thelifeofclare Feeling very grown up crashing my mums book club. Have you read Us? Are you part of a book club? 2d

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thelifeofclare Bec from @thinkbig_livesimply is sharing our gardening journey on her blog today. 'It was never our intention to live a simpler life. It seems we fell into it, like Alice down the Rabbit Hole. And we haven’t looked back since.' Head over to her profile to read more. 2d

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thelifeofclare We just visited the most incredible country bakery. Huge selection of pies and the best variety of vintage bakery cakes that I've seen in a long time. This doughnut was AH-MAZIMG. So full of custard and generous dusting of icing sugar. 3d

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thelifeofclare Yesterday J went mountain biking along this exact trail and found two pine mushrooms . We ate them for breakfast along with scrambled eggs and sourdough from home.
We decided to go out for a walk this morning to collect some mushies to take home. We didn't find any. But isn't that always the way.
When you're looking you never find it, but when you're not looking, somehow, it finds you.
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thelifeofclare Snow day. 4d

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thelifeofclare Out for breakfast with these two for J's birthday. Talking bucket lists and inventing. 4d

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thelifeofclare Just gave J his birthday present a day early. A vintage meat slicer to slice our prosciutto. 5d

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thelifeofclare An afternoon at @brightbrewery. Delicious food, fantastic beers and beautiful wine. 5d

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thelifeofclare 'There is more to life than chocolate, but not right now' - Anonymous -
I've just had the most educational visit to @bright_chocolate. Did you know there are only about 6 companies in Australia who import the cacao beans and make their own chocolate? Also the beans from inside the cacao pods are fermented before being crushed into cacao nibs. And that a cacao pod takes about 6 months to grow. AND that these guys make possibly the best hot chocolate I've ever had. -
Definitely worth a visit for a full sensory experience.
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thelifeofclare How lovely is it that our host delivered us sushi They own the local sushi place. We asked the staff at @brightbrewery what their favourite local take away was and they said Rok Salt. So that was dinner, hand cut chips with 6 calamari rings and tempura fish (apparently a serve for one), accompanied with a local wine. 6d

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thelifeofclare Tasting the 'Fainters' beer at Bright Brewery. Apparently it has rich malt, raisin and spicy clove flavours and is a big beer. I just think it's hearty and yummy. 6d

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thelifeofclare Milawa Cheese Company is part amazing food, part old skool dodgy bakery. You get your own plates and cutlery, order at the counter and recite your table number. BUT you know the food, and particularly the cheese the meets you on the other side will be fabulous. 6d
  •   salfp Brown bros epicurean are too. Little outdoor playground attached to dining room. 6d
  •   thelifeofclare Thank you! I'll suss it out. Where staying in Bright for 3 nights, with visits to Mount Beauty and Mount Hotham the weekends pretty busy. @salfp 6d
  •   salfp Can't remember the bar but there used to be an amazing ice cream place in Harrietville. 6d
  •   salfp Morries Ice Cream and cafe 6d
  •   thelifeofclare We might check out @sammirandawines on the way home. And I love @brownbrothers. We'll be heading up to Hotham but it's not great ice cream weather, might wait for a summer visit @salfp 6d
  •   jess_bee18 Yum! Have an awesome weekend. We were in Bright for a week at the start of July! xx 6d
  •   thelifeofclare Oh @jess_bee18 so close but so far! The @airbnb we've booked is perfect! 6d
  •   huntergathererapp Cool 6d

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thelifeofclare I have a confession to make, I have been cheating on food with furniture. Interior design is my current passion. Slowly but surely small pockets of our home are feeling like they belong to us. Sounds silly I know, it's our house, we built it. This weekend it'll be 6 months since we moved in. 12 months ago we hadn't even started building. It's been a whirlwind, and we hadn't really taken any time to make it feel like 'ours'. We've bought a range of items. Lots of big ticket pieces that we ️. A new couch, sideboard and rug, a dining table made from an old boat. We've been refurbishing opshop chairs, sanding back and painting, so we'll have 6 mismatched black chairs. I've been using Pinterest A LOT! Gallery walls, big canvases, indoor plants and macramé! 1w

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thelifeofclare Posted my sweet lemon scroll recipe this morning. I'd love to know if you give them a go. If you do you could use #cookingwithClare, and then I can see and maybe even share your pic. These scrolls are a delicious morning tea snack and you've probably even got most of the ingredients in your kitchen right now. 1w
  •   thelifeofclare Can wait to see how they go @jess_bee18 1w
  •   picturesbymom Awesome! 1w
  •   sabinewstbrk Yum! Going to give these a try! Just so you know your website above is misspelled @thelifeofclare :) 1w
  •   thelifeofclare Thank you @sabinewstbrk! It's fixed now. 1w
  •   busylittlefoodie I just went onto your website since I relalized I was keeping up to date via instagram. It looks amazing! I love love love the new layout. Well done awesome lady! X 7d
  •   thelifeofclare Thanks @busylittlefoodie. I've been working on it a lot. Heaps of behind the scenes stuff too. How are you? 7d
  •   busylittlefoodie You can tell that so much work has gone into it. Well done! I'm busy busy and finally getting back to permaculture. I have an email in the works to send you for a proper catch up of info. I just need to make some time over the weekend x 7d
  •   thelifeofclare I'm looking forward to that @busylittlefoodie. I saw your permaculture bits, I've been keen to learn about it for ages. 7d

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thelifeofclare I've finally got some photos printed. You know, one from our wedding (the only photo we've printed from our wedding). A photo I took in Hawaii (we went 3 years ago) and a photo of Everest that J took. I'm building a gallery wall for a space in a home. The other bits have been collected over years and travels. 1w

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thelifeofclare Just took some time to potter in the garden and found these! I can't believe they've gotten this big without me noticing but they're there, they're really there. 5 tiny broccoli heads growing strong! Too exciting! 1w

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thelifeofclare Just as I say the chooks are on strike they go and prove me wrong. We've been getting white eggs all through winter but this is the first brown egg I've seen in 5 months. 🐓 1w
  •   missbrianna31 Love that moment! We have about 15 layers and have had 6/7/8 eggs the last few days after 2/1/0 for many months. 1w
  •   thelifeofclare Oh no @salfp! Is he done at the farm now? 1w
  •   thelifeofclare So fantastic isn't it @missbrianna31. I'm still being weary with their use, worrying when I'll get the next one. 1w
  •   salfp No thankfully, but the owners have been away so he's been running the show. As such they were happy for us to have the eggs and they've been awesome. I'll have to drop lots of 'subtle' hints on Saturday. 1w
  •   thelifeofclare I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that they'll send some your way @salfp 1w
  •   salfp Me too, let u know how we go:-) 1w
  •   loz_quinn15 Hey @thelifeofclare we have been really lucky this winter. The ladies have reduced their laying but haven't stopped completely. The eggs are always brown too. Do you think it is because they are younger? Xx 1w
  •   thelifeofclare We have brown chooks and white chooks, they lay eggs that are colored similar to them. Our brown layers are much older and so took winter off. Our white chooks had only just come onto the lay before winter, so they kept going through the cold @loz_quinn15. I can't wait to visit your farm next weekend. 1w

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thelifeofclare There's ice on the ground and the honey is solid. Our sourdough is taking days to rise, so there's no bread and the chickens are taking a leave of absence. So, for Elliot and I there's pancakes for breakfast.
This weekend was one that I'd rather forget. Since we got home from Bali Elliot had been waking every 45 mins or so and on Friday I'd had enough. I decided to sleep at my parents. I still had an awful nights sleep (you know, sleeping somewhere different can be weird) and then Saturday I just exploded and cried most of the day. I took it out on J, because of course it's his fault that I'm not sleeping and he can sleep through Elliot waking (not fair, I know). Elliot must have taken it all in, kids do that, and slept through Saturday and Sunday night for me. I'm on the mend. It's amazing what a good nights sleep can do for you.
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  •   triciaeco I'm glad you are catching up on sleep. Being sleep deprived is torture. x 1w
  •   thelifeofclare Isn't it just @triciaeco. It really effects your whole world. 1w
  •   kath_murphy Sleep deprivation should not be underestimated. xxx 1w
  •   melissaloh80 I'm so sorry you had such a hard time and the weather hasn't been helping, but don't worry - the warmer weather is coming and Elliot is allowing you some sleep. Things will get better and you're doing a good job. 1w
  •   ascernia Your story gives me the shivers. Having been there before. Poor you. Glad you're on the up and up. 1w
  •   thelifeofclare It's such a killer @kath_murphy 1w
  •   thelifeofclare Thanks @melissaloh80. Being contained hasn't helped at all! 1w
  •   thelifeofclare Thanks @ascernia. As much as it sucks, it's nice to know that others are there with me. 1w

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thelifeofclare A frosty start to the day. 2w

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