• Sew Long

    Sew Long I’ve been doing a lot of sewing lately. It’s just occurred to me that I’ve been a sewist - the modern, alternative term for seamstress - for almost fifty years. I’m as gobsmacked as you are! My fifty-fifth birthday is looming on the horizon, and I can definitely...


  • Magnificent Manly

    Magnificent Manly Back to Sydney for today’s blog, and specifically to Manly. Its beach ranks alongside Bondi in the popularity stakes, but in fact Manly has two sea-fronts - one on the Pacific, and one on the Bay of Sydney. Whichever bit we were on certainly looked like a lovely...


  • Baby Blues

    Baby Blues This year’s season of new arrivals on the farm hasn’t gone as smoothly as usual. First up, turkeys. I put on a batch of 24 eggs to cook in the incubator just before I went off to Australia in mid-April. I candled them when I came back and...


  • Opals

    Opals Chris has always been a rockhound (my wedding present to him was a geological hammer!), so when I asked what he’d like me to bring him back from Australia as a souvenir, he said he’d love a small piece rough opal, if that were possible. Australia is the world’s...


  • Wild Life

    Bushwalking – Part Two Our second bushwalk was at Lane Cove National Park. The first bushwalk at Ball’s Head, which I described in a previous blog post, had been amazing, and I was in for another wonderful treat. The Park is much larger than Ball’s Head and we were spoilt...