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There is an art to the everyday 💚 elladee-collage-3-white-nostalgic

“If you write one story it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favour.”
Edgar Rice Burroughs

Having escaped from the city to live simply & creatively in a country-coastal region I hope to write more. Maybe better if ERB  is to be believed.

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”
Paulo Coelho

I’m inspired by day-to-day life, past & present, people & places. My favourite word is happy.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.”
Charles W. Eliot

My first and enduring love is books but I’m also a devotee of internet, email, e-books, blogging: any sort of information and communication. I have eclectic reading tastes but people’s lives, stories, journeys, quotes and wise words particularly appeal to me.

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Mother Teresa

I love old objects and ways; local food and markets; home made, grown and cooked.

“Writers are magpies by nature, always collecting shiny things, storing them away and looking for connections of things.”
John Connolly

It’s easy to walk through the world and not see.  Time moves on. Things change. I capture minutiae of everyday life in stories & snapshots.

💜 EllaDee

You want more?

In case you missed my Gravatar blurb: After a decade of living in tiny apartments in the inner-city of Sydney, Australia with my husband referred to in my posts as the Gorgeous One (G.O.) while I worked in corporate-legal and the G.O. in civil earthworks we relocated 500 kilometres north in December 2015 to our home in the Nambucca Valley to follow our dream of living simply and creatively. We travelled around Australia in 2016. Now we work on our 1930’s house, have a vegetable garden and a dog plus share a flock of backyard chickens with our neighbour. These days I’m a Horticulture student, something I dreamed of doing for many years. I write about day-to-day life, past & present, people & places, and take snapshots with my smart phone.

You can find me on Instagram, Pinterest and @daleleelife101 on Twitter.

#dreamsreallydocometrue

Copyright 2011-2017. All content on http://daleleelife101.blog, https://elladeewords.wordpress.com is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process, nor may any other exclusive right be exercised, without the permission of the owner who can be contacted via email dln011 [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au.

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”
Barbara Kingsolver


66 thoughts on “about

    Pete Denton said:
    March 11, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Greetings, EllaDee. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Further details are at: http://petedenton.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/blogging-awards-liebster-and-versatile-blogger/

    I hope you accept the award in the spirit that I nominate you. Happy blogging.

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      EllaDee responded:
      March 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Thnx Pete. From an awarded blogger such as yourself it is a honour to accept. I’ll work on the post. 🙂 EllaDee

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    roughseasinthemed said:
    March 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I’ve just discovered that you have as many blogs as me!! No wonder you don’t post on places all the time 😀

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      EllaDee responded:
      March 13, 2012 at 6:34 am

      I follow your’s as well, led there by chance by my love of dogs…

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    robincoyle said:
    March 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Hi EllaDee!

    Pete Denton also nominated me for The Versatile Blogger award. I wanted to stop by your blog to say hello and offer my congratulations to you on your nomination!

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    […] EllaDee, this way to her abode […]

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    skinnywench said:
    March 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    have recently been nominated for the Versatile blogger award and would like to thank the following bloggers for including me in their list of blogs that they dip into and enjoy. Check their blogs out by following the links below:-

    http://willshegetaway.wordpress.com

    http://theurgetowander.com

    https://elladeewords.wordpress.com

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    paralaxvu said:
    March 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Elladee: I came here (only the truth be told here) because I had to check out this person who left a like for me.. Now that I’m here, I’ve found enough reading to last long enough that I won’t be going to amazon/kindle in many days, I’m sure! And that’s just your blog. I’ll be checking on all the ones you suggested for reading as well.Thanks for the gift of your creativity.

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      EllaDee responded:
      March 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Thnx. So now we’re following each other. I just read through the first half a dozen articles of your blog. I love it, and had so many ohmygodthatsolikeme moments…

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    NeverRespond said:
    March 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Very nice, I like your work 😀 !!! Keep it up !

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      EllaDee responded:
      March 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Thank you SO much for your comment. Even though I blog for my own amusement & sanity, encouraging comments are gold. 🙂

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    robincoyle said:
    April 5, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Hello Ella Dee! I nominated you and your blog for a Sunshine Award. You can read all about it here: http://robincoyle.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/affirmation-is-a-lovely-thing/

    I hope you accept the nomination in the spirit with which I am giving it. It has been fun for me to receive!

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      EllaDee responded:
      April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Robin – thank you so much. I’ve been away and this is such a nice thing to return to. I happily accept the nomination, and will post about it soon 🙂

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    Richard Guest said:
    April 17, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Hi EllaDee
    Just to let you know, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, and, whoops! just noticed you already have one. Anyway, the details are here: http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/awards/the-magic-number-awards-post/. All the best, Richard

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    EllaDee responded:
    April 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Thank you Richard. I’m honoured. I’ll post about it as I have a couple of newish blogs I’d like to promote 🙂 EllaDee

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    robincoyle said:
    April 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Hello Sweet Ella Dee! I nominated you for the ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award. I was moved to do so because I am delighted whenever I see an email from you in my in-box. You can read about the award here:

    http://robincoyle.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/two-guardian-angels-for-moi-a-writing-contest-loser/

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      EllaDee responded:
      April 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Thank you Robin. Apologies for delay in replying. I’ve been away again and as before returned to a lovely email from you. You are very kind to think of me, and it’s much appreciated. 🙂 EllaDee

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    crazytraintotinkytown said:
    August 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Gotcha! You’ve been tagged – pop on over to http://crazytraintotinkytown.com/2012/08/02/your-mission-should-you-choose-to-accept-it/ for details. I know that these posts take a lot of work so I won’t be offended if you are unable to participate. May your day be filled with smiles

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      EllaDee responded:
      August 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you. I like the tags/awards, and get to them when the mood takes me. But, synchroncity at work… I’ve just cut & pasted your URL into an awards post in progress 🙂 So, when it happens, what you said to me, back at you 🙂

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    Anansi the Poet said:
    August 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the follow. I’m so glad that my humor isn’t perceived as ‘upside-down’ down under. Stay safe and writing in the most dangerous continent.

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    Author Jodi Ambrose said:
    August 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Howdy! You are hereby nominated for a kick ass award (is there any other kind?). Come on by and take a peek. JodiAmbroseBlog. HUGS!!

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    And the nominees are! « lifeofbun said:
    August 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    […] then from the beautiful writer/photographer/avid blogger (!) EllaDee I got this […]

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    thebestdressup said:
    November 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

    ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

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    The Wanderlust Gene said:
    December 8, 2012 at 4:01 am

    EllaDee, I hope you’ll accept the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award –
    http://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/blogging-a-window-on-the-world/
    No pressure – the important thing is that others come over to see one of your great blogs.

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      EllaDee responded:
      December 8, 2012 at 6:18 am

      Wow… thank you… I’ve just been reading through your wonderful post of awards and nominees, seeing my name there. I’m honoured to accept the nomination, the Sisterhood of Bloggers Award is one that particularly touches me as it embodies the virtual community I so much value.

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        The Wanderlust Gene said:
        December 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        I thought the Sisterhood would be the one you’d most enjoy EllaDee. 🙂

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          EllaDee responded:
          December 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

          You were spot on. I couldn’t have been more pleased 😀

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    Carrie Rubin said:
    May 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Wow, three blogs? I’m impressed! I can barely manage one. 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my site. I appreciate it!

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      EllaDee responded:
      May 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      You’re welcome. I’m a great fan of Kourtney’s. I will catch up on the rest of your site while you are taking a break 🙂

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    Marla aka Crazy Mom said:
    May 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I ❤ that your favorite word is "happy!"

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      EllaDee responded:
      May 25, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Thank you… no matter what happens, happy makes it better 🙂

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    Marla aka Crazy Mom said:
    May 24, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    “<3" … was supposed to turn into a heart for "love" …

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      EllaDee responded:
      May 25, 2013 at 6:45 am

      I figured that… thank you so much 🙂

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    John Kemp said:
    June 7, 2013 at 1:07 am

    This is just to say I like your style, generally I mean. Found you through Memoirs of a Husk.

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      EllaDee responded:
      June 7, 2013 at 5:57 am

      Thank you so much. It’s lovely of you to stop by and take the time to say so 🙂

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    sandradan1 said:
    September 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    HI EllaDee, I love the reference ‘GO’, my husband I think would appreciate being called GO in my blogs! Thanks for following. SD

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    katechiconi said:
    December 12, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog and following me! I like how you think – I love words too, which probably accounts for me never using one where three will do just as well….

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      EllaDee responded:
      December 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      I had a quick look through your blog after I saw your comments on the TSOH eco-bling post, and thought the same – I like how you think 🙂 I look forward to more browsing and commenting when I have a moment 🙂

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        katechiconi said:
        March 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

        I saw a reference to the Nambucca Valley in your latest post. And you say your tiny country place is 6 hours up the coast. As a former Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour girl, we must have been almost neighbours? Where are you?

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          EllaDee responded:
          March 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

          Our house is at Taylors Arm, 30 kms into the hills from Macksville. We like Dorrigo, and drive up for a wander or to the markets when we can, and the G.O. has family in Coffs. Work keeps us mostly in Sydney, for the moment.

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          katechiconi said:
          March 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

          I nearly bought a house in Taylors Arm! My sister still lives in Dorrigo and I have good friends there, so we’re down there fairly often, but it’s a two day drive. Maybe I’ll bump into you there one day, or in Coffs.

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          EllaDee responded:
          March 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

          It’s a small world, so we may 🙂

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    sandradan1 said:
    December 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Hi Ella Dee
    I’ve nominated you for the Awesome Blog Content Award. Check the nomination post here
    http://notesonaspanishvalley.com/
    Enjoy!
    Sandra

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      EllaDee responded:
      January 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m a little behind… belated… but honoured, and will respond as soon as I can – amn awards post would be a lovely way for me to start 2014 🙂

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    Gede Prama said:
    February 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you for visiting and hopefully braid is always awake. Compassion greetings from Gede Prama 🙂
    http://www.gedepramascompassion.com

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      EllaDee responded:
      February 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you. Well, it sort of is 😉

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    Grannymar said:
    September 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog and I am so pleased that we met through the Fellowship of the Farmy and as contributors to Letters to my Little Sister.

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      EllaDee responded:
      September 23, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Thank you. I’m enjoying the sharing of thoughts on Letters to my Little Sister. I love seeing the support & movement of it. The Fellowship is wonderful 🙂

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    The College Girl's Guide to Study Abroad said:
    September 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Absolutely beautiful blog! Very well done.

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      EllaDee responded:
      September 30, 2014 at 6:04 am

      Thank you. Lovely of you to say 🙂

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    sara said:
    November 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

    EllaDee, I just had to comment on your blog when I saw that you dream of coming to live in Taylors Arm…did you know that I lived there when you followed my blog?

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      EllaDee responded:
      November 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

      I somehow found your blog a while ago, maybe via the NV Writers Group blog curious to see who locally is writing-blogging, and pieced it together. I’m also a member on the TA FB page, and we’ve met -briefly, no names- a few years back at the markets at the school. Then saw your name again on Cauldrons and Cupcakes, and thought it was time to click the Follow link! I like the new name and look of your blog 🙂

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        sara said:
        November 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

        I manage that Facebook page 😊 and I ran those markets as well lol 😄 it’s a very small place! It seems we are destined to meet…nice to see you at my blog, and thank you!

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    Fiona said:
    December 2, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Roughseas sent me to have a gander! Much of what you say resonates for me. We moved from Cape Town to the country four years ago on Wednesday…. Haven’t looked back!

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      EllaDee responded:
      December 2, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Hi 🙂 I’m pleased to hear that. Our shift is still a work in progress but in a fortnight we’ll begin by making our move from city to the country-coast.

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        Fiona said:
        December 2, 2015 at 8:15 pm

        Well, we’re country-inland. We came to the mountains from Cape Town. Good luck with that move – in the heat, I’m sure.

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    M. L. Kappa said:
    June 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Hi Dale! Gorgeous blog! I found a moment at last to investigate the members of the sisterhood, and I must say I’m impressed. Pleased to meet you, Marina

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      EllaDee responded:
      June 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Thank you Marina. I must do the same… a little busy at the moment as we’re about to set out on a road trip around Australia, hopefully blogging as I go… when we get back I’ll take my turn with the sketchbook. ☺

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