Captains log: Tuesday

On Tuesday we braved the cool windy rain weather to hit 'Lavendula'- Lavender Farm at Hepburn Springs. So amazing and to be honest the weather made it that much more dreamy. We all cuddled into our warm pots of tea and enjoyed our lavender scones with lashings of jam and cream out on the cottage verandah. Perfect end to a delightful morning.












Captain's log: Monday

So our Daylesford adventure was just that...an adventure- eating our way through the food lovers guide to Victoria, soaking up the beautiful surroundings, and enjoying the best invite only company!


The place we chose to lay our heads was 'The Lark House'. This house eye candy delight dates back to the 1860's. It has been lovingly introduced to the millenium with all the latest mod cons- iPod docks, flat screen televisions, etc, and suprisingly plumped up with a modern vintage style decor. Well, actually its not too suprising when you see owners Paul & Allison's 'Lark' shop.










 It was fun to see everyones reactions when we arrived to the house. Everyone exploring- treasure hunting to out do each others discoveries as we went room to room. Lets say we definately all unleashed our Retro Nana.

Linda x.

Doodle bug







The sum of all the parts you have taken, are a fraction of the parts that make me whole

 Such a beautiful little lyric in the song~ Joe Goddard feat Valentina Gabriel. I like those little gems.

Linda x.

Travelling gypsy- Prologue

My inner gypsy has taken over of late, I haven't been able to sit with my laptop long enough to capture the happenings on a page. Alas, I am now enjoying my decandant mini get-away so I have nothing but time on my hands to drink wine and fall over my laptop. 

Last Saturday morning Simon & I excitedly were dropped off at the airport to begin our week long Victorian adventure- where we were greeted with Queenslands capital city domestic airport being closed due to bad weather. The weather may have been damp but our spirits were not.







Such a bleak start to the holiday but in all honesty Simon & I have a bit of a rubbish track record with holiday beginnings- but I was delighted to be stuck on the ground in a dry airport with ample trashy magazines, booze and people waching to be had vs. In the sky, hectic turbulance, cramped space with 100 other crazy's freaking out about crashing into the ocean- heck that would have been on my mind!!

This mini get away was inspired a few months ago. The brain child of my pen pal and I realising the lack of down time to really catch up with close friends.

The 6 of us were all planning to arrive at staggered times during Saturday in Melbourne- although due to the weather conditions one friend had been redirected to another city and her 3 hour journey manifested into 6 hours.. eep! The remaining five of us ended up landing around the same time suprisingly catching up with each other early. Such a nice suprise ~ it wasn't all clouds and rain.

I was really excited to visit Melbourne a) because i have never been there before b) it had recently pipped Vancouver at the post been voted the most livable city in the world, and I wanted to sink my teeth into that title c) oh! and the shopping oh! the shopping.

Watch this space for the captains log of happenings.


Linda xxx.

Weekends are for friends

I love having visitors over. Time to explore the local treats on offer and who better to share you're spoils with??

Our close friends recently did a mini trip to see us a 6 hour round trip for a couple of days. First stop... Le Monde Cafe for cocktails! oh happy hour....

The end results im afraid...

Cute little nook for boozy nights

The boys enjoying a lurrverly cocktail or 3?




Having a friend who is a DJ also comes in handy for reving up the night. Although it seemed to be sponsored by Mac?



Although I must admit the Saturday frivolities of sangria and card games made for a nice afternoon of giggles.



What did your weekend hold?? Happy Monday lovelies!

Linda x.

A trip down memory lane




I get really excited with bits and pieces I find around the place and want to share them with you. These are my best finds to date.













I hope you enjoy reading these over a warm cup of tea -relaxing! Have a great weekend! Ive got some wonderful friends visiting at the moment. What mischief will we get up to today? 

Linda xxx.

Wish lists

All this talk of renovating reality television shows has really got my cogs turning. My urge and drive to find my perfect digs is now becoming unbearingly painful. I see so many beautiful things out and about during the day, and living in a tiny unit has definately snuffed out my urge to buy any new homeware pieces. In saying all this- it has not stopped my eyes from sifting through the internet for items that quite frankly make me weak at the knees. I think this will be some of my wish list.

These chicks Camilla and Olivia are the masterminds behind MOZI


Where to start on their deliciousness of the fabrics? Quirky designs? Posh practicality?

I'll share my favourite practical MOZI product which is the shower cap range. Eat your heart out to any other shower cap I have owned. This deluxe cap is super cute but made with such quality elastic there are no chances of sneaky water creeping its way inside your dry locks. (I know its crazy I could talk up a shower cap!). 

Cute right?

My family got decked out with MOZI stuff for Christmas last year. The cool thing about these products are that the price points allow for any budget.

Mumsy dear looked amazing in her apron with matching oven mit over Christmas!
Anywho.... back to my wish list


I love making my guests room a true home away from home. I love the welcome feeling of beautiful linen and heavenly bedspreads. Comfort lighting and bath products to soak away the tired travelling legs makes me smile.

What do you like to do for your guests? I love a cocktail night and tapas! Easy and will definately please!

Wonderful Weekends!

I hope the weather is pleasant in you're neck of the woods this weekend.

   
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Linda. xxx.
The old blog posts have been a bit thin on of late... i must apologise! Ive been online shopping the shit out of local organic shops, supporting local hand make artisians and visiting organic beauty therapists (and plumping the rest of the day with vast hours of work!)

My office desk - nb. filing


My little love obsession with local organics started when my Herbalist  gave me some 'Loving Earth' chocolate. Chocolate on a detox you say? Well these little bad boys have no nasty chemicals or  bad sugars. The fact that they are rich, full of flavour and made with love means you don't need to devour the entire block for some sugary satisfaction.  In fact Loving Earth have a disgustingly delish range of organic and wildcrafted functional foods- I went on a bit of a spending spree for some guilt free snacks. They will ship inside Australia and out yonder internationally. Definately worth it. You're tastebuds will be doing backflips.




 I had a fight with the kitchen cupboards last week and was smothered in plastic bags. In Australia we are slowly trying to phase out plastic shopping bags, but none the less they accumulate (what do you use in your supermarket? do shops charge extra for you to use plastic bags??).

My super crafty friend Casey over at BITS AND BOBS has solved my problem in one foul swoop! Check out these super handy, practical, beautiful hand made plastic bag holders. I couldn't pick between these two- So i got both!

Casey has stunning hand made pieces which she sells at the local markets and online via her Facebook shop. Im sure she would work out an international shipping price if need be. Casey has amazing taste and all of her fabrics make me weak at the knees!


In between work clients I needed to check out my buddy Deb's new Soothe shoppe. How nice does this sound?  ... Sign. Me. Up.

Using only the best quality organic and natural products and treatments in a calm and relaxing environment, even the towels and cotton accessories are organic.
 This is the little pack I walked away with. Its like a test taster of some of the products. The face exfoliant is my favourite. Le Sigh.

Thats all in latest news. Im heading off for a birthday bash this weekend, but have made a little ode to myself to get hopping on my posts.

Happy Thursday Peeps.

Linda xxx.

Time out!

Isn't it funny how life just rushes past you? Ive been noticing my ever increasing overtime at work and a definate decrease to my social life. I miss my friends. I hate how facebook has replaced spending good old quality time with those people in your life that matter. 

A dear friend and I have been writing letters to each other- which I love! I just love waiting for her letters to arrive in the post. It makes me think about the 'old times' (before phones were invented), when girls would wait for their friends letter to arrive to update them with all the gossip. Imagine the excitement when it would arrive. So my friend and I got a talkin'... and we soon realised that none of us (close friends) had REALLY seen each other to catch up (if we removed work, facebook, texting etc). 

This little nest egg developed.

1. We needed to take the time out of busy lives to see each other. In real life.
2. We needed a space in which we could all stay and hang out. Cook beautiful meals for each other. Watch our favourite movies. Play board games and cards. Teach each other to do things- my friend has asked me to teach her to knit.
3. Actually follow through with this idea.

So we took charge. By chance i'd just finished lusting over The Lark House in Daylesford, Victoria- Australia. It looked like the perfect place for us pals to CHILL!

I got creating the invites. I made it clear that we all needed to pay upfront for the house. That way no one was left with paying extra for those people who pull out. (we all know how much that sucks).

You’re Invited
to an intimate week with close friends to celebrate friendships in pure decadence.

Where: “The Lark House”
 Dylesford, Victoria.

So our little nest egg is going ahead as planned. We have planned it for October. That way no one is pushed to find cash at the last minute. We can all plan to get cheap flights. We are all constantly checking out what we can do in the area. Looks like it will be tough enjoying the wineries, farmers markets, cheese, and not to mention the day spas!!! How delicious does this trip sound.

When was the last time you REALLY saw your closest friends? Even took the time to spend with your family? Its amazing how time flies. Its just making the moments in between count. 

Linda. xxx.

Bliss!

I love nothing more than finding local organic produce. I was in heaven when I came across MOS Montville Organic Skincare. Deliciousness for your body! (... and soul really).

This is what they say:

 "Our Organic Skin Care Products are handmade & packaged in Australia using organically grown fruits, flowers, herbs and vegetables. Our dedicated team create premium botanical products using traditional methods which minimise environmental impact while providing maximum effectiveness".

AWESOME~ Im slowly ditching all my high end comestics/skin care products. Its amazing how in the end you don't own things they begin to own you. I find I get caught up in the marketing of products. However, of late im loving my Sukin range of hair care, in combination with my CHI products from my natural-isk/eco hairdresser.

I love that they are from Australia too! We as a nation always look to overseas for great things when we honestly have such amazing products here in our own backyard.


Moisturising lime and sugar scrub

Apricot and Macadamia cleanser

Orange and oakmoss perfume

Check them out! This calls for some serious Sunday online shopping!!

Happy Sunday!

Linda xxx.

Scumptious Sundays!

It has been a little chilly here in Noosa of late so nothing better than a hot chocolate to warm you up. I wanted to share my special vegan recipe.



Linda’s hot coco loco 
 Ingredients:
(This is a very technical recipe)

Pick your favourite coco loco mug (it will be your measuring cup)

Half a coco loco mug of rice milk

Half a coco loco mug  of coconut milk

One teaspoon of cacao powder


Method:

Dissolve the cacao powder in a smidgen of hot boiling water

Put rice milk and coconut milk in a saucepan and heat to boil.
If you have a posh coffee maker you could easily heat this mix and steam/froth it (it actually makes a better hot coco loco)


Once gently boiling, pour rice milk and coconut milk into your dissolved cacao which should be in your desire coco loco mug.
 A nice garnish over the top once you have stirred your coco loco well is cinnamon sugar!
 DELISH!!



 Who needs flowers when you have a beautiful fruit bowl happening??