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beautiful things [birthday edition]

Needless to say, my birthday was a little weird this year. I woke up in a hospital bed, but I was allowed leave for the day. I enjoyed a lovely late brunch with my sister and some friends at a café on Margaret Street and a stroll around Queen’s Park before my energy flagged and [...]

home again, home again

Jiggedy jig. So, I’m home again. I’ve been home since Thursday afternoon, and it’s been strange. When I went into hospital it was autumn; when I came out, it was suddenly winter. I’m writing this sitting in front of the fireplace, because elsewhere in the house, it’s a biting 9° Celsius. I’m wearing a flannelette [...]


On this day 29 years ago, my mother almost screamed down the maternity unit at Toowoomba Base Hospital giving birth to a 5lb-15oz-three-weeks-early baby girl whom she named Amber Elizabeth because my father told her to. (She had no choice: he read Forever Amber as a teenager and my fate was sealed.) Yeah, that was [...]

lest we forget

Today, in Australia and New Zealand, we commemorate ANZAC Day. On the 25th of April every year, ANZAC Day pays tribute to the date of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps forces during the First World War. More than 60 000 Australians died during WW1 and approximately 156 [...]

happy Easter

Every single year, I post some variation or other of this picture. It’s because I’m not very grown up and it makes me laugh. What I really want to say is that I hope you’ve had a lovely long weekend — that you’ve relaxed, stayed safe, and had time to reflect on your blessings and [...]

now that she’s back in the atmosphere

I don’t have drops of Jupiter in my hair, but I’m back. My hiatus from home and life and blogging and everything else was due to an unexpected stint in hospital. Maybe I’ll talk about it sometime; maybe I won’t. I can’t say that it was either pleasant or welcome, but I can say that [...]

so, this is my face…

I swear, I am wearing the netting around my head that grocery stores usually use to wrap pineapples and papaya. Except mine is stuffed with ice packs and I’m less fruity and delicious. I’m so glad that I’ll never have to do this again. My face hurts from my eye sockets down, and my cheeks [...]

30 before 30: get my wisdom teeth out

Number 14 on my 30 before 30 list is to have my wisdom teeth removed. I know that probably seems like a strange ‘goal’ to have, but it’s something that needs to be done. (I have been procrastinating for three years now.) Well. Today’s the day! My auntie is dropping me off at St Vincent’s [...]

some snaps and reflections

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I have a whopper of a headache – which has nothing to do with alcohol consumption and everything to do with sleeping on a foreign pillow last night. And speaking of last night, I’m proud to say that I and my five other friends (who gathered [...]