Are You Hiding?


Slowly but surely more of you are choosing to follow this blog.  Some I know through your blogs but others of you remain a mystery.

Then there are those of you who are not followers – please consider subscribing.  To subscribe you can just click the button ‘Sign Me Up’ on the right hand side of the blog.

The best part of the blog is being able to have a conversation with you about topics that are raised and share ideas.

So, my challenge for you today is to post a short comment and introduce yourself.  Information you could share may be:

  • How you found this blog
  • Your location (in general terms)
  • Ideas for future posts
  • Your interests

I look forward to hearing from you and creating a dynamic community where we can learn and share.

What are you waiting for?  Just click on ‘Leave a Comment’. 🙂

23 thoughts on “Are You Hiding?

  1. Hi Fairy, I am a member of Simple Savings and read your Blog every day. I really enjoy it.
    I am in Victoria and my SS name is loodle.

    • Hi Lynda
      It is fantastic to hear a bit more about those who choose to read my blog. Glad to hear you pop in every day. I do try to write on a range of subjects so there is something for everyone. 🙂

  2. Hi, I’m Poppet and I love to pop in and see what Fairy has been up to. I met Fairy through the Simple Savings website and I now enjoy following her blog.

    I live in Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs and in contrast to Fairy have a small garden. However, I do have a vegetable garden and have plenty of tomatoes, zucchini, spring onions, lettuce, capsicum, and herbs etc to keep us going. We have a passionfruit vine on our entrance porch which must be in a good position as we have lots of fruit each year. We also have a very productive small lemon tree that keep us well supplied with lemons. So despite the small area, we have been fortunate with our harvest! I would love to have the fruit trees that Fairy has and I always read with interest when she harvests fruit – or vegies – and how she preserves or cooks with them.

    My husband and I are retired and we are active members of Rotary and enjoy our involvement. I love craft and particularly making cards. It is a great hobby that I not only enjoy but enables me to have cards on hand to send to family and friends on special occasions. Also I put a few in packs to use as gifts. In years gone by I used to spend a lot of time knitting soft toys but you can only use so many!! Friends are happy to have cards as a repeat gift so they can stock up and it’s a very enjoyable and rewarding hobby. I wish I could sew and make the lovely items that Fairy makes, but sadly I am not any good at sewing – but thank goodness we are all different.

    I enjoy reading Fairy’s blog and following her journey. She really is an inspiration, she is doing what a lot of us think about!!

    • Hi Poppet
      Thank you so much for your kind words. You have put a lot of thought into your comprehensive introduction. It is fascinating when you are reading blogs to know about the author but also other readers. I think it really helps to develop a sense of community and belonging.
      Your card making must save you lots of money (bought cards are soooo expensive) as well as being a creative outlet. I am sure the recipients appreciate them.
      If you ever want to knit some soft toys again, I think it is the Red Cross distribute ‘Trauma Teddies’ that are knitted by volunteers to children in stressful situations. Anything from hospitalisation to evacuation in times of natural disaster. I will try to find the information.

  3. I came to you from SS and I am interested in your organisational skills. I am quite organised in my classrrom this year and I am improving at home but still have a way to go. Any little hint of yours I can get to help me out is gratefully received.

    • Hi Deb
      Organisation is one of my key strategies and there are usually posts on organisation topics at least a couple of times each week. Sometimes it is the simplest things that create a ‘lightbulb moment’ for us. It is good to be able to share ideas with others who have a common purpose in the blogging world. Have you checked out this blog? It is by Kim (another SSer) and she has some really interesting posts on different aspects of organising.

  4. Hi, I’m Alice, and I found your blog from a link in Zoe’s blog, and stuck around 😀 I’m in London UK, so thinking about sustainable living in almost completely the opposite setting from you, but still finding your blog interesting, and useful.

    • Hi Alice
      Thanks for saying hello. I know Zoe has posted links to this from her blog so it is great to hear that you found me that way. I read some blogs from the UK and it is always strange reading about the opposite seasons as well as urban vs rural settings.
      Sustainable living really knows no bounds and in many respects it can be easier when you are living in an urban environment. I would love to hear more about your living arrangements and whether you have access to a garden or allotment.

  5. Hi Fairy, I’m Owl Lover from SS, I enjoy your regular updates on what you’re doing. I’m also in Mlebourne near the Dandenongs. xx

    • Hi Michelle
      Nice to hear from you. The Dandenongs is a beautiful part of the world. Do you live on acreage or a town block? I try to write about the everyday stuff that I do and hope that ti will encourage and inspire others.

  6. Oh dear, I am not sure how I initially stumbled upon your blog – most often I see a comment on someones blog and then follow the blogs I find interesting. I live way up in northern Queensland, right on the verge of the rainforest. I am always impressed by your de-cluttering posts and sometimes it spurs me on to do some de-cluttering at home. 🙂

  7. G’day. I live in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. I recently found this blog and will simply wait and see. I started writing a blog of my own, thinking it would be easy and fun. Not quite, but will persevere.
    I used to live in the suburbs in a huge house with all the trimmings – pool, garden, too many rooms, lots of space. Now I live in a small high rise apartment dead in the middle of the city. If you ever imagine you need to be organised, try my new lifestyle!!!!!
    I have a few potted plants on my verandah that have been shredded by strong monsoon winds recently.
    I enjoy reading and seeing pieces of lives by women similar to me. I make cards, sew and knit, fiddle around on the computer, cook, and study because I am retired and can do the things I actually like now.

    • Hi Louise
      Great to meet you. I understand how you must be organised in a small space. It really is all we need, isn’t it. My mother recently moved from a 5 bedroom family home to a 1 bedroom unit in a retirement village so I have witnessed decluttering on an enormous scale. It really reminds us of how little we actually need.
      Blogging is challenging and can be hard work sometimes but I have found it worth persevering. Would you like to share you blog address so I can check it out? Your interests sound similar to mine, except I am still working full-time. 🙂

  8. *waves* I’m Gingermuggins from SS. I quite enjoy everything you write about. I like simple life blogs and your’s seems just that 🙂
    I’m from the Wimmera in Victoria, have been here for nearly a year, before that i was in Sth Aust. Very dry and hot here. Growing a vegie garden in the heat is trial and error at the moment. Busliy renovating our home which is always fun and games lol
    I enjoy being a mum and wife. I like crafting, gardening, reading, blogging. I miss being on a farm with all the animals and the tranquility although where i am now is fairly peaceful just not with acerage.

    • Hi Sami
      Lovely to hear from you. Gardening seems to be a trial no matter what the weather. Ours is being drowned at the moment. We almost measure our rainfall in feet – not inches!! I know about hot and dry too as I lived in South Australia for 14 years. Have you seen Tania’s blog? She is in Port Augusta and manages to keep a garden going which is an achievement.

  9. Hi Fairy,
    I’m Barb from SS and have followed your Blog from the beginning. We live in northern Victoria and are discovering more and more in our new garden. Not sure what to do with what we think is a custard apple or the figs! I am decluttering as we set up the house..paperwork at the moment! I hope to get to the sewing machine but in reality I don’t need anything at the moment.

    • HI Barb
      It is great to know I have a long-term reader who has stuck with me. I must be doing something right. 🙂 It is almost 12 months since I began this blog and it has exceeded all of my expectations.
      We did have a custard apple tree here but we got rid of it a couple of years ago. Neither The Duke nor I eat them and we found that all we were doing was feeding
      (and probably encouraging) the local scrub turkeys. They seem to be something that people either love or loathe. We also have a fig tree that was planted about 3-4 years ago. We are getting a great crop this year and I am actually thinking of trying to dry some in the dehydrator. I will let you know if it is successful.

  10. Hi, I’m Joanna and I’m from the Washington, D.C. area. I think you found my blogs first. While I’m super interested in decluttering, I’m good enough at that already. What I’m not good at is gardening (particularly small space/indoor gardening), so I would love to hear more posts from you about that! Anything on small space living is also interesting to me too.

  11. Hi Joanna
    I did find your blog while I was cruising around searching for like-minded folk. I will certainly look at some more gardening posts and although I have plenty of space I will try to add some things that can be grown in small spaces. The garden is on hold just at the moment as the rain just keeps tumbling down. I am beginning to wonder whether it will ever stop!

  12. Hi Fairy,

    We’re just back from a lovely holiday with friends from England and I’m catching up with your blogs written while I was away. I’ve followed you from the early days and enjoy reading about your everyday living as well as your organisational skills – we have lived in SE Queensland (North Brisbane outer suburbs in Moreton Shire) for more than thirty years after moving from my home town up north. I know about your blog from your regular posts on SS.

    We are retirees now and enjoying being free to travel wherever and whenever we wish, so minimal work and clutter at home suits us very well. We are passionate family history researchers (amateurs but have been doing it since the 1980’s so lots of experience), and often combine holidays with research.

    We have a good size back yard and grow much of our own fruit and vegetables and try to live and eat as naturally as we can, avoiding preservatives wherever possible. Your way of doing things interests me greatly and I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work.

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