8 weeks until Christmas – buying for kids

Only 8 weeks until Christmas and it’s almost November, which makes me feel like planning can really begin in earnest. All my favourite magazines are arriving with great suggestions of things to cook and to make. I’ve also finally sorted the spare room – just in time for the in-laws arrival today…

Clare Valley Day Trip

We decided to make the most of the beautiful weather on the last day of the last school holidays and head up to the Clare Valley for the day. My husband was also keen to use his day off from pouring wine to do some tasting. One of the advantages of the…

9 weeks until Christmas!

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog this week. I had my final exam for this Trimester which I think it went quite well so I’m looking forward to getting my results in two weeks time. I really underestimated how challenging it would be to complete three subjects of a Masters…

Christmas Countdown – 10 weeks to go

It’s 10 weeks to Christmas today! Now I know that statement will probably strike fear into the hearts of many dreading the onslaught on Christmas shopping crowds, bad carols and family get-togethers, but I am one of those slightly annoying people who loves Christmas. I love counting down and preparing for it….

Retail therapy in Hanoi

Edited: 18 September 2017 to update some detail for some of my favourite places Study deadlines of course bring on the urge to bake, clean and shop but rather than head into the dangerous territory of online shopping, I thought I’d take myself on a little virtual shop through my favourite places…

Finding my running groove again

Yesterday I ran in my first big fun run in Australia. The annual City to Bay sees about 35,000 people run from Adelaide to Glenelg. There are options to run or walk the full 12km, 6km or 3km. I didn’t think I was up to 12km so with some advice from friends,…

Savouring the time to cook

My plan to reserve Tuesdays as “test kitchen Tuesdays” to try new recipes came unstuck pretty quickly, but mainly because I have been cooking a lot of different things. That’s not to say that there is a tasty, Master Chef worthy, Instagrammable plate on the table every night (in fact tonight, it’s a…

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