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Here to inspire and empower you to live more locally, seasonally and sustainably.
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RECIPE: sourdough chocolate and mandarin cake + growing citrus

SUSTAINABILITY

We are all at home, and we are all baking sourdough bread, right? Did you cultivate an iso sourdough habit? Are you sticking with it? I am so pleased I eased my way back into a weekly bread baking routine. I admit, my starter often ends up back in the fridge, languishing until I decide […]

Social media and mental health

SUSTAINABILITY

and why this is important in running a sustainable business. I wanted to write about my recent break from all social media, why I decided I needed it and how I feel after significantly reducing my screen time over the last few weeks, but I didn’t really know how it would fit into this journal. […]

Notes from a winter garden

SUSTAINABILITY

August in the Adelaide Hills The blossoms are starting to tentatively appear on the fruit trees dotted around the Adelaide Hills and our garden is looking green, healthy and a little bit muddy. This is a time of year when I spend less time in the garden, as things are slow to grow and it […]

Into the Minds of Creatives

CREATIVES

with Victoria of Buttony Handmade Victoria is a maker and mother based in South Australia who makes the cutest and most practical hair bows on the market (in my opinion!). The bows are made from the best local (and organic where possible) fabrics Victoria can get her hands on, and they are all chosen with […]

Into the Minds of Creatives

SUSTAINABILITY

with Bonnie of Bonnie Blooms I first met Bonnie when she invited me to take part in a sustainable wedding shoot she was organising (which you can read more about here), and I have been admiring her beautiful work ever since. She is a gorgeous soul who creates whimsical, wild, INCREDIBLE floral magic and spreads […]

Into the Minds of Creatives

CREATIVES

with Maddie of Maddie Deere Ceramics Welcome to my new blog series! I am always fascinated by the thoughts and processes of other creative people and love hearing the why and how behind creative brands, so I thought you guys might be interested too! Into the Minds of Creatives will be a regular series featuring […]

Gardening Therapy.

SUSTAINABILITY

And some tips for growing your own plants. When I was a kid, I just could not understand my mum’s love of gardening. Actually, when I was a young, young kid I think I did- playing outside, in the dirt, getting messy… How good is that! But then I got older and gardening seemed too […]

A sustainable wedding.

SUSTAINABILITY

A styled shoot celebrating some of the best sustainable wedding vendors in South Australia. It was hot and the road was all twists and turns and hills. I don’t think I properly breathed out until I parked the car and delivered the cake to it’s temporary home in the cleared out fridge. It was a […]

late summer foraging

RECIPES

Celebrating the seasonal shift. (I wrote this pre-COVID and then with everything that happened i never got around to posting it. I’ve decided to leave it as written, as sometimes it’s nice to have distractions- also, I already wrote it once so… Enjoy this blissful little time capsule of a less worrisome period!) We flipped […]

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