Hello Stage 4 Lockdown

The government today declared the state of Victoria a disaster. Community transmission of Covid is out of control and untraceable. As a result, new lockdown rules announced at 3pm today come into effect at 6pm this evening. Gone are the days of giving people 48 hours warning before new rules come into play. We’ve been…

Secret Hitler

I received the board game Secret Hitler as my Secret Santa gift for Christmas in July. I had never heard of the game before tonight but was intrigued by the name. We love having family board game nights in our home – it’s something we do regularly. Recent lockdown purchased favourites include Dominion and Tapestry,…

Christmas in July

Christmas in December in the Southern Hemisphere feels wrong in so many ways for an ex-pat used to a cold and snowy holiday. The weather inches towards hotter and higher temperatures, there is sunshine every day, and the kids finish up their school year for the summer. We’ve been in Australia for going on 4…

Shoey Challenge

My daughter attends a sports academy and the coaches are always trying to assign creative challenges for the kids to complete for their remote learning. Today’s beauty was the “shoey challenge” which we all had a crack at. Surprisingly, we got it relatively easily despite how difficult it may seem at first. The idea is…

Fun Aussie Slang

Slippery Dip – If this makes you think of a frozen dessert from an ice cream truck, a slip and slide, an old fashioned carnival ride or something a bit more perverse – you would be wrong. A slippery dipper (or slippery dip) is found in almost every playground around the world because it is a slide!…

Musical Storytelling

This morning I came downstairs to find my kids listening to an 18-minute song for the thousandth time. They absolutely adore Alice’s Restaurant. We’ve listened to the original 1967 release of the Arlo Guthrie classic as a family since my three were little. At first, it was the fun guitar and catchy chorus that drew…

It’s The Little Things

In March, when the world began to shut down we all watched in fear as we distanced ourselves from one another. We tried to figure out how to continue life with our new normal of staying at home. The kids studied remotely, we shopped once a week to decrease time spent out of the house,…

Linen Sheets

A few months back we purchased a reclaimed wood bedroom set which instigated a splurge for new bed linens. In the name of minimalism and with budget in mind we decided to just buy one set of sheets. They are cotton – soft, cool and a pretty grey and white print to complement our comforter.…

Qantas Domestic

I’ve just read a recent Conde Nast Traveler article that states Qantas will not be flying any international routes until March 2021. In order to survive the fallout from COVID-19, the airline is cutting it’s losses and will focus on domestic routes only with the exception of a few New Zealand flights. The carrier has…