fresh air at last

dear friends, when I began this week  it was pouring with rain and I was feeling in such a deflated mood, maybe down to the constant barrage of down pours which kept us inside for the best part of three days (and ALL my crafting ideas were exhausted by day one!) or maybe because my camera was (and still is) on the brink of death (all but the picture taking button seem to be broken, which is probably down to the amount of sand poking through every gap in the buttons!) so I have no idea of the amount of  pictures I have on there and the thought of a digital spring clean makes me want to hide my camera in a very dark place  (how can you store a billion photos that are all equally precious in some kind of order?)

Or maybe my low mood was down to the insane amount of clutter I’m trying to figure out how to cleanse from my little life.  I’ve been (very) slowly clearing out our belongings in preparation for the house move and I’ve come to realise I am more of a hoarder than I thought. I mean,  do I really need to keep hold of sequin leggings and killer heels which have not been aired since circa 2010? Nope! but can I throw them away? not a chance! If anything I’m hoping they will be a welcome addition to a fancy dress box in a few years. So, for now, I’m going to leave that little can of worms in its rightful place, in suitcases, in the garage and hope that Big D doesn’t notice….

but now, at the end of the week  (hello Friday!) after some much needed sunshine and out door play and good old fresh air  I’m feeling back to normal and peaceful again even though I have a stinking head cold and I’m pretty certain my head just might explode from the internal pressure all this snot is causing….but before it does I must share some pictures from a beautiful afternoon we spent with friends (before they disappear into my digital black hole) exploring/ searching for dinosaurs/ trying to find the biggest stick and not poke anyone’s eye out….(it was a miracle!)


^^^I love all the green in this photo and the muddy feet^^^

DSC_0645^^^all the tree roots in the woods and the boys both had to claim ‘that one’^^^


^^^a dinosaur tail perhaps?^^^


^^^literally that morning Ralph had to rescued from his first tree climb^^^

DSC_0679^^^swords, wands, dinosaur prodders? who knows!^^^

DSC_0667^^^a rare moment of stillness^^^

DSC_0665^^^we left with muddy toes and very happy hearts^^^

Thank you, Miss Charlie for sharing the secret! and as for the weekend, what have you planned? We are off to the Salt markets tomorrow- I can’t wait (Big D would rather do anything else than visit another market with me but I’ve promised him he will like it!) and we’ve also managed to arrange a date night.  I can’t remember the last one we had so I best dash and go stick my head under a steam bath.

Happy weekend xxx

Ralph is three

Happy birthday Ralph!

Three cycles around the sun and you continue growing before our eyes into such a beautiful soul every single day.


^^^your final day as a two year old, being at the place you love the most^^^ Continue reading

bye summer

Autumn, hello. I wish I could welcome you with your cooler mornings, shorter (ish) days and the looming thought of wearing warmer layers again with more gusto but I just can’t. Its official, I’m well and truly a summer girl, happiest in flowing frocks, morning swims chasing the waves, salty hair and ending the day with sandy toes watching the glorious sun set over the Indian Ocean. I haved loved this Summer so much (and have got so used to crazy hot days I now think anything under 30 degrees is slightly chilly!!!!) Continue reading

10th January 2016

Today, my darling Ralph, you insisted on waking me super early in the morning by whispering “wake up now mummy” continuously in my face.  I love that you are so persistent and don’t give up even if you do have to drag me out of bed by my ankles…..

We woke up to an unusual grey summers day here in Perth but it was a nice break to take a morning walk along the beach without melting at 7:30 in the morning, which turns out is also the same time and place that all of Perth’s lycra wearing fitness addicts do their daily exercise. I happened to be the one counting all the ships/ surfers/ dogs at the top of my voice….


^^^I wish his jumper came in grown-up size (it’s from Children of the tribe and I may be a little obsessed…^^^ Continue reading

on being grateful

hello my blog, hello my friends that read my little blog!! oh how i’ve missed this little space that is just mine.

it may be the 4th, well it’s now actually nearly the 5th,  but better late than never hey?- so the happiest of new years to you all- i hope you’ve had an awesome time doing all the things you love with all the people you love.

last night was the first time in ages that I was home alone and  it felt like total luxury after a busy few weeks of holidaying, epic car journeys, entertaining visitors and general christmas busyness so it seemed like a perfect chance to catch up with you before either Big D returned from the movies or his folks returned from their evening out; instead I went to bed ridiculously early and snuggled the little man- not exactly riveting stuff to the start of 2016, but hey ho it’s all about lifes simple pleasures!  Continue reading

a trip to Naturescape, King Park.

talk about a rollercoaster ride! one minute i’m crying my eyes out hating Big D for having to work millions (not quite accurate) of miles away being left all alone with Ralph, feeling utterly and totally burnt out by 5pm every single day, resenting Big D because he gets to go to the gym whist i long for a sweaty yoga class….and the next i’m all huge happy smiles with a skip in my step without a care in the world feeling insanely joyful.  blah- to emotions. And to being a fifo wife (not the right word considering we’re not even married, but ‘partner’ just sounds lame!) Continue reading

8 things you need to know on becoming a fifo family

when i say becoming a fifo family takes a little of getting used to i mean that in the most obvious sense. because, of course its going to be different, there is someone missing from your family for weeks at a time! and if you don’t feel different, then i guess we have an altogether different kinda problem on our hands….

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^^^Ralph practically jumping for joy over Big D’s return^^^

In the two weeks that Big D has been away my head has been full of mush, just the usual run-of-the-mill mush but i have really been struggling to process my thoughts which is annoying, I’ve been falling in a worn out heap tucking myself into bed at 8pm but on the rare occasion I’m not absolutely knackered i have been watching Absolutely Fabulous from the beginnnig (which is still as ace as ever) whilst getting a little drunk on the sofa (after drinking a whole glass of wine-so cool i know!!!) but here is a little bit of what i have learned about the fifo life so far…..

1. you will hear strange scary noises as soon as you switch off your bedside lamp. of course you instantly think that axe murderers are waiting outside your door so you do what any one in your situation would do….hide under the duvet (or just sleep with the light on-those axe-murders will think you’re an insomniac!)

2. you spend most of your bedtime routine doubly, triply checking that all the doors are locked and you may or may not choose to leave some booby traps in the shape of a two year olds toy trucks on the floor by the doors. If those axe-murders do get in they will get really sore feet. If it worked in Home Alone….

3. you can’t blame your other half for zooming through all the loo roll or the wine or the chocolate stash- oopps sorry Big D!

4. even though you have a huge bed and dream of sleeping like a starfish when your partner is home you will probably still just stick to ‘your’ side once they are gone.

5. you will surprise yourself how easily you slip into your new solo parent routine-oh yeah you can just call yourself Supermum. I’m one step away from wearing a superwoman costume 24/7…..

6. you can eat whatever you like. Im a big fan of crunchy vegetables, quinoa and anything cooked from the Honestly Healthy cookbook whereas Big D likes his vegetables cooked to their soggy death, potatoes with everything and meat, lots of it…..

7. you think Skype is the best invention ever. especially at Ralph’s bedtime and especially when Big D can recite the Gruffalo from the start….

8. and when have those days that feel like are never ending just think of all those extra frequent flyer points and start planning a mega holiday!

but the best thing of all, is for sure the return! Welcome home Big D xxx