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...]

Southern Highlands Guide: Shopping

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I often get emails from people asking me where to go and what to do when visiting the beautiful Southern Highlands so I thought that I would put together a guide of where to go, what to do, where to stay/eat/drink. First and most important (and probably what I am BEST at)? Shopping of … [Read more...]

Wanderlust

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I am currently in the time vortex known as planning an overseas holiday. I start out looking on trip advisor for ideas in one area and approximately 3 hours later I end out the other side with 3 million browser windows open and a firm knowledge of all things good in an area of the UK that I knew … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous 44

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I don't want to alarm anyone....BUT IT'S APRIL TOMORROW. Somehow, someway, the days have turned to weeks and months and we are entering the 4th month of the year. That means School holidays are upon us again, as is Easter and then apparently winter. WINTER IS COMING. I'm not sure if someone … [Read more...]

Solving the big issues: Mystery Drawer

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Got a wonderful email from a reader this week that made me laugh out loud and lift my spirits on a day where things weren't going so well. It's rare that I ever hear from the male readers out there (I know there are at least 7 or 8 of them) so I was stoked to hear that he enjoyed the blog and had … [Read more...]

Nine

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I'm partial (as Faux Fuchsia would say) to a red letter day. Yesterday was one of those...a wedding anniversary for Bert and myself celebrating nine years of wedded bliss, or something. We had a lovely day - managed to sneak out together for lunch as both girls were at School and then for dinner I … [Read more...]

Sustainable lunch for one

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A sponsored post for Woolworths Woolworths have recently changed their fishing methods for Select tuna and it’s something they should be proud of! As Greenpeace reported last month “By the end of this year, all of Woolworths 'Select' tuna will be caught one-by-one with a pole and line, and by 2015 … [Read more...]

Things I like {The 25th March 2014 edition}

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If you were to see me in person today you might just catch a glimpse of a small, dark cloud that is following me around my head today. I'm cranky and negative and I don't like it. In fact, there's not much I DO like about today. I did manage to find 13 things though, I reckon there probably is … [Read more...]