Living with a possum: What I learned from an unwanted guest

Sometimes you have good neighbours, and life can be good. Sometimes you don’t – but at least, hopefully, you can escape from them into your home. But what do you do when your bad neighbour decides to move in and won’t stay away? If this neighbour happens to be furry, very agile, and not open to negotiations … More Living with a possum: What I learned from an unwanted guest

Five reasons why November is a great time to go on holiday

  Who goes on holidays in mid November? Isn’t it too busy? Too many commitments in November (the new December), too many end of year deadlines looming, finals for sporting teams, end of school events. Plus now’s the time to get all your New Years Eve commitments achieved (because they’d slipped from your mind mid … More Five reasons why November is a great time to go on holiday

New English words announced – but there’s still one missing!

I found out yesterday, courtesy of a fellow blogger Emily Hawker, that The Oxford English Dictionary announced the inclusion of an additional thousand words to its next edition. That sparked my interest (yes, it was a prime opportunity for distraction) and I scrolled through the list. You can, too, if you click on the link above. I found … More New English words announced – but there’s still one missing!

Lessons on life from a 102 (and a half) year old

  I’ve decided it’s time to introduce you to my grandmother. Partly because she’s ace, partly because Dad keeps asking me to (and so, for my father, here you go). But mostly because I feel like there has been a lot of negativity in the world lately. Without ignoring these, sometimes we also need to remember … More Lessons on life from a 102 (and a half) year old

What the Stamford Rape case should reinforce in all parents

Source: On Monday night, my kids and I went to two sex education information sessions (one for each child’s year level), hosted by our school. On the same day, I’d been reading a lot of reports about a court decision recently handed down about about a rape that took place over a year ago on the campus of Stamford … More What the Stamford Rape case should reinforce in all parents