Saturday, August 29, 2009


Posted by MANDI at 8:49 PM
It's my third blogiversary today AND this is my 500th post! Who woulda thunk it?
Three years ago we'd not long moved to Red Dirt Central, my big kid had just turned four, my baby was about to turn one and I'd decided to start a blog so that family and friends could keep up with what we were doing. I figured I'd share news of our life in the red dirt along with photos and updates on kids and, in the process, hopefully feel like we weren't quite so far away from everyone. In the next three years I made some great friends through the blogging world, baked more new recipes than I ever thought I would and ended up with people as far away as Italy, Texas and Germany reading about my corner of the world. We also moved back home to the Perth hills and, while I mislaid the blogging mojo for a while, I kept blogging.
I thought I'd share some of my favourite posts from over the past three years.
One of my favourite places and definitely one of my all-time favourite holidays was Exmouth in October, 2007. And looking back at some of the dumb things I've done, but blogged about anyway, has made me giggle. I've also enjoyed looking back and and seeing how much the kids have changed and grown as well as being reminded about some of our not-so-traditional family traditions. I still love this post about Offspring #1's artwork and his attempts to explain it to me.
I also love this post from when I did a work trip from Red Dirt Central to Sydney. To say I was terrified and freaking out would be an understatement and realising, once I was well into the trip, that I could do it on my own was an amazing feeling.
And of course, finding some truly fabulous recipes and sharing them with you has been one of the highlights for me.
Thanks for keeping me company and for reading. Would you do something for me? To help me celebrate my milestone? Please, please leave a comment. Just a quick hello would really make my day. You can be anonymous if you want but I'd love to know you're here.


Iris Flavia on August 30, 2009 at 1:52 AM said...

Happy blogiversary!!! :-)

Agreed, it´s great to be able to look back at steps in life - together with pics and all! And to make friends around the world! :-) Yay for blogging!

Funny coincidence with the 500, too!

Jen_TX on August 30, 2009 at 5:23 AM said...

I have so loved seeing your kids grow up and hearing all the wonderful stories. I don't usually make the recipes as your measurements aren't the same as mine but there have been many I've positively drooled over. I love seeing your part of the world and hearing some of the differences. I would love to sit with you and a cuppa tea and some delicious snackie and visit in person but, you are quite a ways from Texas! But thankfully with the internet, you are only a click away! Thanks for all the blogging. Congrats on your 3 years and 500 posts! Big Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Hey RDM - congrats on your posting milestone. I really enjoy reading your blog even tho' we live not so far apart and catch up (illnesses between us all permitting!!) for playdates. We made your Banana Maple Pudding for dessert last night and it was yummy - but didn't look as good as your piccy. See you soon. Fi x

Claire on August 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM said...

Well, happy blogiversary! You've done a few more posts than I...I'm at 401 in three years. You have definitely had lots of fun posts. It's fun to look back isn't it!

NitaAZ on August 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM said...

Nita AZ

Hi Mandy, I have enjoyed watching you kids grow up. I remember when you announced #1's arrival and also #2. It has been fun seeing how they have changed over the years.

I check out your blog everyday and am happy to see the pictures and also the recipes. Like Jen I haven't made them because of the difference in measurments.

Would be great to sit down with you and Jen one day to have a cuppa tea and a goodie.

Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary.

Samantha Marshall on August 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM said...

Congratulations!!!Happy 3rd Blogiversary!!!

B and the boys on August 30, 2009 at 11:44 AM said...

Happy Blogiversary! I always enjoys your views and hearing what is happening in another mom's world.

Chantalle said...

aha! I think you've just worked out the secret to getting lots of blog comments...begging!

It's kind of a cool record to have over the years, I can't believe I've had you bookmarked for 3 years!

I'll be over soon and I'd love to catch up! LSL T4 - counting down!!

Anonymous said...

Wow - doesn't time fly - I can't believe it is three years since we both happened to move to red dirt central!!! Keep the blog going - I love checking out your wonderful cooking and the cute things your kids do!

Trish on August 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM said...

Happy Anniversary! I've enjoyed reading your blog for a couple of years now and I hope you'll keep going!

mrsbourbon on August 30, 2009 at 8:31 PM said...

Lovin the blog. I can identify with a lot of your experiences as a mum of 2 and owner of 1 large dog and husband!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your milestones,mands...I am proud to say I have read every one of those 500 blogs and am looking forward to the next 500 and beyond.
Kaz xx

Anonymous said...

Hello- I've been anonymously reading for quite a long time, and I enjoy your recipes and reading about Australia. I live near Chicago, USA, and have been to Sydney before, and I really like the little bit of Australia I've seen. Thanks for your writing and best of luck to you and your adorable family- Karen

Donna said...

Happy Blogiversary! You know I'm still checking up on you.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary, i am new to your blog (a few months) but have already tried a few of your recipes and so far they have been great. thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

OK - you growled at me yesterday for not leaving a message. Yes I still read you blogs, when I have time. Hope you start feeling a lot better soon.

Red Dirt Mummy on September 2, 2009 at 5:20 PM said...

Thanks Iris!

Hi Jen - yes, a cuppa would be wonderful but, as you say, Texas is sure a long way from here.

Glad you liked the pudding Fi. See you on Saturday.

Hi Claire! Thanks.

Hey Nita, nice to see you again! It's funny to think how long we've "known" each other - maybe we'll get to have that cuppa in person one day!

Thank you Sam.

Thanks B, I'm glad to see you here.

Chantalle I think you hit the nail on the head! Really looking forward to catching up during your visit :)

Hey Jodie - time sure does fly by. We must catch up for that cuppa we keep promising ourselves. Maybe next hols?

Thanks Trish :)

Thankyou Mrs Bourbon, both for reading and for leaving a comment!

Awww... thanks Kaz. You're sweet, as always :)

Thankyou for your lovely comment Karen. I hope you'll keep reading (and commenting!)

I know you are Donna! That and you want ideas for dinner LOL.

Thankyou anonomous 12.29. I hopy you'll keep visiting.

Mum, I don't growl! Grrrrr...

The Cookbook Junkie on September 3, 2009 at 2:48 AM said...

3 years! Time sure does fly. I also enjoy following you from the other side of the world. I feel very international!

This blogging fad might be more than a fad, huh?

Belongum on September 20, 2009 at 6:18 PM said...

I'm VERY late in my congratulations... but I'm adding mine anyway lol ;-) CONGRATS!!!

It's been a joy to read and have a look-see at your life through your 'blog eyes'. Not to mention the yummy recipes that's ended up out of your house and into ours! Ta very much Mandy, I've been busy as hell, and not very inspired over in my world - but you still give me hope lol

Cheers mate... ;-)


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