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...]

The tale of the Mum who made 34 million lunches: my top 7 lunchbox tips

A sponsored post for Woolworths I can’t quite figure it out, but by the time all 3 girls have finished school, I think I would have been making lunches for 22 years. 22 YEARS. Really rethink that age gap thing between kids you guys, THINK ABOUT IT. This year we have the girls going into … [Read more...]

The January Lament of mothers everywhere

I started my day at 3.30am this morning. I woke with Maggie calling out, wanting to go to the bathroom and while I hopped straight back into bed and willed myself back to sleep my mind had already started. "She's going to freak out at drop off today.""I'm going to have to be brave and strong and … [Read more...]

Some Good things

You know what's going to be REALLY good? A cool change that is due to hit us early tomorrow morning. It has been SO hot all week and I am thrilled at the prospect of a southerly change. Because I am 41 and that kind of thing really floats my boat. Lots of other good stuff happening around here … [Read more...]

That home from holidays clean..

It started about 2 days before we were due to come home. Those first thoughts about the state of the garden while we had been gone for three weeks, knowing that it would be out of control. Then I would think about the piles of shite that the girls bought home from school at the end of the year that … [Read more...]

2018: The Recap episode

As we hurtle towards the end of another year I can't help but be reflective and think about the year that was. All the things I got done, the things that I didn't. I hate this "set new goals & intentions" that come at this time of the year that inevitably just make you feel a bit shit about … [Read more...]

Christmas with my family 2018

It's hard to believe that Christmas for another year has been and gone...all that planning and craziness done and dusted all of us feeling a little weary for it all. Every second year my family get together (my siblings and families) for Christmas together and this year was at my brother and … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with Christmas catch ups & storms

(Cue singing): It's the most social time of the year! Isn't it just though? I do love the panic that we are never going to see anyone again and we HAVE to get it in before the end of the year and this weekend was exactly that. Lots of catching up with people, eating and drinking our way through … [Read more...]