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…

Hello, I’m back… Spring stories and Winter wrap-up all in one

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!…

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…

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,…

Shocking savage seagulls of Sydney the sequel: Mothers’ Day – away with the birds

Imagine the title of this post being spoken in the kind of voice typically heard in a horror movie trailer.¬† Maybe with some chilling, high-pitched, psycho violins reminiscent of stabbing. But we'll get to the seagulls later. Mothers' Day 2018 in Canberra was pretty low key which is just how I wanted it: a chance…

Sydney visit and my problem with “stuff”

Several weeks ago Spider Boy and I went back to Sydney for nearly a whole week. It was the longest we'd stayed there since we moved back to Canberra in January. While it was great to see family and friends, I was still haunted by more stuff that needed packing. I still have stuff at…

Edited highlights: bare trees and summer memories

On Monday I worked from home as Spider Boy had a cold. It was also time for his plaster to come off. Once we got home from the medical centre, I noticed for the first time that the branches on the trees outside our window are bare. I don't know how long they've been that…