Weekend reading

October always starts with a long weekend here, and with our city still in strict lockdown that meant opportunities for long walks, baking, reading and watching TV. I also took our eldest for another little driving lesson and that’s coming along nicely. And I read my review copy of Michael D. O’Brien’s latest novel, The…

Thoughts on The Lord of the Rings

Each evening I read a chapter of JRR Tolkien’s epic, The Lord of the Rings, to our youngest boys. I think this might be my third read through of Frodo the hobbit’s long journey from his home in the Shire in a remote corner of Middle Earth to Mordor’s Mount Doom to destroy the One…

Another lockdown weekend

Yesterday, after watching the usual live-streamed Mass, our teenagers took us on one of their favourite bush walks in our neighbourhood. We’re blessed to live with walking distance of a couple of playgrounds, a sports oval, and little creek-riven reserves, but the best to my mind are these bushland tracks. Soil, rock, water, trees and…