Lyttleton Stores

What a treasure trove of creativity, community and sustainable living I discovered when I visited Lyttleton Stores! It is worth taking the time to appreciate all the generosity, skill and innovation that goes into this unique venture.

Lyttleton Stores is a not for profit cooperative that operates an Atelier (for local handmade art and crafts), a Preserve (workshop space), a Pantree (for organic fresh produce), a Kitchen (for homemade products) and a Garden (organic, of course).

The Lyttleton Stores website is a also feast of information:

  • there is a Garden Blog with loads of helpful tips
  • interesting interviews with artists and artisans
  • recipes!
  • a range of workshops to book that include: life drawing, seed propagation, spoon carving, sour dough baking, fermentation and preserving, arm knitting and bee keeping!

I am super impressed with all that Lyttleton Stores has to offer and especially because it ticks my big three: Creativity, Community and Simple Living!

You can also get a taste of Lyttleton Stores by visiting their stall at Magpie Markets in Lawson on the third Sunday of each month. There is also instagram:

Lyttleton Stores is easy to find at 1 Badgery Crescent, Lawson and there is plenty of parking nearby.

Eco Mountain and Sustain Cafe

If you are ever in Lawson treat yourself to the Eco Mountain and Sustain Cafe experience! In this lovingly restored heritage home, the store and cafe combo is cosy and welcoming. Much thought has gone into every aspect of this local business that celebrates community and promotes an environmentally friendly lifestyle. I love the range of innovative products and helpful books on sustainable living.

For lunch I sat in the peaceful front room and ordered a super satisfying homemade split pea soup (paired with crusty bread from Black Cockatoo Bakery Then I had two Mexican decaf coffees. The first one was so good I couldn’t resist a second! Sustain Cafe is a winner!

Eco Mountain has a number of rooms and spaces to walk through, sit in and enjoy. At the back of the house is a playroom for kids and down in the garden is a cubby house and outdoor furniture. It is all very relaxing and just like home.

Eco Mountain is easy to find and there is plenty of parking nearby. The address is 3 Badgery Crest, Lawson. Find out more about Eco Mountain via instagram: and their website:


Cauliflower and Leek Soup

One of the simple pleasures of winter is soup. It’s nourishing, filling and a guaranteed way to warm up. If a winter lurgy has laid you low, a hot bowl of soup is your best friend. It not only soothes a sore throat, but keeps you hydrated and gives your immune system a boost. It is the ultimate comfort food and best when homemade. Crusty bread on the side takes it to another level. On the weekend I had a bit of a soup fest:

Now I am keen to whip up a big pot of my favourite Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup!

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

  • 1/4 Japanese pumpkin
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 leek
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • paprika
  • Cajun or Moroccan spice mix
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • olive oil
  1. Chop leek and sauté with garlic in olive oil.
  2. Add vegetable stock.
  3. Peel and chop the other vegetables and add them to the stock.
  4. Add seasonings to taste.
  5. Simmer until vegetables are soft.
  6. Remove the soup from the heat and purée.
  7. Serve piping hot garnished with sour cream, fresh chives and cracked pepper. Crusty bread on the side takes it to another level.

Other favourites in our house are Laksa, Soto Ayam (Indonesian chicken soup) and Minestrone. What’s your favourite?

Magpie Markets

We love markets in the Blue Mountains! Last weekend I was at Lawson’s Magpie Markets. What a great vibe and a beautiful range of fresh produce, plants, pantry yummies, vintage items and handmade clothing.

I made a list of my favourite markets in the Blue Mountains. There are many more! If you think there is another one I should try send me a message:

1st Saturday:

  • Glenbrook Rotary ‘Grow, Bake and Make’ Market – 10 Ross Street, Glenbrook – 8am-12noon

1st Sunday:

  • Blackheath Community Market – Blackheath Public School (Leichardt Street, Blackheath) – 9am-1pm

2nd Sunday:

  • Blackheath Growers Market – Blackheath Community Centre (Cnr Gardiner St & Great Western Highway) – 8am-12 noon

3rd Saturday:

  • Glenbrook Rotary Markets – ‘Handmade and General’ Market, 10 Ross Street, Glenbrook 8am-1pm

3rd Sunday:

  • Lawson – Magpie Market – Lawson Public School (Adelaide Street, Lawson) – 9am-2pm

4th Sunday:

  • Springwood Growers Market – Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub (106-108 Macquarie Road, Springwood) – 8.30am-12.30pm