Friday, April 24, 2015

Modern Australian Newport Beach House


I have been coveting a covered back deck lately and I have been looking at how to arrange it with the existing roof line.  I found this lovely Newport Beach House which goes a large way towards illustrating the look I am after.  She is currently for sale, maybe we should just move. 
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Strawberry and Basil Salad


Strawberry and basil are a combination commonly used in jam, so why not in a salad?  This  strawberry and basil combo is another one that made it onto our Easter lunch table and it was so tangy and lovely, severed as part of a BBQ buffet.
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Friday, April 10, 2015

German Potato Salad and a Great Community Event


This German potato salad made it onto the family Easter table this weekend.  You can serve it warm or cold and it's really good, particularly warm with the Winter month bearing down hard upon us.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Entally House Tasmania


Beautiful beautiful Entally House via Launceston Tasmania.  I can never resist the lure of an historic home. I linger longer in each room, willing the walls to talk.  I imagine the family sitting around the dining table and doing what families do.  History and home are my thing. I just love to see how people once lived and I find their stories fascinating.  I wonder what is the secret to their success and how they acquired such wealth. Usually damned hard work and a bit of luck, it seems.  A bit of crime never seems to have hurt them either.
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Friday, April 3, 2015

A Beach Cottage in Balgowlah


This lovely beach cottage in Balgowlah on Sydney's Northern Beaches, features some touches of the Hamptons.  I particularly like the kitchen. Not to mention the glorious park side location.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Quick Pot Makeover to Spruce up the Deck


I love a quick makeover that costs nothing.  My back deck is in great need of some love, so I thought I'd spruce it up with a few replanted pots.  Just so it feels like someone cares.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Beach House Bar Stools - A Two Minute Makeover


When a magazine calls and wants to feature my home, of course my natural reaction is...... How nice, yes please.  I can tell you my second thought was,  oh well I better get a few of those little makeovers done, that have been on my mind for ages.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Beef Fillet with Spinach Dip Wrapped in Prosciutto


As a rule I am not keen on putting lumps of raw meat on this blog for your viewing pleasure, but this fabulously impressive Beef Fillet with Spinach Dip, Wrapped in Prosciutto, has serious wow factor and it is so easy, that I hope you will forgive me.  If you try it, you will.  
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Palm Beach Cottage


Covered wide verandas, sandstone and beach cottage street appeal.  I love this house.
For all her details check this out.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Markets of L'Isle sur la Sorgue Provence France




The colour and movement of the markets at L'Isle sur la Sorgue has to be seen to be believed.  It is a foodie's paradise.  The French artisans take the presentation and quality of produce very seriously. Their displays are yet another example of the culture of beauty and appreciation of art, that pervades the whole of French society.  Take a look around and meet me at the bottom for details of when you can attend this fabulous market and I also have a great tip on where to stay.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cute Beach Cottage in Collaroy


I love a beach cottage with a view and a fire place.  This one in Collaroy has lots of lovely vintage features and just the right amount of Sydney Sandstone.  Beautifully styled and located, you can find out more about this lovely house here.
















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Monday, March 16, 2015

Pelican Pavilion Collaroy


The Pelican Pavilion may be an annexure to the Collaroy Hotel, but this cafe is no after thought.  If not for the waves and the odd misplaced high rise along the beach, you might be mistaken that you are sitting somewhere in the Greek Isles.  I recently met a girlfriend here for lunch. When she walked in, Amanda was blown away by the location and decor.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Yummy Apple Cake Recipe


Well it's the simple things and living in the moment, which can often be the greatest of life's pleasures.  Malcolm flew back to Paris and left us with a box of food his family had not used.  I cannot stand to waste anything and there were a few scruffy apples just begging to be used up.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ross A Beautiful Historic Town in Tasmania


If you ever find yourself driving down the centre of Tasmania between Launceston and Hobart, think about turning off for Ross and travelling the 2-3 km from the Midlands Highway, into the centre of Ross for a pit stop.  Or even better, Ross would make a great base for a Tasmanian holiday.
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Federation Mosman Mansion


Today we are heading out of Sydney's Northern Beaches and venturing a little closer to the CBD.  Currently I am coveting the Federation Mansion and this one in Mosman, would suit me very nicely.  A gracious beauty, which has been brought into the 21 Century, with a beautifully renovated French Provincial kitchen and many other mod cons.  Situated on a large block with views to the city and Harbour Bridge, this is a stunning residence, which all the family will enjoy.  You can find out more about this grand old dame here.

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