Rebuilding Suburbs – Part 1

We live in South East Melbourne. It is equidistant [as the crow flies!] to most of Melbourne. BUT Melbourne is one of the most sprawled cities in the world. Most of that is to do with the “Great Australian Dream” – the family size house on a quarter acre block.

OK, well very few blocks actually are a quarter acre, but most of them used to be quite a significant size. A few suburbs did get some blocks of high density living, but not many. One thing Australia is not short of is space! The practicalities of that space is another issue entirely.

Back to “rebuilding”. So, a few years ago, the then State Government brought in new planning zones for areas that were considered “worthy”. The zoning is “mixed high density” and is for nominated “hubs” of new zones adjoining, in particular, railway stations. Another [bipartisan] policy they decided on was upgrading a number of railway lines where road crossings were plagued with issues such as congestion and or danger. That previous government had suggested 40-odd railway-road crossings would be removed.

This is a multi-billion dollar major project, the likes of which has never been undertaken  in Melbourne, considering the multi-suburban scope and impact. Funding was going to come from “selling” [a long term lease] of the Melbourne Port. Once all the crossings to be removed were identified, then the arduous task of deciding the order was undertaken.

Then we had a state election. The Government lost power. The new Government made some alterations to railway-road crossings list to be done. One of our two locals had been on the original list. We ten found out it would be fast-tracked and expanded to include the other two very nearby crossings. This was a total of three stations & their accompanying crossings in the one project. Massive! The public consultation started within months – as soon as the contract had been awarded. The project consortium was the same as the one doing the first project. [The first one was completed by the end of 2015 [functionally – the landscaping was still going on well into 2016.]

Some minor works at our local station started before any decisions on the type of [engineering] project it would be – a pedestrian crossing was installed at the actual crossing. The public was getting a “vote” on whether the railway would go over or under the road. The main consideration was the fact that all three stations were amidst local shopping strips. The traders wanted the railway dropped and so did many locals. We got what we asked for – but not all the way along the roughly 3-4 kilometres of rail line. We got a gentle roller coaster. And three upgraded/modernised stations.

One of the better parts of the design is a storage room – for bicycles!



I think this is a great idea. I also think the design and execution is wanting. While the room can take many more bikes than what was the previous station situation, I feel an opportunity was missed. What do you think? Here are some more photos of the bike cage.



These are night shots [while walking the dog, around 9.30pm]. I am unsure how well the facility is being utilised at this stage. I’ll do another article soon.

I hope someone with some feedback on the stations cares to comment.

Peace to all,

KISS for Life.


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Stepping into Spring

Oh my! There has been so much rain this September. It is how I remember the first month of spring when I was a child. So, that is one out of the two wettest months of the year out of the way. The other one is October. Hahahaha – it is shaping up to be a historically accurate weather pattern. Based on the old averages.

We are taking it in our stride – which possibly has not amounted to much the last two weeks – as we have all hod a horrid virus of epic proportion. The one “man-flu” sufferer in the household has been worst effected. Oh man-o-man, he finds these beasts [a virus] and brings it home to share.

Strategies abound for dealing with the symptoms of a virus. The one virus can hit you in any number of locations – singularly or multiple locations. Some people swear by “liver cleansing” with a strong citrus juice concoction that is heavy on the lemons. Other ingredients that can be very worthy are ginger, apple cider vinegar, garlic, echinacea, high doses of vitamin C. Bathing/soaking in clay – bentonite or zeolite – can help draw out the virus. My husband loves a hot & steamy shower when he is ill.

I was lucky [?] I was running my Equinox Detox at the same time as this ‘flu hit us. As a side effect I did not feel like eating but was more than happy to take in lots of fluids or very watered down smoothies.

Now we all have a hacking cough and husky voices that give out after a few words.

Bless you Spring!

Our Black Mulberry tree is “uber” loaded with immature fruit – we are so looking forward what has to be our most productive crop, followed by apricots and grapes. It looks like the possums have ruined any chance of cherries this year. Curly leaf is massive on the nectarine. the joys of Urban Farming.

We can’t wait for the railway project to finally complete – nearly two years of disruptions with the worst of it having been in the winter. They still have a large amount of regenerative work to do for the roads needing resurfacing and the massive plantings that need to undertaken.

You can barely go anywhere in Melbourne East or South East  as well as some parts of the north without being impacted by the project to do away with about 50 level crossings [4 are gone so far].

Progress stops for no man or woman or child?!

I will close out with a VERY Special Offer.

Prepay for 3 Reiki sessions for only $220. [A session is usually priced at $100.]
You can arrange this for yourself or a loved one or even a pet or your garden!

Peace to all,

KISS for life,


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Springtime – New Beginnings

Hey there!

Too long since I popped in for a chat I know – I seem to find Facebook an easier medium and I address topics there in quite a brief way that does not suit blogging. I am working on trying to change my mindset on that!

That is one of my many “to dos”.

The one of the many others is rejigging my business & what is on my website.

Over the last few years there has been many changes in the industry. the internet is a very crowded marketplace if you are trying to sell anything – whether it be a physical product or information or service. So, as some of my wholesalers have stopped supplying, I have opted to deeply re-examine what my shop will offer in the way of health products. If there is something [one or more items] you are really interested in me keeping or getting then please do let me know!

On another front – I am expanding my health related services. I am Reiki I & Reiki II qualified and I am about to embark on both Reiki Masters and a Graduate Diploma in Wellbeing at RMIT in 2017. I am very excited and a little nervous!

I gave my husband the gift of doing the Reiki I training this year. In 2017 I will gift him Reiki II training. I highly recommend these short courses for someone who is in anyway interested in energy medicine.

I run a free Facebook group for Equinox Renewal:

There are at least two annual non-intensely coached sessions per year. I will also start trying to do similar around the solstices.

Feel free to give me constructive feedback and requests in the comments to this post. I really value trying to be collaborative. I want to offer what people want and need not just what i think they want and need.

Until next time,

Peace to all.

KISS for Life.


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We are going through very challenging times, both in Australia and world wide.

Freedoms and Human Rights are being challenged left, right and centre – medical ones, religious ones, rights to enter a country as a refugee, rights to live where we do due to another party’s prejudice. Also, the right to out a corporation if they are acting outside the public good, for example the maltreatment of animals and or the degradation of the environment.

It makes me quite sad to see how far the human race has come and that it is now losing its humanity due to some irrational as well as some rational fears and concerns.

We all need to live on this planet and no-one has the right to remove another person’s Human Rights because they do not like the decision.With respect to medical issues – science is an area that is constantly changing. We need to remain mindful of that and respectful that science does not have all the answers. It probably never will. We also need to be mindful of the (international) human right to choose a medical procedure and or a medical drug.

The media are not impartial and they certainly cherry pick the so-called “evidence” they present. They have vested interests – to make money! They do that by being controversial and or confrontational.  And, yes, bloggers are also often out to make money. But many of us speak our minds about things we care passionately about.


Source: Open Letter to Jane Hansen from Sydney Freedom of Choice Protest Organiser

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Invisible illness Awareness Week

It is invisible illness awareness week. Exploring the issues faced by people with an invisible illness or invisible disability gives one much food for thought.
Civilised society may have come a long way – but we still have way further to go!

Source: Invisible illness Awareness Week

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Intermittent Fasting for Health & Weight Control

Oh wow, sorry for the long silence.

For most of this year I have been my husband’s carer in one way or another. He had a near fatal bowel emergency on Valentines Day. I am so very lucky to still have him in my life.

M personal journey has involved going through menopause. It has been a process of several years. It probably is not quite over. For the most part, my symptoms have largely involved excessive moodiness and some intermittent but mild depression, some hot flushing and changes to my cycle characteristics.

I believe the process started sometime not too long after the birth of my second child (November 2007). It is a bit weird – realising I am at that next stage of life.

What I really wanted to talk about is Intermittent Fasting (IF).
You may have heard or even read about it in the last couple of years. The book “The Fast Diet” is quite popular and has resulted in a spin-off meal industry in the UK.

I decided to experiment with the concept. I am doing it as a raw foodie. It is 4 weeks since I started.

Why would I do it if a raw food diet is supposed to have similar effects on weight and health?

Well, for me, my weight was not altered by raw food and at times, some raw foods irritate me rather than help me. I have a complex medical condition and have to be careful with folate as I cannot process it properly without high supplementation of vitamin B12. For me, that needs to be by injection on at least a weekly basis.

So, back to IF. It has actually shifted a small bit of weight for me I believe. I do not weigh myself or measure my BMI or body fat or anything else. I just go by how I feel and how my clothes fit.

The crux of intermittent fasting is having at least a couple of non-consecutive fast days each week. It is not a complete fast but a partial fast involving severe calorie restriction. The restrictions are 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. You cannot afford to eat empty calories from refined sugars or have calorie dense foods like fats or animal products. The best way to do it is vegan and raw vegan at that, in my opinion.

On your non fast days, in theory you can have whatever you like. In practice, it is much better if you try to stick to a healthy moderate diet as much as possible. This makes the fast days easier, you will get better results, and it is just healthier that way.

Once you have lost the weight or accomplished the health gains you desire, you can change to one fast day per week. Certain people should NOT undertake intermittent fasting such as children, the elderly, the sick, anyone with a history of an eating disorder or anyone advised not to do so by their medical practitioner (you are free to seek multiple opinions on that).

One of my biggest challenges with it is that I get very cold when I fast/restrict calories. It is mid-winter here and it has been our coldest in 18 years. A good remedy for that is to include some warming spices like ginger, turmeric, garlic, and chilli. Potassium rich foods like bananas should help too.

If you would like to join me on this challenge I am offering two Bootcamp options:

Until next time,

Peace to All.
Kiss for Life.


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I decided to start a very personal blog on a separate account. It might appeal to some of you.


Well, this is not my first blog. But even so, I am not a master of the craft. I just wanted another space to write more general musings about life from my perspective.
Which brings me to more of the why. My perspective is very specific but also broad. You see, I suffer very badly with “Environmental Illnesses” – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Electromagnetic Radiation Hyper-Sensitivity. I am also a greenie and a trained Permaculturalist, I Home School my two daughters via Natural Learning and Unschooling and I am a nutrition student.
Currently, life is topsy turvy as my husband had a near fatal medical emergency 4 weeks ago. It required urgent major surgery. By far that Valentine’s Day has been my most stressful day ever.
Feel free to say hi below – I look forward to meeting you here in wordpress cyberspace!

Cheers from
The Natural…

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