July 17, 2020: Port Macquarie Project Progress

In our Newsletter on June 19th I gave an overview of the project I am currently working on in Port Macquarie to convert a garage to a granny flat. Click the previous link to see a photo of the existing garage plus plans for what it will become. Unfortunately we barely got started on the project […]

June 26, 2020: All Electric Workhorses.

Long-time readers will know that we have been enjoying the many benefits of owning an electric vehicle for almost five years now. For more recent subscribers, here is a link to some of the articles we written about our Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV.

Our PHEV, of course, is not a full Battery Electric Vehicle […]

June 19, 2020: Port Macquarie Project

As delightful and comfortable as it is to be living in the renovated house next to the Greeny Flat, it’s possibly even more comfortable and delightful to be spending the next couple of winter months in Port Macquarie. A dear friend of ours owns a nice older home near the beach and wants to convert […]

June 5, 2020: Mount Gibraltar Stone Stairway

In the midst of all the craziness this week a dear friend named Sarah Cains sent me a link to a very nice article she wrote about the renovation of the wonderful stone stairway on Mount Gibraltar. You can find the full article on the WinZero website at the following link… For The Walker Who […]

May 22, 2020: Morrison Wants To Give $11M To A Coal Baron

In last month’s Newsletter I was very happy to share the results of the previous six months of monitoring the energy performance of both the Greeny Flat and the old cottage next to it. We have been gradually upgrading the cottage with a complete energy retrofit over the last few years so I was delighted […]

April 22, 2020: Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and we would usually be having our annual Greeny Flat Earth Day Party tonight.

A pre-social distancing Earth Day Party at the Green Flat.

But, of course, we can’t do that this year and I have to say, it’s a bit of a relief. I don’t wish to downplay the tragedy […]

Mar 13, 2020: Coronavirus makes me feel lucky

Friday the 13th. Bad Luck day! We’ve struggled through the summer with terrible fires, hail storms, dust storms, floods and now Covid-19. You could be forgiven for feeling like we’re not living in the lucky country anymore.

But you know what? I’m feeling just the opposite and here’s why.

Australia‚Äôs main reaction to the global […]

Feb 20, 2020: Kitchen finished

The Finished Kitchen

Yesterday I put the final touches on the kitchen in the old house next to the Greeny Flat. I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s obviously a modern upgrade to an old house but it feels sympathetic to the character of the old girl. It’s interesting how a few […]

Jan 31, 2020: How To Build a Fire-proof House

As I mentioned in last week’s Newsletter, the fire danger has subsided a lot over the last couple of weeks. Tomorrow will be another test with temperatures in our area predicted to be over 40C (104F) and hot, north-westerly winds. But next week is looking cool again so we’re not too worried at the moment.


Jan 24, 2020: Back To Work

In last week’s Newsletter we focused on the fire threat that has been hanging over our lives for the last couple of months. Since then we’ve had more bad days and more nights with a house full of evacuees. We’ve also had some nice rain and some cooler weather which has greatly reduced the fire […]