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...]

Even children get older

Yesterday I picked up Maggie's enrolment forms for school next year. I know. It's as much as a big deal for me you guys. Then, later in the afternoon I also had a call from her preschool teacher asking if she was going to be going back next year for another year of Preschool (should she? Maybe? No. … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

How has week one been friends? Doesn't take long to get back into the swing of things now does it? Back to routine, early morning wake ups and driving, so many pick ups. I am very keen for the coming weekend and a chance to catch all our breaths. Maggie seems particularly annoyed that she is back at … [Read more...]

Staycations are great, and other lies I tell myself

Friday afternoon the girls all finished school for the term and we fell across the finish line into school holidays. While Daisy had been off for a week already (hello brave new world of private schools) this was the official time to relax and catch our breaths after what had been a MASSIVE term for … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting

You guys, we are almost through the term. We are ALMOST there, kind of. Sheesh, term 2 has been a BIG one and while Daisy has been off school since Thursday last week, it's still very much BAU for the other two and Rob who has been away for work and me who somehow starts the juggle of work and kids … [Read more...]

Another June long weekend

Another long weekend has passed with lots more beautiful memories locked away with my brother and sister in law and their family. It's been a tradition for them to come down and spend it with us for as long as we have lived here - I think this was 8th year. You can check out what we have got up … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

You guys it's dark and freezing as I write this huddled by the fire before anyone wakes. I was up for hours in the night with a cold that I have been avoiding at all costs (too busy/no thank you/I'm fine thanks/move on) but I dragged myself out into there darkness to get the fire stoked and filled … [Read more...]

The roots that bind us

I've just come home from a very special weekend away with all of Rob's family. There was lots of laughter, sharing of memories, tears and stories and of course love. We were there with his Dad and step mum, his brother and wife, his two cousins and their husbands and us. A ramshackle group of adults … [Read more...]

Maggie is 4 years old!

We have a new photo to add to the very large collection...one more candle blown out as our baby girl is now four! I can't believe that she finally made it after a LOT of questions and asking when it was her turn (she was not so patient when her cousins had their birthdays in … [Read more...]

Pour a cuppa, let’s catch up

I have been TRYING so hard to get here and catch up with you guys for the past week and it's been virtually impossible. The shop has been SO busy for Mother's Day (YAY!) but it's meant that any time I have has been spent there, packing, sending, wrapping, re-ordering, post office, emails, accounts, … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting: the holiday edition

I am completely, entirely, fully NOT ready for school to go back this week. As the girls have gotten older and school has gotten more full on (activities increased etc) the holidays are as much as a break for me to take the pressure off for a while and after a long and stressful term 1, well these … [Read more...]

Dorothy May is 2 years old!

One of my favourite people in the WHOLE world had a birthday on the weekend...Miss Dorothy May turned 2! This little lady is truly PURE joy. She is hilarious, cheeky, funny and SO determined. I think she seems smaller than what she is because she is so delicate and has short hair, but this girl is … [Read more...]

Easter 2019

My goodness my pants are a little tighter after a BIG few days of eating and drinking that started Thursday afternoon, and I can't say will stop before tomorrow. My sister and her kids arrived Thursday afternoon, and from about 4.30pm when the first bottle of Prosecco was opened I can tell you that … [Read more...]

Autumn April days

We finally have daylight in the mornings which makes waking up a little easier. Each morning when I creep into Daisy's room to open the blind there's now a line of grey light around the window which makes things a little easier to pull the covers back and get on with it. I make her tea and toast, … [Read more...]

Just when Term 1 couldn’t get any longer, we get an Easter Hat Parade

A sponsored post for Woolworths In what has been the longest first term EVER (Ok, that may just be us) but we are staring down week 11 you guys, and I am TIRED. We have had the start of high school, the start of preschool, and in between starting school by herself for the first time ever (Harps … [Read more...]

The summer that was

Summer is hydrangeas and thick green grass that you cannot tame or keep up with. It's big leaves, growth and colour all around the garden. It's end of year exhaustion with school events and assemblies and sweaty legs stuck to chairs under fans in school halls. It's parties and catch ups, too … [Read more...]

When our mothers were where we are now

Yesterday I was up in Sydney to farewell one of our oldest family friends who had lost her battle with cancer. At 70 she seems too young to have to leave her 4 children behind, her 11 grandchildren that are still so young and have their whole lives ahead of them. It was a bittersweet day to … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting (with added 12th Birthday)

Friday morning and the house is filled with only the sound of my busy hands typing on the laptop, some loud tunes playing (our wedding CD which never gets old even 14 years later) and a very long to-do list before me. The time from school drop off to pick up sure goes fast and I tend to spend them … [Read more...]