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 […]

Jan 3, 2020: Childhood Beach Devastated By Fire

Fire strikes near Rosedale Beach

Readers will be well aware of the catastrophic fire situation around Australia at the moment. So far the Greeny Flat has been spared the worst of it although there is a big fire burning not far away. Tomorrow is predicted to be a very hot and windy day so […]

Nov 22, 2019: Energy Positive Success

We’re making steady progress on the interior renovations to the old cottage next to the Greeny Flat. We were a bit distracted for the last couple of weekends due to opening the Greeny Flat for the Arts Trail which turned out to be a really nice thing to do. On all four days we had […]

Nov 1, 2019: Art Studio Trail This Weekend

As mentioned in last week’s Newsletter, the Greeny Flat will be open this weekend and next weekend from 10am – 5pm for the annual Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail.  In past years we’ve enjoyed traveling around the Highlands and visiting various artists in their studios and this will be our first time opening for this […]

Oct 18, 2019: Solar Monitoring and Upcoming Events

In our Newsletter on August 30 I wrote that our new solar system had been installed but that we weren’t able to turn it on yet. Well, we’ve had it turned on and operating for about three weeks now and it’s performing brilliantly. I’m very happy with the monitoring system provided by Enphase except for […]

Oct 11, 2019: Queen St Renovations

We’re now in the thick of the interior renovations to the Queen St house (the original house in front of the Greeny Flat). We started by knocking down the old brick chimney in the kitchen. Luckily there’s a quarry nearby which takes old masonry and concrete, crushes them and recycles them into new road base […]

Sept 28, 2019: Greta vs Growth

16-year-old sticks it to the UN.

Regular readers of this Newsletter will know that I think the pursuit of perpetual growth is the root of all kinds of evil. But the concept that ‘Growth is Good’ is so deeply ingrained in the global economic, political and social fabric that none of our so-called ‘leaders’ have the brains […]