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know everyone is saying it, but 2018 really has gone by in a blur. What a whirlwind of activity!

When I look back at Roaming over the past 12 months, what stands out more than anything is just how many goals Penrith has kicked this year. We’ve launched a new bridge. We’ve supported some incredible causes. We’ve celebrated milestones, events, and achievements. We’ve welcomed new residents and business owners. And we’ve generously supported those of us facing challenges.

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Food Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

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Community Bring on 2019 and dinner at High St Depot!

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School Holiday Ideas Entertain the kids over the Christmas break

What stands out to me more than anything is our sense of community. There really is nowhere else like Penrith, and I just want to publicly acknowledge the amazing people that make up this incredible pot of gold in GWS. We love being a part of this community, and we thank you for letting us into your hearts to share your stories, and into your homes to spread the love. The Roaming team will be taking a few weeks off over the break, so this edition is designed to see you through Christmas and the New Year. (We’ve included some recipes from Jamie Oliver that are perfect for both occasions and anything in between, so enjoy!) On that note, I’d love to extend a huge high-five to the immediate team that’s supported me day-in, day-out, over the last 12 months. Thank you Kimberley (our Publisher) for being you - rain, hail or shine. Thank you Kwang (our designer) for your everlasting patience and creative genius. And thank you Mel (our Coordinator) for your amazing juggling and ensuring we keep our cool, even in the middle of Summer! You really are a dream team and so very much appreciated. Here’s to a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - and bring on 2019!

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17 REGULARS 14 Spotlight: The Joan 2019 Season

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20 Business Profile: Quest Penrith 32 Travel: Family Holidays 33 Pets: Fireworks & Noise Phobias 34 Beauty: Glamour for the Festive Season 46 Horoscopes

>> OUR TEAM Publisher • Kimberley Kennedy kimberley@roamingpanthermagazine.com.au Editorial • editorial@roamingpanthermagazine.com.au Creative Director • Kwang Tran Manager • Samantha Foley samantha@roamingpanthermagazine.com.au Magazine Coordinator • Mel Bevan mel@roamingpanthermagazine.com.au Copy Editor • Melinda Leyshon, WriteCopy Journalist • Cassandra Elliott Images • iStock photos

>> REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS • Melissa Ferrari, Counselling & Psychotherapy • Melissa Browne, Accountant at A&TA & The Money Barre • Maria, Fellowes & Turner Travel Associates • Sharon Mudiman, Bespoke Realty Group • Marianne Arthur and Amanda Wyllie, Insignia Hair & Day Spa • Peita Davies, realestate.com.au Home Loans Penrith • Joseph Grassi, Joseph Grassi & Associates • Kris Caloia & Karl Thornton, Progressive Physiotherapy • Erin Short, Greencross Vets, Coreen Avenue • Sherrynne Dalby, Author of Star Parenting

• Trish Fehon, Online Influence • Steve Jennings, Trivett Classic BMW Penrith >> WITH THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS FOR THIS ISSUE • Maria-Luisa Patisso, Facebook.com/MySClifestyle • Shirley Gavin, Nepean Inner Designs • Emma Husar MP, Federal Member for Lindsay, Penrith • Penrith Homemaker Centre • Gai Hawthorn, Penrith CBD Corp • Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Book • Fiona Kane, Informed Health Nutritional Wellbeing Centre • Front Cover Illustration, Amanda O’Bryan, Creative Queen Bees

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SHANNON NOLL – IN CONVERSATION & IN THE RAW 1 FEBRUARY ROOTY HILL RSL Expect lots of laughs, maybe even some tears and, without a doubt, some great music throughout this autobiographical presentation. Shannon addresses everything from his youth, family, mistakes and triumphs, opening up like never before. Join him for a night of raw conversation and brilliant music. A public figure being this honest, stripped bare in front of an audience, is a rare event. rootyhillrsl.com.au

EVERYTHING ELVIS FESTIVAL

19 DECEMBER THE JOAN This Christmas concert and musical extravaganza will put you in the mood for the festive season! A superb collection of musical theatre, operatic showstoppers, and loved Christmas Carols.

4-6 JANUARY ROOTY HILL RSL Sydney’s biggest celebration of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is back! Damien Leith, Glenn A Baker and many more feature in this three-day extravaganza with over 25 shows. Join the fun with lots of free shows and entertainment, including guest Elvis performances. And for those that are game, you can even have your vows renewed with Elvis. So put on your blue suede shoes and let’s have some fun!

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ARJ BARKER – WE NEED TO TALK 13 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Australia’s adopted son of comedy returns with his brand new show, We Need To Talk. You’d better sit down for this… Arj needs to talk to you, and what he’s going to say will make you laugh very, very hard. penrith.panthers.com.au

“TO BE OR NOT TO BE” - A VARIETY CONCERT OF SONG AND DANCE

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THE ITALIAN TENORS

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8 DECEMBER ROOTY HILL RSL Direct from Italy, the Italian Tenors are three of Europe’s most successful operatic tenors who have become a worldwide pop-opera phenomenon. Combining their classical roots with Neapolitan songs and their own blend of Italian pop, they sing with a flair and virtuosity that’s uniquely theirs. The trio first toured Australia in 2016 where they played to sell-out performances nationally. This is definitely one performance you won’t want to miss!

7 DECEMBER O’DONOGHUES Join the Screaming Jets for a huge night to celebrate the launch of their new album, Gotcha Covered. This is the Jet’s 8th full-length album, and they’ll be looking to bring the O’Donoghues house down in their typical high-intensity style!

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Local Roaming LOCAL MUSIC AUSTRALIAN FLEETWOOD MAC SHOW – RUNNING IN THE SHADOWS

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH THE NSW POLICE BAND

8 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Running in the Shadows pays homage to superstar band, Fleetwood Mac. The six-piece rock band explores their extensive back catalogue, covering all the classic ballads, blues and rock songs from their five decade-plus career.

12 DECEMBER BLUE MT THEATRE & HUB Join us for our very special Christmas Concert with the much-loved NSW Police Band. Starring renowned vocalist Belinda Parsons performing under the expert musical direction of conductor John Saunders, this wonderful event will include all your favourite classics, plus superlative showstoppers and a collection of festive Christmas songs. Ho Ho Ho!

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SUN RISING: THE SONGS THAT MADE MEMPHIS

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18-19 JANUARY THE JOAN Take a trip into the deep south with Sun Rising: The Songs That Made Memphis. Designed to inform and educate the audience while rocking them senseless, Sun Rising revisits the South’s famed Sun Records, focusing on the early period of 1950-57 with music from artists BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more.

15 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH There’s no other decade like the 80’s for big hair, hits and fun. Never Ending 80’s will take you back to party like it’s 1989 with a night packed full of the biggest hits by the biggest artists ever.

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1927 & PSEUDO ECHO – DOUBLE BARREL TOUR 2019 19 JANUARY ROOTY HILL RSL Two of Australia’s most iconic bands are back for one last time after touring nationally for two years with their double-barrelled catalogue of hits and classic songs! rootyhillrsl.com.au

THINGS TO DO WHODUNNIT 16 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Whodunnit? Can you put aside your prejudice to follow the clues? The demise of Dr Black has got everyone playing a deadly game. penrith.panthers.com.au

LIGHT UP WINDSOR 7 DECEMBER 5-9PM WINDSOR TOWN CENTRE Celebrate the most magical time of the year at this exciting and interactive Christmas event. This year will be a street fair with over 30 markets stalls, live and roving entertainment, a free kid’s Christmas craft workshop, free face painting, pop up library, and so much more. Windsor Town Centre will be transformed into a Christmas extravaganza. And don’t miss the chance to meet Santa and post your letter in our North Pole letterbox! hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

TOYS ALIVE DANCE CONCERT 9 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH If you go down to the concert today, you’re in for a big surprise. If you go down to the concert today, you’ll see dancers in disguise. For every toy that ever was, will gather there for certain because; today’s the day Centre Stage has a concert.

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THINGS TO DO

FUN | CLASSIC | ADVENTUROUS

SEASON 2019

SUN RISING The Songs That Made Memphis

18 & 19 JAN

ORAVA QUARTET with Greta Bradman

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GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL

8 & 9 MAR

CHRISTINE ANU In Conversation and Song

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I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS

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CONSTANT CRAVING The Music of k.d. lang

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SSO & EMMA MATTHEWS

31 MAY

CONCERTOS ON FIRE

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8, 15 & 22 DECEMBER PENRITH HOMEMAKER CENTRE Get Smurfy with a Smurf Wonderland, Lawn Games, Smurf Photo Station and, of course, a Christmas Tree with all the trimming for an Instagram-worthy photo.

14 DECEMBER PANTHERS PENRITH Santa Claus is coming to town, and Panthers will be celebrating with their Seniors Christmas concert! Hosted by Mark Kristian and joined by the talented Belinda Marks and Dave Stephens, you’ll be completely entertained.

EVERY WEEKDAY 11AM – 3PM THE BAVARIAN Celebrate Christmas with co-workers or friends over lunch at The Bavarian. Every weekday you can enjoy an amazing Uber Schnitzel and beer for only $15. How could you resist?

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YOGA @ THE MONDO

1 DECEMBER – 24 MARCH GET INVOLVED - GO ONLINE FOR DETAILS This exhibition and public program seeks to explore Australian experiences of home across the past 100 years. It encompasses domestic architecture, design, and technology alongside contemporary social issues which threaten the fabric of our intimate lives; domestic violence, homelessness, housing affordability, and the notion of Australia as refuge.

EVERY SATURDAY PENRITH LAKES & NEPEAN RIVER Open to all, walk/run for your own enjoyment and at your own pace. Register online to be timed, and catch up with others for a coffee afterwards.

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS 7AM - 8AM THE MONDO, PENRITH PLAZA Enjoy free yoga classes at the Mondo, located between Westfield, the Library, and The Joan.

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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS An international food market on the doorstep of Penrith Panthers! Enjoy with family and friends, and give your tastebuds an experience they won’t forget.

FARMERS MARKET • FIRST SATURDAY Stock up on organic fruit and veggies, sourdough bread, home-baked cakes and biscuits, pickles, jams and honey, and lots of other local goodies.

HAWKESBURY REGION RICHMOND GOOD FOOD MARKET EVERY SATURDAY, 8 AM - 1 PM The best of the Hawkesbury’s local produce, crafts and food situated beside Richmond Park. richmondmarket.com.au

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LOCAL’S LUNCH

EVERY SUNDAY 11AM – 3PM THE BAVARIAN Sunday is family day at The Bavarian, so bring the entire family down. Kids under 21 not only eat free when accompanied by a full-paying adult, but receive a free kid’s activity pack.

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GENERAL MARKET • THIRD SATURDAY Quality jewellery and crafts, with plenty to spoil yourself and others. Gardeners can delight at the array of flowers and plants. glenbrookrotarymarkets.com.au


New Year’s Celebrations

New Year’s Eve

CELEBRATIONS!

PICK A DECADE, GRAB YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND BRING IN THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE!

DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES

NYE – BACK TO THE 90’S PARTY

DANCING SO FRESHTHROUGH NYE THE DECADES

BACK TO THE 80’S

PANTHERS PENRITH The biggest New Year’s Eve party in Western Sydney. Welcome in 2019 with firework displays at 9pm and midnight. Enjoy a great atmosphere with live music inside the club, and outside there will be carnival rides, jumping castles, food stalls and pop up bars, all at no cost.

PENRITH RSL CLUB Dance your way into 2019 at Penrith RSL from 9pm with a 90’s-themed dance party featuring Royale with Cheese, cocktail specials, prizes for best dressed, and heaps more. Grab your friends and 90’s party garb, and let’s welcome in 2019 in total style!

O’DONOGHUES Set to be bigger and better this NYE, and with tickets selling out last year, early bird tickets are on sales for $25 via the website. Celebrate with four DJ’s and two huge rooms, a throwback to the 2000’s menu at The Carriage, a 2000’s cocktail bar, and A Silent Disco.

ST MARYS LEAGUES CLUB Bring in the 2019 with all your favourite 80’s rock hits performed live by ‘Blow’, all while enjoying an array of 80’s food, drinks and cocktails. Entry is free, and you could end the night on a high after winning one of the Best 80’s Hair or Best Dressed prizes. It’s time to party!

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Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols Guide ‘TIS THE SEASON TO RELAX WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, ENJOY A PICNIC UNDER THE STARS, AND SING YOUR HEART OUT.

Carols on the Course

Penrith City Carols

Hanna Park Carols

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 6pm, 9 December Penrith Paceway, Penrith   clubpacewaypenrith.com

 From 4:30pm, 22 December  Hanna Park, North Richmond  hannaparkcarols.org

This extremely popular annual Christmas event has a BBQ & Bar, face painting, jumping castle, local entertainment, fireworks, and more. And let’s not forget Santa, of course!

The Paceway’s annual Carols by Candlelight event brings families together and supports local charities. This year’s event will begin at 6pm and conclude with fireworks at 9pm.

Hanna Park Carols is gearing up for another huge, amazing event. Come and enjoy this familyfriendly celebration with free food, drinks, rides, and super-fun entertainment!

Christmas Carol Event Glenmore Park

Springwood Community Carols

Twilight Family Festival & Carols

 4pm – 8pm, 16 December  48 Luttrell St (Off Allison Dr), Glenmore Park  visitpenrith.com.au

 5pm – 9pm, 15 December  Springwood Public School Oval

 5pm – 8pm, 8 December  Spence Park, Doonmore St, Penrith  facebook.com/penrithfestival

Penrith Salvation Army is holding a free event for families. Enjoy rides, a petting zoo, prizes and giveaways. The rides and fun will start at 4pm, followed by Christmas Carols at 6.30pm.

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Celebrate Christmas at the Springwood Community Carols. From 5pm to 7pm enjoy a small festival with kid’s activities, food, drinks and live music. Enjoy carols from 7pm to 9pm, led by a band of talented musicians. Bring your picnic rug or camping chairs and celebrate!

From 5pm enjoy free jumping castles, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon sculpting, kid’s craft, a fire engine, and a cute Santa Selfie Photo Booth. Bring your camera or phone and snap a pic with the big fella!


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STORYTIME BALLET : COPPÉLIA

Open everyday Visit online for more information Building D, 62-72 Batt Street, South Penrith 4722 5069 flipout.net.au

Come down to Flip Out and let the kids get rid of some pent-up energy during the school holidays while you relax! There are lots of different areas and spaces for them to jump and bounce, and the in-house café will let mums and dads enjoy a cuppa. Let the kids bounce and bop 'till they drop! Flip Out is open till late, 7 days a week.

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GARDEN SAFARI - KIDS' SELF-GUIDED QUEST     

C Reserve $28.30 (Child under 18 months free)  Panthers Penrith, 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith  penrith.panthers.com.au Experience ballet’s most playful comedy live on stage in an interactive production of Coppélia created especially for children aged three and up. Join the young lovers Swanilda and Franz as they sneak into Dr Coppelius’ mysterious workshop and discover the secrets of his mechanical dolls. Brimming with magic tricks, life-size toys and enchanting costumes, this narrated version of Coppélia will surprise and delight little ones and have them dancing all the way home.

Open everyday $7.50 per kit Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah 4567 3000 bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au

Enjoy the outdoors these holidays with a fun quest for kids. Can you find the five trail stops? Follow the map to explore the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and enjoy fun hands-on activities. Learn about some weird and amazing plants, then answer the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize! Suitable for 6-13 years. Kits available from the Visitor Information desk.

AQUA GOLF  Open every day except Christmas Day  1-5 Buckets: $9 each, 6-10 Buckets: $8 each 11-15 Buckets: $7 each, 16+ Buckets: $6 each

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FRUIT PICKING – BILPIN    

Open 7 days, closed on Christmas day Minimal entry fee of $2.50 per person. Children under 3 years are free Bilpin Fruit Bowl, 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin bilpinfruitbowl.com.au

Wander through the orchard and fill your bucket with fresh fruit straight from the tree. After you've filled your buckets, stop in at the café and enjoy the many home-made treats that are made with the fruit grown on the orchard. Take a picnic blanket and make an afternoon of it, and enjoy your fruit and treats as the kids play on the playground equipment.

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Where else can the whole family have fun hitting golf balls into a lake on purpose? Aqua Golf is a unique, fun and affordable activity, with each family member getting their own hitting bay with protective netting on both sides. Create a little competition by aiming for targets, with a 2-for-1 bucket of balls card up for grabs. If you score a hole in one, you win $10, $20 or $100!

THE CLIMBING CENTRE     

Open 7 days: call for holiday opening hours Check online for full list of pricing Unit 3/16 Borec Road, Penrith 4731 1130 climbingcentre.com.au

Climbing for beginners and experts. Challenge yourself and the kids these holidays and get active at The Climbing Centre! The experienced staff will equip you with the skills and knowledge to get you climbing, and trust us - once you start, you won't want to stop. Climb for as long as you want. After working up an appetite, recharge from the snack and refreshment bar.

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Spotlight

The Joan

2019 Season

Christine Anu in conversation and song

FUN | CLASSIC | ADVENTUROUS

EVENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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n 2019 the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is presenting a plethora of works across the spectrum of performance, offering great discounts for show subscribers and whisking audiences away on a captivating journey through the performing arts: from symphonies to circus, puppetry to stand-up and stories. The Joan’s 2019 Season explores the finest in music, both contemporary and classical, and features some of the greatest new theatre works in Australia. It will feature a cracking bunch of talented artists, including Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Kenny Broberg, Naomi Price, Lisa Crouch and an entirely new solo show by Jonathan Biggins. WHY NOT SUBSCRIBE & SAVE? You’ll see a whole lot more theatre, love a whole lot more music, share more stories, and get out a whole lot more. Benefits • Best seats in the house • Flexibility to change (with free exchanges) • Set your social calendar in advance • Discounts with local partners and a 15% DISCOUNT on Nugan Estate Wines. Subscribe before 31 December 2018 to automatically enter the 2019 Subscriber Prize Draw - go online for more details.

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The CBD is bustling as we’re spending local, shopping local, and eating local. Let’s keep supporting local business in the CBD these holidays.

Working hard to bring you exceptional service and unique gift ideas locally, the CBD thrives on the spirit of Christmas. Windows decorations are up, and the community Christmas tree stands proud and tall in Memory Park in anticipation of the coming Christmas dining, shopping and activities. All that we need is… YOU!

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Again this year, thanks to sponsors Penrith Bowling Club, we have 2,000 free enviro Christmas shopping bags for local CBD retailers to give to customers. This is always the start of the ‘Shop n Dine Local’ campaign. And check out the Western Weekender for our ‘Shop n Dine Local’ Christmas booklet – it showcases over 28 local businesses, contains an exhaustive Christmas shopping guide and, of course, a huge range of dining options.

Each year, Penrith CBD Corporation launches an awareness campaign to support the economic growth of local businesses. Local retail, and the small business economy in particular, is vital to Penrith’s prosperity. Boosting the sales of our businesses during such a busy shopping period is what helps our local economy grow for the future.

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EVENT INFORMATION Shop n Dine Local This Christmas! With everything from retail to quirky vintage and book shops, alfresco dining and even a 24-hour chemist for those late-night emergencies, Penrith’s CBD has you covered.

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Bring on 2019

& DINNER AT HIGH ST. DEPOT Written by Cassandra Elliott

You may not know that owners Noreen and Tim Bryan are Aria-trained chefs, falling in love over amazing produce and wines. But their talents aren’t all Penrith is going to be treated to with the café's new offering!

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rom the New Year, the bustling café will be serving dinners on Friday and Saturday nights. And now they’re licenced, you can even enjoy a wine or two with your meal! So, why introduce dinner service, you may be asking? Run by husband and wife team Noreen and Tim Bryan, High St. Depot is going back to its roots. “Dinner service was our bread and butter for 10 to 15 years,” explains Tim, High St. Depot’s Head Chef. “So I’m looking forward to showing off some of those skills that I learned at Aria and the restaurants overseas.” “We’ve been running the café for about four years,” says Noreen. “It's the modern movement of cafés. We try to keep it relevant to Penrith, so we're progressing into dinnertime now to help make the area even more of a food destination.” Noreen explains that, with the combination of her customer service experience and Tim’s great food, High St. Depot

ticks all the boxes. “We offer great food, great coffee, great ambiance, great customer service, and we create an overall family vibe as well - we try to cater for everybody.” “We always endeavoured to do dinners,” continues Noreen, before smiling when a baby begins cooing in the background. “Sorry, we just had twins ten months ago, and one's down and one's up at the moment. It's all a juggling act,” she giggles. “We have a lot of support from our family and our team at High St. Depot,” says Noreen. “They help us so much,” Tim agrees. The couple continue to bounce off each other in between patting the baby on the back and making little jokes about being married and working together. “We don't hold grudges though, do we?” Tim asks Noreen with a smile, before they both burst out laughing. “I guess we both have the same goal in mind too, which helps - to run a successful café and have a happy family,” she adds. “Tim and I both met at Aria in the city, opposite the Opera House. We were both chefs. When I finished my apprenticeship we went overseas for a little bit, and when we came back we got married, had our son, and then decided to move back to the Blue Mountains and start this café.” “Then we laid it all on the line!” says Tim, and they both laugh. Why a café?

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“I was the first Head Chef at Three Williams in Redfern, and that was my first real café job, because I'd only worked in restaurants before that. “I just fell in love with the fast pace and café culture of the customers, so we gravitated that way.” “If the community didn't support our little growing business, we wouldn't be able to expand, like we're doing, which is why we’re excited to offer the dinner service.” Ready to experience dinner at High St. Depot? The Roaming team is! Keep up to date with when dinner is officially launching via High St. Depot's social media accounts.

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Community

Penrith A COMMUNITY TRULY UNMATCHED IN HEART AND GENEROSITY

The things I’ve witnessed and been a part of this year have been truly humbling. And they remind me why Penrith really is a community like no other.

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ave you been writing your lists and checking them twice? Christmas is weeks away, so you still have plenty of time to shop smart. And the best thing you can do with your Christmas budget? Invest in buying locally! Support local businesses and trades, and give our local economy a boost. The good news is that nine out of 10 Australians prefer to buy locally, so hopefully our local businesses are in for a fantastic lift. It’s a small thank

The NBN Melbourne Cup Breakfast, raising funds for Penrith Community Kitchen

you to many of these businesses and organisations who give back to the community in so many ways. Some of these are the ‘lifters’, who I urge you to remember this season; those who are caring for more than just their families and friends. We are incredibly fortunate in the Lindsay region to have some exceptional people and organisations dedicated to ensuring people who are suffering disadvantage can regain their dignity and get back on their feet. As your local Federal member, it’s been my absolute privilege and honour to support and advocate for funding for some of these organisations. This year, I’ve been able to recognise the hard work of some of our outstanding food service organisations including Mama Lana’s, Paying It Forward, and Nepean Food Services, and provide these organisations with Federal Government grants to help them as they continue to do their hard work.

One of the things I’m most proud of in our community is its generous spirit. Earlier this month, I was fortunate to attend a fundraising breakfast hosted by the Nepean Business Network, a local group of small business owners. Through the kindness of these businesses and the local community, Penrith Community Kitchen received a donation of $40,000. The donation will help tireless volunteers like Cathy Craig continue to feed up to 800 individuals, including families, every day. Finally, I would also like to express my gratitude to the hard-working paramedics, nurses, doctors and other health care workers, the firefighters and police, the volunteers and, of course, those working in retail and hospitality who sadly will be working for less penalty rates than previous years. Be safe and happy over the holiday period. Emma Husar

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THE ARRIVAL OF QUEST PENRITH HERALDS A NEW ERA IN LOCAL ACCOMMODATION. FRANCHISEE PHIL WILLEY EXPLAINS WHY.

1 WHEN DID QUEST APARTMENTS PENRITH 

OPEN AND WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Quest Apartments Penrith opened on 30 July 2018, and we're located at 83 Lord Sheffield Circuit, Penrith. The property is on the northern side of the Penrith Train Station. 2 TELL US ABOUT THE QUEST BRAND.

Quest Apartment Hotels has over 160 properties in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. They are located in central business districts, suburban and regional areas with close proximity to head offices, business centres and key tourist destinations. Quest was born from humble beginnings in 1988 with one property in Fitzroy, which is on the fringe of Melbourne’s central business district. Since then, Quest has evolved into the largest and most successful apartment hotels brand in Australasia. 3 WHAT INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE DO 

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I've been in the industry for over five years, having purchased the Quest Wollongong Franchise in 2013. I sold that franchise in March 2018 and moved to Penrith to take up this new challenge. In April 2015 I entered into a joint venture to purchase the Quest Nowra franchise, with which I'm still involved. My business partner manages the property on a day-to-day basis. In November 2016 I entered into another joint venture, this time Quest Griffith in the Riverina district of NSW. I sold my share in this franchise in July 2018. 4 T ELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM. 

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professionals who place a very strong emphasis on the guest experience. The whole team is focussed on delivering quality customer service to all of our guests and ensuring all apartments are cleaned to the very high Quest standard. 5 WHAT DOES QUEST APARTMENTS 

PENRITH OFFER TO ITS GUESTS, AND WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM STAYING AT YOUR APARTMENTS?

Quest Penrith brings a new standard of accommodation to Penrith for both the short and long stay traveller. We're strategically positioned within close proximity to the Penrith Train Station and just a short stroll from Westfield Penrith. We have studios with kitchenettes, and one-bedroom apartments with a full kitchen, laundry and balcony. The two-bedroom apartments have a full kitchen, laundry, two bathrooms and balcony. We also have six accessible apartments, an onsite gym, a business lounge, and secure parking. And the very popular Platform T8 coffee lounge is located on the ground floor. 6 B EING A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER YOU 

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A number of our staff are involved in networking groups, working with other local businesses to attract visitors to our city. We have donated accommodation packages to local charities for fundraising activities, and also support local restaurants by referring our guests for dinner. We have also built relationships with the Penrith RSL and Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, which both have a strong community involvement.


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Food

Jamie Oliver's CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK

JAMIE OLIVER'S CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK  Jamie Oliver

 RRP $49.99 Hardback, $17.99 eBook. Available at all good bookstores  penguin.com.au Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook is packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food and new ways to love those leftovers. It's everything you need for the best Christmas ever.

CHRISTMAS ISN’T JUST PUDDING AND PAVLOVA! GIVE BORING THE FLICK WITH THESE TANTALISING TREATS STRAIGHT FROM JAMIE’S KITCHEN.

Banoffee Alaska

ALMOND PASTRY, CARAMEL, BANANAS & VANILLA ICE CREAM

Serves 12 INGREDIENTS 9 150g unsalted butter (cold), plus extra for greasing 9 1 orange 9 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 9 100g ground almonds 9 6 large free-range eggs 9 1 x 500g tub of quality vanilla ice cream

PREP & COOKING TIME: 1 Hour Plus Cooling & Freezing 9 4 tablespoons dulce de leche or caramel sauce 9 300g caster sugar 9 2 large ripe bananas 9 1 lime 9 1 tablespoon Camp coffee syrup

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Lightly grease a deep, 25cm

loose-bottomed tart tin. To make the pastry, finely grate the orange zest into a food processor, add the cold butter, the flour, almonds and 1 egg, then blitz until it comes together into a ball of dough, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes. Roll out on a clean flour-dusted surface until just under ½cm thick, then loosely roll up around the rolling pin and unroll over the tart tin, easing it in and pushing it carefully into the sides. Trim off any excess, patch up any holes, then prick the base with a fork, cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes (use any leftovers for mince pies). When the time’s up, line the pastry case with quality clingfilm (non-PVC), then fill with rice, making sure you pack it right out to the sides. Bake blind for 15 minutes, remove the clingfilm and rice and bake for another 5 minutes, or until lightly golden, then leave to cool. Soften your ice cream in the fridge.

2 Once the pastry case is cool, spread the dulce de leche or caramel

across the base, scoop over the ice cream and freeze until frozen solid – you could get it up to this stage a day in advance. Turn the oven up to 220ºC/425ºF/gas 7. To make your meringue topping, separate the remaining 5 eggs (keep the yolks for another day). In a free-standing mixer, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of sea salt until they form soft peaks. Place the sugar and 80ml of water in a pan on a high heat. Use a sugar thermometer to monitor it getting up to 110ºC, then reduce the temperature to low. Let it gently bubble until it gets up to 120ºC. Remove from the heat and let the bubbles settle for 30 seconds, then very gradually pour it into the egg whites, whisking constantly on a low speed. Leave it whisking for 10 minutes to cool and thicken the mixture. Meanwhile, peel and slice the bananas, finely grate over the lime zest and squeeze over the juice, then toss together.

3 Get your tart out of the freezer, arrange the bananas over the ice cream,

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then pile on the meringue in nice peaks. Use a fork to ripple through drips of Camp coffee. Bake on the bottom of the oven for just 4 minutes, or until the meringue is lightly golden, leaving the ice cream frozen inside. Remove from the tin, and serve.

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Food Serves 12-14

Chocolate Log

PREP & COOKING TIME: 1 hour plus cooling

INGREDIENTS Sponge 9 4 large free-range eggs 9 75g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting 9 75g self-raising flour 9 2 tablespoons quality cocoa powder 9 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste 9 2 tablespoons caster sugar

SWEET CHESTNUT PURÉE, HONEYED CREAM & CRUSHED HONEYCOMB FILLING

Filling 9 1 x 250g tin of sweetened chestnut purée 9 1 pinch of ground cinnamon 9 200ml double cream 9 1 tablespoon runny honey 9 1 Crunchie bar or 40g honeycomb Buttercream 9 150g quality dark chocolate (70%) 9 150g unsalted butter (at room temperature) 9 150g icing sugar METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

For the sponge, line a 25cm x 30cm baking tray with greaseproof paper. Separate the eggs. In an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks with a pinch of sea salt. Gradually whisk in the icing sugar, then, one-by-one, whisk in the egg yolks until really pale and light. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, add the vanilla bean paste, then fold everything together with a large metal spoon so you keep in as much air as possible. Spoon the mixture into the lined tray, gently and evenly spread it out, then bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until just cooked through and springy to the touch.

2 Place a large sheet of greaseproof paper

(35cm x 45cm) on a flat surface and evenly sprinkle over the caster sugar from a height. While it’s still hot and flexible, turn the sponge out on to the paper. Peel off and discard the baked piece of greaseproof. With one of the longest sides in front of you, fold up the excess paper, then roll up the sponge with the paper inside (as it cools, this will set the shape but prevent the sponge from cracking). Leave to cool.

3 For the filling, mix the chestnut purée and

cinnamon together. In a separate bowl, whisk the cream to soft peaks, then fold in the honey. To assemble, unroll the sponge so it’s flat, removing the paper. Spread all over with the chestnut purée, followed by the cream, then smash and sprinkle over the Crunchie bar or honeycomb. Re-roll and pop into the fridge. Meanwhile, make your buttercream. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, then remove and leave to cool. Beat the butter in an electric mixer until pale, then, with the mixer still running, gradually add the icing sugar and cool melted chocolate.

4 Take the log out of the fridge, chop off

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a quarter at an angle – that’s the branch – and position it on your serving board like in the picture, using a splodge of buttercream to keep it in place. Evenly cover the whole log with buttercream, then use a fork to decorate it. Dust with extra icing sugar and a pinch of sea salt, shaved chocolate, sprinkles, plastic Bambi figures, whatever you like – go to town!


Food Serves 15

Baked Camembert

PREP & COOKING TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes plus proving

INGREDIENTS 9 400g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting 9 400g strong wholemeal bread flour 9 1 x 7g sachet of dried yeast 9 Unsalted butter 9 80g stale breadcrumbs 9 3 x 250g round Camembert cheeses 9 6 sprigs of fresh rosemary 9 3 small cloves of garlic 9 1–2 fresh red chillies 9 olive oil

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METHOD 1 Put the flours, yeast and 1 teaspoon of

sea salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and gradually pour in 550ml of tepid water, stirring and bringing in the flour from the outside to form a rough dough. Knead on a clean flour-dusted surface for 10 minutes, or until smooth and springy. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a clean damp tea towel and prove in a warm place for 2 hours.

2 Grease a large nice-shaped ovenproof tray

with butter, then evenly scatter over the breadcrumbs. Leaving a 1cm rim around the edge, cut the rind off the top of each Camembert (reserving two of the boxes). Pick the tip off each rosemary sprig and poke into the soft cheeses, then peel the garlic, finely slice with the chillies, and poke those in, too. Sprinkle each cheese with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then place one cheese in the centre of the tray. Divide the dough into three pieces, then each of those into 10, giving you 30 in total. One-by-one, roll each piece into a ball and place on the tray, building out from the Camembert in a circular motion, like in the picture. Leave to prove for another hour, again covered with a damp tea towel.

3 Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

Strip the rest of the rosemary leaves into a little pile, toss with a little oil, and scatter over the dough. Sprinkle with a good pinch of sea salt from a height, then bomb over tiny bits of butter, which will melt into the bread as it cooks. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the Camembert is gooey and the bread is risen and cooked through. Bang the tray in the middle of the table, and dive in – elbows at the ready, this one’s hard to resist. And what’s great is that you know you’ve got two cheeses in reserve, ready to bake. As soon as you serve the first Camembert, bake the second one in its box on a tray for about 20 minutes, then decant on to the bread tray, repeating again with the remaining cheese, as and when needed. Guaranteed happy customers, all round.

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Home Living

Everything Your Home Needs

AT PENRITH HOMEMAKER CENTRE Domayne Marli Dining Table, $799; Dining Chairs $259, each.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to unwind, entertain and open up your home to your nearest and dearest.

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ake space for visiting friends, social get-togethers and family time at home this summer. With the weather shining in your favour, create welcoming destinations for lounging and dining, and style your home with the season’s hottest colours. Be inspired and visit Penrith Homemaker Centre for all your decor and entertaining needs. Cnr Mulgoa Rd and Wolseley St, Jamisontown 2749. penrithhomemakercentre.com.au

Provincial Home Living Christmas Campaign. See the full range at provincialhomeliving.com.au

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Early Settler Summer Collection 18/19. Check out the range at earlysettler.com.au

Sunny Outlook Bask in summer’s glorious weather from the comfort of your own backyard.

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Type 1 develops when a person’s pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot absorb glucose. To manage this condition, sufferers need to inject insulin into their system every day.

Physiotherapy Experts Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy

Type 2 is a little different. This means that a person’s body is still producing insulin but their tissues become ‘insulin resistant’, which means their tissues don’t want to absorb that insulin. The good news is that this can be managed with a good diet, plenty of regular exercise, and taking positive steps to maintaining general wellbeing. It’s important to remember that both types of diabetes have the potential to bring on other chronic health conditions. This means that an overall approach to healthy living really is a necessity for those with diabetes. And the good news is that physiotherapy can help you get there. FIRST OF ALL, LET’S CHAT ABOUT DIABETES AND EXERCISE Exercise has many benefits, including the fact that it can help to regulate diabetes by:

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Health

Christmas Holiday Eating SURVIVAL TIPS FOR

Written by Fiona Kane, Nutritionist

Don’t drop all of your good habits for the Christmas holidays - it takes time to create them, and you don’t want to have to do it all over again in 2019! 1 Choose the parties/functions where you will

indulge but limit them to maybe Christmas Day and one or two other selected events. I'll often choose my favourite indulgence in advance - I actually plan to have the pavlova and enjoy it!

2 Alcohol is often where people come undone,

with beer and pre-mixed drinks the worst offenders. Instead, have a glass or two of wine or a wine spritzer (with soda water). Spirits with soda water are a better option, and rotate your alcoholic beverages with water.

3 Which is the biggest meal today? Change your

eating habits accordingly. If you're going out to a big three-course lunch, then have a small dinner.

4 Be selective and choose the healthier option

most times, such as small portions of fresh berries/ nuts in place of pudding, kebab sticks over party pies, and raw vegies and hummus over fried food.

5 Fresh is best, so at cocktail functions with trays

and trays of finger food, limit all things deep-fried

in favour of vegies, fruit, and fresh seafood such as prawns, scallops and sushi. 6 Snack ideas to provide or take to a party are

salsa, mashed avocado and hummus dips with raw vegetable crudités (broccoli, carrot, celery, cauliflower), raw unsalted nuts and seeds, and fresh fruit.

7 At a buffet, head to the seafood, chicken or meat

first and then add salad and vegetables. This will ensure you feel satisfied!

Simply plan your favourite foods into your life so you don’t feel deprived.

8 If having a BBQ, have seafood, chicken, and red

meat. Vegetables are great on the BBQ (including capsicum, broccoli, eggplant, mushrooms or zucchini), and a yummy mango and greens salad never goes astray!

Most importantly, ban social discussions about diets. Enjoy the time connecting with your family and friends, engaging in conversations and games rather than just obsessing about food. Don’t spend all your time and energy 'trying to be good' - making food or yourself the enemy only leads to pain and shame. Simply plan your favourite foods into your life so you don’t feel deprived. If you eat in a slow, relaxed and balanced way, you will eat the right food and amount for you most of the time. Be kind and compassionate to yourself - you deserve it! Merry Christmas!

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Travel

Local Experts Lynette, Kerrie, Jenny & Nicole

Family Holidays Family holidays are where memories are made. They're an opportunity to unwind and enjoy time together as a family. Most of all, they're a chance to have fun.

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here are many different types of family holidays and hundreds of destinations to choose from. But what makes the perfect family holiday?

When travelling across Australia or overseas, think about the aspects of your holiday that are important to you and your family. One of the most important things to consider is climate. Depending on when you can get away, the climate could determine where you choose to travel. Would you consider a winter holiday? A place where you can build the ultimate snowman, try your skills (or master your craft!) at snow skiing, tobogganing, and ice skating?

Travel Experts Maria, Fellowes & Turner Travel Associates Penrith

What about a spring or autumn holiday? It's a comfortable time of year to travel, giving you the exibility to get out in the great outdoors and explore the beauty of your chosen destination. A sun lover's summer holiday is another option. Is somewhere warm and sunny appealing? Somewhere you can swim, enjoy water activities, soak up the sun's rays, and work on your golden glow? Another thing to consider when planning a holiday is the experience. By this we mean, do you want to relax and rejuvenate? Do you want adventure and the chance to explore? Or are you after a holiday that allows you to do as much or as little as you like? There are so many options and endless opportunities. Accommodation is also a big part of your experience. When choosing a place to stay, you want to make sure you're picking the perfect place for your family. Would you like your accommodation to include meals during your stay? Some will include a gourmet buffet breakfast daily, while others will offer a half- or full-board meal plan. Would you prefer to stay in a resort-style complex?

A place with a Kid's Club, and endless summer or winter activities? Something with a day spa, perhaps? If you’re staying in a big city, ensure your hotel is central to everything, particularly public transportation and restaurants. Will your hotel have a courtesy shuttle bus to and from the airport or theme parks? What kind of bedding is in your room? Is there a bed for everyone in the family? Perhaps you'd consider a family cruise? Many ships have a variety of cabin sizes and types, such as interior, ocean view, and balcony cabins. Cruise lines travel to many amazing destinations; it's the type of holiday where you unpack once and visit a new destination almost every day! If an adventure holiday is more your style, then trekking through the jungle or rugged outcrops, staying in tented camps and lodges, or even quaint village home stays, could be your ultimate family adventure. These unique travel experiences will create unforgettable memories. Whatever the choice is for your family getaway, be sure to do your research and seek advice from expert travel agents to determine the best holiday experience for everyone.

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Pets

Fireworks & Noise Phobias Loud noises; the major cause of stray dogs in summer

Planning ahead can reduce the fear associated with loud noises, and the risk of escape and injury.

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t this time of the year we have a large number of stray dogs presented to the clinic. This is largely due to dogs escaping during storms and fireworks. They not only escape yards, but can sustain injuries from desperately pushing through (or over) fencing and being hit by cars. There are many factors that can contribute to noise phobias developing. A single event of experiencing a loud and frightening noise, especially when alone, can make a dog scared each time they experience similar noises. Dogs with other anxiety disorders, like separation anxiety, are more likely to suffer from noise phobias.

Local Vet

Dr Erin Short

Planning ahead can reduce the fear and the risk of escape and injury. While fireworks can normally be predicted, storms can often come quickly and with little warning.

VETERINARIAN Greencross Vets Coreen Avenue

Safe confinement is key. Keeping at-risk dogs in safe and secure enclosures, or inside the house, is important. Having someone look after your pet while you're on

holidays, or if you're out for long periods, is ideal. Some animals will also need anti-anxiety medication and behaviour modification to manage noise phobias. If you see a stray animal, approach with caution as they may be scared. Contact the local council rangers if it's unsafe to approach or confine them. Veterinary clinics and rangers can scan pets for microchips. Clinics are normally at capacity during summer and legally are only able to admit injured stray animals. You may be asked to wait with the dog until the owner has been contacted or take the dog to the local animal shelter. It's also very important to take a stray animal to a clinic or shelter within the local council area as animals legally cannot be housed out of area. Ensure your pet is microchipped, your contact details are up-to-date, and you have supplied secondary contacts. You can access and update your pet’s details online through the NSW Pet Registry.

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Beauty

Jewellery

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We’re all so busy organising gifts and food, it's all too easy to overlook our own beauty prep.

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ave no fear – these three tips will make sure your eyes totally outsparkle the champagne this Christmas!

Have you ever dreamed of making it through the festive season with little effort while still looking glamourous? The secret is in the eyes. One of the first places people look at is our eyes, Jewellery With especially when we’re engaging with them. So DOUGLAS treatment-wise, I’m talking a lash ELY lift, lash extensions, and microblading. Designer | Jeweller LASH LIFT An effortless way to have gorgeous lashes that people won’t be able to take their eyes off is with a lash lift. It’s basically a semi-permanent lift and curl of your natural lashes that gives added definition to your face. A lash lift

Marianne Arthur Is your jewelleryBeauty insured? Expert Insigniahome Hair And we’re not talking and Day Spa and contents insurance. Jewellery is the third most commonly stolen item in Australian household robberies. And as a general rule, home and30 contents insurance onlyBeauty coversTherapist up to $5,000 only takes to 45 minutes for your to do, worth of jewellery. and generally includes an eyelash tint to complete the look. You also need to provide proof of purchase and proof The result can last anywhere from six to 12 weeks, so you of value to make an insurance claim on lost or stolen can batt those luscious lashes all summer long! jewellery. A valuation certificate defines the materials in your jewellery, typealternative and style offor your piece, who and TIP: Lash lifts are the a great someone its current value. These are vital for insurers to can’t have market lash extensions. guarantee the value of the product they’re replacing. LASH EXTENSIONS SOME PIECES ARE INVALUABLE Truly one of the ultimate beauty girl hacks, saving time Let’s look at engagement ringsneeded. as an example of add getting ready, with no mascara Extensions why you curl should your independently. volume, ANDinsure length, so jewellery you’re already half made up! The average engagement ring costs between $5,000 And the best thing is that they can be tailored to your and $10,000. This makes it one of the highest-ticket, liking, whether it be natural, or a more bold and dramatic single-purchase items in your life. look to really accentuate your eyes. Being small and highly valuable, it’s prone to loss, theft TIP:damage. As your If own lashes naturally fall out,the your extensions or anything was to happen, likelihood will need replacing (infi lled) ideally every 3-4 weeks. of replacing your ring for the same cost, like for like, is extremely low. A moving market, the influence of MICROBLADING time on value, and changes in trends can all affect availability, demand, and in thethe cost of materials. One of the best inventions beauty world – eyebrows on fleek all the time!

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Local Expert

Surviving the Christmas Stress How quickly has the year flown by? It's almost hard to believe that Christmas is a less than a month away, and soon we'll be opening presents and sharing a meal with our nearest and dearest.

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hristmas also brings with it a degree of stress. We're dealing with shopping, excess spending, parties, school activities, and difficult family members and in-laws. As the stress builds, we can find that what should be a celebration of joy quickly becomes an event that we simply want to get over and done with. The good news is that by supporting each other and being mindful of the stresses that Christmas can bring, you can not only survive the day, but make it a joyous event spent with those you love.

Wellbeing

Melissa Ferrari

Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert

Here are some tips to help partners survive Christmas stress. • Share the load and delegate the tasks that need to be done for Christmas. Involve the entire family, being sure not to put too much pressure on one person to pull Christmas together.

So let’s try to make this Christmas a little more like the Christmas’s of the past; a time to celebrate our love for each other, our partners, our children, our family, and our friends. After all, that's the true spirit of Christmas.

• Manage the expectation of the day by discussing what both of you expect Christmas to look like, whether that's who you invite or who you visit. By getting on the same page, you can avoid unnecessary conflict. • Manage those outside of your relationship. So if you know that your partner doesn't get along with one of your in-laws, make sure you have their back. If you see them getting uncomfortable, step in and have an early exit strategy to implement if the need arises. • Remember the joy of Christmas and continue creating your own private Christmas traditions, in the bubble that is yours, to celebrate all that's good in your life.

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Final Retreat

2018 On 28th behalfOctober of my team, Friday 26th October – Sunday 2018I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy end to 2018. Here’s to will bring!

Visit my website for more details, to register and read reviews from looking forward to what 2019 the retreat attendees

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IHaving welcome couples to participate dedicated herself to a life of in this retreat. Th e program will learning, Melissa uses a range of proven approaches in her practice to help couples guide you both through explorative heal and reconnect. A Clinical engagement together to leadMember you to of the Australian College of Relationship a secure-functioning relationship thatfew is Counsellors, Melissa is also one of the truly mutual, fair and collaborative and therapists in the country to have received training from the world’s most renowned a relationship enlightened with the pioneer couples counselling, Dr Stan higherinexpectations we all wish to Tatkin, founder of the PACT achieve with our chosen life partner. Training Institute.

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Finance

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Ways Your Finances are in Trouble

ou may not be consciously behaving badly financially – but perhaps you are because you’re disinterested, have opted out, or not sure where to start. Here are four common reasons behind financial trouble. 1

EASY ACCESS TO CREDIT

Credit, tap and pay, pay day loans, and credit facilities such as Afterpay let us shop now and defer responsibility. Research consistently shows we spend at least 10% more when we use credit because we don’t view it as our money. My advice? Cut up the cards and go old school debit card instead. 2

PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS

Information overload can mean we often give up because it’s all too hard. But just because you’re a saver doesn’t mean your financial sh*t is sorted; bank interest alone won’t secure your financial future. We

My advice is to create a f inancial plan you’re motivated to follow that f its the life you want to create.

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need to understand why we behave the way we do when it comes to money, and then develop financial literacy, or find a great financial advisor who can steer you in the right direction. 3

TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES

The Joneses are no longer living next door – instead, they’re influencers on social media you haven’t met who are receiving their products for free. Add in a comparison culture, scarcity mentality and the ability to shop 24/7, and it can be a recipe for financial disaster. My advice is to create a financial plan you’re motivated to follow that fits the life you want to create. Then find people who inspire you in ways that don’t involve you spending to make yourself feel better. 4

YOU’RE A WAGE SLAVE

Too many of us are living off one source of income, spending most of what we earn, and starting again each payday. Instead, set up your accounts so that

Local Expert Melissa Browne Money & Business Strategy Expert Accounting & Taxation Advantage

you’re not eating from the one large bowl but a bunch of smaller bowls, such as an everyday account, bills account, savings account, and splurge account. Automate your income to be split between these accounts and only spend what’s in your everyday account on your everyday expenses. Then find more streams of income (you want to end up with around six), which may include a side hustle, a part-time job, share investments, super or property.

MELISSA BROWNE Melissa Browne is CEO of accounting firm A&TA and financial planning firm The Money Barre. Her latest book, Unf*ck your Finances, is instore now at all good bookstores.


Budget

Overspent This Christmas? A

Every year we say, “I’m cutting down this year.” But the costs still add up, and some people reach for the plastics and AfterPay to pay for it.

The worst thing to do is get upset... instead, find a solution!

survey by AMP found that two-thirds of people experience regret about the amount of money they spend at Christmas. More than half of people surveyed couldn’t say how much they spent last holidays because they hadn’t kept track. The worst thing to do is to get upset and worried about how you’re going to pay for Christmas; instead, find a solution! My advice is to first Manage the Finance, and then implement Action January. MANAGE THE FINANCE

Local Expert Maria-Luisa Patisso Budget Expert My So-Called Lifestyle

Make a list of your debts. This includes credit cards, AfterPay facilities, and money you owe friends and family. Next to each one, note what interest rate you’re paying and call each provider. Ask if you can have an interest rate reduction, or if they can offer you any solution to avoid paying sky-high interest. Secondly, pay the ones off with the higher interest rate first. Remember, if you cannot pay for the whole bill in one go, always pay the minimum amount to avoid a bad credit rating. Work out a plan with the providers

to pay it off over a longer period of time, but make sure it’s achievable. Finally, stop using credit facilities until all debt is cleared. ACTION JANUARY My followers know that I regularly do ‘Action’ months, especially in the months that I have high outgoings. What’s the action all about? Cutting back big time! This includes all those bought coffees and take-aways, and I use cash instead of PayPass. Action is also for picking up some extra cash selling unwanted items on social media sites or doing some extra paid work. I also use this time to re-assess household bills, including mobile phones, to see if I can get a better deal. I always manage to trim mine down! FOR MORE TIPS AND TRICKS For more money-saving ideas and lifestyle hacks, follow me on: Facebook: My So-Called Lifestyle Instagram: @mysclifestyle

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Property

Summer Dreaming & Holiday Homes...

Local Expert

Sharon Mudiman Property Expert Bespoke Realty Group

TO BUY OR N OT T O B UY? The heart says one thing, the head says another. But how do you really know if buying a holiday home is a good idea?

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’m sure I’m not alone in admitting to being on holidays and having my mind wander to owning a slice of the paradise I’m visiting. An excuse to return every year, a plan for retirement, an easy, predetermined holiday destination; the list of dream scenarios goes on. Yet somehow these dreams are always tinged with the doubt that this seemingly brilliant idea may not be so brilliant on paper. With so many factors to consider, let’s review the basics. FIRSTLY, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT THE PROPERTY FOR? If it’s financial gain, do your research. Do you require rental income to cover expenses? How many weeks per year is the

property rentable? Can you arrange your schedule to enjoy it in off-peak seasons? It’s critical you determine when and how often you want to use the property to justify property management and maintenance costs. SECONDLY, WHAT IS THE MARKET TREND IN YOUR CHOSEN DESTINATION? Often affordable holiday homes are positioned in low population areas with minimal infrastructure and a lack of non-seasonal employment. In our day-to-day lives, we know these factors contribute to low economic growth and can evoke a volatile economy. This can have a flow-on effect that may undermine your property’s value and cause it to be unstable. THIRDLY, BEWARE OF POTENTIAL TAX IMPLICATIONS ON BOTH THE RENTAL AND SALE OF YOUR INVESTMENT. Income generated from renting the property may incur tax, and capital gains tax may be payable when you sell,

so it’s well worth speaking with your accountant first. So, does the dreamy holiday bubble always have to pop? Not necessarily. If you do your sums, determine the key reason you want the property, and have a plan for you and your family to enjoy it for years to come, there is no reason why a holiday home can’t be a solid investment. So once you’ve done your research, sit back, relax, and keep on summer dreaming. NEED MORE INFORMATION? BESPOKE REALTY GROUP CAN HELP Sharon Mudiman, Licensee and Principal of Bespoke Realty Group (formerly Glenmore Park First National), has been negotiating the sale of property for over 25 years in the Greater Penrith Region. Get in touch with Sharon today on 4737 9977 or visit bespokerg.com.au.

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Reasons to Refinance

If you have a home loan, there are many reasons you may consider refinancing. Here are my top 5 . 1 YOU’RE NOT GETTING THE BEST RATE

If you’ve been with your current lender for a while, you may not be getting the best rate on your home loan. After all, some lenders reserve their best interest rates for new customers. That means it often pays to shop around to find out what the best rate available is. When you do, make sure you compare comparison rates and not the headline interest rate. 2 YOU’RE NOT GETTING THE BEST FEATURES

How much you’ll pay on a home loan doesn’t always have to come down to your interest rate, or even your fees and charges. Features such as an offset account or redraw facility can help you reduce the amount of interest

Lending

Local Expert Peita Davies

Home Loan Specialist realestate.com.au Home Loans Penrith

you pay and let you pay off your home loan sooner. If your current home loan doesn’t let you take advantage of these facilities, and you’d like the chance to make extra repayments, now might be a good time to refinance. 3 YOU WANT TO RENOVATE OR EXTEND

Unless you’ve saved a lot of money, renovating or extending usually requires borrowing additional funds. This could make it the perfect time to refinance. That said, there may be other alternatives to raising the money, such as extending or increasing your current loan, redrawing any additional repayments you’ve made, taking out a construction loan, or using a line of credit or personal loan. However, often refinancing is the cheapest option. 4 YOU NEED TO CONSOLIDATE DEBT

Life can be expensive and sometimes we need to borrow money for things outside of the home, such as cars or holidays. Home loans tend to attract a significantly lower rate of interest than credit cards, car loans or personal

loans. So, if you have a substantial amount of personal debt it may make sense to refinance and consolidate it into your home loan to make your payments more manageable. If you choose this approach, however, it always pays to remember that a home loan tends to have a longer term than a personal loan. That means, even if you reduce your repayments in the short term, you could be paying more in the long run. 5 YOU WANT TO PAY OFF YOUR HOME

LOAN SOONER Our circumstances sometimes change after we take out a home loan, and often that’s for the better. If you’ve received pay rises, bonuses or windfalls, you may want to pay off your home loan sooner than you had originally imagined. By refinancing, you may be able to reduce the term of your loan so that you can do just this, reducing the amount of interest you’ll pay and saving yourself money in the process.

In short… there are a number of reasons to refinance your home loan. These are just some of them.

Looking to refinance?

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Interiors

Festive Decorating

CHRISTMAS THEME

Local Expert Shirley Gavin

Interior Design Expert Nepean Inner Designs

Don’t get overwhelmed with the thought of decorating your home this festive season.

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hile we all love entertaining, at one stage or another we’ve all stressed about how we decorate our home for guests over Christmas. But decorating should be fun, so here’s some ideas and tips on creating the perfect festive environment. And best of all, on a budget! The first thing I do is put together a Christmas mood board. Look everywhere for ideas and pull together things you like. This year, I’ll be taking my inspiration from nature. My mood board has prompted me to use found and recycled objects, such as: • • • •

Eucalyptus trees Timber Brown paper Soft pink flowers

• Pinecones • Hessian, and • Twine.

To illustrate, this is how I’ll apply the ideas on my mood board (pictured above) to my home.

THE DINING ROOM Simplicity is key, so I’ll use a white tablecloth as a base. Simple hessian placemats will provide contrast against white China, and I’ll add colour and texture with: •

Pink napkins wrapped with brown string, and leaf name tags to add a personal touch

A simple floral arrangement made from an assortment of gum leaves and pink flowers. Glass or crystal vases keep the theme simple, and

A scattering of pinecones around the vase. THE LOUNGE ROOM

To maintain the theme, I’ll add soft, dusky pink scatter cushions to the lounge with a throw to match. I’ll also create a low floral arrangement, similar to the one for the dining table, to sit on the coffee table. Decorating doesn’t have to be extravagant; the key is simplicity (which we achieved by uncluttering last month) and consistency across your living areas.

THE CHRISTMAS TREE We have a green Christmas tree, which I’ll keep simple with a combination of white, pink and timber decorations. Although basic, the assortment will continue the natural theme while being quite sophisticated in its simplicity. If you have a white tree, simply add pink and timber decorations, and use some hessian string to bring the look together. Gorgeous! So there you have it – a few tips to making Christmas decorating simple without experiencing overwhelm or spending huge amounts of money. It’s a time to relax and celebrate, so here’s to creating the perfect environment for you to do both!

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Motoring

PROTECTING YOUR

Cooling System Cooling system protection is one of the least understood aspects of vehicle maintenance.

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COOLANT The word ‘coolant’ is the single most misleading word when it comes to cooling system maintenance. ‘Coolant’ simply means a liquid that provides temperature-transferring qualities. It could be any liquid. So beware, even if the label states ‘coolant’, research the product carefully to ensure it provides the qualities you require. If in doubt, don’t use it. CORROSION INHIBITORS Corrosion inhibitors are chemical packages that should be added to soft or demineralised water. Several basic formulations of corrosion inhibitors are used, which have been around for many years. A good quality corrosion inhibitor will assist in the control of: • pH level (typically between 7.5 and 9.0) • Metal corrosion • Scale formulation • Electrolysis, and • Cavitation erosion. Note: Corrosion inhibitors have no effect on the freezing or boiling point of the cooling system. ANTI-FREEZE/ANTI-BOIL (AF/AB) CONCENTRATE The volume of AF/AB concentrate usually recommended in Australia is between 33.3% and 50%. The main advantage of AF/AB is that the glycol component:

• Increases the point at which the system will boil, and • Decreases the point at which the system will freeze. In general, corrosion inhibitors work better when blended in glycol as it provides better stability for the inhibitor chemicals. In recent years the use of AF/AB has become the preference of manufacturers to combat the incidence of ‘hot spot boiling’. VEHICLE MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDATIONS If a manufacturer recommends AF/AB to be used in their vehicles, then there is no choice. You may say, ‘I’m not going to the snow, so I don’t need it’. But climate conditions are only one of the reasons for a manufacturer to specify AF/AB. It can be potentially dangerous to change from AF/AB to an inhibitor if AF/AB is the recommendation of the manufacturer. On the other hand, there is no problem with changing from an inhibitor to AF/AB after flushing. MODERN VEHICLE LOADS Cooling systems of modern vehicles work harder than those of the past, so it has never been more important to maintain them. Remember, there is no such thing as a product that will eliminate corrosion completely. At best, it can be kept under control with the correct care and selection of protective products. Unfortunately, too many people think a cooling system starts and finishes at the radiator. Nothing could be further from the truth; a radiator is the easiest cooling system component to repair or replace. Proper maintenance is essential to ensure your cooling system components remain reliable, and your engine operates efficiently for years to come.

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Digital

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Phone Listening

Trish Fehon

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Have you ever been spooked by highly-targeted ads popping up in your Facebook feed after you’ve talked about a certain product or service?

But, to date, these companies and others say they’re not listening in to our phones. And, actually, it seems unlikely they’d need to.

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Apparently, your clickstream is like a window into your stream of consciousness, and we unwittingly divulge masses of other information about ourselves every time we log on.

All of which might make you wonder, ‘Is my phone listening to me?’

It seems that, by opting into the world of social media and online searches, we’ve opted out of an anonymous life.

ou know you didn’t search for the product online, or include it in a post, text or email. You only ever mentioned it in a phone conversation or when your phone was nearby.

It sounds far-fetched, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. After all, smartphones are designed to listen out for, and respond to, questions we ask of Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa. There are some pretty sophisticated algorithms already at work, and we know Google and Facebook use them extensively to collect data and target advertising.

In a previous article, I talked about how by analysing 300 of your Facebook likes, an artificial intelligence enhanced algorithm can evaluate your character better than your partner.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Experts predict a groundswell of unease about online tracking will result in the rise of products and services to help us hide our activity – muffle our conversations, as it were. And, until they do, all this lovely data is a goldmine for business owners!

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INHERITANCE An inheritance can affect your entitlement to a pension. The value and type of the inheritance are the key, as limits have been set for income and assets. If you exceed those limits, you may only be entitled to a part pension, or no pension at all.

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Ignore it • Some people don’t do anything about managing and distributing an estate but it must be completed as soon as reasonably possible, especially when Probate or Letters of Administration are involved. The Executor or Administrator has a duty to the Court to administer the estate in a timely way; • The duty is on you as the pensioner to notify Centrelink of any change or potential change in your assets or income. Delay it • Delaying the inevitable does not work, and Centrelink is aware of this strategy.

It can take time to finalise an estate, so getting your inheritance may be delayed but, generally, you don’t need to notify Centrelink of your inheritance until you receive it.

Make a Gift • Giving away your inheritance doesn’t work because of the Centrelink deprivation rule – this means that, even though you give it away, Centrelink says you’ve still got it and it will be part of your assessable assets for at least five years;

Centrelink also realises that you may not be able to receive your inheritance for up to 12 months after the person’s death.

• You are entitled to give away only $10,000 per year up to $30,000 in the first five years.

Under law, you must let Centrelink know of any changes to your financial situation within 14 days of the change. The 14-day period starts when you receive your inheritance. If there is a delay in receiving your inheritance – say, longer than 12 months – you may need to explain the delay to Centrelink.

Refuse to accept it • Refusing to accept the gift does not help, as it is the same as making a gift.

If you receive an inheritance, you cannot retain your pension entitlement if you:

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Christmas Crossword DOWN 1. “--- Christmas!â€? (5) 2. Gold Coast surfer who once ran the largest surf store chain (7) 3. Ribaldry (8) 4. Growers ďŹ ll unusual wedding bloom dispensers (6,5) 5. Valentine’s Day ďŹ gure (5) 6. Like the Magis’ guiding light (4-6) 7. Put back in (2-5) 8. Trap for small mammals (3) 9. Indian governors (6) 10. Gathering of the clan, often at Xmas (6,7) 11. Sedimentary rock (9) 16. Inexperienced (5) 17. Boxing Day retail therapy (5) 19. Sticks (7) 21. Depression ďŹ ghter (1,1,1,1) 23. Cars are supported by it (10,3) 25. Flat pancake-like bread (7) 28. Accordingly (4) 30. Yuletide song by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr (6,5) 31. Unearned proďŹ t (5) 32. Busy guy in December (5,5) 33. Most peevish (9) 34. Set free (5) 36. Constituent (8) 39. Medically misplaced (7) 41. Graphically improve (7) 42. Decorative bunch of threads (6) 44. Ascend (5) 45. Lot left it (5) 47. God’s gift to the world (3) ACROSS 1. Respectful title (9) 6. Some beef dishes (11) 12. Jesus (6,2,5) 13. Reporter (7) 14. Emphatic agreement (3,6) 15. Santa might get fed up with the sound of these! (6,5) 17. Harmonises (5) 18. Warranties (10) 20. Small band (4)







































 





















 



 











 













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Where the Beatles went back to (1,1,1,1) TrafďŹ c guide (6,4) Tense (5) Healing (11) Compositions for an orchestra and soloist (9) Goes by (7) Behaving irresponsibly (7,6) High-collared jumpers (11) Site of the ďŹ rst Christmas Day (9)

CROSSWORD ANSWERS Across: 1 HonoriďŹ c, 6 Stroganoffs, 12 Prince of Peace, 13 Newsman, 14 Yes indeed, 15 Sleigh bells, 17 Syncs, 18 Guarantees, 20 Trio, 22 Luck, 24 Archdeacon, 26 Sauce, 27 Semi-desert, 29 Wassailing, 33 Carol, 34 Unshakable, 35 Anna, 37 U S S R, 38 Street sign, 40 Nervy, 43 Therapeutic, 44 Concertos, 46 Elapses, 48 Playing around, 49 Turtlenecks, 50 Bethlehem. Down: 1 Happy, 2 Neilsen, 3 Raciness, 4 Flower girls, 5 Cupid, 6 Star-shaped, 7 Re-elect, 8 Gin, 9 Nawabs, 10 Family reunion, 11 Sandstone, 16 Green, 17 Sales, 19 Adheres, 21 S S R I, 23 Compressed air, 25 Chapati, 28 Duly, 30 Silent Night, 31 Gravy, 32 Santa Claus, 33 Crustiest, 34 Untie, 36 Integral, 39 Ectopic, 41 Retouch, 42 Tassel, 44 Climb, 45 Sodom, 47 Son. Issue 23 December/January 2019

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Horoscopes

Horoscopes By Sherrynne Dalby

Sagittarius

(22 NOV – 22 DEC)

Capricorn (22 DEC – 20 JAN) 2019 will be a year of consolidation. Relationships can become far more serious, but they don’t need to be hard work; especially for December birthdays. For early January birthdays, 2019 puts the focus directly on you. It’s important to take care of those we love, but it’s just as important to take care of ourselves. Self care does not equate to selfish; it’s just common sense. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of others? Make sure you pencil in time for yourself and the things you enjoy, and help recharge your battery.

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The Archer (Centaur)

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Dark blue, purple and violet

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Thursday

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Three

This is your annual time for renewal - Happy Solar Return, Sagittarius! The saying ‘Many Happy Returns’ is a reference to the sun returning each year to the same area in the sky that it was at the time of birth. For Sagittarius, that is from 22 November until 22 December, it covers all those born under the sign of the Archer. The coming month will give you a snapshot of the year ahead. Pay attention to what’s going on around your birthday for clues. For November birthdays, the year ahead sees a focus of energy on others and relationships. Early December birthdays will need to do some self-improvement. This can be physical, mental and emotional, and is nothing you’re not aware of and have been working towards for some time now. Home matters will require attention during the coming year. Mid-December birthdays are looking to be more creative and self-expressive. Let your hair down and follow your bliss. No matter when your birthday falls, the coming year will be full of opportunity, so put on your catcher’s mitt and be ready.

Virgo (23 AUG – 23 SEP) Home and family, along with partners, garner most of your attention during December. It can be a source of angst initially, as you feel yourself being pulled in different directions with little time or energy left for yourself. This is not entirely a bad thing, as you are learning what is really important to you and your life. You are also discovering how to care for yourself and your needs, while still taking care of others and your obligations. As the year comes to a close, you will find time to let your hair down and party.

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Aquarius (20 JAN – 19 FEB) For you, this time of year is very busy socially. But this year? Even more than usual. It’s therefore important that you write everything down or risk double-booking or confusing your appointments. There can be a tendency to go over the top, so keep this in mind. Positive career moves are afoot, and this can be a pay increase or a move into an area you’ve been working towards. There can be a change of heart early December. Unexpected news or a turnaround of previous communication is likely. Utilise your network well.

Aries (21 MAR – 20 APR)

Career matters have a positive and forward trajectory at the moment, but this may be creating more than a few headaches for you. Perhaps you are finding work and other commitments are taking more time and energy than you would like, leaving little of either for yourself. This can be magnified for early March birthdays. This should all be positive in the longer term and things will settle into the new year but you have been noticed, along with your abilities. It may be time for you to stop hiding in the shadows and accept the accolades you deserve.

Financial matters that may have stalled, or even moved backwards, last month should start moving forward again from early December. Opportunities to improve yourself and your earning ability will present over the next year. Now is the perfect time to enrol in a new course that will take you in a new direction. Although matters may not seem clear at the moment and you may feel as though the world is against you, life will sort out. Legal matters should eventually resolve in your favour, although there may be initial setbacks. You need to get out of your head and bring things into reality.

Taurus (20 APR – 21 MAY)

Gemini (21 MAY – 21 JUN)

Relationships receive a boost throughout December and into the new year; this can initially be unexpected for April birthdays. From the 7th, enjoy increased opportunities to clear up misunderstandings and open a new level of communication. The coming year provides options to streamline and improve finances. The temptation to overspend at the moment could make balancing the budget difficult and undermine your attempts to improve your financial situation. Christmas should be a wonderful, magical time for you, but don’t overdo it at the work or neighbourhood Christmas party.

Relationships should definitely be on the up through this latter part of 2018 and continuing through 2019. Communication becomes smoother after the 8th when you find it much easier to get your point across. Try to keep a lid on your Christmas spending, especially when buying on credit. If not, you may find the new year very lean as you pull your belt in. Mid-January can be quite positive for relationships and fortunate when it comes to any joint ventures. It may be that you need to refinance in order to move forward; do so carefully.

Cancer (21 JUN – 23 JUL) Early month can see some unexpected turns around home and career. The two are inextricably linked; too much time spent at work can create friction at home and, in some cases, vice versa. What you are undergoing now, for the most part, should be a positive and (in the end) pleasant experience, but can feel jolting initially. The jolt is needed to move you out of your inertia. Health issues can emerge or re-emerge, so be careful not to overdo things or push too hard. Don’t self medicate or ignore problems; see a professional. Relationships come into focus late month.

Libra (23 SEP – 23 OCT) A sibling or close friend can be the bearer of good news. Work-related travel is on the cards. It’s definitely time to expand your horizons and break out of the confines you’ve placed on yourself. You can be feeling a lack of self confidence, which has you hiding away. This is a time for you to go within, to find solace and comfort in your surroundings. Even when you hide your light, others still notice your positive qualities. Use this to lay groundwork for future moves. Home and family take much of your time and energy in the new year.

Leo (23 JUL – 23 AUG) You are now in what should be one of your favourite times of the year. This is a time when you can be at your most playful and creative. As always, the biggest problem is a lack of money to finance your plans. You can go over the top at this time of year and, while your generosity is wonderful, you can do it on a budget that won’t send you into debt. Later in the month and heading into the new year sees your creativity and imagination put to good use as you make improvements to your living conditions.

Scorpio (23 OCT – 22 NOV) Your earning capacity receives a boost and you may find creative new ways to improve your bank balance. You can also undergo a somewhat radical makeover for yourself under the current energy. You are definitely looking for change and are feeling charged with renewed creative ideas. You are looking to share your ideas in the new year and can find your greatest support fairly close at hand. You should be able to convert something you enjoy into a source of income in 2019. The biggest obstacle to your success will be your own confidence, or lack thereof.


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