Around 11 million roses are expected to be brought into Australia in the days leading up to Valentine’ Day on February 14. Aside from the cost to Aussie farmers who cannot compete, there is an environmental cost. And then, of course, there is the personal cost. Fresh rose prices range from around $30 for
When it comes to celebrating all the beauty and wonder Australia has to offer, it’s hard to know where to begin. More than 90 per cent of our wildlife is found nowhere else in the wild. This includes kangaroos, dingos, wombats, echidnas, platypus and koalas – making this a truly unique and special country.
Jack was a happy baby with a big belly laugh he used with great regularity. He was a curious and adventurous toddler with a booming personality and the voice to go with it. His first few years of school were filled with curiosity and the desire to learn. Then, his voice became quiet, his
Creativity has become a buzzword – the Holy Grail that will help us be happier, healthy, more productive and better equipped to deal with life in general. We mourn the lack of creative programs in mainstream schools and businesses fork out thousands of dollars every year on creative thinking exercises for their employees. There
Poor snakes. They really get a bad rap, don’t they? Fear of them is one of the top 10 phobias. It’s called ophidiophobia. They’ve been blamed for the temptation that resulted in people becoming mortal (according to the Bible) and also revered by others as the bringers of good luck. However you view them,
Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – space-themed crafts. Have you ever seen a UFO – Unidentified Flying Object? If you have you are not alone. There have been more than 12,000 reported sightings – at least six per cent of these have remained unresolved. Meaning nobody knows what the objects actually were. Sightings
“For what we are about to eat may the Lord make us truly grateful”. That was our pre-meal prayer when I was at school. I remember it not so much because of the gratitude I felt, but because we said it a lot and most of us raced through the little prayer, eager to
It’s interesting that the first part of the word ‘optimism’ spells ‘opt’ because being optimistic is a choice that you can opt in or out of. That’s probably the most important thing we can impress on our children. Optimism is a choice. And choice is a superpower. We all become discouraged at times. For
Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – wind crafts. It can be a welcome breeze on a hot summer’s day or a devastating force, destroying all in its path. The wind that is so vital to the environment, dispersing seeds to help plant populations, can also have catastrophic effects on all that it touches.
Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making marvellous mermaids. What better way to celebrate Oceans Day (June 8) than to delve into the mysteries of the sea? And, while 95 per cent of the ocean remains unexplored, there are plenty of mysteries to uncover. The mystery of the mermaid is one that has captured