Thursday, December 18, 2014

Under the Sea Party Decorations

I have been away from my computer all week, mainly for two reasons.  First, my son has been caught up in the whirlwind of farewell functions that a 6th grader must add to his social calendar, when he embarks on the next phase of his life journey, by leaving primary school.  As his mother, I have been involved to varying degrees.  The second was the devastating terrorism which came to town this week.  It has left me weepy and wondering how it could all come to this. One such a joyous set of events, the other being the absolute opposite of that.  We are not used to this kind of brutality as a nation in Australia, but it seems we must now brace ourselves.  I have been mourning for a loss not only of the wonderful people killed and psychologically damaged in the siege, but also for the red letter day it was.  Everything will now change here in Sydney and Australia.  Trust broken, is difficult, if not impossible to restore and we will all suffer for it, as a society.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Walter Barda Designed Beach House in Avalon

This 3 bedroom tropical Walter Barda designed pavillion Beach House is truly magnificent.  Glass sliding doors open and disappear to create no linear distinction between the interior and the exterior of the home.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Mango and Coconut No Bake Cheesecake

This year I will be contributing a Mango and Coconut No Bake Cheesecake to the Christmas lunch table.  The brief was to make something light for the non Christmas Pudding eaters.  It also has to travel well.  I'll keep it in the tin  and a chiller bag, for the 20 minute drive to my mother in law's house, on Christmas Day.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Kiwi Fruit and Strawberry Christmas Tree Platter

Hello Beach Dwellers

You know that I love a healthy snack for kids, rather than a sugar laden one.  Well this year I thought I'd create a Kiwi Fruit and Strawberry Christmas Tree Platter.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Beautiful Waterfront House in Clareville

This world class architecturally designed home, overlooks beautiful Pittwater in Clareville.  The only harbour in Sydney with no commercial shipping.  Yes that's right, it's all about pleasure.  Located on the waterfront with direct access to a sandy beach, this superbly light filled home with its own jetty and boatshed, has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathroom.  This is living at the high end and all only 1 hour from Sydney's CBD.  For all the details and to check out when she's open check this out.

Have a great weekend Beach Dwellers.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Boathouse Cafe and Bar Narrabeen

What a fabulous spot the Boathouse Cafe and Bar in Narrabeen is, to spend a day.
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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Summer House

This award winning Pavilion Style House, located on the Western Foreshore of Pittwater, is designed to take advantage of the climate.  A beautiful home, perfect for its natural environment.  Only an hours drive from Sydney and a short ferry ride from Palm Beach.  Come and find the true meaning of life in paradise.  For more details and a floor plan check this out.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Surfboard Advent Calendar and Some Glossy Mag for Desire Empire Which Flopped

Hello Beach Dwellers
What do you think of my surfboard advent calendar incarnation for 2014?
It's Christmas time and it's the best time for this blog.  I just love Christmas creativity and I always launch it with an advent calendar.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Eschallots, Rosemary and Red Wine

 Before I launch into the recipe for Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Eschallots, Rosemary and Red Wine. I want to share something else with you.

I was thinking the other day about some of my frugal ways.  I have travel on my mind again and am wondering how I am going to manage to get back to Europe.  I need to save, save, save and as a result I did a mental note of what we already do to conserve our hard earned income.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Beach House Decor in Avalon

This beautifully light filled beach house with panoramic ocean views, has a great layout and is extremely well maintained.  With absolutely nothing to spend, install yourself here to live the fabulous beaches lifestyle.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Very Moist Chocolate Walnut Tart Recipe

Hello from the Beach House.

I've had some free time to bake this Very Moist Chocolate Walnut Tart this week.  Why?
Because I've had a boy at school camp.  Not having to drive him to extra curricular activities, has freed me up somewhat.  What a breath of fresh air that has been.

I've also been using the extra time to try and save a bit of money searching online, for cheaper text

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Milk and Soda Kiosk Whale Beach

With Summer hard on our heals and in order to bring you all the latest from paradise, I've been doing a bit of research on Northern Beaches Kid friendly cafes.
As many of these establishments are located next to the most stunning beaches and waterways in the world, I've been judging these cafes on the strength of their egg and bacon roll.
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Beautiful Beach House Decor

This lovely beach house has so much going for it,  apart from the fact it is only about 100 steps from the beach.
Striking sandstone feature walls, open plan inside out living and a lovely flat backyard, make this a great northern beaches pad.  If you are a serious player, you can see more of her details here.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blue and White Beach House Decor and My View on Cleaners

When Ray, my cleaner told me in February that he was to retire and go where all good retirees go, the North Coast, I was devastated. Of course it was an over reaction, but I have told you before how Ray saved my marriage each week and that I would spend money on a cleaner before almost anything else in the weekly budget, including food.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Bum Balinos Cafe Bilgola Beach Sydney

I absolutely love the relaxed atmosphere of Bum Balinos Cafe and the Bilgola Beach views are to die for.  The food and coffee are not bad either. I love escaping down here for a coffee after school drop off, or early on the weekend before the crowd arrives.  Bring your cozzies and take a dip in the surf.  It's a great way to work off any calories taken on at the cafe. The whole place is magical and a visit to Bilgola Beach and Kiosk, will certainly lift your spirits.
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