Court, Police and Planning Rooms

Bryant Park

Today’s been one of those days.  Archie’s in Court, Arabella’s down at the Police Station and Alfie’s been sent to the Planning Room.  I wouldn’t mind if they paced themselves through their dramas but they want me living on the edge and so when a storm hits, it’s more like a hurricane where I am […]

Airport Hijinks

Sitting by the fountain

On our last morning in New York, Arabella and I decided we should try to relax and unwind and so we went across the road from our apartment to Washington Square, an extremely picturesque park at the end of Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village.  We had a really lovely time sitting in the sunshine by […]

‘So Don’t Get Stressed’

What a mess

One of the other hats I’ve been wearing is ‘Project Manager’.  It’s a hat I acquired a few weeks ago when one of the tenants in a building we own moved on.  It was decided that before we advertised for a new tenant, some work should be done on the premises; it is after all, […]

Homesick No More

Liev Schrieber with his arm around my lucky daugher

Miss Arabella has recovered from her homesickness. That’s not to say I’m cancelling my trip. All it took was my sister taking her for a trip down Rodeo Drive for some therapeutic shopping where she purchased a Michael Kors jumpsuit. Followed by being picked up by an Audi chauffeur and taken to the premier of […]

Arabella’s Misadventures

Sundowners

Disclaimer:  The images shown are irrelevant to this post but show you how we spent some of our time in the Southern Highlands. As most of you are aware, my daughter, on a whim, went on-line and bought herself an airline ticket to the USA.  She had an idea in her head that traveling solo […]

A Country Escape

Miss Arabella about to head off on her big adventure

Carl and I, together with our ‘only’ child, have left the ‘big smoke’ for a few days on the farm in Mittagong.  For me it’s a much needed time of de-stress after taking Miss Arabella to the airport, first thing Saturday morning. It was a few weeks before Christmas when Arabella came to me and […]

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 […]

Quattro Formaggi Deli, Mosman

Comfy lounges and then there's the cheese counter

A few days ago it was my birthday.  We had planned a family dinner somewhere cheap, cheerful and local for the mid-week celebration however,  on the day of my birthday, Arabella announced that that night she had a work shift and so instead, could she take me out for lunch.  How lovely! It’s just that […]

Avenue Road Cafe, Mosman

The outdoor tables are very popular, day and night

We are having the most glorious final burst of summer here in Sydney.  I’ve never known May to be so warm.  And I’m not complaining either.  It’s perfect conditions for going out for lunch and sitting in the sun and feeling those warm rays before reality sets in and it’s all over until next Spring. […]

Arabella’s Vegetarian Brunch

A plate of colour

Arabella has bought herself a cookbook.  It’s Donna Hay’s Fresh and Light.  All inspired, she said she wanted to cook brunch for when we were down on the farm. Arabella doesn’t cook very often.  Case in point, she recently found a recipe she’d like to cook.  She went out (with my wallet) and bought mountains […]