Christmas in July event by EatReadLove

Last Saturday was a very fine day as it was the Christmas in July pop-up event organised by Natalie from EatReadLove. I’ve been following her on Instagram for a while as she also hosts beautiful kinfolk gatherings but somehow always missed out.

This time Corina and I got in quick and signed up for the Noel en Juillet gathering at the Royalla Farmstay in the Southern Highlands. We left very early morning and off we went to Robertson.

It was a gorgeous sunrise and when we arrived at the Royalla farm we were greeted by the gorgeous team who had put this incredible event together: Natalie Haylar from EatReadLove, Natalie’s assistant Jess Kneebone, Jaclyn from BlogSociety, Stylist Lisa Madigan, Photographer Luisa Brimble and our chef for the day Mario from Marios Kitchen.

For breakfast/morning tea we had warming tea and coffee and delicious toasted muesli and tea cake.

Lunch was served on a buffet and we had beautifully tender lamb shanks, preserved lemons and braised onion salad, pumpkin feta salad. Ah, let’s not forget the dessert. Poached pears with ganache and vanilla ice-cream, yummo!

The menu was printed on a beautiful card but also written on the window behind the buffet. Every one of us had their name written on the wine glass in gorgeous handwriting. There was so much attention to detail which in parts I only noticed afterwards when I looked through all my photos.

Lisa had brought the inside in for the wintery table setting and Mario our chef created a hearty meal of Middle Eastern flavours. It was delicious. It was so nice too to meet like-minded people and connect with some that I already “knew” through Instagram but now was actually meeting them, which is really thrilling.

After lunch we had a little walk around the beautiful farmstay and surrounding and more time for chatting and photographing. Luisa Brimble followed us with her camera and also filmed a beautiful video which is shown at the end.

When we came back we indulged on berry scones and home made chai tea while Natalie and Mario where already busy getting the bonfire underway to roast our marshmallows from Black Pantry.

Below the photos is a video that brings it all together, beautifully captured by Luisa Brimble.

I also created a little cinemagraph of the bonfire which can be found on Tumblr.

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Beautiful setting for yummy breakfast

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Noel en Juillet | Christmas in July Workshop Hosted by Natalie Hayllar of Eat Read Love from Luisa Brimble on Vimeo.

Bondi, my love

If there is anything I regret about moving to Sydney, it’s that we didn’t move right to Bondi Beach! I just love it! But then, at least I live in this very beautiful city  and the beaches are just one of the many cool things that Sydney has to offer.

Beginning of Winter I was following my friend around with my camera in hand on her morning surf (before going to work) and it was magnificent. The morning started not very promising actually.

It was grey and foggy when we got to the beach, and still very dark. But we got lucky, my friend took to the waves and I waited for the sun, and she came.

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Uimi Knitwear - Melbourne

Uimi Knitwear — Melbourne

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Meet uimi knitwear … we think just in time to get ready for the cooler days and cold nights. Winter is approaching fast!

uimi is a small Melbourne based lifestyle brand, specialising in eco-friendly knitwear, producing wonderful throws, blankets, womens & kids wear, cushions and much much more… made exclusively from natural fibres, including extra fine merino wool and certified organic cotton.

And most importantly – all designed and produced locally in Melbourne!

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Bondi Icebergs

Sydney’s rock pools

Sydney is such a beautiful city known for its beaches but I am not sure if many people know about the wonderful rock pools which adorn many beaches here in Sydney. The most famous surely is the Bondi Icebergs Rock Pool but there are so many more.

This video was filmed by cinematographer Jason Wingrove at the Curl Curl rock pool which is part of the Northern beaches. Love the song too. Wonderful.

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Atelier Make – Montreal

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Atelier Make is a Montreal based ceramic design and production studio of artists Maya Ersan & Jamie Robson. Their design aesthetic ranges from minimal to whimsical, bringing beauty and fine craft into daily life. Maya and Jaimie reinterpret traditional ceramic forms with a contemporary twist.

We love their minimalist yet still playful and functional approach to creating beautiful everyday objects.

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Image source Atelier Make (via)

Seriously funny – SRSLY

SRSLY is Alexandra Fiber and Danielle Gibson: Two NY-based actors, writers, producers, and full-time BFFs, who met during their senior year at drama school. They started their blog and videos SRSLY in 2011 to show their own acting and writing skills, and to support fellow talents in the NYC comedy and filmmaking communities. They say on their own website that is was their goal ‘to create videos that are fresh, female-focused, and above all: funny’ and I think they’ve absolutely done that.

Since their launch they have created numerous videos, here are three of my favourites:

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The Most Powerful Arm for a Good Cause

My husband Tim has worked on this campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This disease affects mainly boys and they suffer from progressive deterioration of their muscles. The kids lose the ability to use their arms and for example sign their name very early in their life. This is why The Most Powerful Arm, a bionic arm was created. With this robotic arm you can help them by signing a petition to the Australian government, asking them to start important research on the crippling disease. Please add your signature at TheMostPowerfulArm.com

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The arm is publicly installed in Sydney’s Customs House and takes your signature via the Facebook login. It then signs the petition for you, using the original handwriting of one of the children affected, Jacob Lancaster (who you also see in the video). A photo camera will take a picture of each signature and post it to the respective signer’s Facebook wall.

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Laneway Learning, Melbourne

Everyone loves learning, but most evening classes seem like such a commitment. Laneway Learning is different; we host cheap, informal classes in anything that takes our fancy.

Have you heard about Laneway Learning in Melbourne? Laneway Learning was brought to life by a group of friends (Mark Gergory, Kim Hay, Lucie Bradley and Tom Ding) with a passion for learning.

It is a ragtag series of evening classes held in a (laneway) cafe in Melbourne. The classes are very reasonable priced at generally $12, informal and taught by ordinary people from the local community.

So if you are interested in learning things like Collaborative Art, Creative Expression, A Very Crafty Way to Calm, Typography: Building an Alphabet or Neuroplasticity: Brains on the Starting Block, Bookbinding and many other very interesting and inspiring topics, then check out their website and book yourself a spot.

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Happy Easter

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We wish you all a very Happy Easter! Enjoy the long weekend, no matter what the weather will bring!

And here is a little crafty idea which doesn’t cost much time but is very cute. Select egg cartons and remove all the stickers and labels. Get some acrylic paint and paint the cartons. Let dry. With another colour, paint dots all over the cartons. Once dried, use as gift boxes or for your kids to store the eggs in from the Easter egg hunt.

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Tufts – Daisy

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How pretty is Daisy and so in the spirit of a big Easter Sunday brunch … or really any other Sunday brunch gathering for that matter.

I have just come across Tufts and the beautiful Daisy tableware, handmade in Melbourne by Ingrid Tufts. Tufts is a small studio producing handmade ceramic tableware and creator of bespoke cafe ware.

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Crave Good Food

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Meet Martha Delfas, founder of Crave – Good Food in Sydney.

A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of personally meeting Martha and spent a morning with her chatting about and tasting beautiful artisan food and what inspired her to bring Crave to the table (literally).

Crave was born by her love for cooking and food made with passion and heart. Martha describes herself as someone who lives to eat and not eat to live. A passion that was passed to her early on by her mum.

Having extensive experience in retail, Martha saw a niche in bringing honest, simple and beautiful food to consumers who don’t live in urban neighbourhoods with a deli just around the corner. And ‘voila’, the Crave tasting box was born.

Whether it is locally and sustainably produced honey by urban beekeeper Elke, handcrafted peanut butter from a small manufacturer in Sydney or the award winning relishes by Atticus & Max, one thing is clear, Martha’s passion for great food and supporting small artisan producers catches you the minute you are in her presence and every tasting box sent out brings a little bit of that and her favourite food to your table.

The crave tasting boxes are available on a monthly subscription, as a one off sample tasting box or if you would like to surprise someone special also as a gift box. Soon there will be a gluten free option available to cater for all those with a passion for good food.

Culinary Misfists - Berlin

Culinary Misfits – Berlin

Recently we came across these remarkable two women who founded “Culinary Misfits – eat the whole crop!” in Berlin. A movement to save vegetables that is far from looking perfect (at least in the eyes of supermarkets) but still taste the same, if not even better as it has so much more character .

Approximately half of the daily crop on farms gets thrown out because of its look. The carrot may have three legs, or the potato has not the correct round shape. That’s were Lea and Tania from Culinary Misfits step in, they buy those vegetables and cook with it.  They now run a catering business under the same name and sometimes are seen at the local farmers market selling pickled culinary misfits.

Soon they will also open a permanent shop in Berlin. Check out their website  Culinary Misfits (you need to have a slight understanding of German though ;-) for more details.


Manly Map - The Common Store

Snap Up a Suburb

Reprinted in Sydney and delightfully affordable – a must have for all Sydney aficionados.

This first collection available at The Common Store is sourced from the City of Sydney Archives, who have diligently kept a thorough archive of Sydney’s short but vivid history. The collection comprises of lots of Sydney suburbs from circa 1896-1899.

Originally lithographed by the firm of Higinbotham & Robinson in the late nineteenth century, each map shows the boundaries of the municipality, with the main streets, railway lines, wharves, parks and reserves.

Some suburbs are already sold out but hopefully will be reprinted soon.



Ralph Waldo Emerson – Success

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson