How to prepare for open WA borders

Prepare for open WA borders

WA borders will open to the rest of Australia and the world in a few weeks. Western Australians argue about whether this should happen now or later. Some of us would prefer to remain ‘in our cave’ or ‘under the doona’, as our detractors say. We’ve been safe for two years. Some of us like it like that!

For others, two years without physical contact with families and friends in other places has been both long and painful. Those who want to travel the world can’t wait to be free.

But whether you want the borders to open or remain closed, preparation of ourselves and our homes could be important.

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Ten tips for better health in COVID-19 times

Ten tips for better health in COVID times

Better health can be achieved by most of us. It doesn’t matter where we start. In COVID-19 times and at other stressful periods in life, however, we can take extra care. The better our general health, the more likely our immune systems are to work efficiently when called on.

Australians have been relatively lucky. Until the past month or so, case numbers and the numbers of deaths of people with COVID-19 have been lower than elsewhere. Western Australians are continually blessed, but this may change when our borders open to the rest of the world.

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Peaceful my new word and practice for 2022

How to be peaceful

Peaceful, the word I’ve chosen for this year, and many words with similar meaning – tranquility, serenity, calm – have a gentle sound, unlike the clamour and chaos of the past two years. They’re easy on our ears and hearts. 2020 and 2021, years of epidemic, pandemic and COVID-19, have also been years of great personal pain and distress for many individuals and families.

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Stir-up Sunday stuff-up pudding rescue

Stir-up Sunday stuff up

Stir-up Sunday, the last Sunday of the Catholic and Anglican liturgical year, is a traditional day for making Christmas puddings. It gets its informal name from the first prayer of the liturgy, which begins, ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people‘. 

Not exactly sticklers for conforming to the traditions of others, our family usually has the puddings soaked in brandy and finished by October at the latest.

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Naming ageism gets me into deep trouble on Facebook

Naming ageism

Naming ageism got me into deep trouble recently, and I’ll do it again when I need to. I named it when I saw it because it seemed the right response. However, I ended up on the wrong side of one of the residents in this apartment building, the target of his wrath.

Sadly, I’ve never quite learned to shut my mouth in time, or restrain myself properly. Or perhaps I thought my comments reasonable, well thought out and inoffensive. Obviously not! I spent rest of the day feeling miserable.

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Dwellingup – an old timber town with new life

Dwellingup timber

Dwellingup, just over 100 kilometres from Perth, hides from plain view, off major roads. You need a car or a motorbike (or a pushbike for theĀ  energetic and time-rich) to get there. No public transport passes this gem of a place, established as a mill town in a jarrah forest.

First gazetted as a township in 1909, it competes with no other holiday town in Western Australia. If you are looking for a genuine Australian bush holiday, forget elegant Margaret River and its wineries. Don’t look at bustling Busselton or far-away Esperance, in spite of its beautiful beaches.

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A little bush town and trips down memory lane

A little bush town

A little bush town, the surrounding countryside and the river a few kilometres away sparked a life-time of memories. John and I spent a week in the town at the beginning of this month. Dwellingup has changed over the years, but in many ways it stays the same. It is still a quiet country village where people make their own fun. Houses owned by weekenders sit beside those of regulars and day-trippers also visit especially on weekends.

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Why hobbies are good for you

Why hobbies are good for everyone

Hobbies include the activities people do for fun or relaxation. Everyone needs an escape from their usual daily occupation, work or boredom. Hobbies fill this space. They range from sport and exercise, craft, art and puzzles to developing new skills in any field that interests us. A hobby or two or more provide the changes in pace and satisfaction we all need to live fulfilled lives.

I got thinking about this when a king cold virus flattened me recently. It took another two weeks before I recovered fully. Some of my favourite hobbies, like swimming, walking and socialising with friends and family, for example, became impossible. I didn’t write a blog post.

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Murmurations by Carol Lefevre – a review

cover murmurations

Murmurations, by Australian author Carol Lefevre, interested me especially as a short story cycle. The author links eight stories primarily through Erris Cleary, a deceased woman,  as well as through many other connections.  Each of the stories can be enjoyed individually. Each tells about a thoroughly believable snippet of life. They reflect aspects of each other and give each other depth. 

Read as a whole, they form a satisfying novella in which individual questions raised are answered.

If you are curious about this genre, you might like to read my post ‘Ten reasons to love a short story cycle’.

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Walking meditation in a labyrinth

Walking meditation in labyrinth

Walking meditation can be done anywhere, but walking a labyrinth adds a special dimension to this ancient practice. An award-winning novel, The Labyrinth, (2020) by Australian author, Amanda Lohrey, provoked me to find out out more.

In the book, a middle-aged woman with seemingly insurmountable problems and deep grief decides to build her own labyrinth on vacant land near her shack at the beach. The construction leads her to peace. You can read my review of the book here. 

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