Some of my best days, are farm days

Rob and I were married on the front lawn of the house here up at the farm. We decided long before we ever lived in the country, that we wanted a country wedding, with friends and family coming to visit to stay and kick up their heels. We were married on Easter Saturday in 2005 on a stunning autumnal … [Read more...]

And on we go.

Yesterday Rob and I took Daisy off to her High School interview. Yep, that little baby that I wrote about in the very first post on this blog almost 12 years ago, will soon enough head out into another phase of childhood and those ties that bind us get yet again a little looser. I drove her there … [Read more...]

Sick kids? Here’s what I use

I have been a little MIA the last few days. Every one of the girls have gotten sick (just a cold nothing too bad) and a niggle I had in a tooth has blown out to a full scale blown face DISASTER that saw me at the dentist at 9am on a Sunday for an emergency X-ray and seriously excited about an … [Read more...]

My quick go-to cheat dinners

As sure as the bottom of your laundry basket will NEVER be seen, your family will inevitably ask you "what's for dinner?!" and APPARENTLY it's up to us to feed them. Again. I know! Every night. I definitely have my shortlist that hit the dinner table every week but I thought we could all help each … [Read more...]

Easter 2018

Well here we are, Monday night of the long weekend. I am most definitely more tired than I was at the start of it (hello end of daylight savings that saw Maggie asleep on the couch at 5.55pm tonight) and markets and visitors and lunches out and late nights... Easter was everything I wished it to … [Read more...]

Happy Easter friends!

I hope that right now you have a drink in hand, sleeping, happy children collapsed in bed either at home or away for a long weekend with friends or family. Easter is my very favourite holiday in the whole year - while we are always trapped here at home in the village for our big Easter market on … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

OK, full debrief is essential don't you think? So much been going on and  even though I have been around, I thought a good old fashioned update was called for. Are you ready? Let's do this. I am 100% not going to talk about the fact that it was a year yesterday since Rob and I arrived in New York … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 2 years, 10 months

Does Maggie move from toddler to Preschooler when she turns 3 I wondered the other day? How can that be when she was LITERALLY just born? And now? Well now, she's the one who makes up bedtime stories at night. Here's her the other week telling me a tale in the darkness. Once upon a … [Read more...]

6 little lessons learned this week

Is it just me, or has this week been the l  o  n  g  e  s  t? And of course now that it's Friday, we will blink and it will be Monday morning again. Sigh. But still! FRIDAY. I am feeling very virtuous as I have been exercising, eating well and haven't ONE drink since Sunday. I know, it's not much, … [Read more...]

Remember me? Trying to reconnect with your partner with a house full of kids

How's things with you and your significant other at the mo? Like if you were rating where would you sit? -5? 3? 9? Somewhere in between? It's hard isn't it? Sometimes when I am drinking milk out of the carton looking at the fridge and hiding from my family I see pictures of us and think "was that … [Read more...]

Lawn gazing & food grazing

How was your weekend? If you were lucky like us, you may have had some of the most beautiful summery early Autumn days that even though it feels hot, the lights is different and it's cooler at night so (to me) they just seem all the more beautiful. We had slow days at home on both days with lots … [Read more...]

I’m bringing Nanna back….yeeeeaaah

There's been many a sign along my journey to Nannahood since I turned 40. Actually, strike that. I have been a Nanna waaaay before then. But recently I have really felt closer to Nanna and further away from cool young thing more than ever before. I mean there's these on my table this morning that … [Read more...]

To a mundane last Tuesday in Summer!

Man have I been in a bad mood for the last week. Dead SET, I am even annoying myself don't worry about it. SO many complaints and eyerolls and WOE IS ME, it's been very exhausting for everyone involved, namely myself. It takes quite a lot of energy to be all cranky and teary and generally over … [Read more...]

Our move to the country

Today we are in the Sydney Morning Herald talking about our move from city to country life which we did almost 8 years ago now. You can read the article online here. Such a small part of the questions were published, so I thought I would share my long form answers in case anyone wanted to read some … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting

Is it raining where you are today? It's gloriously wet here, properly sodden, wet, soaking rain that has all the trunks of the trees dark with rain, the grass greening before our eyes and the cheers from farmers heard in the distance. It's been a long, hot summer and we have some Autumn rain! Even … [Read more...]

Daisy is now 11!

Our sweet Valentine turned 11 on Wednesday, a simple celebration filled with all the things that she wanted: some new things for her grown up bedroom (she gave her room a little makeover after Christmas) and so asked for new bedlinen and odds and ends...including some succulents from her Grandma … [Read more...]

Number One

It's almost impossible to convey the absolute shift in the very essence of yourself that comes when having your first child isn't it? That first child, number one, who changed everything. What can you ever say to your first child that would let them know all that they have done to/for you? I always … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with bubbles and pre-birthday parties

Goodness me that weekend whooshed by didn't it? One minute it was Friday night (dead/exhausted etc etc) and the next thing it was 8.15am Monday morning and I had to wake up EVERY kid. Why don't they do that shit on the weekend I ask you? We had such a lovely weekend - lots of social catch ups … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

Is it just me who feels EXHAUSTED this Friday night? I looked at Daisy over dinner tonight, say the black bags under her eyes and knew that this FULL on feeling isn't just me. The adrenalin of a new year is wearing off, good intentions can be slipping as reality and back into routine that we … [Read more...]

Life Lesson #587: Setting yourself up for failure

On New Years Eve a few weeks ago, I had quite the epiphany about myself, and parenting and my ability to set myself up for failure (again) almost 11 years into this parenting caper. We were staying with Rob's Dad and step mum over Christmas and New Years for over 10 days, which we have done … [Read more...]