Five Child-Friendly Activities in the Gympie Area

Poor Gympie, always getting the rough end of the holidaying stick from its pretty blonde-haired Sunshine Coast cousins: Noosa and Rainbow Beach. An old gold mining town with little sex appeal apart from its plethora of farming machinery stores and The G Spot (the town's adult shop), it's reputation was not improved in our household when … Continue reading Five Child-Friendly Activities in the Gympie Area

Australian History Hilarious? A Review of ‘Girt’ and Eliza Fraser.

I used to teach early 1900s Australian history to thirteen year olds. Oft times it was difficult  to say who was more bored- me, wondering when the overloaded spit ball above a child’s head would succumb to gravity and fall  onto a desk… Or the students, whose hormonally overloaded brains wondered who the hell these … Continue reading Australian History Hilarious? A Review of ‘Girt’ and Eliza Fraser.

Eight Places To Be Romantic in Noosa

A friend sent me a link to the New Yorker’s Daily Shouts entitled “Valentine’s Day Poems for Married People” which I clicked on and felt in turns humoured and a little sad. Don’t get me wrong, I have a long affinity with hating Valentine’s Day. I blame high school where I was never one of … Continue reading Eight Places To Be Romantic in Noosa

12 Ways to Piss Off Everyone You’ve Ever Known Over the Holiday Season.

Oh the holidays- time for togetherness and family, friends and good times. It all starts off quite well until about Day 4 when the bloating and the sunburn and the odd hangover of note turns that blessed time into a foray of  snippiness and rolled eyes behind pissed off backs. Forget racist/sexist/homophobic comments or adults … Continue reading 12 Ways to Piss Off Everyone You’ve Ever Known Over the Holiday Season.

How We Learnt to Fight More Effectively In Our Marriage.

Warning: This post contains many  varied swear words. My husband and I have fought about some pretty inane things over the last eight years of marriage. Our dalliances in the world of verbal sparring have increased since having children with the added dimension of ‘silent treatment’ and the phrase which hitherto I’d only used as … Continue reading How We Learnt to Fight More Effectively In Our Marriage.

Camping with kids is better with friends and their kids.

School holiday camping trips are a rite of passage for children and parents alike. For the kids, it's what memories are made of- sleeping in the Great Outdoors and eating sausages for days. For parents, it's an exercise in not committing infanticide while attempting to relax whilst covered in sand and/or dirt.   We've just returned … Continue reading Camping with kids is better with friends and their kids.

Easter Camping with Children: The Pros and Cons.

We staycationed these Easter school holidays. The idea of overpriced and crowded accommodation, traffic jams and unrealistic expectations of a relaxing holiday with the kids have scarred us to the point where staying at home seemed like the most nurturing option. It wasn't always like this though. We used to be HUGE camping at Easter advocates. But … Continue reading Easter Camping with Children: The Pros and Cons.