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...]

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...]

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...]

Friend’s Christmas Dinner 2021

You guys this is one of my favourite nights of the WHOLE year and didn't we deserve it more than ever this year!  It was late in the season and not everyone was able to be there which was a shame and a last minute wet weather change of location from Mrs Munro's to our place but we pulled it … [Read more...]

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Well hello YOU. It's been a while. There's so much to catch up on including the fact that I got new shoes so let's go. We left lockdown just under a month ago and it's been SO busy ever since. All those weeks and months of desperately wanting to be seeing and doing and BEING and now we are … [Read more...]

The Italian Job (and or dinner party for 6)

Have you been travelling via Instagram at the moment too? Watching the world enjoy the beauty of Italy or France while we are stuck here in Australia with our borders, well boarded up and our states locked down in the midst of winter? Some days it can be an actual salve for the soul, seeing that … [Read more...]

Long Weekending

Some scenes from our long weekend. Lots of time around creatives and art, food and wine, family and friends and sunshine after a bitingly cold week and Rob being away. Just what we all needed. Bring on the school holidays. How was your long weekend? Looking forward to a … [Read more...]

A Winter birthday lunch for Lucy

Lucy had her 39th birthday this week (still so young!) and Mrs Munro put on a beautiful small lunch on a glorious winter's day for her. No one can pull together more artistic and creative tablescape than Mrs M, everywhere you look a visual delight and vignette a go-go. I went mad with photos as I … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting: Pavs, pottering & pools

I've woken early for the first time since mid December, my mind a little foggy but my heart fill from a wonderful summer holiday. We have been packing as much into the last weeks of school holidays as we can with lots of time at home and around the Highlands, time with family and lots of eating and … [Read more...]

Summer days, drifting away

Yesterday afternoon we had the most glorious swim at Belmore Falls (not the base of the falls, the top). Mrs Munro, Miss Rabbit and I took the kids down to the waterhole for a float, swim and afternoon picnic as the sunset before heading back to Mrs Munro's for a paella over the fire. It was … [Read more...]

A European summer Engagement Dinner

We had some lovely news on Christmas Eve as friends (James & Tony) of ours got engaged! Being old and very much married, it's been ages since anyone we knew had wonderful news like this so as soon as we got home I thought I better prepare a dinner for the happy couple. I love these dinners when … [Read more...]

Girl’s Christmas Dinner 2020

One of my favourite dates in the entire year is our girl's Christmas dinner that is hosted in December every year. A chance for us all to come together and celebrate a year, eat good food and enjoy beautiful surroundings. This year was no exception down at Mrs Munro's farm - she created the most … [Read more...]

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Somehow it's 6 degrees outside this morning, feels like 1 and nothing at all like the 8th December which it is. We've had hot, windy weather the past week so the fact that it's calm and cool is a lovely change. I think we have cooler weather on the way to us too which means one thing: COSY WINTER … [Read more...]

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Good morning friends. Maggie woke up at 4.40am this morning because she was excited about a playdate this afternoon with a friend, it's been a long morning already with HOURS left before she even gets to school and even longer until this afternoon. Isn't it good to have things to look forward to … [Read more...]

Mums on the loose: a 2020 escape bender

This has been some year hasn't it been? If there was ever a time desperately needed to escape reality then this is it. Unfortunately this isn't something that everyone can do with border closures but we had the (wonderful/lucky/amazing) chance to over the weekend for 3 WHOLE NIGHTS. We lined up … [Read more...]

Forage to Feast: a Wild Feast for a New Age

I was excited on Sunday to attend an amazing event right here in our village being held with our local friends from Trolleyd. The event was to help us get back in touch with nature around us: using the weeds we see every day and seeing how we can incorprate them into our cooking and eating and … [Read more...]

An old school family weekend visit

We all know how rare it is at the moment to have family spend time together, so when I was speaking to my brother a week or so ago about trying to find a free weekend for a visit, I wasn't expecting it to happen any time soon. With three high school kids and sport and work and life, we rarely get to … [Read more...]

A Christmas in July 40th Dinner

We recently hosted a 40th birthday for our friend Nicki from Cottonwood & Co who more than likely wanted and had planned to be somewhere way more glamorous for her 40th (I think Italy was planned, or maybe New Zealand) but as we know, 2020 had different plans for us all. With restrictions on … [Read more...]

Girl’s mid winter weekend at the beach

If ever there was a weekend needed for a group of 5 weary women who have survived the start of the shocker that has been 2020 it was ALL OF THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD...however! We were lucky enough to escape on Thursday morning after school drop off to head to the beach for a few days. Can I tell you, … [Read more...]

A birthday lunch for Miss Rabbit

We recently celebrated a very special birthday lunch for our dear friend Miss Rabbit for her 50th. She was meant to be in Europe with all her mates for a very special trip and like so manny people had to postpone that for a year while covid does its thing. Mrs Munro hosted the beautiful surprise … [Read more...]