Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Friday, February 15, 2013

See...I AM beautiful

Both myself and DS18 recently made a trip to Queensland to spend time with my sister, nieces and their children. Marie is my youngest niece from my sister and she opened her home with all the love that could be expected. It was a true joy to spend time with my grand nieces and nephews...to watch them grow...err to have them help me cook....

Hmmm topsy turvey scones DO taste just as good as straight scones...lol        
Oh, when making scrambled eggs for 9...a little egg shell never hurt anyone...did it? lol

While it was nerve racking to have the helping hands of 2 boys aged 8 and 6 and two girls aged 5 and 3....I loved every minute of it. My only wish would be that I had a few photos, but I was up to my arms in little hands, flour and egg shells. I'm sure they will remember the days they helped Aunty Narelle in the kitchen, I know I will.

Back to the photographer....Yep! The best photographer I know......

Marie runs her own business called Kayana Photography. She has her own studio at home and loves to capture memories of children of all ages, especially in the belly, and newborns....You can also check out Kayana Photography by clicking on her facebook page......

From the webpage of Kayana Photography....

Kayana Photography is situated in Rochedale South, only 20 minutes south of Brisbane and just minutes off the highway. Open by appointment only, I am a purpose built home studio so I am able to accommodate for times and days that are suitable for you. Night appointments are available for maternity sessions only.
Make a booking for your photography session: GET IN TOUCH
When my son DS18 went to visit Marie with my mother I posted some lovely photos of mum that Marie captured...little did I know that mum would pass away just a few short months after those photos were taken.

Note: Some photos were  removed from this blog post  for legal reasons out of my hands.

I cherish this photo.....thanks matey!

Did I mention that Kayana Photography also does Boudoir Photography? 

....here's me

See...I AM beautiful

(Many thanks to my dear niece Marie)


  1. Lovely photos, and yes you are beautiful, inside and out!

  2. Gorgeous!!!!! You've always been beautiful dear friend :)

  3. Absolutely beautiful! What a treat.

  4. how stunning, like the others have said we know that your beauty is both inside and out

  5. Oh what a beautiful photo session and pictures. These are just wonderful. Thank you for sharing these with us, you are absolutely beautiful Narelle :)

  6. oh WOW Narelle.. a hottie ( can I say that?)
    Stunning photos.

  7. Hello gorgeous, if I could I'd let out a Big loud wolf whistle!


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