{Locally found} Autumnfest 2018

One of my most favourite things about this time of year is just how beautiful our area is. The leaves are starting to change, there is a crispness to the mornings but the days still envelope you with warmness. walk

A little while ago we were lucky enough to attend Autumnfest at Mayfield Garden.

You all know my love affair with Mayfield Garden and it is honestly because we are yet to attend the garden and not have a wonderful day filled with love, adventure and laughter.

You can explore the garden including the grotto waterfall (kids’ highlight) as well as the garden nursery (my favourite) and the cafe (hubs’ favourite!).

The kids spend the day interacting with nature, there are animals everywhere (including a very friendly peacock!) and there are secret tunnels, winding paths and breathtaking views.

Autumnfest is a day where the garden is transformed and great local bands set up stage in front of the beautiful water feature and the day is spend snacking on beautiful food, listening to music while being surrounded by family and friends.

There are stalls and free face painting for the kids. There was a giant leaf pit and even the chance to meet the musicians.

The best part – we take the kids every year and it’s something we all equally enjoy. There really is something for everyone.


We love the garden and the whole family eagerly marks the calendar as soon as we hear about the next event.

Get your family, friends and even the pet dog and explore one of our areas greatest wonderlands. Mayfield Garden is open just about every single day of the year.

If you want more information about Mayfield Garden then check out the following:

| Website: www.mayfieldgarden.com.au |

| Facebook: @mayfieldgarden |

| Phone: 02 6336 3131 |

We hope to see you there!


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

{Do this} Open Mic could be your night

If you actually have talent and can hold a tune I salute you. Unfortunately my singing is a blend of a screeching cat, nails running down a chalkboard with echoes of a whale’s mating call.

So, to you talented individuals this could be just what you are looking for:

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Happy singing Nesters!

{Event} Gyspy Jazz at the Hub

The Hub Bathurst is taking last minute bookings for the Gypsy jazz night:

this Friday 15th November 2013.

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The night will feature live music from Sydney gypsy/world band ARABESK. There will also be a four course Spanish set menu.

What a great excuse to find a babysitter and escape for a night of adult conversation, good food and some live tunes!

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For a great night out give them a call on 02 6332 1565.

Enjoy Nesters!

This weekend with Leah & Marnie is where you should be

If you are looking for something special to do this weekend, go and check out Leah & Marnie. Leah & marnie 2

Leah & Marnie are a singer-song writing duo consisting of two female vocalists, two guitars & the occasional additional instrument.

The duo/long-time best friends first got together musically in 2009 during their HSC when the opportunity arose to participate in a weekly singer song writer night. Since then they have performed a few small gigs around town such as charity events, weddings and other get-togethers.

Whilst mainly perform covers, they will throw in an original piece every now and then.

Leah and Marnie have an folky, alternative, acoustic sound that ranges from soft and chilled out to soul mama & up-beat. I am told they do a couple of brilliant acoustic rap songs, as well loveable classics.

You can check them out on Saturday 5th October 2013 at the Farmers Arms Hotel on Vale Road. They will kick off about 5pm and go through to 8pm.

Give your ears some loving this long weekend!

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Let us introduce you to Matt Boylan-Smith

The Central Nest loves talented locals. Particularly REALLY talented locals.

Recently we were lucky enough to speak with Matt Boylan-Smith about music, plucking and wishing he had started five years earlier. Studio B&W

Hi Matt, thanks for chatting with the Central Nest. Please tell us a little about yourself

I am a 27 year old musician. I grew up in the Blue Mountains and Bathurst and originally come from Victoria.

Music has always been a part of me. When young, I would always be singing and watching music but was generally too shy to sing in front of people. I qualified to get into the Australian youth choir but my voice broke so I didn’t really sing until after my teenage years.

How would you describe your sound?

My sound is a mixture of folky roots, with finger plucking sometimes overlaid with frisky strumming. When writing, I usually work on the melody and lyrics around the actual guitar on its own and build the song from there.

What comes out is a pretty honest and raw sound, which is great as I like to sound in the studio how I do at my gigs.

How long have they been performing? How did you get started?:

I’ve been performing for about five years live. I started not long before that. I’ve always sung but am still relatively new to guitar. I started when I walked past a second hand music store and laid eyes on my Maton guitar. I outlaid a fair sum of my money but it has paid me back a million-fold.

What is your favourite thing about performing?

Performing is a great outlet, something I appreciate more as I do it more often. I enjoy telling my story and communicating it through music.

My favourite places to perform would be the Church Bar in Bathurst and Logan Vineyard in Mudgee.

Do you have a least favourite part of the job?

I would generally say the kms on the road alone, but this is also a good time for introspect. I guess the fact that I perform whilst my friends are out enjoying their time off from their jobs is my least favourite part.

What has been your career highlight?:

There have been better known and more storied performers, but opening up for Ash Gunwald would be my highlight so far. Apart from being an incredible performer, he was also honest and upfront and gave great advice when I was probably a little bit nervous sharing the stage with him!

What advice would you give the 16 year old version of yourself?

Pick up the guitar and start playing! Don’t wait another 5 years.

What would you say to the up-and-comers in the music industry?

Work hard, do the time, be smart and take opportunities when they come, as long as they fit with what you are doing. And stick to your brand. If you’re writing and performing a softer laid back show, don’t always do pub shows. Find an audience that appreciates your style and grow that way.MATTBOYLANSMITH 1

Where can people find you?

My website is www.mattboylansmith.com
On Facebook at www.facebook.com/mattboylansmithmusic
On Youtube at www.youtube.com/user/mattboylo

We thank Matt for taking the time to chat with us. We love his sound and look forward to watching him perform for many years to come. Make sure you get out and support this very talented local.

Pump it, pump it real good – to music while you exercise

In case you are still hiding under your winter-moss-rock here’s some exciting news – Summer is finally on its way! Summer means some great things like ice cream, swimming and dresses but also means you can’t hide behind oversized jumpers any longer!

Photo source: Health Me Up

Photo source: Health Me Up

Here our resident health commandoette, Larissa Beer from Larissa Beer Personal Training explains why working out with music can give your motivation a little extra kick.

There are three main benefits to incorporating music into any workout:

  1. Music helps you focus, it assists in shutting out any external noises which will allow you to fully concentrate on the task at hand. It is also brilliant for maintaining a positive mindset throughout your workout.
  2. Music can be used to enhance performance, music with an up-tempo beat can keep you powering on for longer and keep you in a more energised state, particularly as you are coming towards the end of your workout. Try and pick the right tempo music for your workout. Slow gentle tunes for yoga and relaxation exercises fast upbeat tracks for running or cycling.
  3. Music for motivation, when we listen to our favourite songs during a fitness routine, we feel more inclined to intensify the workout. This is because the music makes us feel good and you are likely to want to keep going for just a little bit longer.

Larissa’s Top 10 Workout Tracks:

  1. Can’t stop- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  2. We found love- Rihanna
  3. I love it- Icona Pop
  4. Live it up- JLo feat Pitbull
  5. Set it off- Timomatic
  6. Raise your glass- Pink
  7. Some nights-Fun.
  8. Till the world ends-Britney Spears
  9. Its my life-Bon Jovi
  10. Love on top- Beyoncé

Happy exercising Nesters!


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Here at the Central Nest we love nothing more than listening to some tunes, but what is even better is when you find a local girl who really is making her mark.

This morning I was lucky enough to stumble upon the work of Kate Meadley. What a talented musician she seems to be.

My ears had the pleasure of listening to her first single ‘Dear Me Thirteen’. What a fabulous piece. Kate has a contemporary folk sound that I think will become a favourite on my playlist.

This single was ‘written upon her return from a whirlwind adventure to the other side of the globe to make peace with the insecurities of her younger self. Kate hopes that her songwriting will help other young girls and women discover hope for their future’.

What a beautiful idea, behind such a sublime sound.

You can listen to her single here at Band camp – Dear me thirteen download or you can find it on ITunes.