Caravanning with Kids: Tips and Advice


Packing up your family, hooking up the van and hitting the road with the kids might not seem like a dream escape to every parent. But for those of us who love the outdoors, continuing to camp, travel and explore Australia’s incredible destinations once kids enter the picture not only feeds our souls, but does wonders for our kids and grandkids, too.

If it’s been a few years between road trips or you are a newcomer to camping holidays, you might well baulk at the thought of leaving behind the comforts and well-oiled routines of home-life. But, in reality, camping holidays with children can be one of the simplest escapes you can make.

The kinds of camping trips you decide to take may depend on the ages of your children and your experience and confidence in packing up and hitting the road. My first camping adventure as a parent began when I became a first-time mum to daughter Maya and tackled a five month-long ‘Big Lap’ as a reporter for Australian Geographic. It was, undoubtedly, a baptism by fire, hitting the road with my photographer partner David in an impossibly modest campervan, with a huge workload ahead of us, and our then four-week-old baby to nurture.

I look back at photos of those early days on the road and now understand why people stopped, stared and told me I was insane. Maya was a Continue reading


What Every Cold Climate Gardener Should Know About Growing Kumquats


A guest post about Meiwa kumquat trees for a blog about gardening in cold climates? Oh, yes. If you have a sunny spot in your yard in summer and a south- or south-west-facing window in your house, you’ll love this little tree. Continue reading

How To Build a Kickass Chicken Coop

So, a few weeks ago I set out with the intention of building temporary housing for the Nuggets– a FEMA trailer of the poultry world, if you will– and instead my little flock ended up in a penthouse chicken suite. I may have gotten a little carried away.

And that might be the understatement of the year. But really, why go to the trouble of making all that sawdust if you’re not going to build something that’s at least a little awesome?

The chickens concur.


The Nugget Barn isn’t 100% complete, but it’s close enough to give you a look at how I built this baby from scratch with nothing but a picture for inspiration and a desire to use a lot of tools. (God, I love my tools.) Continue reading

Fruits of My Labour

Fruits of my labour

I have finally painted the shed.  As I said in my End of Month post I have been dithering about what colour to paint it for a year or more.  The first plan was black with orange accents but as time progressed I realised that this would make the shed stand out like a sore thumb, not really what I wanted.  I then settled on a green with paler green accents.  Then when I was writing the post and looking at the photos I decided that actually I quite liked the colour the shed was. Continue reading

Recycled Pallet Vertical Garden


Summer is waning, and since I am a die hard autumnal girl, I’d usually be very excited by now. But I have to be honest — this lush and vibrant pallet vertical garden is making me want to stay in summer for another month or two. There have been many pallet projects and many vertical garden projects, but none combine the two elements as well as this tutorial developed by Fern Richardson of Life on the Balcony and recreated by Steph of the local spoon. I like this so much, I might have to squeeze it in before I focus entirely on fall projects. Continue reading