We make time for the things we love

We make time for the things we love

There was a vast desert full of crickets and tumbleweeds and then there was... a rushing river. I've had quite a few emails from you all, wanting to know how I managed to break my blog silence: "How did you get your mojo back?" "Where is the inspiration suddenly coming from?" "How are you finding the time now?" And, luckily, "so good ...

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Keeping it real online

Keeping it real online

At what point do we agree that nobody is sugar coating parenting anymore? Because despite the schtick that mothers don't "really tell it how it is", these days that's pretty much all we do. Mothers across the land are hanging out their dirty washing on the interwebs, 'mum moments' merrily flapping in the hot air. It's a mystery to me how any new ...

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Everyday rituals | Good mornings

Good mornings

Getting up in the mornings is no fun for anybody and it’s not surprising, really. Oh, there are a few of us who leap out of bed, eager to be off on our 10 km morning run. But the very thought of that run, or at least the guilt of not going, is what keeps most of us firmly under the covers. I’m betting that the other thing keeping us wrapped up ...

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Everyday rituals | Picnic

Everyday rituals picnic

At the end of ‘one of those days’, when everything goes wrong and the children insist on telling you about it over andover with that special whine they reserve just for parents, a little break is in order. Now, it’s tempting to cook a simple meal for the kids to eat, rinse them through the bath and shovel them into bed for an early night. Ah, ...

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Podcasts, life and the rhythm of blogging (a chat with Pip)

Podcast with Pip

Recently my dear mate Pip Lincolne called and asked if I wanted to have a chat for a Kidspot Voices of Voices segment about building an online community and other fine stuff. Naturally I said yes. When the lady who penned the gorgeously positive Craft for the Soul calls, you should always respond in the affirmative. Because that's what Pip is all ...

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Connect | How a village really raises a child

It takes a village

We humans are a funny bunch, aren't we? Many of us say we crave 'different' and that we hate 'routine' and that we thrive on 'change', yet most of us live very vanilla lives indeed. It is a rare person who has the courage to risk the known in order to live the life that deep-down they feel they want to live. Most of us struggle to even form an ...

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It’s only love, doing it’s thing

Love

Love is a rock in a thunderous sea. An escape, a solidity to sink our watery hearts into. We merge, we absorb, we evaporate and are lost but love stays the same, echoing quietly. Our gentle, unyielding, perfect rock. Write it on a wall; carve it in a tree, a bench, a rock in the middle of a thunderous sea. I was here, I drip love, I am echoing ...

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Weekend Rewind | La famiglia

Making passata

Yesterday I wrote about making passata with my Italian in-laws and it's got me feeling sentimental. I just don't think I show the Nonnis how much I appreciate them and how influential they are in my children's lives. How influential I want them to be. Giuseppe and Maria are both from the south of Italy - Joe from a tiny island off the coast of ...

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Making passata

How to bottle your own passata

My kids are the luckiest ducks in Ducktown because they happen to be half-Italian and being half-Italian means they have a Nonna and a Nonno who teach them all kinds of wonderful Italiany things. Last weekend was Passata Day (or week, as Nonno likes to pace himself these days). The kids fronted up with Bartolo (he gets called the Italian version ...

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Connect | 21 revealing questions to ask your kids

21 questions to ask your children

Cappers surprised me one day when she insisted that her favourite colour was green. “But your favourite colour has always been blue,” I insisted. “No, it’s green. I’ve always liked green.” Now, I know that’s not true and whether she likes green, blue or ombre doesn’t actually matter in the grand scheme of things, but it got me thinking. ...

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