• Life Matters

    Under the pump

    This week I heard someone say they were ‘under the pump.’ Usually it means that a person is experiencing pressure. On this occasion the person was referring to being under the pump at work. It was a very demanding and busy day. The term under the pump can also mean restraining a person under a pump and let the water pump all over them. In the construction industry ‘under the pump’ refers to a concrete pour. Once the concrete is delivered it must be pumped. Then the workers must work quickly before it sets. For me this week ‘under the pump’ took on a new meaning. The fire at Pechey,…

  • Living with Chickens

    Chicken Tales

    I have a few chicken tales to tell. I am never short of a story about chickens since they came to live with us around five years ago. My knowledge of chicken behaviour and how to manage backyard chickens has grown over the years. Did you know that there are more chickens in the world then there are humans? Some of them get treated humanly and others do not get treated very well – the battery hens! If you are thinking of having backyard chickens it is not as simple as buying a chook pen and bringing them home. Make sure you do your research about what you need to…

  • Health Matters

    Plant vs Animal Protein Diet

    What is better for us when considering a plant vs animal protein diet? I am hearing and reading more about a plant-based diet and how good this is compared to eating animal protein. If I changed wholly to a plant-based diet would it give me all the protein I need? Protein helps build and repair the body therefore it is essential to good health. Proteins are made up of amino acids and our body need the 22 amino acids to function well. Nine of these; histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine are essential to good health. If I have a plant-based diet, without animal protein, it…

  • Life Matters

    Choices and Aged Care

    What type of choices do older Australians have when it comes to aged care? If you are like me you like choices. Every day we are continually faced with choices. Choices about what to buy at the supermarket; choices regarding medical care; choices for holidays, choices in cars; in homes; choices about gender selection when having a baby and choices not to have one; and choices when diagnosed with gender dysphoria. If you live in Victoria, Australia, you have a choice when to end your life. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 gives people, who have a terminal illness and less than six months to live, the choice to end…

  • Live Simply to Simply Live

    Farm Girl

    I see myself as a farm girl living in the city. I like farm life. For many years I lived on a couple of acres with all the possibilities farm life offers, at least on a small scale. My mind travels to another place where there are wide open spaces, paddocks they never end, fresh air (shared with the occassional fly) and quietness. Even with the noise of nature and farm animals I find comfort in farm life. I love the opportunity to see the radiance of the sky at night, uninterrupted by the lights of city living. Even though I live in the city I am not enticed by…

  • 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…