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...]

1920s Speakeasy Ball 2019

And we are done. PRAISE BE. Always such a relief when an event you have been working on has been and gone, without any dramas and lots of happy guests. This year was particularly tough for us as the committee consisted of just two of us: Lucy and I. We treated it like a dinner party (except for 130 … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

You guys it's dark and freezing as I write this huddled by the fire before anyone wakes. I was up for hours in the night with a cold that I have been avoiding at all costs (too busy/no thank you/I'm fine thanks/move on) but I dragged myself out into there darkness to get the fire stoked and filled … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting: the holiday edition

I am completely, entirely, fully NOT ready for school to go back this week. As the girls have gotten older and school has gotten more full on (activities increased etc) the holidays are as much as a break for me to take the pressure off for a while and after a long and stressful term 1, well these … [Read more...]

Brazil on the Hill

I think it was a few months ago when Lucy and Chris (my sister and her husband) decided that they would have a "just because" party. They both are the hardest working people I know...with their own businesses and small kids they spend their entire lives working (weekends included). Our social lives … [Read more...]

Our Town: Yabbie Day

It's been many a year since we have seen a Yabbie Day around these parts I think the last might have been in 2013. People got busy, no one wanted to organise it, and like many things do, it fell to the wayside. My girls always spoke about the memories they had of catching them in the morning, and … [Read more...]

Full reporting: 2019 Robertson Show

Full and THOROUGH reporting required for the show that was on last weekend. This is the 8th show we have been to since we have lived here and of course I entered as many things as I could manage given my workload and the solo parenting that was on as Rob was away for the week. You can read a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: It’s Show week!

SOMEHOW it's March and SOMEHOW it's show weekend THIS WEEKEND! Sheesh, if the start of this week is anything to go by it's safe to say that it's going to be November before we know it so buckle in friends! I have Rob away for the week so will need to be ready for a big week ahead with some baking … [Read more...]

Barn by Biota

Last Friday on a searingly hot Highlands afternoon Rob and I were lucky enough to be guests of James Viles at his newest baby not 10 minutes from where we live in Kangaloon, the wild sibling of Biota: Barn by Biota. It was an unusually hot afternoon, moreso when all the cooking for the … [Read more...]