harley, my cavoodle

this guy is the love of our lives


he’s 5 1/2 years old


he loves sticks, licks and tricks


he’s a little crazy and a lot adventurous

//all photos my own//

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this is my hound Harley. he’s a rambunctious cavoodle/cavapoo, although you wouldn’t tell from this photo. those well-chewed green creatures are his squeaky fleas, originally named “flea”. happy Sunday!!!



amazing grace

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Today I am thankful for
– good friends –
– The Grounds coffee –
– jam filled donuts –
– sharing Gracie’s birthday –
– Matthew Graham music –

– Harley’s licks –
– winter sunshine –
– afternoon naps –
– shellac manicure –
– last sleep without the hubby –

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today was my BFF Grace’s birthday! she drove down from Newcastle last night so we could wake up together today and celebrate! I took her to one of my fave Sydney cafes The Grounds for breakfast.

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mmmmm, breakfast board; in-house baked sourdough, poached eggs, ham, fresh tomato & basil, avocado and pesto & feta. plus coffee and the yummiest juice of apple, pear & mint.

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the lemonade & strawberry stand outside the cafe in their ‘grounds’

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beautiful blooms & tasty pastry treats

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happy Harley after a long game of fetch in the park

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dusk over the city

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snuggling up to my buddy; Melly & Harley

whats black and furry and full of energy?

Harley of course!

I must admit he’s a little spoilt. To break up his loneliness when we’re doing long hours at work, his dog walker collects him for long dirty rumbles with his dog buddies in the park! They tweet their pictures during the day so I can see what my little monster gets up too. Here’s a few pics courtesy of @Happy_Pets_

Harley is the one in black.

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And then here’s a few pictures I took where he doesn’t look like a filthy mongrel!!!

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Don’t you have a killer case of puppy love?!!!

Harley photo bomb!

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Twice a week, while we’re at work, our little Harley monster gets picked up by his dog walkers Happy Pets and roams the parks in Sydney
with his pack of furry pals!

They tweet his adventures so overzealous loving owners (like us) can see what he’s been up to (and why he smells so bad when we get home)!!!

Above is the pic from Tuesday this week; Harley photo-bombing his buddy Bugsy in Centennial Park. Pure gold Harley, pure gold!

weekend = bliss

what a wonderful weekend.

blue skies
sun shining
Harley in the park
friends sleepover
dinner @ Gallon
tapas & 
(too many) drinks
chocolate fondue
family time 

shameless selfie
shameless selfie
salmon, avocado, tomato, capers & basil
lunch – salmon, avocado, tomato, capers & basil
Friday blooms on my table
Friday blooms on my table
Chivas to the freakin weekend! (I'll drink to that)
Chivas to the freakin weekend! (I’ll drink to that)
perfect Saturday morning in the park
perfect Saturday morning in the park
Sydney Writer's Festival; seeing Carlos Ruiz Zafon talk about his novels
Sydney Writer’s Festival; seeing Carlos Ruiz Zafon talk about his novels

[pic from Neen]

afternoon snack; paleo coconut pancake with sheep's milk yoghut & dragonfruit
afternoon snack; paleo coconut pancake with sheep’s milk yoghut & dragonfruit
drinks that turned into dinner @ Gallon, Pyrmont
drinks that turned into dinner @ Gallon, Pyrmont
our dinner date; fave couple Ian & Neen
our dinner date; fave couple Ian & Neen
still drinking...
still drinking…

[pic from Neen]

I love this man....Jay & I
I love this man….Jay & I
Harley bear...
Harley bear…

this afternoon we had a horrible scare with Harley; out of the blue he had a seizure. He fell over with his legs all stiff, his jaw locked shut, eyes wide open and his head shaking. Jay held him while I called the vet who talked us through it until Harley came out of the seizure. He was drooling and still shaking on the way to the vet. Dr Nathan, who also has a little cavoodle, gave him a thorough check-up before giving him the OK and instructions for us to keep an eye on him and to remove any possible toxins from his environment (eg access to the ground coffee beans we put on the potted herb plants on the balcony). He may never have a seizure again, but then he could develop epilepsy.  But he’s OK now and back to his usual self, we just have to watch and hope for the best.

beautiful Harley
beautiful Harley – lying on me!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
xx

supine

languid hours in sun,
embedded in the autumn grass;
premature winter winds gently nudge while the last remnants of the summer sun haze around the edges like yesterday’s hangover

autumn in Sydney is a delightful season; 
clear skies, calm harbour
friends & family milking the last of the weekend sun with
picnics and footy in the park

this weekend we entertained friends at home,
grounded ourselves in the park,
enjoyed wine & food at a local festival

it’s grand,
this life of ours,
this love of ours

Friday

me, Jared & Michelle
me, Jared & Michelle

Michelle & Amanda
Michelle & Amanda
Syaz, Bianca & Ivan
Syaz, Bianca & Ivan
Pete & Jared
Pete & Jared

Saturday

this isn't creepy at all!!!! random dolls in the trees on my walk
this isn’t creepy at all!!!! random dolls in the trees on my walk
beautiful Harley
beautiful Harley
Jay & Harley; earthing themselves
Jay & Harley; earthing themselves
Harley being a total weirdo. Honestly.
Harley being a total weirdo. Honestly.

Sunday

Pyrmont Wine & Food Festival
Pyrmont Wine & Food Festival
Timezone for adults!!! Tickets = wine!
Timezone for adults!!! Tickets = wine!
Jay & I
Jay & I
we bumped into Jared & Pete!
we bumped into Jared & Pete!
sunset
sunset
paws
paws
Mudgee Rose wines - yum!
Mudgee Rose wines – yum!

happy weekend my friend
xx

instaweek | my week in instagram

You wouldn’t know it’s approaching winter here in Sydney. There hasn’t been a cloud in the sky for days and today the top temp was 30°C (86°F)!
Gorgeous weather people, which is making me very happy indeed!

Here’s what I got up to in the past week…

introducing Mr & Mrs Basu Roy; Shookie & Raj
introducing Mr & Mrs Basu Roy; Shookie & Raj
photo booth fun! Jay, me, Geoff & Mich
photo booth fun! Jay, me, Geoff & Mich
Mum & Harley
my gorgeous Mum & Harley
mmmm foooood!
mmmm foooood! steak with balsamic onions and goats feta, tomato & avocado salad
ANZAC day
flags at half-mast; celebrating & remembering the troops on ANZAC day
Harley got featured on @instas_cutest_pet
Harley got featured on @instas_cutest_pet because he’s so damn cute!
my favourite perfume
liquid gold…my favourite perfume
running with Harley - he's the black dot way up ahead! And yes that's the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
morning run with Harley – he’s the black dot way up ahead! Yep, that’s the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
tunes on the car stereo; the awesome Chet Faker
tunes on the car stereo; the awesome Chet Faker
eggcellent! mucking around with the dirty dozen...
eggcellent! mucking around with the dirty dozen…
workout
solid workout
my buddy Harley
my buddy Harley
today's lacy outfit
today’s lacy outfit

Happy Weekend!

xox

instaweek | my week instagram

How’s everyone’s Easter break?
I’ve been loving the extra long four day weekend spent at home in a love bubble with Jay and Harley.

The week past was full of cramming work in before the holidays, getting my healthy eating back on track and catching up with family & friends.
The only low is that Jay’s Dad’s cancer is back; in his liver this time around which means intensive chemo starting next week. We’re focusing on sending good thoughts and lots of love his way.

IMG_20130325_062903IMG_20130326_094347starting the week off right; early morning jog & a green smoothie

IMG_20130326_203721 Tuesday night: Jay with Daddy & Mummy Williams; his parents

IMG_20130327_201952 Mid week drinks with the girls at a funky new “secret bar” called The Baxter Inn. It’s tough to find but once you’re there you won’t want to leave!

IMG_20130328_195222 since the imminent demise of google reader, I’ve gone all BlogLovin….

IMG_20130328_081216 another green smoothie

IMG_20130330_104145 and another! this time in my new carry container from rawblend.com.au

IMG_20130328_222542 Throw-back-Thursday; my BFF Gracie (left) & me circa 2004

IMG_20130330_152057 cooking up a barbie

IMG_20130329_131832 Friday Flowers on my table

IMG_20130329_090648 “wake up Mummy, it’s walkies time!” Harley says…

IMG_20130329_131556 Good Friday chillin in our crib…

IMG_20130329_143111 Try getting this stick back!

IMG_20130329_165823 Easter treats; hot cross buns & French Earl Grey tea (my favourite!)

IMG_20130329_234053 remembering our Paris trip….I want to go back!

IMG_20130330_184452 Date night; Old Fashioned fun at The Baxter Inn (I just HAD to take Jay!)

IMG_20130330_215429 and later on date night; Hoopla under the Big Top in Darling Harbour. It was super fun but a little weird when the trapeze artist got the shits with her clothing and took off her top mid-way through the routine! Flying boobies with the flying trapeze!

IMG_20130331_102120 Look what I got to wake up to this morning! Jay made me pancakes!!!
Gluten & wheat free pancakes too! Isn’t he grand…

IMG_20130331_111049 Ain’t it true!

Happy Easter Sunday xx

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