Sunday family day out #1

I have an idea that readers of this blog might find useful some ideas (Sydney-based) for Sunday family days out which include Mass. Especially as it can be fun to experience different parishes and liturgies sometimes. Last Sunday was my brother-in-law’s birthday and the plan was to meet his family for yum cha at a…

Holy Smoke! The original recipe for incense

  I enjoyed learning about the original recipe for incense last week when writing a story for The Catholic Weekly. Researchers from the Southern Cross University stumbled across it when they were looking for ancient medicinal uses of part of the shell of a family of sea snails found all over the world. They found…

10-minute meals that get me through the busiest weeks

I’ve become quite good at making an easy, tasty, healthy (or relatively healthy dinner) in a short amount of time. It’s a handy skill to have! Sometimes I will have been busy or out all day, and there’s been kids’ sports training or a game after school, and I land in the kitchen at 6pm…

The best start to a year

Happy New Year! I didn’t stay up until midnight on Sunday to see 2018 come in, and I haven’t made any resolutions yet but that doesn’t mean I’m a New Year’s scrooge. Like nearly everyone else, I enjoy January’s tang of new beginnings and untapped potential. That annual burst of new hope and energy is…

Quick blog check-in before 2017 closes and four awesome women writers

December is our family’s busiest month, by far, with the usual end-of-school-year events, three different family Christmas celebrations, family birthdays, and holiday catch-ups with friends squeezed into four dizzying weeks. It’s exhausting but good. New Year’s Eve is my husband’s birthday, and some people will drop around, including good friends we haven’t seen for a while….

My week on the black and white photo challenge

Last week a friend tagged me in the black and white photo challenge which has been doing the rounds of social media over the past couple of months. It was a busy week with a couple of extra year-end activities thrown in. It’s nice to have a record of it since I was being intentional about…

Some mid-life befuddlement

Woah, it’s been six weeks since I’ve posted here. I’m so out of practice that it’s been tempting just to forget about blogging altogether. Except that I need to get back in the writing saddle or else I will need to get serious about knitting or ceramics or cake making or other such thing that I’m…

Weekend wanderings

My husband took this photo of a large icon of St Teresa of Avila yesterday. It was at Corpus Christi parish at St Ives in Sydney’s north which is in the care of the Discalced Carmelite friars – the order that she founded with the help of St John of the Cross. She lived by…

Spring beach holidaying – with photos

We spent the last weekend of the spring school holidays with friends at Shoal Bay near Port Stephens on NSW’s north coast. It was my first time there and it’s such a pretty and laid-back place. We’ve actually done pretty well at getting out and about this year. The children are getting older and I feel…