Encounter in the food court

Remaining on the food theme for a little bit, last week I had three of the kids with me at home and I decided I couldn’t stay in the house all day and took the two who wanted to come with me to a local food court where I knew I could get a Macca’s…

Sausage roll recipe, candles, books, and hygge

Earlier this year, in the summertime, I was reading online in various places about the northern hemisphere winter; specifically how not to hate living through it, and more specifically the notion of hygge. Hygge isn’t trendy to the people of Denmark where it originates, it’s just apparently their attitude to staying happy through their very…

Last weekend

Last Sunday our big boy received his first Holy Communion, and it was a great day full of memorable moments. He was thoroughly spoilt by our extended family, including his godmother who made a wonderful cake (pictured). Everyone in our family tends to bring food when we have something on at our place – which…

At the moment

Another bits and pieces post from me this week. Things I’m enjoying at the moment: I’m still reading through old Catholic Weekly Pitter Patter columns of mine from 10 or so years ago, because I’m in the process of compiling a book of them all for my mum, and I also want to collect the…

Coral feeding and other odd things

I didn’t know that feeding a coral, much less by hand, was a thing until these past few weeks. My sister and brother-in-law are away (on a European tour with their band, no less!) and I’ve been on their pet-feeding roster. They have two cats and a tropical aquarium that houses two clown fish, a starfish…

Winter has checked in

It only reached 12 degrees in our part of Sydney today, with icy rain and a rolling thunderstorm most of the afternoon and evening. It felt like a particularly unproductive working from home day, although I did spend a couple of hours doing bits and pieces for FRANKLY magazine and I also paid a couple…

Museum-going

This year I decided to trick myself into getting out and about a bit more by buying a family membership for the Museum of Applied Sciences. It gives us free entry into the Powerhouse Museum, the Museums Discovery Centre, and the Sydney Observatory, plus some other attractions outside of Sydney that I thought we might…

The great Rodrigues family road trip of 2017

  I started writing this from a lovely motel a couple of weeks ago. A trip which was going to be just me helping to run a retreat for women for the diocese of Armidale, turned into a longer trip, so I could attend a bishop’s ordination on Wednesday, a few hours north of the…

Back to work

The children are still on school holidays but I’m back in work mode this week, and while I have a couple of writing-related jobs on the go I’m mostly doing some reading and thinking about what I’d like to write about this year. Finding the time will be a challenge, I need a bit more time free to…

The beautiful and the quirky

My husband has had an interesting year. First, we had some family dramas early in the year, involving sickness and worry about one of our kids and some burnout, which I touched upon here. In the later part of the year it was employment issues. Then one of his good friends moved overseas the other week, with his…

Busy week check-in

I’ve been a bit up and down with the blogging this year. But I would love to end the year as an active, rather than inactive, blogger. These weeks are chockers with school presentation nights, Christmas parties, end of year catch-ups, costume and Christmas card and Kris Kringle requirements etc. Some days the logistics are a…

Gearing up for the busy season

Wow, doesn’t the year just slip away once October is finished! I’ve spent some time today on my November calendar, and my list of things to do next week is super full. I’m trying to stay calm about that, and focus on the essentials. I’m prioritising ruthlessly at the moment. There is much I feel…