This Spring why don’t you…

Spring is here my friends (in the southern hemisphere at least) and it feels SO good doesn't it? We are being treated this week with a touch of warmer weather too and my GOODNESS does it feel SO good to be outside with the sunshine on your back, ankles exposed and the afternoon starting to stretch … [Read more...]

Holidays and kids and expectations

I have long admitted my problem with expectations and the frustrations I have when they are not met. I think I first wrote about back in 2014 when the kids were a little smaller, and I was a little younger I suppose. I definitely think that they have dropped somewhat since then. Maybe it's … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

How was your Father's Day yesterday? We had a very quiet one here at home, nothing fancy but a nice family lunch, some playing out in the sunshine and some fried chicken. Not a bad combo I say! The chicken I made was this recipe but I used boneless thigh fillets. It wasn't as crispy as I … [Read more...]

Every little thing

I don't know all that much about being married. I know that we spend a lot of time talking about bills, and scheduling diaries and not all that much laying in bed together, holding hands, talking of dreams and goals and generally being besotted with each other. It's not that we aren't besotted … [Read more...]

Maggie, her dummies and Maybelle the fairy

If there's one thing Maggie loves, its her dummies. It's been a passionate love affair from the first night in the hospital when I was SO out of practice with a crying, unsettled, just born baby that a dummy was given to her when I was delirious and she finally settled and slept with it. Sweet … [Read more...]

Things I like {The late winter edition}

You guys the Daphne is OUT and it is GLORIOUS. Wish you could smell outside my front door at the moment, the heady scent hits you and carries on the wind all around the south side of the house. I don't have any tips on how to grow it other than it thrives on neglect, gets no sun from March to … [Read more...]

Now I am 41

I had a birthday on Thursday and apparently that means that I am now 41. Huh. I've had such a lovely few days with lots of catch ups with family and friends, it's been a lovely celebration that has filled me up with happiness. What more could you ask for for your birthday? Nothing! I knew … [Read more...]

Why did we all want to be grown ups again?

Remember thinking how good it would be? The doing whatever you wanted, eating whatever you wanted, not having to listen to anyone tell you what to do? HA. If only I knew that when I walk into a room now I see this. All while being yelled at by children we made FROM FREE CHOICE. Who are mini versions … [Read more...]

A check in & some good things

Hello friends, how are you? I'm doing good, thanks for asking, and I know that so many of you have, you lovely people. I have had messages, emails, little things from you over the past month since I wrote this post and admitted that I was constantly feeling a bit bluergh and like a solid 5/10 most … [Read more...]

Winter days at the beach

We've had such a lovely week up at the beach doing a whole lot of not much. We are that family that don't go anywhere, do activities or the like when we go on holidays (same at home) we do pretty much not much at ALL until the kids start to really lose it, we're all ok. So there's walks on the … [Read more...]

The Holiday Stack

We're heading away tomorrow to the beach for a change of scene and to blow the cobwebs with some fresh salty sea air. There's going to be lots of walking and sitting by the fire, reading, napping and doing not much. I hope the kids agree with our plans...let's see. I can't wait! Here's my pile … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting: The social edition

Goodness me we have had ourselves a social week at the Macdonald house. We've been to Sydney twice, I have eaten and drunk waaaaaaaaay more than I should have and had LOTS of fun along the way. Pour yourself a drink, have a seat and have a look at where we've been. Monday night we headed up to … [Read more...]

Order restored & a Sunday lunch

Sunday morning at 6am Rob landed back from Europe and a few hours later was home sweet home. I think you could hear my sighs of relief all over the country. My partner in crime, those extra set of hands...I missed him so much and was reminded just how much he does for us all. Order restored … [Read more...]

Maggie is 3 years old!

Our sweet, precious Maggie Rosyln Macdonald turns THREE today. 3! It's amazing this journey that so many of you have been on with us over the past 3, almost 4 years from when I found out we were pregnant, to the Preggo File Journey and of course her birth and beyond with baby and toddler monthly … [Read more...]

An ode to the Bible: Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book

After some prolific birthday cake baking last week for Mags I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and have a look at some of the birthday baking over the years. Much like Maggie's Newicorn cake that was a bit lop-sided and the icing all dodgy, all of my cakes have been a little like that, … [Read more...]

Maggie’s 3rd Birthday Newicorn Party

On Saturday we celebrated an early birthday for Miss Maggie with some of our friends and family on a beautiful Autumn day, just like the one on which she was born. Of course because I am going to be in London for her actual birthday, I said yes to ALL of the things (in fact I suggested most of them) … [Read more...]

Autumn: A lesson in surrendering

Today is the 1st of May 2018. I reminded Rob this morning that it was 14 years ago today that we celebrated our engagement with friends and family on the rooftop of a Darlinghurst bar on a superb Sunny autumn day much like the one we are enjoying here today. I had to find a photo to show the … [Read more...]

Things I like {The 29th April 2018 edition}

Thank you for all your lovely words of encouragement on my post this week, I am going to reply to all your comments just as soon as someone stops asking me for food, which will happen on Tuesday when the kids are back at School. It's been a lovely break for us all, but like any Mum at the end of two … [Read more...]

Some of my best days, are farm days

Rob and I were married on the front lawn of the house here up at the farm. We decided long before we ever lived in the country, that we wanted a country wedding, with friends and family coming to visit to stay and kick up their heels. We were married on Easter Saturday in 2005 on a stunning autumnal … [Read more...]

And on we go.

Yesterday Rob and I took Daisy off to her High School interview. Yep, that little baby that I wrote about in the very first post on this blog almost 12 years ago, will soon enough head out into another phase of childhood and those ties that bind us get yet again a little looser. I drove her there … [Read more...]