Review: Berty Button Gets a Team

Berty Button gets a Team by Marina Bertolino

Berty Button Gets a Team by Marina Bertolino, Illustrated by Ryan Jones, Published by Berty Button Kids, Wodonga 2012 AU$17.95, or $9.95 for the eBook. Berty Button is the brain child of Marina Bertolino, who is part of the actual bertybutton transport team, and was inspired by the joy trucks – especially their jelly bean…




Book Review: Making Home, by Sharon Astyk

Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place By Sharon Astyk; Published by New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, 2012, RRP AU$27.99. Currently available on Fishpond $18.66. Sharon Astyk’s new book Making Home is part how-to, part memoir, and all inspiration. In it she argues that change is coming, whether we like…




Freycinet, a Novel by Melanie Calvert

Book cover: Freycinet by Melanie Calvert

Freycinet… the thin, tenuous, shimmery line that separates memory and forgetting, permanence and transience, sanity and insanity. Freycinet¬† (pronounced Frey-sin-ay) is an almost ethereal psychological murder mystery set in the majestic wilds of Tasmania. I’m not going to write a full review because it was written by a friend of mine, and plus I’m acknowledged…




Literature Survey – Sustainable Living & Urban Homesteading

Nurturing Creativity A gude for busy moms by Renee Tougas

Most of the books I’ve been reading lately are in some way related to sustainable living or urban homesteading, as I’m (slowly, slowly) doing a literature review for a project I’m working on. Here are some snippets: “…for each daily need that we re-learn to provide within our homes and communities, we strengthen our independence…




Book Review: When We Were Kittens

David Greagg - When We Were Kittens, Book Cover with a picture of the black and white Dougal on the front

When We Were Kittens by David Greagg, 2012. Publisher: Clan Destine Press; 203 pages rrp $18.00. The amusing sequel to Dougal’s Diary, David Greagg’s When We Were Kittens, was released earlier this year. It begins when Dougal and Shadow are around two years old and invites us to share another year of their lives. This…