Dog Days Of Summer

We’ve been watching a lot of funny animal videos on YouTube lately. I’m not usually amused so easily but how can you not smile while watching something so cute, especially when they do something ridiculous? As our dog, Jack, tried to grab his tennis ball through the trampoline today it dawned on me this was…

Punting On The Lake

The kids and I (mostly I) decided we needed an outing today. Not having seen a lot of the city we now call home leaves us with plenty to do during these lazy days of summer. Although I know how captivating iPads, the X-box and reading books are to my little people, I also believe…

Kayaking on the Yarra River

Since moving to Melbourne we’ve wanted to kayak the Yarra River. Our temporary housing was very near to Sea Kayak Australia’s headquarters and daily we would see people walking their hired kayaks down to the river to launch. We kept saying we must go and do that before we move neighbourhoods as it’s literally right…

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.…

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…

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!

Cycling and New Friends

I set out this afternoon on a solo bike ride to explore a new cycling trail I’d hope to take the kids on safely in the future. I knew the path was there but wasn’t sure about all the connections and how to make it an easy loop. After studying Google Maps I felt confident…

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…

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…