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 »

  • 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 »

  • A gym update: the obstacles and what’s working

    Recently I went back to Sydney and caught up with some ‘old’ friends. They all knew me long before, during and after pregnancy. They’ve seen me go from slim, to pregnant, to struggling to lose those kilos that snuck up on me during two pregnancies. But because we no longer live in Sydney, they hadn’t… Read more »

  • Healthy Snacks with Kate Freeman from The Healthy Eating Hub

    As a constant snacker, I find all my good intentions often come undone with snacks. I can plan out healthy meals for the week, but come 10am and 3pm… I am grabbing for the nearest anything to eat. I’ve never been a person to sit down and eat a big meal, so when I was… Read more »

  • National Gallery of Australia Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

    “The Palace of Versailles has never before lent a collection like this, drawn from all over the palace, to an exhibition outside France.” NGA director Gerard Vaughan I was lucky enough to be invited to an Instameet organised by the gallery. Champagne and masks provided on arrival, then a private tour of the exhibit!  … Read more »

  • Our burgers. My steak sandwich, which is really in a burger roll, is in the foreground, with the yellow american chedder oozing out, the steak and tomatoes are also spilling outside.

    Casey Jones Gastropub

    When you’ve been having a terrible week, there’s nothing better than nipping off to the pub for a beer with a mate. Is there? In keeping with this theory, my friend and I managed to find a day off together so we headed over to Casey Jones for a mid-week, midday beer and burger. On… Read more »

  • Looking along an espaliered tree, to the tractor.

    Farm Life – an update

    It’s been a while since I’ve done a farm update. It’s been a while because we’ve had so much rain. SO much rain! I was at the Post Office the other day (Ok, quick clarification here – the ‘Post Office’ is also our general store/irrigation supply/take out food place where you catch up on anything happening… Read more »

  • Win a double pass to Robinson Crusoe: The Wild Life

    If you’ve been following my Instagram feed, you’d know that I recently took my daughter to the movies for the first time. It was priceless to see her disbelief that the movie screen was bigger than our car. She was thrilled with the whole experience and, almost two weeks later, is still talking about it…. Read more »