Family, Fiction, Parenting, Writing

Getting ready

'I'm looking for my pants!' Kelly says. It feels urgent now. Her whole family is downstairs, waiting for her, and she can't find her favourite pants. 'Bloody hell,' she says aloud while turning over mountains of clothing scattered all across the floor. 'Kelly, get down here now. We're all waiting for you.' That's Dad. Things… Continue reading Getting ready

Family, Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Parenting, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Names and Fuss

Melissa stares out the window. The street below is busy; trams and cars stuck in peak hour, pedestrians moving in all directions. The sky is that clear bright blue, totally cloud-free. Looks like it's going to be a cracker of a day. Bed rest sucks. She's thirty-five weeks pregnant, and confined to her bed on… Continue reading Names and Fuss

Family, Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Parenting, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Scare at the Lake

'Fetch me the blanket,' I say to Jack. Our son, Stefan, is shivering. His face is pale, his skin tinged with blue. I gather the old rug around his body, pull him in close to me. Kiss his damp, salty forehead and let my lips linger there. My heart burst apart when I saw him… Continue reading Scare at the Lake

Family, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Opinion, Parenting, Writing


Here we are, ready to tackle another week. The last week of Term 2 here in Victoria. My kids are tired, I'm tired, and from what I can glean, the whole world is tired. A pandemic will do that, so I've discovered. I've planned to take annual leave, so that I'm at least not trying… Continue reading Tired

Family, Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Parenting, Writing

Planting and Growing

I clutch onto the little paper bag in one hand. The other is holding Clarabel's pudgy, soft fingers. We're on our way to the vegetable patch. In the bag are various seeds for cos lettuce, zucchini, tomato, pumpkin and sweet potato. That should be enough to keep her interested. 'Wherz da patch, Mumma?' asks Clarabel.… Continue reading Planting and Growing