Halloween. Do you love it or hate it?

Halloween has really irked me in recent years. For one thing, there’s a beautiful Catholic tradition behind the celebration of October 31 that has got almost completely submerged by the Halloween phenomenon. But mainly, there’s the fact that culturally it’s largely an American celebration and so, being an Australian, to me it feels even more…

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…

One lovely week

  The days are beautiful here where we live, with sparkly clear, crisp mornings giving way to bright warm afternoons. The maples are dressed in their best deep reds and golds, popping out against the lawn green of people’s front yards. I’m lucky to be able to enjoy nature’s beauty in the course of my…

The end of the holidays and a little help needed

Our kids start school next Monday, except for the one starting kindy on Thursday. We’re trying to make the most of the last few days of the school holidays; my husband’s taken today and tomorrow off work so we can spend a nice long weekend together and I can get a couple of last-minute back-to-school…