Good things

Well, this for a start. Hilarious. (found via @phoodiegram) I have plenty to be negative nancy about at the moment, but where's the fun in that? There are always good things to see around you, and that's what I am focusing on today even though it's 1 million degrees and windy as fuck outside … [Read more...]

Caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs

So for Christmas my good friend Mrs Munro gave me this Fiddle-Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata). I had long admired these indoor plants but was completely hesitant to have one at home (despite seeing them in every home magazine for well over 3 years now) because every single person I actually know who has … [Read more...]

Girls escape aka: Mums on the loose

The biggest hand to play in my #notafatmoleforchristmas in terms of looking after ME and putting myself further up the chain this term came this week....a cheeky escape with two of my mates in the very last week of the School year. That's right, I engineered an escape in the last few days where … [Read more...]

For the things that no one else sees

A sponsored post for Dyson V8 Absolute cord free vacuum There are a few things I love with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. My kids, of course, but at this late stage of the year Maggie might be slightly ahead in the favourite stakes with an ability to smile and be genuinely thrilled to … [Read more...]

The sweetest smelling Christmas trees

Guess what happened this week? I'll give you a clue... The five ginormous star jasmine Christmas trees that come out every year on our side verandah are in full bloom. Cue choir singing! The smell when you open the door! THE SMELL FRIENDS. An absolute joy to behold. You can guess … [Read more...]

Sweet baby cheeses! A Christmas giveaway worth $500!

Update 9th Jan 2017: The winner of this giveaway has now been chosen and the lucky winner was Nadine with this comment: "Beautiful. I have to admit I would be a little selfish and keep it for myself. I am weeks into my pregnancy after a lot of fertility treatment. This past May I lost a baby boy … [Read more...]

Things I like {the 25th November 2016 edition}

Good afternoon friends! How are you? It's a stunning Spring afternoon here, not too hot, sun beating down with a cool breeze drifting about. You can hear blow flies, and bees and of course mowers (always mowing around here). Mags is sleeping and I am enjoying the peace before the weekend … [Read more...]

Place. And memories. And gardens.

This morning I had the pleasure of hearing Mickey Robertson from Glenmore House speak at an event about her life and transformation of her home and garden. Mickey has been a successful interior designer for many years but it was the purchase of this historic property near Camden that started her … [Read more...]

Local Spotlight: The Summerhouse Store, Exeter

Yesterday morning on a dreary and drizzly Spring morning, Mags and I went and checked out an Instagram friend's new store (Linda from @thesummerhousestyle) which has just opened in Exeter. Linda and her Mum have years of experience in retail and styling and have a natural eye for gorgeous country … [Read more...]

Cute kitchen lift for under $20

I'm in the process of planning for a wedding in the village that we are decorating in a few weeks time. We are in charge of all the decorations and set up (bump in) as well as the post event clean up (bump out) a few days later. It's been fun to plan for a party - one of my favourite things to do - … [Read more...]

Hanging at Ruthie’s

Yesterday I had the very rare opportunity to visit my mate Ruthie. I hadn't seen her in the longest time, 2 years? Maybe 3? But time didn't matter, we managed to pick off exactly where we last left off. Lots of laughs. Belly laughs. Hugs. Coffees. And the kind of conversations that never get … [Read more...]

Things I like {The 19th August 2016 edition}

How's your week been? This little burst of glorious spring weather has certainly put a spring in my step. I was talking to a mate earlier this week about August and its ability to make people feel a little meh. She was telling me that the wattle pollen used to send people crazy in August and that … [Read more...]

Mood lighting

You know what my favourite time of the day is? 6.30pm. Usually dinner is done and dusted and the washing up done. Baths have been bathed, there are clean children with clean bottoms and jammies on. It's dark and the candles have been lit, the fire roaring, and the baby is usually not far off bed. … [Read more...]

7 ways to make your house more homely this weekend

My Mum has taught me many skills over the course of my life. To cook and effortlessly feed many people. To laugh at myself. To work hard. The joys of a good gin and tonic. A well made bed. To love fiercely and loyally. And to make a house a home. Wherever we have lived (with no money, or sometimes … [Read more...]

This thing I’ve been doing with hydrangeas

You know what there's a lot of at the moment? HYDRANGEAS! All different colours and styles and given the fact that everyone has lots in their gardens, there are all kinds of bunches being dropped off from lots of different friends. I LOVE IT. I only have two hydrangea bushes - one of those old … [Read more...]

The tree(s) are up!

I have very strict Christmas deco's policy. In so much as it HAS to be December before they are allowed out. Last year I may have gone early by a day because I was a nesting mofo and Rob was away but this year there's still nothing out (must remember to get the Advent Calendar out from the … [Read more...]

Linen sheets

So last week this happened: An email landed in my inbox from Bed, Bath & Table alerting me to the fact that they had linen sheets on sale. And being sleep deprived, I immediately added to cart dreaming of sleeping on those soft, cool sheets uninterrupted all night... I have been … [Read more...]

House proud

Today you will find me on the couch with my top button undone eating pie and drinking coffee. I'm EXHAUSTED. It's been a big week running around for the photo shoot with Highlife magazine but it all went well and everything looked fab (well I think so anyway). Best bit? I have the world's tidiest … [Read more...]

One thing: that sunny spot

I think that when you move into a house it takes a long time to make it a home. I think you need to live in a space to work out what's needed, where the good spots are, the places you want to spend time in a room and then what needs to go in there. Our house has been a continual process filling up … [Read more...]

How to pattern clash bed linen

There's a few things in this world that I can do well. I can soft boil an egg perfectly every time (you can too just follow this post) I can keep a fire burning bright, chopping and stacking wood like the very best pioneer woman and I can cook a dinner for 10 people without too much trouble. I can … [Read more...]