It's Friday afternoon and the day looks like this. Goes alright by me. I have my gold kicks on from NYC. And a bear ring on my finger. There's prolific pansy flowering happening on my side verandah. And the cyclamens out the front look happy and graceful. The … [Read more...]

Sunshiny Autumn mornings & date scones

How's this autumn weather at the moment? At home it has been SO good (despite a little extra wind yesterday blowing some cooler temps our way) but for the next week it's all sunshine, blue skies, warm days of 15 degrees and cooler at night. Ideal conditions for growing gardens, washing clothes and … [Read more...]

Our small school: canteen

Our girls both go to our local Public School in the village, it's known as a small school which are a feature of rural or remote communities. These "small schools" usually have just one or two teachers, a Principal (who usually teaches as well) and while I don't know what the usual number are, ours … [Read more...]

How I got my non-sleeping kid to sleep

If you've come looking for a miracle cure or solution for your kid that doesn't sleep, well, I'm afraid I don't have the answer. But what I can tell you is that I feel your pain, I can give you a virtual back rub, and I can tell you that you are most definitely not alone. I know that doesn't help … [Read more...]

At the Kitchen Bench with BabyMac – 20th May 2017

I'm still smiling from our event held on Saturday afternoon. And I still can't believe that we pulled these two events off - from an idea around my kitchen table to actually bringing it to life...with real life people out from behind my computer for me to feed and water and really was a … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: LEMONS!

Lemons are well and truly coming into season around here...I have been lucky enough to get a few leftovers from friends with excess. And while they look fabulous in a bowl on the table, or in my G&T here's some of my favourite ways to use them up...usually into something sweet! Lemon … [Read more...]

Things I like {The being at home in May edition}

There's nothing like May, except maybe April. But in May the weather is a little cooler so let's say May. The days are starting to get shorter and cooler with a dusting of frost when you open the blinds in the morning. Always a delight to see when Jack has popped overnight for a visit. When … [Read more...]

Maggie is 2 years old!

Another whole year has passed. That sweet little baby girl, is now a little girl. A 2 year old girl. My how a year flies by. There's so much to say, and then nothing much at all. Rob said it to me today while we were watching her run about in the Autumn sunshine, free as a bird, happy as a … [Read more...]

A 3 celebration kind of weekend

From the moment that we got back from New York just over 5 weeks ago now, we have literally not stopped. We got in at 1am, up at 5am with the kids and it's been NON STOP. There have been family visits (lots of them) Easter and the fair and more visitors, babies being born, more family visits, school … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: soups!

There's been a shift in the weather here the last week - we had out first heavy frost of the year at the start of the week along with a few lighter ones...the leaves are well and truly off most of the trees and that fire has been on for days at a time. Winter is coming my friends... Best to get … [Read more...]

Pep under my step: a rug rearrangement & new addition

You will remember last week when I was in Melbs I went shopping with Gourmet Girlfriend and my friend Zoe, aka Miss Rabbit. Whenever I go shopping with Ruthie, I find myself in places of exceptional taste and variety which means that inevitably my wallet keeps being opened up. Last time it was green … [Read more...]

Just not right now…

This week has not been the best around here. Maggie has hit the terrible twos a week early and with the passion of one thousand fiery suns. Whilst a few weeks ago she would answer "Of course!" to questions, she now says no 23,000 times a day. She's doing that arched back thing when you try and put … [Read more...]

One thing: The actual BEST thing

Yesterday I had a man in. And not just ANY man, a man with a van here to do a job I despise. Now I am ALL for getting a professional in to outsource a job. I've spent many a post discussing my love for this, from ovens to gardens and of course a cleaner if I have the cash to do so. I figure that if … [Read more...]

At the Kitchen Bench with BabyMac – 6th May 2017

I'm so thrilled to be able to share a little of our first event held on Saturday. It's always nerve wracking getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new - especially when it's all up to you! I have been wanting to create an event for people that would bring the blog to life...and this … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Let there be cake

Good morning! Look! My blog is working! Apologies last week for all the dramas with the blog and not being able to access it - but we are back and running again. I hope! With all the busyness and stress of THAT, it calls for cake. Here's some of my favourites! Ginger Fluff Anne (the best … [Read more...]

Me time and the Emerald city dress

Opening my laptop every morning can be quite the adventure. There's endless emails to respond to, lots of press releases and emails from small business owners sharing their goods and services and wanting to get some traction or exposure, there's questions about recipes or how to start a blog, … [Read more...]

Tricia’s Ginger Fluff

As a special treat to you I have asked Aunty Tricia if she would be happy enough to share her beloved Mum's recipe for the AMAZING ginger fluff cake. This cake, you guys, THIS CAKE. It's magical. Its consistency is fluffy like CLOUDS. Magical, soft, spongey clouds of joy. Tricia is the famous cake … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Zucchini & Cauliflower

I think your body knows what you need at any given time: water, sugar, prosecco and right now it's telling me one thing: GREENS. Vegetables. And lots of it. So while I have a VERY busy week ahead, I'm going to try my best to get moving, get some water (and Prosecco into me) and plenty of green … [Read more...]

One thing: a simple trip to the hardware store

Oh it's SO good to have the bigs back at School. There's time to get stuff done! Well, as much as you can with an almost two year old in tow. But since Wednesday I have hit the ground running all in the name of GETTING SHIT DONE. While most of it has been everyday typo stuff, yesterday from … [Read more...]

Things I like {The Dottie edition}

This morning we  popped over to visit Miss Dot who is now a whole 6 days old. Not even a week! Luce got home from hospital under 24 hours after Dorothy was born and is settling into life as a family of four. There's lots of baked goods being consumed, endless cups of half drunk tea, delirium and … [Read more...]