Year of Family Farming 1/52

  (I'm going to play catch up and post three of these in a row, to get to week 3, you know, being a bit late to get started!) It's so damn cool that is actually International Year of Family Farming that I've decided to do a weekly moment celebrating it, as we're in it […]

Sunday rewind

An old post for a new day. This one from April, 2011, when we found ourselves in hospital with a tiny Ivy with pneumonia. Today is splinter-free and easy breathing, hope your Sunday is too. xx     It's not all about the birthing. Or the nursing or the sleeplessness or the timeless, endless juggle. […]


Hello! I've been spending long days in a very hot kitchen, how about you?! I try not to get horribly jealous of friends on holidays, in the long summer holidays, you know? Who post lovely photos of kids doing lots of fun things and going places and "chillaxing" as Tilly – just seven – says.  […]

To your very good health

First, thank you for your comments on my last post. I didn't stop to think through that post, obviously, and didn't mean to trigger a wall of concern. In no way was I making light of serious health issues, and for anyone who has suffered a heart attack in the past or suffered any related […]

how to give yourself a heart attack

    A couple of weeks ago I googled 'symptoms of a heart attack'. This was after ignoring left-side chest pain for three days, increased shoulder pain for two and tingling  down my left arm when I woke up. Hmmm.  I don't generally over-dramatise things or make a fuss, but there's some bad hearts in […]

Kerchief! Er, bless you.

My niece Georgia showed up these holidays wearing headscarves. And so headscarves it was! Or kerchiefs. Or bandanas. Whatever. They're very Sound of Music and all popping-out-to-the-berry-patch, so we made some appropriate ones. Four in fact, for the four resident under-sevens. (Henry declined.)    Tilly helped. So helpful. She got busy sorting out the pins […]

Stills: a weekly collection

1. We're harvesting cherries.  2. Fishing for the yabbie living in the well under the windmill, who is burrowing holes in the well wall and causing a leak. Mmm, yabbie. Haven't caught him yet, notwithstanding the delicious danish salami on offer.  3. The Lyden cousins were in the house, and there were many, many, many […]

cat lady

Hello! If you've checked in here the last couple of days and found the site down, it was! Dammit! My apologies, a technical glitch. Thanks for coming back.  Early this morning we saw off my beloved sister Naomi and family for another six months – they live overseas and we're very lucky they visit often. […]

what the stars said

  I honestly don't think I personally know a single person who had a spectacular 2013.  What's that about? People were speculating last night that it was the "13" thing, although no thinking person is actually seriously that superstitious, right?  Our 2013 was a big year, no doubt, although I'd be lying if I didn't […]