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WELCOME TO AUTUMN!
After publishing for over 7 years on the Upper North Shore, we are now excited to announce the launch of Living Local Lower North Shore!
This edition we caught up with the much-talked-about celebrity chef Pete Evans, to hear what he has to say about life, food and Paleo. He strongly believes in local communities, "to inspire our next generation to take the power back for themselves by shopping locally, choosing seasonal ingredients and getting into the kitchen". Also, I'm getting married this year! Each edition you will find a spread on a few of our top wedding tips! Please check out our website LivingLocalGuide.com.au. Like us on 22 Facebook.com/LivingLocalGuide and follow us on Instagram.com/ LivingLocalGuide. Have a wonderful autumn! P: (02) 8213 7306 E: edwina@LivingLocalGuide.com.au 28 W: www.LivingLocalGuide.com.au facebook.com/LivingLocalGuide Edwina Hunter instagram.com/LivingLocalGuide Editor & Art Director To view more about our team visit: www.LivingLocalGuide.com.au/Team Sue Handisides, Sales & Co-Editor
Letters & Comps What’s On App Reviews A Way Back Home, Easter Lessons from Warren Buffett Grace Cossington Smith Places to Play Autumn Walks Local Pin Board LOCAL Food What’s Great! Quality Meats BEAUTY Fashion Autumn Fashion Sneaky Make up Wedding Feature
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I really enjoyed the article by Tina Vartis (page 58) on mastering the art of not taking offence! What a wonderfully succinct way to explain this life skill and one which helps me, as a parent, to impart valuable advice to my children as they negotiate their way through a life where, unfortunately, it is seen as 'fun and witty' to purposely set out to offend others. Thanks Tina! Catherine - Pymble
In your Summer 2014 edition I really enjoyed your 'Local picnic picks' by Ashling Kwok and the 'Hot spots for Summer' suggestions by Elissa Tomlins. I am always on the look out for new places to go with my three year old son or for an early evening picnic as a family. In particular I have been wondering about the new Curtilage Park so it was great to read a review and I agree with Ashling that Echo Point park is a lovely spot. Thanks for the great read! Alison - South Turramurra
I love reading Living Local. I usually read the magazine from front to back and find so many articles that I have enjoyed. I managed to complete the Crossword on p 74 and really enjoyed doing it. The article about Lorna Jane Clarkson would probably be my favourite pick with this issue as she gave so many tips to improve oneâ€™s life and as this year has been a terrible year for my husband and myself with health issues that I would really like to get back to good health again. Cathie - Gordon
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EPISODER "Keep track of your favourite TV shows" Episoder lets you create a list of your favourite TV programs displaying each episode by season together with the original air date. It also lets you mark off each episode that you have seen so you can keep track of where you’re up to with every show. More importantly, it also shows the date when the next episode comes out for each TV show, which is very handy for those who download TV shows. Episoder is available to download for free on iPhone. 10
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PHOTOMATH "Solve math problems with your Smartphone camera" Do you hate math? Me too but this app almost makes it fun! PhotoMath lets you point your Smartphone camera at a mathematical equation solving it for you then displaying the answer on the screen. For a more complex equation, it also shows the steps used to solve it. I have only tested the app using simple equations but it works pretty much every time. It’s one of those apps that you’ll probably always keep on your Smartphone because it’s cool, use once to show others and never use again - just like most apps I guess! PhotoMath is available to download for free on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone.
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Turramurra North Real Estate Since the beginning of 2015, everyone at Turramurra North Real Estate has been very busy. During the first few weeks we sold an average of one property each week and also found new homes for several tenants, who were keen to be settled before schools started for the new year.
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A WAY BACK HOME BY ANDREW REES, RECTOR AT ST ANDREW’S WAHROONGA
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inevitable? What if our sin has created a wall between us and we can’t be sure of a welcome on the other side? Here is the news of Good Friday, Christ died to bring you home to God! He died to deal with our self-imposed estrangement from God. The cross is our way back home. Home, we are wired up to long for it. Good Friday says there is a place for you! What better time than this Easter to come home to God.
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Home, there is no more powerful pull on our hearts than home. We have been wired up, to long for home. We need a place where we belong, are valued and totally accepted. But feeling at home is elusive. Why? The Bible says we are not at home. Truth is we were created to live at home with God
who gave us life. Home, where there is no separation from God’s love, nor decay or disease or death. Home, is with our Heavenly Father. Yet, we have chosen to live estranged from him – living by ourselves and for ourselves. 'Home, is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in …' But, what if they don’t? What if you have no right to be welcomed home? What if successful return to God is not
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The poet Robert Frost said, ‘home, is where, whenever you have to go there, they have to take you in’.
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SOCIALPages won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. If you can enjoy Saturdays and Sundays without looking at share prices, give it a try on weekdays. MACRO OPINIONS OR THE 3.IGNORE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT
LESSONS FROM WARREN BUFFETT BY MARK LEWIN, CFP ® FINANCIAL PLANNER Each year since 1965, Warren Buffett has written a newsletter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. These letters generally report on the financial status of the company, but they also contain lessons on how to invest money. HERD MENTALITY IS BAD, FEAR IS GOOD 1. IRRATIONAL Owners of shares often let the irrational behavior of their fellow shareholders cause them to behave irrationally. Because there is so much chatter about markets, the economy, interest rates, etc. some investors believe it is important to listen to pundits – and, worse yet, important to consider acting upon their comments … Indeed, tumbling markets can be helpful to the true investor if he/ she has cash available when prices get far out of line with values. A climate of fear is your friend when investing; a euphoric world is your enemy. ABOUT PRICE FLUCTUATIONS IN SHARES IS 2. WORRYING SPECULATING NOT INVESTING There is nothing improper about that. However Warren Buffet says "that I am unable to speculate successfully, and I am skeptical of those who claim sustained success at doing so". Half of all coin-flippers will win their first toss; none of those winners has an expectation of profit if he continues to play the game. Games are 14
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Forming macro opinions or listening to the macro or market predictions of others is a waste of time. Indeed, it is dangerous because it may blur your vision of the facts that are truly important. Warren Buffet once said, "When I hear TV commentators glibly opine on what the market will do next, I am reminded of Mickey Mantle’s scathing comment - "You don’t know how easy this game is until you get into that broadcasting booth." SELL WHEN THE NEWS IS BAD 4.DON’T The main danger is that the timid investor will enter the market at a time of extreme exuberance and then become disillusioned when paper losses occur. (Remember the late Barton Biggs’ observation: "A bull market is like sex. It feels best just before it ends.") The antidote to that kind of mistiming is for an investor to accumulate shares over a long period and never to sell when the news is bad and stocks are well off their highs.
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GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH
BY ROBERT C. JOHNSTON, WRITER AND RESEARCHER
One of Australia's most celebrated artists lived right here in our community. Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984) was a pioneering artist who was pivotal in introducing the postimpressionistic art form to Australian audiences. COSSINGTON SMITH IN TURRAMURRA, ABOUT 1915
She attended Abbotsleigh School for Girls in Wahroonga in the early 1900s and it was here that her taste and talent for art was first fostered. Later she took lessons in the atelier of Italian-born art teacher Antonio Dattilo Rubbo, remembered as being excellent in inspiring his art students to experiment with whatever style they were drawn to. Cossington Smith then spent some years studying art in England and Germany, an experience which helped to hone her style and expose her first hand to some of the great European works.
...she leaves a special legacy for Ku-ring-gai with paintings of her local suburb of Turramurra
She returned to Australia just before World War One and in support of the war effort she soon painted The Sock Knitter, said to be the first postimpressionist painting exhibited in Australia.
Born in Neutral Bay, she lived most of her life at her family home in Ku-ring-gai Avenue, Turramurra.
The Art Gallery of NSW holds many works by Grace Cossington Smith. Even for those not familiar with her work many of us would have seen some of it. Probably her most recognisable subject was the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which she painted many times during its construction.
THE LEAFY STREET OF KU-RING-GAI AVENUE IN TURRAMURRA. PHOTO: ROBERT C. JOHNSTON 16
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SOCIALPages Cossington Smith resisted being categorised in a particular art style but her work reflects the various elements of the modernist movement in the early and mid-20th Century, of which she was an Australian pioneer. Some of her great influences were the work of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin. Like these artists, she was a master of translating onto canvas the light, colours and feelings of everyday life, events and local surroundings. She used to say that, "I see something and it makes me feel a colour and that's what I try to get."
She took on the middle name of Cossington early in her career to help her name be more recognisable. It was in reference to her parents' home town in England and her family home in Ku-ring-gai Avenue which still bears the name.
THE GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH GALLERY IN WAHROONGA. PHOTO: ROBERT C. JOHNSTON
I recently visited the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery in Wahroonga. Established in 2013 by her alma mater, Abbotsleigh School, it hosts exhibitions of Australian artists throughout the year and holds workshops in many art styles.
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She was inspired by scenes in her own garden and she leaves a special legacy for Ku-ring-gai with paintings of her local suburb of Turramurra. INSIDE THE GALLERY. PHOTO: GCS GALLERY
The gallery is set in a 1905 built house and its clean and modern spaces allow visitors to wander around and soak in the current exhibition. The garden entrance of the gallery is beautifully tended. It is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Entry is free. It is located at Gate 7 of the Abbotsleigh campus. Visit gcsgallery.com.au for more information. EASTERN ROAD, TURRAMURRA BY COSSINGTON SMITH. IMAGE: NGA
SOURCES: National Gallery of Australia; Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wahroonga; Grace Cossington Smith, Dorothy, 2005
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on the Upper North Shore Nestled in the bush on Tryon Rd just off Eastern Arterial Rd is the hidden gem, Lindfield Soldier’s Memorial Park. It’s great for children of all ages with cricket nets, an oval, and a little playground. The star attraction here is the 25m flying fox, which is so much fun for bigger kids (and my husband). The play equipment is well designed in a lovely bushland setting. No BBQs, but it’s a lovely place for a picnic. A little further up on the back streets of Roseville is the beautiful and classic little Roseville Park. There’s a variety of sporting fields from cricket to tennis and everything in between, but my favourite aspect of this park is the cute fenced-in playground. There’s shade, plenty for the little ones to enjoy, and Sous le Soleil, a French restaurant, just a stroll away. This is a sweet little park in a relaxed setting. Just down from the Greengate Hotel in Killara, is Greengate Park, a great new park to the Ku-ring-gai Council area. I like this park for parties because the covered tables are easy to decorate and there’s a BBQ to use. The equipment is better suited to younger children, but the grassed area is great for wide games and there’s a simple track for scooters. Being close to the train line, it’s fun for the little ones who enjoy spotting “twains.” Harking back to my childhood, Lane Cove National Park is a lovely spot to visit. With plenty of parking, BBQs and bushwalks, it makes for a lovely day out. My father would take us for a bushwalk from West Pymble all the way through to Lane Cove National Park where my mother would meet us with a picnic and some bread to feed the ducks. These days feeding the ducks is not encouraged, but wandering through this scenic park is an easy way to pass an afternoon.
ADDRESS DETAILS FOR EACH PARK: 1
Lindfield Soldier’s Memorial Park: 62a Tryon Rd, East Lindfield
Roseville Park: Clanville Rd, Roseville
Greengate Park: Bruce Avenue, Killara
Lane Cove National Park: Accessible by car and foot from many points, including Lady Game Drive, West Chatswood.
WHETHER YOU’RE A LOCAL OR FROM OUT OF TOWN, THESE PARKS ARE GREAT PLACES TO EXPLORE.
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ydneyâ€™s upper north shore features an abundance of short strolls and idyllic day walks. Get outside and explore unspoilt bushland and become acquainted with the beauty and wonder of the local area, then finish the day with a relaxing picnic in a beautiful spot.
Autumn Walks SYDNEYâ€™S UPPER NORTH SHORE
This splendid walk is the perfect way to discover some of the wonders Ku-ringgai Chase National Park has to offer. Enjoy breathtaking water views and tranquil bushland as you journey along the track. Come face to face with Aboriginal rock engravings, scribbly gum and a small waterfall that cascades over the escarpment, then enjoy a picnic in the beautiful bushland setting.
BOBBIN HEAD BOARDWALK KU-RING-GAI CHASE NATIONAL PARK Starting at the southern end of the Bobbin Head picnic area, this lovely short walk is perfect for all fitness levels. Savour the great views of Cockle Creek as you stroll along the boardwalk, past the mangroves, enjoying the wildlife and flowers inhabiting the area. There are information signs on the side of the track and a fantastic playground that kids will love.
BLACKBUTT CREEK WALK KU-RIN-GAI FLOWER GARDEN
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ST JOHNS AVENUE TO VALE STREET, GORDON This popular track is home to some of the tallest Blackbutts, beautiful Turpentines and Peppermint woodland in the local area. The track follows the creek along the reserve and showcases a number of endangered flora and fauna species. The walk is suitable for all ages and is the perfect way to spend the day.
BIRRAWANNA WALKING TRACK
The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is a great spot for bushwalking. This hidden gem features large areas of bushland, gullies, ponds and waterfalls. There are numerous tracks to choose from depending on your fitness level. There are also several picnic areas with barbecues and a playground to keep children entertained.
KU-RING-GAI CHASE NATIONAL PARK Before heading to the track, stop at the Kalkari Discovery Centre and learn all about the plants, animals and Aboriginal history inhabiting the local area. When you are done, head off on a walk along historic Birrawanna track. Pass woodlands of scribbly gum and red bloodwood as you head towards Bobbin Head, where you can stop for a waterfront picnic. Look out for the vibrant red waratah and enjoy sensational views of Cockle Creek and Cowan Water.
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MONKEY KING THAI - LINDFIELD Feel like having a Pad Thai or Papaya salad (aka Somtum) for dinner tonight? Then why not join us at 'Monkey King Thai restaurant', currently known as Hanuman Thai Lindfield. Located just across from Lindfield’s train station, we offer some of the best Thai street food dishes, which are favoured by many of our local customers. Our unique Thai traditional service makes dining suitable for family and friends to gather and enjoy a meal together. Watch out for our Lindfield location’s rebranding launch on 1st May, as we introduce a new wine bar with a great international beer selection such as 24
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EASTERN ROAD QUALITY MEATS BY ALLAN WALDON, EASTERN ROAD QUALITY MEATS THE FARM Our sheep numbers have increased dramatically, now numbering over 500. We were the only butcher shop to win a Gold Medal at last year’s RAS Fine Food Show, with one of our farm grown Dorper Lambs. Dorpers are clean skins (they have no wool) and are solely a meat breed. Our Dorper are extremely quiet and easy to handle. Because of the clean skin they do not get fly strike which often affects other breeds. This means we don’t need to use chemicals nor do we need to shear or crutch them and the overall health of the animal is easier to maintain. You can see our sheep on our web page: www.topdeckstud.com We are still producing goats which work well on the farm and keep the weeds in check. Our cattle are looking great and calving will start in July. We are also running Murray Grey Beef and have found them easy to handle.
Ensuring a low stress environment for our animals is important to us so we don’t use dogs or electric prodders, thus reducing stress on the animal. We also have a lot of paddocks and this enables us to move our stock around regularly, which keeps the pastures fresher and gives the stock fresher grass. We are constantly improving our pasture base, using non-chemical fertilisers and organic composts to improve our soil structure and fertility. Local government agriculture departments now hold field days on our farm, looking at plant and pasture health. We have also worked with Landcare and have planted thousands of trees around the farm.
CHRISTMAS This past Christmas we had some of the best products that we have ever had. Our Bangalow Hams were sensational, very sweet and tasty. Bangalow Pork is grown the old fashioned way, not rushed, giving it more flavour and taste. Many folks enjoyed our free
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OTHER NEWS CHEESE: Come in and try our great range of cheese both home grown and imported cheese from France. COOL ROOM: With our new cool room we are about to dry age our better cuts for up to 28 days. Try some the next time you have a BBQ.
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BY ELLEN MALONE, BEAUTY EXPERT
t’s true that makeup artists go to beauty school to learn a myriad of techniques to achieve flawless skin and great bone structure, yet most of us are just trying to get five minutes grooming time before we zoom out the door in the morning. This however, doesn’t mean your makeup can’t look great. It just means you need a few insider tricks to make it easier.
LIGHTING IS KEY. Most women do their 1. makeup in their bathroom, however, it’s rarely the best lighting to see what you’re doing. Pick a spot with clear, even lighting. Natural light (near a window, you don’t need to sit in the garden) is often best. BUY SOME BRUSHES. Brushes are to 2. makeup, as pans are to cooking. It’s worth investing in a few key professional brushes to ensure your makeup goes on evenly disposable sponge tips need not apply. GET YOUR BROWS SHAPED PROFESSIONALLY. 3. Eyebrows are often the first thing we look at when doing someone’s makeup, as they can dramatically alter someone’s overall look. Go to someone who specialises in brows, you can easily maintain them between visits by following the line your therapist did for you.
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o. You've found the man, the venue, and the dress, and it's onto the really important stuff- the makeup! Every woman wants to feel her most beautiful on her wedding day, so here are some top tips for getting the best result from your makeup artist. ALL ABOUT RESEARCH. You know the saying 'a 1. IT'S picture is worth a thousand words?' This is definitely true when explaining what sort of makeup you like. Words like 'natural' can mean different things to different people, so it's much easier to collect photos of makeup you like and work from there. A good place to start is red carpet photos of celebrities who have similar colouring to you, these photos tend to be less airbrushed than photos found in a bridal magazine or on social media. #nofilter #meanslotsoffilter OK TO BE A LITTLE BIT BOSSY. Send a photo of 2. IT'S yourself, along with details of dress and hair, plus your favourite makeup looks along to your makeup artist prior to your trial. It helps to give us an idea of your style, your colouring, and what you feel good wearing. A professional will be able to guide you in terms of what will work, but ultimately the best makeup is makeup that you feel great in, not somebody else's style pushed onto you. Your best look might even be a more polished version of your Friday night favourite - if you feel great in a red lip, wear it! Big on eye makeup? Go for it. FOR THE OCCASION. Your wedding dress 3. DRESS is usually the most glamorous dress you will ever wear in your life, unless you work as a runway model. Wear something nice (and preferably neutral coloured) to your trial, as this will give the best idea of how the makeup will look with your actual dress. Perfection would be a maxi in a similar tone to your dress, but a little black dress is a great alternative. It's great if you can have your hair trial on the same day, it helps to have it looking groomed so your makeup doesn't feel out of place. 32
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’d tell myself to spend more time investigating and understanding how the food we eat can act as some of the most natural and healing medicine on the planet. I’d also make sure that I understood, as a chef, it’s not just about using ingredients to achieve
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future generations have the best chance of a healthy and sustainable future. I have also had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know my amazing fiancé, Nic Robinson. Nic’s a farm girl from New Zealand who is passionate about healthy eating and who loves nothing more than enjoying quiet moments in nature. She’s hugely compassionate and this compassion gives her an incredible intuitive connection with animals and children.
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Do you know what? The most interesting people I get to cook with in the kitchen are my family, especially my two girls – Indii and Chilli – they are the lights of my life and ever since they were little, they’ve both enjoyed experimenting with flavours and ingredients in the kitchen. They’re both active adventurers and as they’ve grown, they’ve been able to understand more about food and to make choices accordingly. Thinking about the future that I’m responsible for creating for them is what’s driving my determination to ensure Australia becomes one of the healthiest nations in the world in the next decade. It starts with educating our kids. I’m keen for us to all work together to create an environment in which parents around the country can enjoy supportive conversations about what our kids are eating. Food habits are developed early in life, so getting kids into the kitchen and creating an exciting environment that fosters a sense of responsibility ensures that kids will make the best healthy food choices for themselves.
WHEN IT COMES TO JUNK FOOD, DO YOU THINK COMPROMISE IS EVER WORTH IT? No way! That’s why I once told my kids the bunny story and now they share it with their friends. One day, I picked my girls up from a birthday party and they had a bag of lollies and they asked if they could have them. I asked the girls if I bought them a bunny each and told them that for the bunnies to be healthy, that we needed to feed them foods like grass and water, what would you feed them? They answered grass and water, of course. I then told them, “What if the bunnies wanted to eat lollies because the other bunnies in the street were eating them and there was a chance that maybe their bunnies would get sick or not live as long, would you ever feed your bunnies the lollies?” Both said “NO, 36
we wouldn’t feed the bunnies the lollies”. Then I told them that they were my ‘bunnies’ and I would do everything I could to make sure they did not get sick through choosing foods that would cause their little bodies harm. Hopefully they will learn to make wise choices when it comes to what they feed themselves.
DID YOUR CHILDREN HELP YOU CREATE SOME OF THE DELICIOUS DISHES IN YOUR BOOKFAMILY FAMILY FOOD? FOOD Yes – they love making tuna and avocado sushi rolls so it was added into Family Food. Rather than using sushi rice, which is full of sugar, these rolls use cauliflower rice (a real favourite of the girls and something I love as a dad to make because it packs a nutritious punch), a bit of nut butter for creaminess and some tahini for stickiness. Plus I know that it’s a way of giving their wee brains a boost during the day so that they can concentrate in the afternoon and hopefully still have enough energy left to go for a surf with dad after school!
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want Australia to be the healthiest nation in the world in the next decade and that’s why my schools programme is really important. In my ideal world, every school in Australia would adopt it. And of course, Sydney’s North Shore is a pretty special place for me so I’m hoping to introduce it to schools in this area soon, hopefully by mid-year. The benefits of a Paleo lifestyle has worked so well for my loved ones and me that I want to leave this planet in the best state possible for my children and their children’s children. I’m also deeply concerned that all over the Western world, humans are getting sicker and fatter. It’s clear that some of the nutritional advice we have been following isn’t helping us so that’s why I’m determined to inspire our next generation to take the power back for themselves by shopping locally, choosing seasonal ingredients and getting into the kitchen. Not only does it benefit the physical health and emotional wellbeing of our kids but, by promoting organic and ethical farming, we are also teaching our children to care for
our animals in a humane way and to nourish the soil of our planet, rather than strip it of resources for material gain. I have so much hope in our next generation because I know that their education can lead to a far more sustainable future.
WHEN DID YOU ADOPT A PAIEO LIFESTYLE AND WHAT PALEO LED TO THE CHANGE? It was Nic who first introduced me to the book that changed my life three and a half years ago and kick-started this incredible journey we are now on together. Nic was already investigating the health benefits of a Paleo lifestyle and was reading Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life. It’s written by internationally renowned nutrition expert Nora Gedgaudas, who is also our nutrition guide for our 10-week programme thepaleoway.com. It quickly unlocked the science behind why eating in a Paleo way allows you to effectively take back control of your physical and mental health - it was a real
...to take the power back for themselves by shopping locally, choosing seasonal ingredients and getting into the kitchen. light bulb moment for me. I cut out wheat, sugar and dairy for the first three months and was blown away by just how good I felt. My energy levels were instantly boosted, I could concentrate for long periods of time without getting fatigued and within a month, the digestion problems that I had struggled with all my life had all but disappeared. Once I saw how well it worked for me, I was determined to use my skills as a chef to inspire others to view their food as medicine and to get people into their own kitchens so that they could also learn to take back control and responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Nic and I became passionate about our results that together
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COVERStory we went on to study to become qualified health coaches by studying extra-murally at the New York-based Integrative Institute of Nutrition. We learnt about the more than 100 holistic health and wellbeing theories and got a really good grasp of everything and Paleo is the one that made the most sense for us personally. I’m so grateful to Nic for supporting me as we work together to advocate for real change through both a schools programme in Australia and with The Paleo Way – I couldn’t imagine doing this with anyone else by my side.
THERE HAS BEEN SOME CONTROVERSY FROM YOUR PROMOTION OF THE PALEO WAY. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MAINSTREAM REACTION IS DUE TO? I’m stoked that there is a conversation happening about the health of our nation in the mainstream and of course, some regulatory bodies are never going to support what we are saying because a Paleo lifestyle fundamentally challenges the status quo. If you shop at your local butcher and fish market, visit your green grocer and get other foods straight from the source or make it at home, you have no need for the large multi-national corporations’ food goods or a lot of the products that line our supermarket shelves.
The important thing to understand is that Paleo is not a diet, nor a fad nor something that is nutritionally incomplete. While you do enjoy weight loss, increased muscle tone and more energy and focus, the key thing to understand is this is about eating as close to the way nature intended in order to take personal responsibility for living long, healthy, disease-free lives. Not only is there a global community of like-minded people who have returned to eating natural, nutrient-dense foods from sustainable sources and had personal success with it but today’s cutting-edge nutritional research and findings from scientific experts continue to back up many of the recommendations that come with following a Paleo way of life.
YOU ARE AN ACCLAIMED CHEF SO ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT NOT SEEM HARD TO YOU, DO YOU THINK THE PALEO WAY IS REALISTIC FOR EVERYONE? Yes absolutely. Whether you are eight or 80, anyone can enjoy increased health and vitality by following a Paleo lifestyle. Get to know your ingredients, ditch all processed food and refined sugars and carbohydrates, eat lots of good-quality fats because these will satiate your brain and help you feel full. Make sure you are planned and prepared so you can stick to your guns when you are travelling or out and about and most importantly, have fun and enjoy adventuring with all of that newfound energy you’ll have. Honestly, there are so many incredible, amazing, inspiring and heartfelt stories that people share with me every day and I in turn share on my Facebook page facebook.com/paleochef peteevans. It’s these conversations that are creating a movement that our policy makers, multi-national corporations and food industry reps can no longer ignore. We can all have a say in changing the game. From Australians who have used food to help overcome debilitating depression and anxiety issues to those who suffer from auto-immune diseases who have enjoyed incredible weight loss and massive energy level lifts which have allowed them to focus on achieving their long-held dreams. Every story is a blessing and every human connection I make, I treasure.
COMMON NUTRITION MISTAKES AND TIPS ON HOW WE CAN AVOID THEM? We have been educated over the past 40 to 50 years to eat a diet that’s high in carbohydrates, full of refined sugars (over 90% of the foods on our supermarket shelves today contain some form of sugar) and also steeped in polyunsaturated vegetable oils, such as canola oil. Yet today degenerative disease are more rife than ever throughout Western society and scientific research has proven that much of the inflammation caused by these types of foods can be traced as one of the root causes of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
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Instead by ditching refined carbohydrates and sugars and replacing them with moderate amounts of protein, good-quality fats (the kind that come from coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts and quality animal sources from land and sea) and lots of nutrient-dense vegetables, the health of our bodies and minds benefits enormously. You’ll have energy to burn and can concentrate for long periods without experiencing the brain fogginess and blood sugar roller-coaster ride that comes with eating a diet full of refined carbs and sugars.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY EATING DURING WORK AND TRAVEL – ESPECIALLY WITH FOOD BEING THE FOCUS OF YOUR CAREER?
choose. It highlights the awesome work of local food producers throughout our country who are helping to create better products that can ensure we can all live much healthier, happier, disease-free lives. And that’s why I want to help give these people a voice. In light of the growth of the GM food industry, we should support our organic food producers by buying their products. The saying goes, “think global, act local” and it’s about doing just that.
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The important thing to understand is that Paleo is not a diet, nor a fad nor something that is nutritionally incomplete. It’s all about preparation and creating as many leftovers as I can. I love to eat leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s cost-effective and makes life pretty easy after a long, day working. I like to prep my Paleo plane meals a day before I fly so I know I’ve got lots of healthy snacks to keep me going. I’ll prepare a large salad using leftover roast chook and boiled eggs, avocado and a few nuts with a simple dressing of a slug of goodquality olive oil mixed with apple cider vinegar. It’s full of antioxidants and key minerals, such as magnesium, to help my body cope at altitude as well as combat dehydration.
Being connected to the water, having the opportunity and privilege to live off the land and my family are all I need in life to feel complete. Other than food, these are my passions and I’m stoked to be able to be living the life we live.
Quick Questions FAVOURITE SPOT ON SYDNEY ‘S NORTH SHORE? Whale Beach
FAVOURITE PLACES TO SOURCE HEALTHY FOOD ON SYDNEY’S NORTH SHORE? Fishing in Pittwater
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YOU SAID IN 2013 THAT TRAVEL HAS TAUGHT YOU “RATHER THAN JUDGE, JUST DILIGENTLY OBSERVE, PARTICIPATE AND LEARN, AND FEEL GRATEFUL TO BE IN A POSITION TO DO SO.” DO YOU STILL THINK THIS? Yes I do think this. Today, I’m 41 and feel physically and mentally the best I ever have in my life. I have a laser sharp focus for what I want to achieve and have so much gratitude for the incredible people around me, in particular my family.
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT IN YOUR UPCOMING SHOW, FOOD IS MEDICINE? Food is Medicine is a documentary. It’s a way of inspiring people to really think about how the food they are putting into their bodies can be medicine or poison, depending on what they
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Turramurra artist, artist, 96 96 year year old, old, Edna Edna Garran-Brown Garran-Brown Turramurra Turramurra artist, 96-year-old, Edna FRAS (Edna (Edna Thew), Thew), has has her her own own definite definiteGarran-Brown and individual individual FRAS and FRAS (Edna Thew), has her own definite and individual style of of painting painting (in (in oils oils and and in in water water colours). colours). style style of painting oils of and inRoyal waterArt colours). Edna has been aa (in Fellow the Society Edna has been Fellow of the Royal Art Society Edna has been a Fellow of the Royal Art Society (FRAS) Lavender Bay Gallery, since 1984, and has has (FRAS) Lavender Bay Gallery, since 1984, and (FRAS) Lavender Bay Gallery, since 1984, and hasis exhibited with with them them ever ever since since (and (and prior). prior). Edna Edna exhibited is exhibited with them Regional ever sinceGallery (and prior). Edna is represented in most Collections represented in most Regional Gallery Collections represented in most Regional Gallery Collections and University collections in N.S.W. N.S.W. and also, private private and University collections in and also, and University collections in N.S.W. and also, private collections, worldwide. collections, worldwide. collections, worldwide. 40
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Edna is is an an Edna Edna is an Australian Australian Australian treasure and treasure and treasure and inspiration, inspiration, inspiration, devoted to to devoted devoted capturingto the capturing the capturing the beauty of of our our beauty beauty our countryofand and country country and its people. people. its its people. Edna’s work work focused focused aa lot lot on on Edna’s Edna’s work focused a lot on Australia’s Indigenous people, Australia’s Indigenous people, Australia’s Indigenous native landscape, faunapeople, and native landscape, fauna and nativeShe landscape, fauna flora. She found aa lot lot of of and flora. found flora. She found a lot of of beauty within the culture of the the beauty within the culture beauty within the culture of the indigenous people. Edna was was indigenous people. Edna indigenous people. was inspired to paint paint theEdna “truth” and inspired to the “truth” and inspired to paint the “truth” and enlighten cultural understanding enlighten cultural understanding enlighten cultural owners understanding of the traditional traditional owners and of the and of the traditional custodians of the the owners land on onand which custodians of land which custodians we stand. of the land on which we stand. we stand.www.livinglocalguide.com.au
the history of contemporary Indigenous Australian art. YOU ATTENDED ART SCHOOL IN THE 1920’S. WHICH ART SCHOOL DID YOU STUDY AT? Dattilo Rubbo Art School. Anthony Dattilo Rubbo, was an artist himself. He began art classes in his Bligh Street studio offering life drawing. His school became the main rival to Julian Ashton’s Sydney Art School.
Sympathetic towards Aboriginal Australians, Edna concentrated on finding ways to advance their recognition and to be a voice for the forgotten people.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING FOR? Over 70 years. I was 18 years old when I started painting. Edna’s distinct individual style of painting is pure Australian. Edna was so passionate about keeping her style true to Australia that she never left Australia. She did not want her style to be mixed with any other culture, but wanted to stay true to her country. A highlight in Edna’s career was meeting with, and painting (from sketches) - Emily Kame Kngwarreye (or Emily Kam Ngwarray). Emily, born in 1910, was an Australian Aboriginal artist from the Utopia community in the Northern Territory; and Emily is one of the most prominent and successful Aboriginal artists in
IS ART IN YOUR FAMILY? Not before me. Mum was a composer and Dad was a surgeon. However, my daughter Joanne Hunter (nee Joanne Thew FRAS) is a wonderful artist who has received over a 100 art awards for her work; and she also has her own distinct individual style of painting. We have worked a lot together travelling Australia as well as working in my home studio. FAVOURITE ART MOVEMENT? Definitely the Impressionists. Naming a few artists: Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh.
WHERE DO YOUR INSPIRATIONS COME FROM? The great beauty of God’s creation in Australia. WHAT DO YOU MOSTLY PAINT? Australiana: aboriginals, birds, wild-flowers, still-life, seascapes, portraits and figurative. FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN SPOTS FOR INSPIRATION? Central Australia; how beautiful it is! The colours are magnificent. Specifically, Kata Tjuta, Uluru and Alice Springs. WHERE CAN WE SEE YOUR WORK? Most Regional Gallery Collections, University Collections and permanent Municipal Collections in N.S.W. Also, in private and institutional collections in Australia, England and USA.
What are some great questions a parent could ask their child at the end of a school day? Thank you to the executive staff from local schools who contributed questions. Here is a selection for you to choose from.
Tell me about something which made you laugh today. Mr Mark Hemphill, Head of Knox Prep Tell me something you learned today. Mr Mark Hemphill, Head of Knox Prep What was the best thing about today and why? Louisa Schwartz, Sydney Grammar Prep What was the most exciting thing you learnt today? Louisa Schwartz, Sydney Grammar Prep
And 3 more ... 1. If I called your teacher tonight what would she tell me about you?
My greatest tip is to avoid overly general questions. Instead, start with open ended questions about subjects or activities your child likes or was anticipating in. These will more likely receive a meaningful response. Try: “You seem to like maths. What topic are you working on?” As your child responds, drill down appropriately: “That sounds interesting, but how would I solve that problem?” Also, make an effort to learn about their friends and remember important events in their lives. In primary years, try: “Who did you play with at lunchtime? What were you doing? ” Then in the senior years, try: “Where did Kate go waterskiing last weekend? How is Mia feeling about singing in the production? How would you like to celebrate Lia’s birthday at school tomorrow?” Every Monday afternoon, I remember coming home to the aroma of my mother’s delicious baking and we sat around eating and talking with her. She was a great listener and asked open ended, relevant questions we wanted to answer. By having a regular event, we can create a safe time for children to ask advice about school, navigating the ups and downs of friendships or how to view challenges from a broader perspective. Megan Krimmer, Principal, Roseville College
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2. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny? 3. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do? SimpleSimonAndCo.com
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 email@example.com or 9473 9768 A Uniting Church school for boys, K-12, Wahroonga
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Knox Grammar Aquatic Centre’s programs are thriving, with more than 1,700 learn to swim swimmers, 200 squad swimmers and many community groups and schools visiting the centre each week.
Roseville College Year 8 Technology students are relishing in the School’s Kitchen Garden initiative, mirroring the wider paddock-to-table trend that favours fresh, organic produce.
Knox offers a wide range of aquatic programs which are open to the public including learn to swim classes for six month old to school-age children. Junior and adult squads and aqua aerobics classes are also held throughout the week, with the pool and gym also open to the public for fitness. There’s an indoor, heated, 50-metre pool and an indoor, heated learn to swim pool. The classes are run by experienced instructors and coaches who provide expert guidance. More information: Knox Grammar Aquatic Centre is located at 7 Woodville Ave, Wahroonga, with exclusive onsite parking for aquatic centre customers. For more information, visit www.knox.nsw.edu.au/aquatics or call 9487 0126. 44
Introduced last year, Head of TAS at Roseville College, Mrs Nada Burke, says students designed the existing kitchen garden in elevated garden plots from under utilised garden space. “The students nurture the plants and harvest them,” Mrs Burke explains. “For example, students planted the herb choc-mint and, after making ice-cream from start to finish, added diced herbs to create a choc-mint ice-cream sundae. Another favourite is making basil pesto from scratch and creating a delicious pasta lunch with their friends.” The practical experience of garden-to-plate brings theory to life and is praised by students for giving them a deeper understanding, appreciation, and fresh perspective about unprocessed raw foods and authentic flavours. (L-R) Samantha Ellwood, Sascha Grassmann and Olivia Filipe. Sydney
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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. www.livinglocalguide.com.au
At Roseville, 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. Graduates from Roseville College are typically vibrant, confident, articulate, independent young women who embrace life’s array of opportunities with energy and enthusiasm. Congratulations to all 2014 graduates and their teachers for the following results: • Joint Dux: Junior World Athlete, Katrina Hunt, and Vice-Captain, Olivia Arkell • 12% of graduates are All-Round Excellence Achievers • 24% of graduates scored 95+ with 40% scoring 90+ • Graduates ranked 6th and 8th in NSW for Drama (and OnSTAGE selection), 7th in Biology, and top 15 in German Continuers.
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TOURS EXPLORE SYDNEY’S "UNEXPLORED OUT BACK" New tour company SYDNEY OUT BACK is the first to offer visitors full or half-day land and waterbased journeys into Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and tours along the Northern Beaches, for an integrated nature, indigenous, war history and beaches journey. Sydney Out Back is unique, according to owner Paul Pickering, because it offers visitors a diverse journey by boat, bus and walking, with authentic insights from expert guides (including Aboriginal guides) at some of Sydney’s most breathtaking, yet out-of-the-way destinations: National Parks, pristine wilderness waterways, world-class lookouts, sacred Aboriginal sites (some visible only by water), golden beaches, local landmarks, and more. Paul Pickering has spent the past 12 months researching and collaborating with local authorities (including NSW 46
National Parks & Wildlife Service, and the region’s indigenous elders) and industry experts to refine his ambitious concept. At the same time, he secured the necessary permits and licences (such as the EcoPass), refurbished his custom-tourism 50ft motor catamaran (pictured, moored at Akuna Bay in the National Park), procured a 25-seat Sydney Out Back bus, and found the best team of guides and crew to help bring his dream to life. “I spent my childhood on the waterways of the Hawkesbury River and the National Park,” explains Mr Pickering. “For decades, I’ve been wondering ‘Why isn’t anyone here?’ Although it’s just 45 minutes from the city centre, it’s still considered inaccessible and remote – yet the universal response when seeing it is “WOW!” I just want to make it easier for people to visit, so they can enjoy it too.”
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Indeed, with an offering of full and half day tours, as well as self-drive options for locals or travellers with their own car, Mr Pickering says he’s intent on providing Sydney’s visitors with a carefree, varied and unforgettable visit to Sydney’s own “out back”. An “out back” anchored in Australia’s second oldest National Park, Ku-ring-gai Chase, which is the most pristine wilderness environment in the Sydney Basin and is home to Australia’s most concentrated collection of Aboriginal heritage sites. “Our biggest challenge,” he confesses, “was showing or reminding people what’s on Sydney’s doorstep and where it is in relation to the city.” This is why Sydney Out Back created its own breathtaking promotional clip –“Experience This” which is viewable at www. SydneyOutBack.com.au. If you want to cruise seemingly untouched waterways in a wilderness setting, Sydney Out Back goes there. If you want to visit some of Sydney’s world-class lookouts and gain an insight into contemporary Aussie beach culture or Sydney’s local Digger history, Sydney Out Back can tick that box too. If you want to experience an Aboriginal Welcome to Country, or learn about an ancient culture at a sacred engraving or rock art site, Sydney Out Back facilitates these experiences with expert indigenous guides. Sydney Out Back tours operate Monday to Friday, including city hotel pick-ups. For further details, visit SydneyOutBack.com.au. www.livinglocalguide.com.au
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SWIMMING POOL COMPLIANCE The minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, recently announced that pool owners have been granted a 12 month extension to make sure they have a valid compliance certificate before a property can be sold or leased. The extension until 29 April 2016 ensures: • Homeowners and landlords wishing to make pools compliant but experiencing a wait for a contractor will have sufficient time • Increased numbers of qualified private certifiers to conduct inspections • More certifier courses available to ensure that the high standard of inspections is maintained; and • Councils will continue to run risk-based inspections for strata units, tourist and visitor accommodation, to improve compliance rates and child safety around backyard pools. www.livinglocalguide.com.au
This extension, which is supported by the Royal Life Saving Society NSW, will enable people to complete the necessary work to ensure compliance. Despite the extension, the NSW Government is encouraging all owners of properties with a pool or spa who are thinking of selling or leasing to apply for a Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance now. By Julie Rodgers - Turramurra North Real Estate P: 9449 3075 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tnre.com.au LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2015
"ARE MY TEETH BEING LOOKED AFTER?" BY DR LAURENCE MCCARTHY, BMED SCI, BDENT (HON) Often when a new patient comes for a follow up appointment, they make comments about our initial appointment together such as "I've never had my gums checked before", or "I've never had my teeth photographed" or "I didn't know there were alternatives to crowns". These remarks highlight the difficulties that patients have in knowing whether or not their mouths are being adequately cared for. Most people have a regular dentist they may have been seeing for many years and there is a degree of trust that is inherent in this relationship but it is still important to feel involved in the treatment that you are receiving.
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O ASSI T M A E L I F E T E S. O T N I STEP ITNESS ISSU E H T &F KED WE AS UR HEALTH O WITH Y Muscle Soreness Is one of the reasons you’re avoiding exercise because you remember struggling to walk up the stairs at the train station after a workout or were unable to laugh without your abs feeling a little sore? After an intense cardio workout or weight-training session, you might recall being a little stiff with some sore muscles, known as DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. So what can you do to avoid DOMS?
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Log It … ALL of it! Don’t be put off by the idea of keeping a food journal. A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine observed 1,685 participants, all on calorierestricted diets. The participants who logged what they ate, lost an average of 8 kg, compared to an average 4 kg for those who didn’t. By virtue of increased awareness, those who kept food diaries managed to lose twice as much weight. You don’t have to calorie-count if you don’t want to. Just write down everything – and we mean absolutely everything – that you consume. This could be on paper, on your computer, or on your phone. It’ll increase your awareness of what you’re eating. While a snack here and there throughout the day might not seem like much at the time, when you see it all written down in black and white, you might start to see some areas where you need to cut back a little.
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The Importance of Strengthening your Core Your core’s job is not to look like the abs of a model – its job is to stabilise during movement! Think of your core as the body’s base of support, or foundation. If the core is not strong, then your body’s foundation is weak. The extremities can only produce a limited amount of force when supported by a weak foundation – so up your core strength if you’re looking to run faster or lift heavier than ever! How can you build a stronger core? The most effective way to build a strong core is to get up and move! Perform lifts and movements that have limited support from an outside source. This means getting off any machines and benches, and getting on your feet – so step away from the gym equipment! Exercises like squats, standing over head presses, lunges, pull ups, and bent over rows should all be staples in your training program. Most people fall into the trap of doing the easy and simple lifts. It’s useful to combat this with a qualified Personal Trainer who will be able to assist you in doing the most appropriately challenging exercise to strengthen your inner abdominal wall effectively. Remember to do movement variations that tax the body’s ability to stabilize itself. The end result? You’ll be stronger, have less pain, move better and decrease any chance of injury caused by a weak core. www.livinglocalguide.com.au
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WIRED FOR CONNECTION BY TINA VARTIS, FREELANCE WRITER The cry of the human heart is to feel accepted, valued and have a sense of belonging. We are wired for meaningful connection with others yet many people live with a profound sense of emptiness and disconnection. What can cause disconnection with others? We live in a society that places importance in fitting in with others, being perfect and speaking and thinking the right thoughts. When we fall short in any of these culturally defined areas, (whose goal posts are constantly changing), then we can be judged harshly, ridiculed or even rejected. This can give rise to painful emotions and if you are not comfortable and accepting of who you are, then falling short of someone else’s expectations of who you “should be” can give rise to
feelings of shame. Shame feeds devastating thoughts of being ‘less than’ others, or ‘not being enough’ or somehow thinking that you are defective because of past experiences or habits and behavior patterns that you struggle to overcome. Thoughts that become ingrained personal truths with no real basis in reality will influence the choices you make in every area of life. When we feel shame, we can be afraid to take risks or try new things. We keep people at a distance and only let them see glimpses of our true selves. It’s as if to feel safe we put on this armour of protection, to shield ourselves from pain but instead it becomes a barrier to connection with others. Shame makes us feel that we need to compromise ourselves to fit in, in order to hide our flawed parts
for fear of rejection. How many times do we play that old tune of “What will people think?” and then shrink back for fear of rejection if we reveal our true selves? Most people at some point have struggled with feelings of shame – whether it’s about body image, family, parenting, social status, health, or even speaking out. So how do we begin to overcome feelings of shame? Recognise what triggers feelings of shame so as to switch the focus from zooming in on our (real or perceived) flaws and limitations to using a more wide-angle approach to incorporate the panoramic picture of our lives, which includes our strengths. We also need to be courageous, to stop hiding and honour who we are by sharing ourselves more fully with those who have earned our trust. Instead of spending time and energy on winning over people that don’t really care about us, invest your time in cultivating relationships that do matter. We need to treat ourselves with compassion. Cease the self-loathing, give ourselves permission to be imperfect and create real identity capital by investing in our character strengths.
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TEACHER EDUCATION IN NEPAL BY DR ANNE PRESCOTT, UTS SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Last January Anne Prescott and Jan Cameron conducted the fourth teacher education program in the Arupokhari, Gorkha region located between Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is 7 hours jeep ride and a 1 hour walk to travel to Bhairabi school, a school that has been rebuilt with funds from the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, many wonderful people who have donated money to support the teachers and the school, University of NSW students, and manual labour provided by the boys from St Augustine’s College, Sydney. Toilets in many of the local schools have been rebuilt using a Global Grant through the Rotary Club of Wahroonga. There is always a warm welcome when we arrive and renew friendships that started in 2011. A total of 25 teachers from various schools of the district participated in the program, which had a focus of enhancing the teaching techniques of the local teachers, especially in Mathematics and English. There is also an emphasis on teaching strategies, classroom management, and a view of education that encompasses life-long learning. Many teachers have only a Year 8 education without teacher education. More recently, the requirements have 54
increased to Year 12 but there is still a problem getting teacher education in the remote villages. On the last day of our visit to Bhairabi, the Minister for Education, Chitralekha Yadav, flew in by helicopter to celebrate the school’s 21st birthday. After her welcome ceremony, the school students performed in a number of traditional dances, conducted a student quiz and sang songs they had written. The second teacher professional development program was in Gandaki school, a two to three hour walk from Bhirabi. Gandaki’s rebuilding has been supported by donations, with many local people attending quiz nights and buying raffle tickets. The school has a roof that leaks in the monsoon, a dirt floor that turns to mud in the rain, and no glass in the windows so when the shutters are closed, the rooms are very dark – there is no electricity at this stage. The total rebuilding of the school will begin at the end of this month. The welcome at Gandaki was the most amazing experience. The village band played Nepali instruments and the we all danced, as we walked to the school for the welcome ceremony. We are usually greeted
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with a small dot of tika on the forehead but at this school, because of the rebuilding of the school that we are supporting, it was much more than a dot – I had tika through my hair and all over my face, and the mountain of flowers was astonishing. The professional development program was similar to the one at Bhairabi. Twenty teachers participated but we found that the teachers’ English was more advanced so we were able to conduct long conversations in English, improving the teachers’ ability to teach English. It is always a privilege to be a part of the work at these schools. The teachers are enthusiastic and it is very satisfying to see changes that are happening as the teachers take advantage of the programs. The bone bucket is a great source of fundraising for Nepal. Thank you! www.livinglocalguide.com.au
READ THE BOOK DON’T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE BY SUE HANDISIDES THE HUSBANDS SECRET I have recently read a fantastic book by West Pymble Author Liane Moriarty. This book was a real page turner. I was interested by the concept and then grabbed within the first few pages to keep reading. The whole story is about a letter, a letter found by devoted wife and mother, not to mention business woman and community champion Celia. The letter was written by her loving husband, the thing is, it wasn’t supposed to be found and has instructions only to open it in the event of his death. This of course begs the question for every reader and for everyone discussing the scenario – would you open it? The story is well written as it takes you through Celia’s journey deciding whether or not to open this letter and her husband’s reaction to the potential of it being opened. It also navigates cleverly through the implications of the content of the letter being widespread and intertwined with many lives outside their own ‘perfect bubble’. It is definitely a Pandora’s box concept which Liane manages to weave humour cleverly through the serious topics covered. A fantastic read where local readers will recognise landmarks making it even more interesting.
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EAT - PLANT - LOVE BY CLAIRE CAREY-JONES, ELEGANT OUTDOORS GARDEN CENTRE, TURRAMURRA TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
fact, the grower recommends it! Berries have long been recognised as a key superfood, The subject of living a healthy so pick and toss some onto life is always a super-hot topic. your cereal or salad but don’t Food issues keep appearing in stop there! When in season, the media which we should all have a go with strawberries, be concerned about and no tomatoes and chillies. You’ll be doubt you would have paid amazed at the taste difference great attention to the very compared to those you get in recent and widely reported the supermarkets. Lettuce and instance of contaminated herbs are a doddle and once berries from China. you’ve got the growing bug, get Ensuring the quality and safety more adventurous with a curry of what you eat is made easier plant, pomegranate or bay. to control if you are growing it Vitamin-laden citrus need yourself, to whatever degree. warmth and lots of fertiliser, It’s so simple and rewarding. so if you have about six hours One of the easiest and of sun and a box of Thrive For nutritious plants to grow is the Flower & Fruit, try a dwarf lemon Australian bred dwarf blueberry, or lime, orange or mandarin. appropriately named Blueberry They are perfect for pots and Burst™ and once you get your just because they’re "dwarf" first crop you’ll realise why. don’t be fooled into thinking This compact, bushy healthyou’ll only get a handful of fruit giver yields large, sweet, tasty – you’ll have more than enough berries and it is absolutely to share with family and friends fabulous grown in a pot – in for many years.
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CHOOSE WISELY AND GROW SIMPLY Come in and we’ll tell you how! Not only can you improve your food intake, the air you breathe is refreshed as it only takes three leafy plants to do their amazing photosynthesis thing to improve air quality and reduce pollutants by a staggering 75% in an even more staggering 24 hour period! And we have some more good news! We were very proud to be enthusiastic participants in the country wide heartwarming GARDEN RELEAF weekend, held in our nursery on the 7th and 8th of March, which reinforced the benefits of green life as an antidote to anxiety, stress and depression. We raised funds for the charity Beyondblue and we would like to thank all of our customers who generously donated to this wonderful charity. We met great people, had terrific fun and ate fantastic blueberry muffins. Susan’s scrummy recipe is on our Facebook page – Elegant Outdoors Garden Centre – it’s a "blueming" winner!
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NAME: Bessie AGE/SEX: 6 years / F BREED: Foxy X Cattle
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Bessie can now see, post successful cataract surgery in Jan 15. A sweet, affectionate girl. Her whole body bends and wiggles and her tail wags when she hears a familiar voice. Super sweet and playful with other dogs.
A gentle, affectionate girl who would do well with older children. Easy to handle but is too nervous to walk on lead so needs a family with patience and commitment to let her slowly gain confidence.
A happy, friendly boy. Social with other dogs. Loves toys, teddy bears, balls and anything he can play with. He knows fetch and brings the ball back every time, and drops it at your feet!
NAME: Beryl AGE/SEX: 5 years / F BREED: Chihuahua X Corgi
NAME: Bubbles AGE/SEX: 4 years / M BREED: Jack Russell X
NAME: Honey Bee AGE/SEX: 4 years / F BREED: Pekingese X
A sweet and loving girl who loves her toys. She has a very affectionate nature. She is social with other dogs but would prefer to be the only dog in a household.
If you're on a fitness campaign, Bubbles is the dog for you. Loves his walks, would love to jog and would make a good ball player! Clever and attentive and walks well on a lead. Social with other dogs but needs secure fencing.
A timid girl with a sweet loving nature. Loves to be picked up and nursed. Sadly, a lot of things are new to her, like walking on a lead. Would be best in a calm household where someone is patient with her taking baby steps.
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OBESITY IN PETS: A GROWING CONCERN BY DR. GARETH MOSS, NEW VET DIRECTOR AT GREENCROSS VETS KU-RING-GAI
Gareth comes to the practice after working in a number of practices in Sydney and Tasmania and is passionate about all aspects of pet care. Gareth lives with his wife Emily, a Turramurra local, and their Italian Greyhound, Poppy. We are all familiar with the negative impact obesity plays on human health and wellbeing, but as a vet, I'm often witness to a pet owner’s surprise when I tell them that their pets are overweight or obese. Just like people, obesity in dogs and cats is a serious health condition that predisposes them to a number of other health issues including osteoarthritis, liver disease and diabetes. Worst of all, obese animals live shorter lives than those pets of a healthy weight.
regularly so that you know your goals are being reached. In our practice, our qualified nurses run weight loss clinics with regular scheduled weigh-ins and ongoing adjustments to feeding and exercise. This is an affordable way for owners to stay committed and educated during the weight loss journey. It’s incredibly rewarding for us as veterinary professionals to see weight loss results, as we know we are making a significant difference in longevity and the quality of our patient’s lives. Dr. Gareth consults at Greencross Vets Ku-Ring-Gai, Monday-Friday. Greencross Vets Ku-Ring-Gai offer a range of veterinary services including advanced imaging (CT), specialist surgery and preventative pet health care.
So what should you do if you think your dog or cat may be overweight? The first step is an examination with your veterinarian, who will weigh and examine your pet and assign a number known as a body condition score (BCS), a grading system used to determine appropriate body weight across breeds of all shapes and sizes. The scale I use assigns a score from 1-9. If your pet is found to be overweight (a body condition score of 6 or over using my scale), your vet will recommend a tailored combination of dietary and lifestyle changes to achieve a weight loss target. A number of prescription weight loss diets are available and these are the most effective option to achieve lasting results. Lower quality pet foods and fatty treats should be avoided! Exercise is also crucial. In dogs, this is relatively simple, increased walks, games and interactions at the dog park. In cats, we have to be more creative to encourage regular exercise. Just like people, weight loss is a gradual process and we often provide a weight loss program over 3-6 months, with a long-term target weight in mind. During that time, it’s important to set short term weekly or fortnightly goals and weigh your pet www.livinglocalguide.com.au
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THE KU-RING-GAI BIG SWING FESTIVAL WITH TODD MCKENNEY 1. What are you most looking forward to about performing at The Big Swing Festival, March 28?
6. What do you usually do on a Saturday afternoon and night?
Performing outdoors and performing many songs I have always wanted to sing but haven’t had the correct band line up to do them justice. Now that we have a fantastic ‘Big Band’ to perform with, it gives me the chance to perform them.
I usually work on a Saturday night and Saturday afternoons are either a matinee performance of a musical or a ‘sound check’ for an evening performance of my own show ‘Todd McKenney Sings Peter Allen’.
2. Can you tell us some of the songs you will be performing? What's your favourite big band song?
7. What have you been doing most recently and what is coming up?
Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing Sing Sing’ is my favourite swing song. It’s pure swing and a great song to dance to. I will be performing a couple of Peter Allen songs too, which will sound fantastic in front of that band.
I’ve been performing in my own show as mentioned and I am working on Sydney’s 2UE 954 with Stuart Bocking. I have also been busy with my business www.toddstours.com where I escort people to private dinners and a show. I also open my house up for a High Tea Soiree for small groups of people and my friends and I perform a private show for them in my studio. It’s great fun. My website has the details.
3. We hear that you will be having dancers and a co-star – can you tell us about them? Have you performed with many of the other stars that will take to the stage for The Big Swing Festival? Lucy Maunder will be joining me for my set. Lucy and I have just finished touring in the national tour of ‘Grease’. Lucy played ‘Rizzo’ and is a knockout. Four of the dancers from ‘Grease’ will also be performing with us in a couple of songs. 4. What is the best thing about performing outdoors as opposed to being in a theatre? When you perform outdoors you get a real feeling of how relaxed the audience are. It’s a special event for us but also a really fun and relaxed event for them. I hope they get up and hit the dance floor during the show. It’s perfect music to dance to. 5. How long have you been a resident here and what do you love most about the area? I have been here nearly six years and I love it. I like my neighbours and the sense of community you feel on the North Shore. The St. Ives Showground is my local park and I visit it every day with my two beautiful dogs. I’d be lost without it. The Phillip Street Mall is my local hang for coffee etc. Very friendly place and full of locals. 62
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