Mr. J Frost pays us a visit

I love opening the curtains of our bedroom each morning. Mostly because it marks the start of a new can leave behind the night before and the lack of sleep that came with it. I also look down to Maggie's cot that's right there and get the biggest, gummiest smile in the world that will … [Read more...]

Things I like {the 6th August 2015 edition}

I'll tell you what I'm liking! A brand spanking new Canon EOS750D that landed in my hot little chubby hands this week thankyouverymuch. I've got it for a month and can't wait to have a play around with it. I'm no professional...I went to one photography course a few years ago and are pretty much … [Read more...]

Winter mornings

The mornings have been COLD this week. Cold as in minus 4 and 5 cold. COLD. Jack Frost has been visiting in all his glory covering everything with sparkling frost until the sun hits. If you stand outside you can hear the crackle of the ice breaking off branches and the trickle of water dripping from … [Read more...]

Around the grounds: Autumn

Because I am old, pregnant and boring if you were to run into me today you would hear me gushing about the weather because: SUNSHINE! (cue sound of choir as well). And after SO much rain and drizzle we have SUNSHINE! And WIND! It's what I call a superior washing day. I've got 3 loads on the go out … [Read more...]

Things I like {13th March 2015 edition}

This new roll of cling wrap because it ACTUALLY WORKS. Like it should. Makes me happy each and every time I use it. Glad, you lost me I'm afraid after this. New fruit coming onto my cumquat tree after a long road of recovery from when we were OS last year and the pots were ruined by frost. … [Read more...]

Around the grounds: spring!

This week has absolutely floored me. Actually, the previous weeks of preparation (mentally and physically) had floored me and this week when I FINALLY could slow down, I collapsed. I've been no good for nothing, or anyone, least of all insights on this blog. I've been outside a bit, eating a lot, … [Read more...]

Things I like {The beach holiday edition}

1. Change of scene. Change of pines. Change of flowers. No sign of autumn here. 2. The fact that it feels like summer. It does! It's almost May! 3. Leftovers from Easter that just keep on giving. 4. Whole mornings (and even a little afternoon) spent at the beach. 5. … [Read more...]

Ephemeral art workshop: Shona Wilson

Yesterday my friends (Mrs Munro & Pats) and I descended upon a local property to tap into our creative side and get in touch with nature for the day. The workshop was being facilitated by an amazingly talented local artist Harriet Goodall who specialises in random weaving and also runs her own … [Read more...]

Winter is coming

I know it probably doesn't feel like it where you are, but something is happening under the earth. The seasons are on the move. Time waits for no one, on it goes. And to be able to see it happen before me? PROPER seasons? Well, it's a privilege that I don't take for granted, not one bit. … [Read more...]

Things I like {the Christmas edition}

1. Christmas activities outsourced by Grandparents. Craft or otherwise. 2. A festive table setting. Mum was heavy on the gold and red this year. 3. Champagne. Lucky if you can get the bottle to coordinate with the setting. Thanks for the bottle of French Aunty June, we loved … [Read more...]

Green & white

There's no better colour combo. Simple perfection. While I do love colour, sometimes simple is enough. Hope your weekend is filled with some simple...we are celebrating Christmas with my Dad at his place at the beach. Can't wait to breathe in some salty air, walk on some … [Read more...]

Saturday, in the park

Rob is away in Sydney teaching for most of this weekend so I thought I better do things that would not usually appeal to him. Top of that list on this glorious autumn day? A trip to a beautiful local garden of course! We visited here in September last year, when spring was in all her beauty. Today … [Read more...]


I copied my friends UAC form (I think that's what they were called) you know the University entry forms when I was at School to choose the course I wanted to do. I had NO idea what I wanted to do when I left School. I had notions of being a journo and doing a communications course somewhere, but … [Read more...]

Take some time…

Yesterday afternoon the late Autumn sunset was hitting a jug of THE most beautiful roses that were given to me by my dear friend Neighbour when she popped over to record the latest episode of Over The Back Fence, and it just plain took my breath away. I grabbed my camera and took 25, yes 25 photos … [Read more...]

Tim Coulson’s Nursery

I will happily tell anyone that I ONLY use my digital SLR on automatic. Actually, strike that, I use my digital SLR on auto, without the flash, because it makes me feel a little fancier and I am NOTHING if not a show pony. I can happily snap away, pretending all the while that I have a "good eye" … [Read more...]