Green by a wide margin

Well today it’s the Queen’s Birthday holiday here in Australia and that means that we get to learn who of the good and the great have been recognised with a Queen’s Birthday honour. Of all the worthy recipients in 2017, one stands out for me, with an Officer of the Order of Australia going to […]

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The Triumph of Taffeta

You know that I really love a good ribbon and so it’s just as well there are oodles of ribbons out there – different weaves, different fibres, different widths, different patterns, different edging and different colours. So many oodles in fact that I decided to set myself the task of learning all about the production and history […]

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Envelopegate

Flying home yesterday I watched LA LA Land. The movie that almost but not quite won the Oscar for best picture. That is, until it was discovered the wrong envelope had been handed to the presenter Warren Beatty.  The error was identified, mayhem ensued, Moonlight was named as best picture and everyone reacted as graciously […]

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All about the orchid

Today, it’s all about the orchid.  The orchid genus Orchidacea is old, widespread, diverse and prolific. Along with the Asteraceae, it is one of the two largest families of flowering plants in the whole wide world. Not only that, but Orchids are also big big big in the wide world of interior design. No self respecting reality TV renovation show reveal would be […]

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Onya Dad

Today 4 September its Father’s Day and that means it’s time for a big shout out to all the Fathers and Father figures out there. A big Dad shout out, a big Dad thank you and a thoughtful Dad wrap is part of my ongoing quest (I appear to have quite a few passionate quests lately) […]

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Fun Flag Facts

Today 3 September is National Flag Day and what better time to explore the endless possibilities of flags as a gift wrapping motif (particularly flags featuring the classic red, white and blue colour combo) while simultaneously discovering a few fun flag facts?  Okay perhaps not hysterically funny facts but fact enough to put you ahead […]

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Bow Tie Bow

Today 28 August it’s Bow Tie Day – a day to whip out your favourite Bow Tie, tie it with flair and wear it with panache. There’s simply no better day than today to join the esteemed ranks of famous Bow Tie wearers  who proudly wrap their neck in a bow. No one quite knows how […]

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Love Your Towel

Today I am continuing my quest to get in shape for my walk across England from St Bees to Robin Hood Bay. I am trying to get some serious miles under my belt so my feet are ready for eight straight days of walking with my dear husband literally up hill and down dale. I […]

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Monstera trending now

When I was growing up in Southeast Queensland, the entrance to our front door was overgrown with Monstera Deliciosa plants. My teenage sisters and I were appalled because we thought it made our house look really ugly and dated – but little did we know that years later the Monstera would make a big come […]

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Tequila Mockingbird

O Happy Day. Three of my all time favourite things all wrapped up in one! Blend together my beloved all time favourite book To Kill a Mockingbird, a range of cocktail recipes and puns (literary puns no less) and you get the wonderful little book Tequila a Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle […]

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