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When I’ve been fortunate to witness a falling star I’ve usually made a wish related to happiness. If these wishes are anything to go by, I clearly thought that being happy was the key to living a good life. But apparently I was on the wrong track – and am more likely to find a good life in helping others. Read more →


The environmental and financial benefits of sharing and hand-me-downs are widely recognised. Most of us know that when we borrow or favour pre-loved we minimise waste and reduce resource use. But a major hurdle in the use of second-hand items is being able to find what we need, when we need it. I have found one of the most effective ways to find what you want without resorting to buying new is to let your friends and family know what you are searching for. It’s highly likely that someone will have what you need sitting unused and unloved in their... Read more →


The sense in eco-villages, where tasks are shared among households or delegated, is clearer to me now than ever before. I’ve been watching with interest the progress of a proposed eco village here in the Hunter Valley. The Shepherds Ground eco village is destined for a 277 acre property around 15 minutes from Morpeth and only 40 minutes from the Newcastle airport. It will provide 29 households with the opportunity to enjoy living on a sustainable and productive rural property without the work that’s associated with going it alone. Read more →


Children playing in the front yard is something I rarely see these days. This apparent lack of neighbourhood play saddens me a little, so I was thrilled when I heard about a verge veggie garden created by some Newcastle kids. The garden is only a couple of weeks old and already has become a place for the neighbourhood kids to meet, work and play. Read more →


Car Next Door lets people share cars with their neighbours for the mutual benefit of both. The car owner makes a little extra cash, offsetting the costs of their car and the borrower has access to a car that would otherwise be sitting idle. The benefits extend beyond the owner and the borrower – with each car in the project keeping an average of eight other cars off the road. Read more →