Category Archive: life

Dec 27 2011

Christmas shopping horror stories

Christmas is over, turkey is cooked and eaten, families are visited and – importantly – presents have been given out and opened, for better or worse. And Doc came through with flying colours, as I knew he would. He got me exactly what I wanted, with absolutely no prompting from me – no lists, no …

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Oct 31 2011

What happens when teenagers are left home alone for 7 weeks?

The prodigal step-son has returned home. If you haven’t caught up, we recently went away to Cape York for 7 weeks. Before we went, there was quite a bit of discussion. Doc wanted his 17 year old son who lives with us to go and stay somewhere else while we were away, but of course …

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Oct 05 2011

Five year olds – friend or harsh critic???

It’s school holidays in NSW, so once again I’m trying to work with a five year old hanging around. He’s a lovely kid, but now that my own children have grown up I thought I’d get used to five year olds gradually – you know, by starting when they’re babies and waiting for five years …

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Sep 29 2011

Is an appendectomy now scheduled as preventative surgery?

I’m sitting here in Sydney while my daughter is hospital in London, waiting on surgery. And I don’t even know what for! This is torture for a mother. My baby (all right, she’s 22 and able to care for herself but do you think that makes a difference to me??), is – perhaps – having …

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Jan 29 2011

Moving house

I’m moving out of home. Again. The first time I moved out it was away from my parents. Now I’m moving away from my children.

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Jan 21 2011

(Almost) empty nest

I’m not feeling very ‘hammocky’ today. My baby left for an extended holiday in England and Europe yesterday. Now, when I say “baby”, I don’t mean it literally, she’s 22 and it’s not the first time she’s flown the coup. But it is the first time she’s gone so far, for so long. Being the …

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