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Merry Christmas, Bah Humbug

And we are in for a wet one. It doesn’t really bother me because we don’t have any trips or any outdoors activities planned. And to be honest, I wonder why anyone in Queensland plans an outdoors event at Christmas time. Every single Christmas Day in my living memory has had some form of rain. […]


Another day, another item off the scavenger hunt list. I was trying to find a more interesting ceiling, pity I don’t live anywhere near an old church with a fresco or something. As it happens, my work Christmas party is next Saturday and I have been ordered to make the place look festive. Yeah bah […]

Finished and fully operational

I thought I’d post a few photos showing the cats house now that it is all up and running (so to speak). The last photo didn’t quite do it justice – the ledges weren’t in, we hadn’t finished staining it and it wasn’t connected to the house. The glazier came last week and after a […]

Rum and raisin cake

Rum and raisin to me is the perfect flavour for anything sweet. If it’s chocolate, icecream or fudge, it’s always best in rum and raisin. Mint comes a very close second. So when I was flicking through a cook book of mum’s and saw rum and raisin cake, I thought I’d have to be onto […]

The Brisbane Ekka on a shoestring budget

It’s the first week in August, so that means it’s time for the Ekka to hit Brisbane. It also represents the very last public holiday until the Christmas season. Fortunately I work in an area of metro Queensland that allows me to have Monday off as my show holiday. Long weekend! < insert happy dance […]

The latest idea for the cats…

I had a brain wave about the cat enclosure – why not use a cubby house or a kid’s play fort? Unfortunately most of the options available involved too much customisation, weren’t tall enough or weren’t quite right for our needs. Then I stumbled across the Design A Shed website and found something perfect for […]

Noice-ities: Winter colour

It seems that I’m not the only one loving the cooler months. A few of the plants we put in during April are really doing well in the cooler weather. They get plenty of sunshine during the day and the odd spell of rain we’re having doesn’t seem to be doing them any harm at […]

Noice-ities: enjoying the winter sun

Some noice…. Winter is probably my favourite time of year, despite the coughs and colds that go around. It certainly helps when there is less rain than during the warmer months. I guess there’s something dreary about the day when it is cold and wet but when the sun comes out, it really is a […]

Noice-ities: My favourite winter recipe

As part of the Noice-ities theme week, Leigh and Laura are asking about your favourite winter recipe. Generally speaking, I tend to eat the same foods in winter that I would in summer. This is probably because I lack any kind of repertoire which extends to seasonal cooking as much as it has to do […]


This weekend has been perfect weather – not too cold but not too hot in the sun either. Our fruit trees have been suffering in tiny pots for far too long so we’ve finally given them a new home in the ground. They are meant to be balcony size fruit trees so it will be […]


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