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Japanese Garden – Cowra

Whilst living in Japan, I was on a mission to visit as many castles and gardens as I could. I was captivated by the gardens. They were so different to any kind of garden I’d seen before. I was blown away by the intentional journey the paths led you on and how the hedges were… Read more »

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I Am Human!

Actually I am one of the 101 Local Humans to be exact. Over the last few months there has been a search happening around Canberra. Over 1100 people applied but only 101 were chosen. The Canberra Times in their article explained how 101 Canberrans will be recruited in the city’s 101st year to become tourism… Read more »

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Thyme to Taste

I love fine food – not necessarily expensive food. Expensive doesn’t always guarantee good quality. It’s often difficult to find a truly good cafe in country towns. Especially when you’ve been spoilt in Sydney. But Thyme to Taste in Yass the is a lovely surprise. Before children, I regularly sampled many fine eating establishments in… Read more »

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For Everything There Is A Season

Sometimes it’s the simple things… One of the things I love most about living in a rural area is watching the seasons change. Seasons hold much more meaning in rural areas as so much depends on the weather. The trees that line the driveway are taking their cue from one of the trees at the… Read more »

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Mary Had a Little Lamb Whose Fleece Was White as Snow

Little Miss loves the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Indeed, her favourite doll is named Mary after her favourite nursery rhyme. So the recent happenings have got her so excited. She finally has sheep! Just like Mary!! Last week, two of the neighbours sheep got into our front paddock. We didn’t mind as… Read more »

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Making Friends Is Really Difficult (especially when you’re two)

As a teacher, it breaks your heart watching the politics of friendship play out. Children, without even trying, can be really cruel. You see perfectly lovely, funny and children I would love to call my own, struggle to make friends. Especially when friendship groups have already been established. The older the children get, the more… Read more »

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We Have Arrived!

It’s been a while. There is lots to tell but I thought I would start with a little insight into our new life in the Yass Valley. We had a few hiccups when we arrived. Not having rented before in Australia (I did when I lived in Japan), this has been a learning curve in… Read more »

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The Countdown

It’s getting a little serious and quite panicky in our house. This time next week I will be spending my first night in our rental in Yass. Of course there is some nervous excitement too! As the pictures come off the walls and the boxes fill our house, the reality of what we’re doing is undeniable.

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Our Tree Change (Am I old enough for a mid-life crisis?)

This is it. My family is going to pursue our dream of greener pastures, literally. When we bought our house, we thought our 900 plus square meter block was HUGE. We quickly set about major renovations, taking out asbestos walls, completely re-painting all of the interior and exterior, major landscaping – a blog entry all… Read more »