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

A life lesson from our week in Yamba, northern New South Wales

I’m writing this sitting on the grassy banks above the Main Beach of Yamba, northern NSW, having just been swimming, body surfing and building sand creations. My husband and the kids are at the beach below, and I’ve got a chance to write. We’re currently spending a week in this lovely place and if you … More A life lesson from our week in Yamba, northern New South Wales

After a year of political surprises, is it time to pause and listen?

The USA has a new president elect – Donald Trump. In the political arena, this is one of a number of outcomes across the world this year, many of which came as surprises: The UK voted to exist from the European Union There is an increasing push throughout Europe, from Hungary, Italy to Finland, to … More After a year of political surprises, is it time to pause and listen?

When books and places collide – My review of Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

  Week three of my series about what I’m learning from reading and how that applies to how we can understand the physical world in which we live (you can read the previous ones here and here). This week, Toni Jordan’s Our Tiny, Useless Hearts has prompted me to think about what we look for, and … More When books and places collide – My review of Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

How the number of kids trick or treating in your neighbourhood reflects its urban design (Maybe)

Halloween has just passed us here in Australia. Over the past two to three decades, the tradition has become more strongly embraced by many kids (and their families), in particular the opportunity to dress up and go from house to house, trick or treating for candy (or lollies, as I still call them). You might … More How the number of kids trick or treating in your neighbourhood reflects its urban design (Maybe)

Colouring my world with The Day the Crayons Quit

Source: I’ve recently bought ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. This is the first new picture book I’ve bought our family for a very long time. It  is one of the most beautiful books I think I’ve ever read, and I am besotted with it! If you haven’t read it, it revolves around a … More Colouring my world with The Day the Crayons Quit

Literary insights: How we see and connect with nature

Week two of my series about what I’m learning from reading and how that applies to how we can understand the physical world in which we live. And, one week in, I’m already changing the series title! This week it’s all about memoirs so ‘a novel perspective’ doesn’t quite fit- hopefully ‘literary perspectives’ will work better. … More Literary insights: How we see and connect with nature