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 »

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 »

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  • 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 »