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…

Christmas 2019: Crazy guinea pig roadtrip to Sydney

Christmas seems like a long time ago now and for so many Australians, Christmas and New Year celebrations were the furthest things from their minds as they faced the prospect of losing everything in the widespread bush fires that have been burning for weeks now in many parts of Australia. My son George and I…

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'…

Easter holidays 2019: trains, buses, taxis and crowds.

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…

Vampire skin and raspberry meringues

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…

Summer Retrospective – birthdays, beaches, green thumbs and too much leg.

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,…

Sex and the City: Dated, or does it still have something to teach us about dating? 29 lessons from SATC

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…

Crockery, cake and Cartier: a very royal wedding weekend

  Well "the wedding" of last weekend is over, but the honeymoon certainly isn't. Many I've spoken to still admit to being in a post-wedding glow, and admittedly, I'm having trouble letting go of the occasion this week. I didn't think I would get as enthusiastic as I did about the marriage of the sixth…