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 ...

Termites? Manage the Damage

Today I visited the home of a family who had recently been devastated to find out their roof was infested with white ants. They’d noticed a few suspicious creatures and fearing the worst, chased up pest control experts in Mornington with desperation. ...

Captain Party Planner: The easiest Gig of all

I can’t believe that I never tried this before. When my sister had her third daughter, she actually contracted me to plan their parties every year. She knows I love doing it anyway, but I think she just felt way too exhausted to do it herself. Kudos to he ...

Backyard Gets a Drastic Upgrade

A garden consultant in Melbourne has been praised for his innovative methods of fruit tree installation, which include electronic diggers, hidden water channels and under-floor compost, an innovation thought to be impossible. Frederick Jones, who r ...

Booking the reception function room

Nothing brings people together quite like a weddings, even if they don’t WANT to come together! I’ve been planning weddings for sixteen years, and for a couple of those I had my own TV show on channel 46. You might remember Big Day With Dave? It becam ...

The Perfect, Scented Home

Everyone's house smells like something, and I want mine to smell like brownies. I know that if you keep smelling the same thing over and over again, there's a chance you'll just get used to it...but if it was brownies, then I don't think you would. I don' ...

Talking health with an old chum

Today I was on the tram and ran into an old pal from high school, Kasey. I haven’t seen her for yonks. We’d never been that close, but she seemed up for a chinwag, so I really went for it and told her all about my bung knee. She reciprocated by telling me ...

Surprise! You’re a Homeowner!

I think my fiance is being given a house by his great uncle. Not as an inheritance - just as a gift. This is totally news to me - I hadn’t realised I had impending family members in-law who are doing so well on the finances front. I didn’t even know my fi ...