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.…

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…

Life Is Uneventful

We haven’t posted much as of late because currently life is pretty dull. Not complaining, happy to be a hermit and enjoy the continued peace. Anti-mask protests seem to be the thing to do around the globe at the moment. I find it strange to protest staying healthy and safe but I’m not too bothered…

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…

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!…

Local Expressions that I Enjoy

We do share the same language but sometimes it can sound very different. Just as I feel comfortable as a local I am reminded that I am a foreigner. Two of my favorite expressions that I’ve learned since arriving in London are “moreish” and “it’s gone pear shaped”. Admittedly, I’ve only personally used “moreish” and…