To the last drop

The last of my Paw Paw lip balm. This appeared to be the case as I squeezed the tube with all my strength. No matter how hard I pressed nothing came out. But was it empty? No, there’s always some left inside impossible to extract. Not being able to squeeze any more out doesn’t mean … More To the last drop

Winter colds

I’ve just gotten over a cold. Well, it is winter and my house is not the warmest. This cold was accompanied by an irritating cough that would escalate in the evenings and wouldn’t stop. The usual pattern is a two week timeframe for my colds whether I take medication or not. As there doesn’t appear … More Winter colds

Double or … ?

Last week I wrote about my trip to Lake Ballard, north of Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. While I was away people stayed in my house through Airbnb. In fact, for about three weeks my house was occupied through Airbnb. Prior to travelling out to the Goldfields, my friend Frances invited me … More Double or … ?

Camping Trip

For some time I’ve wanted to go to Lake Ballard, north of Kalgoorlie, to see Antony Gormley’s sculptures. As the 51 sculptures were installed in 2003 it has taken me quite awhile to make the journey. Lake Ballard and the sculptures were worth the wait and the 740km drive from Perth. To see the sculptures … More Camping Trip


Not so long ago I celebrated my birthday. With lots happening I took a break from this blog. The break led me to consider whether to continue with Living Well on a Shoestring, take a new direction or do something different. Something that struck me was the effort it seemed to take to come up … More Birthdays

Eat at home

Home cooking is the most economical way to eat. Of course for special occasions many of us like to celebrate by eating out. And we can afford to eat out by eating in more often. I have come across interesting articles about how little home cooked meals can cost. Today I saw an article where … More Eat at home