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How to help your pets cope with the heat

The Canberran crickets are chirping in forceful unison, a clear sign that the hottest part of summer is upon us. While we can’t ignore our personal need for the air-conditioning to be on full-blast, we can accidentally overlook our furry companions this time of year. With this weekend set to be a scorcher, now is […]

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Tears, Laughter, Champagne: The Canberra firestorm 15 years on

“Untouched plastic pegs were ‘like jewels’ in the blackened garden.” A few weeks ago we wrote about a group of nine local women who had announced their cookbook come memoir; Tears, Laughter, Champagne: A story of friendship forged through fire and food. These nine women forged an unbreakable bond in the weeks and months following the 2003 […]

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Is your backyard pool safe?

If you’re one of the lucky Canberrans to have access to a backyard pool this summer – congratulations! There’s nothing better than the ability to stroll from house to cool oasis in seconds. However, as the saying goes, with great relaxation comes great responsibility. As we’re all aware, the dark side of summer comes in […]

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Beyond the backyard

Most of us have a little patch of garden to call our own, but some create communal commons to celebrate and share in the great outdoors. We go beyond the backyard. Paul Jurak is better known to a vast number of Canberrans as Kayakcameraman. A plumber by trade who turned to taking photographs of Canberra’s […]

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Sustainable Life: From food waste to garden food

It’s BBQ season. A time for good food and good friends to relax together. We’re always eating (often too much) just so that it doesn’t go to waste. There is another way. Leftovers don’t need to be a waste and you don’t need to feel guilty about leaving the last mini quiche on the plate. […]

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Snakes and pets: What to do

Damn right I am afraid of snakes. And if you live in Canberra, perhaps you should be too. Or at least aware.  This time last year, I was visiting my beloved cat, Jeremy, in hospital every day following a brown snake bite. I’ll never forget when I first saw him lying in the garage. Initially, […]

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Spend less and travel more in 2018

Are you, like me, currently suffering from the post-Christmas financial blues? All of those Christmas presents that represent the love you have for family and friends have left a gaping hole in your savings (if you had any to begin with) or perhaps you’re staring down the barrel of credit card debt. It can be […]

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When Summernats divides a household

Emma Macdonald and Paul Chamberlin have been happily married for nearly 20 years. This is despite having vastly different opinions on Canberra’s annual car festival. SHE SAYS I am about as loyal and loving of Canberra as you can get. Until the first week of January, when you will find me desperate to escape the […]

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Novel Reads: Your New Summer Fling


Searching for a summer fling? The novel kind of course! There’s something so satisfying about lying on the beach or grass with a good read nestled between your palms, letting yourself get lost in the world of the characters. Here’s a list of summer goodies to get your hands on! For the Kiddies Possum Magic […]

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Re-gift for good this summer

Christmas may be a distant memory by now, but the gifts remain.  Perhaps they’re currently being put to good use in the pool or were vouchers you spent in the sales on Boxing Day. However, for those lucky enough to receive a plethora of presents on Christmas, there may be a few that stand out […]

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