7 wonders of the perfect cake

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A sponsored post for Sunbeam To me the perfect cake is a combination of a few things. Home made With a recipe from someone you love Have memories of eating it from another time, with other people Absolutely not be good for you Include chocolate Be easy to make without any fuss Be … [Read more...]

Around the grounds: dead of winter

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It's bloody cold here at the moment. Most nights are down to minus 3 or lower. Each morning brings an icy frost, sometimes some fog or mist that burns off once the weak, warm sun arises. The garden is very quiet, most of my pots dead from the heavy frosts that I left them out in (in order to get … [Read more...]

Mama’s got a brand new chair

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You may recall a little while ago I was in search of the perfect oversized armchair/daybed for a corner of our lounge room. The (replica) Eames chair we had was being demolished from kids swinging on it and the other chair that I had which I thought was leather completely started to peel and get … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous 50

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It's slowly getting closer to normal life rather than holiday life and me being OK with it. Vases have been filled with flowers, toys pulled out, cakes cooked and the fire on non stop. How bloody cold is it? Shock to the old system I must say. This weekend I have a stack of reading to get … [Read more...]

On comfort

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I'm home. And it's wonderful. Our lovely home filled with all our things. Our bed. With a topper! The girls toys and textas and paper...things to do. Our kitchen ready for meals to make, our table waiting for us to sit at. Our home...what a wonderful thing. True safety. Happiness. … [Read more...]

Travel packing tips

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One of my personal highlights of the trip was the packing which we NAILED even if I do say so myself. Cause I just did! In fact, even though I am quite an organised/tidy person, I am not a print the checklist kind of person who packs and plans for ages in advance. I always pack at the VERY last … [Read more...]

I won’t ever forget…

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That wonderful apartment in London. Those windows! Hearing Daisy say "Mum this REALLY feels like London!" And it did. That special Sunday with friends. Driving with the top down through Holland Park, Rolling Stones blaring from the speakers. Seeing her walk that mountain with … [Read more...]

Gardens by the bay Singapore

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The afternoon of our guided tour with Singapore tourism saw us arrive at Gardens by the Bay a huge garden complex which opened in 2011. It's a tribute to Singapore being a true garden city - they like to know it as a city in a garden rather than the other way around. The gardens (including the … [Read more...]

River Safari Singapore

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Earlier in the year I was contacted by Singapore tourism about working with them which was exciting because we were already planning on going at the end of this trip. And we've never been! AND I had no idea about what would work with 2 kids aged 4 & 7. I was stoked that they wanted to arrange a … [Read more...]

Singapore postcard

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We arrived in Singapore a little weary and bleary eyed after our trip from London via Dubai. The timing of the flights meant that we travelled all through the night arriving at 3pm in the afternoon with just 3 or 4 hours sleep under our belt. Not so fresh. We're staying at the York Hotel which was … [Read more...]

Holiday shopping

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This holiday was never going to be about shopping. It was a family trip - about time spent together, experiencing things, DOING things and even though at times all I wanted to do was meander through the shops for hours on end, the time we have spent together as a family (except for today when we all … [Read more...]

9 Things to love about Croatia

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This morning I'm sitting in our airport hotel room (in our large white lost luggage t-shirts given to us when all our bags bar carry on were lost and still not located somewhere between Split, Dusseldorf & Heathrow) already feeling a million miles away from the sunshine and crystal clear water … [Read more...]

Our Last night

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We had the perfect farewell afternoon and evening here today. A gorgeous afternoon after a rainy morning. A swim. A beautiful simple seafood dinner. A post dinner walk down for a game of football with some lovely local boys. An ice cream. And now a world cup viewing (how can that BE the … [Read more...]

Hvar

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We're back from a couple of days in Hvar an island just across from where we have been staying on Korcula. Hvar is just gorgeous - a beautiful old town with an amazing fort overlooking the town some seriously fancy boats and super yachts lining the harbour. Beautiful people, backpackers, tourists, … [Read more...]

Castle in the sky

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Words won't do justice to what we experienced last night. A huge dinner in the most remote place up a mountain overlooking the most beautiful view I ever have seen. I can't explain the feelings, the emotions, the taste of the simple and delicious food, the light, the music of the clappers singing, … [Read more...]

Arvo swim

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Harps has been a little hesitant swimming here. If the water is a little rough she finds an excuse not to get in. If it's too deep, or rocky, or cold, or warm. You get the picture. But occasionally, if the stars align, and the conditions are perfect she gets in a swim. Yesterday afternoon was one … [Read more...]

Welcome BBQ

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Last night we had our first "official" birthday celebration as almost all of the guests (bar 3) have arrived from all the various corners of the world. It was a BBQ dinner on the terrace on the loveliest of warm evenings. Can we talk about the 22kg's of meat that we ate? (not sure if we ate ALL but … [Read more...]

Korcula

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Yesterday afternoon we all headed just 30km's away to Korcula for a day trip with our big group (the Griswalds eat your heart out). The weather was a little dark and stormy before clearing up for the most beautiful afternoon. It's so funny in a big group but just so wonderful too - there's always … [Read more...]

Simple joy

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I often think about the joy children have in their lives. Nothing to worry about. Safety around them. Surrounded by people that they love and trust. Not a worry in the world. I can say that the past few days have had me feeling like a child. The most I have ever felt like on holidays without a … [Read more...]

Peka

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Last night one of the birthday boys (my brother) cooked us a traditional Croatian dish called Peka (peke) a traditional Dalmatian dish which is any kind of meat and vegetables cut up and cooked in a pot or dish in the embers of the fire. I thought I'd share the dish - perhaps for someone to make, … [Read more...]