Good things I’m enjoying right now.

The world sometimes feels like it's splitting open at the seams. The first half of the year has certainly been eventful. How will things pan out the rest of the year? I feel as though life with the threat of COVID-19 marks a new era. We need to learn to navigate this post-COVID world. By…

June wrap up: Life after lockdown.

Current COVID situation Social restrictions have eased recently in Canberra, where there has been no COVID cases for weeks now. Canberra feels like a safe place to be and we all need to maintain social distancing practices so it stays that way. But our state to the south hasn't fared so well. As I write…

The vaccine, the vomiting, The Voice and a visual disturbance.

Daily life is heading back to normal, but still a quieter normal for us, while the world is erupting. Even though COVID-19 restrictions have eased in the past couple of weeks, we are still only really going to work and school and slowly striking a few things off the to-do list. A tradesman came to…

Back to school: First day nerves, a DJ and the place where fruit goes to die.

"I know I can't..." George said as he got into bed the night before school went back after 7 weeks at home. "...but I wish I could have one more day's break... you know, because today was so bad". We'd had a dramatic day with a visit to the emergency vet for a guinea pig…

Edited highlights: Mother’s Day, social visits and bye bye home learning.

Lunar phases, as told in Oreo cookies. Life is getting back to some semblance of "normal" after restrictions and now that school is back and I'm working five days a week in the office things certainly feel that way. Thought it was time for a catch-up. Back to school Public schools in the ACT began…

April “school holidays” 2020 – Tik Tok, nature walks and essential slime

I'm loving our regular sunset walks on Red Hill. Term 2 started here in the ACT last Tuesday after a quiet and different "school holidays" which took in Easter at the beginning and Anzac Day at the end. My son George and I go to Sydney to see my family every holidays. We usually celebrate…

Corona time: is this the real life, or is this just fiction?

If we'd heard during the bushfire crisis in early January that by March we'd be battling a global pandemic with intense restrictions to the way we live, we'd never have believed it. At the end of February when we were hanging with the masses on the Gold Coast, fear of the virus was vaguely hanging…

Pre-corona era memories: George's wild night on the Gold Coast part 2 – "Saturday night – no social distancing!"

View from level 8 of Manta-on-View Hotel in Surfers Paradise Long title, but we're in complex times. As I typed this I could hear the title as a voiceover for a horror movie trailer. It's strange thinking that just over a month ago, when George and I were in the midst of a crush of…

George’s wild weekend on the Gold Coast: Part 1 “Friday night”.

A Cavill-cade of lights and colour on Cavill Avenue My son George is just about to turn 12, so the night wasn't that wild. But since he saw and did things he never had before, it was pretty wild to him. G and I have spent the past two weekends in Queensland, going back to…

Cruel Summer (but there was still some fun to be had)

I don't mind Summer but I'm always ready to say goodbye to it and move onto the next season. It's the end of February 2020, we're two months into the new decade and it's been a disaster-filled start for many - fires, floods and there's the Corona virus threatening to emerge as a pandemic, and…