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Family Time at Casa TSL

Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other. (Carol Saline) My sister and I have family visiting from New Zealand this week, so I’ll be a little scarce. See you on the other side!…

April 7, 2015
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Australia Food Sweets

LUSCIOUS Lamington Cupcakes

There is no place in the world like Australia. Not even its beautiful neighbor New Zealand. (Henry Rollins) It’s a drizzly and overcast old Australia Day as I write this. To be honest, it’s a wee bit of a welcome respite from the heat we’ve been having lately. For me, at least. And here…

January 26, 2015
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Art & Design Lifestyle

Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi 2014

If you’re new to Sculpture by the Sea – it’s well worth a look-see if you’re visiting Sydney. It’s held every October/November along the gorgeous Bondi – Tamarama coastal walk. The natural beauty of the coastline is majestic in itself, but then with the addition of large-scale pieces of sculptural art – just wow! Small…

November 3, 2014
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Dogs Sleep & Stress

Get a Dog!

If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life. (Roger A. Caras) Bella, the fluff-bucket is in doggie hospital as I write this. She woke up this morning very wobbly and unable to walk. A far cry from…

April 3, 2014
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Dogs Lifestyle

A Very Doggie Christmas…

It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal. (John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog) Bella turns 9 on Christmas day. That’s 9 in human years. In dog years, she’s 63.…

December 10, 2013
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Australia Lifestyle

The Balmain Boat Company Messes About With Boats

Better drowned than duffers, if not duffers won’t drown. (Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons) I’m feeling a little nostalgic today. It’s my Dad’s birthday and he’s on my mind… When I was a child, Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons was one of my favourite books. His writing had the ability to transport me into all the…

November 29, 2013
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Food Design

An Open Letter to Bryce Longton at KTCHN13…

Dear Bryce, I know you’re probably very busy being the Shop Editor & Stylist at Provisions for the very fabulous Food 52. It’s a seriously beautiful site – so please know your styling is much appreciated! And, I know Provisions only launched in July. And, I also know your wonderful Kitchen Letters – where recipients receive letters…

November 28, 2013
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Design New Zealand

Boskke Does it Again…

If the people of New Zealand want to be part of our world, I believe they should hop off their islands, and push ’em closer. (Lewis Black) Lewis, you’re a very funny guy, but I don’t think I agree with you on this matter. There are some people from New Zealand who seem to…

November 27, 2013
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Design Sydney

Stumbling Across Planet of Surry Hills

I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there’s no rational life here. (Robert Anton Wilson) Sometimes, I wonder what planet I have been on. Two or three of weeks ago, I was picking up some fabric from the lovely Tessuti for a wee haberdashery project I’m playing with. A couple of…

November 26, 2013
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Australia Retail

Urban Walkabout Launch Their Pop Up for Christmas…

So I rang up my local swimming baths. I said ‘Is that the local swimming baths?’ He said ‘It depends where you’re calling from. (Tim Vine) There’s a great little group of passionate locals who established the very useful Urban Walkabout back in 2006.  They publish a series of free lifestyle guides featuring fashion, food…

November 19, 2013
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