Crivens! Ach We’re in Real Trouble Noo

It seems as if the world has gone a bit mad between all the restrictions and the toilet paper obsession. In Australia, they haven't closed the schools. However, we've made the decision, like many families who can, to take Iris out of school. It was perhaps a blessing that I stopped work last October. I'm... Continue Reading →

Our Home

I try to make good gift choices for the small people in my life. Especially now. No plastic, nothing disposable, no craft items that will just get binned in the end. (Of course I still sometimes succumb to the singing, laying chicken, but that's more to annoy the unfortunate parents). The best gifts IMO are... Continue Reading →

Oldies, Goodies, or Just Plain Weird

As a mum, I've made more of an effort to read with Iris the children's classics that I myself missed as a child. These include Peter Pan, Anne of Green Gables, The Railway Children and most recently, Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies. Most of these have proven worthy of their "classics" mantle. However, you come... Continue Reading →

Being True to Oneself

I have to admit, I was in two minds about Pippi after reading the first book. She struck me as arrogant, conceited, inconsiderate and belligerent. This was especially after reading the circus scene. Her complete disregard for authority was rather grating to me as a parent. However, I also had to admit that she was... Continue Reading →

The Good Owl Times

I have a thing for owls. When people ask what animal I relate to, I think of an owl - all-seeing and a wicked hunter (of dirt and missing things). Add to that the amazing old-fashioned illustrations and you couldn't stop me from picking up this gem at the op-shop if you chucked Chris Hemsworth... Continue Reading →

The Secret Garden

Major milestone unlocked: The Sleepover. In this day and age, sleepovers can be a bit of a taboo subject. Especially with all the paedophilia horror stories running rampant in the media. However, having enjoyed sleepovers so immensely in my own childhood, I would feel a bit hypocritical to have a blanket rule of no sleepovers.... Continue Reading →

Finding Beauty All Over Again

About two months ago, the word "seriously" made its appearance in Iris's daily speech. It has grown in its presence and now squats annoyingly in every corner of her speech, most often accompanied by a snort. "Seriously, do I have to eat toast?" "Seriously? What are you doing Loli (our new cat)?" You get the... Continue Reading →

Growing Up Subtly

So I had a minor-major mum moment on Sunday where I realised, slightly tearfully, that my baby is well and truly growing up. Horns Tails Spikes and Claws by J. Elizabeth Mills and Jef Czekaj was one of my opshop finds a few years ago. It's one of those mix-and-match books you can flip different... Continue Reading →

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