Another Lockdown Birthday

My guy turned 12 today. Where does the time go? I will tell you – many sleepless nights turned into tired days, running all over town between school and activities, meals, household duties and voila, there goes a decade. This is our family’s third COVID-19 isolation celebration. Low key, full of fun playing together, chatting…

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…

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,…

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…