When Your Dog Gets Dementia

Getting old is inevitable and there’s little hope of getting through it unscathed.  Probably the worst affliction on the old is cognitive decline and it is not only a percentage of older humans who end up with dementia; I’ve recently come to understand that our canine friends can also be caught in the net. Last […]

Blueberry Lattice Pie

Sometimes I fear that people think I make things up. But I’ll tell you what happened when I took Rosie to the vet anyway. I received a text message telling me the dear little girl was due for her annual immunisations and check-up.  When I made the appointment I told them I thought she had […]

After School Cookies

Rosie is obese.  She waddles when she walks.  I’m blaming Barnaby the Lodger.  While he was here Rosie wanted to prove she was top-dog so she ate the lion’s share.  If Barnaby left anything on his plate, she bolted over and snatched it.  Now people are looking at her wobbling abdomen and then at me […]

Vale Ruby

It was just before the Sydney Olympics when we made the trip to Sydney’s South-West to be interviewed by the breeder to see if we would qualify for one of her precious puppies.  A few weeks earlier a litter had been born and now they were almost old enough to be adopted. A very beautiful […]

Dark Chocolate and Sour Cherry Cake

This is the cake I made for our Easter Sunday lunch.  But remember someone ‘tinkered’ with my camera altering the white balance and so the photos I took were all having a hot flush. So I made the cake again for a Saturday night dinner party and baked the cake the night before, mentally planning […]

Ruby Has Rallied

After a bleak week where we practically had the priest around administering the last rights, Ruby has rallied.  What a fighter. The story is that after her recent oral surgery the vet told me she was worried about the thickened tissue inside Ruby’s mouth and that it looked cancerous.  She took a biopsy of the […]


I will be taking a short break from blogging while we farewell a much loved, extremely significant, incredibly gorgeous, loyal, adorable and important member of our family. Like today’s time on the beach, we are coming together as a family to enjoy our last few days together. Thank you to everyone who via facebook and […]

Castle Rock, Middle Harbour

Yesterday’s forced family fun was on the water.  While a lot of you are huddled indoors around your fireplaces, we here in Sydney are in the middle of a heatwave.  Sunday was going to be one of the hottest days with coastal temperatures around 39C (102F) and much higher out west. Apart from squashing myself […]

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 […]

Rosie’s Toxic Misadventure

Rosie has poisoned herself. I should have expected something was awry when she didn’t join me on the couch for our daily session with the laptop.  Ruby was with me but where was Rosie?  But I was engrossed in what was happening in blogsville.  Then, out of the corner of my eye I saw her […]