Lest we forget

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  I got an email from one of my readers, Mel, the other week. I get all kinds of emails that come in and this one stopped me in my tracks. She wondered, if I might like to share something with you guys about Anzac Day. It's not the most upbeat topic, it's not pretty flowers in vases, or … [Read more...]

Things I like {The beach holiday edition}

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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...]

Jamie Oliver’s whole baked salmon in salt

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Good Friday round our parts means seafood. And as like other years we usually have a pretty big crowd so a whole baked fish is a good way we've found to feed lots of people. A few years back I watched while my brother in law whipped up a Salmon en croute for us all and this year seeing as he was … [Read more...]

The counteract

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So I was out on my run this morning, but let's call it more of a walk seeing as that I was doing for the majority of the time, when I walked past an older woman who was KNITTING WHILE SHE WALKED. At first I thought to myself that I must have caught her as she was popping in next door to see a friend … [Read more...]

So that was Easter…

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The last of the guests have left, the floors cleaned, rubbish picked up, excess food eaten and packed up and Easter done for another year. We had such a lovely weekend packed to the brim with time with my beautiful family and friends. We did not stop eating or drinking, chatting, laughing, sitting … [Read more...]

A good Friday

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Without a doubt the best thing about moving down here is having people come and stay and enjoy a weekend or the odd red letter occasion. We've done Christmas, Winter balls, long weekends, birthdays, hens weekends, and we have certainly done the odd Easter. Cushions plumped, beds made, flowers in … [Read more...]

Easter lunch: slow cooked lamb

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A sponsored post for Woolworths Macro An Easter tradition for our family is a long lunch on Easter Sunday. Long after the chocolate hunts are over there is time for everyone to sit around and enjoy something delicious for lunch before heading off for a long afternoon walk in the crisp autumn … [Read more...]

Solving the Big Issues: The clothes horse

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It would appear that this image on my post earlier today caused some controversy. And why wouldn't it? Mis matched pegs. PEGS ON A CLOTHES HORSE. That's just crazy behaviour. Got me wondering if this really was madness? I mean I have written about how to hang out washing before and I know … [Read more...]

Things I like {The 15th April 2014 edition}

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1. School holidays and the fact that we are now on/in them. This means sleep ins. Later nights. No running around in the mornings. Time with the kids and the tricky balance of still trying to get work and other stuff done. 2. Late starts. We just had breakfast at 9.45am and that makes me … [Read more...]

On being a blogger

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On the weekend I went up to Sydney to be a part of the 2014 Kidspot Voices. I got to even be on a panel and talk about (over) sharing on social media and a little about my blog and how it was when I started it almost 8 years ago now till now. I love spending time with other bloggers - meeting people … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous 45

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Did the show this afternoon which is always good fun. Today I was under the pump as I was in the makeup chair until 2.04pm before going on at 2.10pm...talk about getting the blood pumping! But here it is...ah the magic of television. This week we discussed single women going for IVF, Mum's having … [Read more...]

Losing pets

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Got a heavy old heart today...some good friends have lost their beautiful dog last night in a freak accident. She was a beautiful girl, loved by all who knew her and she will be deeply missed by her family. Even though we just knew this dog from visiting and seeing her around the village, I've been … [Read more...]

Half an hour of power {clean}

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Last month Chantelle whacked up this great post on her blog on how to fake clean your home. I loved the simple suggestions and everyones thoughts on the matter, given my penchant for all things clean and tidy in the home. My cleaner hasn't been around for the last few months (shall I tune up my … [Read more...]

Getting {a} wood

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You know what time it is? Wood time!  The weather has done a Tina Turner on us and we've had the fire on again. Tonight we will be burning the very last of our wood pile from last winter. Which is good timing because our man arrives tomorrow with the first delivery of wood for the season. I … [Read more...]

Cheat Easter cookies

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It's Easter school holiday time and you know what that means? Well, for a start your children will tell you they are hungry 138 times a day. They will also tell you that they are bored 139 times a day. I have a solution! Something that combines food AND activity. And there isn't a fucking rainbow … [Read more...]

The fussy breakfast eater: Apple Pikelets

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I have one kid who would happily eat two eggs on toast, some fruit and yoghurt and then something else if it was on offer for breakfast every single morning and one kid who doesn't want to eat a thing. I kind of get the second one, sometimes you don't feel like eating anything for breakfast but as … [Read more...]

Ephemeral art workshop: Shona Wilson

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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...]

Cauliflower & Parmesan crisps

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You've got to love my Mum Sue. She is a fabulous cook - taught me everything I know about food and entertaining, she and my Dad raised 4 children that are all (pretty) well adjusted and together and she has now taken to new technology with gusto. A few years ago she didn't even know how to turn on a … [Read more...]

Morning

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The weather has been hot and muggy and unusually warm for this time of year. Even though the days are getting shorter and the mornings dark it still feels too warm. Late yesterday afternoon the mists rolled in, literally blowing in fast and strong. One minute we had clear, still and warm air and … [Read more...]

Easter Table Ideas

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A sponsored post for Woolworths Select You know me, give me a chance to set a table and I am THERE. Give me an actual annual key day of celebration like Christmas or Easter and I am REALLY there. Suddenly you have a theme that you can work with, a table filled with friends and family and loved … [Read more...]