About Me

Gardening with the clueless.  I have no idea but am willing to learn.  Come with me on my journey of vegetable discovery.  We will plant, we will grow, we will learn!

Hi, I am Simone – mother of two, former professional chef and current Business Analyst.  I am determined this year to make a small success of my vegetable plots and grow a little produce to feed my growing family.

I know I am going to need a lot of help with this and invite you to play the part of teacher and advisor or if you are like me a newbie to this game, then join me on a voyage of discovery!

Books By Simone

This House – The Story Of
Our Homes – The Story Of
The Apprentice Chef – Inside a London Kitchen

Hear Simone describe ‘This House’ and ‘Our Homes’ in her own words

This House – The Story Of

Available to buy on Amazon.com

Browse an example of ‘This House – The Story Of’.

Reviews for ‘Our Homes – The Story Of’

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant idea!, 2 Nov 2011
As soon as I saw this journal I bought it, along with the companion journal Our Homes.  My husband and I have owned eight houses in the course of our life together, and we probably haven’t finished moving yet. We have built two and extensively renovated others. The idea that when we move on we can leave a record for the new owners of who was there before them and what we did and why, is a very evocative one.  AEW, Australia.
5.0 out of 5 stars it was amazing, 22 Dec 2011
Just received this book in the mail today & flipped through it after winning it via the first-reads giveaway. I simply love this idea. My husband & I have lived in a few different homes & have both remarked about how great it would be to have a history about our home. That’s why when we built our current home, which we plan on being in for some time, we documented our building process. Now I have a place to record our documentation along with any changes we make over the years. I also very much like the idea of learning who the families are who’ve lived in a home. I look forward to filling that portion of the book out too.  Diane Phillips

Book Description

This journal belongs to the home. The current owners have custodianship of it and the pleasure of completing one chapter. When they leave the journal is left as a gift to the new owners.

The journal’s purpose is to provide a tangible link between the current owners and those who have previously made the house their home—giving a peek into its history, and a glimpse into the stories of those who have loved the house in their turn.

The journal contains chapters for each owner to complete. They contain space for:

  • Your family name
  • The dates you moved in and out
  • Why you moved here
  • Improvements or changes you made to the house and garden
  • The thing you liked best about living here
  • Best memories and memorable events
  • Why you are leaving the house
  • Where you are moving to
  • Plenty of blank pages for photographs and keepsakes.


The journal is a perfect gift for house warmings and weddings, and would be equally appreciated as a birthday or Christmas present—for someone else or yourself.

Our Homes – The Story Of

Available to buy on Amazon.com

Browse an example of ‘Our Homes – The Story Of’
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Reviews for ‘Our Homes – The Story Of’

I’ve just checked out your books and they’re friggin awesome! We’ll order Our Homes, I love the idea of handing that down to our kids one day, who doesn’t feel nostalgic about their childhood homes! Great house warming gift too huh” KT, New Zealand.
5.0 out of 5 stars Also a brilliant idea, 22 Dec 2011
I loved the idea of this journal so much I bought it immediately, along with its companion journal This House: the story of.
I have lived in a dozen homes in my life — buying and selling being the way my husband and I thought to make a pound or two. We have owned eight and rented others while building. Once in a while I’ll test my brain by recalling addresses, dates and events linked to each one. As soon as I saw these journals I realised they were what I needed. And I love how the author, in the Look Inside pages, has mocked up example chapters to show just how creative you can be with your own copies of the journals.”
AEW Australia.

Book Description

Our Homes is a journal in which you keep a treasured record of your family’s homes, all in the one journal.

It’s a journal you take with you from home to home, enabling you over the years to build a wonderful record of the homes you have lived in for your family to remember.

The journal contains chapters for each home. They contain space for:

  • The homes address
  • The dates you moved in and out
  • Why you moved here
  • Improvements or changes you made to the house and garden
  • The thing you liked best about living here
  • Best memories and memorable events
  • Why you are leaving the house
  • Where you are moving to
  • Plenty of blank pages for photographs and keepsakes.

The journal is a perfect gift for house warmings and weddings, and would be equally appreciated as a birthday or Christmas present—for someone else or yourself.


The Apprentice Chef – Inside a London Kitchen

Available to buy on Amazon.com

Browse an example of ‘The Apprentice Chef – Inside a London Kitchen’

Reviews for ‘The Apprentice Chef – Inside a London Kitchen’

5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulously gritty true account, 21 Jan 2012
As short stories go this is a doozy. If you ever dreamed of becoming a chef with the romantic notion of playing with all that lovely food, this account of an apprentice chef’s time in a top London restaurant will have you scurrying for safety. The writing is natural and so visual you are there in the kitchen with her! A gritty no-hold’s barred telling of what it’s like to work excessive hours while trying to exist in one of the world’s biggest cities.
I loved it. 
AEW, Australia.

Book Description

The short story ‘The Apprentice’ gives a glimpse into life as an apprentice working in a famous London Michelin star restaurant……

“…The thing about working in a kitchen is that you have to be an adrenalin junkie and a sucker for punishment. There is just no other reason for working in one. If you want to be a chef because you like to cook, then do so at home because working in a professional kitchen you will soon grow out of it. Working in a professional kitchen is comparable to working on the stock market floor or as an air traffic controller, the stress is unbelievable. It is little wonder that most Chefs who choose to stay at the battle front of the kitchen itself and not go into management either have severe personality disorders or abuse copious amounts of illegal substances. You can only do it well and stay sane for a relatively short period of time….’

A must read for any chef, those interested in cuisine, or interested in the world of professional cooking.

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