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 »

  • Make Your Own Christmas Tree!

    For a variety of different reasons – lack of money to buy one, no space to put one up, moving house… you may not be able to have a Christmas tree up this Christmas. So this is your Christmas tree, when you can’t have a Christmas tree! (Just in case you’re wondering, we made this… Read more »

  • A close up of The finished sensory bottle with the green rice and Christmas trinkets

    Christmas Themed Sensory Bottles

    This week Bel from Mums Take Five is lending her crafty skills to my blog. Enjoy! ——————————————— These little sensory bottles are not only fun to make but can be played with over and over (hopefully instead of the Christmas tree decorations)  They are cheap and get thrown around and I don’t even think twice… Read more »

  • How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne

    I was going to start this by saying that since both my children are of toddler age, I think picture books are really great for helping them understand the emotions they are feeling and how to express them appropriately… and then I remembered I work at a Primary School and even the children who are… Read more »

  • Students putting together magnetic sticks with metal balls to create interesting creations

    Geomag – a creative toy suitable for all ages

    To state the obvious, Christmas is coming. A particularly tricky time of year if you have children, nieces and nephews to buy for. Trying to negotiate what toys are for different ages and what they’ll actually want is predicament that baffles even the most seasoned toy buyer. I’d also like to think that I can buy… Read more »

  • We Never Asked For Wings Book by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

    We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

    Sometimes I need to escape the world with a good book…. and it’s been one of those weeks. So I thought this week I’d share a book with you that I’ve been reading. We Never Asked For Wings is written by New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers. I haven’t read The… Read more »

  • November Week 1: Cupboards are in!

    It’s all getting a little bit exciting and there may have even been happy dances involved. The cabinetry has gone in and my husband is doing a really good job of faking that he’s as excited as I am (in the same way that I feigned enthusiasm when the water and septic tanks were installed)…. Read more »

  • Ned Kelly and the Green Sash by Mark Greenwood

    It would be quite a challenge to grow up in Australia and not have heard of Ned Kelly. He is the hero/thief that has become an infamous part of Australian history. Indeed he has even become immortalised in the art work of Sir Sydney Nolan. Ned Kelly and the Green Sash is told in first person and… Read more »

  • October Week 1: It’s looking like a house!

    A lot has been happening at the house build. Unfortunately most of it is really boring. Pipes being laid, water tanks and sewer getting connected, electricity and phone connected and lots and LOTS of trenching being dug to house all these cables. But then, just when you think it’s all boring – the internal walls… Read more »

  • Trevs at Dickson

    Breakfast would have to be my favourite meal of the day, so when I had the opportunity to try out ‘Trev’s Taste Collective’ as a part of  a social media breakfast – nothing was going to stop me getting there! Not even getting stranded on the Barton Highway with a tyre blow out. After all,… Read more »

  • Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Wilgro Quince Vinegar

    Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Wilgro Orchard Quince Vinegar

    This is by far my favourite salad, and it’s just gotten a little better since I discovered Wilgro’s boutique vinegars. I’ve used their Quince Vinegar for this and it complimented the blue cheese in this salad beautifully. You might remember the delightful team from Wilgro in my post about the Batlow Cider Festival. They were the… Read more »