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 »

  • A very modern looking Romeo and Juliet. Juliet stands with heavy eye makeup, looking directly act the camera, while Romeo has his arm lazily over her should, with his shirt half unbutton. Although both of them are in period costume, Juliet looks like she is wearing one of Romeo's shirts.

    Romeo and Juliet – a Bell Shakespeare production

    Last night I attended the opening night of Romeo and Juliet at the Canberra Theatre, thanks to Bell Shakespeare company. I think high school English teachers have a lot to answer for in relation to many people’s (mine included) obsession with Romeo and Juliet. Partly because they choose to study this play right when girls are… Read more »

  • The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

      “Out of the thousands of children born every single day, at least one of them will turn out to be a dreamer.”   This is by far my favourite quote from the book The Doldrums and really sets the tone for the book. I absolutely loved reading this book and cannot wait until my… Read more »

  • Country Life – Is it living up to our expectations?

    It’s been a little over two years since we moved from Sydney, to the Yass Valley. Although we weren’t able to move straight onto our property (it took two years to get the house, water tank, septic system and various other necessities built), we have lived in a rural area all this time. So do… Read more »

  • A Tom Robert’s Inspired High Tea at the National Gallery of Australia

    I can’t think of anything more poetic than combining a love for food with a love of art. Two weeks ago I wrote about the Tom Robert’s exhibit that is on until the 28th March at the National Gallery of Australia. You can imagine my delight when I received an email inviting me to try out… Read more »

  • Fake Farmers

    Ever since we’ve moved I’ve battled with being a city girl in the country. I didn’t want to be fake. I love that I grew up in the city. I love the city. I love the restaurants, the shopping, the museums and galleries… I could go on. But growing up in Sydney is so different… Read more »

  • TeachYour Child How To Think by Edward De Bono is a purple book with black writing. It is sitting on a timber table beside a cup of coffee and an open, leather-bound notebook

    Teach Your Child How to Think by Edward De Bono

    There are so many books on the market which purport to be able to teach you how to teach your child to think. Unfortunately many of these books are something akin to Chinese Whispers – the ideas that they aren telling you aren’t anything original. They are simply taking a spin on somebody else’s work… Read more »

  • The opening signage to the Tom Roberts exhibit. His famous shearing painting is enlarge down the left wall, while his name appears huge in white text on a navy background on the right.

    National Gallery of Australia: Tom Roberts

    As a blogger sometimes you are lucky enough to be invited to events you truly want to go to. I had the privilege to be invited to a special preview of the National Gallery of Australia’s new exhibit which has pulled together an immense collection of paintings by Tom Roberts. Paintings that span his entire… Read more »

  • LesBistronomes Salmon Gravlax. Four slices of salmon sit on a large white plate, with edible flowers and zucchini flower scattered decadently over it.

    Les Bistronomes

    Not too long ago a good friend on mine posted a photo from her Instagram account of a wonderful meal she had at Les Bistronomes. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to go there. Fast forward a couple of months and I still hadn’t managed to get there, instead I was taking… Read more »

  • In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

    Understanding our feelings and expressing our emotions is a learning process that (I think) takes a life time. The good thing for children, is that there are a lot of books out there to help them understand how to express what they are feeling. A few weeks ago I reviewed the book ‘How Do You… Read more »

  • Rockpool Est.1989

    Tucked away in the heritage Burns Philp building in Bridge Street Sydney, Rockpool would be one of Sydney’s hidden gems, except that it is Rockpool. Rockpool has a list of awards that just keeps going. Australian Gourmet Traveller has proclaimed it as Australia’s no.2 ranked restaurant, it was awarded three hats by the Sydney Morning Herald… Read more »