Happy New Year!


Happy New Year to all of my lovely readers!

Hope you are all enjoying the silly season and are busy planning lots of trips to the Southern Highlands in 2013. If not, it’s not too late to start planning ;0)


Tulip Time hits Bowral


With Tulip Time well underway in Bowral, spring fever is in the air. The famous Tulip Time Parade is on today through the main street in Bowral at 3pm. Get along to see it – it really is special. It is when Southern Highlands community spirit is in full bloom as well!

In keeping with the the spring theme, my garden is also getting into the spirit, so I thought I’d share some of the colour with you.

Biota and Eshalot awarded hats in the 2013 Good Good Guide


My taste buds always get excited when The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide comes out. The 2013 list has just been released this week with Biota Dining (Bowral) receiving two hats and Eschalot (Berrima) receiving one hat. Biota also received an award for sustainability.

The Good Food Guide reviewers also dished on their favourite finds, with two mentions for the Southern Highlands.

Longest drive for great French food

To Berrima for Eschalot’s parisienne gnocchi made on choux pastry dough sauced with beurre noisette.

Most surprising (and best regional, for me)

”Lon” John Dory and steamed pandanus leaf with lime-flavoured tapioca jelly at Classical Thai Cravings, Mittagong.

Sadly, Classical Thai Cravings closed its doors suddenly a few months ago, with the owners returning to Thailand for family reasons. It was a regular favourite of mine.

The most magical time in the Southern Highlands is almost here – spring!


There is something magical about watching the Southern Highlands gear up for spring. Even though it is still a few weeks away, that is not stopping nature from making its mark already. Blossoms are already starting to blossom and tulips getting ready to burst open with full colour.

Southern Highlands in full autumn glory


Southern Highlands in full autumn glory

Centennial Vineyard’s amazing trees always make for a good photo opp!

Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Rockin’ Christmas at Mittagong RSL


One of the things that I love sharing with my kids in the Southern Highlands is the great kids shows that come to Mittagong RSL. It also means they can also enjoy the concerts with all their friends too!

It seems that each year now Play School and Dorothy the Dinosaur pay us a visit.

So time to get excited – Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Rockin’ Christmas Show is coming to Mittagong RSL on 13 December 2011.

Dorothy and friends will meet Santa Claus in this festive show with all our favourite Christmas songs.

But get your tickets now as they’re selling like Hot Potatoes! Tickets $20 each, available from Mittagong RSL’s reception. Contact: 02 4872 6700

The sails have finally breezed into Lake Alexandra in Mittagong


Finally the kids playground at Lake Alexandra in Mittagong can now be used in the middle of the day thanks to the recent addition of sails over the playground to keep it a little cooler and protect our precious kids from the sun.

The playground used to be deserted in the middle of the day as the equipment was too hot to use and is now thriving again!

Huge thanks to Wingecarribee Council – money well spent (this time!).