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
Hello to you all, from our home in Melbourne (which, no, doesn’t quite look like this, although how cute is it???) We’ve been back in town for a couple of days, having spent a week in our home on the Mornington Peninsula, and are taking off by the weekend in another home, this time to … More Back to basics – What makes a home?
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
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!
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
If you’re anything like me, your mind often feels full. Full of emotions both good and bad, full of thoughts that are run of the mill and exciting. There’s the mundane aspects of life: the bills to pay, meals to cook, children to wrangle, appointment to keep track of, the never ending washing pile, (and the list … More Tending to the garden of my mind
Was it the col, wet weather or just the fact that we’ve reached Day 6 of the school holidays? Whatever reason, I’ve had a mother guilt / not keeping my kids busy attack. It’s proving hard to pull back and not over-schedule them. Do you find the same guilt (or something else?) I’d love your feedback! … More Today the holiday guilt started
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
It’s been a wet weekend, up and down the coast. While we’ve been spared the worst of it in Melbourne, it has been a very wet weekend. Grey. A dullness of light. Sometimes I find my mood can be reflected in the weather. But this time I made a conscious effort and I found instead … More Seeing with fresh eyes
Source: Today it’s my time to ask the questions – I’d love any tips and suggestions from any of you about how to make this weekend smoother, especially for my husband. Because, for the first time in I don’t know how many years, he’s filling in for another nurse. Yes, he’s working the night … More Working on the night shift