Mini-Mos 2104

Alfie with the great Herb Elliott

Yesterday was the day where I ran in my first running race since 1983 (apart from the Mother’s Race at Alfie’s Athletics Carnival a few years ago). As most of you are aware, I tried to prepare for the race by buying new shoes, purchasing orthotics and joining a jogging group.  From the outset things […]

Balmoral Burn, 2014

A runner's reward

The thing about Alfie, is that he likes to involve himself in so many things.  Our community hosts lots of events and in the weeks leading up to each event, signs appear in the streets letting everyone know it’s time to sign up.  Alfie reads those signs. For weeks he’s been on the countdown for […]

Baden-Powell Scout Centre

Sandstone paths and walls lead to peaceful places to sit

Alfie is continuing on in his scouting pursuits.  He is in awe of the creator of the worldwide movement, Lord Baden-Powell (BP) and feels very special that they share the same birthday.  Alfie’s other hero isn’t me, it’s Bear Grylls, and Bear has escalated even further in hero status since Alfie found out he’s the […]

Lucky 13

Relaxing with a mate after it's all over

Today was the day of the Zone Cross Country Championships for my Alfie.  As Alfie is in the Under 9′s and as that’s the youngest entry age, this was Alfie’s first year of competing.  To go to the Zone you have to have placed in the Top 6 of your school’s cross country race and […]

The Cross Country

Running through the finish line

It’s the once a year event that has me cheering from up and down the sidelines.  This week was Alfie’s first week back at school after the Easter holidays and three days in, he had his school’s annual cross-country event. As you may know, Alfie loves to run and because he’s not a sprinter, the […]

The Bonfire

The fire the boys built by themselves

One thing we didn’t have to worry about hearing while down on the farm were cries from the little guy of, ‘I’m bored’, ‘There’s nothing to do?’ and ‘What are we doing today?’  Hallelujah! Farm life or being out in the country has so much to offer a boy but one added advantage to holidaying […]

Easter Sunday

No stone left unturned

I thought I’d share with you how we spent Easter Sunday. It started early with war games.  That’s what I’m calling the Easter Egg hunt.  Prior to Easter Sunday I made the mistake of thinking everyone was too old for an Easter Egg hunt and when I dared to vocalise this I was severely admonished. […]

Wollemi Glow Worm Tunnel

The beginning

Carl doesn’t like to rise early on a Sunday morning so he wasn’t very pleased when I told him we had to be up at six to take a three-hour drive to go and see some glowworms. ‘What for?’ he asked. ‘Scouts.  It’s a scout activity we were supposed to do a year ago but […]

North Sydney Olympic Pool

The Olympic pool, the baby pool and Luna Park in the distance

As a teenager I spent many hours training in North Sydney Olympic Pool.  Perfectly positioned between the harbour bridge and Luna Park while nestled on the foreshore of Sydney harbour, and with all its retained charm of its 1930′s era, it is absolutely my most favourite pool to swim in. But this week it was […]

Shark Attack Birthday Cake

The birthday cake arrives on the table

Alfie has just celebrated his ninth birthday with a shark party where nine boys watched Jaws in his bedroom then had pizza and jelly cups followed by a Mintie scramble and a shark attack birthday cake. Hooray!  It’s all over for another year.  That probably sounds a bit mean but I’m currently organising a 21st […]