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Dear Spaghetti Bolognese

Dear Spaghetti Bolognese, Our beloved but humble dish, to you I owe great debts of sanity, time, health and happiness. These are busy, busy days, and I am ever more conscious of how glad I am to know you. We go back a long way, you and I. Remember you were the first dish I learnt to make from start to finish (never mind the ‘chicken soup’ I made from […]

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Sweetness and Fight

Today in the supermarket I had a battle on my hands. My three children were with me, it’s Christmas and there is all manner of evil in your face. Sigh. It shouldn’t be sigh. It should be exciting. ExSIGHting. It should be all jingle bells and incoming holiday relief and looking forward to seeing everyone. But no. It’s all “I WANT…” Today, they wanted me to buy 90 candy canes […]

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BUT YOU WERE JUST HERE

“It’s a long way to Tipperary, It’s a long way to go. It’s a long way to Tipperary To the sweetest girl I know! Goodbye, Piccadilly, Farewell, Leicester Square! It’s a long long way to Tipperary, But my heart’s right there.” No one sings this song anymore. And Pooh bear is turning 90.  That’s outrageous. It was only the other day he was ‘now-we-are-six.’.  My smallest just turned 7. Yesterday she […]

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An Idiot’s Guide to Vietnam

Two weeks in Vietnam as a tourist with three children is not enough to properly get to know a country. But I’ve done my best not to treat it as just another place in which to lie on a beach and warm my bones after a long Tasmanian winter. Let’s be honest though, in the last two weeks I’ve lounged up there with the best of them. I’ve looked at […]

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Ah Holidays

Our annual holiday started in all the best ways. Work completed in time, house sorted, everything packed in advance (well in advance since I got the departure day muddled up and we ended up with an extra day at home. This was an unexpected bonus for my garden because I spent the day getting the mulching finished and feeding all the plants sea-sol as a little extra Spring boost. I’ve […]

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RESTAURANT REVIEW – Pizza Hut

So maybe you thought Pizza Hut had disappeared with Roxette and 1927 (the band, not the year). Well it didn’t. My local Pizza Hut has been in the same spot, wearing the same 80s red brick outfit and opening the same doors ever since I was wearing a ra-ra skirt with a wide elastic belt. Back then, the highlight for me was the great big swinging plastic balls of ginger […]

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Sue the Cow, a Song

While the boys were out we wrote a song. Actually we wrote two songs. One is called “My Dog Is Like A Unicorn” and was mostly written by Bess. This one is called, “Sue The Cow”. I didn’t mean for this to become a protest post of any sort, nor did we set out to write a profoundly moooving activist song, but in light of the dairy crisis and our contracted […]

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TALK ABOUT THE RAIN

I want to talk about the rain. Everyone is talking about the rain here in Tasmania, so a little more talk about it is neither here nor there. This is what we do during a drought – when there is not enough grass for our cows to eat, or water for our gardens to thrive, or enough dam capacity for our lightbulbs to burn all night for small children to […]

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CLEANING DAY

Yesterday was cleaning day. This is when I don’t rest or leave the house until its surfaces are gleaming, there’s no bullshit on the benches (forms, junk mail, half-finished craft) and no nerf bullets in the pantry. It happens at least once a fortnight. I dread it and I am always ready to resent it, declare it against my feminist beliefs, but really it’s just another job that has to be […]

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