about and contact me

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Carefully I tend
this extraordinarily
ordinary life.

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”
David W. Orr,

Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World

Since having exchanged city working life for dwelling simply in a rural village my day-to-day life is about living lightly and creatively.

“If you’re searching for rich don’t overlook happy. If you’re searching for happy you can make it yourself.”

My favourite word is happy. My other favourite word is believe. Dreams really do come true. You help by being open to possibilities and doing the work to make them happen.

“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 e-books, newsletters, social media: 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’m inspired by daily life, past & present, people & places. I love old objects and ways; local food and markets; home made, grown and cooked.

“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

Time moves on. Things change. Celebrating day-to-day life is my everyday art.

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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, NSW to follow our dream of living simply and creatively.

In 2016 we did the great Australian road trip in our ute and caravan then settled in to applying our #LiveSimpleHomeMadeGrownLocalCreativeBetter philosophy to our lives and 1930’s house & garden, doing trips in our caravan when we can.

We love living in the village and also being part of a wider community locally and via social media who share produce-stuff-assistance-information-inspiration. For the first few years I was a student: something I had long dreamed of. These days I’m one half of Sunshine Cottage Urban Permaculture, a member of Australian Institute of Horticulture and Permaculture Australia, a volunteer with OzGREEN and Carers NSW, co-facilitator for local community resilience activities, and admin for local community Facebook groups. I continue to learn, apply and share my experience in social media, horticulture + permaculture + design, and downshifting.

From time to time, I write about day-to-day life, past & present, people & places, and take photographs with my smart phone for my blog and social media accounts @daleleelife101.

“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

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69 thoughts on “about and contact me

  1. 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!


  2. 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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    1. 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…


    1. 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 🙂


    1. 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


    1. 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 🙂


    1. 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.


    1. 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 🙂


      1. 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?


        1. 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.


        2. 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.


    1. 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 🙂


  3. 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?


    1. 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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      1. 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!


  4. 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!


    1. 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.


    1. 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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