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Upside Down

One of my daughters has a thing for being upside down. She is often just a pair of feet on the headrest of the couch. If you say her name, the feet will jig about a bit but there’s not likely to be any further response. It’s as if she’s in her own upside down world. I just tried the upside down on the couch pose and it wasn’t unpleasant […]

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Missing Blue

I know we love our dog. But then he goes missing and I really know we love our dog. And then while I’m trudging up the hill in the dark trying not to be futile with a torch, I accidentally think about how much we loved our dog. And the past tense clumps in my throat and comes out in a little dark and lonely hillside sob. It was just another Saturday evening: […]

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TEN THINGS THAT REALLY SHIT ME

DISCLAIMER: I am pre-menstrual. My boobs hurt, I have pimples and I am in a right grump with whomever it was that created females actually. Such lazy, bullshit design. I’d have put me in for repairs or replacement by now if I were machinery. Very temperamental and really leaky. FFS. Anyway, to the point. TEN THINGS THAT REALLY BLOODY(!) ANNOY ME: Getting a fright. Just the other night, I was very […]

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May Your New Year be Full Of Beans

When your New Year doesn’t get off to an altogether good start, I think it’s okay to try again on say about the tenth of January. That seems a reasonable frame of time to get settled into a new year. I mean, when we start a new job it takes at least a fortnight to hit your straps. And with New Year’s Eve being such a demanding temptress of a […]

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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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