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 […]

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 […]

Baby Pea, Mint and Asparagus Salad

Baby Pea, Mint and Asparagus salad

I didn’t raise my Archie to be cruel.  But a few days ago he was watching some old home videos.  And the video footage isn’t that old; just 18 years old which went by like three or four. But he came down from his bunker and said, ‘Mum, I’m really shocked; I’ve just been looking […]

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 […]

‘Why Archie? Why?’

Happier times when he was doing a bit of modelling

I’m sure you all remember my son, Archie.  He was a nice looking boy; clean-cut and shaven.  I was proud to walk down the street with him. These days I cross the street. Everything was fine until a few months ago.  We had his 21st, he was working hard at uni, he had a good […]

Going to Court and Lunching in the Planning Room

Bryant Park

Today’s been one of those days.  Archie’s been summoned to Court and Alfie’s been sent to the Planning Room.  I wouldn’t mind if my boys 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 in the middle […]

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. […]

Archie and the Possum

Look at the whiskers!  Ringtail possums are very cute.

Last weekend Archie took my car to a 21st birthday party that was a few hours from Sydney and out in the bush and where my car had to go along a lot of dirt roads.  He brought it back so filthy it is impossible to tell what colour the car is.  He said he’d […]

A Family Update

Your typical family photo

I thought I would give you an update on the parenting front. Archie is back at uni and on the days he’s not there he’s working at Bathers’ Cafe and also fitting in dance classes with the Sydney Dance Company.   Plans are underway for his 21st birthday party.  There’s an awful lot of organising […]

A Summer Christmas Party

Vegetarian wraps

I’m back.  I’ve had a short absence as over the weekend I found the space-bar on my Mac Book Pro wouldn’t cooperate and so I couldn’t space out my words.  Frustrating!  On Monday I took my nine-month old lap top to the Apple repair shop and they confirmed the space-bar had died and as it’s […]