My name is Ruth.

I am the youngest of five children.

I am lucky enough to now be the mother of five fabulous boys aged 16, 14,11, 8 & 6.

I am married to my best friend.

We live in Melbourne now but have lived in Canberra, Sydney & London.

I grew up in Adelaide.

I love music.... A LOT!!!

I listen to a huge range of music and share something I have been listening to at the end of each post.

I grew up in a house where there was always music playing........ of all different varieties.  My kids will say the same about our house now. 

All five of my children play instruments and we are lucky to be surrounded by their beautiful playing.

The sounds of Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Chopin, Mozart & Oscar Peterson remind me of my childhood.  There are lots of other artists I could list but you get the idea.

We are the owners of 2 dogs ~ a Basset Hound named Polly Jean & a Black Lab cross called Leon.

When I was 10 my dad went to China for a few months on a work related trip and my mum was left with us 5 kids to manage as she negotiated working as well.
This is when I started cooking.  We were each allocated a cooking day and had to prepare dinner for the family. And so began my lifetime love affair with cooking.

I love to read about cooking too.

I collect cookbooks and books about the history of food.

I love reading and often lament that I don't give myself enough time to do more of it.

I love camping.

I hate housework.

I am a sucker for op shops and bargains.

I love vintage stuff and modern design. Actually I am a sucker for good design be it old or new.

I love sewing and making clothes especially if they are A-line dresses. I am the queen of A-Line frocks!

I love clogs and have done since we lived in Sweden when I was very very young.  I still have my very first pair on the mantelpiece next to my bed.

I wear clogs every single day.

Ceramics is my creative outlet.

I am big on kindness.

I think it is good to be kind.

I like to meet interesting people but I can be a bit shy and nervous & get worried about that. 

I like to talk and sometimes do it a bit much and a bit loud. It's a big family thing.

I love to laugh and maybe have a really loud laugh....just maybe.  

I have a bit of thang for RED.  Always have, always will. No apologies.

I don't want to ever stop being fascinated by the world and all the amazing & interesting people that live on it.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.


I can be contacted via email at gourmetgirlfriend (at) me (dot) com.