Certificated!

This week, a year after I started, I got my Certificate of Engagement from IAP2 Australasia. The course has been a whirlwind trip through the IAP2 approach to public participation and engagement, which has definitely made me think more carefully about how to engage with people in a meaningful way, as I move through theContinue reading “Certificated!”

Fancy a free dog coat?

You may know that I have two beautiful doggies. Although we are in Australia, it gets pretty cool in the winter and we have found that they sometimes need a little coat to keep them warm, especially at night. Roxy, as half whippet, half border-collie, is deeper-chested that most dogs, but stockier than most whippets.Continue reading “Fancy a free dog coat?”

Connecting through COVID

It’s not a unique insight to say that one of the casualties of COVID has been social connection within teams. The team I lead at the moment has had a particular challenge because we underwent a restructure during COVID. While less than ideal, there were a number of reasons that meant I couldn’t delay. SoContinue reading “Connecting through COVID”

Announcing the knitting stitch library

One of the key building blocks of knitting is stitch patterns. Every sweater, blanket, sock, dog coat, whatever, has at its heart one or more stitch patterns – combinations of purls, knits, yarn overs, slips, knit togethers and all the other knitting elements, that make a pattern. These can go from the very simple –Continue reading “Announcing the knitting stitch library”

Feeding our liver lover

Our lurcher Roxy is very food-motivated, but we have found that quite a few shop-bought treats disagree with her tummy. She seems to tolerate liver treats best of all, (while recognising that they need to be used in moderation). I’ve started buying chicken livers from my local market and making treats for her at home.Continue reading “Feeding our liver lover”

Taming the curls

When I was about 32 my hair underwent a big change. I had a drastic hair cut (think Annie Lennox circa Sweet Dreams) and when it grew back it was curly. It wasn’t any sort of problem until I moved to South-East Australia – from 80% average humidity to 55%: not what my curls likeContinue reading “Taming the curls”