Win Tickets to the Easter Show

Animal Farm Exhibit

Sydney’s Royal Easter Show is Australia’s largest annual event and this year, in its two-week season, is expected to attract around a million visitors. The Royal Easter Show was started by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) in 1823 and for nearly 200 years, has been the darling of Sydney’s events. RAS is a […]

Bitten by the Swimming Bug

On the edge of Sydney Harbour

So…we’ve had the school swimming carnival and the amateur swim club carnival and this week we’ve had the inter-schools’ zone swimming carnival. It was held at my most favourite pool, North Sydney Olympic Pool.  My favourite not only because I used to train there as a child, but because of its unique position on the […]

Iceberg Lettuce Salad and…Turkey Time

Iceberg lettuce salad

But it’s not really turkey time is it. Since Christmas I have had a 7.5kg (13 stone), free-range turkey in my freezer and while delighting in how I was able to purchase it at cost price, it’s actually started to annoy me because it was taking up 85% of my freezer space.  I was intending […]

SoCal, Neutral Bay

Corn chips with guacamole and salsa $12.00

Since the beginning of this year, Alfie has let us know that for his birthday he would like to go to SoCal, a Mexican restaurant with a name that is short for ‘So Californian’.  He had been there just once before when Arabella took him out for lunch one day and ever since has declared […]

The Swimming Carnival

Just won his breaststroke race

My little guy has a love/hate relationship with swimming.  The ‘love’ part is that he’s a very natural swimmer with a beautiful swimming style and he has the potential to be a very good swimmer.  The ‘hate’ part is that he’d really rather not swim. Up until yesterday, that is. The problem for Alfie is […]

A Christmas Card

Christmas Photo, 2014

Every year I send out Christmas cards that have an unfortunate family photo on the front and musings of what a wicked year it’s been, on the inside. I sent this year’s Christmas cards out almost three weeks ago and no one has received them.  Who knows where they have ended up but there were […]

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, […]