Sunday, January 14, 2018

Poachers Pantry

This time five years ago my world was flipped on its head with my breast cancer diagnosis.

I’d turned 36 two days before and suddenly I wasn’t able to see myself making it to 40. It was a fiercely frightening time. But thanks to the hell that is cancer treatment and sheer dumb luck, I’m still here, very much alive at the ripe old age of 41. And celebrate my birthday and simultaneously flip the bird at cancer, we took a drive out to Poachers Pantry this morning for a spot of brunch.

Its been a few years between visits and the cafe has undergone a bit of a transformation in that was lovely before but its grown into a really gorgeous space including a thriving kitchen garden. 

Brunch was as divine as ever...

To the boys great excitement two helicopters landed in the nearby paddock. They were delivering a few patrons to the you do. We went and had a sticky beak at the choppers after we do. 

Then we continued stickybeaking about the property for a bit before heading back down the tree lined drive toward home.

Such a beautiful morning. I’m so grateful to be here to enjoy it with my Littles and my Love and I’m certainly not going to leave it so long to get back to this gorgeous place. 

Xx Em

Friday, January 12, 2018

Catching up to Summer.

Belated Happy New Year Lovely Peeples!

I’m late to the party again, a thousand blog posts have been constructed in my head but none put in print since last spring. I’m sorry, my bad! I haven’t made any resolutions this year but I AM hoping to be more consistent with this blog.

It’s been a lovely summer holiday so far.
Early December meant that I was in my foodie zone making hampers filled with home made vanilla extract, cranberry sauce, hazelnut dukkah, chilli cashews and a variety of preserves. 

I think we made at least half a dozen batches of gingerbread and the house smelt of spices for weeks...oh my giddy aunt it was yummy! 

I didn’t do anywhere near as much sewing compared to previous years. It was a deliberate decision to reduce the crazy amount of stress that usually comes with the season. I did a couple of ragdolls for two of the Littles in our circle and experimented with some hoop art. 

It felt nice to pull back a bit and enjoy the lead up to Christmas. 

Christmas was a coastal affair with my family at Anna Bay. 
We woke to perfect beach weather on Christmas Eve. The boys explored rock pools with their cousins, paddled in the dingy, discovered tiny jellies on the sand and my brother took them snorkelling for the first time. 

The afternoon consisted of nothing more strenuous than taking a nap, reading books, drinking wine, chatting over a cheese board and constructing dessert. 

The kids kept watch for santa doing the lolly round on the local fire truck and were rewarded for their patience...just as the heavens opened.

Christmas Morning was all about the kids which is just how I love it!

Tim and Margie created a fabulous summer feast for Christmas Lunch and it was soooooo goooood!

An inevitable food coma ensued! 

The rest of our visit was spent just kicking back and hanging out together. 

We had to say goodbye and head back home just after Boxing Day to take care of our feathered and fur babies. 
I’m so glad that we got to spend time with my family, even if it was only for a few days. Thanks for being such marvellous hosts Tim & Marg, you out did yourselves, again!

Since then we’ve just been hanging out at home, pottering in the garden and occasionally venturing to the pool or the park. Harry spends a lot of time making little films with his new Lego train set using the Stikbot app. Jack is currently obsessed with all things dinosaur and I regularly find myself his captive audience, made to listen to every little bit of Dino trivia that he can recall.

The veggie patch is thriving us an abundance of corn, cucumber, salad greens, carrots, apples, pears, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, kale and garlic. The tomatoes are finally beginning to fruit so we might also get a decent crop from them too, before the first frost arrives. Wandering about the garden in the cool of the early morning is such a pleasure. 

Feeling very grateful for what we have right here, right now.

Til next time...xx Em.