21 Years of Santa Photos

The year we became a family

I’ve now been taking my children to see Santa for more than two decades.  I never thought I’d spend 21 years lining up in lengthy queues with hyped-up children who couldn’t stand in line for five minutes let alone the two hours it’s often been.  I thought I would share with you the interesting and […]

Scouts’ Christmas Trees

Ready for business

Alfie’s a Cub-Scout and part of what he does as a Cub is fundraise for the organisation.  That’s not a taxing task as there’s actually only one fundraiser a year and it’s the sale of Christmas trees.  Last year was the first year Alfie and I assisted the Scouts by standing in a prominent place […]

Snowman Cake

A snowman cake

Alfie is so skinny.  When he is in his swimsuit Arabella always says to him, ‘Can you cover up your skeleton?’ But he’s been this way since he was born.  In the hospital there were two babies that were over 10lbs, Alfie and a baby girl.   Apart from their weight they had little else […]

Reef Beach, Sydney

The girls love an outing

One of the best things about spending time at Oakvale is that on the neighbouring property lives two boys, both around the same age as our little guy. Alfie spends every daylight hour with them and it’s all old-fashioned fun which means being outdoors and doing things like riding dirt bikes, playing with the hose, […]

Mosman Rowers

Mosman Rowers

The Mosman Rowers’ is situated on a prime piece of heritage waterfront land in Mosman.  The club started in Circular Quay in 1873 but now has its very unique and special location in Mosman Bay. The clubhouse is a rustic weatherboard building that has a balcony overlooking the very pretty bay and it’s a great […]

The James Craig Tall Ship

The James Craig

What I love about Alfie being a cub-scout is that he’s having so many wonderful experiences and great opportunities to learn and discover.  One recent experience was spending the night on the James Craig. The Barque James Craig is a tall ship that was built in 1874 and launched as Clan Macleod.  It was a […]

ArtsNorth Primary Choral Concert

The Concert Hall

My little guy loves to sing.  Last year he auditioned for the school’s choir but during that process he was shown the door for making a silly noise and never had the chance to audition, let alone be in the choir.  He had to wait an entire year to audition again and this time he […]

Balmoral Sailing School

Bringing in the boats

Every child who entered in either the 10km or 5km Mini-Mos fun runs was eligible to enter the draw to win one of 30 sailing lessons from event sponsor, the Balmoral Sailing School. As my little guy ran in both races, he ended up with two entries so the odds of him winning one of […]

Parental Leave

Glazed ham

Often our weekends are taken up with children’s sports, their parties, their friends, their sleepovers; as well as their homework, assignments, projects, speeches, escapades and dramas.  But last weekend we took a break from parenting and spent time socialising and catching up with our own friends. For my mental health I needed parental leave.  Archie […]

1st Clifton Gardens Sea Scouts 70th Birthday

Great weather

After many, many days of heavy downpours and what seemed like non-stop rain, we woke on Sunday morning to clear blue skies.  It was such a pleasant surprise. And the blue skies were so welcome because Alfie’s sea scout group was celebrating its 70th birthday. The first meeting of the Group was in a private […]