I like to maintain a very organised lifestyle. Yes I’m obsessed with to do lists, lists (of any kind), folders, calendars, schedules and diaries - in other words, I’m a bit of a geek!
You can only imagine how much joy shops such as kikki-K bring me!! They turn all the geeky organisational things into pretty products with style and flair.
I recently invested in a gorgeous mint and gold polka-dot travel wallet with a matching notebook, both from kikki-K. The wallet has enough room for two passports, itineraries, boarding passes, a pen etc. The notebook is a leather A5 holder and you slide the re-placable notepad into it - such a handy idea. It will mean when I fill it up I can just buy a new one to go inside (without having to shell out for the cost of a whole new leather book). I’m going to look very styley going into my meetings now :P
Hmm would the matching mint iPad-mini case be a little overboard..?
I was very close to purchasing the large time planner, which has a calendar, meeting notes, anniversaries, reminders etc. It is super cute and would be so helpful - but I find that working on a computer, I tend to use my email calendar more. I’ve actually moved away from the physical diary and I just stick to my computer! So I don’t think it would get the use it deserves (plus the large size was quite heavy!). I also like to set reminders on my iPhone - I live by this setup!!
Recently Will (the boyfriend) and I went on a very special trip to visit my Godmother in the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
We stayed in the most beautiful town called Tanunda, which has left me questioning why we live in the city! It is the most idyllic spot – everything is so clean and well presented. There’s just no other town to compare it to. With a population of around 3000 people, it has its own supermarket, primary school, high schools, cafes, shops – It just has everything (I was imagining something much more rural so you can understand my surprise!). And I really can’t express how pretty it is.
When you drive in there’s a grand entrance with beautiful gardens. Rich in history, the town is filled with lots of old buildings. There are various churches, there’s the old town square, even a town crier and I would say the pubs are pretty ancient too! On my Godmother’s vineyard there’s a cottage that was built way back in 1860!
We were very lucky to be able to pat some young kangaroos! I was so excited to finally get up close to one. They are sooo soft and very cute!!
Needless to say we visited many wineries whilst on our holiday, enjoying a Chardonay in the sunshine or a Barossa Shiraz once darkness fell. My favourite spots were Pindarie and Hentley Farm.
Pindarie has the most beautiful outlook across the rural landscape - a very similar view to that of “McLeod’s Daughters" if you were ever a fan of the TV show. We enjoyed a platter of fresh bread, cheeses, meats and dips coupled with a delicious white wine.
Over at Hentley Farm we received the best wine testing experience yet! It’s a beautiful old place and we were seated in one of the rooms next to the bar and we had one of the staff members bring us various wines to try. She would talk to us about the bottle and then leave us to enjoy a small dash before coming back with another one. We were made to feel very welcome and we had just enough attention – but not too much to be a bother. Plus the wine wasn’t a bad drop either!
We also went to the Whispering Wall – a rather astounding place. It’s a large dam that has a massive curved wall. You can stand at one end of it and literally whisper something and the person all the way on the other side can hear it. It’s amazing really!
It was a great time of year to visit too. Being Spring everything was so lush and green. I have heard this doesn’t last long and soon the grass turns brown.
We had three nights away and we both felt like locals by the time we left. Being driven all over the Barossa, having delicious food, large amounts of sunshine and taking their dog Paws for a stroll made it such a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
If you’re looking for a place to visit I highly recommend South Australia, the Barossa Valley in particular. Though I think our experience was so good because of the company! xx
So it turns out I never grew out of the childhood dream of wanting a pony (much to my parent’s dismay I’m sure) but I’ve finally plucked up the courage and made the decision that it’s time to learn!
You can never be too old right?
After doing a 1hr private lesson at Sydney’s Moore Park (which I highly recommend!) I’ve enrolled myself in a beginners “horsemanship course” where we learn all the basics from grooming to tacking to walkig and trotting.
As a group course, with max 5 people, it’s a lot more affordable than private lessons - it actually works out to be about half the price - plus they run them at a range of different times. I’ve elected to do a night time one so I just catch the bus down there after work for a 7pm start. The first course is a total of 4 sessions, each 1.5hrs and it is SO MUCH FUN.
I’m half way through and I’m definitely going to do the second stage course after this one - perhaps I’ll push it over to next year because I’m going to be so busy over the next few months, but I could slot in some private lessons here and there.
Horses are huge animals and I’ll admit that it’s nerve-raking! But I’m already feeling my confidence grow. With the first lesson, we had to walk around the back of the horse about 20 times and you run your hand along them to let them know where you are. You have to walk in as closely as possible - because if the horse did decide to kick, you would received it at less force (where as if you were about a metre out, you would receive at complete full force). I was used to by the end of the night!
Hopefully one day I’ll own my own horse but I know that’s a while away yet - there’s so much to learn!!
Last weekend I was invited to a beach BBQ and in light of being taught to never turn up empty handed, I decided to attempt baking cupcakes!
I often make cakes and cookies but I rarely make cupcakes… For people that are the same as me, and in need of an easy recipe, I’ve decided to share this very simple one for vanilla cupcakes - along with the raspberry icing (definitely the best part!).