The Christmas Spirit

It's coming up to that time of year already and I've done it again.  Every year, I do it.  After vehemently vowing the previous year, to mend my ways. Yes.  I'm talking about Christmas preparations.Everywhere, I'm reading people's smug confessions of presents wrapped, puddings boiled and turkeys plumped.  Epic tales of marathon power-walking in the shopping centres....more

Fear

 I used to make pottery once. Really enjoyed it.There's nothing in the world so soothing and therapeutic as sitting at a potters wheel with the wet slip of symmetrical clay running through your fingers As you watch, breath held, the vessel sinuously rises, spinning walls growing taller with each pull of your fingers.It sounds almost pornographic, doesn't it. And, it is. Clay is a sensual medium. For me, it was utterly addictive. I knew many potters back then, but the one who most influenced me was a Danish lady called Bente....more

Stick Figure Sagas

"And this is how you draw a flower..." my daughter instructs me. She concentrates on her paper and the standard symbol appears beneath her pen. She draws carefully, but confidently, sure in her knowledge....more

On Back-To-Front and Up-Side-Down

 My girls attend a wonderful kindergarten.  The teacher is warm and supportive and the activities are fun and enticing.  We are very happy there. ...more

The Outback

Once upon a time, before I had children, I was an advisory teacher in Far-west Queensland.  I traveled thousands of miles, visiting remote schools, helping teachers with curriculum development and bringing resources that they had ordered from our center in Mt Isa. ...more

On Persistence

I have been a busy little bee lately. Trying to write every day.  Sometimes it's hard to fit it in between all the other stuff I have to get done.  And mostly, when re-reading, I am less than impressed.  Mostly, it feels like an utter waste of time....more

Sarah I have only just seen your comment. Thanks so much. Sometimes I feel I'm burbling away ...more

Rambo Mum

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Spice Girl

I have had an enormous, exhausting week.Many appointments, chores and deadlines.This weekend, I just want to relax, mindlessly. ...more

Life, Death and Unchristian Crows

Every day, in the early morning, my twins like to go out and have a gossip on the front verandah.  They spy on everything that moves, singing out to neighbours as they pass on their daily walks, waving to the dogs and giving advice freely to the garbage man.  Then I get to hear all about it....more

Life, Death And Unchristian Crows

Every day, in the early morning, my twins like to go out and have a gossip on the front verandah.  They spy on everything that moves, singing out to neighbours as they pass on their daily walks, waving to the dogs and giving advice freely to the garbage man.  Then I get to hear all about it....more