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 »

  • Camping & Hiking: Lessons I’ve Learnt

    Last week I had the pleasure of spending most of the week, out of mobile coverage, sleeping in a tent and hiking through the beautiful bush along the Wingecaribee River near Berrima in the NSW Southern Highlands. This is the joys of being a primary school teacher – occasionally you get to do really cool… Read more »

  • Koko Black – A chocolate lovers heaven!

    The three Cs. I love them. Chocolate, coffee and cheese. But seriously, chocolate… that has to be be my first love. So as a serious chocolate lover, I have been an avid devotee of Haigh’s (handmade chocolates from Adelaide) for many years, have visited the various Lindt cafes, as well as San Churros… But had yet… Read more »

  • Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

    When I was five years old, my parents took me out of school and for three months we ‘road tripped’ around the United States. Although I’ve been back to the United States a few times since then, I haven’t yet made it back to Niagra Falls. However, the initial sighting at only five years of… Read more »

  • Three massive hay bales in the trailer behind the 4WD

    September Week 2: Hay Bales & Gophers

    This week hasn’t been as interesting as the past few weeks and certainly doesn’t make for as nice photos. But yet it was just as important. We found a wonderful farmer in Murrumbateman where we could buy massive hay bales from. We’ll be using these to lay over our orchard. We wanted to make sure… Read more »

  • Both children are sitting amongst the orchard, digging up the soil with the mountains in the background.

    September Week 1: Planting the Orchard & Bogging the Tractor

    Life always seems to throw you a few curve balls when you least need them (but then when do you ever need them) and in keeping a promise to my husband, it’s always going to be family first and blog second. Which is why I’ve been a little quiet on blog land. Because life goes… Read more »

  • The Museum Book by Jan Mark

    I think the first line of the book, explains it perfectly, “Suppose you went into a museum and you didn’t know what it was.” Well this is the book that will help you discover the answer to that question!   At first it all seems rather simple, doesn’t it? A museum is a building that… Read more »

  • August Week 1: The Frame Goes Up!

    It’s been a really exciting week as the frame went up on the house. We didn’t expect things to go so quickly, especially with all the rain we’ve had. Spending so much money on our 130m long driveway has paid off. Apparently the reason why our build is progressing so quickly, is that the trucks… Read more »

  • Top Travel Tips: Holiday in Japan where the locals go (not the tourists!)

    You might know that when I was in my 20s, I lived in Japan for a year. I used every cent I saved to travel everywhere I could while I lived there. So I’ve been incredibly lucky to have travelled all over Japan quite extensively. As such, I’m often asked where are my favourite places to… Read more »

  • picture of us standing where the land has been cleared for our house, looking out to the view

    July Week 4: Mud & Work

    This week has been an interesting one. I started a contract job for the next six months (these things must be done when you over spend on your ‘dream’ house) and of course, it was also the same week my husband got sent to Sydney. So I faced the first week in a new job… Read more »

  • My daughter sitting amongst the trees.

    July week3: Fruit tree anyone?

    This week was all about my kitchen garden… well my orchard really. I have always owned lemon and lime trees, but now I have 23 acres to play with, I thought it was time to expand my collection. Needless to say, I’ve gone a little crazy. My husband, the financial controller in our family, started to… Read more »