Monday, June 24, 2013

Instagram - how I love it!

Instagram. How I love it! When I first signed up, I really just wanted to be able to put filters on photos. I didn't know what else to expect. How could I have ever known the connections I would make through photos and short sentences alone. The inspiration I would get. The recipes I would discover. But mostly, the friends I would make. Real friends, that know just as much (sometimes more!) about me than my 'in real life' friends. Support, advice, ideas - all from just one little photo sharing app.
My first IG picture
I found my chinese herbalist and acupuncturist (Nat at The Pagoda Tree) through Instagram, and my husband and I both stand firm in our belief that her diet and lifestyle advice was ultimately what helped us conceive - I may have used the term 'Instagram got me pregnant' on more than one occasion!
We got ideas for green smoothie recipes
One of my most exciting pregnancy announcements was to my IG friends, and the excitement, joy, love and support I received from them meant the world.
My IG pregnancy announcement - that's Rawkus (now Otis!) at 13 weeks.
Our dog, Molly, has featured more times than I can count, our home, things I've cooked, places we've been, people I love, all shared with my Instagram friends. Who have become real friends. 2 in particular, one in Tasmania and one in the UK. We were already following each other when we all discovered we were pregnant. Our babies were born within weeks of each other. They are my 'other' mothers group, the ones I could 'chat' with during the early morning feeds, who offer me ideas and suggestions when I am struggling with something, and share my excitement when milestones pass.

I've signed my Mum up - she only follows me, but it means she gets regular updates on my life. She even shows the pics to my 95 year old grandmother. Can you imagine what Instagram must be like to someone who has lived the last 95 years? She is fascinated by the comments, wanting to know who the people are, where they live, and how I 'know' them.

In short, it's changed my life. For the better. Do you use Instagram? Find me under the username makinglimecello

Friday, June 21, 2013


It happens that way, life, doesn't it? And mostly, the way it happens is just lovely. I have post, sitting here in my drafts folder, written on New Years Eve, 2011. About the year past, the people we lost, and the people we welcomed into our life. And about our journey.

So we look to 2012. Perhaps their will be less extremes this year. Perhaps their will be more. We have already scheduled 3 weddings and there are 4 new babies expected. We already know we have a journey ahead, down a well worn path, unfamiliar to us, but known to many others. We fear our first steps, the acceptance that this is our path, the road to the conception of our own child. Fertility is assumed. Considered your birthright as a woman. Until one day, you realise it may not be.

I think in the end, 2012 held more extremes. But different ones. Sadness, yes, that was there, especially at the start. Remembering those lost, and those not yet found. Then happiness, like I had never known, at the birth of my most beautiful niece, Harrie. She was, and still is, an absolute delight, and I treasure the time I spend with her. Then hope, in the form of specialists, appointments made with both medical and natural specialists in the field of fertility. Then sickness, so sick, for so long, and worry and fear and joy and delight and excitement, and most of all... Love. Because this is what New Years Eve 2012 looked like.

Our beautiful son was just 3 days old on New Years Eve 2012. Conceived naturally (though we had been following lots of advice from this website, and in fact had our first appointment with them the day before we found out we were pregnant. I continued with acupuncture throughout my pregnancy, and I highly recommend both Nat and Lucy at The Pagoda Tree.)

Otis will be 6 months next week, and all the cliches really are right, time flies when you're having fun.

I hope that blogging might become part of my life now, but promises!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I couldn't bear to look at that old pic of the front of our house anymore! Admittedly, not much painting has happened on the outside since then, but the inside is looking a little different. Here's a quick pic from the couch!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Getting there!

Sorry, I didn't update earlier! Here's how it looked after one coat, just on the front. We have done a second coat now, but due to Melbourne's heatwave early last week, we have one section that bubbled, and has had to be scraped back to raw timber and patched...... Boooooo. Hopefully the third and final coat on the front will be done this weekend!

Friday, December 30, 2011


For the first coat. Here we go!

Monday, December 19, 2011

New York, New York

...and Disneyland!

I always knew we were going to travel overseas for my 30th birthday, but we hadn't decided where. A nasty fall and a fractured coccyx (snowboarding) meant a snow trip to Japan was out of the question, and right on time, flights to New York went on sale!

We had a 3 day stopover in LA, and spent our time in Santa Monica, which was lovely! If you are heading that way, I highly recommend the Holiday Inn Santa Monica - fabulously located (halfway between Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade -where all the good shops are) and quite economical too. We only decided to go to Disneyland at the last minute, but I felt like it was something I had to do...growing up, Disneyland was one of places you dreamed of, but never really thought you would see. So we went, and it was so much fun.

We then spent 10 days in New York. Sounds like a long time? It' a big city, and we only saw a very small part of it, despite spending every single day and night out in it having every possible experience. Heres a little checklist for you!

  • Times Square

  • Bike ride in Central Park

  • Pretzel from a Street Vendor

  • Ice Hockey (New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs)

  • Broadway Show (Spiderman!)

  • Empire State Building

  • Huge pizza slices

  • The subway (one of my favorite things)

  • Brooklyn

  • Wall St

  • A purchase at Tiffany & Co

  • Pastrami on rye from Katz Deli

  • Halloween

  • Statten Island Ferry

  • Anthropologie

  • Brooklyn Bridge

  • Boat tour around the island of Manhattan

  • FAO Schwartz

  • The Flatiron building

  • Kate Spade

  • Hangin on the corner of 52nd and Broadway (its a line from a song, and what started this whole crazy plan)

  • Starbucks

  • Shopping

  • Zeppoles

  • Soho (we spent 5 nights in Soho, and I could have stayed forever)

  • The High Line

  • Chelsea Markets

  • Hells Kitchen

  • The Natural History Museum

  • Dog run

  • Mexican food

  • A cupcake from Magnolia Bakery

  • Guggenheim

  • The Marimekko store

And many many moments, fleeting, but precious and never to be forgotten. In fact, there is a whole lot more, but I'm not sure reading a list for hours would fascinate you!

Tell you what - leave a comment on any one of the above (or anything else you can think of, New York related!) and I'll see if I have a picture of it to share!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Another hint?

Does this pic help?