Canberra Centre Masterclass: Decoding Colour with Lucy Feagins from The Design Files

The Canberra Centre’s second stage of The Monaro Mall redevelopment has opened will a whole new range of masterclasses targeted to helping you understand how to style your modern home. November kicked off with Donna Hay and Lucy Feagins. This blog post is all about Lucy Feagins and her tips on how to understand colour… Read more »

A panorama photo of the finished garden beds, filled with soil.

Building our Raised Bed Potager Garden

While most of our property has a great layer of fertile top soil, near the house is a different story. We did a site cut where we put the house, so all the top soil was moved to allow for a large flat house site, exposing the heavy clay soil underneath. Clay soil needs a… Read more »

The secret to successful family gatherings (as told by the families behind the wineries of the King Valley)

In North Eastern Victoria lies the King Valley, and what many people would consider as the home of Italian wines in Australia. Prosecco and Sangiovese are their favourites. Every year in August, the wineries of the King Valley come to Canberra with wineries from the Rutherglen region in a festival called the Taste of Two… Read more »

Children and Cold Weather: Five considerations every parent should be aware of.

As you know, we live on a hobby farm. So staying inside, even when it’s freezing outside, isn’t an option. Fences still need to be mended, trees and other things need to be checked, pipes freeze and burst and require fixing… the list goes on. And then there is the charm of picking up icicles… Read more »

An all white bedspread with all white pillows, white walls and sheer white curtains. In the foreground the Little National paper is lying with two champagne glasses and a bottle of Moet.

Burbury Hotel and Apartments – my weekend staycation with the kids

In the years we’ve lived just north of Canberra, we’ve been to and reviewed so many different places and events in Canberra, so when people come and visit, I can pull together an itinerary for anyone… except that I can’t answer one question – Which hotel should we stay at? So when my husband decided… Read more »

Book Review & Giveaway! Those Pleasant Girls by Lia Weston

What would you do if you finally plucked up the courage to leave your philandering husband? Take your teenage daughter and move back into your childhood home in the small town where you spent all of your childhood years? Doesn’t sound so bad… A quick google on your high school crush tells you that he’s a lot… Read more »

Contentious Character Winery and Restaurant

With over thirty wineries located within a thirty minute drive of Canberra, we are positively spoilt for cellar doors to visit. However, if you want to have a nice meal with your wine… then the choices become rather limited – especially if you want a proper meal, rather than just pizza or cheese platters. But… Read more »

Farm Update: April 2017

Nothing like a conversation with real farmers to remind you of how unrealistic your best intentions were… Ok, on re-reading that first sentence it sounds like these farmers are being awful. They aren’t. They are wonderful. It’s just that they completely understand the monumental amount of work we’ve taken on (because they live this life… Read more »

Teaching the Next Generation about Fruit & Vegetables

Let’s buy a hobby farm and grow everything we want to eat! How wonderful will it be for the children to have a hands on understanding of where their good comes from. Sounds like an awesome plan, doesn’t it? Depending on who you are and what your experience is, you’ll either be swept up with… Read more »

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) Red Tori gates lined up one after the other

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)

Fushimi Inari (伏見稲荷大社) is a Shinto Shrine located at the base of Mt Inari in Kyoto. Inari, is the God of rice and is also seen as the patron saint of business. So you can imagine, this is a very important shrine to the Japanese! The foxes you see around the shrine, which my son… Read more »

  • Be Careful Of The Promises You Make

    Looking at my son’s badly bruised arm while he splashed around in the bath tonight, was a painful reminder about making promises I can’t keep. Last Friday we had to take my son into Canberra Hospital for some follow up blood tests. We’ve been there before and the nurses were fantastic. I hate getting my… Read more »

  • On Friday I died and went to Foodie Heaven

    Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, that all your favourite artists, food artisans and wineries got together. They forgot that they were supposed to be each other’s competition and instead formed a collective, supporting each others businesses and pooling their resources to drive really effective marketing campaigns, such as exclusive events where invited… Read more »

  • The Adored Son

    Might sound strange, but I feel very connected with my son. We can look at each other across a room and we just get each other. We have that silent, unspoken, knowing look. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve had such a difficult time with our son, that I have bonded so deeply with him. Those nights… Read more »

  • Public Bar Manuka

      Public Bar is located in Manuka, a very trendy part of Canberra. Manuka reminded me of the Eastern Suburbs in Sydney and had similar sort of people too. If I were a cool local, I might have already known about this gem of a pub. That’s we’re it helped to know 101 local humans. I… Read more »

  • Collecting the Mail: My Favourite Time of Day

    I know it sounds strange. It might help to explain that collecting the mail is about a fifteen minute round trip walk. But when we go as a family it can often take much longer. That’s because it is such a beautiful walk, even now when the trees have dropped all their leaves. We love… Read more »

  • Craft Beer Tasting on a Rainy Sunday Afternoon

    Sometimes I think there are two kinds of people in this world, those that drink beer and those that drink wine. But then I’d like to think in an ideal world we wouldn’t discriminate and instead be lovers of both. On a cold, wet Sunday afternoon in Canberra, craft brewery company Sydney Brewery, set out… Read more »

  • An ‘Instawalk’ with Australia’s first professional Intagrammer

    Instagram, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Pintrest – these are words social media ‘connoisseurs’ are more than familiar with. Ever wondered how people make money off these? Did you even know that these platforms form the basis of some people’s full time income? A whole new world isn’t it? A whole new, digital world. I’d like… Read more »

  • Eric by Shaun Tan

    I have two favourite places in Canberra – the National Gallery and the National Library (and how convenient that they are so close to each other). On the weekend, as a part of my 101human privileges, I was lucky enough to attend a workshop on social media and blogging at The National Gallery. I would’ve… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • A Tale of Two Mother’s Groups

    Mothers’ groups are funny things. Kind of like a cross between speed dating and forming high school friendships. You meet a bunch of women, once a week, for the first few weeks of your bubs life. The only thing you’re guaranteed of having in common is that you all have bubs born within about a… Read more »