Notice

Ah, holidays, they’re so good for the soul aren’t they?  Warmth in your bones, cocktails in your belly and pictures of your red toenails against a blue sea on your Facebook account. Or not – as was the case for our most recent holiday. Yes, we did have warmth – but only for a few … Continue reading Notice

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Back from the brink

“If left, the bacteria Molly has, can kill in a matter of hours.” I remembered, through a haze, that when we first arrived at Sydney Children's Hospital at 1am that night which was to change us forever, they’d bumped a head trauma in order to operate on the pneumococcal infection in our tiny six month old … Continue reading Back from the brink

Tales from a Soccer Sideline #2

“It’s just really important to Sam,” enthuses Marsha with a look of utter distress on her face about the whole situation, whilst simultaneously checking Facebook. “Soccer is a huge passion for him and he really looks up to the coach, sees him as the most important thing in his life during the soccer season – … Continue reading Tales from a Soccer Sideline #2

School Camp

Ahhh, school camp. It's a challenge for a parent, is it not? Firstly the packing list.  ‘Old t–shirts and shorts’.  Read: Complete and Utter Fashion Dilemma, might as well have written ‘pressure mum and dad to buy you the latest Nike gold plated futsal sneakers and scuff appropriately so it looks like you always wear … Continue reading School Camp

Tales from a Soccer Sideline #1

"I DIDN’T GET THE AWARD FOR SPORTSMANSHIP!” he spits at his mother, devil-red in the face, smoke pistonning from his nostrils. The 9 year old striker’s fists begin to crack closed forcefully, his tiny brain struggling to makes sense of it all, teeth grinding in fury. “Yes, I was watching the award ceremony,” responds his … Continue reading Tales from a Soccer Sideline #1

The Birth of Benjamin Beetle

  Some children's picture book writing... Illustration  by my son. Benjamin Beetle stretches his wings; Two rainbow coloured shields And flutters up into the sky Surveying the dry grass fields He’s just been born in Australia, you see It’s hot and full of sand And the first thing he needs, he decides, decisively, Is friends, … Continue reading The Birth of Benjamin Beetle

Two Funerals and a Brain Scan 

Last year was one of those years – I couldn’t go to Coles without catching pneumonia. At one point I just took my sick-after-sick-after-sick kids out of school and we ran away up the coast to a big wide open space with no snot in it.  Add to this a brain scan for me, two … Continue reading Two Funerals and a Brain Scan 

Month of Mini-Motivation

  I sit here, looking at our sudden deep water frontage and a river knocking at my back door after rain so voluminous who knew the world could produce such a thing. I have four kids on school holidays jailed inside the house and never enough food.  Opposing this, I also have that New Year … Continue reading Month of Mini-Motivation

The smell of safety

It’s enough to singe the nose hair. Or at least relieve my nasal spray of it’s duties. Is it alcohol?  My wine definitely doesn’t smell like that. Thank goodness, the old glass of patience. Astringent might be how one would describe it.  The AK47 of germ terminator’s, might be another good description. I’m talking about … Continue reading The smell of safety