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...]

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...]