• Stilt Crazy After All These Years

    Stilt Crazy After All These Years Nearby village La Cellette takes the 15th August public holiday very seriously and always organises an impressive fête. Unlike many other fêtes, which pretty much just consist of a vide grenier (think car boot sale minus the car) and maybe one or two trade...


  • Sew Long

    Sew Long I’ve been doing a lot of sewing lately. It’s just occurred to me that I’ve been a sewist - the modern, alternative term for seamstress - for almost fifty years. I’m as gobsmacked as you are! My fifty-fifth birthday is looming on the horizon, and I can definitely...


  • Magnificent Manly

    Magnificent Manly Back to Sydney for today’s blog, and specifically to Manly. Its beach ranks alongside Bondi in the popularity stakes, but in fact Manly has two sea-fronts - one on the Pacific, and one on the Bay of Sydney. Whichever bit we were on certainly looked like a lovely...


  • Baby Blues

    Baby Blues This year’s season of new arrivals on the farm hasn’t gone as smoothly as usual. First up, turkeys. I put on a batch of 24 eggs to cook in the incubator just before I went off to Australia in mid-April. I candled them when I came back and...


  • Opals

    Opals Chris has always been a rockhound (my wedding present to him was a geological hammer!), so when I asked what he’d like me to bring him back from Australia as a souvenir, he said he’d love a small piece rough opal, if that were possible. Australia is the world’s...