Mother’s Day 2014

Eye fillet of beef on a bed of rocket with a dressing of cornichons, herbs and lemon juice

This year we celebrated Mother’s Day at my sister, Katie’s house.  Which is just as well because she did happen to say, loudly, that posts regarding her family have been ‘very light on’.  So here is a post all about Mother’s Day at Katie’s house. Except first I have to tell you all about how […]

The Bonfire

The fire the boys built by themselves

One thing we didn’t have to worry about hearing while down on the farm were cries from the little guy of, ‘I’m bored’, ‘There’s nothing to do?’ and ‘What are we doing today?’  Hallelujah! Farm life or being out in the country has so much to offer a boy but one added advantage to holidaying […]

Hunters and Collectors Antiques, Mittagong NSW

Jesus Christ

Carl likes to browse. When we were staying at Oakvale in Mittagong, we went for a drive and along the main street Carl saw a few antique stores and old wares-type shops and second-hand traders and these are his favourite types of browsing experiences.  He stopped the car and out we got and the first […]

“Oakvale”, Mittagong

A gorgeous country property

It’s school holidays in NSW and it’s always a bonus if you’re able to go away for a few days to just relax and have some family time.  With the bills for Archie’s 21st coming in thick and fast, we knew an exotic or far-flung holiday wasn’t on our agenda – I wasn’t sure we […]

A Story Re-Told

My grandfather

Because it’s ANZAC Day, I thought I’d re-share a story I posted two years ago about my grandfather who was an airforce pilot in WWII. It’s April 25 and that date is an extremely significant day in the calendars of all Australians and New Zealanders as this is ANZAC Day, the day we remember those […]

The Upgrade

Being out on the verandah is now a pleasant experience

A few weeks ago I posted some images of the cane furniture that sits on our verandah.  I was very careful not to allow too many extreme closeups as I would have been mortified if you had all seen just how stained and sad this furniture was looking. We bought the two three-seater sofas and […]

Wollemi Glow Worm Tunnel

The beginning

Carl doesn’t like to rise early on a Sunday morning so he wasn’t very pleased when I told him we had to be up at six to take a three-hour drive to go and see some glowworms. ‘What for?’ he asked. ‘Scouts.  It’s a scout activity we were supposed to do a year ago but […]

Balmoral Beach Club Centenary

Beautiful shades of blue

In 1914 a group of young Mosman men who called themselves ‘The Smugglers’, met at the site of the old Euroka Camp to swim in the harbour.  They decided to form a social and swimming club and held a meeting in the Mosman Town Hall and on the 12th of February 1914, the Balmoral Beach […]

A Blogging Lunch

The view from the outdoor entertaining area

A few weeks ago my blogging friend, Seana from Sydney Kids, Food and Travel, invited me to lunch at her home.  I think it had been almost a year since we’d seen each other so a catch-up was long overdue.  Carolyn from Desire Empire was also invited and Robyn, a blogger I hadn’t met, from […]

A Family Lunch

On the barbecue

There hasn’t been a lot of recipes on my blog lately but that doesn’t mean I’ve been exiled from the kitchen.  No, I’m still in the Hotly Spiced kitchen but bouncing from one event to the next. Recently my sister, Em, has been in Australia with her son who was born a few weeks before […]