A year in the life 2016 #331a: bestie catch up

Natasha was in town for her last Canberra gig as Ambassador for Women and Girls (she had been os while we were in Adelaide) and we managed to find some time to catch up. Best friend time is the best time.

A year in the life 2016 #124: toes

2016-05-06 11.47.21One of the upsides of time off is that you can do leisurely things like pedicures with your best friend then lunch at the beach. A lovely way to end a week.

A year in the life 2016 #90: belated birthday lunch


Lovely to spend hours out to lunch with the best friend enjoying a belated birthday celebration. Hard to think of a better way to spend an afternoon.

A year in the life 2016 #50: afternoon teal


My best friend Natasha is a big supporter of ovarian cancer awareness and research and hosted an afternoon tea to raise both money and awareness.  Champagne and cupcakes for all!

PS the biggest problem with ovarian cancer is that it is usually detected too late, so be aware of the symptoms and get yourself checked out if in doubt.


A day in the life 2016 #8: best friends


One of the big bonuses of six months in Adelaide is that I will get to see my best friend a lot more. We had a great night of talking and drinking too much wine and just enjoying the chance to spend time together.

And we saw this sunset.


2015 weeks! #23: what happens when it rains all week

2015-06-15 12.56.28My right arm, well, elbow has been troubling me for a while, and has gotten a lot worse recently. So much so that my physio sent me off for an ultrasound and, if necessary, steroid injection. Apparently two injections were needed – in addition to tendonopathy I also had tears to my elbow tendon, it was super inflamed and the nerve was thickened. It is fascinating to watch the needle go in on the ultrasound – distracted me from the accompanying pain. The rest of the week I was resting my arm essentially in the hope I’ll be able to get back to using it properly again soon.

2015-06-16 15.06.23A day for fun stockings though.

2015-06-16 17.42.22Natasha and I got a chance for quick drinks between meetings and flights and so forth. We always make the most of these squeezed in opportunities.

2015-06-17 06.10.18Off to Brisbane for a presentation to an Indian delegation.

2015-06-17 08.46.22We were talking skills and the resource sector and links between India and Australia.

2015-06-17 11.17.07 HDRAnd it was a gloomy day for it.

2015-06-17 12.48.13On the theme of things Indian, I finished the Indian chick-lit novel I had picked up at the airport in Delhi last year. It was very entertaining and readable and I enjoyed it enormously. Also quite political.

2015-06-17 20.55.24The weather was awful this week, raining for days. I put my footy shoes on for walking in the rain because the ground was so wet.

2015-06-18 08.58.56One of the fun parts of meetings in Parliament House is getting to wander through the basement – so much quicker than having to go through the public entrance.

2015-06-18 15.33.06As I said, it was raining almost all week.

2015-06-18 16.18.29Another day trip, this time to Melbourne.

2015-06-19 06.08.35I can’t remember whether these were sunsets or sunrises as travelling…

Back at home, Jude was helping prepare fish for dinner.

2015-06-19 18.22.26-1Saturday morning and time for Jude’s hockey.

2015-06-20 11.14.39It was then off to Jude and Zac’s music recital – both played very well.

Lovely Saturday night dinner commencing with home made salmon gravlax.

2015-06-20 18.41.21After webber roasted pork and beef in the middle, we finished with caramel dumplings.

2015-06-20 20.15.44And some Eldritch Horror.

2015-06-20 21.32.34Sunday and Sebastian and I got our baking on and made spinach and feta tarts. Yum.

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Weeks! #44: Halloween and other reasons to dress up

2014-10-27 09.42.11-1 - CopyWork! Not the best reason in the world to dress up, but hey.

2014-10-27 20.04.09 - CopyHere is my abandoned skate gear following SkateFit. That Bambi works you hard.  But certainly an excellent reason to get my gear on!

2014-10-28 19.20.33 - CopyWhen dressing up, excellent shoes are called for. Tax return came so I felt more than justified in purchasing the pair I had been stalking.

2014-10-28 23.28.25 - Copy Here is a stolen photo – this is Natasha speaking at the UN Security Council. A proud best-friend moment (one of many).

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With glorious mornings like this, why wouldn’t you put on your bike gear and get our for a ride? And here I am all helmeted up.

2014-10-29 07.35.16 - CopyZac likes to dress up nicely (certainly more than his brothers). On the weekend he bought a pair of sunglasses which he loved. After wearing them to school, he told me that while some of his friends liked them, some people had been “sexist and rude.” Zac, however, does not bow easily to peer group pressure, so he has continued wearing them. When (mostly small boy) people ask him why he’s wearing “girls’ sunglasses” he calmly tells them they are his and he bought them with him own money, and moves on.

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Breakfast at the Cupping Room with James is both worth dressing up for, and skipping the first half an hour of an all day meeting!

So is breakfast at the Elk & Pea with my friend Melinda who travelled with me to Sri Lanka.

2014-10-30 08.47.33The Realm was looking resplendent for the Migration Agents conference I went and spoke at.

2014-10-30 16.33.56Here is the view from my window on a day when Canberra was looking excellent. And me as I tried squinting out of the window.

And then it was Halloween. This rather frightening looking cat nearly scared me away from the cakes. Nearly.

2014-10-31 15.33.42Into cricket uniform which Zac wore with his usual flair.

And watching cricket for some of us as the sun dressed up the sky.

Time to dress up for Jasmin’s usual Halloween celebrations. I was Deregulation Girl – slayer of red tape.

On Saturday, the boys put on their skating gear. Here are Sebastian and Jude relaxing while Zac was training.

We also got the trains out Saturday night for a family game of Ticket to Ride.

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On Sunday, we put on our bike helmets and rode down to LSR for afternoon tea. Of course, I managed to take a lock I didn’t have the key for, so we had to abandon the bikes and walk home, returning for them later.

And spring is dressing up the garden – here is a passionfruit flower.

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