Celebrating Life

We discovered yesterday that my first baby would be 5,000 days old today. In light of 6 months of staying at home, living in a new city with no friends, and the bleak outlook that is life in the time of Rona we needed something to lift our spirits. Today we celebrated this beautiful, intelligent,…

Ocker

Thanks to my dentist, I’ve learnt a new Aussie word this week. He had asked me if I had lived in Oz long enough to understood the slang locals use – I said I thought I had. He then questioned if I had ever met an “Ocker”. I had no idea what he was talking…

Watercolours

Caroline and I are taking an online watercolour painting class. It’s really for her, my budding artist, but I play along in case she needs assistance. The class is offered via Zoom and there are probably 10 other people in addition to the instructor. It is a very relaxed 75 minutes of wetting the paper…

The Cup Challenge

New week, new sport challenge. This time we tried the Cup Challenge as Miss F had to complete it and send a recording to her sport teachers at school. The object is to begin standing upright, balance a cup on your forehead, lay down and then stand back up without the cup falling. Sound difficult?…

Brain Injury

I think I must be having a stroke. Maybe it’s the lack of socialising or mental stimulation but something is clearly wrong. For the last week or so I’ve had nothing but 80’s tv show theme songs rattling around in my head. It all started with The Greatest American Hero. I loved that show when…

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!…