Full & Thorough reporting through a good lens

It is an absolute CRACKING day here today...sun shining and grass growing before our eyes. There has been sunshine in the day, storms and heavy rain at night - everywhere you look it's late Spring perfection. It's been a FULL ON week for work. Everybody wanting those end of Christmas … [Read more...]

Things I like {the I’m still in my 30’s edition}

You guys, I think it' going to be a good week ahead for me. Actually, the next few weeks are going to be pretty good all round I think. Next week is my birthday week, and in true Styling You fashion there may be a little bit of a festival happening. I've already started to get a few cards and … [Read more...]

Things I like {The Colour edition}

The icy wind blowing a gale outside isn't much to get excited about, but you know what? There's only 1 day of school left, then it's holidays! Besides that, there is plenty to like around these parts as we soak up the peace before the storm of 2 extra kids back home! Here's what I am liking this … [Read more...]

Southern Highlands Guide: Who to follow on Instagram

I always get asked so many questions (plus it's the biggest search item on the blog on the weekends) about where to eat, drink, shop etc in the Highlands and recently I have found myself tagging friends in various Instagram accounts so that people know where to eat and drink and shop. There's no … [Read more...]


It's Friday afternoon and the day looks like this. Goes alright by me. I have my gold kicks on from NYC. And a bear ring on my finger. There's prolific pansy flowering happening on my side verandah. And the cyclamens out the front look happy and graceful. The … [Read more...]

Things I like {The Dottie edition}

This morning we  popped over to visit Miss Dot who is now a whole 6 days old. Not even a week! Luce got home from hospital under 24 hours after Dorothy was born and is settling into life as a family of four. There's lots of baked goods being consumed, endless cups of half drunk tea, delirium and … [Read more...]

Shoes made for walking: BabyMac & FRANKiE4 in NYC

This giveaway has now closed and a winner chosen: ALICIA MACKAY with the following comment: "Okay so as much as I love the sexiness of Izzy – she definitely needs to be popped on for a night of naughty cocktails and raucous one liners at a fabulous bar – I’m also inclined to invite Nat to some chic … [Read more...]

And all the leaves on the trees are falling

There's no better time (in my humble opinion) in this village than right now. Autumn. Easter time. The place is looking picture perfect, I mean, stop driving and pull over LOOK AT THIS PLACE beautiful. The girls get sick of hearing me talk about the light, THE LIGHT, but I can't and actually won't … [Read more...]

Things I like {The 7th March 2017 edition}

Oh my, the sun shone briefly yesterday which meant that I got some washing done at last! Now if that won't put a pep in my Maintenance Monday step after a week of constant rain then NOTHING will. There's lots to like around here at the moment, thought I would share a few. The green, green growth … [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...]

Around the grounds: Spring in full fling!

If you were to look up the definition of Spring in the dictionary, I'm pretty sure it would read as follows: Beth Macdonald's house, Tuesday 25th October 2016. Spring has taken it's time to fully come into her own this year, everything is about 3-4 weeks later than it normally is, but boy is she … [Read more...]

Moments like These

A sponsored post for KODAK MOMENTS You know what I miss? Photo albums! Filled to the brim with memories, all in order, with daggy hand written commentary. It’s one of the girls favourite things to do, go through all our old albums and laugh at how we looked, see houses that they never lived … [Read more...]

Pretty in Pink

The month of October always brings with it crazy weather. You can get a hot, summery day and the next you can get a cold snap that takes your breath away. We've even had snow in October! But one thing that October brings that ALWAYS makes me happy, is the pink clematis in flower all over the … [Read more...]

Starry, starry night

Last night was cold, probably too cold for late September, but a cold night usually means one thing: a clear night. And a clear night? Stars! How lucky we are in the country to see stars! And last night they put on quite the show. Rob headed outside around 9.30pm to take some in the backyard but … [Read more...]

BabyMac Long Lunch: The Debrief

Firstly I need to apologise for the fact that this post has been so long coming! All of you have been very patient waiting for it...but it's here at last! It's been over a month now since I held a BabyMac Long Lunch to celebrate 10 years of the blog and took the chance to host a lunch praying … [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...]


Today it's back to the start of my annual trip around the sun. How can it be that a whole year has passed again? I always reflect on this day about what's been, where we've been, where I'm at and today I thought I'd share that year in the blooms that I have enjoyed. This year, and most, since we … [Read more...]

Things I like {The 30th March 2016 edition}

Whilst I have been in a little cloud of Negative Nancy land due to prolonged sickness I must say that the sun shining today has lifted spirits and I'm feeling a little brighter. There's much to like round here today, didn't take far to find it. 1. Autumn hydrangeas I may or may not have been seen … [Read more...]

Around the grounds: Spring 2015

Good afternoon (I think?!) friends, happy Friday afternoon. We are home and it's SO good to be here. Sure the trip home was a killer, but we're here now and you can almost hardly see the twitch in my left eye anymore. I'm struggling big time today with jet lag...I would be fine if I could get a … [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...]