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 »

Canberra’s Enlighten Night Noodle Market (with toddlers)

 Last night I took the kids to Canberra’s Enlighten Night Noodle Market. Just me, a 3yr old and a 5yr old… Yup. But there were a few things that made this year much more manageable with children.   More food stalls! This year there are 21 different vendors. More places meant the queues were slightly smaller. But… Read more »

Designing our Kitchen

Let me start by saying – I am not an interior designer, but I am an avid cook. I love, love, LOVE cooking. I have also cooked in many different kitchens and designed three of my own. So while I might not be stylish, I am practical and I actually cook. Which is more than I can… Read more »

High Tea at the Burbury Hotel in Canberra

My mother and I have a tradition of catching up over high tea that started when I was in university. Since then, going to high tea has become a much loved ritual I share with my friends too. There is something quite wonderful and special about sitting down with a glass of champagne and tiers of… Read more »

The book sits on a park bench. The cover of the book is predominantly a timber fence, which you would assume is the boundary fence between two houses. A little girl in a pink dress has scaled it to peer over the other side.

Book Review and Giveaway: The Fence by Meredith Jaffe

Gwen has a lovely home, surrounded by a magnificent garden which she has designed, grown and cared for over many years. Her garden is a part of who she is. Even more so because her neighbour Babs, who she has shared much of her life with, has created memories with her and their families which are… Read more »

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    Looking back now, those early days of crying were a tell-tale indicator. However we had a few other distractions. Whilst breastfeeding was going well this time (because, lets be honest, when something with a tongue akin to a cat’s is sucking at and pulling your nipple in ways that defeat imagination, you’d never say its… Read more »

  • We Have a Son!

    I had heard that girls are to their fathers, what sons are to their mothers. I had also heard that boys are more affectionate. So I was quite happy to find out that our second child was to be a son. I was looking forward to lots of cuddles – something our independent daughter is… Read more »

  • How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm

    Ever wondered how people raise babies in other countries? Or have you just assumed we all do it the same? If you’ve travelled, you’ve probably already realised that certain countries aren’t stroller friendly – and you never see the mums in Africa, on the Discovery Channel, pushing their babies around in a stroller… So how… Read more »

  • Teaching Children About War and ANZAC Day

    Tomorrow is ANZAC day. We all have different perspectives about war and the special days set aside as a time of remembrance. But no matter what your views, at some point you will be asked some fairly tough questions by your ever curious children. So how do you explain something as complex as war, let… Read more »

  • Press Here

    “Press Here” by Herve Tullet is a book made for boys. It always amazes me how boys need to touch and press everything. I realise not ALL boys and SOME girls also come under this category – but for me, boys stand out as compulsive button pressers.  That’s why this book is made for boys…. Read more »

  • Returning to Work

    It’s been a little quiet in my blog land. I’ve been learning to juggle work with my expectations of myself as a mother. Out there in the wider blog land, there are countless mothers commenting on their experiences returning to work. Most of them reluctantly returning to work, wishing they could stay home with their… Read more »

  • Baby Survival 0-4mths

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    Death threats are not usually something you’d expect to receive as an author, but this was Amy Chua‘s reality after the Wall Street Journal published an excerpt from her book ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’. It is possibly the most controversial book relating to modern parenting. When it was published in 2011, heated discussion… Read more »

  • Touch Me Not!

    Rewind eight months and I’m at work, standing at the coffee machine getting my only caffeine fix of the day, my morning ritual. Suddenly I feel something on my very pregnant belly. I look down to see a hand… Not my hand.

  • Bringing Up Bébé

    When I ask French parents how they discipline their children, it takes them a few beats just to understand what I mean, “Ah, you mean how do we educate them?” they ask. “Discipline,” I soon realise, is a narrow, seldom-used category that deals with punishment. Whereas “educating” (which has nothing to do with school) is… Read more »