Saturday, October 30, 2010

How Great are Those Frocktober Girls!

Very classy indeed.

Go here to view all the pictures and check out the shoes.

They are well on their way to raising over $20,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research

Go girls

Who Inspires You?

Every so often I come across someone who really inspires me.  This could be through work, socially, someone from my past or someone I find out about through reading about or listening to.

I have been very lucky throughout every part of my life that there has been someone there behind me, pushing me, challenging me, making me laugh and giving me something to aspire to.  These people come to me in many different ways and most are ordinary, every day people just living their lives. 

I always come away from these moments feeling lighter, calmer, happier and like a little bit of sparkle has been dropped into my being.

Who or what inspires you?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Some Style is Legendary

Frocks Off

Frocktober Canberra needs your help – please share this with all your networks.October is nearly over and time is running out for us to make a difference in the lives of women in Australia who are suffering from Ovarian Cancer.This has been an amazing month and Canberra has been so creative and so generous.Before it’s Frocks Off time – join in the celebration at the Frocktober Finale party this Sunday.

Tickets $65 by emailing


My brand new KitchenAid mixer

Generously bought for me by my beautiful sister.

Now what to make, what to make?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Berridale Does Afternoon Tea for Womens Cancers

When:   30 October 2010
             2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where:  CWA Hall & Gardens
             7 Myack Street, Berridale, NSW

Contact: Ann Simpson
Tel: 0264563240

Cost:  Tickets are $30 and includes all food, tea, coffee and a glass of bubbly on arrival. (Fundraiser)

Audience:  Over 18

As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts to assist women on the Monaro battling cancer, Berridale is holding a traditional and stylish Afternoon Tea on behalf of the Cancer Council and in particular their very successful Girls Nite In fundraising arm.

The day will be held at the Berridale CWA Hall and gardens on 30 October 2010 commencing at 2pm and finishing at 5pm.

Throughout the day we will serve all of the traditional delicacies of afternoon tea as well as hold




planting commemorative Jane McGrath rose bushes in the CWA garden in tribute to the brave ladies on the Monaro and in particular Berridale who have battled or passed away from cancer.

Tickets are $30 and includes all food, tea, coffee and a glass of bubbly on arrival.

Tickets can be purcahsed NOW from Berridale Post Office, Berridale Trading Co, Trading In Design, Snowy River Real Estate and Snowy River Winery

Calling all who care about finding a cure for Breast Cancer

Register4 is Australia's first online community for volunteer breast cancer research participants.  Its helps researchers spend less time and money recruiting volunteers, so they can spend more time finding better preventative measures and a cure.

They are looking for all kinds of individuals (you don't have to be affected by breast cancer) from all different walks of life.  Once you sign up if you are suitable for a research project they will get in touch with you.  Easy.

Read more here about why they need you.  There are many different ways to be involved.

Supporters and ambassadors include Sarah Murdoch and Kate Palmer CEO of Netball Australia

To sign up now click here

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Loving Sex and The Country in Hay, NSW

Not so very long ago the very talented and gorgeous Sharni from Sharnanigans had an idea to put together a 'Sex and the Country' photoshoot in Hay, NSW, or the One Horse Town as Sharni refers to it.  The photoshoot would celebrate meeting online friends and to show you can have an amazing time no matter where you live.  Using professional photographers and stylists Sharni was able to realise her dream.

Click here to follow the story...

Hello, does this look familiar?  Walking down the main street of Hay as opposed to Manhatten

And this?
Hailing a ute instead of a cab


Love it!

I love that it shows stylish, confident and talented rural women and the best thing - the women are real women.
Sharni shows us that Dream it + Do it – the only obstacles are the ones you create!

Something tells me Sharni that you might just be onto something here and I wonder what you can come up with for next year?

Look here to view the fabulous women on their photoshoot

Sharni is also taking the Couch to 5k running program in an effort to raise money for The Afgans Womens Writing Project which is an issue close to her heart.   The AWWP helps women in Afghanistan have a voice, to be heard , to make sense of their world through the powerful tool of writing.

Pledge your support for Sharni now.

I have, have you?

What an inspirational and fabulous rural women.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

What's New at Birdsnest

Check out what's new at Birdsnest for Spring

Happy shopping

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Country Street Style - Pambula

Best friends lean on each other

Mia and Vivienne

Open Gardens

The lovely Annette from Under the Loupe has sent me details of some beautiful gardens which are open this weekend in her area of the world this weekend.  Enjoy. These  gardens are listed in the Australian Open Garden Scheme.

Saturday and Sunday 23-24 October 2010 10am - 4.30pm
Australia's Open Garden Scheme - Mullamuddy Park and Riverlea (near Mudgee)

Mullamuddy Park
Guided walk with Micael Bligh at 2pm each day
Parkland setting for contemporary house with flowing borders of hardy cottage favourites
Grassed terrace, raised vegetable and herb gardens.
Entry: $6
Funds raised for Kananda, Mudgee

Mullamuddy Park
Beautiful garden designed by Michael Bligh

I have been to a workshop conducted by Michael Bligh and it was the best garden experience I have had.  It is well worth a visit to any garden that he has designed.

Directions: From Mudgee travel south on Castlereagh Hwy for 9.5km and turn right into Horse Flat Lane. Go further 1.5km. Access suitable for small buses.

Mediterranean style garden designed to provide spaces for relaxation and home grown produce on 3acres.
Collection of drought hardy salvias, rugosa roses, olives, grasses and clumping bamboos
Garden and jewellery stalls. Tea and lunches available.
Entry : $6
Funds raised for Mudgee Branch of CanAssist

Cleverly designed Mediterranean-style garden

Directions: From Mudgee travel south on Castlereagh Hwy for 17km to Riverlea Road on left. Garden is second house on the left, approximately 600m from highway.

Visiting beautiful gardens is a lovely way to spend the weekend if you get the chance.  Visit the Australian Open Garden Scheme website to find out what gardens are open in your area - or make a weekend of it and pack your bags for a drive.

Take the Bull by the Horns

NSW Students are being asked to take the bull by the horns and turn their
rural tales into cash cows.
What is it and how it works

The Cream of the Crop Competition provides an innovative and fun tool for students to document and share with others their studies and story. The competition is open to students in NSW secondary and tertiary education institutions involved in agriculture, primary industries and natural resource management studies.

Check out last years Cream of the Crop finalists here

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Who Doesn't Love a Good Frock


Just six weeks ago a local Canberra girl heard about this great cause and saw an opportunity to bring the awareness-raising celebration to the Nation’s Capital. With a small committee of eight volunteers, the Frocktober Canberra team have fresh and innovative ideas to boost knowledge and awareness of this cause throughout the Canberra community. Frocktober is all about: Increasing the public’s awareness of ovarian cancer, promoting women’s health and wellbeing andd celebrating the great diversity of shapes, sizes and colours women come in. Liebe Bluhm vintage is launching a gorgeous collection of vintage frocks, perfect for the dress-up season ahead. Enjoy a fashion parade, good music and have fun with friends. $10 at the door with all proceeds going to Frocktober, helping to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Best dressed frock and lucky door prizes. So come, frock up and support this great cause! For inquiries contact Megan 0401 482 789 or liebebluhm@livecom. Begins at 7.00pm – 9.00pm (parade starts at 7.30pm).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Passion for the Bush

There is nothing more Australian than the bush.

Fiona Lake has created a wonderful website which includes an online gallerystore  and blog.

Fiona grew up in NSW and now lives in Townsville, QLD with her husband and sons.  She combines her love of visual arts with her passion for the bush.

 "To me the outback is a place where you can't see from one fence to another".

A visit to her website is the next best thing to a visit to the bush.  Her photography takes you right there in the moment and brings back many memories for me.

Our Very Best

This scene comes from the movie Facing the Giants.  Watch until the end and then remember it for times when you need encouragement. 

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.”

It's ok, somedays we all need encouragement and inspiration to do our very best!