The calm Easter

The calm Easter

The Easter break is almost upon us and I for one can’t wait.  To me, Easter always feels like a laid-back holiday – there isn’t the same level of expectation, planning and hysteria like at Christmas.  Perhaps it also stems from the fact, that when I was a child, Easter was always a really quiet time in my family.  We rarely travelled during the few days off.  It was always about recharging batteries, indulging in good food (and some chocolate!) and receiving a pair new winter pyjamas.

This year I’ve got a firm picture in my mind as to what I want to do…

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What’s making me happy: April

What’s making me happy: April

I’ve always loved the month of April for its transitional quality – in Australia it generally means the arrival of cooler mornings and the first signs of autumn.  When we were living in England it meant longer evenings and spring blossoms.  This month though, this has been what’s making me happy…

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A mini gallery

A mini gallery

This past weekend I ticked off one of those jobs that’d been sitting on my to-do list for months.  It was one I was super enthusiastic about, that just got put off when my first trimester sickness kicked in, and the put off some more.

The funny thing is, it wasn’t a hard or cumbersome job, it was actually something nice – mounting some new artworks…

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Ribolitta

Ribolitta

That first taste of autumn arrived at the weekend.  Stormy rain rolled through on Friday night, lashing windows and dropping the temperature.  By Saturday that’d broken up into scudding showers that blew in with force along with a cool wind. It resulted in lamps getting turned on early, candles being lit and my favourite cosy clothes being pulled out of the cupboard for their first wear of this year.

That sort of weather always make me crave warm, hearty meals and one of my favourites is ribollita – a Tuscan bread soup. It’s packed full of vegetables, is bursting with flavour and is my go-to recipe whenever someone says they feel poorly…

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First trimester diary

First trimester diary

Those first few months of your first pregnancy are a strange period. Not only are you trying to process that a little being is nestled deep inside of you, but a lot of the time there are dozens of physical symptoms manifesting themselves in all different shapes and ways.

In those first fleeting weeks and in the months that followed I found great comfort in reading about others’ experiences – to know I wasn’t alone and that everything I was going through, others had gone through it too.

So in the spirit of the sisterhood, I thought I’d sit down and reflect on what the first three months of my pregnancy was like, in the hope that one day it might help someone else…

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