Apr 17 2011

Travels in NSW

I’ve been outback NSW over the last week. Working of course, but managing to combine business with pleasure.

While we were out that way I took the opportunity to go and visit some relatives, and over a couple of bottles of wine with dinner we started discussing the  family history.

My grandmother was born in 1907 in a little place called Mt Hope.  About halfway between Cobar and Hillston on the Kidman Way.

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Apr 09 2011

Snatch straps and other things that aren’t as dirty as they sound

We’re preparing for our next big trip away. So today we’ve been out shopping – browsing 4WD and camping shops. And e-bay of course.

Now, I’m a novice when it comes to 4WDing and camping.

My type of shopping is usually very different. Last week my sister was in town, so we went for a trip to the markets – shopping and lunch. What more could a girl want? I bought a necklace. I won’t tell you how much I spent, other than to say that apparently it would have got us a few tanks of diesel while we’re away.

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Mar 18 2011

Living together and the art of compromise … or not

It’s 3am and I’m sitting up in bed with my computer. I can’t sleep.

I’m back in my old house, the kids are out and everything’s quiet. It’s just me and Gypsy, the cat, who’s curled up on the bottom of my bed.

Things are as they used to be – it’s almost like having my old life back.

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Mar 01 2011

If you’re happy and you know it … nobody cares.

OK, here comes a rant. Why is it that unhappiness is so interesting?

Tolstoy once said “Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Maybe it’s that difference that we find interesting, because it seems that the angrier, or unhappier bloggers are, the more people want to read them.

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Feb 26 2011

Water, water everywhere

NSW has gone from drought to flood in a very short time. Nothing demonstrates that quite so well as watching the water levels change in rivers, lakes and dams.  Have a look at the photos below to see what I mean. They don’t look it, but they are 2 sets of the same view, taken at different times.

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Jan 30 2011

Wicked step mother

OMFG. I just realised I’m going to be a step-mother!!

At least I think I am. If I move in with my partner and his 16 year old son does that make me a step mother? Is it compulsory? Can’t I continue to be just “Dad’s girlfriend”???

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Jan 29 2011

Moving house

I’m moving out of home.


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 first child she has been, now how do I say this nicely, a bit of a bitch at times.

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Jan 16 2011

Hello world!

This blog will be up and running very soon, bringing you news and opinion on interesting events and issues around the world.

When I wake up that is. Right now, I’m taking Arianna Huffington’s advice



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