Monthly Archives: January 2011


One of my earliest memories is of my brother, sister and I stealing our grandma’s slippers and heading off around the corner of our house to the sloping nature strip, picking up the cricket stumps on the way: then proceeding to ‘ski’ down the nature strip in our slippery slippers, powered by our stump ski poles!    We spent hours ‘skiing’ and giggling, marveling at our brilliant initiative.

Why is this important?

Firstly, because it is about family.  My brother and sister represent everything that is good about family – loyalty, fun, love, grace and truth.  They are the people I look to for support, comfort and when I need to laugh.  They are the people  I want my girls to grow up admiring, trusting and adoring.

Secondly, it is about doing something new; about stepping outside the box and having fun while doing it. Something which I am not good at these days.  I like safe and definite, I like the box and I like the predictable.

And thirdly, it’s my earliest memory.

That is who I am (partly).  I am about family, I am about trying to know who I am and what I am and do it better, and I am my memories.



new words

My lovely friend Bec has launched 2011 with the 100 Theme Challenge.

I like it.

Particularly at the moment when my ability to string two words together is fairly limited, let alone trying to pin down an interesting ‘theme’.  So I am thinking I might give it a go.  Here is my amended list of themes.  I think it’s worth attempting.

1. Introduction


3. Light

4. Dark
5. Solace
6. Break Away
7. Heaven
8. Innocence
9. Drive
10. Breathe
11. Memory
12. Insanity
13. Misfortune
14. Smile
15. Silence
16. Questioning
17. Blood
18. Rainbow
19. Grey
20. Fortitude
21. Vacation
22. Mother Nature
23. Cat
24. No Time
25. Trouble
26. Tears
27. Foreign
28. Sorrow
29. Happiness
30. Rain
31. Flowers
32. Night
33. Expectation
34. Stars
35. Hand
36. Treasure
37. Eyes
38. Abandoned
39. Dreams
40. Rated
41. Teamwork
42. Standing Still
43. Dying
44. Two Roads
45. Illusion
46. Family
47. Creation
48. Childhood
49. What my mother told me
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport
52. Thought
53. Secret
54. Tower
55. Waiting
56. Danger
57. Sacrifice
58. Purity
59. No Way Out
60. Rejection
61. Fairy Tale
62. Magic
63. Disturbed
64. Multitasking
65. Horror
66. Traps
67. Melody
68. Hero
69. Annoyance
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mischief Managed
73. Inability
74. Challenge
75. Mirror
76. Broken
77. Test
78. Drink
79. Starvation
80. Words
81. Pen and Paper
82. Heard
83. Heal
84. Cold
85. Spiral
86. Seeing Red
87. Food
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Children
91. Drowning
92. Possessions
93. Surrender
94. Hope
95. Advertisement
96. Storms
97. Safety
98. Puzzle
99. Solitude
100. Relaxation


So I hope that the long absence and quietness here was evidence to the fact that our baby GIRL has arrived safely and is the greatest delight.  She is sweet and beautiful and divine and I am in love again.  Birth was fine (cesarean) and after some initial concerns regarding her breathing (of all things!!) she did great and is perfect.

The last 8 weeks have been tiring (understatement) but mostly lovely.

Just wanted to drop in and say all is well and happy.  I will attempt to do so more often!