Making a tree change: 8 years on

Today it marks 8 years since we arrived at our home, our new life, a new beginning for our family. 8 years, can you believe it? I kind of can, and can't. I can't really remember our life in the city even though it was ALL our lives for such  long time, it's funny how things change isn't it? Rob and … [Read more...]

Mr & Mrs Munro have a new studio!

If you've been around here for some time you would know all about one of my best friends down here, the talented Mrs Munro. Brooke is such a talented artist and maker, for those of you who may be new around here this video should help you catch up. Burrawang DnA Festival Exhibitor - Brooke … [Read more...]

A golden ticket to visit Ms. Peacock Fine Chocolates

I still get that flutter of excitement I first got when I watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I watch it with the kids. You know the part where they walk into the hallway that gets smaller and smaller and then the door opens to the factory inside? "If you want to view paradise Simply … [Read more...]

How we can all help Aussie farmers doing it tough right now

It's hard not to notice (especially in the last few days and media attention) that there are huge parts of our country in drought. Even down here in the (usual green rolling hills) of the Southern Highlands it's dry and there are farmers down the road, over the hill, all around these parts that are … [Read more...]

Beyond the Garden Gate: a look inside the best gardens of the Highlands

When I was about Daisy's age instead of Justin Bieber posters (or the equivalent) on my bedroom wall, I had posters with photos of gardens. Yep. Bluebells and tulips, pictures of Monet's Garden in Giverny through all the different seasons. I had coffee table books that my Mum & Dad had given me … [Read more...]

Bitter Orange cake with candied fennel seeds

Last week I was lucky enough to be asked over to a friend's place for coffee after school drop off. The promise of hot coffee, freshly baked cake by a good cook, all at 9.30am in the morning was too good to resist. On a freezing cold but bright and sunny Highlands morning we sat in her beautiful … [Read more...]

Moonacres Kitchen Robertson

Friday night I was thrilled to head into a freezing cold and misty Robbo night to go to the opening of the brand new Moonacres Kitchen which has recently been refurbished and reimagined into the ultimate place to see paddock to plate in practice. You might remember me mentioning this local … [Read more...]

Back in Black Ball 2018

Can you hear that? It's me, sitting down with a HUGE sense of relief knowing that everything is done. No more ball. No more worries. No more organising. No more stress. No more visitors. The June long weekend is done and dusted for another year. I thought I'd share with you all the shots that I … [Read more...]

A Village Winter Ball

When we first moved into the village I had no idea about the rhythms of it, the seasons, the events that make up a year living in this corner of the world. At the end of summer there's trivia on a summery, misty evening in the hall. How in Easter there is a market with literally thousands of people … [Read more...]

A slow Sunday at Hill View Sculpture

Over the weekend we had some visitors down for the night who have recently moved back from London after many years living over there. We were chatting on Saturday night when we were asked how we scratch our cultural itch living down here in the Highlands which we were able to show them yesterday … [Read more...]

Star Gazing

On Wednesday night (as I was OFF my face with tiredness) we headed up to school for a little star gazing as we were part of the (successful) attempt at the world record for number of people star gazing that was being hosted through the ABC. All the kids at our little school are learning about space … [Read more...]

Haz & Meghan this is how you do it: Adrien & Kerby’s Burrawang Wedding

With things reaching fever pitch about a certain upcoming wedding next week (OK, maybe that's just me!) I thought I better share with you (and obvs so Haz & Meghan can see it as I know they read the blog) just how a wedding is done. I am THRILLED to be able to share with you guys a magnificent … [Read more...]

Easter 2018

Well here we are, Monday night of the long weekend. I am most definitely more tired than I was at the start of it (hello end of daylight savings that saw Maggie asleep on the couch at 5.55pm tonight) and markets and visitors and lunches out and late nights... Easter was everything I wished it to … [Read more...]

Full Reporting: 2018 Robertson Show

Friends, gather round and take in the wonder of the 2018 local show, The Robertson Show. This year was the 135th show, and the 7th for us since we moved here. I LOVE the show so much - I love that the kids get so excited about it. I love the old school nature of the whole thing, taking part in it … [Read more...]

Local Spotlight: Bendooley Estate Luxury Cottages + GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway has now closed and the winner announced: Kristianne won with this comment: "Hi Beth, I would LOVE to be able to take my daughter Annabelle for a night at Bendooley. As I sit here at Westmead Childrens watching her sleep, after having a biopsy on a spot on her brain this morning, … [Read more...]

Our move to the country

Today we are in the Sydney Morning Herald talking about our move from city to country life which we did almost 8 years ago now. You can read the article online here. Such a small part of the questions were published, so I thought I would share my long form answers in case anyone wanted to read some … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Show Time!

We had a very productive afternoon around here yesterday: it's show time next weekend so there was LOTS of studying of the guide, cooking, creating going on as entries have to be in by Thursday. Harper was busy making Lego, Daisy crocheting for the first time, Rob with various sauces and pickles … [Read more...]

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...]