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 »

  • 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 »

  • Liar Liar Pants on Fire

    A few weeks ago Little Miss told her first lie. She bit the head of her dinosaur bath toy. When her dad asked her what happened (witnessed by her brother and myself mind you) she told him (in front of us) that her brother bit the head off the dinosaur. Hmmm… After the humour of… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Autolyse

    It’s just past 6am and I’ve been up since 4am with our little man who is struggling to settle all thanks to his two top teeth which are cutting through… But all I can think about are the chocolate croissants from Autolyse in Braddon. Yes. They are that good. Autolyse is new to Canberra, only… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Yass Show & Rodeo

    We have had a busy few weeks of medical appointments and lots of hospital visits for testing with our son, so I’ve been a little slack on the blogging front. But I didn’t want to bypass a quick entry on the Yass Show and Rodeo. My husband’s brother’s family came up for the weekend. My… Read more »

  • Risky Business

    All too often I see children hesitate to do something incase they make a mistake. The pressure on children to succeed is huge and from such a young age too. I think we forget to tell them that on the path to success, we fall many, many times. We only succeed when we have the… Read more »

  • How to Ruin a Perfect Moment

    You know when you imagine your life, you have little vignettes of how things will be… I envisaged that life with two children under two would be really tricky and often chaotic. But amongst the upheaval, I also pictured us playing in the park, going for walks in the pram, digging in the vegetable garden,… Read more »

  • Mary’s Little Lambs Found Their Way Home

    Last Monday we called Yass Valley Council and gave them the tag numbers on the sheep. They contacted their owner, who then called us. The sheep were collected that afternoon. The farmer who lost his sheep (and let’s not refer to him as Little Bo Peep as that would be offensive) was very apologetic and… Read more »

  • Dear Medical Professional, I would like a refund.

    Dear Doctor/Pediatrician/Medical Specialist, I am writing to let you know that I think your product is faulty and has mis-leading advertising. If this was a dress, a $300 dress, it would be returned no questions asked because it did not fulfill its purpose, it is faulty and it does not meet the advertised description. You… Read more »