Aug 23

Too cute!

By Jane

  Molly and Lulu took this shot. Diesel is happy to accommodate them as long as he’s getting some attention. Looking at this I think, it might be about time I bought myself a new laundry basket, that one is starting to show every bit of its 25 years of age.  

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Aug 17

Moon Walk

By Jane

At 6.00 o’clock yesterday morning I was just heading out the gate on my usual morning walk with Diesel. It was just getting light when I glanced up and was completely taken aback by the magnificent, enormous, full moon that was hanging in the sky just above the tree line.

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Aug 10

Wednesday Woes

By Jane

This has very definitely been one of those weeks we would all rather forget. I got the call from school on Wednesday around lunchtime. You know the one where you just know it’s not going to be good and you can forget getting the rest of that work done.

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Jun 27

Dance Fever

By Jane

Lulu has been attending ‘Dance Fever’ classes as part of the school curriculum. This week I was invited to go and watch a demonstration. You can put away your stand up comedy routines this was way better than that. 

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Jun 15

In the wars

By Jane

As I write this I am sitting at my hairdresser’s with a bump on my forehead which could get me a job in the local circus as one of the curiosities. It blends in nicely with the colour currently being put on my hair. Cleaning the bath today I slipped forward and wacked my head […]

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Jun 09

Nothing to Damper our Enthusiasm

By Jane

I know, corny title, but I couldn’t help myself.  We recently celebrated the 30th Birthday of our niece by heading out to a picnic spot which has wood fuelled BBQs right alongside the Koalas and Kangaroos. Molly was in charge of the Damper and marshmallows. As with all things she took the job seriously and […]

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Jun 03

Pretty In Pink

By Jane

  Every little girl’s dream, pink cupcakes with pink flowers and silver balls. As it turns out some big girls dream of them too. I made these for my niece’s 30th birthday. The cakes are vanilla with butter icing and sugar paste flowers.    

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Jun 02

Sofa Olympics

By Jane

Why is it when you shriek the name of one of your offspring, whom you have just caught doing a two and a half somersault with a full twist ending in a split pike on your couch, they give you a blank look and say “WHAT!”? As if you are the sole reason that they […]

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May 24

Tarte Tatin

By Jane

Yes I can hear your thoughts: “Well I won’t be attempting that!”; “That’s not for us ordinary, home cooks”; “What the hell is that?” This is a surprisingly simple dessert and will get the guests around your table raising their eyebrows because they had no idea that you were such an outstanding cook. First to […]

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May 19

Moments of Gorgeousness

By Jane

“I think I’m going to eat Mum for dessert because she’s so sweet.” My first response was to pick my eyes up from where they had fallen out on the bench. Then I asked my little second-born Rambo, what had prompted that statement. “Because you are Mum!” This is the daughter we affectionately named (at […]

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May 15

Fruit of the Veggie Garden

By Jane

Not the best of photos, I know but this beauty was growing in the garden only five minutes ago. Aren’t I clever? Well someone has to honk my horn! I think they have to be one of the most beautiful looking fruits there is with their dark purple, glossy skin. Most people think of eggplant […]

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May 09

Painting Nightmares

By Jane

We have been in this house now for four and a half years, having acquired it as the result of awful circumstances. It is a long and wretched story which I may tell on these pages one day but for now I’ll stick with more present-day dramas. There are a bazillion different wall colours and […]

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May 07

Easy Peasy Russian Fudge

By Jane

I was frantically cooking for a family picnic when I came across this recipe. We love sweet things in this house and wouldn’t hear of having a picnic without something sweet to finish it off. Usually that something sweet is fudge. In a cruel twist of fate, I hate making fudge and am consequently pretty bad at it with consistent failures. I wondered if I […]

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Apr 27

Insurance Merry-Go-Round

By Jane

Yes here he is at 6.00 in the morning having been up for an hour already going over insurance policies. Since we became property tycoons (one investment property in the burbs qualifies you as a tycoon, doesn’t it?) we decided we needed to take out some income protection and trauma insurance. That decision was the […]

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Apr 26

365 Days Grateful

By Jane

I read an article recently about a woman called Hannah Martin who decided to record one thing or moment that she was grateful for, each day for 365 days.  She called it 365 Grateful project. I thought about it and wondered how I would do finding something to be grateful for each and every day. […]

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Apr 17

Paella

By Jane

On special occasions, 18th century Valencians used paelleras (the round, shallow pan paella is traditionally cooked in) to cook rice in the open air of their orchards near lake Albufera. Marsh rat was one of the main ingredients of early paellas, along with eel and butter beans. Paella, in its modern form, evolved in the mid 19th century on the east […]

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Apr 11

Aikido kids

By Jane

Stand back Karate kid, here come Aikido kids.  How lucky are we, no need for burglar alarms in our house when we have our own Chuck Norris wannabes. So look out, you mess with us and one of these two will have you running in the opposite direction with one of their special moves. Perhaps […]

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Apr 11

Four Seed Bread

By Jane

I have been making this bread for a few years now. I was sick of paying a fortune in the supermarkets for a decent wholegrain bread that didn’t contain ingredients which sounded as though they could cause the person who ingested them to sprout extra body parts. After trialling several recipes this is the one […]

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Apr 01

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes…

By Jane

Often wise comments can be heard coming from the mouths of babes. The conversation between these two girls is always worth listening to for entertainment value. ‘For God’s sake go see a movie!’  I hear you say. What? Put on ‘adult, outdoor’ clothes, leave the house and take part in an activity with normal people […]

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Mar 30

Muesli Recipe

By Jane

Muesli is so easy to make. It is a great fibre rich and gluten free breakfast that will keep you going for the whole morning.   Ingredients 4 cups rolled oats 2 cups rice bran 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup pepitas 1/4 cup of chia* 1/2 cup nuts (use any nuts you like eg. […]

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