Lockdown Is Imminent

Melbourne is locking down again (how can it be?) Of all the cities and states in Australia, why us? Haven’t we had enough, Universe? Maybe, we are experts at it already so it’s only natural it would happen here again? At any rate, it is happening again as of midnight tonight. Seriously, who puts a…

Huntsman Spider Wasps

How have I lived in this country for 4+ years and not ever heard of spider hunting wasps before? Between stories from new friends and researching online I think I will have nightmares for days to come. Ugh, just have to shake away the heebie jeebies now. Huntsman spiders can be very large and are…

Werribee Gorge – Mother’s Day Hike

My tribe took me to Werribee Gorge for a 10k hike to celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s a very popular day hike in the Melbourne area that’s been on my list since we moved here in 2019. I’m not really sure why it’s taken us so long to get out there but I suspect 8 months…

Birthday Girl

My baby is 11 – how did that happen? Haha! We have a tradition of opening up presents birthday morning – no matter our schedule. This means we may have to crawl out of bed a bit earlier to accommodate life but we do it anyway – it’s tradition. There is no complaining or attitude…

Keeping busy

My husband is currently on his way to Wellington, New Zealand. Let me say that again, he is flying in an airplane, leaving Australia, to visit another country! Progress! We now have a travel bubble with NZ, yahoo! ✈️ My daughter wrote to Scott Morrison (Australian Prime Minister), to advocate for proper vacation time from…

Rogaining

I met a new friend through a local women’s outdoors group who invited me to be her teammate at a rogaining event. I had never heard of rogaining but knew it involved walking and/or running through the bush for the better part of the day – count me in! So what is rogaining? “The standard…

Spontaneity In Bristol

**I wrote this after visiting Bristol in September 2016. I’ve just come across it now and thought I’d share our experience – we had such a fun day out! We took the train from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, around a 90-minute journey, on a rainy Saturday morning. We had no agenda and decided that the day was…

Autumn in Melbourne

Today we went to our local IMAX theatre to watch the Great Barrier Reef movie with our homeschooling group followed by some park play time outside the Melbourne Museum. The movie was great – there was so much beauty to draw us in, some information about the bad stuff happening (coral bleaching and sea turtles…