30 Days to a Happy Healthy Home

Anyone out there ever feel some days that you’re life is overwhelming, you’re drowning in your space, and feel like you need a serous overhaul on de cluttering your life, which let’s face it, are all interlinked; home, personal and work and life can get in the way and tend to be overwhelming, even for those who are super organised and OCD, might still sometimes feel unmotivated, stressed and need a little outsider ‘kick in the backside’ to re energise you again and give you some motivation and a fresh pair of eyes to get your life and home reorganised and back on track.

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Tattoo …. Me


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tattoo….You?.”

Had I acted upon this desire in my youth, my mother would have literally scalded me with words no young lady should be privy to (and thankfully I never confessed to being a lady), compliments of growing up with my father, to which I am eternally grateful for.  But mom on the other hand, watched me like a hawk, scalded me like the devil.  The joys of having a strict parent and so one quickly discovered what teenage actions could be indulged in unbeknownst to a parent and what actions I should never even dare contemplate, or suffer the wrath.  Granted I wasn’t the easiest of teenage girls and didn’t make anything easy on my mom, and deserved most punishments that came my way.  But I take my hat off to her for coping with all the grief I bestowed upon her during those years.  Yes, those who knew me, don’t let this angelic face fool you, beneath this good exterior lurked a rebellious, mischievous, curious and adventurous teenage girl up to no good.

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Sydney Olympic Park – more than you imagined

This week in Sydney Revealed, Sydney Olympic Park.

To most, Sydney Olympic Park, located 16km’s from the Sydney CBD is associated with the 2000 Summer Olympics.  But in truth, this facility has gone from industrial wasteland, brickworks and abattoir to international sporting fixtures, waterfront residential living, bird sanctuaries, commercial development, bike and walking trails and a so much more.  Sydney living comes with world class facilities catering to international events and the everyday family and individual looking for some time out.
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Photo Challenge – Creepy

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”

“Show us something creepy – because hey, we can’t take photos of rainbows and puppies every day.  Well okay, I guess we can, but let’s branch out anyway!”

By the very definition;  Creepy   ‘kri:pi’
Adjective informal:  causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease. “The creepy feelings one often gets in a strange house”.
Synonyms:  frightening, scaring, chilling, alarming, shocking, nightmarish, macabre, ghostly

The very essence of that definition is one that absolutely draws me in like an excited kid at Christmas time. And for this very reason, it’s this location that is by no means creepy to me, but for some might fall into this category.  It’s rather chillingly fascinating.  The visuals and history behind a Haunted Gothic Mansion that stands in the suburb of Annandale in Sydney and even better, is still currently occupied by residents who admit to living with the ghosts that roam the halls of The Abbey, also known as Witches House.

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Hidden Gem in Sydney’s Lane Way – Suspended Birdcages

Angel-Place-Forgotten-Songs-Bird-CagesThis week in Sydney Revealed, we visit a hidden gem tucked away in a lane way.
In the heart of the Sydney CBD, just off George Street, you step into a laneway called Angel Place, paved with square stone-like brickwork, amidst a concrete jungle of cold cement in various forms.  You’re engulfed by two tall buildings on either side, one boasting gorgeous carved bulky brick stonework and you instantly feel like you’re stepping into another realm. you’re being lured in. And as you stroll down Angel Place about 20 metres in, your treated to a spectacular scene of Bird cages suspended above you of varying shapes, sizes and colours..  What is known as Forgotten Songs.  Map Location here

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Sydney Revealed – new monthly feature

Develop a regular feature.  Why, you ask?

“We’re all creatures of habit, bloggers and readers.  Posting regularly ensures our writing remains sustainable. Even a personal blog of random musings benefits from a hint of structure with a steady stream of content and gives readers something to await at regular intervals”

After minimal deliberation, it was a no-brainer that my regular content would be to showcase all that my city and surrounds has to offer.  And so to my readers out there, every second Sunday a new post shall go up that highlights the wonders that encompass this amazing State I live in; Sydney NSW Australia and surrounds.

I’ll reveal hidden treasures, underground pubs, historical locations, architectural finds, dining, touristy stuff and any other tidbits that showcase Sydney, that have evoked my senses over the years.

Tune in the last Sunday of the month for your Sunday Feature: Sydney Revealed.

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Always Something There to Remind Me

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Always Something There to Remind Me.”

“A song comes on the radio and instantly, you’re transported to a different time and place.  Which song(s) bring back memories for you and why?”

Having one’s iPhone on shuffle, getting through 4,500 songs, every so often Cheryl Crow will eventually serenade me with My Favourite Mistake and I’m instantly transported back to me, at 19/20 years old (I think), and a very brief vacation we took approx. 20 years ago to Sun City, located 2 hours drive north west of Johannesburg, South Africa, where I unintentionally indulged in a holiday fling as they call it.

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The Art of Letting Someone Down Easy

Post divorce followed by another long term relationship, now both in the proverbial bin.  I’d let the dust well and truly settle and was quite content to let matters of the heart be, but the powers of loving friends who spur you on to do stupid things got the better of me.

Armed with ignorance! I ventured into online dating.  Got off to an alarming start realizing there are some questionable characters out there, then a seemingly good start that sadly went nowhere fast followed by more, let’s call it astounding conversations that have left me shaking my head in dismay at this world of online dating.

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Write to your Ideal Reader

Blogging 101 prompt …

When it comes to first dates, are our apparent perception of those dates we assume are going well, essentially just the inevitable prelude to what will invariably come to pass, the ever so sincere “it’s not you, it’s me” speech or “I’m not at the right place in my life to dedicate to a new relationship” or some variation of it.  Which let’s face it, those words coming from a man’s mouth translate to “I’m just not attracted to you”, well boys, men, gentleman.  Here’s a tip … you could simply have said that at the time.  It’s not that hard.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”

Symbolism is uniquely human. We use symbols to represent intangible things like our beliefs and emotions, and to convert the abstract into something understandable. We may also use symbols to simplify and convey information.  Photography is often the same; an image illustrates a single moment in time, or captures an object in perpetuity. Much like symbols, photographs, too, may conjure vivid memories and mean a wide range of things to different people.”

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