Pottering around

It’s been such a domestic day. I started with making pancakes for breakfast for everyone, putting the first load of laundry on, and making a ‘catch-up’ phone call while packing away winter school uniforms. For the rest of the time everyone pretty much left me to myself. My husband had a couple of things he…

Links and other things I’ve loved this week

Two things I appreciated finding in my limited travels around the ‘net this week: Stuck for a Snack? 7 nutritionist-approved supermarket snacks from Delicious magazine. A nutritionist recommends some healthy packaged snacks, listing the amount of protein, sugar, and carbs in each compared with similar snacks. Very handy. 10 Rules to Being Happy Parents by Leane…

A week in flowers, food, family and friends

From top left, counter-clockwise: the chicken caesar salad we had for our anniversary dinner at home last night, a dessert tasting plate with pastries we brought back from a great bakery, the said bakery’s decor, the orchid I received as a gift, a potted flower arrangement made by eldest daughter with plants she chose at…

Winter plans that went well enough

    I’m a huge believer of doing things well enough and not expending too much effort getting things just-so. And yet I also struggle with perfectionism. The two probably shouldn’t go together, and yet, in my experience, they totally do. That’s how I can consider my making-winter-bearable (enough) plan  a success even though I haven’t…

A blog post about nothing*

Wow it’s been quiet here on the blog. I haven’t checked in for a while and obviously not many others have either. I’ve been busy, and seriously working on improving my use of time; making the most of those odd and unplanned bits of free time with the kids (impromptu walks, games of musical statues etc.),…

Mandarin picking and disappearing into a hermitage for 24 hours

Last weekend our family went mandarin picking at an orchard, which for me was a late start on my winter survival list – better late than never, and truly it felt like the first proper bit of winter anyway. It was a freezing three degrees at Varroville in south-west Sydney where I was on Saturday…