One Down One Up 26/09/2014

Let's just all accept that for me Monday is the new Friday. I seem to be consistent in my late posting to Chrystina's link-up. One Down Princess Child has had three teeth removed and braces put on. Princess Child has been in pain and struggling.  The last week has been a battleground of trying to get her to eat and drink. Remember this is a … [Read More...]

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Visiting Whitehaven Beach on The Whitsundays

We decided to take a day trip to Whitehaven Beach. I had images of a nice sedate cruise on the catamaran yacht with food from a five star Airlie Beach restaurant and alcohol.  Instead the girls chose the highspeed jetboat/inflatable thing. That was … [Read More...]


Running Away To Daydream Island

I did a spur of the moment elcheapo package deal to Daydream Island in the Whitsundays after a particularly bad few weeks. We needed to clear our heads. It turns out one of Simon's major roles in life was to try to curb my tendency to over pack … [Read More...]


One Down One Up – 19/9/14

It's becoming a habit to be late with these, but I have a good excuse I was on HOLIDAYS. ONE DOWN I bought a new swimsuit. It was horrific. I went up a size, and it's still a close call on whether it isn't too small. I thought grief-stricken … [Read More...]


Me Mate

  Me Mate  by Brett Goshorn It never sounded right to me The word mate I was used to friend, pal, or even buddy But now it sounds natural Now that me mate is gone I saw his picture the other day and it startled me There it was under a … [Read More...]

Soft Shell Crab at The Rivermark Cafe.

One Down One Up 12/09/2014

Publishing Late oops. Sorry Chrystina. One Down It was a far better week this week. However, as is usual when you are living with a hailstorm of grief, the best of times can be the worst of times (sorry Dickens).  Hippie Child's team won … [Read More...]

Sorry for the parents we missed, we weren't very organised.

We Did It

  Dear Simon, I hope you are sitting down on some comfy white cloud. Guess what? WE WON. I know it won't surprise you. After all you told Hippie Child after watching the first few training sessions of the season that you thought they … [Read More...]


That Was Wednesday

Yesterday I got a faint glimpse into what my world might look like when the children leave home. Princess Child is at a school camp. Hippie Child has exams which means early/late start/finish times. It was decided she would take the car to school and … [Read More...]

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The First Father’s Day

I hope all the dads, granddads and stepdads out there had a great day yesterday. I hope you were surrounded by love and everyone laughed at your silly jokes just to make you feel good. It's kinda scary, there are some guys who read this blog, some … [Read More...]


Then there was August

Managed to work on the days I was called in for my casual job. Completed the fire training course for that casual job - apparently I'm now allowed onto fire grounds to report on bushfires! Took the girls to a Kate Miller Heidke concert. Stayed … [Read More...]

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One Up One Down

The absolutely lovely Chrystina Noel has created a link up called one down, one up where you share the worst and best part of your week. I'm joining in and you are welcome to as well, just head over to Chrystina's site to take part. One … [Read More...]

Another day begins, it's gonna be a better one. Photo by David Fitzpatrick

New Day

Dear Simon You've gone too far this time. I know you got nervous when the Navy super came through. You think having some money in the bank is a dangerous thing for me. (By the way there's still no sign of the life insurance or super from that … [Read More...]


Things Fall Apart

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; W B Yeats Grief is a tumultuous rollercoaster ride. I've always hated … [Read More...]