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  • 03/26/11--04:57: A fruitful way
  • There are myriad ways to bring pleasure into our lives and it helps to know that spontaneity is one element of longevity. So, when husband Olivier suddenly suggested we take a different road home to Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula, I turned right and took the unfamiliar Flagstaff Hill Road to Middleton for the first […]

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  • 03/27/11--23:55: Mushrooming in Kuipo Forest
  • Sunday, March 27: Another day of pure pleasure searching for the rare cepe mushrooms in Kuitpo Forest. Cepe is a rare mushroom in Australia, but sells for up to 100 Euros a kilogram in France because its unique flavour is prized by the French.. Few Australians know of cepe unless they have seen the price […]

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  • 03/27/11--23:59: Our February Christmas
  • My adult children from London, daughter Serena, husband Jon and my three grand-children,  arrive in Adelaide in the middle of a storm in February. Poor things. They hate London’s dreary, dismal weather and yearn for their once-a-year visit to sunny Australia, the tail end of  cyclone Yasi lashes us with drenching rain when we drive […]

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    Bride-to-be Philipa Charlesworth, of Goolwa, exudes all the joy of a first-time bride as she shows off the exquisite Pacific-island design of her wedding gown which she will wear in Tongo in June. Yet, it is the fifth time she will marry. And she gushes about her sweetheart like a teenager in the throes of […]

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  • 04/03/11--18:55: Relay for life
  • My son, Tyson, who lost his dad in November, and his wife Vanessa are doing something very special. They have mounted a Relay For Life team raising funds for The Cancer Council of South Australia and have raised more than $1000 with sponsorship and the hard work of fund-raising.  Vanessa has cooked trays of honey […]

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  • 04/03/11--19:03: Diane von Furstenberg
  • Here is a gem of wisdom about design from evergreen fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. “There is design and there is art.  Good design is total harmony.  There is no better design than nature. If you look at a branch or a leaf, it is perfect.  It is all function. Art is different. It is […]

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  • 04/22/11--06:20: Vale Jackson
  • How valuable it is to listen to others because, my friend Jayne, told me how to say goodbye to our beloved funny, fluffy small dog, Jackson. “Take him in your arms, Nadine’,’’ she said. “Whatever you do, don’t just leave him with the vet because he will feel abandoned at that last moment.’’ So,  my […]

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    News that princess-in-waiting, Kate Middleton is staying in a hotel surrounded by her family and close friends before her Royal wedding, reminds me of my own family’s humble hotel experience. Daughter No. 2, Felicia was throwing a 40th birthday in Melbourne at Mosq, a popular Moroccan restaurant close to our zany hotel, The Cullen. She […]

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    Sometimes it takes someone from overseas to come to the state to confirm what we have always known that South Australia really is the best tourist destination in Australia.. Last weekend renowned tourism identities Rodney Twiss and his wife Regina and Alan and Diane Colton hosted tourism VIP Angelika Wegner, who represents our state’s tourism […]

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  • 05/02/11--17:39: Forever Faithfull
  • Marianne Faithfull must surely be feline because she has lived many lives to emerge in her later years a revered musical artist. Six years ago when I was the celebrity columnist at The Advertiser in Adelaide, I interviewed Marianne Faithfull, who was in Adelaide for a one-night performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre. I was honestly […]

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  • 05/20/11--19:00: House of sticks
  • Time has passed and our future home – once a house of sticks – has become a half-finished building, clad in Hebel and capped with an iron roof. Brickwork is complete, aluminium windows and sliding doors are installed and its Hebel walls have had the undercoat rendered. Stellar Homes is at First Fixings stage and […]

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    Rarely does French husband venture into my kitchen when I am at work, but this morning we are standing side by side by the hotplates making French dishes. At the big element he is sauté-ing cepe mushrooms we gathered yesterday in the Kuitpo Forest and I am stirring the lemon mixture for Tarte au Citron […]

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    Sunday, May 15: Olivier’s week has been wonderful. He has packed the three months since his diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer with a round of new projects which would exhaust a much younger man. He has been far too busy to fret too much about his first check-up with the oncologist next Tuesday to monitor […]

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  • 05/22/11--18:06: Visit to the oncologist
  • Tuesday, May 17:   From elation to trepidation, Olivier and I attend Tennyson Centre to visit his oncologist, Dr Francis Parnis to find out if the hormone treatment is stopping the spread of cancer in his bones. Dr Parnis is as bright in his personal style as his colourful patch-work socks peeping out from his well-cut […]

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  • 05/22/11--19:03: A Date with a Dying Man
  •   Thursday, May 19: We are visiting a gravely ill male friend who is in the latter stages of advanced prostate cancer.  It is the hardest task for us because husband Olivier was diagnosed with the same high grade cancer three months ago.  His hormone treatment is working and his cancer is regressing. And only […]

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    Congratulations to gifted Adelaide naive artist, Marie Jonsson-Harrison, whose work will be shown  at the prestigious 4th World Festival of Art Naif Katowice (Naive Art Exhibition) in Poland. Marie and husband Bryan were invited to attend the prestigious event in the SZYB WILSON Gallery in the Katowice region of Poland on Friday, June 17,  but […]

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  • 05/22/11--22:00: two for the girls
  • Grey-power is Good: Here’s a thought which is taking hold on the runways of the world. Since when have teenagers been known to buy haute couture? Well, why should teenagers with nubile bodies be used to sell high-end fashion to 40-somethings, 50-somethings and 60-somethings, the vast majority of whom have mature figures? The penny seems […]

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  • 05/23/11--05:00: Staving Off Ageing:
  •  Yes, it’s a hellava way off, but by the year 2070 scientists expect to have found the key to slowing down the ageing process. Scientists are slowly piecing together the ageing process at the genetic and molecular level – and it augurs well for the longevity of our grand-children. Surprisingly many of the genes that […]

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    Queen Rose releases her two French wines at the Fleurieu. It could well have been in Provence, France on Sunda, May 22 at The Mill at Middleton when Ulithorne winemaker Rose Kentish presented the first tastings of two stunning new French wines she made while working at wineries in Corsica and Provence. Rose, her artist […]