If you only hold a pen to scrawl out your shopping list, and the contents of your letterbox are solely bills, you’re not alone. But while these days most of us communicate mainly through social media, email and text, fortunately the art of letter writing is not lost. Time to put pen to paper.
You won’t find many homes in the inner city that have intentionally shrunk to make way for a larger garden, but that’s what happened behind a bright red door in Northcote, Melbourne.
Alistair Tuffnell and Christine Baro live with their cat Peppino in a two bedroom workers cottage. When Alistair bought the house twenty years ago, it was rundown, dark, and all he could afford in the area. His partner Christine moved in three years later, and they had big plans for living off the land. “We went to Tassie where we were going to buy a farm, but that didn’t work out,” says Alistair. “So all of the things that we wanted to do down there, we thought, ‘stuff it, let’s do it here instead.”
While shocking news reports can become part of everyday noise, flitting out of our minds, some stories stay with us. For TV stylist Debora Schultz, a chance viewing of a documentary on child sex slavery moved her to take action. “Being a mother, it just horrified me,” she says.
“If you build it, they will come” – is Field of Dreams your favourite movie?
Skye Kelly: I have repeated that quote many times since the build, not because I love the film but because the quote resonates with me. I built the cabin without knowing it’s end use, because at the time I was consumed with the idea of just building it.
Chronic pain is a pain in the neck … or knees, or back, or hands. Are you struggling to get through the day, gritting your teeth, unsure if this agony will ever go away?
Here are some tips on how to deal with chronic pain to improve your quality of life.
Many of us dream about working from home – sitting at our desk in our pyjamas, only having to commute down the hallway or garden path.
The rise of vegetarianism and veganism in recent years has made it easier than ever to follow a plant-based diet. Tofu, tempeh and a whole bunch of milks that didn’t come from a cow are readily available at supermarkets, and even the most far-flung pubs and restaurants usually have at least one non-meat eating option.
With plant eaters being spoilt for choice these days, spare a thought for the original vegetarians, who couldn’t chuck a tub of Tofutti into their shopping basket or fry up a dish of mock meats.