Category Archives: Home activities

Blossom Time 2014

IMG_3176It’s beautiful blossom time in our garden in Little Hartley! And there are still the flowering cherries, peaches and a number of crabapples yet to pop open their fluffy pastel blossoms of delight and cheerfulness

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Ode to Autumn 2014


We are now in the midst of Autumn and it is rather beautiful. We enjoy four seasons where we live and Autumn is particularly good. As well as planting many native trees we have planted plenty of deciduous European trees and they are now glowing with rich colour. I invite you to view our Autumn photo gallery, whilst sipping a mellow red wine in front of a warm fire and reflecting on Autumnal themes  (oh, but don’t let your  pears baking in the oven over cook).

The verdant foliage of the trees
Will soon be scattered in the breeze,
Or huddled in some sheltered nook,
Or floated down the passing brook.

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The Vegetable Garden: Spring, Summer and Autumn 2013-2014

It has been a hot and dry season.  The water in the dam like my hopes for a bumper season, slowly evaporated. It was a promising start with some successful seed raising of colourful silverbeet, purple sprouting broccoli and heirloom tomatoes. I planted out the seedlings with great care however they never really got going. The tomatoes hung on and although the Autumn deluge has caused some major splitting, I have enjoyed tomatoes on toast.

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Dominoes Tutorial with Gonk and Hetty

We were recently taught to play fast, fun and stylish dominoes by George’s mother and father.

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There are plenty of ways to play and score a game of dominoes but the following instructions (provided by your friendly hosts Gonk and Hetty) are the way we were taught. Continue reading →

DIY Pop Up Retreat @ Home (the Stay Spa Experience)

What is a DIY Pop Up Retreat?

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Create some beauty

In the spirit of our Gaia Retreat and Spa holiday we recently implemented a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Pop Up Retreat at Home, otherwise known as the Stay (stay at home for the day) Spa experience.

As there are many themes one can choose for a retreat – such as de-stress, detoxify, get fit, contemplation – we opted for a relaxation retreat with a wellness focus that would neatly fit into a single day and where quality caffeine, alcohol and movies was entirely OK because we were setting the program after all.

The Set-Up

For a smooth retreat day, some planning and preparation is recommended. We planned our menu for the day and prepared as much as possible the day before. We did any necessary house chores the day before. We created some beautiful spots around the home. We developed a program/structure for the day to support relaxation and wellness.

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