More books for boys

The boys have been in a reading frenzy of late, thanks to the gift of a box of books from my publishers at Hachette Australia, as well as book ‘prizes’ …

So many words, thrown away

A few weeks ago, I had a piece published in a weekend supplement. It was a good story, about whether it’s better to live in the city or the country. …

Small details

The first week of the holidays has passed in a blur of small details. The joy of the first school-holidays milkshake. The look on Mr7’s face – half pride, half …

Word of the week: consistency

Consistency is the key. Over and over we are told this. In parenting, in writing, in exercise, in jam-making, consistency is what we’re aiming for. But consistency is not that …

The ‘Bring A Plate’ post

What do you bring when you’re asked to ‘bring a plate’? It’s a question I find vexing. I prefer the ‘bring a salad’ or ‘bring dessert’ approach – you know …

Notes from a chorus line

You may remember that a little while ago I found myself auditioning for a musical. In less than one week, I will find myself performing in said musical. In my …

Kids: Driving us to action

For various reasons (some of which are outlined here), I’m not a keen driver. I do it these days, because you can’t live in the country without driving. And, frankly, …

Growing more than plants in my garden

If you’ve been visiting me on Facebook lately you’ll have been subjected to privy to some lovely happy snaps of my garden. I am currently surrounded by, inundated by, overwhelmed …