In The Zen Garden - Thoughts on repairing things.

I've been having a lot of thoughts recently about our throwaway culture, and about how accessible repairing things is to the average first world human. This has kind of been spurred on by a few repairs I've made to some items that I own which most people wouldn't have bothered with. 

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Obviously to anyone who looks even a teeny tiny bit into it, our consumerist throwaway culture is pretty bad for the environment and human rights. Part of the problem is cheap products that are 1) not made with quality materials, 2) not designed to last and 3) not designed to be repaired (this is particularly evident with technology) The other part of the problem is most people aren't taught the skills they need to be able to repair these products, and when they break, they don't care enough to learn them (because lets be honest, if the zip breaks on your backpack, it's easier to replace the backpack then sew in a new zip) 

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There have been a few tech repairs I've made this year, namely replacing the headphone output in my Ipod Classic. The ipod had a problem where sound would only come out of one earphone. It was a known issue on the device, and made significant financial sense to replace the headphone jack than buy a new ipod. (The spare part was about $30, and a "New ipod" runs about $180 if you're lucky) 

Nick took this photo :D

Nick took this photo :D

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I'm glad I opted to replace the jack - I saved money, I didn't create e waste, and I learned a valuable skill, but, it was a really tricky repair. It was fiddly and complicated, and in the process I managed to break the lock button. There were several moments I thought I broke the device, not to mention it took me half an hour to crack open the shell. 

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I understand why companies are increasingly making it difficult to repair things (means more $$$ for them) But ethically, every single member of society owes it to the our earth and long term survival to do as much as we can to repair and reuse rather than repurchase and throw away. 

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Anyway,  that's the end of my ramble about repairing things and consumerist throwaway culture. CHANGE OF TOPIC: I shot all these photos with Nick in the Japanese Garden at the East Gosford Art Gallery

Shirt: Thrifted, Skirt: Home Made, Belt: Alannah Hill, Tights: don't remember, Shoes: Gift

Shirt: Thrifted, Skirt: Home Made, Belt: Alannah Hill, Tights: don't remember, Shoes: Gift

If you live on the Central Coast (or if you find yourself here for an extended period) and you haven't visited the gardens and gallery, you're missing out. It's such a lovely spot. There are koi, (that you can feed!) there are ducks, there are well manicured trees and more recently, there are sculptures that had been sculped by a modern Japanese sculptor. 

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It really is a little slice of heaven. I have so many fond memories of visiting the garden as a youngster. I took a number of art classes there. It's really great that the garden is so well looked after. Hopefully it will outlast me. :) 

Finally, here's a christmas carol my friend Laura and I recorded. She's been doing a daily carol advent on her facebook page because christmas is fun! 

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wpid-c360_2014-12-25-19-47-45-723.jpg I hope you all have had a Merry Christmas! I had a great day with my parents and family friends. We did the present thing in the morning, followed by a fabulous lunch. Right now I'm watching Dad play his first ever first person shooter, which is incredibly frustrating.

You don't realise how many unwritten rules there are in the way games are played until you try and teach your Father how to game. (It also shows how incredibly bad first person tutorials are for first time gamers of advanced age) I've finally got him looking left and right, so I guess that's something. Also, trying to get him to explore of his own volition is super hard.

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Anyway, enough about ZombieU! You're all here to see what I wore!

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Mum got me this fabulously floofy skirt for christmas. It makes me feel like a snowflake and fairy princess all at once. The dress is from Kitten D'amour which is a Queensland based label. I had been looking at their clothes forever online, then mum found their physical store in Sydney. We both died at the beauty of the dresses in that shop.

 

 

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Adult Christmas.

wpid-c360_2014-12-14-19-04-54-753.jpg The older I get the less time/ cares I have for christmas. Don't get me wrong, I still really enjoy Christmas time with all the decorations, and celebration (not the music. I. Hate. Christmas music with a passion) but, it seems to have lost a lot of the magic it had as a child.

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I've been having "Adult Christmas" feelings for 4 or 5 years now, but I suppose the revelation has been more evident this year due to me having my first "Adult Birthday" (ie, having a celebration was fun, but a little bit of a chore, rather than very exciting, like it  has been pretty much all my life(I still enjoyed it, but it was just another ordinary day))

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I think the other reason it feels less exciting this year is because putting up the tree was a little bit of a chore. My family and I kind of grumped the tree together, rather than exciting the tree into existence.

I love how it turned out though!

 

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We've never put a tree up this late. Even last year, when we were insanely busy, the tree still went up in the first week of December.  It feels a lot more like Christmas and the end of the year now its up. I just kind of wish it was still magic.

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I'm going to leave you with photos of me snuggling my dogs (much to their annoyance (They're too cute not to snuggle!))

 

 

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