Friday, January 30, 2015

A Beach House with a View on Sydney's Northern Beaches


The thing I love about this beach house, apart from the stunning view, is those fabulously high ceilings.  This looks like a beautiful home and you can find out more including a floor plan right here.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Study Space Make Over


I have been concentrating on all things high school over the last two weeks, so Desire Empire has taken a back seat.

One part of getting ready, was spending more on my son's school uniform, than I would ever dare to spend on a wardrobe for myself.  Accordingly, there was not much left to create a workable study space in the Beach House Brat's bedroom.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Koala Bear Lamington Cupcakes for Australia Day



The question is, will these Koala Bear Lamington Cupcakes compare to the great culinary experience on the Australia Day weekend, last year?
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Monday, January 19, 2015

11 Best Cafes on Sydney's Northern Beaches



If you want useful tips and reviews, for great things to do with kids, have you met Seana Smith from Sydney, Kids, Food and Travel?  For the best places to travel, eat and entertain kids, her blog is a brilliant resource.  Today I am blogging over there about the best kid friendly cafes on Sydney's Northern Beaches.


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Friday, January 16, 2015

12 Interesting Things to Do in Paris

Of course a visit to Paris should involve all the usual suspects in terms of tourist attractions, but sometimes it is great to go a little bit off the beaten track and make like a local.  Here is a list of quirky and interesting things to do in Paris which are definitely worth it.  They are easy on the euro as well.  My attitude to life these days is not about accumulating more stuff, but accumulating more wonderful experiences in my memory bank.  So the more affordable the experience, the more I can have of them in a city.



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Prosciutto, Tomato and Feta Pies with Basil and Zucchini Christmas 2014


Our Christmas 2014 seemed to have come and gone very quickly this year.  Perhaps because of the significant birthday party distractions for Mr Beach House, or as a consequence of the Sydney cafe siege.  Either way, it didn't feel much like Christmas, but I went through the motions as a mother must always do and that seemed to work, as it turned out to be very enjoyable Christmas, even if it was a bit of a blur.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas



We've had a lovely week at the Beach House.  Very little of it to do with Christmas.  Someone turned 60, so we put on a party for 80 or so guests at the yacht club.  During the speeches, I said I had something to say and that I had regretted not saying anything at his 50th, for the last 10 years.  During my speech I burst into tears........I hadn't realised I liked my husband that much.
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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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