out and about · remembering / musing

A day at Mitchelton Wines … you had me at “Alice Cooper’s Corvette”

Three things you might not know about Mitchelton Wines at Nagambie, Victoria: Some of the winery’s original buildings were designed by renowned Melbourne modernist architect, Robin Boyd, who died before construction was completed. The winery produces around 8.5 million bottles of vino each year. Deep in the bowels of the complex, beyond the barrel room,… Continue reading A day at Mitchelton Wines … you had me at “Alice Cooper’s Corvette”

out and about

The Farmer’s Place … where ethos rules

The Farmer’s Place started popping up in my Instagram feed a few days ago. On Tuesday I saw it profiled in The Age’s Epicure section as a fresh eatery-slash-working farm-slash-farm gate market-slash-gathering place at Freshwater Creek on the Surf Coast. Best of all, The Farmer’s Market purports to be built on an underlying ethos of sustainability: fresh,… Continue reading The Farmer’s Place … where ethos rules

good bad brilliant · inspiring folk

The good, the bad and the brilliant: All Hallows’ Eve edition

A (roughly) weekly maybe monthly round-up of what’s got in my head, up my nose and in my heart. THE GOOD I’m not a raving fan of All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween or whatever you call it in your part of the world. I don’t have anything against it … I just never felt the urge… Continue reading The good, the bad and the brilliant: All Hallows’ Eve edition

it's all about me · out and about

Castlemaine – a weekend on the road less travelled

Being fifty-something, I love a knowing moment, a nanosecond in time when you know something to be true. It doesn’t have to be world-changing, just true. On Friday afternoon at 5.30pm, Mr P and I settled in to toast our toes by the ginormous open fire at Castlemaine’s Public Inn. We sat at the corner… Continue reading Castlemaine – a weekend on the road less travelled

decorating / homefront · inspiring folk · it's all about me · kitchen capers · Uncategorized

Jae’s Date and Almond Meringue Torte (for Father’s Day’s sake)

Today is Father’s Day in my part of the world, and almost 25 years to the day since my dad died. Inside I ached and reminisced, running my mind’s melancholy movie reel of that godawful time. Outwardly, I was swept up into family celebrations for the other fabulous fathers around me. Twixt the laughter and chatter, memories… Continue reading Jae’s Date and Almond Meringue Torte (for Father’s Day’s sake)

bookishness

Book Review: The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson

“1829, Tasmania. A group of men—convicts, a farmer, two free black traders, and Black Bill, an aboriginal man brought up from childhood as a white man—are led by Jon Batman, a notorious historical figure, on a ‘roving party.’ Their purpose is massacre. With promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk… Continue reading Book Review: The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson

decorating / homefront · remembering / musing · shopping / or not · Uncategorized

Copper shopping in the house of memories

Copper, copper everywhere. This warm, pinky metal seems to be front and centre of every magazine, lifestyle supplement and Instagram account I open. From sleek light fittings to organic shaped bowls and even wood baskets, copper is the metal flavour of the month year. And I want me some! Such are the dilemmas one faces… Continue reading Copper shopping in the house of memories