Plan Your Summer Garden Now!

I know it seems crazy to be thinking about Summer vegetables right now because it is freezing cold and the middle of winter, but hear me out! Gardens take a little bit of planning. You can’t just whack a few seeds in the ground and pick tomatoes two weeks later. A little bit of time […]

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The Beautifulest Place

Over the weekend, Country Boy went out to finish some fencing he had been doing around the farm. It was windy up on the hill tops, so Meg and Toby took along their kites to play with. Of course the

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How To Create Awesome (Simple) Birthday Cakes

Growing up I used to love to study the Womans Weekly Birthday Cake Book. It's practically a rite of passage for those of us who grew up in the 1970's and 1980's. These days my kids study the same

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4 Reasons To Start Decluttering

I shared one of my old posts about decluttering on Facebook over the weekend. It's one I really like (see it here if you're interested), because it is full of concrete suggestions of things you don't



Like much of the east coast, we have been enduring particularly cold weather lately - even cold for our farm which is always cold in July anyway! On Friday when I got to work, many of my students told


Pumpkin Coconut Curry With Kale And Cashews

It has been cold and wet and windy all week - just the kind of weather which saps me of all inspiration when it comes to cooking food. I just want to curl up on the couch in front of the fire and eat


Taking Stock | July 2015

It's been a while since I last did a Taking Stock, but I love to do it every now and then. It's a great way to remind myself of all the little things that have been happening lately. So here it

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Feeding Sheep

We are home alone on the farm at the moment. Country Boy’s parents have decamped to warmer climates with their trusty campervan for a few weeks of fun and relaxation. They timed it perfectly to be away for the coldest part of the year. Fortunately though, the coldest part of the year is also the […]


My First Crochet Ripple Blanket

Well I am pretty chuffed with myself this week. I finished my first ever crochet project, and it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  A project like this ripple blanket is the perfect way to start, because the pattern just keeps repeating the whole way up the blanket. Once I got started, […]

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Three Things To Do In The Lower Mountains

When ever any one hears I grew up in the Blue Mountains, I always get comments about how beautiful they are, and how amazing it must have been. The Blue Mountains are beautiful, and amazing, but most people head up to Katoomba and Leura to see the views and rocks, and the ‘ye olde town’ […]


Crumbly Lemon Slice

I know I say it often, but I love school holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my job, but if some one were to pay me to stay home, I wouldn’t say no. Winter holidays are always a little harder because the mornings are frosty, the days are cold, and the nights are long. […]


Kicking A Holiday Goal – Sorting Paperwork Clutter

One of the things I find about trying to live simply and clutter free, is that it takes constant work. You never get to a point where everything is done. I’m actually OK with this fact. Things come into the house. Situations change, and things that were once useful, are no longer needed. The only […]

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Hot Desserts For Cold Nights

Winter holidays mean a few treats. The cold days and early nights are just crying out for a cheeky hot dessert after dinner. So here are a few desserts I have made over the years, that are just perfect for a cold winters night. I feel some baking coming on. Rhubarb strawberry crunch Fig and […]


Eight Little Piggies

Our latest litter of piglets arrived in all their cuteness last weekend. Mummy pig popped eight out over night, surprising us a little, as we weren’t expecting to see them for another week. They are so sweet when they are young, and we always fall in love with them. We wandered down the following morning […]


How Do You Like Me Now?

I share lots of little projects and organising ideas here on the blog fairly regularly. Usually I try to wait a little while to check that they really are as good as I thought before I share, but generally the ideas are up with in a couple of weeks of me doing them. So I’ve […]