Dog and dead snake

Early days on the farm

So much to do, so much to do. Four months ago we moved to our 11 acres of serenity on a hilltop on the edge of Melbourne. Then two months ago our third child was born. So I’ve been pretty incapacitated for, oh, forever now. First with a ridiculously large third-time-round baby belly that contained […]

Me, pregnant

When walking, walk. When eating, eat.

They say that the only constant is change, and it seems to be particularly true in my life lately. In the last few months I’ve learned a lot about change. We sold our house in Yarraville, found and bought a farm on the outskirts of Melbourne, sold my business, moved house, settled in the kids […]

Pregnant and waiting at 5am

It’s 5am. I sit in the dark listening to the soft, reassuring, husbandy rhythm of O’s breath. The first glow of sunrise hasn’t yet ventured from behind the gum tree canopy around my house. Every morning I gaze upon a horizon of eucalyptus as I listen to the bush wake up around my home. Through […]

Wonder woman

Ten tips for working mums

During my first pregnancy I was sure I would be a happy and content full-time stay at home mum. I prepared to put my career on hold and fill my days with peekaboo, play dough and baby giggles. So no one was more surprised than me when I discovered that even though I loved my […]

Chicken pot pie

Careme gluten free sour cream shortcrust pastry review

First, I should say that neither me, nor any of my brood, are coeliac. We’ve all got cast iron digestion around here and we eat a fair whack of gluten in this house. It doesn’t seem to bother anyone much. So I am certainly not an aficionado of gluten free products. But tonight I had […]

Mushroom and Bacon Pasta

Kid-friendly Ten Minute Mushroom Pasta

Yesterday Nanna Lunchalot came home with a huge box of mushrooms. Far more than we can get through in one meal. Sometimes she makes it very easy for me to understand where my excessive food tendencies come from. She told the kids that when she opened the lid of a box a fairy flew out, […]

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