About me



I'm a married 53 year old and my greatest achievement in life is rearing three fine, beautiful and clever young adults.  They bring me joy every day.   Day to day living for me includes; writing recipes for a cooking column, home cooking, preserving jams, chickens, a wallaroo named Josie, cows, home on acreage, a farm in the hinterland, an outback property and more cows! Oh - better not forget - a husband who has realised his dreams and continues to live the dream every day!  I'm a very lucky ducky!  Just one thing. It's high time I started to realise and live my own dreams.  It's time.  Mariana.

UPDATE:
It's April 22nd 2016. I'm 56. Life has changed. I'm separated from my husband. I've sadly and reluctantly left my home of 26 years - the place I looked through my kitchen window for all that time; creating recipes, taking photos, mowing the lawn, cooking dinners, baking, preserving, sewing, dancing, living, raising my babies who are now grown up and gone. I'm alone, unlike him, I'm alone.  I'm afraid this blog is now closed. I can't write posts for Through My Kitchen Window when I'm no longer physically there. When I think of looking Through My Kitchen Window there are certain images that will forever remain in my heart.

  •  Rosie our dog waiting at the gate for the kids to come home from school - she knew the time the bus came home and was always there to greet them.  
  • Nicka's guinea pigs (at one stage 22 in number) running around on the lawn, chasing each other, playing, fighting, sleeping in the big cage but mostly eating. They could eat non stop. The sound of a plastic bag rustling excited the critters like crazy and they'd eeeh eeeh eeeh for their lettuce leaves and carrots. They were so entertaining that walkers would stop and watch them. They were special. 
  • The chickens.  The sound of the screen door opening and they'd tear around the corner so quickly waiting for bread or scraps. Nothing compared to their beautiful orange yolks.  Best ever eggs.
  • The water trough was alive.  Goldfish surfacing from time to time, frogs swimming, kookaburras sitting on the rim waiting to snap up moving creatures.  The odd snake slithering over the wire cover.  Purple flowers, greenery, out of control jasmine vine, aloe vera. 
  • The lilly pilly tree.  I loved you so much. I made jam and jelly with your fruit. I'll miss you.
  • Josie the wallaroo.  
  • Elfy the calf. 
  • Tony the horse. 
  • Philomena and Romano.
  • Gayle. 
Good bye Through My Kitchen Window - it's been grand. I'm no longer wanted. I'm no longer needed.  I'm redundant.  So with a heavy heart I leave you - I never thought I would - I thought you were my forever; but there is no forever, no guarantees in this life. The only thing that's guaranteed is change.  I haven't yet found my new Kitchen Window; some day hopefully; some day soon; some day...........................