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From little things...

From little things…

Read on for details about a inspired competition for your kids. They could win some amazing prizes for themselves and their school, just for doing something that comes naturally to them… Children have the naivety to imagine possibilities that transcend what is now, and what is assumed to be the natural order of things. Children summon up the courage to...
Fox in digital Socks...

Fox in digital Socks…

By 2020 there will be 7 times more connected devices than there are people on the planet* This morning sitting at the breakfast table, we watched with surprise as a sleek and very bold red fox trotted along our fence line, past the kitchen window and up the hill towards the gate. Two fluffy designer dogs were...
Sweet Potato, Orange, Fennel soup

Sweet Potato, Orange, Fennel soup

My entire household is sniffing and sneezing. This is the view from our window this morning. Can you see the snowflakes?  It’s as cold as a witch’s clacker and I’m going to send four children outside. Before doing this and in an attempt to ward off any winter bugs, Grace and I have made a delicious soup...
Children, sound and security...

Children, sound and security…

Last night I slept soundly. I closed my eyes and woke 8 hours later feeling good. I’ve not slept this way for some years. Blame age, eating too late, too much red wine, a husband with a chronic snoring issue, a cat with a tendency to tear at the furniture at 3am, sleepwalking children; what...
Family meal time. Heaven or hell?

Family meal time. Heaven or hell?

I’m a big fan of the team at Deakin University.  They are doing good work looking at the habits of children regarding food, play, exercise and general wellbeing.  I’d love you to support them by taking part in their latest survey if you have a few minutes to spare.  If you do, you’ll go into...
Memory Maker

Memory Maker

In this month’s issue of Australian Country Style (July 2014), the lovely Editor-in-Chief Victoria Carey, has given me 6 pages in which to write about my true passion.  “Making Memories” is the story of our garden at the farm.  Its history, my favourite things within it and our plans to continue to layer it with memories.  It...
The things you find in 2037...

The things you find in 2037…

Glebe. Population approximately 11,000 and one of my favourite suburbs in inner-west Sydney. Brimming with diversity, vibe and community. Good people. Chicks with purple hair, boys with no hair yet exquisite tattoos that make up for lack of the former.  Dogs dressed in combat fatigues, any kind of noodle dish you’d wish to eat, friendly...
Get thee to Julie's Place

Get thee to Julie’s Place

I was lucky enough to head to Gosford with the irrepressible Mrs Woog during the week for the launch of Julie Goodwin’s new cooking school, Julie’s Place.  Julie’s passion, the brilliant team she has assembled and the local produce she’s using will ensure that it revolutionises the food scene on the Central Coast and inspires...
Grace, Jamie Oliver and a Food Revolution

Grace, Jamie Oliver and a Food Revolution

Autumn is my favourite season.  The days are clear and crisp, there’s a riot of colour in the garden and there are some sensational fruits and veggies begging to be turned into fab meals for the family who, during autumn seem to be hungrier than ever.  So when Jamie Oliver asked us to participate in...
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...
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...

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