Month: January 2016

Explore & Inspire, Travel Tips & Ideas

How to manage your period camping / travelling


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As a professional outdoor educator, mother of two girls and the author of the popular teen book, Poppy Pretzel – Passage Into Puberty, I’ve been managing my period (and those around me) since 1974.  I’ve been blessed with parents who educated me early about menstruation and no subject was out of bounds for discussion which has given me a healthy approach to health and hygiene.

Warning: This post is about periods, pads and tampons as well as managing hygiene in the bush. If you find this uncomfortable you could stop right now. However, I encourage you to read on, for every woman this is a common monthly occurrence and it’s worth hanging in there to gain a better understanding of periods and camping.

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Doncare Op Shop – Blackburn North


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In a prime location in Blackburn North next to the high school and on the exterior of a small shopping complex called Blackburn North Square.

This store is quite large and whenever I visit there appears to be plenty of volunteers but as an Shop historian, I also know they will always need an extra pair of hands. At one end there is a large locked glass cabinet which stores all those lovely treasures that will sell for a higher price like this beautiful china (above).

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Red Cross Op Shop – Croydon


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Red Cross has 30+ Op shops in Victoria alone each with their own way of presenting their wares and layout of the store. The Croydon Red Cross Op Shop is by the far the best one in this busy town that is home to three other Op Shops.

There are many good bargains in this store and if you’re into handbags, I always find some good bargains here.

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Sacred Heart Mission Op Shop – South Melbourne


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There aren’t many Op Shops that are open seven days a week, let alone do a roaring trade but the Sacred Heart Mission store in Clarendon Street South Melbourne absolutely rocks it! Popular with locals and visitors to the trendy Clarendon Street, the turnover of stock is phenomenal which means a weekly visit will always have surprises.

I remember when this store was a Lamborghini showroom years and years ago which is kinda funny that it now sells secondhand goods. You can see by the large frontage windows and light walls that this was set up to reflect the very best of the floor stock. So even secondhand goods can come off looking great here.


With two large windows there is plenty of room to create a theme that is eye-catching and enticing. Once you walk inside, stock is clearly laid out so you can find what you like. I’m more of a kitchen wares kinda gal but my daughters are more into clothes. At this South Melbourne store, it’s easily accessible with lots of space between racks and spacious changing rooms to try clothes in. Some of stock is put into clever displays and how could you resist not snapping a photo of this 1950’s yellow number (below). (more…)

Books & Resources

Books I read (listened to) in 2015


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I read over 80 books last year so I’ve put a list below of the ones I can remember or my library history tells me. I’ve mostly been a non fiction reader but since using the app Borrow Box and the app Overdrive I’ve expanded my horizons into genres that I wouldn’t normally explore.

Of the 52 books listed here, 20 were fiction (80% covering 3 compilations – Hunger Games series, Divergent Series, Twilight series and Tomorrow When the War Began Series with only the last series being written by a man – John Marsden) 32 were non-fiction.

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