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We last spoke to Ita Buttrose for our Winter 2011 edition soon after Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo was released.

With mental health being a leading topic, we caught up with Ita to learn more about dementia, the quality of Australia’s residential care and what we can do as a society to support those who suffer with it. Ita is the National Ambassador for Alzheimers Australia and has a great commitment to understanding dementia. Currently there is a much greater awareness into removing the stigma when it comes to a diagnosis. Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and there is no cure…yet! We also had the chance to attend Australia’s Fashion Week. Inside you will find Candice, Maree and Ellen’s experience on what’s trending on the runway.

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What’s On Whats Great App Reviews Remembering to Forget Seidler’s House Winter Activities

25 BEAUTY Fashion

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Dental Advice No longer codependent Energise your inner sloth

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BY ALLAN WALDON, EASTERN ROAD QUALITY MEATS In the world we live in today it’s hard to know sometimes exactly where our food comes from - is it locally grown or is it from overseas? There appears to be a huge push from multinationals to force prices of produce down which in the long term can only have a detrimental effect on farm viability and animal welfare, practices which we feel very strongly about. It has been eight years now that we have grown as much of our own beef as we can and in the last three years we have moved towards growing a large number of lambs as well. We believe our sheep and lambs are second to none, winning Gold at the Sydney RAS Fine Food Show as well as many Champion Ribbons for our sheep and lambs. It is hugely rewarding to be able to product such good produce, right from the start to the table, and to be winning Gold Medals at the highest level is very pleasing. We have just finished our autumn lambing which was all done in good weather. We have expanded our primary production area to allow us to produce a lot more cattle over the next year. Animal welfare is a high priority and low stress animal handling is paramount. www.livinglocalguide.com.au

We don’t use electric prodder’s or dogs and this keeps down stress to minimal levels. We are breeding mainly Angus and Murray Grey cattle and our cattle have good temperaments and are easy to handle. Some of our breeding cows have been with us for eight years. We now have plenty of photos of our lovely farm, at the shop for you see.

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We are all aware of the recent earthquake in Nepal that brought devastation to the local community. In 2006, I started the School Funding Program and our main school in the affected area (we help up to ten schools) is still standing. However 90% of homes in the village are gone. I have many close friends there that now have no home. It’s early days and fundraising efforts have been very good, please read the separate article in this magazine on page 63 for more details. In the last few weeks we have raised over $8500 from the BBQ and donations. Thanks for all the support.

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app Reviews BY BRANDON COWAN, APP DEVELOPER - CRAZY DOG APPS TED “Learn cool stuff with TED” I have something I need to confess…I messed up…The TED app has been around for over TWO YEARS now and I haven’t recommended it yet. Poor form Brandon… Anyway, better late than never! TED Talks are talks, often by experts in their various fields that aim to educate, inspire or entertain us and they usually surround a single idea or concept. The main goal of the TED not-for-profit organization is to share interesting ideas, hence their slogan “ideas worth spreading”. Many of the world’s smartest and/or most interesting people have done a TED Talk, including but certainly not limited to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs [indirectly – one of his most famous speeches was added to the TED website], Stephen Hawking, Edward Snowden and many more. There is a jaw-dropping talk by Zak Ebrahim, who’s father was a terrorist that helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, another talk by a psychologist (Kelly McGonigal) that argues through various studies that stress isn’t bad for your health but the way you think about it can make it so and there are over 1,900 other great talks. TED is available to download for free on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone.

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It was that great philosopher, Dr. Seuss who once wrote: “sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.” I think he’s right! Which is why the older we get, the more precious memories we have! We all appreciate that memory is a wonderful thing, and for many of us, we can think of nothing better than to catch up with friends and reminisce about old times. And so conversely, losing memories is heartbreaking, for everyone involved. For deep relationships are intrinsically connected to our shared experiences and subsequent memories of them.


So while memory is essential for interpersonal relationships, remembering serves another purpose too. Humanity remembers dark historical episodes as warnings of what we are capable of; like the memory of Auschwitz, or the American slave trade, or the forced removal of children from their parents in Australia. Remembering such atrocities is not an enjoyable experience, but hopefully one that shapes our present and future. It is therefore crucial that we regularly pause and reflect, with both a sense of humility and consternation. And so while we rightly remember some events, whether they are joyful or painful, we also


rightly forget others. For this is the way many of us cope with painful memories: forgetting becomes therapy. But forgetting is not merely a human coping mechanism. In the Bible, we are occasionally told that God himself forgets. God’s forgetfulness is deliberate of course, and it is only ever discussed in reference to one thing, forgetting our past wrongdoings. In the book of the Bible called Isaiah, we read God announce: “I am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Of course Isaiah writes poetically, but the fact remains that God will not hold our past wrongdoings against us when we seek refuge in him. You could say that God is in the business of forgetting—a testimony to the power of Jesus’ self-sacrifice. For all the wonderful memories we have and enjoy recalling, there is something even more valuable to keep in mind; that God willingly chooses to forget all our past misdoings. For who of us can claim that all our behaviours, motivations and thoughts have been exemplary? Let us always remember that God willingly forgets. matt.stedman@standrews.net.au www.livinglocalguide.com.au


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Seidler’s Architectural Innovation

BY ROBERT C. JOHNSTON, WRITER AND RESEARCHER There are numerous houses of historical significance in our area. My travels have recently taken me along Burns Road in Wahroonga. Every time rounding the corner at Clissold Road I had wondered about the big green sign saying “Rose Seidler House”. One day I decided to investigate and was interested to find that our leafy backstreets are preserving an architectural masterpiece.

Rose Seidler House was built between 1948 and 1950. It was designed by Austrian-born architect Harry Seidler (1923-2006), who had been interred in Canada during World War II. Permitted to study architecture, he later won a scholarship to Harvard University in the United States. During this time he studied under Walter Gropius and after his graduation in 1946 he became the chief assistant to Marcel Breuer in New York. Both Gropius and Breuer were pioneers of modern architecture. In them, Seidler found kindred spirits. Seidler also spent time working with Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil. At the end of the war Seidler’s family migrated to Australia and in 1948 Harry followed, specifically commissioned to design a house for his parents Max and Rose. What he created was unlike anything else that had been built in Australia.



Rose Seidler House was designed in the style of Bauhaus, a school of modernist architecture typified by functional layout, cubic shapes and flat roofs. Ornamentation, such as decorative cornices or eaves, are absent.

Unlike many suburban houses of the time, Rose Seidler House faces the bush rather than the street. A staircase on the lower level leads up through the floor into an open plan living and dining area, only slightly separated by a sandstone flagged fireplace.

I found the fireplace quite interesting in itself – it leaves a large space open at the top on one side to act as a light feature, perhaps also to reduce its dominance in the room and allow the eye to flow to the ceiling beyond. This fireplace design was repeated in a similar fashion at Harry’s own residence in Killara, designed by Harry and his wife Penelope.



The colourful mural on the sundeck, painted by Harry Seidler himself, provides a splash of colour that draws the eye away from the more minimalist and subdued interior. Similarly, modernist artworks in the house, by Josef Albers, work in harmony to accentuate the house design itself. One of the most impressive features of the house is the full length glass windows which wall entire sides of the bedrooms and living areas. These windows must have been quite an eye-opener (no pun intended) to visitors, compared to those found in other houses

built in 1940s Sydney. Having studied structural engineering prior to architecture, Seidler was apparently very aware of ensuring that his designs were not only aesthetically pleasing and architecturally revolutionary, but also structurally sound and achievable. www.livinglocalguide.com.au


In 1951 he won the Sulman Medal for excellence in architecture for Rose Seidler House. It’s interesting that at the time there was some controversy as to the winning choice. Some people thought Seidler’s design was too radical and “un-Australian”. But in hindsight we can say that it was just ahead of its time. Architecture, like any form of art, elicits a personal response – many creations have had a polarising effect. One recent example is the University of Technology, Sydney’s new Frank Gehry-designed building. Other points of interest in the house are period furnishings and vintage appliances in the kitchen and laundry. The fridge, stove, and Kenwood Chef mixmaster all nostalgically reminded me of my early childhood, when my family used to visit my great-aunt. On the lower level there are information boards and an interesting video about the house. When Rose Seidler passed away in 1967 and Max moved into a nursing home, the house was occupied by tenants until it was donated by Harry Seidler to the Historic Houses Trust in 1988. It was extensively restored to its 1950 state and opened to the public in 1991. For those interested in architecture and design Rose Seidler House is worth the visit. Even if you are not planning to be the next Gaudi, it is still a unique experience to see a 1950s time capsule. The house is located at 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga. It is open every Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Entry is $8 for adults, $4 for concessions and children under 15, and $17 for a family (2 adults + two children). Onsite parking is available for free, just follow the sign once you have entered the driveway. On the 23rd of August 2015, Rose Seidler House will be hosting its annual Fifties Fair. Further details visit sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/rose-seidler-house LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE WINTER 2015 19


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the exciting activities available on Sydney’s upper north shore.

MOVIES AT ROSEVILLE CINEMA 112 PACIFIC HIGHWAY, ROSEVILLE. PHONE: 9416 8555 Roseville Cinema is a local treasure that offers a unique viewing experience. One of the few surviving independent cinemas in Sydney’s suburbs, it is dedicated to showing top-quality local and foreign films. Grab dinner at a local restaurant and head to the theatre for an enjoyable evening.

The Two Creeks track is a popular walk that circles East Lindfield. Spend the day enjoying stunning water views, sandstone caves and heritage sandstone works, then relax with a picnic at one of the many scenic spots along the way.

HIGH TEA AT REEL ON REDLEAF SHOP 9, 2 REDLEAF AVENUE, WAHROONGA. PHONE: 9989 8696 Grab some girlfriends, get dressed up and head out for High Tea at Reel on Redleaf. Offering Parisian-style outside seating or an inside dining option, Reel on Redleaf offers brilliant service and delectable food. The High Tea experience includes finger sandwiches, scones and jam, assorted desserts, tea and coffee.

KU-RING-GAI FITNESS & AQUATIC CENTRE SWIMMING AT KU-RING-GAI FITNESS & AQUATIC CENTRE PRINCE OF WALES DRIVE, WEST PYMBLE. PHONE: 9499 2005 The newly renovated Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre (formerly known as West Pymble Pool) features a 50-metre outdoor pool, 25-metre heated indoor pool and a heated indoor leisure pool for water-based exercise. There is also cafe so you can refuel after your swim.

DINNER AT THE OLD SCHOOL TRATTORIA 205 MONA VALE ROAD, ST IVES PHONE: 9144 646 Enjoy delicious Tuscan cuisine and good oldfashioned Italian hospitality at the The Old School Trattoria. Located in the old school house at St Ives, the restaurant features a traditional fireplace that creates a warm and cosy atmosphere. The menu offers an impressive wine list and a range of dishes to ignite your taste buds.



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On our first suburb safari, let’s talk Pymble. Pymble is a really pleasant suburb, especially if you live or go to school there. While there are many green spaces, Pymble is not particularly well served by amazing parks. They have not been upgraded recently and many parks have the same equipment as others in the areas. Most parks are small but there are several around the suburb so the chances are if you live in Pymble, you can walk to one. Pymble Soldier’s Memorial Park is delightfully small and simple, with swings, a see saw and some green space. It is located on a quiet street, so this may be a good place to bring a ball or to play hide and seek with the little one. Robert Pymble Park is located near the train station. It’s a big park with plenty of grass and tennis courts, but for a toddler the playground is quite small with just a slide, wobbly thing and swings. Toilets and bubblers can be found in the park. Bannockburn Oval is probably the best park in Pymble to my eyes. The equipment is not new but is has enough challenging activities for kids. Next to the park is the oval and seating area. A good space to encourage your little future athlete to run off some energy! There are also toilets, bubblers and seating. One of my favourite things to do with kids in Pymble is to go on a short bushwalk. There are a few places where you can go to explore and listen to nature. The Sheldon Forest Track is nice for a quiet walk, although I wouldn’t aim to go all the way – just turn around after a little while! Then there is the Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. This is a little piece of National Park nestled in between Pymble, Gordon and St Ives, showing some of the native bushland which used to be found everywhere on the North Shore. It is accessible for kids, but the walk is about 30 minutes long, and you might want to remember to bring a drink and wear long pants and covered shoes. Finally, a great spot for a stop off on a nice day is the historic Ku-ring-gai Town Hall. If you walk up onto the grass there is a good spot to view the city. Check it out one fine day!



Pymble Soldier’s Memorial Park: Yarrawonga Cl, off Woodlands Ave Robert Pymble Park: Park Cres Bannockburn Oval: Bannockburn Rd or Birubi Ave Sheldon Forest Track: Accessible from Warragul Rd, Jubilee Ave, Kimbarra Rd or Troon Pl Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve: Accessible from Kulgoa Rd, Vista St, Rosedale Rd and Mona Vale Rd Ku-ring-gai Town Hall: Pacific Highway, after Pymble Ku ringgai Town Hall: Pacific Highway, justjust after thethe Pymble PubPub




spring / summer SPRING / SUMMER 2015 / 16 TRENDS • Monochromatic palette with metallic accents - not your typical bright, bold summer colours • Non obtrusive and minimal prints • Wide leg/culotte pant • Sexy thigh high splits in pants and floor length dresses • Fit and flare billowing fabrics juxtaposed with structured, symmetrical lines • An all encompassing mix of fabrics – leathers, sheers, sheens and lurex • Cut out details • Trenches, including sleeveless • Sheer panelling • Pocket details • Gladiator sandals or ankle boots with dresses



[ TRENDS ] By our resident stylist CANDICE MCLINTOCK


he Living Local team scouted Sydney’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in May in search of the upcoming Spring/ Summer fashion trends. Here are some of the stand out designers we enjoyed viewing during fashion week.

Galanni duo Lenna Vasilas and Catherine Vasilas know how to accentuate and celebrate the feminine silhouette. Our LL team found it almost impossible to pick up our jaws off the floor during the entire show, in total adoration for these handcrafted gowns. The collection oozed femininity and luxury with heavy beading and lace details, sheer panelling, high splits, floor length figure hugging gowns in golds, silvers, blacks and whites. The beauty and intricacy of the collection was juxtaposed with a slightly risqué but tasteful contemporary edge. Amazing!


JENNIFER KATE With celebrity followers like the Kardashian girls and fresh out of the US market, this was Jennifer Kate’s first Aussie appearance at MBFW and boy did she stand proud and make a significant impression! The LL team loved her sporty-lux edge fused with a sophisticated elegance. Crop tops were paired with fit and flare below length skirts and toned down with a sneaker shoe. Predominantly working with luxurious leathers and suedes, her milky palate with minty/sky blue accents was our pick. The pastel collection was also contrasted nicely with a burnt orange, brown and mushroom colour story.


Jennifer Kates leather and organza sleeve jacket and sky blue trench

TOME A big trend this summer is the resurgence of the culotte/wide legged crop pant which Tome’s designers Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo featured heavily. Inspired by India and Indian sari’s, Tome’s collection consisted of billowing fabrics as well as oversized structured shirts all cinched with belts. Belts were present creating an hourglass, feminine silhouette. Sleeve lengths were symmetrical, sharp and structured which was contrasted against the free flowing, mid-length skirts and pants. Black and white prevailed with metallic accents.


Tome gingham sleeveless trench and Tome ruby top, beige pleated skirt with belt


BEC & BRIDGE Forty-five ready-to-wear, free spirited looks decked the catwalk for Bec & Bridge’s spring summer collection. Prints and colours transported us straight to the streets of Morocco, with earthy tones, browns, maroons, metallic’s, blacks and greys. It was pleasing to see how the sequin mirror embellished boarders on dresses and tops, cut outs sheer panelling and glitter lurex fabrics were contrasted against these earthy hues. This collection very much gave off a relaxed holiday feel with a 70’s vibe. Prints were not loud but rather toned down. Dresses featured plunging V necklines, free flowing drapery and ruffles with dress lengths predominantly above knee or to the floor. Similarly, pants were voluminous and featured high splits. Check out the gladiator lace up sandals which will be a must have with your summer dresses and playsuits.


The perfect party dress with gladiator sandals and thigh high split leg jumpsuit

BIANCA SPENDER Daughter to Carla Zampatti and renowned for her fabulous suiting and dressmaking skills, Bianca Spender featured an array of stunningly elegant dresses focusing on cut outs and interesting sleeve and bust line details - of particular note were some of the unbalanced neck lines in her designs. Her stiff sheen suiting was structured namely around the shoulders and featured an 80’s inspired longer drop waist. This was softened beautifully with sheer panel details in garments and soft organza full circle skirts.


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or many years, my work has taken me backstage on fashion shows creating the makeup looks we see on the runways and in magazines. It’s an honour to be reporting on beauty trends this year as a beauty editor, however I feel I need to add a few notes.

The girls we see on the runway are young - really young. The average age is approximately fifteen years old. They also have a full team of makeup artists and stylists prepping their makeup until literally the last minute before they walk out in front of the cameras, and the makeup only has to look good for the time it takes to do a lap of the runway. Most of us are just swiping on some mascara as we leave the house and hoping we still look decent at lunch time, so complicated makeup is not an option. With that in mind, we’ve put together some suggestions for how to translate the fun of a catwalk makeup to a practical beauty look. BY ELLEN MALONE, BEAUTY EXPERT





This year we saw some bold eyes with graphic lines of black, yellow or blue. Try a black smudge stick on eyelids as a thick line, with some white eyeliner on the inner rim to create monochromatic drama, or a creme shadow in a y the bright colour traced along the upper lash line as an eyeliner. Keep the rest of the makeup www.livinglocalguide.com.au soft to create balance.

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This year’s fashion week This year’s lip had two showed beautiful clean, fresh options: super soft, or bold looking skin. Many shows reds. Try a bright, orange simply had clean skin with based red for a fun, flirty a little concealer. Try a five feel, or a dark burgundy minute face mask before your to feel like a femme fatale. normal skincare routine to Make sure to prep lips with get your skin looking its best, lip balm before application and keep your base light by to ensure an even layer of mixing it with moisturiser. Add fabulousness. a little Illuminator on tops of cheekbones to show off your LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE WINTER 2015 29 best assets.



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We know that people with dementia want to stay in their homes for as long as they can – which is understandable, we all do. However, there are times, not always, when the condition changes to the point that it’s no longer safe for that person to be living alone and that’s when the difficult choice of moving into a care facility occurs. This is a difficult transition and can be a disturbing experience for the person with dementia. This is understandable, as we have come to learn that when you interrupt the normal routine of a person with dementia, they become disturbed because there is this new level of uncertainty

Ita Buttrose about what’s happening to them and around them and their behaviour naturally changes.



became officially involved with Alzheimer’s Australia in 2008 when I was a member of the Alzheimer’s Australia NSW advisory board. Then I was approached in 2011 to become National President. I held that position for three and a half years until I stepped down in 2014 and became the National Ambassador. WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN CHANGE DURING YOUR TIME AS PRESIDENT AND AMBASSADOR IN ATTITUDES AND PRACTICAL TERMS?

I think there is a much greater awareness now of dementia. I think it is so prevalent now that there are very few people in Australia that don’t know someone who has dementia – whether it’s someone in their family or a close family friend. Also, I think because of this greater awareness, we are now working very hard to remove the stigma that comes with such a diagnosis. www.livinglocalguide.com.au

My father was in hospital a few times towards the end of his life because it interrupted his routine – his behaviour was sometimes more aggressive. I realised that my father had become very difficult to deal with and I used to have to explain to hospital staff that when you interrupt a person’s routine who has dementia they become confused – they don’t know what’s happening to themselves and why they’re not doing what they normally do and this affects who they are and how they behave.


Dementia impacted my dad in other ways too. I also noticed with dad that when I asked him how his day was going, he’d tell me he was feeling a little depressed - and why wouldn’t he feel depressed. Dad knew he wasn’t well and he knew he wasn’t in control of his mind. But there were times he was perfectly lucid and other times he wasn’t. In those lucid moments he would reflect on his life and that would make him depressed.


The federal government has committed $200 million over five years for research which is a terrific step forward - that was something that was achieved during my time as president. Research is going on everywhere globally. There are people looking for a cure and treatment. There are trials in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and I think I can say that researchers and doctors are learning a lot more about the brain and aspects of dementia but we still haven’t been able to find a cure or treatment – not yet. More than half of all Australians think that it is a normal part of ageing and it’s not, it’s a disease.


In some cases people with dementia do need specialised care. More training and more specialised staff will greatly help those who also have difficult to handle behavioural problems. But in the most part I think aged care facilities are doing the best they can in delivering care. Specialised facilities that offer areas for people to go out into and enjoy a garden without wandering off would be beneficial. Also, they need activities that they can participate in like art classes and choirs. People who have skills at playing a musical instrument will often retain that knowledge even if they don’t retain other memories, so music is beneficial for those people with dementia. I’ve seen a dementia friendly choir and while they might not have remembered what happened yesterday, when they are singing songs from their past they all know the words and it brings them joy. They need these things to be available for them but aged care facilities are stretched so that’s not always possible.

More than half of all Australians think that it is a normal part of ageing and it’s not, it’s a disease

IS WITHIN IS THERE THERE AA NEED NEED FOR FORBETTER BETTERACCOUNTABILITY ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN AGED CARE FACILITIES? AGED CARE FACILITIES? We verywhat concerned medications – weis think there should Wellare I think we areabout very concerned about medications – we I believe around 60% of all be zero tolerance for the misuse of psychotropic medications and think there should be zero tolerance for the misuse of psychotropic nursing home beds are currently physical restraints in care restraints facilities. There been aThere lot ofhas work medications and physical in carehas facilities. occupied by someone with to try atolot remove these wetreatments know it stillbut happens been of work to trytreatments to removebut these we know dementia – so there is a lot of care and becauseand of the challenging behaviour andbehaviour psychological it stillit’s happens it’s because of the challenging and going on within the community symptoms of dementia. released a We report last year that found psychological symptomsWe of dementia. released a report last at the moment and we definitely that 80% of people half and of people year up thattofound that up towith 80%dementia of people and withnearly dementia nearly need people to be educated in residents in aged care facilities were receiving psychotropic half of people in residents in aged care facilities were receiving about how best to care for people medications in some cases psychotropicand medications and ininappropriately some cases inappropriately with dementia.

In the report – “The Quality Of Residential Care – The Consumers Perspective” for Alzheimer’s Australia in 2013 and this was all to do with improving the quality of residential aged care by bringing together providers, staff and consumers in order to determine the best way forward. In it there were two important changes that we recommended – one was to take short-term action that was necessary to give consumers greater confidence in the complaints scheme and implementation as well as ensuring minimum standards are in place and upheld by all residences.


One of our goals is to create a truly dementia friendly Australia where people with dementia feel valued and respected as members of the community. A person with dementia is still a person and while they may not be able to do all the things that they once did, they are still capable of doing a great many things. Everyone’s journey with dementia is different. A lot of people with dementia can still hold down a job, or work in a voluntary position within the community.

prescribed. That’s a very big concern of ours and we continue to raise it. We feel a basic right of a person with dementia must be respected and all the clinical guidelines indicate that psycho social approaches should be considered first including people centred care and recreational therapies and that psychotropic medications and physical restraints should be the very last resort – the very last resort.

80% of people with dementia and nearly half of people in residents in aged care facilities were receiving psychotropic medications and in some cases inappropriately prescribed

Dementia friendly is something something that that aa lot lotof ofcountries countriesaround around the world are working towards. towards. We We produce have produced a number of a number of training training videos forinpeople in banking, retail, health care, emergency videos for people banking, retail, health care, emergency services, services, to help create dementia friendly organisations transporttransport to help create dementia friendly organisations with trained with We want create a climate people staff. trained We wantstaff. to help createtoa help climate where peoplewhere stop and think stop think when theybehaving see someone behaving inbe what seems to whenand they see someone in what seems to an unusual be an unusual manner rather than focus on any that inconvenience manner and rather thanand focus on any inconvenience person that maythey cause that startiftothe consider person has may person cause that start to they consider person ifisthe dealing with dementia and whether they they can can be be of of help helpto tothat thatperson. person.

…while they may not be able to do all the things that they once did, they are still capable of doing a great many things So for instance when someone goes to the supermarket and they get to the check-out and then forget why they are in the queue and as the queue forms and people become impatient wondering what’s going on, we want the check-out person to say “ah, I wonder if it could be dementia”, and to just politely say “come over here for



a moment we can probably straighten this out”. Usually it’s as simple as saying, “you need to give me your credit acard moment straighten thiswhere out”. Usually to paywe forcan theprobably items” or “do you know your it’s as simple as saying, “you need to give me your credit wallet is?” That’s all it takes sometimes and the person card items” or “do you know where may to bepay ablefor tothe go on again. All that’s needed is a your little wallet is?”understanding. That’s all it takesSosometimes and the person time and that’s the challenge - simple may be able gowhich on again. All that’s needed a little gestures liketo that are just things that weis would time and understanding. So how that’swe the challenge like people to do for us and would like to- simple be gestures which are –just things thatwith we would treated iflike we that had dementia to be treated respect like do formembers us and how we would like to be andpeople feel liketovalued of the community. treated if we had dementia – to be treated with respect and likeINFORMATION: valued members of the community. FORfeel MORE

such as TV or radio. If you stay still while talking you will be easier to follow. Maintain such as TV or radio. If youminimise stay still confusion while regular routines to help talking you will be easier to follow. Maintain and assist communication. regular routines to help minimise confusion and assist communication.






https://fightdementia.org.au/ ALZHEIMER’S AUSTRALIA: AGED CARE COMPLAINTS: https://fightdementia.org.au/ http://agedcarecomplaints.govspace.gov.au/ AGED CARE COMPLAINTS: NATIONAL DEMENTIA HOTLINE: http://agedcarecomplaints.govspace.gov.au/ https://fightdementia.org.au/support-and-services/ NATIONAL DEMENTIA HOTLINE: HELPLINE: services-and-programs-we-provide/nationalhttps://fightdementia.org.au/support-and-services/ 1800 100 500 dementia-helpline services-and-programs-we-provide/nationaldementia-helpline YOUR GUIDE TO BRAIN HEALTH Source: yourbrainmatters.org.au


1. Look after your heart Source: yourbrainmatters.org.au 2. Do some kind of physical activity 1. afterchallenge your heart 3. Look Mentally your brain 2. some kind of physical activity 4. Do Follow a healthy diet 3. challenge 5. Mentally Enjoy social activityyour brain 4. Follow a healthy diet 5. EnjoySOMEONE social activity WHEN CLOSE IS DIAGNOSED WITH DEMENTIA: • Don’t take changes in behaviour personally WHEN SOMEONE CLOSE IS DIAGNOSED WITH DEMENTIA: • Aggressive, agitated or anxious behaviour changes are • Don’t out oftake theirchanges control in behaviour personally •• Aggressive, agitated or anxious behaviour changes are Everyone’s dementia journey is different out of their control • Keep calm and don’t get frustrated. Don’t raise your voice or argue •• Everyone’s dementia journey isdoesn’t different Because they don’t remember mean they don’t care •• Keep and don’t get frustrated. raise your voice orrespect argue Theycalm are still that person you knowDon’t and need dignity and •• Because they don’t remember doesn’t mean they don’t care Seek help and assistance from a Doctor • They are still that person you know and need dignity and respect •CARING Seek help andSOMEONE assistanceWITH from a Doctor - WHAT TO TRY FOR DEMENTIA Source: fightdementia.org.au


Caring Attitude - People retain their feelings and Source: fightdementia.org.au emotions even though they may not understand what Caring their feelings and of time is beingAttitude said. Be- People flexibleretain and always allow plenty emotions even though they may not understand what for a response. is being said. Be- flexible and always allow Ways of Talking Keep sentences short and plenty simple,of time for a response. focusing on one idea at a time. It can be helpful to use Ways of Talking Keep sentences short and orienting names- whenever you can, such assimple, “Your son Jack.” focusing on one -idea a time. It can be hand helpful to use and Body Language Youat may need to use gestures orienting names whenever you can, such as “Your Jack.” facial expressions to make yourself understood. son Holding Body You keep may need use hand gestures and their Language hand may -help their to attention and show that facial expressions to make yourself understood. Holding you care. A warm smile and shared laughter can often their hand maymore help than keepwords their attention and show that communicate can. you care. A warm smile and shared laughter cannoises often The Right Environment - Try to avoid competing communicate more than words can. The Right Environment - Try to avoid competing noises 36


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ABBOTSLEIGH A most important function of any school is to prepare students for life after graduation. Essential life skills taught at Abbotsleigh are how to communicate, think critically, be resilient and adaptable, as these are all talents needed to survive both in daily life as well as in the workforce. Other central skills we teach include creativity, emotional intelligence and how to relate to and serve the needs of others. Mrs Marg Selby, Abbotsleigh Careers Advisor

ROSEVILLE COLLEGE Preparation for life beyond school is an integral part of our Senior School, especially as girls develop a sense of awareness of who they are as young women whilst deciding the HSC subjects and careers they wish to pursue. Interwoven with a challenging and rigorous learning platform designed to help each student achieve her best possible academic goal in the HSC, are programs such as career education and counseling, leadership training, wellbeing and outdoor education that assist girls prepare for life beyond school. Our teachers work alongside our girls each day, helping them develop into the women they are becoming: purposeful, resilient, courageous and independent, able to express themselves articulately, confident in their 'own skin', determined to give 'new challenges a go', with a true sense of community connectedness and concern for others. Megan Krimmer, Principal Roseville College 38


BARKER COLLEGE "Learning, Leading, Serving is the framework we’ve adopted for our school-wide leadership focus. Being a school founded on Christian principles, it makes sense that Barker should adopt the servant leadership model, which not only upholds the Christian ethos of the School, but also offers excellent preparation for students entering an evolving workplace," said Mr Phillip Heath, Head of School at Barker College. Much of the teaching on leadership occurs within the Pastoral Care and Social Education program offered each week from Kindergarten to Year 12. The program’s focus changes and evolves in line with the students’ school life development. Resilience, self-awareness, key values and life skills in leadership are introduced and explored. "There’s a wide range of activities in our School community that provide carefully planned opportunities for students to develop skills that ultimately help them mature as future leaders and prepare them for life after graduation," Mr Heath said.


DISCOVER WHO YOU CAN BE BOYS WORKING COLLABORATIVELY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS • Robotics is just one of the many enquiry-based clubs and activities your son can experience at Knox Preparatory School CATCH THE BUS TO KNOX • The Knox bus connects Roseville Chase, East Lindfield, Killara and St Ives to Knox daily CONTACT • Head of Enrolments, Martin Gooding at goodingm@knox.nsw.edu.au or 9473 9768 A Uniting Church school for boys, K-12, Wahroonga



Roseville College Presents at IB APAC

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Barker Shines From Gallipoli to St Louis

Roseville College showcased its Primary Years Program (PYP) journey, at this year’s prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Asia Pacific Conference in Macau, Hong Kong.

The Abbotsleigh Swim Club’s success at the 2015 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships in April is unprecedented.

Over ten days and two continents, 120 Barker College students made their mark on a global stage performing at commemorative events in Gallipoli, and competing at the international FIRST Robotics competition in Missouri, USA.

The program focuses on learning outcomes for girls that include international awareness and global citizenship, as well as how Roseville College inspires students to put their learning into practice. Junior School teachers, Mrs Henrietta Miller and Mrs Abi Woldhuis, shared how Roseville College embraces technology to enrich learning and how it’s used to develop global citizenship skills. This is achieved through authentic learning tasks like blogging and connecting with classrooms around the world. Despite being a true local school for families on Sydney’s North Shore, Roseville College has growing international regard, demonstrated by its selection to present at conferences such as the IB APAC Conference, forward thinking and expertise in innovative learning initiatives.


Of its 25 swimmers, both boys and girls, the Club boasts six gold medals, two NSW State records, a Junior World Qualifying time and placement in the Youth Performance Squad. But that’s not the only reason the Club is celebrating. The coaches emphasise that they are especially proud of the entire team who are a group of athletes supporting the success of each individual and lifting those who are struggling, "The friendships and the fun are a huge part of the journey and without it, swimming becomes just a sport and not a lifestyle," Leanne Speechley, Head Coach. The swim club offers a range of swimming and diving programs from early learning to professional, aquatic fitness classes, adult squads, lap swimming and intensive holiday programs. www.abbotsleigh.nsw.edu.au/ community/aquatic


It was a trip of a lifetime for the girls, which included many highlights. Julia Cormio, Year 11 and Sarah McVicker, Year 10, travelled with eight other team members and mentors to compete against 600 other teams at the international 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition in St Louis, Missouri, reaching the semi-finals. On the other side of the Atlantic, students on the Gallipoli tour were experiencing first-hand the universal language of music that knows no boundaries – receiving adulation for the impact their performances had during their tour. Year 11 students Rachel Liang and Natasha Salisbury said they had never fully appreciated how music could have such an impact on people, until the tour to Gallipoli.


From Kindergarten to Year 12, our girls engage in enriching learning experiences that challenge and empower them to pursue their personal best across the spectrum of College life – both within the classroom and beyond. Our girls are given opportunities to flourish as learners through a dynamic academic program that promotes curiosity and wonder. Foundational skills are taught, giving the girls a solid basis upon which to build as they confidently engage in learning, and develop into articulate and independent young women who embrace life’s opportunities with enthusiasm and passion. Reserve a personalised tour, tailored to your interests, with our Registrar on 9884 1109 or email registrar@roseville.nsw.edu.au 27 Bancroft Avenue, Roseville 9884 1100 A school within the Anglican Schools Corporation



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Works is almost complete on Knox Grammar School’s Senior Students Academy, with the centre due to open in Term 3, 2015.

Four Pymble Ladies’ College alumni have been accepted to study at three of the world’s most prestigious universities.

The new facility will include features such as a Seniors Hall, large Senior Student Library and Research Centre, 150-seat lecture theatre, and modern science labs and classrooms. The Academy has been created to meet the specific learning needs of Year 11 and 12 students as they transition from school to the more independent world of future studies. “Senior students have very specific learning needs and this facility has been designed to ensure our Year 11 and 12 students thrive and have the very best academic support,” Headmaster John Weeks. “This landmark building will allow Knox teachers to engage with their students by taking a more innovative and creative approach in their teaching practice.” “The architectural features and facades of the building have been designed to reflect and celebrate Knox’s traditions and heritage,” Mr Weeks.

2014 Head Prefect, Mannat Malhi, will study Law at the University of Oxford, Caitlin McCartney will read History at Cambridge University, Shani Wijetilaka will also be at Cambridge University studying Law and Mackenzie Little will study a pre-Medicine degree at Stanford University. "At Pymble we inspire our students to broaden their global awareness through our extensive international programs and experiences," said Pymble Ladies’ College Principal, Mrs Vicki Waters. Access to international programs such as the Churchill College Summer School at Cambridge University provide outstanding opportunities for Pymble students. Year 10 students, Mannat and Shani were inspired by the scholarly pursuits at such a prestigious university when they attended the Summer School for two weeks on a Pymble scholarship program in 2012. Pymble provides students with many opportunities to challenge themselves and extend their learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Sydney Grammar School St Ives Prep is a unique place which caters especially for lively boys who are intellectually curious, creative and display an enthusiasm for learning. Our aim is to provide a learning environment that is both rich and challenging and encourages independence and deep thinking. We seek to build a culture where learning is held in high regards and doing your best is rewarded.



Even though the facilities at St Ives are outstanding with spacious grounds and large open classrooms, our focus is on building connections between people. Our teachers know their boys well and seek to give them the opportunity to blossom intellectually, socially and emotionally. We want our boys to grow up into creative, intuitive and sensitive young men. If you think your son could benefit from what we have to offer, please get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you. Please contact Louisa Schwartz on 8302 5218.



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HOORAY FOR THE PALEO WAY! BY SUE HANDISIDES As a mother of a young family who eat healthily, my interest sparked when I heard about The Paleo Way. I love to cook and am mindful of what we feed our two boys aged 4 and 6. In March I attended The Paleo Way Tour with Pete Evans and a panel of experts. This was a full and interesting day. Pete along with Luke Hines demonstrated how to cook The Paleo Way with the other guests explaining the science and reasoning behind it. I can’t begin to articulate what I learnt that day, but I now understand enough to change our family’s eating style. Paleo isn’t a fad diet, in fact, it’s not even complicated. Basically the way I understand it, is, you cut out the food that is doing you harm and eat the food that is great for you. Avoid processed foods, grains and dairy, because they’re difficult for your body to process. Finally and importantly, get to know where your food is coming from and what is in it. We discovered that we don’t need dairy for calcium because the most calcium-rich foods on the planet actually come from plants, especially leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli. Neither, do we need grains for carbohydrates as they are found in many vegetables, fruits and nuts. We started our Paleo challenge with slowly eliminating wheat, other grains and dairy. Our evening meals were almost all Paleo food and we made every effort to source great local 44

organic/grass fed produce. My husband even started making chicken broth (stock) using the remains of left over roast chicken! My husband who was sceptical at first, lost 5kg in the first 3 weeks and is continuing to lose weight. Needless to say he is far happier. As for myself, I have lost 7kgs and actually feel much more alert than I have in years. Paleo is also making a surprising difference in our boys. Earlier this year we discovered our youngest son is intolerant to wheat, dairy and white potato (amongst other things) and since going Paleo he is a different boy. His preschool teachers, who were unaware of the change in diet, told me, that he is far happier and much more interactive and initiates play. He now sleeps better and his constant diarrhoea stopped almost immediately. Our 6yr old son is autistic and although high functioning, in the past has been easily distracted by anything around him. He would wander around his classroom, fidgeting and


distracting others. However, three weeks after starting Paleo his teacher asked me what had happened with him because his behaviour had changed dramatically. He now sits still in class, listens to instructions and follows through without confusion or prompting. I told her we were going Paleo - she was astounded, she said the change has been so dramatic she was going to ask me if I had put him on medication! He also now sleeps solidly 12 hours each night, whereas in the past he would sleep for way less. I have registered for The Paleo Way 10 Week Challenge, which is full of great recipes, videos and blogs from Pete and the team, which helps you along the journey. I have several of Pete’s recipe books and use them almost every night. Each recipe that I have cooked is delicious. My favourite is the Family Food Cookbook. It’s practical, informative and the recipes are delicious! For more information check out at www.thepaleoway.com





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Do children need to floss? Yes. It is never too early to instill good habits. While many baby teeth are spaced apart, often the baby molars at the back of the mouth have contact points that can harbor plaque and lead to decay. Flossing between these teeth about twice a week from around age 2 or 3 will help to prevent problems in these areas and encourage excellent oral hygiene for later in life.

TODDLER TEETH BY DR LAURENCE MCCARTHY, BMED SCI, BDENT (HON) I am frequently asked questions by new mothers and devoted parents about how they should be caring for their children’s teeth. Below are a few questions that pop up most frequently. When should I start cleaning my child’s teeth? The mouth should be cleaned even before there are teeth present. The gums can be wiped once a day with a moist cloth or washer. Once the first teeth arrive, a small headed soft bristled baby brush can be used to gently massage the teeth and gums with some water. This should be done at night time after the last feed and is usually easiest with the child lying down. At around 18 months, a very small amount of low Fluoride children’s toothpaste can be introduced. Encourage them to spit out the excess but if spitting is initially 46

difficult, wipe away the excess using a cloth or washer. During their third year, a second brush can be initiated after breakfast.

How should I clean my child’s teeth? The teeth should be cleaned methodically and systematically, ensuring that all surfaces are cleaned. Begin each brush by cleaning the cheek-side and tongue-side surfaces using small circular motions with the brush angled in towards the gum. Then brush the biting surfaces with a back and forth motion. Aim to eventually have a brushing time of around two minutes.

When should they start brushing on their own? At around 4-5 years of age, they can begin to learn to brush their own teeth. However at first they will not have the skills to effectively clean without


TEETHING TROUBLES??? • Using clean hands, gently rub the gums with a finger • Give a cool teething ring or wash cloth for the child to bite on • Give non-sweetened rusks to bite on

BRUSHING TIPS: • Make brushing fun with music or making it a game • Reinforce good brushing with verbal encouragement • Go to the shops together to choose a novelty or battery operated toothbrush Dr Laurence McCarthy is an honours graduate of the University of Sydney. He works at Gordon Dental and is a clinical tutor at the University of Sydney. For more information contact Gordon Dental on 9498 3811 or email drmccarthy@gordondental.com.au www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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In winter does your mind mess with your winter exercise plan ‘too dark, too cold or too wet?’ Does the smell of hot warm chips, pies, and bread send your tastebuds on a merry little dance and entice you to break away from your healthy nutrition plans?

Don’t be fooled by the following.

Here at Vision our role as personal trainers is to help you lose fat in a healthy way that is easy to achieve and more importantly maintain. Our eating plans are based on your goals, your fat free mass, your activity level and your body type. We elevate your metabolism in a number of ways to ensure that your body works for you. Exercise - both resistance and cardiovascular training play a significant role in our programs. We don’t hide behind scales - we believe the only true way to measure results is by calculating

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'Lose 10 kg in 10 days!' Being winter it can be easy to be side tracked and have a ‘blow out’ with poor eating choices as well as snuggling into the blankets and missing your workout. Gimmicks that suggest you can lose an excessive amount of weight in a very quick timeframe and keep it off simply don’t exist. A weight loss of between 1-2 kgs per week is more likely to see you achieve long term weight loss goals.

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No longer codependent Codependency arises from an environment that is less than nurturing and leaves us in a perpetual cycle of trying to fix the issues we lived with in our family of origin with our relationships with others today. There is no single example, which illustrates the typical codependent. Codependency is complex. People are complex. Yet a common thread runs through stories of codependency - a reaching out to others in order to, not only fill a deep void within but to also feel good about themselves. A selfdefeating exercise for our identity and worth is not found in others.




n her book, From Bondage to Bonding, Nancy Groom describes a codependent person as someone "addicted not to a destructive substance, but a destructive pattern of relating to other people, a pattern usually learned in childhood … Codependency holds a person hostage to other people’s behaviour, moods or opinion, and the codependent bases his or her worth and actions on someone else’s life. It’s a terrible bondage." There are plenty of checklists online to help determine whether a person is struggling with codependency. This list provides a starting point to help consider whether some relationships with others are unhealthy: Do you feel overly responsible for those around you? Do you neglect to take responsibility for fully leading and living your own life? Do you constantly give to others but don’t know how to receive from others? Do you get angry and exhausted helping others and not getting any recognition? Are you so absorbed in other people’s problems that you don’t have the time to identify and solve your own? Does another person’s anger determine what you say or do? Do you put your values aside in order to connect with another? Do you feel controlled by events and people? Do good feelings about yourself stem from the approval of others? If you don’t have a crisis in your life, or a problem to solve or someone to help, do you feel bored, empty or worthless? Recovering from codependent relationships requires setting boundaries and investing in self-care. It means having the courage to honestly tell others how you feel and think and how you are affected by what is happening and being said. It is about living your own life rather than obsessively helping others, it’s about defining your own goals and values apart from the pressure you feel from other people in your life yet at the same time remaining connected to them in a different way from before. Remember, every aspect of our being is important and the permission we need in order to make changes towards wholeness lies in our hands, not others. LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE WINTER 2015 49




Winter Woes: Energise Your Inner Sloth


he mercury may be dropping, but that’s still no reason to give exercise the cold shoulder. With the cooler nights and even frostier mornings, it can seem like winter was designed to derail all of our well intentioned health and fitness resolutions. Do you find that as the days are shorter and the temperatures are (significantly) colder, motivation seems to have packed its bags and is waiting until the warmer spring months until it finds its way back to you. Well you’re not alone – an Australian survey by Galaxy Research looked at diet and exercise motivation levels of Aussie women and found that a whopping 78 percent reported exercising less in winter than summer. So how can you avoid falling into the winter hibernation trap? Energise your inner sloth with these tips to help you rev up your routine all winter long.







But it’s freezing outside

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Drinking plenty of fluids, eating right and getting plenty of sleep is key to combatting the cold and flu season. But getting regular exercise can in fact help to boost your immune cells from 50 to a remarkable 300 percent and fight off the nasty winter bugs. Listen to your body though – sometimes it can be best to give your body the rest it needs so that nasty cold doesn’t drag on for longer than necessary.


nce you start to move and warm up, you’ll have forgotten all about the cold and may even need to lose a layer or two of clothing. Don’t forget to put those layers back on when you’re ready for your cool down stretch though, otherwise you’ll be frozen to the bone before you know it. A great way to get energised is to enjoy a warming breakfast. Nourish yourself with some gluten-free breakfast polenta, or treat yourself to a healthy indulgence with vanilla almond pancakes with banana cream.

I’ll never be a morning person NOT A FAN OF THOSE COLD AND EARLY MORNINGS? There’s no doubt that rising early in the winter darkness can be tough. In order to keep up with your regular routine, dress in layers and prepare them the night before, so it’s easy to grab and go. Try setting an alarm to remind yourself to go to bed early the night before too – catching enough Zs will go a long way in making it that much easier to avoid hitting ‘snooze’ come morning.

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uring the winter months it can be hard to stick to your exercise routine – so get creative and change things up. You could get rugged up and go for a long walk, practice yoga in the warmth of your own home, or even find a local ice-skating rink to get into the spirit of winter at. Mix up your routine by adding new exercises to your program, and set yourself a goal – like building up your leg muscles because you’ve booked a skiing weekend. So why not use winter as an opportunity to push yourself into trying new things, and avoid falling victim to the sofa.

It’s harder to warm up regardless of whether it’s hot or cold, warming up before exercising is vital in preventing injuries. But when it’s cold our muscles can feel tighter than usual. To avoid feeling sore the next day, or worse, tearing a muscle, try stretching for about 10-15 minutes before you start.

DIY Motivation: Have you ever noticed how motivation never seems to be there for you when you really need it? FIND MOTIVATION THIS WINTER IN THE FORM OF A WORKOUT BUDDY OR TRAINING WITH YOUR LOCAL STEP INTO LIFE CREW. Exercising with someone else not only makes you less likely to slack off mid-sweat session, but also makes you more accountable for your actions so that you’re more likely to show up and get the job done.




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destination for families. There are activities, games rooms, weekend movies and even a miniature train to ride. With several dining options we tried and loved the tapas in the Embers Bar where the food was delicious and the atmosphere welcoming. With a magnificent fireplace and panoramic views of the Blue Mountains we also enjoyed toasting marshmallows, which were provided to us by the lovely staff. We also tried the Terrace Restaurant and highly recommend the pork belly. For afternoon tea, we relaxed in the Sublime Lounge. Lara’s of Leura is the shop within the hotel, providing an excellent service for guests. Tanya was very helpful advising us about the large range of items from candles to funky motorbike lights. Our host told us they are preparing for a visit from the Dalai lama in June who has booked the entire resort for his guests. We also enjoyed a Segway Tour with Segway Blue Mountains conveniently located at the


resort. The weather was cold and the sun was shining so we rugged up and headed down the drive to the lower car park to get acquainted with our Segways. Our guide, Jarrad was exceptional at making us feel comfortable and safe as we headed out around the beautiful grounds. These Segways can go off road so as our training progressed and our confidence grew, the ‘training wheel’s came off and we then flicked over to full speed trying out our skills on the obstacle course. Our tour provided some fun challenges and as we travelled through the bush tracks we also came upon some terrific vantage points overlooking the spectacular Jamison Valley. I have to say this is a really fun activity, I would recommend it to anyone, so bring your friends or why not even organise a team building exercise. Segway Blue Mountains have given us 3 Double Passes for a 60-minute tour to give away; (see pg 7) I would totally recommend the winners upgrade to the 90-minute tour. A private tour can be arranged for $449 – max 8 people. Included in this deal is a Go Pro video of your 1.5 hour tour. See their website for details.



COZY WINTER BOOK REVIEW BY NATASHA COPLEY THE ROSIE PROJECT - GRAEME C. SIMSION I can’t remember which of us recommended The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, but I do remember that all of us in the Wednesday Night Book Club were hooked from the first few pages. Don, our protagonist, is a genetics professor who is bewildered by the social nuances of the world, its lack of order and structure and inherent inefficiencies. Convinced that the only way to find a wife is to use a methodical, scientific approach he commences ‘The Wife Project’ but his efforts are thwarted by Rosie who seeks Don’s genetics skills to find the identity of her

biological father. Rosie is in every way the opposite of everything Don believes he needs in a wife and it is this tension that makes he story so enjoyable. Whilst there are few surprises, the characters are so engaging that the book becomes a page turner as you cannot help but fall into the world of Don and Rosie, feel their pain, embarrassment and excitement as Rosie opens up a new and exciting world for Don, one that none of us would have imagined for him at the start of the story. If you are after an engaging read, try The Rosie Project.

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THE TREE HOUSE A practical family home designed and built with sustainability in mind. The owners of this award winning house wanted a sustainable home that would cater for their growing family as well as a separate granny flat for overseas visitors, all with a tree house feel. They chose the builds master building designer, Dick Clarke (of Envirotecture) because he focuses on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings. The Tree House flows over three levels, from the street down with living areas and pool on top, bedrooms in the middle, and the guest room and laundry at the bottom, all with generous ceiling heights. The Study/Rumpus Room, being a potentially loud space, was placed in the mid-level against the hill. The top level sits adjacent to the lower tree canopy to the northeast. Solar access along the long axis is reasonable, and this allowed classic passive solar orientation to north whilst still allowing

unfettered views to the east. The top level was squeezed between permissible driveway transitions and planning height limits. Lower levels were numerically ‘suspended’ from this upper level. Geotechnical slip zone issues made masonry construction unaffordable, so a lightweight timber frame was used with solar hydronic heating as a proxy for thermal mass. The house is cool in summer and warm in winter with minimal cooling or heating costs, achieving 8 stars BASIX equivalent and is fully selfsufficient for energy and water. Before construction began, the site in North Narrabeen with views to the coast had lots of established trees and a very steep decline, sloping away from the road. This contributed to the challenge of providing universal access to the main living area of the house.

The house was owner built and the budget modest, dictating the construction method remained lightweight. Therefore the best insulation details and thermally broken, double glazed windows were installed to help maintain the house’s passive solar approach. Hydronic underfloor heating was also installed to boost the comfort levels in winter. Under the garage, 4 x 20,000L rainwater tanks harvest the roof water used for the whole of house. A 2.5 Kw PV system provides the house’s electricity needs and the solar hot water system with gas boost provides the domestic hot water and hot water for the hydronic heating and on occasion the suspended pool. The gas boost system is being replaced by an electric heat pump powered by the PV system which is truly omission free and cost effective. The pool is ionised (no chlorine or salt) to minimise chemicals used and is covered with an automated pool cover which allows the pool to be used from early August through to late May with minimal heating costs. The house is clad in a combination of Weathertex weatherboards and steel providing a durable and sustainable exterior. Windows and doors are thermally broken




double glazed products. There is pre-weathered recycled bluegum cladding at the entry and poolside walls. Insulation is post-consumer recycled PET, and double sided foil. Sublime Shutters in North Narrabeen provided the shutters. All timbers used are recycled, FSC or bamboo and all paints are zero or low VOC. The garden was covered with running bamboo, bits of cars, barrows of long neck bottles and a menu of weeds. The owner, a landscape architect, designed a native garden using recycled materials for retaining walls, garden edging, vegie patch and the kid’s cubbies. There is a 4-bed rotation vegie patch, permaculture beds and chicken coop. This project won several awards: The Sustainable Residential


Building Award 2013 at the Building Design Australia design awards; the manufacturers of the thermally broken double glazed windows and doors, AWS Vantage, in 2012, for its use of the Thermal Heart suite; and Residential Sustainable Buildings Design Award in the 2013 BDA NSW. Treehouse is opened each year to the public for sustainable homes day. sustainablehouseday.com/item/ reece-house Treehouse is also available for short term holiday let. labodeaccommodation.com.au





All dogs come desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped. TUE - SUN 2 McCowan Rd cnr Bloodwood Rd, Ingleside. Ph: 02 9486 3133. Email: 10am - 3pm Monika@DoggieRescue.com or visit: www.DoggieRescue.com to view all their dogs.

NAME: Rico AGE/SEX: 2 years / M BREED: Foxy X

NAME: Russell AGE/SEX: 3 years / M BREED: Sheltie x Kelpie

Rico is a slightly shy but sweet boy. He is very social with other dogs and walks on a loose lead ignoring cars and other dogs. He is fine to be picked up by strangers and loves to give you kisses.

Russell is a happy friendly dog. He walks well on a loose lead and pays no attention to passing cars or other dogs. He is social and playful with other dogs and comes up to strangers for pats.

NAME: Thumbelina AGE/SEX: 9 years / F BREED: Chihuahua X

NAME: Pippa AGE/SEX: 4 years / F BREED: Jack Russell X

Thumbelina is a happy and easy going girl who adapts to new environments easily. She is social and playful with other dogs. On a walk she pulls a little on her lead. She pays no attention to passing cars but barks at passing dogs. She walks at a good pace. She is happy to be picked up by strangers.

Pippa is a cute and active little girl. She is very social with other dogs and really engages with play. She walks well on a loose lead (at a good pace) and does not pay attention to passing dogs or cars. She is fine to be picked up by strangers. Pippa loves her balls and squeakies.






Part of what makes our relationship with our pets so special is our differences – we walk on two legs, they walk on four, being the most obvious example. As a vet the thing that amazes me, is just how many things we actually have in common. Dental health is very similar between our pets, and us and just like us, our pets need regular, ongoing dental care. Without this care, gum disease is progressive and eventually leads to tooth loss. Along the way, these problems cause pain, bad breath and may contribute to infections in other parts of the body. Good dental health improves the quality of life for our pets, and is relatively simple to achieve. Over 85% of dogs over the age of four years suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. This begins with a build-up of plaque that mixes with bacteria and hardens into tartar. Signs that might suggest your pet is suffering from periodontal disease include bad breath, discoloured or loose teeth, swelling, and reluctance to eat or chew. Very often, there are no overt signs, and many pets suffer in silence, or their discomfort may be passed off as www.livinglocalguide.com.au

"grumpiness" or old age. Regular vet checks will help alert you to any development of periodontal disease and your vet can discuss the best management plan for your pet. Tooth brushing has been shown to be the most effective method. Brushing is easier than it sounds, especially when started in young pets. Brushing can be performed with a specialized pet tooth paste or gel, or just water. A soft, bristled brush is preferable and brushing is ideally performed daily. Personally, I brush my own dog’s teeth twice a week and this is sufficient to maintain her teeth at a healthy level. Premium dry food diets can significantly reduce the development of tartar as well and are a useful adjunct to brushing. Chewy treats such as Greenies or similar can also be helpful. Ultimately, your vet will suggest a regular scale

and polish. This is necessary to remove tartar and will make home care much easier and more effective. I generally recommend this be performed every 12-24 months, depending on the pet. We recommend twice yearly dental checks to be performed by your vet to keep your pet’s teeth in tip top shape. If you would like to know more contact Greencross Vets Ku-Ring-Gai on 9449 4111 for more information.



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BY CLAIRE CAREY-JONES, ELEGANT OUTDOORS GARDEN CENTRE, TURRAMURRA Well, the deluge of autumn rain certainly affected North Shore businesses and residents so, while we’re in clean-up mode, let’s focus on what all of us can do to improve the smooth running of our homes, gardens and in turn, the suburbs we live in. Our environments need to be sustainable, practical and open to change, whether it is on the business front or in your domestic arena, so let’s look at some ways that will have an immediate effect.

Pleased with your efforts so far? Enjoy your cup of coffee? Then give those used capsules a second life with our Nespresso capsule recycling service. We are the only outlet within a 10km radius offering this enormously popular initiative.

PRACTICAL Firstly, mulch those fallen autumn leaves, clean up the weeds, eliminate slippery mould, then gather together all those empty plastic plant pots and bring them here to our nursery to be recycled. YES! We are the only nursery on the North Shore offering this service. Take a moment to see the full pot recycling story on this website www.gardencityplastics.com and click on ‘’our pots are 100% recyclable’’.


PURPOSEFUL We all groan when we receive our power bills, so follow our lead and install simple timers on garden lights and water features to control your energy use. The watering system in our nursery has a sensor bypass system which responds to the weather conditions and adjusts the amount of water delivered automatically. This is such a simple concept using clever technology that you can affordably install in your own garden. And while the idea of a rainwater tank seems redundant given the amount of rain we’ve had in recent months, never forget

that those long dry periods are always going to be on the horizon.

PLANTI-FUL Troughs, pots, sills and ledges can do with a winter clean-up and a burst of fresh colour. Maybe the pots at the front door are looking cracked or tired so recycle them into a less obvious spot and establish a new look ahead of spring. Be inspired by our beautiful range of ceramic urns and planters and remember a creative garden is one that has flowers in abundance. During the bleaker winter months that splash of colour does much to lift our spirits! Keeping your new plantings happily flowering requires a key and often overlooked ingredient - the humble bee! Bees are essential to the pollination of our gardens and food crops and we are lucky in our nursery to have our own hive of stingless native bees which have so much fun with all the flowering perennials we keep year round. To see how simple beekeeping can be, check out our own bee box here in the nursery.


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AVENUE LUXE Peacock Velvet Queen Beadhead $999, Copper Table Lamp $370, Square Metal Mirror $32.99, Various Velvet Cushions from $79.99 Reversible Velvet/Linen Throw $325, Copper Vase $99.99, Luxe Cuttlefish Wall Art $450



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SORRENTO Vermundo Mirror $545, Grey Ceramic Lamp $175, Cutlery Prints $110 - $215

SORRENTO Egg Candle Holder Lge $89 Sml $45

VIA RUSTICA 100% Cashmere Classic topper $189

VIA RUSTICA Italian Pewter and Ceramic Comport $175, Italian Pewter soap dish $38, Italian Pewter Oval Box $38, French Soap $14.50, Italian Red Leather Tray and Italian Pens $45

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BY RICHARD JACKSON The massive earthquake that recently hit Nepal has devastated the community served by the Nepal Schools project. Tragically the project is located very close to the epicentre of the earthquake, in the remote hills in the Gorkha District about 120 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu. The destruction in the region has been absolutely brutal with 64 people killed in the villages and dozens more injured.


immediately. Prem bought 7,000 kgs of rice, lentils, salt and tarps in Kathmandu, hired two trucks and escorted the supplies to Gorkha as well as travelling to eastern Gorkha, the site of our project.




Over 90% of all structures in the villages are completely destroyed or seriously damaged. Fortunately our core school, Bhairabi Primary which the project rebuilt, survived due to the concrete foundations. The government has struggled to help and transport in the hill villages is very poor. Prem Khatry from Sambhav Nepal responded www.livinglocalguide.com.au

The response from our supporters in Sydney’s north has been wonderful. Many of our donors have rallied to the project’s aid. Allan Waldon’s daughter Sammie ran a sausage sizzle outside Eastern Road Quality Meats. Two fundraising trivia nights are planned for May. The response from our friends in Rotary has been particularly vigorous, leading to donations from across Australia, with several further substantial disaster relief funding initiatives

under development. With support from friends there is no doubt that the area will recover. But the damage is vast and significant funding is required. Any support would be greatly appreciated. Tax deductible on-line donations to Sambhav Nepal are possible at the secure website of our local partners Rotary Australia – EVERY CENT goes to the project donations.rawcs.com.au/Default. aspx?ProjectID=271&ReturnTo=4 Donors can be confident that their money will be used wisely and well. Sambhav Nepal is a Nepal Government regulated NGO which has an excellent track record of 8 years of tangible achievements. Sambhav, which has participated in past Australian Government programs, has strong governance and financial control including independent audit. For further information please contact Allan at Eastern Road Quality Meats 9489 4345 (p.11) or Richard Jackson rjackson@jacksonassociates.com.au LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE WINTER 2015 63





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