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 →

Nevermoor

Ok I know this book has been very widely read and reviewed, but this review is from a parent's perspective, and one who has always loved a great fantasy. There's nothing I enjoy more than being whisked away into the ether of a good author's imagination. I am therefore rather a Potterhead. No, I don't... 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 →

The Flight of the Gay, Innocent and Heartless

This past year, doors have opened while others have closed. For example, I got the perfect job for my current stage of life, while learning to let a few of my housekeeping standards go so that I can keep my sanity. I've had to learn to manage my time even better so that I can... Continue Reading →

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