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The go-to list for kids during autumn

The go-to list for kids during autumn

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” I was reminded of this quote recently when I watched my daughter burst through the front gate in her summer uniform, drenched to the bone having copped an autumn shower whilst walking home from school.  Why is it all Tween girls seem to hate jumpers,...
Video ~ Louv, Grace and One Direction

Video ~ Louv, Grace and One Direction

Imagine a world where children know their own backyards ~ where they can name the flora and fauna they observe and actively seek to create a children-led new order on how to create and conserve nature spaces. Imagine a world where educators use the natural world as an integral part of formal learning.  A world...
Nature as second-nature...

Nature as second-nature…

  “Go outside and find something to do,” was a common refrain in my home when I was growing up. With little choice and left to my own devices, the outdoors quickly became a place of wonder and a mix of the magical and the practical. A clump of pampas grass, despite the razor-sharp leaves,...
Dont crush your creative...

Dont crush your creative…

I love it when I stumble upon a set of words that resonate. It never fails to give me a thrill. Words that confirm that the tenets I try to follow in my approach to parenting and everyday life are worth pursuing. Two such passages came across my desk this week so I thought I’d share...
Holiday Mood Board

Holiday Mood Board

This post has few words. Instead, the children and I have put together a ‘mood board’ of our summer holiday.  It’s fun to do and makes a lovely digital keepsake. All you need is a good camera and willing participants. We hope you enjoy our festive collection of memories.  Double click on any of the...
I'm a fraud and a thief...

I’m a fraud and a thief…

I’m a fraud and a thief. Well to my mind anyway. You see, I’ve been writing for years about plants; on this blog, for other publications and I also have a book outline on the go. I love everything about plants, in fact it’s a bit of an obsession. Friends and family seek my advice...
Saving my children from themselves

Saving my children from themselves

Last week my son caught a flight to Melbourne. He was down the back of the bus, which to my mind is where all 12-year-old boys belong.  He happened to sit next to a beefy, health-mad bloke who spent the entire hour extolling the virtues of raw almonds, including how they ‘give you muscles’.  We’ve...
Grilled corn with chipotle mayonnaise

Grilled corn with chipotle mayonnaise

  Grilled corn with chipotle mayo This dish is a perfect for a summer BBQ.  Serve with your favourite meat and salad ~ and a chilled glass of Pinot Gris. Serves 4 (although my children demanded more). The recipe comes courtesy of one of my favourite chefs; Jill Dupleix.  Her book, Simple Food was one of...
Green Goddess and Ham...

Green Goddess and Ham…

Today I’m over at No Fuss Food writing about the origins of Green Goddess sauce. My daughter calls it “me in a jar” ~ I’m not sure whether she’s referring to herself or her mother but no matter, as we both love making and eating it, so it could apply to either of us. Click...
Spotlight on Bigga

Spotlight on Bigga

If you can, pick up a copy of this month’s Australian Country Style.  As always, it’s jam-packed with interesting stories about the people, places, food and farms of rural Australia. You can subscribe here. In the December issue, I talk to the McGuiness family of Bigga.  Situated on the Southern Tablelands, Bigga is a great...
Gumnuts and glitter

Gumnuts and glitter

Take one girl, a handful of Australian gum nuts, pods and seed heads, some glitter glue and you’ve the perfect recipe for some fun and funky Christmas craft.  Why not spend an afternoon hunting for some Banksia seed heads or other found objects from nature and encourage your child to have a go themselves? They...
Summer Rainbow Salad

Summer Rainbow Salad

I’m over at No Fuss Food today where I share the simplest, prettiest and most delicious Rainbow Chard salad.  Go on, take a look. I promise you’ll love it. Until next time…

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