Category Archives: A country life

A country life

PERSONAL UPDATE: A writer’s life in the countryside

LUSCIOUS LIVING: A writer's life in the country


Luscious Lifers, new posts are once again largely on hold as I finally, finally, finally try to get back to focussing on writing my books after many months of upheaval re: our house move (back) to Red Hill, and some other personal bits and pieces.

Fortunately, it’s the first day of Spring here on the Mornington Peninsula, so hopefully the sunnier days and blossoming gardens will help get me back on track too. If you’d like to see some snippets from the new house, do scroll through my Instagram pix.

Most days, I’m doing some cooking (expanding my low carb, ketogenic diet options), taking Mabel for a walk or game in the surrounding countryside, learning French and playing tennis. After years of corporate work, it’s absolute bliss to have this freedom, and I can’t thank Mr Luscious enough for supporting my creative endeavours. I am so very lucky and very happy.

I’ve now got five books on the go, at various stages of completion, including a literary murder mystery, a French travel guide, and an attempt at humour. Slowly but surely, I hope they will all find their way to those of you who are interested.

If you’re craving something luscious to inspire you whilst I potter around behind the scenes, please consider going back to the archives on the blog via the Photo Galleries tab, or browse through the myriad boards on Pinterest. For something new, remember to check out Facebook and Instagram where it’s easier for me to post more regularly.

Thank you for all your ongoing support of my little Luscious venture!

Natasha xx


STYLISH HOME: Pool houses and tennis pavilions

Pictures of pool houses

UPDATED: Thinking of adding a pool house or tennis pavilion to your property? Or just dreaming of one? Then enjoy this collection of beautiful photos which might inspire your design…

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A LUSH LIFE: Gin masterclass at the Bass & Flinders Distillery, Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula

LUSCIOUS ACTIVITIES: Gin Masterclass - Bass and Flinders Distillery in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula


Luscious ones, today we did a gin masterclass at the Bass and Flinders Distillery in Red Hill, near our new home.

Our thanks to our hosts, co-owners Wayne and Janelle, and to our fellow gin lovers, Helen and Gary who shared the class with us. Thanks also to co-owner Bob for being my go-to organising guy.

We loved seeing the gin-making process and getting to create our own, and we look forward to receiving our own branded bottle – so fab!

Do bookmark Bass and Flinders Distillery if you’re on the Mornington Peninsula as it’s a really great addition to our little part of the world.

They also make vodka, limoncello and grappa, I believe, and I got to taste their version of a cognac (which has recently become my new favourite drink) which is called an aged grape spirit. More from their Ochre Spirit website.

(Remember that with cognac, like champagne, a drink cannot be named after that French region unless it is actually made there, hence “Australian sparkling wine”.)

Great to see another luscious Australian venture, and we wish the team all the very best!

See more via their website here.

Natasha xx








OUR LITTLE LUSCIOUS WORLD: Moving home, back to Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula

OUR LITTLE LUSCIOUS WORLD: Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria


Luscious ones, updates from me are rare at the moment, as I’ve been overwhelmed with packing and logistics (the last 3 months) and moving house (the last week), and now I’m feeling daunted by the other side: the unpacking.

We’ve said goodbye to our coastal home in Mount Martha, 15 minutes away, and have returned to the country life of Red Hill, also on the Mornington Peninsula.

It’s lovely to be back!






Once things settle down, I hope to post some pictures of the new interior decoration, but in the meantime, you can catch the odd update via Instagram.

And you might also like these galleries:

Natasha xx



STYLISH HOMES: Sarah’s Rental Cottage, near Parry Sound in Georgian Bay, Canada

PHOTOS Sarah Richardson Rental Cottage Georgian Bay - living room


BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS: Sarah’s new cottage makeover…

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LUSCIOUS NEWS: A quick update – February 2015

LUSCIOUS UPDATE: Luscious white house and garden


Hi Luscious Lifers,

A little note to let you know that I’ve been absorbed writing my four books, of which I’m particularly focussed on the novel, hoping to get them into “agent ready” shape.

Unfortunately, we’ve also found out that the house we’ve been renting is being sold, so this is very frustrating. I have enough problem concentrating at the best of times, and now we’ve got strangers coming through the house, boxes to pack, a new home to find, and all the associated expenses and inconvenience.

It’s been a great house, and the owners have been fabulous. But they need to sell and we aren’t interested in buying it, so it’s time to pack up all over again. As I said to some of my friends, it’s move number 35,998 for me, and the sleepless nights have already started as I lie awake writing lists and generally going nuts.

I look forward to the day when we can finally settle into our dream house and never, ever, ever have to pack another box again!

So between “book brain” and “moving house angst”, I’m not feeling particularly luscious. But I hope you are and that you’re still exploring all the old Luscious posts, photo galleries and items I’ve curated in the SHOP, as well as the myriad boards on Pinterest, lovely music on YouTube, and my occasional tweets and Instagram pix.

Feel free to leave me a message to let me know how you’re getting on – it’s weird not interacting with you every day. But I will be back once I learn to find some balance.

Cheers, Natasha

PS. The Luscious blog will be down for a few hours on the weekend of February 28-29, 2015 due to server updates. Thanks for your patience during this time.



SALE ALERT: My picks from the Net-A-Porter up to 70% off sale – January 2015



Here are my favourites from the Net-A-Porter sale – scroll down to see all of them…

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LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: A luxury mini break in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley

LUSCIOUS TRAVEL: A luxury mini break in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley


*UPDATED* This was my entry for a competition offering 3 days in South Australia. Sadly, I did not win but you may still enjoy the itinerary I planned.

CELEBRATING SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Here is my plan for a luxurious 3-night, 4-day visit to Adelaide and the Barossa Valley…

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SALE ALERT: Ralph Lauren up to 50% off sale


BE VERY QUICK, this sale is about to end!

Includes mens, womens, kids and home.

Happy shopping.

Natasha xx




HOUSES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS: George and Amal Clooney’s Mill House in Sonning Eye, Oxfordshire

George and Amal Alamuddin Clooney's new home in England on the River Thames


*UPDATED* The Clooneys are renovating and extending their new home with a swimming pool, a pool house, a garden terrace, a private cinema and new front gates and fencing. They are also converting an existing building known as the River House into an office and meeting room.

Hello magazine and the Daily Mail have all the details, but you can scroll down for existing photos, prior to the changes…

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ETIQUETTE: How to be a luscious house guest


ETIQUETTE How to be a perfect house guest


HOW TO BE THE PERFECT HOUSE GUEST: I’ve made a lot of mistakes as a house guest, especially in my younger days and the times when I was “between homes”, and I’m sure I still do make an idiot of myself from time to time, for which I would like to officially apologise.

Here are a few stories from the darkside and some ways to be a great house guest yourself…

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FASHION FOR AUTUMN-WINTER: Comfortable and chic suggestions from Emerson Fry



For our Luscious Lifers in the northern hemisphere, getting ready for a stylish winter, here are some fashion suggestions from Emerson Fry...


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