Sunday, September 25, 2011

There's something about Blue....Island Colours

I am having a love affair with blue right now. Turquoise, Lapis, Indigo, Azure or Navy... it all fits on my wish list. Could it be the sunny weather and the call of that heavenly blue sea? It's timeless, dreamy and just tells all the senses to escape.

Sharing a gorgeous touch of blue...

Now this is an island bedroom escape.. Who doesn't love those shutters? Love the use of texture with the stone table and touch of rattan against the comfy cushions & luxe linens on the four poster...bliss...

Love this room - this rug, the hanging egg chair...this lifestyle! Fresh, modern and oh so cool...

For those that prefer a little more movie star glamour with their beach house...

Even in the city - a touch of colour makes this room. Love the space & light in this room and yes - its all about that blue.

Just too cottage cute. Now who couldn't feel happy in a playful, colourful space like this? Cosy & eclectic and oh so blue. It's like a touch of blue sky against all that greenery. So creative and so alive...

So which room would you choose...and which blue?!

Images via , & my pinterest

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Secret Menu at Berardo's Restaurant on Hastings Street, Noosa

Always on a quest to find glamour on a budget -We had the most gorgeous meal at Berardo's on Hastings Street last week. The secret to enjoying this fabulous Hastings Street Icon for a steal is to mention you will be dining from the Locals Menu when booking. Then you can enjoy 3 stunning courses and a glass of wine for just $39!

I love an all white room and this restaurant is white on white chic with a white Baby Grand in the dining room. Think Hampton’s style timeless setting with a modern Noosa beachouse twist. Berardo's is a Noosa Icon, known as the place to enjoy a glamorous girls dinner or special occasion, it’s long been a favourite among locals and tourists and is the central hub of foodie heaven and entertainment during the Noosa Food and Wine Festival each year.

The Locals Menu at Berardo's is a set menu that is updated each week on the Berardo's website and advertised in the local paper. You don’t have to be a local but you must be in the know to ask.

All the food is sourced locally from the Noosa or Sunshine coast region. On the menu the night we dined was a delicate entrĂ©e of Venison Prosciutto with Apple & Mary Valley Cheese. The main course was a gorgeously moreish Duck Confit with Ginger Pears and Berardo's Semifreddo finished off nicely for dessert. You can also choose from a variety of side dishes for $10 – our choice was the Duck Fat Roasted Potato's & an Italian Salad, shared between three.

The Local's Menu is on any night except Saturday and is not available all year. Last week it was on nightly. This week it is only available 3 nights, (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday) so this menu is definitely a limited edition as the tourist season picks up! Depending when you are reading this post though - it will be back again. Check the Berardo's website under Menu's to see if it is available and the current tempting treats.

The owners of Berardo's - Jim Berardo & Greg O'Brien started the Noosa Food and Wine Festival and also have another of Noosa's gorgeous spots, Berardo's Bistro on the Beach . Beachfront views to die for in a more relaxed setting – still all white and just as chic… a seat in this window for lunch has to be done!

Berardo's Bistro on The Beach

You will find Berardo's Restaurant and Bar at the Upper Level,Ocean Breeze Resort, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
For Reservations call (07) 5447 5666. Open for Dinner 7 nights from 6p

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Monday, September 19, 2011

My Rocket has bolted...Didn't know that could happen..

My Rocket has bolted..that is what I was told when I was overseas. I was describing the new developments noticed on my last walk around the garden pre-airport / pre- trip.

This was interesting. I didn’t know Veges could Bolt. Kind of alarming too when you are 10 000 miles away. My sea of rocket was my proudest really worked! We were self sufficient in rocket, unlike that strawberry a day yield or hopeful baby tomatoes still growing...and now what - it had left??

Can you catch it? Why did it Bolt? A whole new set of questions formed in The University of the Garden. At first glance I thought it quite pretty that it was flowering, but then those flowers resembled triffids taking over my beloved plants...and my sage was right. It has bolted. I hack them off and they appear again taking all the love out of my beautiful leaves and taunting me that it is time to plant again...It's gone...

So how do I stop it from Bolting and what else can Bolt...I have just noticed a flower on the Basil...aaaah - this garden is out of control...

The solution?....Don't leave the country and Eat, Eat, Eat!

Looks like my rocket is going to be coming from the Farmers Market for a while...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back Home From Blighty

Hello Spring! So nice to see you here! Just back from England, the land of Sunny Spells...hearing a weather forecaster saying this on the UK News never gets old.

How about those Oven Bottom Muffins up North...oh I love saying that...and the timeless experience of a seaside summer airshow...Lots of heart-warming reunions and happy memories and the most fun and cutest travel partner - thank you Ruby Two Shoes who lapped up all the attention and has obviously inherited her parent’s spirit of adventure.

There were castles and cobblestones, garden parties and lovely dinners, celebrating and shopping and yes a rather alcoholic hens night (rule #1 - all drinks will come in tiny glasses and be thrown down in seconds) and for the finale a wedding with the most beautiful bride,

and the most stressful drive en route of my life - Damn you horrific horrible road..the M25!

Have you tried putting on a fascinator at the correct angle using only a rear vision mirror and then racing up the shoulder as you can NOT spend another minute NOT moving when you are 3 miles from the wedding exit and the Sat Nav is taunting you with your estimated arrival time? I am afraid I led a new anarchy in the UK when every daring driver followed me with a similar thought - why are we wasting our lives in this car not moving when there is a 'lane' of escape right there?

I had that fascinator on and nothing was stopping me...not that Dartford Crossing, Bank Holiday Traffic or gridlock on the M25...My fake eyelashes were applied with shaky hands in the car much to the amusement of truck drivers in the next lane..Hey we were going nowhere! That lovely hotel room mirror was way beyond this traffic jam and not on the schedule according to that hated Sat Nav arrival time estimate, which just counts up and in cases such as this should come with some kind of Epic tense music.

To my husband in bed trying to guide me through Google London Traffic in the middle of the night and calming my nerves - you were amazing and to the beautiful bride - you were a vision of loveliness after that claustrophobic 5 1/2 hours stuck in that car..That first glass of champagne tasted amazing and the fascinator remarkably was angled correctly.

I love that the Sun or in this case Sunny Spells always happen at just the right moments at weddings - in a kind of biblical blessing on the biggest day of someone’s life. The happiness glowing off the happy couple as the world has stopped and it’s just them and all that love them gathered around.

Wedding speeches are my favourite - we are all caught up in this love story, it’s all so lovely and funny and charming and tear inducing and just so beautiful inside a gorgeously romantic Tythe Barn which has stood here since the 1600's.

The wedding dance was another love story in itself and shouldn't every good wedding party end with the Bride and Groom being lifted skyward supported by all their friends crowd surfing in a Tythe Barn? What a party - there was even impromptu break dancing and a circle of love finale surrounding them as we all danced and hugged to the sounds of - was it Oasis?..Anyway it was perfect and so British and I was so lucky to be a part of this magical celebration - a long way away from my hill in Noosa...

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