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Do You Need A 4WD To Drive Around Australia

In the past few weeks I’ve had several people email or Facebook message me asking if it’s really necessary to have a 4WD to drive around Australia . . .

A few decades ago the answer would have been almost certainly YES . . .

But these days it isn’t as critical as it once was.

National Highway One runs right around the country and it is sealed all the way so you can definitely drive around Australia and never get your tyres dirty.

There are plenty of backpackers in Hiace vans and old Falcons & Commodores and other travellers in motorhomes who are getting out and seeing Australia without a 4WD.

But . . . in my opinion, they are missing some of the best this country has to offer.

There are just so many great places to go that DO need a 4WD that you will want to explore once you get out there.

And given that doing ‘The Big Lap’ for most people is once in a lifetime experience, why wouldn’t you want to be able to do and see everything when you have the Read the rest of this entry


DIY Cute as a Button Earrings! Easy to Make!

These earrings are absolutely EASY to make! If you have jewelry glue, flat earring posts, and buttons you can make them right away! So easy, so cute!

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Gardens – A New Season


Yesterday I made my first visit of the year to Stockton Bury Gardens near Leominster in Herefordshire.  Stockton Bury is one of my favourite gardens.  I know there are some who are sniffy about its design and say its “ones of those plantsmen’s gardens” etc etc but I love it.  I feel relaxed and comfortable here.  When I have one of those days when I need to do something, go somewhere and I can’t settle this is where I go.  The 45 minute drive is across the beautiful Herefordshire countryside and helps me leave all my troubles behind and its like visiting an old friend.  I always learn something or discover a new plant and always come home with a plant or two which I have never grown before.  I always come away feeling recharged and enthused. Read the rest of this entry

Spring Seed Planting

Celebrating Spring in the garden by starting seeds with my little helper. Each year after attending the Chicago Flower and Garden show I return home anxious as ever to start seeds. This is the year to start cold hardy vegetables. The soil is thawed thanks to The covers over the 4 x 4 raised beds.  The covers will come in handy to protect the seed from any frost that may come in early spring.


Before we started planting we examined the hardiness map.  It was so darn cute to hear her Little voice say hardiness.  She was curious to what the orange color was on the map.  It’s kind a neat how a three-year-old thinks! Read the rest of this entry

The Health Benefits of Gardening

Digging The Vegetable Garden


The health benefits of gardening are as abundant as the garden’s yield. Gardening brings families and communities together, offers a good workout, and provides you with seasonal vegetables and fruits. A beautiful garden isn’t just something to be admired in glossy magazines. There are solid reasons to start a garden, including the health benefits of gardening — from physical activity (calorie burn!) to the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor. And there are emotional benefits, such as connecting with your kids when you garden as a family and the joy of watching a seed grow into a plant from your efforts. Here are some additional benefits to gardening: Read the rest of this entry

Freesia Planting Guide


A Bit Of Horticultural Geometry

Freesia flowers are “zygomorphic” which just means that they grow along one side of the stem, in a single plane. When you look at a flower stalk however, you’ll see that the blooms are facing upwards. How does this work? Freesias stems have the unusual habit of turning at right angles just below the bottom flower. This causes the upper portion of the stem to grow almost parallel with the ground. The flowers bloom along the top side of the stalk, facing upwards. This makes them lovely to look down into in a garden setting and ideal for arrangements. If you didn’t care much for geometry in high school, here’s a painless, fragrant and colorful way to give it another try. Way more fun than Mrs. Ryan’s class, trust us! Read the rest of this entry