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When is it time to let go of that ‘I’m not done having kids’ feeling?

This time last year I was telling a friend that I wasn’t sure I was done having kids. “People say you know when you’re done,” I said, “but I don’t have that feeling yet.” I felt that just one more was possible. That ‘done’ feeling has still never hit me, and over the past year […]

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FAQs about moving to the country

I’ve been asked lots of questions over the last couple of months, about our move to the country. I thought I’d put them all together in a blog post in case anyone else out there is wondering … Did … [Read More...]

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10 ways to a successful freelancing life

I wish I could record people’s reactions when I tell them I’m a freelance writer. “You make a living from that?” “What do you write? And what do you mean that companies need things written for … [Read More...]

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13 weeks of autumn: so far it’s all about family and food

(And that's okay with me!) A slight snag hit with doing this '13 weeks of autumn' thing: I spent the last week having to be super careful of my internet usage, with a couple of days running at … [Read More...]

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Half past six

My big girl is six-and-a-half now, and I feel like there's something special about being this point. It's the edge of a new stage, where you aspire to a new set of interests and independence. It's … [Read More...]

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13 weeks of autumn

We've had our first summer (well, half-summer) here and we got off pretty lightly. While it hit the high-30s, we never got over 40 and it was wetter than usual. Our water tanks were literally … [Read More...]

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Finding a steady rhythm

At 6am my alarm went off with a terrible noise. It was dark. I didn't want to wake up, let alone to run. And Iris was holding onto me saying, "Mummy, I neeeeeeed you". (Iris never 'wants' things; … [Read More...]

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5 things I’ve learnt in 5 years of blogging

Consistency is king. Sometimes the best lessons are those you learn by making mistakes, and I've certainly done that. I've chopped and changed too much with different blogs and new domains, and … [Read More...]

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Getting stuff done: our first month in the new place

Can you believe we've been in our new place for a month now? So far I've written quite reflectively on being here, so I thought I'd get practical and share what we've been doing around the … [Read More...]

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Slowing down parenting

I'm watching my kids adapt to the newness of their life here. They've been incredible, already settled and content in this way of life. It's surprised me, but then again maybe it shouldn't have: we've … [Read More...]

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Photography expedition: the Beechworth Gorge

"Do you want to stay up later tonight and ..." "YES!" (A six-year-old doesn't need to know why she's allowed to stay up late. It doesn't matter what else is happening; not being told to go to sleep … [Read More...]

What I’ve learnt from working full-time again

It's been more than six years since I last worked full-time. A lot's changed in that time. Having two kids is just the beginning; the real changes are more hidden than that. One of those big … [Read More...]

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Exploring a new town with kids

Moving to a new town means we're having to get used to new everything. We've tried all the supermarkets in three towns, found a great butcher, but we're still deciding on the best place to get … [Read More...]

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Are there ghosts at the Beechworth Asylum?

"Are you nervous?" There was silence as we all looked around hesitantly. "Well, you should be." And with that, the ghost tour of the old Beechworth Lunatic Asylum began. I'm not one to … [Read More...]

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Scenes from the farm

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Photography expedition: the Beechworth Gorge

"Do you want to stay up later tonight and ..." "YES!" (A six-year-old doesn't need to know why she's allowed to stay up late. It doesn't matter what else is happening; not being told to go to sleep … [Read More...]

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Are there ghosts at the Beechworth Asylum?

"Are you nervous?" There was silence as we all looked around hesitantly. "Well, you should be." And with that, the ghost tour of the old Beechworth Lunatic Asylum began. I'm not one to … [Read More...]

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An overnight hike with kids at Wilson’s Prom (and related lessons)

Every hike we do throws new challenges at us and our kids, and our latest adventure was perhaps the biggest lesson in resilience for our family yet. … [Read More...]

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What’s the best that could happen?

You know when people make a change to their lives, find it wonderful, and then say, "Why didn't we do this sooner?" I've been so close to saying that, but I've held off. Life is all about timing, … [Read More...]

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So much great stuff ahead. But first …

The day before we bought our new house, I was adamant we wouldn't be moving anywhere. But overnight I came to realise it was just that I needed some space to consider it from an angle I hadn't … [Read More...]

The one where I admit to harbouring jealous thoughts

I've been jealous of my husband for six years. Most days in that time, he's got up, got himself ready in ten minutes flat and walked out the door. And for most days in that time, I've felt jealous … [Read More...]

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FAQs about moving to the country

I’ve been asked lots of questions over the last couple of months, about our move to the country. I thought I’d put them all together in a blog post in case anyone else out there is wondering … Did … [Read More...]

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13 weeks of autumn: so far it’s all about family and food

(And that's okay with me!) A slight snag hit with doing this '13 weeks of autumn' thing: I spent the last week having to be super careful of my internet usage, with a couple of days running at … [Read More...]

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13 weeks of autumn

We've had our first summer (well, half-summer) here and we got off pretty lightly. While it hit the high-30s, we never got over 40 and it was wetter than usual. Our water tanks were literally … [Read More...]

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