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

Family, Fiction, Parenting, Writing

Brekky Time

Lena slumps at the breakfast bar. Her mother, who's grinding coffee beans in the kitchen, glances her way, and stifles a sigh. 'What's the matter with you?' 'I can't decide what to have for breakfast.' Lena's voice is a whine, grating. 'Lena, if this is the hardest decision you'll face in life, then you're lucky,'… Continue reading Brekky Time

Fiction, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Story Issues

'What's for dinner?' asked Marty. Sienna's shoulders rose, just a fraction. How she loathed this question, particularly when it was only four in the afternoon. But Marty was home from a physical day. Bricklaying was tough work, she understood that. 'Coconut fish curry. Served on jasmine rice.' 'Sounds great.' Marty walked to the desk where… Continue reading Story Issues

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


Anna-Maria sits across from Jim and watches him surreptitiously. He's reading the newspaper, old-school, a broadsheet. Sips his coffee, his scrambled eggs congealed in a lump on his plate. Is he happy? She's not. Any memory of happiness for her is a blur. She can't even remember what laughter sounds like. But Jim? She's never… Continue reading Revenge

Family, Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Parenting, Writing

Cleansing Routine

"Sherry, use the cleanser!' God, Mum is so annoying. She's in her room, but somehow still knows what I'm doing in the main bathroom. 'Mum, leave me alone.' I hear her mumbling something about wearing makeup. She's been following her own cleansing and beauty regime each night for the past thirty years, but---this is going… Continue reading Cleansing Routine