I’m busy writing my new YA, which is an #ownvoices magical realism story, as one of the main characters, Odelle, happens to have type 1 diabetes. I don’t know of any magical realism or fantasy where the main character has a chronic illness or disability and it’s just the way it is, rather than the…

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Imagine this if you will – you are under the control of a dictator who oversees your every move. They tell you that you have to live within a tight range of numbers, measured in your blood. You will be tested on these numbers daily, often many times a day. You must not eat until…

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how to care for succulents with Fleurieu Gifts on the Recycled Interiors Podcast

Charlene Maney is the proud owner of the online gift store fleurieu gifts and Botanista – combining boutique teas, plants and flowers in a unique and beautiful shopping experience in Port Noarlunga, South Australia. Her career encompasses time as an accomplished linguist, educator and marketer. In March 2014 she left behind the corporate world, swapped…

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sustainable interiors ideas

I’m not a believer in trends – insofar as following what’s thrown at you like a sheep. Trends tend to push you to consume, throw away, and consume again – on endless repeat. Many furniture and homeware items are left strewn across the footpaths or dumped in landfills when they break, or are no longer…

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help for type 1 diabetes

I’ve been less present on social media and the blog lately, partly as a way of protecting myself, and, partly because I’ve been working hard across July on my YA novel, Sailing The Spaces In Between, which has been submitted to the Hardie Grant Ampersand Prize. Now, I await to see if I make the…

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how to build a sustainble home

Simon Clark from Sustainable Homes Melbourne, has been building homes for more than 15 years, and before that, watching his Dad build them. He started ‘helping’ his dad build homes when he was about 7 or 8 years old, and from about 14 years old, he began working with him most weekends. ‘I became a…

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