Warming up

It’s been feeling definitely spring-like for a few weeks now. We even had a 30-degree day last week, an early blast of summer that dropped with an afternoon southerly leaving a cool, rainy trail of days since. An unplanned window of a couple of hours opened up yesterday afternoon and made my husband and our…

The wound that heals

For the past couple of years, I’ve belonged to a small faith conversation group that runs from around May to August. It focuses on the writings of Discalced Carmelite saints St John of the Cross, St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Lisieux along with other traditional and contemporary spiritual writers. Due to social…

Week in review

I’m still working from home and exclusively talking to people on the phone or screen, but it’s better than nothing. One time I should keep track of how many phone calls I’m on over the average working week – it will probably be an eye-opening exercise! Three chats stand out: with Perth’s Catholic Archbishop Timothy…

My little pot garden

A US writer Catherine Newman recently referred to planting as pushing a little hope into the ground, which struck me as a very fitting description of it. Apart from the last two days the weather’s been a lot colder and the air drier – both play havoc with my skin and mood. So I like…

Working from home with kids around

The initial strangeness of working from a home office again has worn off and I’ve settled into a routine which is going pretty well. I’m at my desk around 8.30 having already drunk the first coffee of the day (which is kindly delivered to my bedside table), read Morning Prayer, skimmed the news, showered and…

Mother’s Day 2020

It obviously felt different this year, but this Mother’s Day had the same basic elements as the last 16 for me. Breakfast in bed and presents, Mass (albeit watched on a TV screen), and catching up with both my mum and mother-in-law at some point. Saturday was nice too, I spent a lot of it…

Staying safe and sane in lockdown with kids at home

I know that these are seriously looking like the end times, what with the plagues and pandemic and bushfires and floods and now – why not?  Fresh confirmation from the Pentagon that UFOs are a thing. But I have to admit that, bunkered here in the suburbs with my husband and five kids aged 7-16, I’ve been enjoying this time of widespread lockdown much…

Six weeks into lockdown

On Monday I got back to work (from home) after nearly two week’s break over Easter. My husband and I have now been doing the lock down thing for six weeks, the teenagers for five weeks, the primary schoolers for four. Next week the schools our kids will start a return to face-to-face classes, with…

Random week in June notes

It’s not the end of June yet, but it’s been an eventful week so these little snippets aren’t completely random. Our fourth child received his First Holy Communion last Sunday. He was so ready for it, it was such a joy. His older brother’s event two years ago had seen a packed church and barely…

Easter bunny footprints and gratitude

This is just a quick catch-up post so if anyone is still reading and enjoying this blog (and actually I know at least a couple do, including my cousin who told me so on Monday!) they have something to tide them over for a while. I didn’t eat chocolate for all of Lent, not that I had to work…

Lent’s midpoint

We’re a little past Lent’s halfway mark but it got me thinking about midpoints. A midpoint – of a life, a career or course of study, even something as simple as a garage clean-out – can be a tricky thing. The initial enthusiasm and certainty has worn off or evaporated in the face of concrete realities. The…