These photos were from a very special photo book compiled by a very thoughtful Granny & given to Goose this week. It chronicles photos of Goose & her ‘Grad’. Pages and pages of special moments, captured on film to help her to always remember their very special relationship.

It was one year ago today that we said goodbye to ‘Grad’.
This book and our memories of him will be treasured always.



The forward reads:
(along with many other humorous words)

“This book is for those of us who want to fold our big dishwater hands around a dry Martini, instead of a wet flounder, come the end of a long day”.

Apparently it was first published in 1960 and was a runaway success.

For a full description read here and for a sneak peak of some recipes see here.

It’s worth a look!

This fits in perfectly in my search for easy dinners !


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.


My favourite part of one of my favourite Dr Seuss books… If you havn’t read the whole book – I do recommend. Such an uplifting book.

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place

… for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting around for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

Dr Seuss ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’


“As soon as I finish the laundry, I’ll do the grocery shopping. And I’ll take the kids with me so you can relax”

“I know, Let’s take you shoe shopping!”

“Ooh look, the NFL playoffs are today, I bet we’ll have no trouble parking at the craft fair”

“Is that the baby? I’ll get her”

These images are from the book “Porn for Women”. Photography by Susan Anderson. I had quite a chuckle when a friend emailed these to me. You can check out more images and buy her books here.

If you’re a Mum, let’s hope a bit of this is happening at your house today….


When reading our bedtime stories tonight, I noticed the above inscription on the title page of the book we were reading. This book belonged to me when I was a child. Given to me by my maternal grandparents, who were fondly known as ‘Franny’ and ‘Frappa’ to all of their grandchildren (named by yours truly as the oldest grandchild who could not say Granny and Grandpa properly when learning to speak).

This book was given to me on the momentous occasion of my very first “P.O.T.” (in case your acronym powers are not working – here is a hint). As such momentous occasions are happening quite a bitat our house at the moment, (although in reality not quite so often as desired) I felt it quite appropriate that we should happen upon this inscription.
You’ll notice the lovely pen scribble all over the page which I must humbly admit was done by my 2 year old self shortly after receiving the book – obviously this runs in the family.


I heard the author of this book, Juanita Phillips, being interviewed on ABC radio by Richard Stubbs yesterday and it sounded very interesting. She was trying to do it all and ended up having a very public breakdown while reading the news one night and made drastic changes to simplify her lifestyle.

I think I may just have to try and find a copy. Anyone read it?

The blurb reads…..

“When Juanita Phillips stumbled on an old pressure cooker in an op shop, it changed her life. As a frantically busy working mother, she was desperate for solutions to that modern dilemma: how to juggle kids, career, housework and marriage. The pressure cooker helped her solve one of the biggest problems – preparing daily healthy meals – but that was just the beginning. She and her husband decided to transform their chaotic life in other ways too, and where it led them was surprising. This candid confession of a failed supermum offers practical tips for anyone searching for a calmer, simpler, healthier life.

For a huge exerpt of the pages of this book, you can click on the image of the book on the right hand side of this blog.


After reading Lou’s post on the Book ‘Divided Heart – Art and Motherhood’, I asked her if I could borrow it. After reading the introduction, I was quite literally almost in tears. To have someone articulate so well the thoughts and feelings that I myself have is quite moving. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest.

Beg, borrow or steal a copy if you are a Mum with a strong pull to express your creativity. In the words of Bernard from my favorite British sitcom, Black Books – “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’ll change your life”!
For a larger review and to buy the book you can go here.
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