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The Growing Cost of Energy

The Growing Cost of Energy

Let me ask you a question. What is the single-most costly expense in your household? For us it is rates/water, followed by our electricity bill. Over recent years we’ve turned into “electricity commandos”, running around our house turning off lights and appliances and using a rug for warmth during the cooler months. For many people…

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By 50 Shades, November 23, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: Northern Territory

Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: Northern Territory

We finally crossed the border from Western Australia into Northern Territory early one morning after departing Lake Argyle. We were on day 159, or just over 5 months, of our travel around Australia in 185 days and we were looking forward to delving into the Territory. The Northern Territory is a vast outback region in…

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By 50 Shades, November 20, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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People and Places Around The World

People and Places Around The World

Have you ever been to a place in the world and met someone who has told you their story and made you appreciate the charmed life you lead? I know I have met many people in different countries and cultures that have really left an imprint on my heart and even formed a long lasting…

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By 50 Shades, November 16, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: North West Australia & The Kimberley

Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: North West Australia & The Kimberley

Western Australia is a vast territory. We had already spent 70 days exploring this Australian state and were about to disappear into the wilderness and rugged beauty of the immense Kimberley, the northern-most region in Australia. After departing Broome, our travel around Australia in 185 days took us to Derby and then across the stupendous…

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By 50 Shades, November 13, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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My First Year of Being Sixty

My First Year of Being Sixty

Sixty years old! Yikes it sounds so old and I still have to slap myself to believe that I reached this milestone age earlier in the year. As it has turned out my first year of being sixty has been pretty amazing and although I was dreading it I’m now loud and proud to be…

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By 50 Shades, November 9, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: North West Australia Part 3.

Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: North West Australia Part 3.

Exmouth was spectacular! We didn’t really want to leave this paradise and the amazing Ningaloo Reef with its abundant marine life. But it was time to move on and continue our travel around Australia in 185 days. After all there was so much more to see! Before we knew it we were in the Pilbara…

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By 50 Shades, November 6, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Weekend in Wooli

Weekend in Wooli

The north coast of New South Wales is littered with hundreds of great little coastal villages, rivers and pristine beaches. We decided recently to travel around 3 hours south of the Gold Coast to spend a long weekend in Wooli, 50kms south-east of Grafton. We discovered we were going to be in for a treat!…

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By 50 Shades, November 2, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: Western Australia Part 2.

Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: Western Australia Part 2.

The weather had taken a turn for the worse, so once we departed Margaret River, we made the decision to head north and get around the city of Perth. We drove for a large part of the day, only stopping occasionally to eat, drink and go to the toilet. Although our initial plan was to…

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By 50 Shades, October 30, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Trekking in Sapa

Trekking in Sapa

Our recent holiday to Vietnam was a blend of luxuriating in a 5 star resort, followed by a few days of roughing it a little. We spent 8 nights at two luxury hotels/resorts, followed by a night in Hanoi before we set off on a guided tour up into the mountains of North Vietnam. Our…

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By 50 Shades, October 26, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: South Western Australia

Travel Around Australia in 185 Days: South Western Australia

We crossed the South Australian/Western Australian border early one morning on day 72 of our travel around Australia in 185 Days. The border crossing, located at the aptly named roadhouse of Border Village, meant we had to ditch all of our fruit and vegetables at the check point. Once we cleared the checkpoint we stopped…

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By 50 Shades, October 23, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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