Over and out 2017

Here we are, almost end of the year, a slightly stressed, more grey haired version of ourselves than we were in January. And for me today, it's the last post you will see from me until 2018 as I am well and truly signing OUT and OFF for a little while. And boy isn't it needed....phew what a … [Read more...]

Friends Christmas Dinner 2017

Somehow it's that time of the year where we catch up with our girlfriends for annual Christmas dinner. This year we were missing a couple who have already flown the coop over to snowy London for the holidays (lucky buggers) but we all caught up again for a delicious dinner. This year we went to … [Read more...]

Shed Birthday Party

Yesterday afternoon we went around to our friends John & Zoe's flash new shed for a birthday party. It's almost the end of the year, some of the kids have finished at school for the year, they are heading OS on Monday to Europe and the UK for Christmas and there was a birthday to celebrate. I … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with sunshine and happy kids

How was your weekend? I hope you all had a good one...I know that we did here. It was simple, it involved lots of time in the sun and being at home, and as a consequence of that, lots of happy kids too. After so many months of travel and work and one or both of us being away, the fact that we have … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting through a good lens

It is an absolute CRACKING day here today...sun shining and grass growing before our eyes. There has been sunshine in the day, storms and heavy rain at night - everywhere you look it's late Spring perfection. It's been a FULL ON week for work. Everybody wanting those end of Christmas … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

It seems like it's been a long week don't you think? I am still trying to work out how we were in Honkers last week? Now we're back, it's like it didn't happen at all. At least there are snaps of it to remind me. It's been a busy week. With lots of this happening. Mags not letting me out of … [Read more...]

Moments to remember: October

It's November this week. I'll just leave that there because I can't get my head around it. At all. Christmas catch ups are being planned, social activities are starting to ramp up and the last our birthdays for the year in our little family are now done. It's going to get busy these next two months, … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with local goodness

What a fabulous weekend I was lucky enough to just enjoy...started off on Friday with a misty, cold and desperately needed rainy day. Absolute heaven to see the rain fall, the mist roll in and for temperatures to sit below the 10 degree mark for most of the day. I even got excited by lighting the … [Read more...]

The Cook’s Cooking School

A long time friend of ours from my teenage years, Anna Phillips has recently started up an amazing cooking school down here in Bowral. The Cook's Cooking School is an amazing facility owned by charity Your Angel which helps create community cooking classes for those with disabilities and those in … [Read more...]

Visiting the Southern Highlands? Read this.

Every week I have so many people visit my blog looking for what to do when they come and visit this gorgeous part of the world. I thought I'd put together a list of all the things that I have from around here, from the blog that you might find useful. A little one stop shop if you will. Lots … [Read more...]

Sweet lovers love the Spring

And why wouldn't they when it looks this good? Spring time in the village sure is a sight for sore eyes. We've had the Manchurian pears flower first with the daffodils, jonquils and hellebores and then the tulips come, the bluebells, forget me nots, the irises and the wisteria, the clematis, … [Read more...]

Girls night in: a Chinese banquet

What better time to have a girls dinner than at the end of the school holidays when everyone could use a little adult time and let off some steam? Last night we did just that when we came together for a delicious dinner at my friend Melissa's place. Usually it's a pot luck, everyone bring something … [Read more...]

This & that with a side of exhaustion & sickness

This was me around Tuesday, 10.30am. This week, on top of this past month, maybe term, who-eeeeee will I be glad to see the end of it! I did my normal post event collapse into a mess of tiredness and exhaustion and of course any of the sickness that I was too busy to deal with last week … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with too many bubbles & not enough sleep

Didn't I limp to bed last night? Sheesh. I gave it a red hot go over the weekend in some pre birthday celebrations, which I suppose is exactly the thing to do when celebrating a big ticket item birthday like I will be this week. I wanted to share with you some of Saturday night as I had SO much fun … [Read more...]

Many hands: The hard work of Fundraising

A sponsored post for CUA School Fun Run As you guys might know, our girls go to our local Public School here in our village which is known as a Small School. There are just 29 kids in the whole school from Kinder to Year 6 divided into 2 classes with 2 teachers. It’s a truly amazing little place … [Read more...]

Windy weekends spent inside getting warm

Oh August I do love to see you. You're my birthday month after all. You are the start of blossoms popping up, of daffodils and daphne. Your days are longer with the sun rising and setting a little earlier and later in each of your days but seriously? You are windy AF. And we all know how I feel … [Read more...]

Thinking of making a sea/tree change? Read this!

Each and every week (almost day at the moment) I get questions from readers about making tree changes. They ask all kinds of questions...how do you make the decision? How do you choose an area to live? What about school? What about missing the city? What about this? Or that? THIS! DID YOU THINK … [Read more...]

Moments to remember: July

One of the things that I loved the most about the last book club book (I will be choosing another one later this week I promise!) was the way that Hilary, who was dying of cancer was taking in the small moments in time before she knew she was going to die. Those simple moments: whether it was … [Read more...]

Christmas in July soiree

Last night we all braved the freezing weather to head to my sister's place for a girls catch up. We love to do these dinners every so often you can have a look at some of the ones we have had in the past here: A birthday dinner for Miss Rabbit Christmas dinner 2016 Dinner at Cottonwood Interiors … [Read more...]

A stitch in time…

Today I had such a lovely day at one of Mrs Munro's workshop here in the village on a gorgeous winter's day. It was my first time attempting her hidden core work and being not very crafty I was unsure I would be able to have a crack...but have a crack I did and what do you know? I did it! … [Read more...]