Summer Days, drifting away

The days have been long, endless driving for bored teens in the country with no public transport. Keeping small kids while working...oh yes, that old juggle. Cake eating, cleaning & organising, washing, board games, lots of cooking and eating and gin swilling. Book reading, tv show binging, … [Read more...]

First Annual Friend’s Trip to…Jugiong

I have been meaning to do this post since AUGUST last year and with some time in early January I wanted to finally get the time to share one of the best weekends I have ever had...our first annual friend's tip that we did in August 2022. The weekend was a celebration for Lucy's 40th and James' 50th … [Read more...]

Tender hearts, new year, slow farm days

We are back from our annual post Christmas visit to the farm - honestly my favourite week in the whole year. I said to Sue when we arrived on Wednesday afternoon absolutely exhausted from Christmas with the family - late nights and mess and endless cooking, that the farm is the place to me that … [Read more...]

Christmas 2022

Another Christmas has been and gone for the year and this one was special for sure. We had my entire family together (each and every one of us) for the first time in 4 years. The last time we attempted this at the beach we had a mad dash to the border thanks to Victoria closing it, so it was extra … [Read more...]

Friend’s Christmas Dinner 2022

Last week (was it really last week?!) we celebrated our annual Friend's Christmas dinner at Lucy and Chris' place for a group of our mates in the village. This was the crew that went to Jugiong on our first annual trip away (I really must do a post on that trip over this break) who all live in the … [Read more...]

Southern Highlands Wineries: 6 vineyards in 6 months

SPONSORED POST FOR SHFWA We’ve been living in the Southern Highlands now for 12 years and while we are surrounded by so many fabulous vineyards and wineries, and we enjoy the delicious wines that come from them every week, there are still so many wineries we have yet to visit all these years … [Read more...]

Life at 45 and 3(ish) weeks

3 weeks ago I turned 45. How odd, considering I feel much younger. Perhaps that will always be the way now. I'll feel the same inside even though my face and body will tell me differently. The same way the years seem to go so much faster now. The way when I look at my parents now, and I see … [Read more...]

My blog is sweet 16 today!

Today, my blog turns 16. SIXTEEN. Have I ever done anything continually for as long, besides eat custard tarts? It's hard to say. But here we are, 16 years, 3,550 posts and 73,824 comments later. Still. Here. Thanks for still being here. Truly. Amazing really isn't it? I know that I … [Read more...]

Renovators, mount up!

It was a clear black night. A clear white moon...oh hang on. So, I have an update for you guys. Nothing too dramatic, but exciting! Slash exhausting. But mostly exciting! We are renovating our home! It’s been years in the planning and will take 9 months or so (probs a year right I am discovering … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

We’ve finally had some sunny weather. The kind of days that make you feel grateful just to be alive and in them. Glorious sunrises, late and freezing, with frosts and rising mists on the washing and trees as the sun hits. Sunsets that stretch from 3pm until dusk at 5, clouds rushing through the … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

Now I do have an old recipe for Vegetarian lasagne from many MANY moons ago but I have started to make a different version that I thought I better get onto the blog. This one is an easy/almost cheat version that I can whip up on a week night that makes everyone happy. I have a reel on Insta you can … [Read more...]

Lucy turned 40!

It's been a big month of birthdays in our family...we have had Dots, then Mum then Rob and Maggie and ending of course with the big 4 0 for Lucy last week! This was such a special occasion for us...the baby of our (grown up family). We celebrated her birthday on Thursday with lunch with Mum and … [Read more...]

Maggie is now 7!

First she was one: Then two. Then three. Then four. Then five. Then six. And now, well she's seven. SEVEN! Sweet Maggie turned 7 last month and we celebrated our special girl on the day with a simple family gathering and then a few weeks later we had … [Read more...]

Mum turned 70!

May is a big month of celebrations for our family with so many fabulous Taureans to love and honour. We has perhaps the biggest of all with Mum's 70th at the start last month. All of my family (brother and two sisters) and kids (except two that couldn't make it) together for the first time in over 3 … [Read more...]

Our family trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta

I didn’t even let myself think about planning for this trip until the day that we left for the airport hotel. I was CERTAIN that one of the family would get covid and that all the plans would go into a spin and if I didn’t think it would go ahead, that it actually might. Which may have been the … [Read more...]

Long Lunch 2022

This is the first of these exclusive long lunches I have seen my brother, sister and cousins be a part of each year. I think they started them 4 or 5 years ago now, each year they choose an amazing restaurant, go our for a long lunch and celebrate life just because. It's like everyone's birthday all … [Read more...]

Easter 2022

For the second year in a row we were able to head to the beach for Easter as we are usually at home with village market commitments but thanks to the terrible weather and damage to our local roads, they were cancelled for the 3rd year in a row and so we got to escape to the beach for the long … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting: March

When you look back on the month that was March 2022 you can't help but be relieved that it's over. But looking out my window from my office this afternoon at pouring down rain and an icy wind that makes it feel like 10 degrees it seems about right that it's seeing the month out, just as it began. … [Read more...]

Iso 2.0

Clocking out of day 17 of iso for us this year...tomorrow we will be free again, until the next time when we are not. Poor Daisy went down this time (Harper, Maggie and I still to fall at some stage) and she missed out on a big trip to Sydney she was really looking forward to. Rob thankfully was … [Read more...]

One pot wonder: pasta

Now there's one thing I have cooking a lot of lately and that's these one pot wonder pastas. They are quick and easy, because you are roasting there's a good depth of flavour and the possibilities are endless for what you can make. Meatless, or with a good quality sausage or chorizo they have become … [Read more...]