Don’t look back ….. You’re not going that way ….. Goodbye 2013, Welcome 2014

Hello from the end of the year,

I’ve reconnected the internet …. time will tell if I think hooking back up to the cyber world is a good idea or not 🙂

This post is brought to you courtesy of  Capi tonic water with a dash of Tanqueray …. actually those beverages are self funded (prospective sponsors you’d be very welcome) but I’m painting the picture for you ….

Aforementioned drink is “up high” since fluffy wuffy the fuzzy wuzzy, not only likes to lounge on a freshly made bed …. yes it appears that cats also like clean, fresh, newly laundered sheets,


but homeboy has also been sprung dipping a paw into a G & T and then licking his paw  (*** I  S W E A R  he came to no harm ….. There is no need to call the animal protection ***)

Drinks for the humans, are however, now kept “up high”!

2013 for me will go down as a fairly ‘meh’ year for many, many reasons.  For those same many, many reasons I’m hoping that 2014 is a much better year!

There’s been some eating out (cannot remember where this was … I remember that it was delicious though)


Some knitting for new little peeps (both the rug and the pants … patterns from books from the library …. really should have taken note of who the designer was but I didn’t).  Furry beast is a big fan of this activity …..


So what’s in store for 2014?

Maybe I’ll come up with some ideas are reading this and this?

I’ve noticed that more and more is being written on ethical fashion … Pip is challenging us to a Year of Ethical Fashion  in 2014 (buy from ethical makers, buy second hand, borrow from your mates, make it yourself).

I’m already the kind of person who really really really really really really really (are you getting the picture) likes to buy Australian made … not just clothes but food, homewares … whatever it is I need, I have a very strong preference for locally made.

I somehow hope that buying Australian made will keep employment here and support our local community and hopefully, ensure that I’m not supporting businesses that aren’t treating their employees well or businesses that are not paying a fair wage (and yes I know that term has a lot of different meanings depending on who you talk to).

Don’t get me wrong there’s a lot of love in me for international products  …… and I don’t think there’s sense in only buying Australian.

I’m wondering though how you balance the tension between economics and ethical?  There’s undoutably an issue because if you’re working in a job paying the *minimum wage or on the **age pension  or on the ***unemployment allowance which are:

*Currently $622.20 per week
** Currently approximately $375 per week without any supplements
*** Currently approximately $250 per week as a single with no children

then I think you would really appreciate being able to buy cheap and affordable clothing.  I can’t imagine that those weekly amounts leave you much for clothing after you’ve paid rent and other bills.

That cheap clothing shouldn’t literally cost workers their lives though.

Its a hard question because not everyone sews, not everyone can afford the fashion that is, by virtue of being made in Australia or somewhere where a living wage is paid, more expensive.

I leave you with no answers but a sincere hope that you’ll think about where your clothes come from and who has made them and whether or not that person was paid fairly, adequately, handsomely even!

Hopefully we can all take a few steps in the direction of ethical fashion this year.

On a whole other note, at certain times this amazing crew (raising funds for the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin) put out the call for knitted shawls for the women who come to the fistula clinic.  As it happens they’re oversupplied right now but if you’re a slow knitter you could start now to send it to them later or they are going to start selling the handknits to fund the work in Africa.

My wishlist for 2014 in no particular order:

– more fun
– more organised (on so many levels)
– healthier (and I’m using that to encompass personal health, the health of the planet, the health of our community …. )

Take care peeps, x


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One Response to Don’t look back ….. You’re not going that way ….. Goodbye 2013, Welcome 2014

  1. Caitlin says:

    Here’s to a 2014 that will blow your socks off with excitement xx

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