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 »

  • Cause for Celebration

    The 3rd of May was a joyous day! It was celebrated with a happy dance in the early hours of the morning. It wasn’t my wedding anniversary. Nor was it my birthday, or the day Little Miss was born. It was the day I was blessed with eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.

  • Luke’s Way of Looking

    Ever felt like you don’t quite fit the mould? Or see things a little differently to everyone else? Then you’d be able to empathise with Luke. Luke’s Way of Looking is written by Nadia Wheatley and illustrated by Matt Ottley. What a magical partnership! The story is inspiring and the pictures are captivating. I read… Read more »

  • Cloth Curious

    If you’re a woman, I’m sure at some point you’ve been told, usually by an older, female family member, to always wear nice underwear incase you get hit by a bus. I was. Many times. Over the years I began to love wearing this ‘nice’ underwear. Particularly as my salary increased and I could buy… Read more »

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

    I love, I love, I love this book. Get caught up in how you say/express the words as you swish through the tall grass. Create your make believe world together as you act out each page. Helen Oxenbury’s drawings are just amazing. As my daughter gets older we will be writing our own inspired versions as… Read more »

  • Bottle-fed Guilt

    The World Health Organisation recommends that babies be exclusively be breastfed until they are six months of age. So does the National Health and Medical Research Council. If you go to the Pigeon website and want to look at their bottles, you first have to read a blurb that, amongst other things, says: “The WHO… Read more »

  • They grow up so fast…

    It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, etc, etc… We all know our children grow up so fast. A Dutch man, Frans Hofmeester, has captured the first 12 years of his daughter’s life on camera and posted the video on vimeo. What a novel idea!

  • Imaginary Worlds

    Imagination is a fantastic thing. My grandmother was completely supportive of this and allowed my cousins and I to raid her sheets and create elaborate mazes of tunnels and cubbies, utilising chairs, tables and beds for support. But as creative as we thought we were, we definitely weren’t a match for these elaborate creations. I… Read more »

  • Even the experts are unclear…

    I take great comfort in knowing that I am not the only one still working things out and doubting if I’ve made the right choices. Back to the Future on Breastfeeding looks at the most recent views on when to introduce solids. I like the quote at the end from Professor Cathrine Fowler… a very… Read more »

  • Awesome Responsibility

    January this year took forever to come… it was like waiting for Christmas as a child. As the days become closer they also become longer. I’d eagerly go to sleep each night, willing the next day to approach. I was waiting for the ultimate gift. The birth of my first child. Her eventual arrival was… Read more »