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5 or more ways to write a Clayton blog post

When is a blog post not a blog post? Here’s at least 5 ways to get your hands dirty and be accused of writing a Clayton blog post. 1. Decry that you have no time. Where did all the hours in the day go? You sit back and enumerate the tasks that filled the “Oh, I’ll get back to writing that post just as soon as …” You’ve done the washing up. Wiped the bench down. Made the beds –

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3 reasons I Buy Nothing

Recently I joined a group called Buy Nothing. 1. ‘Why?’ you ask. Apart from the joy of giving, I must admit to relief as well. You see, I get to declutter my home while finding an appreciative outlet for whatever I wish to part with. In less than a month, a few of the items I’ve found homes for are – A dolls cot that I made a little mattress, pillow, sheet and blanket for, which helped a mum give

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7 ways I’m a tourist in my own back yard

Beach and Coffee go hand in hand

What do you mean? Touring your own backyard? 1. It’s for real! Grab a glass of wine and sit out on the patio with me. Gaze across the foothills and bingo, I’m anywhere in the world with hillsides and a shroud of trees and all I’ve done is walk from my back door to the outdoor setting. Check out that view! I suppose you imagine you’re in Europe somewhere. That’s a bit of a stretch for the imagination, you say.

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5 reasons I like Instagram

Only 5, you ask. Indeed! (1) I enjoy the spontaneity of writing a fresh post daily or thereabouts, as it gives me a focus for photos I’ve taken, and a really good reason to take more. I often grab my phone and snap several photos of scenes, flowers, cloud-scapes, a lovely book or an event. These usually make up my posts along with the occasional trip down memory lane with vintage photos and family memorabilia. I also like to find

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Cubbyhouses and teasets

  When I was about ten years old I used to play in a huge cubby in the back yard of our home. My brother, who was a couple of years younger than me, and I, used to set up the interior with rooms mimicking a real home. We created spaces for a kitchen, a lounge room, a bedroom, and a bathroom. In true playful fashion, as only a pretend home allows, we changed the floor plan at will, and

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The French Photographer by Natasha Lester

What do you do when you can’t sleep? Why, read of course! And what better book to have started and now finished within a couple of days than The French Photographer. I’ve read all of Natasha Lester’s books and this is by far the best, although personally, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald is a close contender. Reading The French Photographer so soon after Anzac was a bit raw for me, although I must add, that simply confers how vivid the

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Declutter or reuse, recycle, reduce?

In recent months I’ve been busy sorting through possessions, helping my mother declutter. Of course, being a hoarder, a collector, or any other synonym you wish to use, means you’d have the extent of the task about right. we’ve had many laughs and a few tears in the process of ‘letting go.’ These are only a few things my mother collects. (I’ll possibly tell you about more, another time.) Plastic bags and wrappers… … any, size shape or colour. Did

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Songwoman_a book review

Songwoman by Ilka Tampke raises the question of connectedness to Mother Earth. In her extensive exploration of the meaning of an individual’s and a people’s ties to their land, I recall distinctive experiences of my own. First, however, I would hasten to add, that a sense of ‘belonging to place’ is often and usually espoused in reference to indigenous peoples and less frequently in reference to non-indigenous communities or peoples. It is nevertheless, something I own in my own way.

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It’s a Queer World

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon from Pexels

A session at the recent Perth Writer’s Festival kicked off the day, and as I’d arrived early to get good parking, I made myself comfortable on a bean bag in the Auditorium while waiting. It’s a Queer World opened avenues in my thinking I’d either not known or reminded me of aspects I’d encountered over the years. Following are some points I took away from the session in which Robin Little led the discussion with Benjamin Law, Madison Moore, Ursula

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What Is Women’s Fiction Anyway?

Perth Festival Writers Week 2019 Last minute changes to sessions I attended were dictated by availability and my capacity to endure the incredible humidity that hit Perth, especially on the Saturday. Admittedly inside sessions were in air-conditioned comfort which made it far more pleasant. This is the first of three posts on selected sessions I attended over the weekend. What is Women’s Fiction Anyway? In this session Tess Woods interviewed Anthea Hodgson, Jennie Jones and Sasha Wasley. While the whole

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