Category Archives: hartsyard

A while ago Edie and I had cause to sit on the comfy plastic chairs of the RPA Emergency Department after her eye socket came into close contact with the solid edge of the pot plant. She quickly ruled out a concussion by explaining the incident to the Doctor and then politely declining her offer […]

The Squirrels are stealing all the food from the bird feeder, the Groundhog just waddled past the side of the barn, the Chipmunk (or cheekmonkey as the girls say) is scampering up the side of the well, the dew is glistening on the bright green lawn and I am the only one in the house […]

Thank you very much to all the lovely readers who got in touch with me after my last blog that mentioned my half-missing eyebrow. All your well wishes have miraculously caused a few strays to start to grow back. I hate to sound ungrateful, but they are grey. A lot of friends confided via private […]

A bit late, I know, but a very happy new year to you all. I hope it has started well for you and if any of you made New Year’s resolutions that you’re holding strong. Me? I kept the bar nice and low and am aiming for less of a resolution and more of a […]

I’ve always tried to do the right thing – pick up litter even if I didn’t drop it, bake things late into the night and decorate them in the wee small hours of the morning (even though I’m no good at either but it’s for the bake sale that’s raising money for my kids’ school), […]

I was flipping through one of my old note books the other day and came across a list with the title; WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW TO OPEN A RESTAURANT. Under it I had written this – lease  (excellent start). contracts purveyors  (somewhat essential, yes) budgets (not that I do them – Gregory does – but […]

Tomorrow Gregory and I are signing our will. I am aware this is something we should have attended to before we accumulated two children, two businesses and one cookbook to our names. But honestly, wills are dreadful because the very reason you’re doing it is to make formal plans in the event of the ABSOLUTE […]

Sometime in August of 2013, we got an email from Jill Dupleix and Terry Durack asking if we’d like to meet for a coffee as they had an idea. ‘Of course’, we said, ‘we’d be delighted to’. We were nervous. I was pregnant. They were neither. Turns out, they thought we should write a book […]

Gregory has been asked to be a panel member at Food Service Magazine’s Masterclass about owning a cafe or a restaurant and you can buy your tickets here. I am not at all offended that they didn’t ask me – perhaps they think we’re Jekyll and Hyde, or Bonnie and Clyde, or Torvill and Dean, […]

2015 is playing out fast and furiously in the world of Llewellyn/Hart. We’ve had weddings, cookbook edits, openings of bars, childhood-home-selling, rental-house-needing-to-be-moving, relatives with serious illnesses, staff members on holidays, children going through ‘stages’ and then – shockingly – a sudden death in the family. I’m not confident white people have this mourning thing down. […]