Giving Thanks

I love Thanksgiving – it is my all time favourite holiday! I love the simplicity of gathering with friends and family and just spending time together. The meal takes centre stage, but it is giving thanks for the beautiful people we choose to journey through life with that this day is really about. As long…

Community

I love having my neighbourhood haunts – my local baker where I pick up sourdough for the week; my green grocer for an abundance of glorious, fresh produce; the post office for stamps, passport photos, shipping overseas; parents and teachers at school; for us in particular, the climbing community – other families, gym staff, etc.…

Ex-pat Kids

My daughter just returned from school and the weather is our favourite – it’s 16c and rainy. So I suggested she and I go for a walk in the glorious cool rain so we can enjoy it before our 32c days return. Normally I know she would be game but today she scoffed at me.…

Halloween 2020

We celebrated Halloween this year, the COVID way – at home and just us five. It’s ok though, we made it fun and there were many laughs and of course, lots of sweeties. We ordered costumes online this year as in Melbourne everything has been shut down for the past four months. Two seperate online…

Musings From Australia

Every year about this time it occurs to me that in Australia, April showers do not bring May flowers. September spring brings October flowers and green. A white Christmas – people who use this are referring to our perfect white sandy beaches, right? “Do you reckon it’s going to be a hot summer?” “I reckon…

COVID Free (At Least For Today)

For the first time in 4 months, the state of Victoria has announced 0 new cases and 0 deaths due to the corona virus. Wow! Lockdown works! It’s hard to watch the news and see the rest of the world struggle in such a big way, it’s mind boggling really. Hopefully, the sacrifices we have…

Punk Rock Pigeon

The crested pigeon is a native Australian bird that sports a mohawk. Not as full and lush or as over the top as the yellow crest of the cockatoo but still great nonetheless. Normally I wouldn’t have a second glance at a pigeon but these rockin’ winged critters are unique to Oz and are super…

Spring Love

This afternoon, we had surprise visitors on our bike ride – A couple of amorous snakes who literally stopped all traffic from passing by. Welcome to Oz!

We Bought A Farm

No, we didn’t buy a farm, God no. But apparently it’s the thing to do. In the US one might strive for a beach house in the Hamptons. In England the rich leave London on the weekends for their “cottage” in the country. Here in Australia, once you’ve really “arrived” – you buy a farm. Growing…

Father’s Day

Today is Father’s Day in Oz. Why is it in September? I did a little searching around because I was curious and could only assume it was due to the weather being so glorious here in spring. What I found out was its date origin has to do with retail spending. Apparently, shopping fatigue is…