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Putting things away.

Do you know how to gain inner peace? It is quite simple. Come to terms with the fact that you will never finish the washing. Never. But in my never-ending quest to find and sustain my sanity, there is one tip that I have developed and implemented these school holidays, and because I am a sharer of good practices, I am happy to let you in on my technique. For years and … [Read More...]

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The game they play in heaven?

Watching the footy on the telly with Horatio yesterday bought back some sweet memories. Sitting on the hill with my grandparents, who moved to Parramatta to be … [Read More...]

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Parenting 101 – Being Bored

"I'm bored." The national anthem of the school holidays, Australia wide. When the sun is shining, there is no reason to come and tell me this, as I will turn on … [Read More...]

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Beach Cottage Reveal! – Jabba gets Fancy.

In the 18 months since we bought Jabba The Hut, she has seen us through some very good times, and in turn we have treated her to a little makeover. I set out to … [Read More...]

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A Soft Pant Workshop with Styling You.

Happy Good Friday to you! Easter would have to be my hands down, blue ribbon winner of all the annual holidays. You don't have to run around buying gifts, there … [Read More...]

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When Horatio Met Nathan Hindmarsh.

I was standing on a field watching Horatio do some footy training with Nathan Hindmarsh, when I heard the news that the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell had … [Read More...]

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5 Things to do at The Royal Easter Show.

It is that time of the year, when the country folk roll into town and show us city slickers a thing or two about living. I adore the show, and go every year apart … [Read More...]

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How to fish.

This post is bought to you the┬áPlay it Safe by the Water Campaign. Over the course of last summer, my oldest kid Horatio grew into a man. Well, maybe a mini-man. … [Read More...]


I Touch Myself Project

My first ever car accident happened in 1991. I was driving back to boarding school after a weekend at home. I turned the radio up, because Chrissy Amphlett was … [Read More...]

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Ear Infection

A Sunday morning spent at the local medical centre, does not a happy camper make. You are sitting there on some nasty green and purple chairs, along with half of the … [Read More...]

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“You. a writer? Listen dear, you could not write “fuck” on a dusty venetian blind.”

I first met Wendy Harmer at a job I was doing. I was on a panel and she was the adjudicator. Could you imagine? WENDY HARMER! She was my idol back in the day of 2Day … [Read More...]

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Old Friends

Wonderful break was had in Bali, with the 9 of us mainly behaving ourselves. Although three of our party did engage in some motorbike racing at midnight, and I am … [Read More...]

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Lunch at Mama San

Mrs Ryan and myself (unexpectedly) dined as guests of Mama San. Last night we dined at my favourite restaurant in Bali, Sarong. We were fairly thirsty it would … [Read More...]

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Like Selling Ice to an Eskimo.

  Jack has made a new friend, an elderly lady named Wayan who works the strip of Legian Beach where we are staying. They bonded over their mutual love of … [Read More...]

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The Bali Nine.

Greetings from Bali, where the weather is hot, the beer is cold, and I am travelling with my sister, my mum, Jack and an assorted gaggle of mates. All 9 of us (the … [Read More...]

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Fight For You.

Brought to you by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. I literally grew up on a racetrack. Tamworth Jockey Club, The Capital of Country Racing to be … [Read More...]


How to get rid of nits.

Not since the summer of 2010 have the Woog's been hit so hard by a plague of headlice. It was late Sunday afternoon, and I watched one of my offspring scratch … [Read More...]