{Locally Found} White Party got it right

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Mayfield Garden White Party.

I went last year and had a fabulous time (even though I was pregnant and had tonsillitis!) so this year I had high hopes!

I recruited a crew and off we went.

Mayfield Garden is located about 40 minutes from Bathurst and about  10 minutes from Oberon, and because they want you to be able to have a good time and not worry about the car they even arrange a bus to take you from Bathurst for these types of events (cheers, thanks much!)

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So we loaded up on a bus with a VERY friendly bus driver and headed off.

Once we arrived at Mayfield Garden we were led down this wonderfully, secretive path and arrived at the chapel. The chapel doors were closed but the views were breathtaking. Mayfield White Party 18 (14 of 105)

After a couple of short moments engulfed by the view, the doors to the chapel were released and we were immediately transported to a secret world. The chapel was filled with smoke and mystery. Waiters holding wines and not wearing many clothes were an eye-opening experience. It was like we had been transported to a medieval Adam & Eve exclusive party. Mayfield White Party 18 (26 of 105)

Set in the middle of the chapel was the most generously glorious food spread I have ever seen, in the event that I am ever offered a last meal I choose this. There were figs and cheese, tarts and prosciutto. Olives and breads. It was honestly some of the most spectacular food I have ever eaten. You could immediately tell how much time and care had been given by the chefs of Mayfield to create not only a spread, but really an edible piece of art. Mayfield White Party 18 (10 of 105)

After a few drinks, some scrumptious food and a multitude of selfies overlooking the magnificent views we were directed back to the bus. We were then transported back down the hill and into the nursery gallery.

The nursery gallery is this beautifully, organic feeling barn that is set just behind the wood fire garden. The moment you walk through the wood fire garden with its lights and fire you feel like you have immediately stepped into some exclusive event surrounded by your friends. Mayfield White Party 18 (82 of 105)

The best way I could describe my night was the feeling that I was at someone’s wedding where there were no strangers only friends I had yet to meet.

The food was phenomenal, the staff friendly and the location unsurpassed.  Mayfield White Party 18 (90 of 105)

I can’t recommend enough that you should collect your friends and attend the next event at Mayfield Garden.

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*This is a sponsored post and I was gifted my ticket. All opinions are based on my own personal experience*


{Locally Found} Succulent Love

Recently I was invited to my very first succulent workshop with the beautiful Renelle at Pop-Up Succulent Shop to say I had a brilliant afternoon would be such an understatement.


Upon arriving you are met with a glass of bubbles and a delicious cheese & fruit platter (she won me over right there!). Before long I forgot I was in a class and it felt much more like I was in my friend’s lounge room having a few drinks and learning some new things about gardening.


Renelle was patient and explained perfectly what we had to do. She answered ALL my probably ridiculous questions and even helped me when I realised things for my kokedama were not quite going according to plan!

My mum came with me and quickly we made friends with the other people at the workshop, that’s the thing you see it was relaxed and friendly. There were no strangers just friends we were yet to meet.  4

Renelle supplies everything you need to make two kokedamas and she even gives some good hints on how to wrap other plants you buy to make great gifts or house plants.

I am far from a good gardener but bloody hell I was proud when I came home and showed the hubs and kids what I had made. I now very proudly have two kokedamas in my kitchen and each and every time I look at them I get all warm and fuzzy and remember the great afternoon I had.


Make sure you grab a pal and check out one of the workshops offered by Renelle at  Pop-Up Succulent Shop. She holds a range of workshops including kokedamas, wreath and general potting classes.

You can also have a chat to Renelle at many markets and events she attends around our area.



| Phone: 0410 476 445 |

|Facebook: @popupsucculentshop |

*This is a sponsored post and I was gifted the workshop fee. All opinions are based on my own personal experience*


{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017} Mayfield Is the Perfect Christmas Gift

If you follow the blog at all, you will know the eternal love affair I have with Mayfield Garden. It is a spectacular slice of heaven gorgeously positioned between Bathurst and Oberon and is literally a whimsical little getaway from the real world.

If you follow this link you can see for yourself the wonder that is Mayfield ->  Magic of Mayfield Video  15774794_1534919409868677_1770834628648578297_o

It is open spaces, quiet moments. It is green grass and a secluded grotto. It is feeling like there is no one around, but also the coolest place on the planet. They are open 363 days a year (only being closed for Christmas and Boxing Day)

I was thrilled to learn that the White Party will be back in the early new year and that is one date certainly set in my diary. I can’t tell you enough just how fun the party is and you need to gather your squad and get tickets ASAP!16836371_1603146223045995_2522223762439251135_o

You can grab tickets for the white party here -> Event Brite – White Party Tickets or otherwise make sure you get your Autumnfest 2018 tickets from here -> Event Brite – Autumnfest. I promise you – you won’t be disappointed!

Mayfield is on 36 acres of beautiful Australian land and there is also a nursery, water garden and a cafe. It really is the most spectacular way to spend your day. During the fesitval periods they even open up the private gardens! Oh La La!! 24131878_1910527092307905_1220542948780837461_o

Make sure you pop out to Mayfield soon:

| Phone: 02 6336 3131 |

| Visit: 530 Mayfield Road, Oberon |

| Facebook: @MayfieldGarden |

| Hours: 9am to 4.30pm |


The team at Mayfield Garden are giving away a beaut prize this Christmas! They are giving one lucky nester a family pass. This is for 2 adults and 2 children to visit the garden! Yee Haa!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Mayfield Garden as well as The Central Nest’s facebook pages and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 20 December 2017.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017 Rules


{Locally Found} Win the mother of all prizes from Mayfield Garden

So, last week we ran a pretty rad prize giving away a couple of tickets to the AutumnFest at Mayfield Garden and the generous team at Mayfield decided to keep the giveaway spirit going and is offering the mother of all prizes. Mayfield Garden White Party-45

Mayfield Garden is unlike anything else in our area, it offers sprawling grass areas, paths that lead into lushness greenery and flowers that would give Flemington a run for it’s money on raceday. 

It is an idealic space of reflection, of celebration and of nature’s true beauty. MayfieldGarden_Main1

Mayfield employs more than 60 locals that ensure the garden is always peaking and blooming. Over the years the gardens have grown exponentially and now they offer a Nursery for all your cool climate plant needs and a Cafe and Produce Store that serves the MOST delightful seasonal and freshly prepared food directly from the garden and as well as other local suppliers.  

If you want more information head over the Mayfield Garden facebook page or give Meg a call on 6336 3131.

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The gorgeous team at Mayfield Garden are eager to make your mother’s day just that little bit special and are giving away TWO ANNUAL PASSES to the gardens! Oh my!

To be in the running you have to head over to our facebook page here -> The Central Nest as well as like the Mayfield Garden facebook page and let us know “why your mum is the best”!

Our two lucky winners will be drawn on 14 April 2017.

Good luck beautiful people!


{The Weekly Nest} This week we wept, pulled sickies and celebrated the female body

This week saw the death of a beautiful little boy for the saddest of reasons. What makes it even more incredibly heartbreaking is that his death could have been avoided if people just got vaccinated.

Whooping cough is preventable, or at least containable. The story relates to little Riley John Hughes and you can read more about it here -> Someone killed this baby. It is such a horrible, heart-wrenching story of loss. Make sure you hug your little birdies a little tighter tonight.

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The beautiful little Riley Hughes who was simply taken too soon

In completely different news, we discovered some wonderful Gardening Hacks this week for our Life Hack Friday segment. Some of these ideas are just so ‘der-how-did-I-not-just-think-of-that’!


We kicked off the week with some health inspo for you. Our resident health expert laid down some advice on Staying Healthy This Easter. It is a great article that will help you stay on game when the dread chocolate overload monster comes knocking on your door!


In other news,  I am convinced my toddler-bird pulled her first real-life sickie this week.

I shit you not.

I got the call from Kindy to come and collect her about 2pm (note: good to see she managed to hold out for lunch – no shocks there) and I arrived to collect the little playa and took her home.

Obviously the girls at Kindy totes did the right thing to call me, they are brilliant! but once I got the little bambino home she turned it on. I went to the toilet when we walked in the door (hello, once you reach the 36 week preggo you may as well get your mail re-directed there) and came out to the kitchen and found the little minion delving into a large packet of chicken chips. I didn’t even know we had chicken chips! Must of be left over from camping or a party or something.

Then Miss Toddler-Bird demanded we call daddy to tell him we were home. As directed by the little dictator I dutifully dialled daddy’s work number and she proceeded to inform him ‘Hi daddy, me home, sissie still at kindy and me and mummy are eating chips. Na-na-na-ner-na. You at work’. So is that the type of thing I am meant to write in her baby book? Sat up, 5 months old, first step 11 months old, first sickie aged 2?


In case your belly is looking for a feed then you should look at Hunters & Gatherers Paleo kitchen in Orange. They offer rotating meal plans each week and delivery to your door! Yummo!


A really interesting article that grabbed our attention this week was When Dads Believe Their Baby Doesn’t Love Them, it is a fascinating read and something that you should keep because you don’t know when you might need it. dad and baby

Parenting is tough, especially at the start, so this little article might help out someone you love one day.

We learnt this week just how much the expectations on the female body have changed throughout history. This fantastic video shows the changes of societies’ expectations. You can see it here -> The Evolution of The Female Body Throughout History

So what’s happening this weekend?

  • You should get your beautiful selves to the Millthorpe Markets this Sunday. They are always a brilliant day out!
  • You can participate in Zorb soccer at the Bathurst City Community Club on Friday night for only $10 per head. Find out more information here -> BCCC Facebook
  • Check out the Pop Up Cellar Door at Crago Mill Emporium in Piper Street, Bathurst on Saturday 21 March 2015 at 11am. You can sample local produce and wine. Plus loads of cheese and antipasto share platters!
  • Saturday night is the Bathurst Panorama Chorus Gala Dinner & Fundraiser. It is held at Mount Panorama Pit Complex and kicks off at 6pm. You can find more information on their website here -> www.bathurstpanorama.com
  • On Sunday the Scots School is holding their Highland Gathering and Country Fair from 9am.


{Life Hack Friday} Get your garden on this weekend

In case you get your green thumb on this weekend then these little tips are for you!

When edging you garden beds and lawn lay down a plank of wood and use your shovel like this ->


Image: Pinterest

If you need to water and don’t have a watering can do this ->

Image: Buzzfeed

Image: Buzzfeed

To be-dazzle your backyard space why not use some rope lighting to light things up?

Image: Pinterest

Image: Pinterest

Use concrete blocks as modern looking concrete planters ->

Image: Remodelista

Image: Remodelista

What’s your favourite gardening tip?

Happy gardening Nesters!


{The Nest Home} Spring is sprung now to add some spunk

As it (FINALLY) is starting to warm up and you can smell the very possiblity of spring it is time to start thinking about your outdoor escapes.

I have found the bestest (it’s a word, I assure you, just don’t ask Mrs Franks my year 8 English Teacher) mod concrete planter ever! It’s cute and modern and fantastic.

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Made by the clever kids at Very Fine South it has some real spunk!

Available on Etsy for only $28.71 its a steal!

Happy gardening Nesters!