…for joy found in small moments.

…for weekends away as a family

where sand mermaids never go out of fashion,

and walks on bush tracks bring welcome sweet treats

and the classic game from my childhood – ‘Pooh Sticks’.

…for joy in the everyday things that make up my life.

I’ve written this quote before on this blog, but its still profound.

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.
Sir Thomas More (1478 – 1535)

What are you grateful for today?

* These events happened last weekend, but as I was busy having these moments, I did not have a chance to blog about them until this week.


I have returned today from a lovely 5 days down by the sea. Freeeeeezing and wet and the kids went crazy indoors, but we still managed a bit of time on the sand. Lots of well needed family time (I don’t think I’ve ever been so desperate for time away in my life) as well as some lovely catch ups with some well loved friends.

Holidays change quite a bit when you have kids. They don’t quite hold the same romance. Kids are still as demanding as always and I still did 2 loads of washing while I was there, but I shouldn’t really complain, as it is all relative. Not healthy to compare to pre-kid holidays, it’s better comparing to everyday life as it is now and in comparison, it was a lovely and refreshing break! There is another person there to share the load (he did ALL the cooking) and the odd sleep-in and I even managed to read more of the book that I have been reading for agesThe Divided Heart: Art & Motherhood. I am finding it so profound and empowering yet full of reality and honesty and I come away feeling understood and connected.

Obviously while I was away my blog carried on without me unbeknownst to me! Thanks Lou for the welcome sabotage ;-) In return, here are some photos of Lou’s little boy almost being eaten by a Hippo and a cheater that I took on my camera at the Werribee Zoo…

Now I’m off to see what you have all been up to while I’ve been away…

P.S. Thank you so much to the housecleaning fairy that visited my house while we were away. I am eternally grateful and humbled and blown away by your generosity of time and elbow grease.
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