Macaroni Cheese with Leeks

Macaroni Cheese with Leeks

I’m not in Bali yet but almost. Thanks for all your positive comments that the kids will be just fine.  However, because my ability to think positively is crumbling, I’ve brought in the big guns. Yes, Archie (Useless) and Arabella (the Cripple), still don’t have to share the house with a live-in watch-dog but in […]

The Ruptured Tendon

Hospital - a good place to do uni work

It does seem a very long time ago that Arabella fell on broken glass and ended up in hospital.  In fact, it was 10 long weeks ago. Since having a lot of repair work done including the stitching back together of her patella tendon, Arabella has been living with her leg in a full-length brace. […]

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 […]

A Medical Emergency

A few drugs onboard

My life has been such a whirlwind I’ve barely had time for any on-line presence.  It always seems that just when you think the week ahead is looking like plain-sailing and you might actually have the chance to tackle the overdue tax reports the accountant has been asking for since October, that another crisis rears […]

A Trip to Hospital

Hmmm

Miss Arabella has always had a mouth full of drama.  In primary school she had an expander and then braces followed by an operation to remove a ‘super-numery’.  In high school she had braces but the result wasn’t good so she then had an extraction to create some necessary room and then braces for another […]

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 […]

The Interview Dress

The 'interview' dress

Miss Arabella came home from the interview fearing the worst.  She was applying to a university to study a combined law degree and as well as having satisfactory grades, she had to have a one-hour interview with the Dean of Law. She came home beating herself up with a long list of regrets and saying […]

Festive Fruit and Nut Cake and…Morning Drama

Festive fruit and nut cake

Do you all have morning drama?  We have it in spades. This morning Arabella had a very important interview.  She had to be in the city and ready for her appointment by 9.30am.  That shouldn’t be a challenge.  But when she woke, first she had to go out for a takeaway coffee and then she […]

The Gym Junkie

Dinner outside on the verandah

I’ve never really liked going to the gym.  But everyone else has a membership so I’ve felt I’d better get one too.  Over the years I have spent thousands on memberships where I don’t even put one foot inside the establishment that’s taking an automatic monthly direct debit straight from my bank account.  Hopeless. Swim […]