Wars, pets, Minions and Wonder Woman – rainy long weekend viewing.

The Queen’s Birthday June long weekend typically means rain and this year was no different. It wasn’t ideal gardening weather, but I did plant some more onions and radishes and cleared out some dead tromboncino vines. It was, however, perfect weather to flop on the lounge under a blanket and watch movies. Or venture out … Continue reading Wars, pets, Minions and Wonder Woman – rainy long weekend viewing.

Autumn weekend garden progress; from weeding, to sowing and harvesting

Spending time working in my gardens makes me happy. It's a special kind of happiness, so I welcome garden time. As I had a mostly free weekend, I was able to accomplish a great deal of progress in the garden. Balancing the worst job in the garden (weeding) with the best (harvesting), I transformed my gardens … Continue reading Autumn weekend garden progress; from weeding, to sowing and harvesting

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”. Celebrating Katharine Hepburn on what would have been her 110th birthday.

Late one night, many years ago (around 1993), I caught On Golden Pond on TV when nothing else was on. I had no plans to watch it, but ended up sucked into the family story of 3 generations trying to resolve longstanding issues and conflicts before it’s too late. But one scene in particular started … Continue reading “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”. Celebrating Katharine Hepburn on what would have been her 110th birthday.

Experience the unusual – discovering and growing distinctive vegetables

I find it difficult to believe I have only been growing my own vegetable seedlings for a year. I have taken to it quickly, have had success with it and it's become one of my passions. Assisting and watching the seedlings grow into fresh, useful produce is paricularly satisfying. I plan meals around my backyard harvests … Continue reading Experience the unusual – discovering and growing distinctive vegetables

Wine tasting amongst the mountains. Central Otago, New Zealand

When I think about wine regions in NZ, I go straight to Marlborough. It's well known and I don't mind a Marlborough Sav Blanc. When planning my recent (and first) trip to New Zealand South Island, Marlborough was initially on the to-do list. But after considering our time frame, and other destinations, we determined it wasn’t … Continue reading Wine tasting amongst the mountains. Central Otago, New Zealand

It Twirled Up! Beyond Star Wars, what Carrie Fisher meant to me.

So, in the final days of 2016 (a year in which Prince, one of my all-time favourite artists suddenly passed away), Carrie Fisher has sadly died at only 60. And with a life much lived and so much to say about her, I’m left to reflect on the loss of someone whose work meant so much to me for … Continue reading It Twirled Up! Beyond Star Wars, what Carrie Fisher meant to me.

It’s Christmas! My favourite Christmas movies

Each year at Christmas, the same patterns tend to emerge. Shopping, cooking, hanging out with family and friends. One of my favourite Christmas traditions is watching the same festive movies. For me, watching these particular films makes it feel like Christmas. This list is by no means an extensive list of Christmas movies, they are just the … Continue reading It’s Christmas! My favourite Christmas movies

Confessions of an overplanter – part 2: The consequences

When I last posted about my garden progress and the excess seedlings, it all looked kind of cute. The seedlings were growing but still quite small. I confessed to being an overplanter and admitted I was aware it could all go awry. I predicted chaos in the garden, and I was right! Right now, the plants in … Continue reading Confessions of an overplanter – part 2: The consequences

A beautiful day tasting beautiful wine in beautiful Wollombi

What better plan on a stunning summer Sunday than a visit to a wine region to pick up some wine supplies for Christmas? An hour drive from Newcastle is historic Wollombi, a quiet Hunter Valley country town boasting the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail. After passing through Cessnock, the scenery on the drive into town is … Continue reading A beautiful day tasting beautiful wine in beautiful Wollombi

Beans and zucchinis. Zucchinis and beans. Repeat.

Now the weather is heating up, my crops are going completely berserk. Bunches of mangoes seem to have doubled in the last couple of weeks, pumpkin plants are definitely starting to take over a section of my yard, with many little pumpkins growing. The tomato plants have started jumping out of the ground, with lots … Continue reading Beans and zucchinis. Zucchinis and beans. Repeat.