Winter days at the beach

We've had such a lovely week up at the beach doing a whole lot of not much. We are that family that don't go anywhere, do activities or the like when we go on holidays (same at home) we do pretty much not much at ALL until the kids start to really lose it, we're all ok. So there's walks on the … [Read more...]

The Holiday Stack

We're heading away tomorrow to the beach for a change of scene and to blow the cobwebs with some fresh salty sea air. There's going to be lots of walking and sitting by the fire, reading, napping and doing not much. I hope the kids agree with our plans...let's see. I can't wait! Here's my pile … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting: The social edition

Goodness me we have had ourselves a social week at the Macdonald house. We've been to Sydney twice, I have eaten and drunk waaaaaaaaay more than I should have and had LOTS of fun along the way. Pour yourself a drink, have a seat and have a look at where we've been. Monday night we headed up to … [Read more...]

Order restored & a Sunday lunch

Sunday morning at 6am Rob landed back from Europe and a few hours later was home sweet home. I think you could hear my sighs of relief all over the country. My partner in crime, those extra set of hands...I missed him so much and was reminded just how much he does for us all. Order restored … [Read more...]

Maggie is 3 years old!

Our sweet, precious Maggie Rosyln Macdonald turns THREE today. 3! It's amazing this journey that so many of you have been on with us over the past 3, almost 4 years from when I found out we were pregnant, to the Preggo File Journey and of course her birth and beyond with baby and toddler monthly … [Read more...]

An ode to the Bible: Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book

After some prolific birthday cake baking last week for Mags I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and have a look at some of the birthday baking over the years. Much like Maggie's Newicorn cake that was a bit lop-sided and the icing all dodgy, all of my cakes have been a little like that, … [Read more...]

Maggie’s 3rd Birthday Newicorn Party

On Saturday we celebrated an early birthday for Miss Maggie with some of our friends and family on a beautiful Autumn day, just like the one on which she was born. Of course because I am going to be in London for her actual birthday, I said yes to ALL of the things (in fact I suggested most of them) … [Read more...]

Autumn: A lesson in surrendering

Today is the 1st of May 2018. I reminded Rob this morning that it was 14 years ago today that we celebrated our engagement with friends and family on the rooftop of a Darlinghurst bar on a superb Sunny autumn day much like the one we are enjoying here today. I had to find a photo to show the … [Read more...]

Things I like {The 29th April 2018 edition}

Thank you for all your lovely words of encouragement on my post this week, I am going to reply to all your comments just as soon as someone stops asking me for food, which will happen on Tuesday when the kids are back at School. It's been a lovely break for us all, but like any Mum at the end of two … [Read more...]

Some of my best days, are farm days

Rob and I were married on the front lawn of the house here up at the farm. We decided long before we ever lived in the country, that we wanted a country wedding, with friends and family coming to visit to stay and kick up their heels. We were married on Easter Saturday in 2005 on a stunning autumnal … [Read more...]

And on we go.

Yesterday Rob and I took Daisy off to her High School interview. Yep, that little baby that I wrote about in the very first post on this blog almost 12 years ago, will soon enough head out into another phase of childhood and those ties that bind us get yet again a little looser. I drove her there … [Read more...]

Sick kids? Here’s what I use

I have been a little MIA the last few days. Every one of the girls have gotten sick (just a cold nothing too bad) and a niggle I had in a tooth has blown out to a full scale blown face DISASTER that saw me at the dentist at 9am on a Sunday for an emergency X-ray and seriously excited about an … [Read more...]

My quick go-to cheat dinners

As sure as the bottom of your laundry basket will NEVER be seen, your family will inevitably ask you "what's for dinner?!" and APPARENTLY it's up to us to feed them. Again. I know! Every night. I definitely have my shortlist that hit the dinner table every week but I thought we could all help each … [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...]

Happy Easter friends!

I hope that right now you have a drink in hand, sleeping, happy children collapsed in bed either at home or away for a long weekend with friends or family. Easter is my very favourite holiday in the whole year - while we are always trapped here at home in the village for our big Easter market on … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

OK, full debrief is essential don't you think? So much been going on and  even though I have been around, I thought a good old fashioned update was called for. Are you ready? Let's do this. I am 100% not going to talk about the fact that it was a year yesterday since Rob and I arrived in New York … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 2 years, 10 months

Does Maggie move from toddler to Preschooler when she turns 3 I wondered the other day? How can that be when she was LITERALLY just born? And now? Well now, she's the one who makes up bedtime stories at night. Here's her the other week telling me a tale in the darkness. Once upon a … [Read more...]

6 little lessons learned this week

Is it just me, or has this week been the l  o  n  g  e  s  t? And of course now that it's Friday, we will blink and it will be Monday morning again. Sigh. But still! FRIDAY. I am feeling very virtuous as I have been exercising, eating well and haven't ONE drink since Sunday. I know, it's not much, … [Read more...]

Remember me? Trying to reconnect with your partner with a house full of kids

How's things with you and your significant other at the mo? Like if you were rating where would you sit? -5? 3? 9? Somewhere in between? It's hard isn't it? Sometimes when I am drinking milk out of the carton looking at the fridge and hiding from my family I see pictures of us and think "was that … [Read more...]

Lawn gazing & food grazing

How was your weekend? If you were lucky like us, you may have had some of the most beautiful summery early Autumn days that even though it feels hot, the lights is different and it's cooler at night so (to me) they just seem all the more beautiful. We had slow days at home on both days with lots … [Read more...]