Thursday, March 31, 2011

Found Some More Land.....

Beautiful but not big enough! Ho Hum!!

Stunning land near Jindabyne with clear views up the Thredbo Valley and over Lake Jindabyne!!

And again - I need a million dollars to buy it!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My other secret crush

Is Kirsty Allsop - yes - a lady!!

Any of you that are familiar with Location, Location, Location; Relocation, Relocation; Location Revisited; The Property Chain; and Kirstie's Homemade Home will know who I am talking about and would also be familiar with her offsider Phil Spencer.

But most of all I am in love with her Devon property Meadowgate and wished that I lived in the UK just so I could spend a weekend there.

Its just stunning - all handmade and created by Kirstie and if you were lucky enough to see the two TV specials she made on the renovation of Meadowgate - you would know why I am in love with her....what about that fabulous kitchen!!

Gotta Love A Clearance Sale!!

Many of you will be aware of my addiction to clearance sales - in the country they are always filled with lots of goodies, a chance to catch up with family and friends and you get to take home the most quirky peices.

I would like to introduce you to Elizabeth - a bowls bag - whose owner - Mrs Elizabeth Eccelston passed away late last year and I have now become the very proud owner of her bowls bag (pls excuse the dirty state she is in).

I love it - Husband hates it!! Anyway - she is in pride of place on my fav chair - another clearance sale find!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Addicted To.....


Most of my clothes incorporate stripes - in traditional navy blue and white!!

In fact - my fav local store - Birdsnest -  is so aware of my stripe addiction that they stear me away from stripes in a hope that I might by something different - their good intentions never work!!

So last night I sat and looked around the post office residence and YES - I have been inspired to add some stripes - these following pictures have inspired my idea even further!

Photos from Decorpad, Country Living, Apartment Therapy

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Today I Wish I Was......

In any of these beautiful country bedrooms.

Not a 100% today and would love to be lying in one of these beds!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wedding in a Valley

Over the weekend my family was invited to the wedding of my cousin Chrissy to John in the beautiful Bega Valley.

And boy is it green at the moment, the Valley that is - I don't think there is a more beautiful sight in Australia than seeing the Valley so resplendent with hues of green!

The wedding was held at the property of Chrissy's dad, my Uncle Pete and it was a stunning setting.

The stunning homestead! I was very inspired!!
Milk urn filled with native flowers and dahlias! Very pretty
Here comes the Bride!
The beautiful wedding party!

Old pailing fence - native flowers - tea lights - Beautiful!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Found Some Land......

But it may as well be for sale for $1million - we just can't afford to purchase right now!

My White Homestead is a five year plan - Five Years to Save for the Land - Five Years to Plant Trees and Plan Gardens - Five Years to have the Homestead Built!!

Oh....but a girl can dream - it is just outside our little village and has direct views of the snow capped mountains!!

You simply can't live in the Snowy Mountains without seeing the snowy splendour!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Keep Calm, Carry On and Enjoy these Alternatives!

I love this motto -  and I think it goes without saying that most women in the world adore it.

FACT - Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public under the threat of impending invasion. It was little known and never used.

So today I have found some alternatives that have given me a little giggle!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tram Scrolls

Before we left Melbourne, Husband and I spotted a tram scroll tea towel that listed all of the suburbs that we had lived in - it now finds it's place framed in the post office residence.

I have a slight addiction to tram scrolls and have found a couple of sites in the last couple of days - and one where you can custom make your own.

Bluehorizonprinting along with sister site Tramscrolls are loaded with wonderful scrolls and you can even get them to make your own.....I can see one for the Snowy Mountains being created today!!

Photos courtesy of

Friday, March 11, 2011

Woweeeee - What a Week

Well as they say - Thank God It's Friday!!

It's been a huge one in the post office this week and I am thrilled that it is now the weekend.

So from me to you and yours - have yourself a super relaxing weekend and if you are driving this weekend, please be safe on the roads.

Annie xoxoxo

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I'd Like To Introduce to You.....

My Three Fur Children!

I'm acutally surprised that I have not done this earlier.

So from the top we have Matilda, then Charlie and our latest addition Bowie.

Matilda and Charlie are twins and come from Tatura in Victoria, they will be 5 in October and Bowie came to live with us when we bought the post office last year and in a few weeks he will turn 8.

They are Jack Russell's and as such are little barrels of energy and fun and not to mention the most loving little pooches you could hope to have.

All three are much loved additions not only to our family but to the whole community with them all playing a part in post office operations each day!!

Winners from Dalgety Show

My Aunt and Uncle are brilliant at growing roses and dahlias.

In short - THEY ARE CHAMPIONS at what they do.

2011 Dalgety Show Champion Roses
2011 Dalgety Show Champion Dahlia

2010 Dahlias & Roses - all entered by Uncle John and Aunty Nett & look at all those placings!!

They take their roses and dahlias all over southern NSW and to Canberra and Sydney Shows where they always come home with Champion Ribbons.

Uncle John is also famous for his chooks and they also take out many awards around the traps!!

They hail from Bredbo which is on the way from Cooma to Canberra which is also home to the famous crepe shop....Mmmmmm crepes

So Well Done you two again for another successful show campaign!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

For Me.....Really???

Yesterday I attended the Snowy River Shire Council's International Women's Day morning tea.

I met some fabulous ladies including Senator Ursula Stevens who really has set my head racing with ideas to celebrate and embracing what we girls do!!

During the morning tea though I was singled out for the work that I am currently doing by establishing a Business Women's Dinner in my little town.

I thought know one knew who I was!

The ladies from Westpac found my dinner idea as fabulous and it's formation presents a wonderful opportunity for business women in my town to be able to network and have fun whilst acknowledging how fabulous we are as business women.

I was presented with a book called "The Power of 100" which was released yesterday by Westpac and celebrates 100 amazing Australian Women who have made a contribution to the way we are today.

"It's time to ignite the passion for future generations of women and girls to achieve their ambitions,
both personal and professional." 
Gail Kelly, CEO.

So I had a wonderful day yesterday and I urge you all to go out to your nearest Westpac branch and grab your own copy of the book - its truly inspiring!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Show - How Did I Go??

Well  - not very successful I'm afraid.

For some reason my Banana Cake and Carrot Cake (both previous winners) didn't cook through.

Not sure what happened as the Date Loaf and Chocolate Cake were fine!! I have my suspicions that mum came in and turned off the oven but that's a whole other story!!!

BUT - in good news - My GREEN TOMATOES WON!!! Who would have thought!

So here is a pics of my tommies - very proud of them - and for the record ALL of the cakes have been devoured by customers in the post office!!

I'll be back next year Dalgety!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Its Show Time!!

The ingrediants have been bought.

I've lodged my entry form.

The eggs have been stockpiled.


Dalgety Show to be exact and I am so excited.

I entered about 10 cakes last year and had some success, but this year I have cut back on the entries so I don't have a repeat of the 2010 cooking nervous breakdown!!

So 2011 will see me try to defend my Date Loaf title and try to improve on my second placings for Banana Cake and Chocolate Cake and I have two new entries - Carrot Cake and in the produce section - Green Tomatoes!!

So all in all my Saturday will be filled with eggs, sugar and flour and Sunday will be filled with the anticipation of seeing my efforts on display and maybe with a ribbon.....or two!

Still makes me giggle - look how flat she was!!! I'll be doubling the mixture this year!

The cake didn't make it back home - was eaten by family and friends at the Dalgety Pub that night!