Category Archives: family.

Making the most of it.

The leash-free beach ceases on Nov 1 for dogs during the day and picks up again in March. We’re making the most of it while we can. There are certain things that Jeff will miss more than Poppy and I … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Poached eggs will never be the same again.

Life is pretty good at the moment. Only one week to go till the September holidays, when we can do this all the time if we want to. I had a birthday last week. Yes, 25 (again). Tom24 turned up … Continue reading

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Now it’s in the lap of the Gods. (In other words, the real estate agents.)

Well it’s certainly been a hectic couple of weeks. The house is on the market, with a view to selling it in a couple of weeks if a developer likes the thought of two housing blocks side-by-side in the McKinnon … Continue reading

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Perspective.

I had an interesting conversation today. I was talking with a friend over the phone. She was a tad hungover from a Christmas breakup the night before, while I was hiding from the hot day by staying inside, reading Tony … Continue reading

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12 months Interest-free – get onto it!!!

Just letting Aussie readers know that this is now back for a limited time. People get very excited over this offer, as it makes it incredibly easy to get a thermomix into your kitchen. If you’d like further info, feel … Continue reading

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South Africa 1

After a 15 hour trip, which included a flight to Sydney, then a flight to Johannesburg and then a 2 hour bus trip to the Palace of the Lost City, (where I sculled this water) we were there. Let Thermofest … Continue reading

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The realisation of a goal.

Seventeen years ago this month, my then- husband and I bought a little 1950s weatherboard in a quiet suburb in Melbourne’s South East. We had 4 sons: a nearly 5 year old about to start school the next year; a … Continue reading

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The click-clack of creativity.

I’m surrounded by the clacking of computer keys. I’ve taken my year 8s into a computer room and I’ve given them a story starter and then they all have to finish the story without talking to anyone or reading what … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: host your own 21st

I’m sitting here this morning typing away, the house quiet around me. Molly woke me by barking furiously at 6.30. Only one thing in this world makes her bark with that intensity… and sure enough the hot air balloons were … Continue reading

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Christmas and the first soap-making of the season. Jolly!

Christmas with the cousins at Inverloch. Evan16 loses his balance… That was on the first night. The next day I glanced out of the window and saw that he learned from his experience: You should have heard Mum laugh! Another … Continue reading

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