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.

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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.