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…

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…

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…

29 good things (and a few silly ones) about Winter in Canberra

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…

Edited highlights: Pancakes, date loaf and Swedish foodstuffs

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'…