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...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

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...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

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...]

Date night at home: celebrating 15 years

As you guys would know, Rob and I celebrated 15 years of marriage last week and while we were meant to be having a party with all our friends and family (which will hopefully be at the other side of this bloody pandemic) we instead decided on making the most of the creative ideas local restaurants … [Read more...]

Full reporting: 2020 Robertson Show

When the weather on the weekend goes from this... To this... You know it must be show time! We had our local show on the weekend (just in time before the social distancing came into play) and we managed to get there on Friday to help the school out with the kids there on a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Show week!

Good morning friends! I can already feel that everyone is a little cranky that it's Monday morning (myself included). Even though we had a lovely quiet weekend, one more day wouldn't have gone astray - and I think some of you have a long weekend too today? Victoria maybe? You guys are so lucky with … [Read more...]

Girls Christmas Dinner 2019

Last night we had our annual Girls Christmas dinner - one of my favourite nights of the year as we come together to celebrate another year. I love this Christmas dinner so much - working from home there's no party to go to, so all of us go all out with great food, lots of bubbles, a sensational … [Read more...]

Round these parts

You guys! Apologies for not getting on here for like, a week, but things have been busy. And while there are no medals for the busiest, I have to say, Lucy and I have been right up there. I keep meaning to get on here all last week to do a post but just literally would run out of hours in the day. … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting

It's Tuesday morning and it's a little cooler than it has been for ages. I think it's only 4 degrees outside as I can feel the cool coming up through the floorboards on my bare feet as I sit and type here in the cool dark. The weather has been hot, the garden coming alive with spring in all its … [Read more...]

Early spring

Where the days are a little longer and warmer, every time you look up you see a new fleeting blossom. There's sunshine in the days and sparkly stars in the cool night. It's all about promise and hope of what is to come. You marvel at everything coming back to life after so many months of quiet and … [Read more...]

Ladies Slumber Party: a cheeky mid week escape

It's my birthday tomorrow! Yay! I have a love/hate relationship with my birthday (as most people do) so wanted to make sure there were no disappointments so took matters into my own hands. I very rarely let myself down (except for not keeping ups regular exercise regime). Knowing it was … [Read more...]