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Helen Edwards (Helen Edwards Creates)
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We just adore trees at the Sustainable Home Hub. You will see us writing, posting photos and talking about them often. If you happen past my walking tracks on any given day, you will see me hugging them. Without trees we are dead. Timber is one of the most sustainable and important materials we have for our homes and has been shown to be good for your health. But it needs to be responsibly grown and harvested. Any paper products you use also need to be sustainable. That is why we are excited to announce our partnership with The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) – the world’s largest and most trusted certification for sustainable forest management. We are very excited to be partnering with FSC to share their work and bring businesses certified by the programme, to the Sustainable Home Hub! Keep an eye out for new businesses with the FSC stamp who will be joining us, to help you make better choices.

According to the FSC forests support up to 1.6 billion of the poorest people in the world. Sixty million indigenous people and numerous species of plants and animals are totally dependent on forests for their lives. But there is a high demand from people for products that come from forests, and this demand continues to grow, increasingly putting pressure on the world’s forests. Wood is a renewable resource when the forests are responsibly managed with holistic standards that include environmental and social considerations.
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Some thoughts on time today "All the clocks in the house ticked together, some slightly off-beat, a musical background to her life. Tick, Tick, Tick. Tock, Tock Tock. Precision. Predictable. “Yet time runs away,” she thought, “Like a wild horse galloping across the soft white snow, manes tossing in the wind.” She had seen those horses once. They stood in the deep powdery snow, on top of the mountain, all sound muffled except for their breathing. The big silver male had stared straight at her, nostrils flared. In that moment, it was as if time had stood still. Yet she couldn’t make time stand still. She had tried….holding onto her boys tightly, breathing in their scent, noticing, trying to preserve every moment. She had seen so many people she loved lost from time. Held them in her arms as they slowly faded away, and time just charged on without them." - read more here xx
Tick Tock - Helen Edwards Writes
Tick Tock - Helen Edwards Writes
helenedwardswrites.com
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Tt is Australian Reading Hour​ today and on my new writing blog, I wanted to take some time to talk about why it is so important to read. The Australia Council for the Arts ran a survey in 2016 and found that 95% of Australians enjoy reading books for pleasure or interest; 68% would like to read more, with relaxation and stress release the most common reason for reading; and almost three-quarters believe books make a contribution to their life that goes beyond their cost. Over 80% of Australians with children encourage them to read.

Along with this, 71% of us think it is important for Australian children to read books set in Australia and written by Australian authors(thank you for that!); and 60% believe it is important that books written by Australian authors be published in Australia. While there is a common perception among Australians that books are too expensive, more than half believe Australian literary fiction is important. Almost two-thirds of Australians believe books by Indigenous Australian writers are important for Australian culture. Here are just some of the reasons why it is important to read.
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still some tweaking to go but my new Author site is up! Come have a look at Helen Edwards Writes, please share and also sign up to the new so you can find out about bookish things xx
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Mirage Homes is a design and building company that creates affordable, ethical and sustainable homes. Our homes are designed to achieve ideal levels of comfort while positively impacting the natural environment.

Through a considered and thoughtful design process we focus on encouraging more sustainable and healthier levels of well being for our clients, the wider community and our planet.

We provide a comprehensive design and build service that makes highly sustainable, architecturally designed homes accessible and affordable to more people. Our homes are comfortable, high-performance, environmentally conscious and uniquely tailored to your site, budget and desires. By limiting the number of projects we undertake each year, we ensure that every home is finely crafted, providing our clients with the individual attention and service we believe they deserve.
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Pete Goodlet is a man who has made creating his life. With numerous strings to his bow, he has his own art business – Pete Goodlet Art and Design, is a garden designer and runs a bed and breakfast in Peregian Beach, Queensland, which he has lovingly decorated in his signature style. Pete describes himself as an artist, designer and lover of life…(also an excellent daiquiri maker!) and he loves a singalong at the pianola – I can attest to this having seen some of the raucous evening events he posts on his instagram! He is also a brilliantly funny writer and you can read his stories on his website. Pete says his partner David is his “go to man” for technical help, and an endless support in all of their endeavours. “My two lovely children and our new puppy Oscar Wilde complete our immediate family” says Pete.

Pete’s business is an integral part of his creative life. He has been designing gardens for over twenty years. Initially he worked with Rick Eckersley Design and Jamie Durie, at Patio. “Rick was a brilliant innovative designer and our design styles just clicked. My gardens are creative spaces designed for absolute liveability. I love to create a great flow between outside and in” he explains. Pete uses skills learnt through different life experiences, including being a qualified carpenter and a Permaculture Design graduate. His gardens always include some food plants – especially herbs and a lemon tree for your G&T! “I like to incorporate the use of buildings or materials that are already onsite, repurposing them in a creative way. I am also a big believer in utilising low voltage lighting to highlight garden features and extend the usable hours of the garden. My gardens are delightful spaces with a relaxed feeling of joyful liveability” he says.
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