Winter plans that went well enough

    I’m a huge believer of doing things well enough and not expending too much effort getting things just-so. And yet I also struggle with perfectionism. The two probably shouldn’t go together, and yet, in my experience, they totally do. That’s how I can consider my making-winter-bearable (enough) plan  a success even though I haven’t…

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…

A plan to enjoy winter and not just put up with it

The combination of the temperatures plunging over the weekend and the first official day of winter saw my mood take a dive as well. Winter has not been my friend, especially in recent years given one child’s eczema flare-ups and the extra care needed to prevent and deal with those. The related need for limited…