Another anniversary

Exhaustipated to the point of exhaustipation I decided that there was no better time to deal with the last remaining boxes than now. Not the boxes of books that remain,… Read more

Tuesday morning

I’m not at all athletic, I’m uncoordinated, and I don’t especially like sport. But I do go to the gym three or four times a week. I go because it… Read more

Dear Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister Further to my correspondence dated 1 February 2017, I am writing now to continue our one-sided dialogue. I begin with offering you my sympathies. You must be… Read more

The laundry

When I was of an age that I now recognise as young, but then believed was old, I used, sometimes, when faced with an empty knicker drawer, to go to… Read more

Christmas Eve

It’s lovely in Abu Dhabi at this time of the year. Every day for a month it’s like South Australia on the morning after a cool change has rolled in… Read more


It’s seven years today since my dad died. On the seventh anniversary of my mother’s death, Dad rang me – he rang me on each one of her anniversaries and… Read more


So I finished the undergraduate portion of my studies and then I took a bit of a break because the university I was studying with didn’t offer honours by distance,… Read more


If I tell you that I have a personal trainer who comes to my house twice a week, it will sound extremely expat lady I’m sure. But since last September… Read more

I went walking

So my beloved and I were out walking and while we were walking we were chatting about this and that and mostly our chat was my list, ordered alphabetically, of… Read more

The mornings

I like to get up early in the morning and potter about the house before everyone else comes and starts the day. It’s lovely. I make myself a coffee, get… Read more

Do you like it?

It’s summer where we live, which means it’s time to come back to the place we don’t live where it’s winter. It’s been nearly five years since we left which… Read more


At the counter, I am second in line behind a woman who is arguing with the receptionist. ‘My appointment was for one o’clock and now it is half past two…. Read more


Cool stuff happens. Like at dinner one night, my youngest lad tells me (in response to my earnest conversational prompt,’What did you do in English today?’), ‘We started Dickens.’ He… Read more

Forty three

I turned 43 last weekend. It seems important somehow. It has seemed to be a coming of age in the way that no other time, not 18 or 21 or… Read more

One evening

Last night, I was listening to Archie Roach while I wound some hanks of silk into balls. I don’t have a ball winder, so I have to use the backs… Read more

Never alone

After we had washed the deep, neat cut and wrapped the band aid round it and Eldest was satisfied that there was no longer any chance that I might faint… Read more

swot vac

Exams. I am in the middle of them. They are all multiple choice which, from what I gather, tests breadth of knowledge rather than depth. Other exams I’ve done have… Read more

Post-school snack

Flicking through my photos I came across this one of eldest with an after-school banquet. This is not set up, this is seriously what the kid gets himself when he… Read more

Big Toe disease

So I’d ruled out appendicitis (because I had felt nauseous, but there was no vomiting) which just left ectopic pregnancy and/or kidney infection. I know that the chances of pregnancy… Read more