My retiring parents are putting clean energy first

“Mum, seriously, the smartest thing you can do if we are going to talk about energy bills is to get solar panels up there. As in, yesterday.” Mum looks at me like I’ve caught mixo. For someone who used to be a bit of an environmental mover and shaker, ...

Woo hoo! Brand new car smell!

Buying your very first new car is a fabulous way to start a new year. But I’ve such a lot to learn- having a new car comes with a lot of new rules and I’m not 100% that I understand them all just yet. Luckily I found out I can use my preferred Ringwood me ...

Why the Big Sell doesn’t scare me (any more)

This morning I received an email from my brother in law Jack. He’d been talking to my partner about  our recent decision to purchase our new home and didn’t want me to miss a beat when it came to the sale. My partner mentioned needing to find a good prope ...

Paperwork, Unfamiliar to Many

BIG plot twist tonight on The Great Australian Trade-Off, as the tradies were forced to contend with property management. It's by far the least 'practical' task they've had so far, after all the other weeks were about fixing things and creating...more thi ...

The Old Friendly Home Advice Agency

My days of violence are behind me, I like to think. I was quite the firecracker back in my youth, and Wagga Wonga Primary School knew it. Hattie Borden made the mistake of making fun of my stockings, so I knocked out six of her teeth. It beat the previous ...

Dry Needling, For the ‘City Folk’

When the snowman brings the snow, well…you just might like to know: he puts a great big smile upon somebody’s face. Not here though. We’re sadly relegated to a hot and dusty Christmas in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Here we sit on the edge of the ...

Eleventh Hour Disaster for Christmas? Sorted.

My mother in law Stephanie has very nearly arrived for the holiday season. I’ve spent the last three weeks in a sweat preparing for it, but I needn’t have gone overboard. What I didn't think I’d need in the last minutes of preparation, was to find Melbour ...

Peeping Children

I love the apartment block I live in, but there’s one thing about it that bugs me. It’s the fact that it’s squashed up so close to the neighbouring block. The blocks are staggered, so it only affects a small bit of my apartment, but it’s starting to wear ...

A DIY Den for The Beast

My fifteen year-old sister, Hayley, is on a mission to revamp her bedroom (also known a The Lair of the Beast, a murky domain into which our parents occasionally make tentative offerings of food). She told me that she’s going to get her artistic friend to ...

Branching Out A Bit Too Far

I’ve been renting this house for a little while now, and I’m starting to get a bit concerned about the integrity of the roof. Over the past few days of heavy rain, a few leaks have sprung up - actually, there are more leaks than I have buckets and saucepa ...