Tarragon Honey Mustard

A grainy mustard

One of my favourite indulgences is a long hot shower.  I usually lean against the wall and let the water pelt onto my back while I clear my head and enjoy a few moments of solitude. Yesterday I was home-alone with just the little guy and I thought before hopping into the shower I would […]

Balmoral Burn, 2015

Getting along famously

My motivation for entering the Balmoral Burn, (a 450mtr sprint up an increasingly steep incline), was that having just celebrated a birthday, I would be the youngest in my age category and therefore, if ever there was a time to enter with all odds stacked in my favour, this was it. The problem however, was […]

Tomato and Thyme Tart and…My Bio-Age

Roasted tomato tart

I’m reconsidering my relationship with Tiago.  It’s no longer exclusive because he’s now seeing Drew twice a week, Archie once a week and he even met with Arabella before she crippled herself once more. The tension between me and Tiago is not only because he’s now so busy it’s difficult for the two of us […]

Praline Meringue Torte

Served with some fresh figs

I’ve had my first date. With Tiablo, the Brazilian. I was running a couple of minutes late and he even sent me a text message making sure he wasn’t being stood-up. After the initial greeting we spent an hour in the downstairs part of the gym with all the bulky-blokes with rugby league sized thighs. […]

Vegan Crackers and…Mr Easy-On-The-Eye

Crispy and crunchy

That Alfie is involved in so many pursuits I’m being kept on my toes.  I need to stay fit, strong and energised.  Yesterday I dusted off my gym gear and paid a visit to my ‘charity’.  Having dropped Alfie off to early morning band practise (just another thing), I arrived at the time where the […]

Northbridge Baths

50-metres is further than you think.

Do you remember my friend, Mr Competitive?  Well he surfaces again because a couple of days ago he frantically phoned and asked if the little guy and I were available for a spot of swimming. And I was highly suspicious.  Because Mr Competitive runs a swimming club and I just knew he didn’t have anything […]

Someone Call a Plumber

Fragrant lilies

Sometimes (okay, rarely), I have an excited feeling in my stomach because my day is going to plan and I just know that before the sun sets everything on my to-do list will be accomplished. Last week there was a moment where I had that feeling and I was feeling confident that I was actually […]

Up, Up and Away to Vanuatu

It’s annual vacation time and we’re heading up, up and away for a couple of weeks. You might remember that last year we went on a Pacific Treasures Cruise around the South-Pacific Islands.  We loved it so much we thought we’d book the same holiday again however, when we looked at the itinerary we noticed […]

A Christmas Dinner Party

Hand towels that weren't used.

After selling 150 Christmas trees for the Scouts I came home to get ready for a dinner party.  I do like to host at least one dinner party every Christmas. We had three couples coming for dinner, my friend Jen and her husband who do a lot of entertaining, Mr Competitive and his wife, and […]

Christmas Trees and Christmas Cakes

A heavenly messenger

Coming up is the big, tree-selling day and not wanting to be knocked over in the rush, I went down to see John the Italian greengrocer to kindly ask him to set me aside a tree. When I got there I saw he had a few scrawny and draught-affected looking trees that were knee-high to […]