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spring! We have been looking forward to the change in season this year!

In this issue we have some great tips on what to do and where to go to take advantage of the warmer weather. Check out our new ‘Have you tried?’ and ‘Did you know?’ pages. It was great to catch up with two inspiring leaders Glen Gerreyn and Mark McCrindle for this issue’s cover story - empowering today’s youth for tomorrow’s world. We also welcomed the amazing Ella Double to our team, we know she’ll assist in the continued growth of Living Local.

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WRITER & RESEARCHER A writer and researcher with a background in international relations, history, indigenous education, and technology. Widely travelled, he is a volunteer lifesaver, keen photographer, and is passionate about creative engineering.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Maree is a wife, mum, secondary teacher and photographer. ‘I love working at Living Local, capturing photos of our local area, it’s always a pleasure and great fun!’

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In between caring for her three gorgeous boys, Candice loves being part of the Living Local team helping readers find the latest looks locally.

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My favourite lookout on Sydney’s North Shore would be Golden Jubilee Field at the end of Westbrook Avenue, North Wahroonga, overlooking the vast expanse of Ku-ring-gai Chase. There, one can take the most wonderful photos of the ever changing patterns of the clouds throughout the day, in fair weather or foul. Annette - Wahroonga

I had the most amazing meal at the Roseville Sous Le Soleil. I took a close friend there for her 70th birthday at lunch time mid-week. The food was amazing, the atmosphere fabulous and the service excellent. Highly recommend Sous Le Soleil. Having just moved from Perth to live in Pymble, this is my favourite place to eat on Sydney’s North Shore. Prue - Lindfield

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“Fantastic Brazilian Grill - delicious food and drink”

“Cocktails and Californian - Mexican dishes served in a colourful, fun space hung with sombreros”

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“Can’t go past their white chocolate mocha and breakfast trifle.”

“A hidden gem in Neutral Bay: it makes the perfect pre-Orpheum dinner!”

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DID YOU KNOW? FOOD WASTE FACTS

FACT

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According to Horticulture Australia, at least 277,700 tonnes of the major fruit and vegetable lines – representing around 25% of production – is wasted each year in Australia.

Most waste is a result of the failure to meet strict retail quality specifications. This otherwise edible product is usually dumped, used for stock feed, or rotary hoed back into the soil.

93,000 TONNES OF CARROTS – 31% OF TOTAL PRODUCTION – ARE WASTED PER YEAR This equates to a value of $24 million. 10% OF CARROTS are culled post-harvest due to being damaged, while 23% are culled due to being ‘out of specification’.

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HEALTHY CAFÉ/ TAKE AWAY OPTIONS

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10% OF BEETROOTS PRODUCED ARE REJECTED DUE TO BEING OUT OF RETAIL SPECIFICATION SOURCE: www.liquidideas.com.au

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THE FACTS ABOUT FOOD WASTAGE

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Hux Grill in Roseville only serves food and wine which is grown and produced in NSW.

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10% OF CAULIFLOWERS PRODUCED ARE REJECTED AT HARVEST DUE TO COLOUR, MATURITY OR SIZE, WHILE UP TO 30% IS LEFT IN THE FIELD DUE TO FACT MARKET SUPPLY AND DEMAND

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A 15-year-old version of me

BY MATT STEDMAN, SENIOR ASSOCIATE MINISTER, ST ANDREW’S ROSEVILLE

Have you ever considered what you would say to a younger you? What advice you would give a teenage version of yourself? Perhaps you would say ‘study harder’! Or, ‘don’t waste your time with video games!’ Maybe you would say, ‘don’t worry about what people think’ or, ‘be more adventurous’. The reason this mind game is powerful is because our perspective on life changes as we get older. Different aspects of life become more important, others less so. While our self-advice might be sage, it would probably fall on deaf ears because the perspective we have when we’re young is not necessarily one of caution, wisdom and investing for the future, but maximising our youthful vitality and enjoying the endless days of socialising. www.livinglocalguide.com.au

Of course this can lead to much angst for parents, grandparents and others involved in young people’s lives. Sometimes they should be concerned but it’s worth remembering we’re only young once and our younger days are precious. They are the days when our calendars are full of social engagements, rather than errands, when we don’t think twice about eating as much as we want, when our biggest issue is only being able to afford one big mac. Precious days indeed. Perhaps a surprise to some, but the bible speaks very positively about youth. It considers our younger days as a gift from god, which are to be enjoyed. It affirms the physical strength of young people and the opportunities that are open to them. In one part of the bible it says:

You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see. (Ecclesiastes 11:9) But don’t misunderstand what this is saying. It’s not an invitation to do whatever you want but a challenge to young people to do what is right. How does a young person do that? While the bible celebrates the blessing of youth, it also speaks of the importance of wisdom, something only lots of birthdays can give us! Young people are dependent upon the older for the wisdom they possess. This, of course, can only be given when close relationships exist between older and younger people. There’s a challenge here for both young and old. Young, while enjoying your youth, learn from those older than you. Those who are older, teach those who are younger the way they should go. So, what would i say to a 15-yearold version of me? “Blessed are those who find wisdom, for she is more profitable than silver, and yields better returns than gold” (proverbs 3:13-14) LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2015 9


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HAVE YOU # 1. GEOCACHING

tried?

www. geocaching.com The real-world outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are 2,662,191 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide. Step 1: Create a free geocaching account. Step 2: Find a geocache. Step 3: Share your experience.

#4. KNITTING GROUPS NORTH SYDNEY The Stanton Knitting Group The Stanton Knitting Group meets to knit rugs for the charity ‘Wrap with love’. These wraps will be going to World Vision for distribution. The knitting groups meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month 2-4pm @ Conference Room on Level 2 of Stanton Library. Knitting at the Crows Nest Centre The Crows Nest Centre also runs a weekly knitting group every Monday from 10am-12pm in the Pat Brunton Room. Wool & needles are provided but please feel free to bring your own. Tea & coffee provided. The Crows Nest Centre is located at 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest. For more information please phone Caitlyn on 9437 7503.

# 2. OUTRIGGER CANOE RACING Outrigger canoe racing has become a popular canoeing sport, with several on Sydney’s North Shore. Find out more: http://aocra.com.au/

# 3. SUP BOARDING Suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels, the adventure includes comprehensive stand-up paddle board training followed by an instructed paddle board adventure. Find out more: http://sydneyscenicsup.com.au/

# 5. SINGLE AND OVER 50? Come and join a friendly group of people and enjoy some fun activities. Based on Sydney’s North Shore, Club Turramurra is a nondenominational friendship club for single men and women over 50. Kaye on: 02 9476 2575 or David on: 02 9449 1409 http://clubturramurra.com/


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BY ELISSA TOMLINS, LOCAL MUM

GREAT PLACES TO PLAY ON THE LOWER NORTH SHORE For this suburb safari, let’s talk Artarmon. I was pleasantly surprised by Artarmon and its many features, packed into a smallish suburb.

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ARTARMON

The shops on Wilkes Ave are lovely for a quick morning snack or a lazy afternoon meal. Salvage Specialty Coffee serves a mean babycino, and it will definitely keep the coffee-crazed mum or dad happy! Artarmon Reserve has a bit of everything, with a bike track, BBQ, cricket pitch and a nice shaded playground. It has a lovely natural feel and it looks like the kind of place you could easily spend a whole afternoon. Very adventurous families could even bushwalk from here to Middle Harbour! On the other side of the tracks you’ll find Thompson Park. It is well fenced in and gives little ones space to explore. The climbing frame and swings are fun too. Cross to the other side of the oval for the toilets. The Jersey Road Reserve is a fascinating little park hidden behind houses and next to the Kids Cottage before and after school care centre. It has a lovely historic feel, with the BBQ in the foundation of an old sandstone house, and beautiful wooden play equipment. On Saturday afternoon or Sunday, the public can use the Kids Cottage play area too. If it’s a family BBQ you are after, Wickham Park is a pleasant, simple spot. It has a pretty design, and you can even pick the herbs from the gardens to add some flavour to your lunch! An honourable mention goes to Elsie Wearn Park, Artarmon’s newly refurbished playground suitable for toddlers and younger children. It’s nice and small, fenced in and cute as a button.

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Salvage Specialty Coffee: Wilkes Ave. Park on Elizabeth St, or walk through the station underpass Artarmon Reserve: At the end of Burra Rd Thompson Park: Cnr Barton and Reserve Rd Jersey Road Reserve: Park near 10 Broughton Rd and follow the pathway behind the houses. Limited parking available under the Kids Cottage at the end of White St. Wickham Park: White St Elsie Wearn Park: Robert St near Benton Ave

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Colouring Your World BY JUDITH MCGHIE that she realized books aimed at the adult market were available.

Lauren, a resident of Ku-ring-gai, sits at her dining table, her toddler and baby are both asleep. With lunch beside her, she picks a coloured pencil, and for the next fifteen minutes carefully works on the black and white page in front of her, bringing a kaleidoscope of colour. The chaos of her morning recedes enough for her to regain her equilibrium. Lauren is not alone in this pursuit – the childhood activity has moved into the realm of adulthood. “I loved colouring with my two year old and would use him as my excuse” she said. It was only when Lauren saw a news item on major companies buying colouring books for their staff as a way of relieving workplace stress www.livinglocalguide.com.au

The trend of colouring is growing. The books and colouring pencils are disappear off store shelves. “I went to two shopping centres but each shop had sold out. One staff member told me they had sold out in three days,” Lauren said. Colouring has been known to lower anxiety, stabilise mood, increase attention span and aid sleep. There is no doubt for most people, colouring is associated with happy childhood memories providing space for the mind to wander temporarily from the issues and problems faced each day.

of colouring but also received considerable support from other group members. Tips and ideas are exchanged and YouTube has tutorials. The release of a Game of Thrones colouring book later this year may spark even more interest across age ranges and sexes. There are a number of books available and also websites that have free pages to download. CHECK OUT www.coloring-pages-adults.com www.colorpagesformom.com It may be worth giving it a try. Happy spring colouring.

Colourers now meet over coffees and crayons in cafes and homes. There is a camaraderie attached to these groups. On one Facebook page (Colouring in Truth) a mum whose young baby had recently passed away, was finding solace in the process LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2015 13


BY ASHLING KWOK, FREELANCE WRITER

Date Night SYDNEY’S LOWER NORTH SHORE

PACK A PICNIC BRADFIELD PARK NORTH SYDNEY Snuggle up and watch the sun set with a picnic and a glass of bubbly, while you take in Sydney Harbour’s most impressive views.

Grab your partner and enjoy a romantic night out on Sydney’s lower north shore. Offering fantastic dining, picturesque picnic spots and a diverse calendar of events, there is something to suit all age groups.

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LEVEL 4, MANDARIN CENTRE, CHATSWOOD PH: 1300 787 453 Display your sporting prowess with a game of ten pin bowling. Order a meal from the cafe and enjoy a night of fun-filled laughter.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE 78 MCDOUGALL STREET, KIRRIBILLI. PH: (02) 9929 0644 Show off your cultured side at the theatre. Indulge in pre-theatre dining at Bayly’s restaurant, then get ready for a night of great entertainment.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY ARTHUR MURRAY DANCING SCHOOL & SOCIAL CLUB, 10-12 CLARKE STREET, CROWS NEST. PH: (02) 9119 1362 Show off your adventurous side with a dance lesson. The ideal way to get up close and personal in a fun, relaxed environment.

LUNA PARK 1 OLYMPIC DRIVE, MILSONS POINT. PH: (02) 9922 6644 Get ready for a memorable evening at Luna Park. Situated on beautiful Sydney Harbour, Luna Park offers everything you need for a sensational night out.

BOOK A TABLE CALA LUNA RESTAURANT 196 MILLER STREET, NORTH SYDNEY. PH: (02) 9957 2274 Set the scene for a romantic evening with dinner at Cala Luna. Delicious food, exquisite wine and first-class service make this the perfect date night escape.

WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE, 28 VICTOR STREET, CHATSWOOD. PH: (02) 9884 8588

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App reviews BY BRANDON COWAN, APP DEVELOPER - CRAZY DOG APPS SAVE ANIMALS “Want to buy products that have been tested on animals? Neither do I! And now there is an app to help us buy cruelty-free products.” Simply download the Choose Cruelty Free app, select the category of product (i.e. deodorant, hair care, make up etc) and it will list brands and tell you if they have been verified to not test on animals. It will even tell you if the ingredients of the products of that brand are animal-derived. For many brands however, it lists the products as “SV” which means that the products in the brand vary in terms of if they are suitable for people living a cruelty-free lifestyle. I also noticed that many of the brands listed in the app are not available at some of the major supermarkets. For household cleaning products (i.e. dishwashing liquid and other products), the brand ‘Earth Choice’ and ‘Nature Organics’ happens to be widely available at Woolworths and Coles and it is listed in the app. For each brand, the app also provides a link to their website so you are able to view more information about the brand and their products. I also personally use White Glo toothpaste (which I bought from Woolworths), which has not been tested on animals, but it isn’t listed in the app. It is also important to mention that the app does not contain most popular brands and this is likely because most of them test on animals. Until June 2014, it was mandatory (by law) for cosmetics to be tested on animals in order to be sold in the Chinese market. During cosmetics testing, animals can have chemicals dripped in their eyes, spread on their skin or force-fed to them in massive, lethal doses. As well as causing animal suffering, many of these tests are notoriously unreliable in predicting real chemical reactions in people, making them not very useful. Choose Cruelty Free is available to download for free on iPhone and Android.

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JENGA

“Play Jenga with friends or by yourself, straight from your Smartphone.” This is another app that I wish I made (the other two are Tripview and Be My Eyes, both of which I have previously recommended). It’s one of those oldschool games that they developed into an app. It is super-easy to use and fun to play. There are many game modes and you can play by yourself to try to beat your previous high score, online against friends or random people from across the globe and you can even play on a single Smartphone with your friends when they are next to you. Jenga is available to download for free on iPhone and for $3.43 on Android. ANGRY BIRDS 2

“If you like Angry Birds, you’re gonna love this!” I don’t usually write about two game apps as games are not ‘useful’ but I thought this one is also pretty spectacular (I think that’s the first time I’ve used that word in my life). Angry Birds is the most downloaded app on iPhone, with over two billion (not a typo!) downloads between the Angry Birds app series. 2 billion is equivalent to about 27% of the population of earth! Angry Birds 2 has truly amazing 3D graphics (verified by me) and is loved by both gamers and non-games like Angry Birds, its predecessor. According to Rovio’s CMO, Peter Vesterbacka, “Nine out of ten people in the US know the brand and 93% of the Chinese population knows the brand.” This new version contains new multi-stage levels, some interesting ‘spells’, allows you to challenge other players and you can even defeat ‘boss piggies’. Definitely one gaming app that is worth checking out – it’s unlikely that you will be disappointed. Angry Birds 2 is available to download for free on iPhone and Android and contains in-app purchases. LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2015 15


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The Right Price BY BLAKE CHANDLER, BRANCH PRINCIPAL, YELLOW BRICK ROAD

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne continue to be big news with rising prices creating a lot of discussion about a housing crisis. In the March quarter, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported a 1.6 per cent rise in property prices in Australia’s capitals, with Sydney almost doubling that trend at 3.1 per cent growth. That’s mixed news for people who already own property, and a kick in the guts for those wanting to buy in Sydney. But it’s also a wake-up call for those who watch market numbers too closely. As I’ve often pointed out, property markets and average prices are made up of hundreds of sales and auctions. They aggregate the cheapest with the most expensive to get their averages. But a couple buying their first home is not an average among hundreds of sales: they buy one home, at one price and pay one mortgage. When it comes to property, every buyer is in a microcosm: they have to ensure that the price they pay and the size of their loan repayments stack up for them personally. In a booming market, every buyer has to play to their strengths. What someone else 16

is paying, 14 suburbs away, is immaterial. In this market you have to become really conversant with not only the real estate market, but with lending formulas for home loans and also your own personal finances and budgets. You need to measure personal affordability and ability to pay off the loan, known as loan serviceability. One of the oldest rules in the book is that an appropriatelypriced property should be valued at around five times your annual income. This assumes a 20 per cent deposit and it means that if you and your partner bring in $120,000, the sweet spot is a house price of $600,000. In Sydney right now, this rule of thumb has become out-dated somewhat. Buyers are having to go to six and seven times their incomes to buy the house they want. This means buyers can’t rely on rules of housing affordability alone, and they have to address loan serviceability. The question of loan serviceability varies from lender to lender and often hinges on monthly household expenses such as food, clothing, entertainment, etc. Your lender will help you determine this according to your personal situation.

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You can use online calculators to see your borrowing power, and every property buyer should use one to self-assess their situation. However, lenders might calculate your loan serviceability differently and where one may approve you, another won’t. This can confuse borrowers. In an environment of having to stretch your income to cover a larger loan, first home buyers should make at least one visit to a mortgage broker. Information is power, and brokers have the information. The real lesson is to understand the property market from your own personal circumstances. When a property market booms, it’s painful to buy-in. But at the very least you can formulate your own affordability and loan serviceability parameters. After all, it isn’t the ‘market’ who repays the mortgage – it’s you.

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A Promenade at Recently I went for a meander at Balmoral – unquestionably one of the most stunning areas on the North Shore.

The sandy beaches, glistening blue ocean, sprawling grass sitting areas, old structures and romantic promenade all make for a pleasant visit at any time of day. Archaeological indications show humans have occupied the area for at least 3000 years. The Camaraygal and Borogegal Clans lived in the surrounding region at the time of European settlement. If you notice the Hunter name on various signs, it is for John Hunter, a junior British naval officer during the American Revolutionary War who went on to command HMS Sirius of the First Fleet and later became the second Governor of New South Wales. He is said to have brought the first Europeans to the area in 1789 when HMS Sirius was careened in Mosman Bay for repairs. Balmoral gets its name from Balmoral Gardens, a leisure ground established here in the early 1860s by John Edwards, Jr. His father, a whaling captain, had built a stone house in 1839 near what is now Hunter Park. An Artists’ Camp sprung up at the bottom of what is now Awaba Street in the 1880s. Many well-known artists spent time painting there and the author Robert Louis Stevenson visited in 1889.

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Hard to miss are the beautiful Moreton Bay Fig trees, which were planted about 1890. In 1899, after increasing interest in public swimming facilities, the Balmoral Baths were opened, with men and women required to swim separately. In 1922 a tram line for the first time allowed visitors easy access to Balmoral. Although the trams are long gone (replaced by buses in 1958) the tram waiting sheds can still be seen on The Esplanade opposite Hunter Park.

A TRAM ON THE ESPLANADE, 1922 A flurry of construction in the 1920s and 30s, called the Balmoral Beautification Scheme, shaped the area as we know it today. The NSW Government assisted with funding as part of its employment programs during the Great Depression.

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Balmoral

BY ROBERT C. JOHNSTON, WRITER AND RESEARCHER

Partially opened in 1927, the Promenade was extended and completed in 1930. The Bathers’ Pavilion opened in 1929 and provided gender separated amenities for the public to change privately during a time when mixed sea bathing was still seen as morally dubious. In 1967, after a decline in use, the pavilion was reopened as a restaurant and it still serves this function today.

Also opened in 1930 was the quaint Rocky Point Bridge and the very becoming Rotunda. The bridge allowed pedestrian access to Rocky Island at any tide level, and the Rotunda was used for weekly concerts by the local band. It has since become a beautiful backdrop for weddings and is often the centrepiece of special events, such as Shakespeare performances.

On the tip of Rocky Point you can still see segments of thick steel cable and the huge posts which anchored the shark net strung along Edwards Beach from 1935-2008. If you have young kids with you, just be aware that there are some sharp drops off Rocky Point. Looking out across Middle Harbour, a bright white, unusually stepped building catches the eye. That is the Grotto Point Lighthouse, first lit in 1911 and still an active leading light assisting the safe navigation of Sydney Harbour. There are several restaurants, cafes, and kiosks that cater for either a swanky meal, casual coffee or affordable take-away fish and chips. Public amenities are easily located at several spots along the Promenade. If you are lucky you may find two hours of free parking in nearby backstreets, but the parking along The Esplanade is pay and display – $5 per hour on weekdays and $7 per hour on weekends and public holidays. As a heads up, at the end of the day when everyone is heading home Awaba Road can be very slow moving, so give yourself plenty of time if you have to be somewhere or consider an alternate route.

An impressive building that once graced the northern end of Balmoral was the Star Amphitheatre, built for a religious group in 1923 and 1924 and later used as a mini golf course and for vaudeville acts, until it was demolished for flats in 1951.

Balmoral Beach is a perfect place to bring the family, spend a romantic date, or lie down with a book in the sun. DO YOU WISH THE STAR AMPHITHEATRE WAS STILL THERE? www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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Maree: Burn out blouse (Blue Illusion) $149.95, Faux fur vest (Yillis Boutique) $69, Black pant (Blue Illusion) $129.95, Leather and crystal bracelet (RG Collections) $89, Akubra hat (Blue Illusion) $79.95 Edwina: Fringed jumper (Yillis Boutique) $59, Wax coated jeggings (Sussans) $79.95, Grey clutch (Sussans) $59.95, Silver necklace (Sussans) $29.95, Silver cuff (Sussans) $24.95 Edwina: Fur biker vest (Yillis Boutique) $299, Wax coated jeggings (Sussans) $79.95, Silver necklace (Sussans) $29.95 Ellen: Aztec knit (Yillis Boutique) $59, Summer knit jeggings (Sussans) $59.95, Fringed stone necklace (RG Collections) $59


STYLING: Candice McLintock, MAKEUP: Ellen Malone, PHOTOGRAPHY: Maree Turk

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Ellen: Textured tank (Sussans) $79.95, Pom-pom cape (Yillis Boutique) $59, Susie M clip earrings (RG Collections) $79, Bandage skirt (Bardot) $89 Maree: Stripe elbow sleeve tee (Blue Illusion) $39.99, Cape jacket (Sussans) $199.95, White pant (Blue Illusion) $129.95, Gold bangles (Sussans) $19.95 each, Modapelle snake chain bag (RG Collections) $145.95 Candice: Studded gloves (RG Collections) $75, Sleeveless knit (Sussans) $89.95, Silver necklace (RG Collections) $39, Silver waxed jeans (Carousel Bondi) $80 Candice: Piper stripe top $119, Alanna Hill skirt $229

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Edwina: DKNY leather skirt (Yillis Boutique) $199, Leather gloves (RG Collections) $59, Black, silver and diamante necklace (RG Collections) $120, Roll neck sleeveless knit (Sussans) $99.95 Candice: Feather earrings (Yillis Boutique) $39, Piper stripe top $119, Alanna Hill skirt $229 Edwina: Fringed jumper (Yillis Boutique) $59, Wax coated jeggings (Sussans) $79.95, Grey clutch (Sussans) $59.95, Silver necklace (Sussans) $29.95, Silver cuff (Sussans) $24.95 Maree: Burn out blouse (Blue Illusion) $149.95, Faux fur vest (Yillis Boutique) $69, Black pant (Blue Illusion) $129.95, Leather and crystal bracelet (RG Collections) $89

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permission TO BY ELLEN MALONE, BEAUTY EDITOR

This season’s beauty is fresh, soft, and feminine. Keep things glowing by mixing a drop of illuminator with your foundation and get ready to gleam.

MINIMALIST CHIC Edwina is blessed with naturally greenish blue eyes, so I wanted to keep the eyeshadow neutral to show off her colouring. Taupe eyeshadows with an undertone of pink help to brighten green or hazel eyes. I used liquid liner on the top lash line only to create a subtle cat’s eye effect. Top tip: hold the liner on the side and gently press it along the lash line for a super slim, even liner effect.

SOFT GLAM The beauty of this look is that you’ll have instant glamour, without a lot of prep time. Pair a radiant base (like a tinted moisturiser) with a pop of colour on your lips whilst keeping the rest of the makeup ultra-natural. This particular shade of red is a true ‘blood red’ which suits almost all skin tones. It’s also the perfect way to go from day to evening, simply top up your mascara and add your red lip. Pick between either bronzer or blush to add warmth.

TURN UP THE GLOW Show off a great smile with a nude lipstick, plenty of blush and lashings of mascara. Candice channels a perfect neutral red carpet look- use cream highlighter on brow bone and cheek bones, plus an illuminating powder to set your makeup. Perfect for dinner and drinks or a night on the town.

IT’S ALL ABOUT EYES Dress up your natural makeup with a pair of false lashes- they are easier than you think! Step one - apply some black eyeliner along your upper lash line. Liquid is great but pencil or gel will do. Make sure to apply the glue in a very fine line along the base of your false lashes and wait at least 30 seconds to let it get ‘tacky’. Press your lashes into place, and once they are dry, add a coat of mascara to blend the real and false ones. The beauty of this look is it will add instant glamour to any makeup style. If you’re nervous about trying a whole strip, start with a couple of individual lashes on the outer corners of each eye. Guaranteed to add a sparkle to your peepers.


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1. What do you love most about what you do? It’s the confidence I give my clients. I love getting to know them and transforming their skin. I’m passionate about educating clients in how to maintain skin health. 2. What treatments do you offer? Unwanted hair, sun damage, hormonal pigmentation, facial veins/redness, uneven skin texture/colour, acne, acne scarring, wrinkles and volume loss. We specialise in non-invasive dermal therapy such as medical grade laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and cosmetic injections. 3. What sets The Laser Lounge apart? We pride ourselves on “Best Practice” and offer a full tailored service with no hidden costs. Our technicians are carefully selected and trained by Co-Founder Bita Beyzaee, who is also Head NSW Trainer of the Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science. As training partners, The Laser Lounge teaches dermal therapies and cosmetic 24

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injectables to doctors, nurses and therapists. We recently joined with prestigious Reconstructive and Plastic Surgeons, Dr Alex Phoon and Dr Pouria Moradi, to offer the best in non-surgical as well as surgical solutions. 4. Do you give advice on how to care for your skin following treatment? Yes. We take an educational approach to a home skin care plan. Dermal therapists can tailor this during our complimentary skin consultation service. 5. Anything else to add? If you’re looking for a trustworthy, medically advanced laser clinic on the North Shore, we’re here to help! We’re happy to answer any queries and offer quick complimentary consultations to discuss treatment options. To book, simply call 02 9967 5733 or e-mail Northbridge@thelaserlounge.com.au

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Give your daughter the Abbotsleigh edge

Dedicated bus service Four routes servicing the Lower North Shore, Northern Suburbs, Northern Beaches and North West We’d love to see you at one of our Senior School tours ■ Friday 4 September, 10 am ■ Friday 30 October, 10 am Contact Colleen Fenn on 02 9473 7744 or registrar@abbotsleigh.nsw.edu.au

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Combined entrance and scholarship exam Saturday 17 October for girls currently in Year 5 for entry to Year 7 in 2017

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THE IMPORTANCE OF HOPE AND PURPOSE

GLEN GERREYN SPEAKER & WRITER

Empowering today’s youth for tomorrow’s world This issue we had the pleasure of chatting with two local, active and passionate leaders, Glen Gerreyn and Mark McCrindle, about empowering today’s youth.

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A former champion athlete who once had the 2000 Olympics in his sights until he was struck down by a debilitating illness. Glen committed himself to community development and founded the hope giving organisation, Oxygen Factory. He addresses 100 000 people annually across Australia and internationally, inspiring this generation to rise from difficult situations. Here we share doses from Glen’s book, Oxygen: 102 Doses of Inspiration, a step by step guide to help people live the life they’ve dreamed. 26

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Humans are experiencing a time of unprecedented and rapid change. On the one hand, never before have we been afforded such freedom and creativity to embrace this change. On the other, we’re grappling with finding a balance between our ‘real’ and ‘online’ lives, being slave to our devices’ every ring, beep and vibration. Ours is an increasingly complex world – technologically, socially, environmentally and politically. This is the world our young people are inheriting. It’s a world that causes many to flounder and drift away from their true identity, blinded by societal pressures and global fears. To cope and succeed, young people need to find their true sense of self: resilience, strength and purpose. For me it all starts and ends with hope. The ‘hope’ I’m talking about is the most powerful driver of human achievement. It’s active, not passive. It’s strong, not feeble. It’s courage, not fear. It’s clear thinking, not disillusionment. It’s ongoing, not an end point. Hope theory is based on the premise of Mission + Ideas + Execution = Hope. I do a lot of work with young people in schools which are embracing education beyond the classroom, helping to empower young people to engage with an increasingly complex world. What sits at the heart of my sessions is a stirring and awakening of individual purpose and hope, through provocations that shift perceptions, mindset and focus.

WHEN I THINK OF INSPIRING YOUNG PEOPLE

I think of Mark Zuckerberg who at 19 started Facebook and at 23 became the world’s youngest billionaire. Closer to home I think of the incredibly talented and driven Margaret Zhang – stylist, writer and creative director, currently studying Law and Commerce at university whilst travelling the world and working with brands such as Clinique, Nike, Visa and Swarovski.

DOSES OF HOPE

Good vs Great

It is not hard to get advice, even when you have not asked for it. People will always try to advise you on what they think is right. Everyone has an opinion. We must be wise about WHO we listen to and WHICH advice we take. We are the ones that have to live with the consequences of our decisions. Blaming others for the choices we make is futile and counterproductive. Stretch your dreams.

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Foster a love of learning for your daughter at Pymble

Pymble is a school that inspires and excites students to explore and extend their potential as they grow from dependence to independence. We invite you to explore the opportunities on offer at Pymble by attending our Twilight Tours where you can enjoy a tour of the College and meet the Principal, Heads of School and senior academic staff. Weekly tours are also conducted during term. To find out more phone 02 9855 7799 or visit www.pymblelc.nsw.edu.au www.livinglocalguide.com.au

TWILIGHT TOURS Preparatory, Junior School and Secondary School Wednesday 21 October 2015 Tours commence at 4.00pm Presentation from 5.00pm

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COVERFeature Mind power

Fatigue is the enemy of persistence – to conquer the mind the first step is awareness. You’re not really as exhausted as you think. There is more in you than what you think you’ve got. The second step is to turn the tide on the negative self-talk. Change “I can’t, I won’t, I wish”, to “I can, I will, I must”. Free your mind and your body will follow.

Who are you?

People will judge us more often by what we do rather than what we say. Our reputation is on the line each time we take action. Make sure that your values line up with your actions so you can live a life of integrity.

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Make the choice to stand up and accept responsibility for your actions. Don’t try to justify, deny and blame others for mistakes or lack of effort. Make an honest assessment of your own weaknesses and failings. It takes strength to admit fault but it builds character.

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Momentum

To build momentum in your life you HAVE TO BE MOVING. As your momentum builds so does your power and you become an unstoppable force that can make the impossible possible.

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Mark’s highly valued research and reports have developed his renown as a futurist, demographer and social commentator. Mark is highly regarded for his engaging presentations whether they be keynote addresses at conferences, boardroom briefings or facilitated workshops.

Some reasons hope and purpose are so important for our young people.

1) WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE SHAPING GENERATION Z AS APPOSED TO WHAT SHAPED BABY BOOMERS, GEN X AND GEN Y?

• 1 in 4 young people in Australia currently has a mental health condition. • Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in this country • ¼ of young Australian say they are unhappy with their lives. • Eating disorders represent the 3rd most common chronic illness for young females. • 70% of adolescent girls have body dissatisfaction. • 36 out 39 anorexic girls experienced withdrawal of affection from their fathers upon reaching puberty which highlights the importance of positive parenting.

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The three top things are technology, demography and social trends. Firstly the emerging generation of technology they carry in their pockets which brings connectivity and global interaction, the App based world, where they create content and are only a few clicks away from any piece of information on the planet. The immediacy and the visual nature of it,has transformed this generation and therefore how they interact, shop, communicate and learn. It has transformed every area of their life. Secondly the demographic trend in a time of population growth and change. In Sydney and Melbourne two thirds of all households have 1 or both parents born overseas, 6 out of 10 of those, born in Asia,and shifting from European connections. Even the aging population

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COVERFeature and workforce and therefore retirement, brings great employment opportunities. Thirdly Social Trends - where we are living. There is a densification of population with more than half of new housing approvals in the unit/apartment townhouse category rather than the detached house.. Moving more frequently means multiple job holders and careers, and lifelong learners so more transition points across life in both directions.

2) WHAT ADVICE COULD YOU OFFER THOSE COMMUNICATING WITH THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS?

Understand the trends and generational difference. If we understand these drivers of change then we can be confident to invest into this next generation. Sometimes people can think “oh well, I was young once too” which is true of course but they weren’t young in the 21st century. Understanding the context is key. Involve young people in decisions and outcomes. We have a traditional sense of leadership where the experienced people lead the less experienced but I think in this era there needs to be a recognition that each generation brings strength. If we move to a participative collaborative model – that’s better than the command and control model of old. Also think in terms of innovative ways and where young people can bring that. We traditionally build businesses with history, legacy and structure but if we think more innovative and adaptive, responsive and relevant, that will future proof things more because we can adapt.

2) WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE US TO HELP US INTERACT BETWEEN GENERATIONS BETTER?

innately thinks they are the pinnacle and change will continue as each generation’s ideas fade and a new generation becomes more relevant. If we can understand the intergenerational nature of leadership of society, business and interaction, you will have the receptive attitude to seek and connect with the next generation to inspire and equip them.

4) WITH THE CHANGES IN JOB SECURITY, WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO TODAY’S STUDENTS TO BETTER EQUIP THEM TO BE FUTURE PROOF IN THEIR WORKING LIFE?

Study the technology and look at where the gaps are because if technology can replace a job, it will replace a job. We are starting to see driverless vehicles on mine sites, staffless warehouses. For future proofing, anything that involves creativity, people skills, social interaction, higher order thinking where technology can assist but not replace., Look globally not just locally. If some area can be outsourced then it will be. Find something that has to have local input and needs physical presence. Trades and traineeships offer great opportunities to young people. Also, understand that even though a job looks promising, it also may come to an end or fade. Be adaptive and prepared to change, upskill and reframe.

Final thought.

Great time! What an exciting time it is to be a young person in Australia. The 21st century brings great opportunities that are not intimidating. Great place! Australia with the opportunities and lifestyle is why so many people want to come here to work. Great age! Their future is ahead of them so that should create a sense of fun and excitement to make a difference and shape things - the older generations there to support the future leaders of today as they take their place. This is definitely a good news story.

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Firstly we need to reach any of these communication gaps from both sides it’s not just the power holders of today adjusting what they do to connect with young people. There needs to be an adaptiveness from young people and a need to connect with the older generation so bridging the gap from two directions not just one. Another point would be to use the styles that speak to the language of the generations, so from an offline to an online world for example. Thirdly having that vision for the next generation is important - every generation www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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How to equip students during challenges

· Watch your body language –Try to maintain a high degree of creative energy. No sighs, no slumped shoulders. · Watch your language – words spoken often have self-fulfilling power. “We can fix this and make it better” will often result in things getting better or reduce damage. · Individually, or with a team of creative thinkers, brainstorm different ways the problem might be solved. Do not become fixated. Harvest ideas. · Try and understand what lies behind the obstruction. Tackle the real cause not the revealed cause. · Even if a problem is not solved, extract another sort of victory. You may not have been the best team at scoring goals, baskets or points, but be the best team in sportsmanship. View the experience as one that has taught a lesson. Look for what can be learned from the experience. Dr Tim Hawkes OAM, Headmaster, The King’s School, Parramatta Parents should see themselves as the “support crew”, guiding children through difficulties and empowering them to ‘help themselves’. At Roseville College, we aim to assist parents and teachers in this crucial role; for example, by encouraging children to develop a growth mindset; intentionally using the language of resilience, and encouraging children to accept and use mistakes as learning experiences. Qualities such as a strong self-belief, curiosity and independent thinking, and developing a true sense of belonging and significance are very important. Megan Krimmer, Principal, Roseville College 30

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Resilience is one of the most important skill sets that we can teach and model for our children, so that they may successfully embark on the journey of life. Helping children to develop positive, solution focused thinking when dealing with problems is an important component of this skill. Resilience has been found to be a protective factor in the prevention of mental health issues such as anxiety. At Abbotsleigh, we aim to enhance resiliency skills in our girls through our academic care program. This occurs in both formal and informal ways, including through outdoor education, service-learning, sport and co-curricular activities, as well as the PDHPE curriculum, pastoral care programs. Our parenting seminars are also an integral part of this education process. Mrs Liz Cannon Head of Educational Services, Abbotsleigh A culture of respect, social connectedness and positive regard is actively encouraged at Loreto. Students are guided in making responsible personal decisions through living out the Loreto and Gospel values. They develop an optimistic outlook and strategies to deal with the ups and downs of life. Through the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model, students undertake Integrated Learning, where they work on a series of tasks that focus on real-world situations, developing the skills required for independent, life-long learning. Our Pastoral Care structure is strong and provides a caring educational environment where positive relationships are developed and where each girl is known and cared for as an individual. Mrs Gabrielle Stooke, Director of Pastoral Care, Loreto Normanhurst www.livinglocalguide.com.au


AT ROSEVILLE COLLEGE, girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 engage in enriching learning experiences that challenge and embolden them to pursue and attain their personal best in all areas of life.

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PERSONALISED TOURS Tours with our Registrar, tailored to your daughter’s specific needs and interests, are held weekdays during term time. To book an appointment, call (02) 9884 1109 or email registrar@roseville.nsw.edu.au Ranked among NSW’s top schools, Roseville College has transformed the lives of girls for more than 105 years.

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Roseville’s Snowsports Team

Loreto Normanhurst Far North QLD

Sydney Grammar School St Ives Prep

42 member Snowsports Team, from Years 3–12, has won the Secondary Overall Female Championship and the Secondary Girls Snowboard Championship at the recent 2015 Interschools Snowsports Northern Championships, with half the team qualifying for the State Championships.

Over 150 Year 9 students and staff from Loreto Normanhurst have just returned from the Far North Queensland Experience (FNQE). FNQE is a program unique to Loreto Normanhurst in which students and staff engage with a number of Indigenous communities, perform community service and experience learning outside of the traditional classroom.

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.

“In snowsports, a championship is won by a team,” says Sports Teacher Mrs Suzi Litchfield, who praises her Team, which also placed 3rd in the Secondary Skiing Point Score and 3rd in Category 2 Primary Overall Point Score. Year 7 skier, Tegan Florance, and Year 8 skier, Isobel Macdonald, were among those who qualified for the State Championships, ”Both girls qualified for State in every event they competed in a field of up to 80 competitors, this is outstanding.” adds Mrs Litchfield Girls competed in up to five events: Alpine GS, Moguls, Ski Cross, Snowboard GS and Snowboard Cross. Roseville College’s Snowsports Team also participated in a three day training camp prior the Interschools Championships.

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“When away from the trappings of our everyday lives we can truly see ourselves and what is around us. FNQE gives Year 9 many unique and unforgettable experiences that test them as young women. It is a time to expand their minds and learn in a vastly different environment – who would not love doing Science on the Great Barrier Reef, learning History at Rocky Creek on the Atherton Tablelands and writing poetry on the bluff at Undara. These experiences deepen the impact of their learning and they will carry this with them for a life time”, says Ms Barbara Watkins, Principal. 2015 marks the tenth year that FNQE has been offered at Loreto Normanhurst.

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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. Please contact Louisa Schwartz on 8302 5218.

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DISCOVER WHO YOU CAN BE CREATE THE FUTURE Knox Grammar School is one of Australia’s leading independent boys’ schools; traditional in values yet innovative in learning with a global outlook and a strong sense of social justice. Learning through creativity and collaboration, boys today are becoming equipped as the citizens of tomorrow. CATCH THE BUS TO KNOX The Knox bus connects Mosman, Cammeray and Castlecrag to Knox daily FIND OUT MORE Please contact Martin Gooding, Head of Enrolments, on 02 9473 9768 or goodingm@knox.nsw.edu.au A Uniting Church school for boys, K-12, Wahroonga

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Abbotsleigh Scholarships

Knox Academy Rethinks The Scots School Where Learning For Year 11 & 12 Every Child Belongs

To acknowledge and encourage excellence, Abbotsleigh offers a number of scholarships.

Students and staff returning to Knox Grammar in Wahroonga at the start of Term 3 had an extra spring in their step with the opening of a groundbreaking new facility.

School reports, examination results, financial need, personal interview and in the case of music scholarships, performance, are used to award scholarships. Scholarship registration A combined entrance and scholarship exam will be held on Saturday 17 Oct 2015 for current Year 5 students wishing to apply for a Year 7 scholarship. Registration is online and closes on Wednesday 7 Oct. The following scholarships are offered: Two Open Academic Scholarships, Music Scholarship, Jubilee Scholarship (daughter of an Abbotsleigh Old Girl), Betty Archdale Scholarship (needs based academic scholarship), Endeavour Performance, Scholarships (all round excellence) Entrance into Year 7 2017 There is an automatic progression from Abbotsleigh Junior School to Year 7. New day students entering in Year 7 gain entry via the entrance exam. Please call 9473 7744 or email registrar@abbotsleigh.nsw.edu. au or visit the website www. abbotsleigh.nsw.edu.au 34

After more than 18 months’ construction, the Knox Grammar Senior Secondary Academy has thrown open its doors for students for the first time. “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,” said Headmaster John Weeks. The new facility includes features such as a Seniors Hall, a large Senior Student Library and Research Centre, a 150-seat lecture theatre, modern science labs and classrooms and a café. The Academy provides many new innovative opportunities for students. For example, the new Year 11 and 12 library in the KSSA will has extended opening hours from early in the morning until late in the evening, with specialist staff available to provide extra tuition and academic support.

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The Scots School Bathurst is a coeducational day and boarding school for Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. It is a small school, with broad curriculum opportunities and excellent support for University placement. Extensive co-curricular programs compliment the curriculum such as Pipes and Drums, Cadet Unit, a strong sporting program, swimming squads, music ensembles, drama productions, Cattle team, equestrian team and RFS cadets. Set on 40 Hectares on the eastern side of Bathurst, The Scots School has excellent facilities such as three large ovals, a farm, Performing Arts Centre, Design and Technology Centre, 25m indoor heated swimming pool and sports centre. Boarders from Year 6 enjoy comfortable and attractive accommodation and are cared for by experienced, committed staff. An extensive range of Scholarships for 2017 are available by applying at our website at www.scots.nsw.edu.au. Please call the school on 6331 2766 for more information or to organise a personal tour.

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Healthy Recipes GRANOLA BARS 1 cup ground nuts 5 cups of mixed seeds, nuts, dried fruit & coconut 7-8 tbsp honey 4 tbsp cocoa butter 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cake in a Cup

Preheat the oven to 150°C Line a baking pan with baking paper - enough to overhang. In a large mixing bowl combine ground nuts with seeds, nuts, fruit & coconut. In a small saucepan on medium heat, melt together honey, cocoa butter and vanilla extract. Pour over the granola mixture, fold until well combined. Pour in to prepared baking pan & press down well. Bake in the oven 40 minutes until golden. Remove from oven & leave to cool completely. Gently lift out onto cutting board. Cut the granola in to thick bars. Makes 10-12 bars. Keeps for up to two weeks in an airtight container.

• 1 egg whisked • 2 tbsp almond flour • 1 tbsp coconut flour • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar • 1 tbsp at least 70% cocoa dark chocolate chips (can substitute with carob chips) • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder (optional) • Pinch of baking soda • Dash of sea salt In a microwave safe cup mix all ingredients together. Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Serve in the cup. Serves 1 Sent in by Marlene P.

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SWEET POTATO BROWNIE

1/2 block Lindt 85% dark chocolate (chopped) Preheat oven to 180C Mix together wet ingredients to mashed sweet potato Add dry ingredients into the wet mixture and mix Pour into a small baking dish/brownie tin Bake for 30-35mins It should be a little gooey - serve with coconut ice cream.

1 sweet potato cooked and mashed 3 eggs whisked 2 heaped tbsp cup coconut oil (melted) 2 heaped tbsp cup raw honey 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 3 tbsp coconut flour 2 tbsp cacao powder 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp cinnamon Pinch of salt

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Book Review BY SUE HANDISIDES

BIG LITTLE LIES BY LIANE MORIARTY Once again we are delighted to review another novel by local author Liane Moriarty who is now on the New York Times best seller list for her previous novel The Husbands secret which we reviewed in our last edition. Big Little Lies is a captivating story that follows a group of school mums, starting off with their attendance at the elaborate school Trivia Night which was, to say the least, more eventful than most - someone ends up dead. Through flashbacks, the previous months leading up to that fateful night are revealed as we discover the ins and outs of those intertwined lives. Real friendships are built all the while navigating fake smiles and hidden hurts and agendas. Each member of my book club loved it. We all recognised characters in it and understood the general theme that although peoples lives might look picture perfect – scratch the surface and you’d find a myriad of not so pretty stories. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have secured the screen rights to this book. Recently it was announced that the TV adaptation of the book will star the two actors and will be directed by David E. Kelley. It will be shown on Foxtel Showcase next year.

LOST AND FOUND BY BROOKE DAVIS A little girl is left in a shopping centre when her mother walks away and doesn’t return - reason unknown. The girl in red wellingtons begins a journey to find her mother again. Those that join the search are quirky much like the book itself. Each character brings their own ritual or habit that is accommodated or challenged by the others. It’s a tale of being lost then found, of relationships, friendships and of grief and its differing effect on people. After reading this book I found myself smiling as I imagined myself participating in some of these habits while I was out and about, as they related to my day’s activities. Brooke Davis has done an excellent job tapping into the psyche of each character and drawing out interest in subjects that may well be looked over by others. Well worth a read. www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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Q&A with a dog foster carer What is dog foster care about? Foster caring is where you save a dog, normally from the pound, and keep it in your care until it is adopted by its forever family. This time varies but usually ranges from one to three months. You are provided with support along the way, all vet bills are covered by the rescue group and supplies for your foster dog are provided. You will feel part of a team and there is always someone to contact if you have any questions or issues.

Will my family or lifestyle be suited to the foster dog? No Kill Pet Rescue takes the time to match you to your foster dog as they want you to

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have a pleasurable fostering experience. If you have size requirements due to yard space, prefer senior dogs or youngsters, have children so you can’t have a jumpy dog, want an active dog to go running with etc., this will be taken into consideration. If you already have a dog, they will have a meet and greet with your potential foster dog to see if they get along.

What is expected of me as a foster carer? No Kill Pet Rescue expects you to treat them as you would treat your own dog by providing exercise, a warm, sheltered place to sleep, basic obedience, meals and most importantly, love. Most dogs will need several trips to

the vet, (for vaccinations, desexing, check-ups etc.) so you are expected to drive your foster dog to one of their approved vets.

How do I get involved? Call No Kill Pet Rescue’s Foster Coordinator, Louise on 0457 265 537 or email nokillpetrescue2009@gmail. com for more information on becoming a foster carer. Want to adopt? View their dogs available for adoption: www.nokillpetrescue.com/ category/dogs Can’t foster or adopt but want to help? www.nokillpetrescue. com/how-can-i-help

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Tick prevention DR NICK TAYLOR GREENCROSS VETS

Most pet owners on Sydney’s North Shore have had experience with the catastrophic consequences of tick paralysis, we still meet clients, even long term residence, who aren’t fully aware of the risks. Tick paralysis is a syndrome seen in dogs and cats (and less commonly other domestic pets) caused by the toxin of a particular species of tick named ixodes holocyclus. These ticks are endemic to particular areas of Sydney and Australia’s Eastern Seaboard and they are generally carried by native wildlife such as bandicoots, which are immune to the effects of the toxin.

a new generation of preventative products for dogs that are given orally and less frequently. We are hoping that the availability of these new preventatives will see a reduction in the number of tick cases. We strongly recommend the use of these products year round on the Upper North Shore, as there is no clearly defined “tick season” in this region. Throughout this winter we have treated numerous animals already. Most of those were not receiving regular prevention. Remember, the only 100% safe prevention is daily tick checks. The most important areas to focus Tick paralysis can have devastating and potentially fatal consequences for our pets if not diagnosed and on are the head, neck, shoulders, armpits and under the tail, although the entire body should be treated early. The toxin affects animals by blocking examined. Clipping long haired animals is a useful normal function of nerves and muscles, leading to muscle paralysis. All muscles in the body are affected way to make tick checks easier. but most significantly we see dysfunction in muscles All our Vet and Nursing staff at Greencross Vets responsible for breathing. The symptoms and effects are able to help you work out the best prevention of tick paralysis in the early stages can be highly strategy for your pet. varied so it’s important to be aware of the common warning signs which include: • Weakness in limbs, especially hind limbs • Changes to the sound of bark/meow • Vomiting or regurgitation of food • Laboured breathing • Reduced appetite • Lethargy or reluctance to get out of bed • Coughing or retching • Falling over or wobbling Remember, not all of these symptoms may be displayed, and any unusual behaviour should raise your concern for the possibility of a tick. Veterinary treatment for tick paralysis is intensive and often costly. All affected animals require administration of an expensive anti-toxin and generally require a minimum of 24-48 hours of nursing care. Worst affected animals require assisted ventilation by a life support machine and 24 hour monitoring by a vet. Unfortunately, when animals reach that stage they may die as a result of the effects of the toxin. As always, prevention is much safer and costeffective. Traditionally, prevention has involved the frequent application of a topical (“top-spot”) treatment. This year has seen the introduction of www.livinglocalguide.com.au

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Tips tips when planning or renovating a garden BY GRAHAM, DIRECTOR, OUTDOOR ESTABLISHMENTS BYTRYSTAN TRYSTAN

convenient short-term solution, but will increase on-going hedging duties. The humble camellia is an investment in time. Although slower growing, once established will form a spectacular hedge with less maintenance required.

EVERGREENS ARE FOREVER CLEAN!

Winter is over. The days are getting longer and warmer and your garden is about to come alive and start growing again! When designing a new garden it is important to consider how it will be maintained. How much time would you like to spend in the garden? Will you pay someone do it for you and if so, the cost? Planning early helps achieve the desired result.

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Simple brick garden edges will save time and effort keeping your turf from creeping into the gardens and hard surfaces such as sandstone flagging or brick paving is a great, low maintenance alternative to the usual Sir Walter Buffalo in a High traffic area.

TO HEDGE OR NOT TO HEDGE The Buxus (or Box Hedge) is a great hedging plant. It thrives in the Sydney climate but requires regular clipping. Enter the Rhaphiolepis “Oriental Pearl” which does not require as much pruning. When selecting screening plants. The fast growing Lillypilly has become a popular choice providing a

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Deciduous trees such as the Japanese maple, London plane tree and the Liquidambar are incredible to look at but picking up the thousands of leaves they drop every year is not so enjoyable. If you want an area shaded in the summer but sunny in the winter, a deciduous tree is a great solution. However, if appropriate, consider an evergreen tree such as a Magnolia, Tuckeroo or Waterhousea. As a feature tree they are bold and really stand out in the garden but best of all, you won’t find yourself filling a green bin with any of their leaves come autumn and winter! Do you need help designing your new backyard? Or are you just trying to add that missing something to your existing? Outdoor Establishments would love to help. It’s what we do! Call the office on 9966 8630 and let’s have a chat. www.livinglocalguide.com.au


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home letting • templates/checklist and assistance in getting your property ready, the whole way through the process • property styling • professional photography and advertising of your property • full management of enquiries and bookings

Do you have a furnished home or apartment that could be available for letting? L’Abode Accommodation specialises in long and short-term fully furnished accommodation for guests looking to holiday or relocate throughout Australia. We endeavour to create an authentic local experience where guests can enjoy highend comforts and unique local adventures. Our collection of properties are carefully selected to ensure nothing but the highest quality. With our portfolio including beach houses, luxury residences and chic Inner City apartments, there is something to suit every stay. We strive to provide our guests with a personalised and enjoyable experience with expert attention to detail. 42

Our guests can relax in the comfort of our spotlessly clean homes, sleep soundly in crisp linen and enjoy an authentic Australian experience in our unique abodes. In order to provide this high class service we are continually on the lookout to add new and exciting properties to our portfolio. As such, L’Abode Accommodation specialises in full property management services for owners looking to rent their fully furnished homes or apartments for long or short term letting. We provide services such as: • extremely high standards of initial & departure cleaning • luxury linen/towels and amenities

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With L’Abode, you can rest assured that your property is in safe hands. We’re pretty fussy about who stays, but primarily our guests are: families relocating, corporates on business in Sydney and holiday makers that desire upmarket self-contained accommodation. We have a no parties policy and do not allow groups of young people or backpackers. None of our properties have ever been damaged and there has never been a theft, which we believe is a testament to the cliental that we manage. If you would like to talk about opportunities for the short or long term letting of your house or apartment, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Contact: Lisa Peterson P: 0478 174 090 E: info@labodeaccommodation.com.au W: labodeaccommodation.com.au www.livinglocalguide.com.au


While you’re away, our guests stay…

Whether you’re going on holidays, relocating temporarily or have a holiday home that sits vacant for weeks on end, why not make some extra income by renting out your property short term to one of our guests!

Our philosophy is to ensure your property is managed and looked after as if it was our own. With L’Abode, you can rest assured that your property is in safe hands.

Potential to earn Contact Lisa Peterson Phone: (+61) 478 174 090 Email: info@labodeaccommodation.com.au www.labodeaccommodation.com.au/

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A weekend escape to BY SUE HANDISIDES

An easy 3 hour drive from the Sydney’s North Shore you will find the beautiful Loloma’s at White Rock. White Rock is 10 minutes’ drive from Bathurst, an area that boasts wonderful places to eat, great schools, (see pg?) and of course that’s not mentioning the big race. Loloma’s is a gorgeous bed and breakfast with a difference. Our lovely host Jennifer met us with a breakfast hamper on arrival.

just what we were sent for, leaving Bathurst with satisfied appetites and new boots! We brunched at The HUB which was delicious and it seemed everyone in town knows it, it was bustling like the Butchers Block in Wahroonga. For dinner we were treated to a fantastic The newest member of Living Local’s team, Ella and I escaped night at Webb & Co Beverage our normal weekend with young families to enjoy luxury Emporium, which felt very much accommodation on one acre of landscaped gardens which is within like a Sydney bar. The heritage 10 minutes of the Bathurst town centre. listed building providing lots Ella took residence in the Pool View Room while I lapped up of history and culture while the the luxury of the self-contained Garden Studio. Both rooms are live music on the mezzanine beautifully decorated and arranged and would accommodate a level and cocktails made by the variety of needs, from romantic getaways to business and corporate experienced bar staff made the stays. The rooms are detached from the main house which is night very enjoyable. The food connected by a beautiful courtyard and heated pool, which gave us was delicious and atmosphere privacy during our stay. We enjoyed the layout of the Garden Studio’s great. They also have a ‘hole in lounge and dining area during the days, with its large table and large the wall’ coffee service during linen lounges which were perfect for kicking back with a glass of red the day which Jesse – the at night watching Netflix in front of the gas fire. Certainly a luxury manager, told us sells 100kgs that we rarely have. of Campos coffee each week! We took a trip into the town of Bathurst and following some great Certainly a place to check out recommendations from Jennifer for places to eat and shop we found when you come to Bathurst.

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After a fabulous night out we caught a cab back to Loloma’s with Cecil who told us he was 80 years old (obviously Bathurst is good for longevity!) The next day we had a lovely lunch at The Whole food Kitchen It was great to get back to the pillow topped king size beds and enjoy a lovely, uninterrupted, nights sleep which I would totally recommend!

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Study Buddies BY SUSAN POTTHURST, ELEGANT OUTDOORS GARDEN CENTRE, TURRAMURRA The HSC’s are getting closer so it’s time for some serious studying and your kids need all the help they can get to make them proud of themselves and you even prouder. You want your children to be the very best they can be, but how can their performance be boosted just that crucial bit more? WITH PLANTS OF COURSE! Research shows that children’s concentration increases when they spend time around plants, with memory performance and their attention span improving by up to 20%. Studies have shown that tasks undertaken while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, resulting in higher quality outcomes. Flowers and ornamental plants increase the level of positive energy and

vitality which results in feelings of security, relaxation and happiness. So, having a Study Buddy on your child’s desk is a MUST! The team at Elegant Outdoors has put together a cool range of really easy care plants that won’t distract them from their revision, ready-planted in fabulous ceramic pots in all the trendiest colours. Choose from our colourful grafted cacti, succulents of all shapes and sizes and tactile Haworthias - all

Study Buddy - Haworthia in Pot

Study Buddy - Air Plant in Terrarium

of these are water misers so they are fuss-free! For some extra good fortune put a “Lucky Bamboo” in one of our simple glass vases next to the books and laptop. It simply sits in water - how easy is that! Even easier is an Air Plant - spray with water or run under the tap once a week then pop it back into its home. It will love living in a stylish little glass terrarium on a bed of sand, gravel or crushed shells.

It’s Giveaway Time!! We are ecstatic to be an integral part of the Nespresso capsule recycling program here in the nursery - it’s an absolute raving success! To be in the Draw to win a Nespresso Lattissima Touch coffee machine by DeLonghi plus extra capsules, valued at around $700, simply send an email to askus@elegantoutdoors.com.au by 31st October 2015. Tell us your full name and postcode and quote in the subject line “I Love Nespresso.” To DOUBLE your chances, hop onto our Facebook page Elegant Outdoors Garden Centre - and LIKE our Nespresso posts! Share them with friends and family too! The draw will take place on Saturday 7th November 2015 and the winner will be announced by email. GOOD LUCK! 46

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