Strange days Indeed, most peculiar Mama

I've been wanting to write a blog post for the past week, but to be honest I haven't had the time or the motivation to do so. Man, what a time we are living in right now. It's important to journal and record these times so instead of mindlessly scrolling Instagram and obsessively checking the news … [Read more...]

We still do

A few weeks ago it was the 29th February, that extra day in a leap year that comes around every 4 years. It was 16 years ago (in a leap year) that I was one of those brassy broads that decided that I would propose to Rob. It wasn't something I had planned on given that we had been a couple for all … [Read more...]

Finding what is lost

A few years ago we were up at the farm with the girls as we always are over one of the school holidays. My in laws had a close friend of theirs who lived not far from them ride on their property every week. She was about my age, maybe a little older, but her youngest was just a few years older than … [Read more...]

Daisy is now 13!

The reason that this blog exists is because in July 2006 I wrote an opening blog post to tell my sisters (but the world of no one listening) that we were having a baby. Almost 14 years have passed can you even believe that I am STILL writing on this blog?! BabyMac was born and on Valentines Day the … [Read more...]

Maggie started SCHOOL!

Last Wednesday the big day came and little Maggie who I swear was just born, popped on her school uniform, pulled up those sweet little cotton socks and off she went on her way. She was pretty low key about it. All those mentions of the big day coming, well it was finally here. And … [Read more...]

A hundred small goodbyes

My Mum's brother, my uncle, who we were all very close with and was like a father figure to the kids in our family died very suddenly almost 20 years ago now. I have been thinking a lot about the people I have loved in my life that have died since my father in law died, about my friends who have … [Read more...]

I guess that’s why they call it the blues…

We sat around the table on Christmas Day and listened as this came onto my playlist. Rob and I both started crying, knowing what was ahead us the next few weeks as we left the next day up to the farm to spend some time with Rob's Dad. We knew that we were getting close to the end and that the time … [Read more...]

It’s the 23rd of December

Somehow. SOMEHOW! It's been a crazy week - of celebrations, work, end of school, terrifying fire conditions and weather and a little well needed rest yesterday. It's quite the rollercoaster around these parts at the moment - with emotions and weather and to do lists...I still haven't sorted out all … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

This time next week it will be Christmas Eve, and this morning instead of feeling overwhelmed about everything that has to happen I am choosing to feel excited about it, the magic of Christmas and how wonderful it's going to be over the next week seeing all of my lovely family. I actually can't … [Read more...]

Full and thorough reporting

My mornings seem to be getting earlier and earlier at the moment - Maggie has been up before 5 the last few mornings, I think in part motivated by the chocolates in the advent calendar. Nothing shows a Mum has given up more than allowing chocolate at 5am in the morning does it? At least I have new … [Read more...]

Surviving parenting the First year of High School

Tomorrow we reach the end of Daisy's first year of High School. It's done. Quicker than any year of Primary school by at least two times. GONE. DONE. How? First day of Kindergarten 2012 Last day of Primary school 2018 First day of High school 2019 I cannot believe how well Daisy has done … [Read more...]

The pre January deep cleanse

Call it getting older, call it self awareness, call it self CARE, but this week I decided that I would tackle something before the START of the school holidays: The DEEP CLEAN that comes in January. This clean has been well documented throughout the dawn the time. A Mum gets home from holidays … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 4 and a half

It's been a while you guys since I have done an update on Maggie, 6 months in fact. She's here, she's big. She is FULL of attitude and ALL of the emotions and tantrums and boredom all in the space of 30 seconds. She's a lot. She's so big. She's still so small. Sweet Maggie, about to finish her last … [Read more...]

Mum rage in week 6 of term 4

How are you going guys? Really? It's a tough time of the year for us Mums and I know that tensions have been a little, shall we say, high around these parts. I know I can't be the only one, so thought we all better check in on each other. I'm feeling pretty tired. The tiredness has been from … [Read more...]

Round these parts

You guys! Apologies for not getting on here for like, a week, but things have been busy. And while there are no medals for the busiest, I have to say, Lucy and I have been right up there. I keep meaning to get on here all last week to do a post but just literally would run out of hours in the day. … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting

It's Tuesday morning and it's a little cooler than it has been for ages. I think it's only 4 degrees outside as I can feel the cool coming up through the floorboards on my bare feet as I sit and type here in the cool dark. The weather has been hot, the garden coming alive with spring in all its … [Read more...]

Harper turned 10!

Despite it being 10 years since Harper was born, I remember that day so clearly. Being in our little terrace house and standing up from bed with Rob and Daisy in there and having my waters break. The traumatic birth. The awful, awful minutes of silence when she was born when we thought we had lost … [Read more...]

The third Wednesday in October

The house has been quieter this week after the mayhem of when we got home last week. We arrived back to a green village and garden, everything seemed to have burst into life in the 10 days we were gone. Seeing green on the trees and on the lawn again after months of yellow and brown is such a … [Read more...]

Early spring

Where the days are a little longer and warmer, every time you look up you see a new fleeting blossom. There's sunshine in the days and sparkly stars in the cool night. It's all about promise and hope of what is to come. You marvel at everything coming back to life after so many months of quiet and … [Read more...]

42 is the natural number that succeeds 41 and precedes 43, and I am now it.

Last week I turned 42 and I have to say it was one of the best birthdays EVER. Go 42! I do believe it's a special number, if you have read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy you will find that 42 is the "answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything” - calculated by a very big … [Read more...]