many people, at this time of year I think about what I want to achieve and what I hope to change in the year ahead. I just looked back to what I wrote a year…

Christmas recycling inspiration

On my web searches lately I've been seeing a lot of very creative Christmas decorating ideas using discarded items or just plain rubbish. Apparently even plastic lunch bags and soft-drink can ring pulls can be turned into beautiful Christmas ornaments... It's probably a bit late now to get your DIY on for this Christmas, but…

Feeling the Christmas spirit while shopping at the last minute

Well, it's Christmas Eve, and as usual, I STILL have a to-do list the size of my arm. Every year I tell myself I will start doing things in November or at least from December 1, but it NEVER happens. I still find myself rushing around at the last minute (well, the last 48 hours,…

Liberty, equality, fraternity.

Last night the Sydney Opera House was lit up in the colours of the French flag to show our solidarity with the people of France in the wake of the violent attacks in Paris yesterday. The French flag was flown on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Many other iconic buildings around the world were also lit in blue,…