Shit they don’t tell you in the baby books


You guys! It's ALMOST the end of term 1 (well for those of us not in VIC who are already on holidays the lucky buggers!). And if you have had a Kinder start school this term, and if you have had an anxious Kinder kid start you will be feeling a little like we are: emotionally, and physically … [Read more...]

Preggo Files #15


Kate and Wills have been out and about at her very last social engagement before her baby comes. She is totally high fiving the fact that she is on maternity leave now! My lord the woman knows how to hold a clutch purse to best show off her jewels does she not?! Time to get those yoga pants on Kate … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Get some pork on your fork

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If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you'll know that I am a lover of pork. Or should I say, LOVER OF PORK. I love the stuff. How can one animal create so much goodness? All of my favourites too: bacon, leg ham, slow roasted shoulders, proscuitto, pork belly...all that crackly skin. … [Read more...]

One thing: A name tag for Frank


This week's #onething is not life changing or even remotely interesting BUT it does involve Frank! And it does involve getting something done, and no matter how small it is, it can now be crossed off that list. For those of you not playing along, #onething is where I do just ONE THING from my … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Entertaining with Created with Jamie


A sponsored post for Woolworths I don’t want to alarm anyone, but Easter is NEXT WEEK. I know, I’m the same, there are lots of us all feeling the same. But somehow instead of it being early February like my brain tells me, it’s April next week and Easter is upon us. This is doubly scary for me … [Read more...]

Marriage: 10 years on


It was a beautiful Autumn day just like it today 10 years ago when Rob and I were married on the lawn in front of his Dad's house at the farm on Easter Saturday 10 years ago today. The sun was shining, the boys kilts blowing in the gentle breeze, my bouquet of wild daisies and flowers pretty in the … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous 70


I'm awake early on this cool March morning in Adelaide, tucked up safe and warm in Bigword's caravan in her backyard. I need a caravan! I keep thinking about how much my girls would love it in here (we're all in the one tiny space together) it's like a comforting cuddle from a Grandma. Rob, you … [Read more...]

10th wedding anniversary weekend away


I had grand plans for our 10th wedding anniversary: a trip to Tasmania for at least 4 nights, getting a car, driving to wineries, visiting galleries, eating cheese and drinking LOTS of wine. And then I got knocked up and the eating (soft cheeses and the like) and the drinking thing kind of went out … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Mince & BBQ

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You know what's guaranteed to be on our tables at least once a week? Something from the BBQ or some kind of minced meat. Every time. Because I am lazy when I'm at the supermarket usually choosing the same meat eat week which means BBQ and because mince is cheap and will be eaten. A BBQ is such a … [Read more...]

One thing: A bed, a girl, sleep


This week's #onething is SO big it hardly even qualifies under #onething. But then again it does. It's been something that has been hanging over my head since January last year (that's 14 months) and each and every single day on one of those 14 months, I thought about this #onething and how I need … [Read more...]

Preggo files #14


What's that you said Beth? You went to your Ob appointment this week and got a gold star because you only put on ONE KILO IN THE PAST 3 WEEKS did you say? Why yes, yes I did Kate. I knew you would be proud. High fives all round! And in some Scottish tartan nonetheless. Thank you … [Read more...]



I got an email in early 2011 from a girl called Amelia. It started much in the way that emails do that I am lucky enough to get "Well this is weird because you don't know me...." and then, always then, the best bits. The bits where people open up and tell me their stories. And if I am even luckier … [Read more...]

The first supper


Bear with me, if you will, for I am starting to focus the attention on the business end of pregnancy (not that we are getting all that close...don't get too excited) but I can't help but get concerned by the increasing girth of my stomach, and the remaining stagnant size of exit point. I've started … [Read more...]

Getting a puppy: 6 months on


It's been 6 months now since we got our puppy Frank the Schnoodle (cross between a Schnauzer and poodle) and I thought I'd give an update on how things have been in that time. Because you see while I liked dogs, I kind of tolerated them and found the mess too much for me to deal with. Hair, dribble, … [Read more...]

The Italian Job


Without a doubt, all my best travel experiences have been on personal recommendations. You can only google and read Trip Advisor so much, but getting advice from someone who has been on the ground I reckon is priceless. I still get emails each week from people asking about where we stayed in NY or … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: dessert

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I'm in the depths of a cold, with a 5 year old who has been MUCH sicker and on Redipred, and I am a gazillion months pregnant. That calls for one thing: SWEETS. Dessert. Cake. Whatever, give it to me. Here's a selection of easy desserts for you to whip up for afternoon tea or for dessert, if that's … [Read more...]

One thing: getting the carpets cleaned


So we have now had our friend Frank for 6 months which is a WHOLE lot of cleaned up wees and poos and a LOT of the time that has been on MY PRECIOUS CARPET. We've been here for almost 5 years and the carpet was probably 5 years old before that, so it was starting to look a little tired and dirty. In … [Read more...]

Things I like {13th March 2015 edition}


This new roll of cling wrap because it ACTUALLY WORKS. Like it should. Makes me happy each and every time I use it. Glad, you lost me I'm afraid after this. New fruit coming onto my cumquat tree after a long road of recovery from when we were OS last year and the pots were ruined by frost. … [Read more...]

Preggo files #13


The view from here (as inside my head looking out of my eyeballs): It's a little fuzzy. Things are getting fuzzier by the day...taking longer to do...everything it seems in one ear and out the other. With still quite some time to go I fear I will just have to resort to sitting and sign … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous #69


Succulents. Not just found in my late Grandmothers late rock garden in Frenchs Forest, now much loved by me thanks to my friend Mrs Munro who has given me a love of them. She gave me these clippings in an empty take away cup a year ago and now look at them! I decided to bring the pot from the … [Read more...]