Month: August 2016

Accessibility expert lives in an inaccessible home

In which I admit that my commitment to accessibility is not without limits. There’s a limit to how far I’m prepared to plan ahead. Making my home safe, shareable and secure is as far as I’m willing to go at this stage. One day I may need a walker or a wheelchair. That’s on the […]

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Little home, lucky home, big home

“Have you ever paused to contemplate the idea of home?” asks Robyn Haynes in her blog, Big Dreams for a Tiny Garden. On a trip to Outback Queensland, she felt a deep connection with the land, and her sense of home expanded from house, garden and family to something much broader—Australia. (I’ve distorted her thought flow by summarising it — […]

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Home maintenance in old age

In which I am torn between an old age of grubby indolence (tempting) with the officious whip-cracking of a body corporate.  Have you noticed a tendency of older people to stop dusting and cleaning and fixing up their homes? My sisters and I suspect that late in life our mother did zero housework. A nice helper went […]

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Update on the shareable home

Last year I took steps to make my apartment shareable. One year later, this plan is working well. The apartment is in good enough shape to host AirBnB guests, which is bringing many rewards. Hosting AirBnB guests: valuable in so many ways I had three reasons for starting as an AirBnB host, letting my spare bedroom […]

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A home for old age is shareable

In which I confess that I designed my home for a hermit and that I now intend to mend my ways in preparation for an almost inevitable old age. OK. My awareness of hazards within my home has been raised, and no doubt I’ll carry on making it safer. But shareability is just as important if […]

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