‘So Don’t Get Stressed’

What a mess

One of the other hats I’ve been wearing is ‘Project Manager’.  It’s a hat I acquired a few weeks ago when one of the tenants in a building we own moved on.  It was decided that before we advertised for a new tenant, some work should be done on the premises; it is after all, […]

Homesick No More

Liev Schrieber with his arm around my lucky daugher

Miss Arabella has recovered from her homesickness. That’s not to say I’m cancelling my trip. All it took was my sister taking her for a trip down Rodeo Drive for some therapeutic shopping where she purchased a Michael Kors jumpsuit. Followed by being picked up by an Audi chauffeur and taken to the premier of […]

Raw and Wild, Bowral

Gorgeous flowers

Thank you all for your kind wishes and positive comments regarding my imminent trip to New York to be with Miss Arabella who now knows, solo-travel is not for everyone.  It’s truly lovely that so many of you have offered to catch up with us, if only we were in your part of the US. […]

Arabella’s Misadventures

Sundowners

Disclaimer:  The images shown are irrelevant to this post but show you how we spent some of our time in the Southern Highlands. As most of you are aware, my daughter, on a whim, went on-line and bought herself an airline ticket to the USA.  She had an idea in her head that traveling solo […]

The Little Hand-Stirred Jam Shop, Berrima

Where is the Damson Jam?

Berrima is such a delightful and small country town where every building seems to have either colonial history or good produce or both.  It’s such a small town that it’s very easy to walk through and so Carl and I took a leisurely stroll and meandered through a lot of the stores that line the […]

Surveyor General Inn, Berrima

Surveyor General Inn

After touring the Berrima Court House, you can wander down the road to the Surveyor General Inn. The Surveyor General Inn was established in 1834 and is Australia’s oldest continually licensed Inn.  It was constructed with locally sourced sandstone and was built with convict labour.  A lot of convicts were sent to Berrima to build […]

Berrima Court House and Berrima Gaol

A judge and a barrister from the 1830's

When we were down in the Southern Highlands we visited the historic town of Berrima.  The town of Berrima was built in the 1830′s which wasn’t too long after European settlement in Australia.  By 1840 it had a court house and a gaol and it became the administrative centre for the local district.  Many people […]

BRITA 3-Way Water Filter Tap and…Ricotta and Lemon Tortellini

Tortellini

This post is sponsored by BRITA. About a decade ago I became concerned about our drinking water and while not understanding completely what exactly is in the mix, I just knew I could have a cleaner form of water if the amount of additives were reduced.  I bought a water filtration system that had a […]

In My Kitchen, July 2014

My new salad bowl

In my kitchen I have been making pasta.  It would be easier if I hadn’t lost the clamp that locks the pasta machine onto the bench.  Where did it go?  I need a third arm to hold the machine in place as I feed the dough through the machine.  Making pasta is a messy process; […]

A Country Escape

Miss Arabella about to head off on her big adventure

Carl and I, together with our ‘only’ child, have left the ‘big smoke’ for a few days on the farm in Mittagong.  For me it’s a much needed time of de-stress after taking Miss Arabella to the airport, first thing Saturday morning. It was a few weeks before Christmas when Arabella came to me and […]