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…

Simple and tasty vegan soup recipes to try this winter

I love early winter’s colder mornings and nights – as long as I’m inside. Many of the streets where we live are lined with maples and other deciduous trees and about half of them are still in full display. I love the way the evenings, which start around 5pm now, form foggy parentheses around sparkling…