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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Do You Read The Fine Print?

    Do you post photos of your child on Facebook? Do you enter your child in competitions such as ‘The Cutest Baby’? In this digital age it is so easy to share photos of our gorgeous cherubs. But putting photos of my children online is something I wrestle with a lot and something that my husband… Read more »

  • Precious Moments

    When you’re a parent of a baby with reflux disease, much of the time is spent holding your baby is while they scream and thrash about in pain. You don’t really have those moments of soft cuddles, enjoying their newborn smell or how peaceful they look snuggled in your arms. Those blissful parenting moments. Even… Read more »

  • A Brutally Honest Rant

    Apart from when we were admitted to hospital, I stopped updating friends and family on my son’s progress because, to be brutally honest, most people’s comments annoyed me. Actually if we’re being brutally honest most people’s comments really pissed me off. If you met someone with only one leg, you wouldn’t say, “Well at least… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • It may not be the end of the tunnel, but there is a light!

    This week has been quite exciting! A week of ‘firsts’ for my little man. Which is why I think we’ve begun to turn that magical corner! It began with a close friend coming to visit with her little girl. My little man decided that it was a good time to see if he could fit… Read more »

  • 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.

  • When Hope Is Problematic

    I write this, sitting in the dark at 4am, with my knee rocking my little man’s bassinet trying to get him to sleep. My left shoulder is cold as my shirt is soaked in vomit and I have the sneaky suspicion there is some in my hair too. I have been awake every 30-40minutes with… Read more »

  • Off! Off! Off! Me! Me! Me!

    Ok, so it’s approximately 6pm. Dinner is finished. Actually my daughter has finished but my husband and I are still eating. Now cue the fun!