The 11-Mile Store

All ready for new tenants

We have a little piece of real estate on Sydney’s Northern Beaches where once upon a time we planned on extending and modifying the original ugly eye-sore and building our dream home.  For so, so, many reasons, it wasn’t to be and so when a few months ago our tenants said they were moving out, […]

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 […]

Travelling Home Solo

Eton Mess - too much for three

After Arabella finished hugging the pilot, she stepped onto the plane and the door was closed behind her.  Organising her own itinerary, she had about a 35-hour journey back to Sydney via China (China being in no way, on the way). Meanwhile, I had the trolley with all our luggage and I again took it […]

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 […]

QANTAS Economy

Hello New York

I have been reunited with Arabella and we’re having a fabulous and very special time together but first I have to tell you how about the journey from Sydney to New York traveling with QANTAS at the wrong end of the plane. After the long day of packing and organising and stocking the freezer with […]

‘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, […]

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 […]

Gluten-Free Chocolate and Raspberry Puddings and…The Charge Nurse

Molten puddings with a delicious sauce at the bottom of the dish

After I posted my story about the Charge Nurse on the cardiac ward, a few of the nurses I trained with read it and then contacted me to swap war stories.  This gave us a lot of laughs and we all agreed that tragedy plus time equals comedy. The reminiscing reminded me of another story […]

Raw, Vegan Lemon ‘Cheesecake’

A cheesecake with no cheese

I’m no longer limping. I’ve been to see an osteopath and after telling him my tale of stupidity (air-headed notion of training for less than four weeks for a 10km ‘fun’ run), he looked at me like he was dealing with a slow learner and said, ‘That’s not very wise’. I said, ‘I know that […]

Summer Beef Salad

Summer Beef Salad

Remember when my extended family celebrated Mother’s Day with a lunch and there was a wonderful salad of eye fillet of beef on the table and I promised to share with you the recipe? Well…here it is! And yes, the photos have been taken with a flash and that’s because I’m limping around very slowly […]