Monday snippets

I’m on the tail end of the flu and a bit tired tonight, so these are just some snippets from the past little bit: On the weekend we attended a family bush dance put on at our kids’ school. It was fun and beautifully organised with lots of fun stuff to do, but I was sick…

Ups and downs of a hand-me-downs lifestyle

Last week the kids found this vintage scooter put out by someone in our street for rubbish collection. It needs new tyres before they can ride it but it’s got some funky details eg. a little mirror and horn on the handlebars, a tyre pump, and a cute satchel on the rear. If anyone has…

Female beauty and St Thérèse’s Unpetalled Rose

I can’t help proceeding with caution when it comes to letting any of our kids spend a great deal of time, effort, and mental space on their appearance, or other people’s. We live in a world where it is practically considered morally unacceptable to not be physically attractive according to narrowly-defined standards of physical beauty….

Beef and Guinness pie

A pie and a couple of good cheeses and tiramisu; this was our impromptu plan for dinner last Saturday night. We asked another family over and happily, they were free. I always feel defiant about entertaining at this time of year because the fact is that it’s never going to be as easy and carefree as…