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Yellow and green kitchen - a winning combination

Yellow and green kitchen – a winning combination

…having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future

I have been away for a while. Nothing sinister. I have just been in the throes of moving house. I went on a bike ride yesterday and my little tracking device told me it had been a month since my last outing. A month. The Internet has only just been connected and apart from making it difficult to get on line and post anything (or the end of the world according to my teenage son), I realise it’s also been over a month since I last posted anything.

I debated whether to write this post, as in keeping with my blog’s title, I like to keep it short and sweet and not much about me, or rather more about baking and cooking, with only a little bit of me on the side.

I feel compelled to write about me today as this house move has represented a seismic shift in my life. I have always rented and have moved on average once every 18 months for the past 25 years. Whether it has been for work, relationships gone bad, greedy landlords or just a change in scene, I’ve upended my life. For my kids it’s meant never having a place to call home. But this is it. I have finally bought a house. I should have done this years ago, but a variety of factors, notably, and chief among them, being my genuine belief that I needed someone to do this with, has held me back.

I have waited (dare I say, wasted) half my life to do this because I didn’t believe that this was something I could do by myself.

The wake up call came from a chance conversation with a financial advisor, who gently told me that I wouldn’t be able to afford to live in retirement if I needed to pay private rent. She also reminded me that if anything did happen to me, my kids would have nothing.

So, fast forward nine months later and I am the proud – albeit terrified – owner of a huge pile of potential. Such a terrible word to describe property, isn’t it? The first thing you think of is that it’s a dump and there’s lots of work that needs to be done. We’ve moved in and there’s nothing we absolutely need to do. It’s funny how all the faults you see in a house when it is bare and empty quickly get hidden and all those terribly inconvenient design features (like having no oven) you learn to live around.

I’ve spent the last few weeks realising that my first job to redesign the emergency yellow kitchen into my dream baking and cooking spot has taken a back seat to other jobs priorities like ‘where’s that gas smell coming from?’, ‘I need to fix the holes in the walls’ and ‘I can’t open the garage door’. Moreover, the few thousand dollars I thought I might have over from the purchase to remodel the kitchen do essential maintenance has quickly disappeared in lawyers fees, removalists, cleaners and the other endless ‘hidden costs’ of moving.

I like potential. I like to think I see it in me. I’m not too old to start over.

Story over. This blog will return to normal. There might be no proper oven, but I will post on baking without a proper oven. I’ve already baked hot cross buns in my little benchtop oven, as well as the delicious lemon pull-apart bread and my super yummy sticky date pudding with custard and butterscotch sauce, that I really should write up one day!

Hot Cross Buns straight from the bench top oven

Hot Cross Buns straight from the bench top oven

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Easter. There is a lot to be thankful for.

Bench top oven with Easter bunny friends

Bench top oven with Easter bunny friends



Merry Christmas and all that….

gingerbread house 2Wow, another year almost over and what have we done?

It’s a time for love and for sharing and for eating without caring.

Wishing you all the very best over the festive season, where ever you are and whatever you do.

gingerbread house 1Mr11 and I really enjoyed making and decorating this – one for the roof, two for me! I’ll be eating a lot of this!


Is it really EPIC, or another four-letter acronym?


EPIC farmers market

EPIC farmers market

The answer is yes, both. The EPIC market, or more correctly, the Capital Region Farmers Market at the Exhibition Park In Canberra is an excellent place to buy regionally-grown and made produce and also is a great outing for making you feel good about living in Canberra.

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This wide brown land….


Another beautiful sunrise as we embark on yet another week of above 30 degC temperatures.

I find the inland landscape quite depressing at this time of year. Everything is so burnt, dry and brown. We were talking at work this week that the first settlers must have journeyed inland during the winter and spring months, otherwise they would never have wanted to set up roots here.


On the plus side, we are seeing some spectacular sunrises.

sunrise 2

Beautiful sunrise over Lake Burley Griffin from the Arboretum


This is the sunrise on the (hopefully) last day of the week-long heatwave over the lake in Canberra from the summit of the National Arboretum. It was quite spectacular and lasted only a minute.

On the other side was the full moon setting over Mount Stromlo.


Today is going to be another scorcher, with extra thunder thrown in this afternoon.

Happy days!