Hello, I'm back. I started drafting a post Winter school holidays wrap up 2019: You can't go wrong in Tallong at the beginning of Term 3. Life took over and I never published it, so I've whacked it onto the end of this post now at the end of the third week of Term 4! … Continue reading Hello, I’m back… Spring stories and Winter wrap-up all in one
Sunday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, view from Red Hill, 4pm It's the end of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, the ski fields have officially opened, and I'm now staring down the barrel of three more working weeks until the end of the financial year, which means I'm going to be very, very, busy … Continue reading 29 good things (and a few silly ones) about Winter in Canberra
The sun has set on Autumn. I find it such a calm season. Comfortable temperatures and muted tones. We've had a red-carpeted stroll through tree-tunnels of orange and gold. Leaves fly like earth-tone fairies across pink 5pm skies. And now suddenly, it's Winter for sure, by calendar and temperature, in case there was any doubt. … Continue reading Bye Autumn
We like to make things in this house... well, not all the time, we can open packets and buy pre-prepared stuff with the best of them (chicken-on-a-stick, fish-in-a-box), but when we do make things from scratch we are very proud! Exhibit A: Date loaf for school election day cake stall... Fresh... Exibit B: My mothers' … Continue reading Edited highlights: Pancakes, date loaf and Swedish foodstuffs
Well today is Election day and I'll be going to our local primary school to vote and serve at the cake stall/sausage sizzle. This time, I didn't do the cutesy-wutesy little panda cupcakes I slaved over in 2013... ain't got time for that these days. I'm baking a date loaf, easy and quick and something … Continue reading Election day bake
Well we're about to hit day 2, week 2 of Term 2, and I can't believe we're nearly in the middle of 2019. George was not excited about school starting last week, still being in "holiday mode" he said, the night before. I was still in holiday mode too last Monday morning but now back … Continue reading Easter holidays 2019: trains, buses, taxis and crowds.
What to do in the school holidays on a day off from work? The 11-year-old son formerly known as Spider Boy was annoyed that he had to go to Vacation Care the next day, so I told him we could do whatever he wanted (within reason) today. He declined offers of ice-skating and movies; top … Continue reading Vampire skin and raspberry meringues
Hello! Well we're well into nearly at the end of March now and that means we're well overdue for the Alexcellent Summer Retrospective. But hey, this is Canberra in March, therefore still hot, and it still feels like summer to me. There's also the second-half of last year retrospective that I really need to get to, … Continue reading Summer Retrospective – birthdays, beaches, green thumbs and too much leg.
Sex and the City (SATC) turned 20 last month. Yes, I'm late to celebrate the party because, life (and the city). But I wanted to acknowledge the milestone with a blog post, as it's been one of my favourite TV shows over the years and I feel compelled to share some pearls of wisdom from … Continue reading Sex and the City: Dated, or does it still have something to teach us about dating? 29 lessons from SATC
How is it already nearly the middle of 2018! It is already the third day of Winter as I write this, a Sunday morning, and outside my window I see clear blue sky with an overlay of bare dark branches wearing a skirt of sparse golden leaves. They are losing their battle to cling on, … Continue reading Autumn highlights