• Out and About

    Holidaying at the beach

    Holidaying at the beach is good for you. There are so many benefits the ocean and sand offer and it all comes for free. A day trip is one option. But if you like to linger longer at the beach you might have to pay for accommodation. That is, unless you have a generous friend who allows you to stay at their holiday home. It has been a while since I had a beach holiday and enjoyed the soothing waves of the ocean. But to keep safe all swimming must happen between the flags, with lifeguards on duty. The ocean water’s with gently rolling waves lapping at your feet, might…

  • Health Matters

    When is a surgeon not a surgeon?

    When is a surgeon not a surgeon? The short answer is that a surgeon is a person who has a general medical registration (plus other perquisites) and completes five year of training. Without training and accreditation as a surgeon, a medical practitioner cannot claim to be a surgeon. My interest in this topic came about due to treatment for skin cancers. Several years ago, I visited a dermatologist (a doctor that specialises in skin conditions). I was referred by my General Practitioner (GP). Alarm bells first went off for me when I was in the second waiting room (near the doctor’s consultation/examination room) regarding infection control. The waiting room (a…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Be Strong

    Be strong! Can we be strong and not cry or not worry? Is a strong person always confident? Is a strong person someone who faces difficult times, takes a deep breath, picks themself up and keeps going? Such questions can cause a conundrum! Can we be strong and show weakness – place our vulnerabilities on show? When I was practicing social work, it included using a Strength Based Approach. I would identify the strengths a person or family had and concentrate on these to build resilience in what was a difficult situation. For example, identifying experiences, aspirations, interests and talents? That can be difficult to achieve alone when life is…

  • Out and About

    The Carnival is Over

    As of today, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is over, and most visitors have returned home. They have said their last goodbye. But for the locals, like me, we get to stay and enjoy the parks, gardens, cafes and everything else Toowoomba has to offer.   Many people, including volunteers, contributed to the success of this year’s carnival. It is a result of people working together. This year the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is 70 years old. There are people who have a story to tell about their time spent at the carnival. Some returned this year from other parts of Australia to be part of the 70th celebrations. Then…

  • Out and About

    The Power of the Flower

    The power of the flower is not a myth, there is truth in the power of the flower. Flowers have mood enhancing ability. Flowers make us feel better. The Power of the Flower is the theme for this years Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. It is the longest running horticultural event in Australia. It is now in its 70th year and the perfect time to join in the celebrations. The Carnival commences tomorrow Friday 20th and continues until the 29th September. With over 150 parks in Toowoomba it is easy to get out and about and amongst the flowers to experience the power of the flower. Growing up in Toowoomba I…

  • Life Day By Day

    Books, Books and more Books!

    Wherever we look we find books. There are around 2.2 million books published each year worldwide. The best-selling book of all time is the Bible. The best-selling book in 2018 was Michelle Obama’s memoir. Her book was titled ‘Becoming’ and it sold 3.4 million copies. I have not read the book, but it is on my list of books to read. With the arrival of computers and the internet there was much talk about a paperless world. When I look around my home office I can tell I never entered the paperless world. I have more paper then ever. I print recipes and all types of articles. There are articles…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    The Circle of Life

    My interest in the topic ‘The Circle of Life’ came about this past week as I was thinking about how we live our lives. We live in the world we create, in our own circle. Our circle includes family, work, learning, health, social, spiritual and community. This is our circle of life. Do we stay in our own circle of life or do we venture out into anothers circle? Do we invite others in and keep others out? It is our choice. We are the masters of our circle of life, what we create and how we live. Eventhough we create our own circle of life we are all connected.…

  • Live Simply to Simply Live,  Out and About

    Travelling as we get older

    Travelling as we get older is not the same as when we are younger. At least this is my experience. I do not miss the long-haul flights to Europe. Nor finding that my connecting flight is delayed five hours, the announcement made only 15 minutes before departure. Sitting next to someone who needs more space than the seat allows is disconcerting. Worse still seats near the toilets! There is a downside and an upside to travelling away from home. As I get older I am more aware of the downsides! In my early 20s I travelled with a group by coach to Lightning Ridge, Western Queensland. Spending the night in…

  • Life Day By Day,  My Garden

    Doing life

    We are all doing life in one way or another. If I am ‘doing life’ I want to make it the best, I can. To do this I pause along the roadside of life and create a few ‘I can’ moments. I can do it; I can complete a difficult task; I can achieve my goals – I CAN! But then apart from all those ‘I can’ moments in my life there are other moments that are just rather ordinary.  I am in my retirement years – I have retired from work. But that does not mean I have retired from life. I am ‘doing life.’ I am living life,…

  • Socio-Political

    Is Australia heading for a recession?

    There are signs that Australian is heading for a recession.  Across the globe we are seeing economic and political turmoil. This week in New York the Wall Street Stock Exchange suffered its worst trading day in 2019. It has set tongues wagging that the United States is heading for a recession and if so, will Australia follow? Other signs of a recession are a slowing economy; falling house prices; unemployment figures rising; and international trade wars.   Currently in Australia there is a conversation happening about how hard it is for people to live on Newstart (a support allowance for people who are unemployed). If anyone is on Newstart they…