A Suburban Backyard

The first time I can recall visiting the home of my great uncle and aunt was in 1977.  Having just moved to Australia from New Zealand, Doug and Margaret were the only relatives we had in our new country. Doug was an author and a poet and Margaret, a painter.  After living in Circular Quay […]

A Musical Soiree

I had a weekend of music with an 80’s concert of Australian rock bands on Saturday night and then a piano recital the following night.  The only thing they had in common was that there was someone on the keyboards at both. I’m going to sound like a Philistine, but this was the first piano […]

Fawlty Chinese

Last Saturday night we had a concert to go to with a bunch of friends we went to school with.  Six of us decided it would be a good idea to meet up for dinner before the concert.  Suggestions were called upon for where we should dine.  And here’s the unfortunate part.  I enthusiastically said […]

A Springtime Wedding

A very good friend of ours married a few weeks ago.  We were thrilled to be invited to share in his very special day. While I’ve known the groom, Shinji, since I was 16, I’d only met his fiance once and that was at his daughter’s wedding where, because of the volume of people, we didn’t […]

Five Siblings

It’s been a hectic weekend with all sorts of wonderful events taking place but the most significant of these was a Sunday lunch where my parent’s five children were not only in the same country but also seated around the same table.  The weather, which has recently been very disappointing actually turned on a warm […]

The Wedding of a Very Special Friend

I don’t think there’s a more happy event than a wedding.  People always cry at weddings but for Deb’s wedding I was crying when I received the invitation!  Deb has been a very good friend of mine since I was a teenager and we’ve been doing life together through all its trials and ups and […]

Mother’s Day 2014

This year we celebrated Mother’s Day at my sister, Katie’s house.  Which is just as well because she did happen to say, loudly, that posts regarding her family have been ‘very light on’.  So here is a post all about Mother’s Day at Katie’s house. Except first I have to tell you all about how […]

The Bonfire

One thing we didn’t have to worry about hearing while down on the farm were cries from the little guy of, ‘I’m bored’, ‘There’s nothing to do?’ and ‘What are we doing today?’  Hallelujah! Farm life or being out in the country has so much to offer a boy but one added advantage to holidaying […]

Hunters and Collectors Antiques, Mittagong NSW

Carl likes to browse. When we were staying at Oakvale in Mittagong, we went for a drive and along the main street Carl saw a few antique stores and old wares-type shops and second-hand traders and these are his favourite types of browsing experiences.  He stopped the car and out we got and the first […]

“Oakvale”, Mittagong

It’s school holidays in NSW and it’s always a bonus if you’re able to go away for a few days to just relax and have some family time.  With the bills for Archie’s 21st coming in thick and fast, we knew an exotic or far-flung holiday wasn’t on our agenda – I wasn’t sure we […]