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Articles all about our country, your favourites like food, wine, family, your home, gardening, retirement living and yes, something about pets also.

Make Mine a Mulcher!

We all know it pays to take stock of possessions while we still have the energy, and inclination, to divest ourselves of those we no longer need, but every now and then, it also makes good sense to purchase something new...

Picnic Table Project

One of the most popular BBQ or picnic tables seen in gardens and parks across the country is the trusty 'rustic' fitted seat unit. In this feature I will show you how to build your own.

Rustic Mediterranean Roulade

When I think of Mediterranean food I think of antipasti, such as olives, feta, sundried tomatoes and cured meats, and fresh salads with balsamic vinegar. I thought there had to be a way to combine all of these delicious ingredients into a dinner that my family would love. So I created this rustic roulade that’s easy to make, quick to cook and delicious to eat.

The Pros and Cons of a Reverse Mortgage?

With inflation at its highest level in three decades and interest rates still relatively low by historic standards, more and more homeowners over 60 are weighing up whether a reverse mortgage could help them live a better retirement.

Fast & Fresh Vietnamese Meatball Salad

I love everything about Vietnamese cuisine and culture and I can’t wait to get back there to learn more. I especially love their use of fresh herbs and delicious marinades and dressings. Here is a simplified version of the popular dish, bun cha, which is absolutely off the charts.

Feng Shui Living

Feng Shui is one of the eight branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's a complex art, but there are some principles of the ancient system of harmony that can be easily applied.

Upside Down Peach Cake

With so much stone fruit available at the moment (and Golden Queen peaches starting to ripen), why not make use of the seasonal bounty with an Upside Down Peach Cake? Perfect with a cup of tea or for a little treat after dinner.

Growing New Plants with Flair

Variety is the spice of life – it’s an old saying that applies as much to edible gardening as it does to anything else. Plant breeders are well aware of it, which is why they are always developing new and unusual fruits and vegetables for gardeners to grow at home.