A simple classic

We had one of those weekends that are very rare around here. Just us. Nowhere to be. Nowhere to go. Just here. Just us. It was sublime.

Friday night we had our friends over for some drinks and a chat around the fire while the kids played and went crazy all around us. It was my kind of Friday night. Easy. Relaxed and good fun. Saturday we spent all day in the garden. We finally put together the cubby house that we have been meaning to do since we moved in almost 9 months ago. We weeded. We pruned. We cut back. We mowed. We whipper snipped. It felt so good on Saturday night to collapse into bed, hands dirtied and cracked and the place looking great.

Sunday was an all time favourite of mine. Great weather. A lazy morning of boiled eggs and coffee (for me at least Rob went on a 40km bike ride). Mid morning I scoured a local vintage shop and picked up a fabulous bargain piece (more on that later in the week) then we had some more friends over for a lazy afternoon of eating and drinking.

A simple table setting. Daisy put this all together for me. She almost loves it as much as me – getting ready for visitors.

Some left over cheese from Friday night. I’m classy like that.

A piece of beef (standing rib roast) from our local butcher. It was too windy to cook on the fire pit though, which was a shame.

Some Bearnaise. Some spinach with toasted almonds. Some roasted chips.

Some home made raspberry and chocolate cake. The locals around here really know how to bake. I need to pick up my form in this area.

Once darkness hit, and the cold night rolled in, the neighbours left and the kids fell asleep Rob and I went outside to look at the stars. They bloody well twinkle here. We stood back, looked at our beautiful house and garden, and counted our blessings yet again. We truly are living the dream. Our dream. And this weekend was no exception.


  1. yum. sounds (and looks) ike the perfect weekend. please do tell how you cook a roast on the fire pit… i NEED to do it!


  2. Hi Beth,
    I am relatively new to reading your blog but I just wanted to say that I absolutely love it. You have re-ignited my love for food and also the niggling aspirations to move from our current home by the beach to the country. Keep up the good work.

  3. I swear you are the perfect entertainer. As always, the food looks DIVINE. xxx

  4. Hi Beth,
    OMG, sounds divine. That for me is also the perfect weekend. I have been indoors, unwell all weekend and now after reading your blog feel motivated to go out and water my newly planted standard maples. Its nature and food that really grounds and makes us know how lucky we are to be alive.
    Cheers GTV

  5. Hi Beth..you look like a superb cook to me, I would have loved to dine at your table! I bet the kids were thrilled with having a cubby house too.

  6. What a gorgeous weekend.
    Couldn’t be better – had you planned it!
    Your home and food literally make me warm

  7. Your making me hungry.

  8. Looks great Beth! Yay for a lovely weekend at home. You must have to pinch yourself sometimes x

  9. Jealous! Looks fab, my husband is always talking about one day when we leave the city…. You guys have actually done it.

  10. Beth
    I am a new reader (hopped over via fatmumslim) and I wanted to say that I just LOVE your blog. The way your write, your beautiful photos – it is all just lovely!

  11. Spinach and toasted almonds ? Ploise explain. Looks delish!

  12. Bev needs to write a book.

    A hosting/entertaining/decorating/cooking/dining book.Actually, not a book. A MANUAL.

    I’d totes buy it.

    just saying.

  13. I want to make everything you make. I want to do everything you do. You just do it SO WELL.

    And I like Peta’s comment above, very much. I would buy it too.


  14. Yum – I’ll swap some you some baking lessons for decorating ones x

  15. I have ASKED you ALREADY not to make me jealous!!
    And here you go again. Even your left over cheese is making me green with envy. Sigh. As soon as I can get me a husband, I’m gettin’ me a country house…

  16. Scrummo, Beth! The cake recipe, please…J x

  17. Oh lady, this is ‘classic’ BabyMac posting and I LOVE IT! The pics, the words, everything. Pleased you had a good ol’ fashioned weekend at home. They’re good for the soul once in a while xo

  18. Sounds just like my sort of weekend! can’t wait to hear about what you bought! and that roast looks delicious! Have a good week! xx

  19. I love the way you live, Beth. I get a little bit sentimental and I like it. x

  20. Your food pics and posts always make me want to rush into the kitchen and invite some people over. You are the hostess with the mostess and I bet all your guests cant wait to see what spread you have prepared for them.

  21. Oh, there is NOTHING wrong with your form. Your dinner looks super spectacular! ESPECIALLY dessert.


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