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Work and life

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Right now I’m supposed to be working. It’s Saturday afternoon and the sun is shining and everybody else in my family packed up the car early this morning and went out for the day. Scout was sobbing her heart out. “Why – hic – do you want – hic – us to gooooooo?” she wailed….

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Aftermath

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Burnt out sparklers are bundled on the table outside. Two champagne glasses sit in the washing up. The drying Christmas tree is outside on the front porch, awaiting its scheduled Council pick-up. A thousand pine needles have been swept from the lounge-room floor and two hand-painted nut-crackers, 60 tiny sleigh-bells, one giant musical snow-globe, three china Santas, two…

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And so this was Christmas

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So this was our Christmas. I hope yours was beautiful. And now it’s time to say, see you next year! Can you even believe that? Love, Naomi xo ps. I’ve been on an unexpected blog-and-Internet break due to the sad demise of my modem (which I didn’t discover for two days until I was suddenly…

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Pre-dawn

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I had already been awake for at least an hour. The hotel bed was one of those lumpy ones that felt like it was bruising my spine, no matter how I twisted and turned. The room was hot and stuffy, even with the AC on as high as it could go, possibly because it was 35 degrees outside…

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Home delivery coffee

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Dear entrepreneurs and cafe-owners of Melbourne, here is a business idea. Consider it a gift from me to you. Home delivery coffee. Allow me to put my case. Imagine, if you will, the thousands upon thousands of parents, grandparents, friends and nannies in Melbourne right now who have spent all day chasing after babies and…

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Tiny talismans

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These two little onesies are all I have left of all the clothes my children wore, up until today. On the weekend we completed an enormous and much-overdue sort-and-clean of our front room. Previously, I’d gone through the children’s old clothes, those that didn’t fit them any more, and sorted out some to give to…

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A lot of words about not having words

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Lately the words haven’t seemed to be coming. And I’m not unhappy, in fact, quite the opposite, but I think I am maybe just replete with my simple family life. I have moments, flashes of something so real and powerful, through the day, and I want to share them with you, but the words don’t…

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Storms and sunshine

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At around 5.30 on Saturday morning the storms rolled into Melbourne and crashed and flashed and by all tokens made a bit of a fuss. An angry wind bent the new trees in our new garden this way and that and then both ways at once, sending droplets flying sideways as rain the size of…

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Birthdays

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It was my birthday on the weekend. I was up before everyone else, as I often am. I let the cat out, and surveyed the still-dark garden in my socks. I love our garden in the early morning. Beyond the garden walls are the rustlings of pre-dawn morning; birds, stretching and yawning. But inside my little oasis, all is still and…

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11 pieces of really annoying advice

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Yesterday I sat in the sun in our back garden with the children and our friend Tonia, and we ate watermelon and spat out the pips and sipped prosecco (me and Tonia, not the kids) and talked about life, the way girlfriends do. Tonia said something about someone who had been giving her a hard…

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Scout says

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“When I grow up I will be Father Christmas. Ralph can be my elf.” (“Father Christmas” is pronounced “Farmer Kitmass”) * * * * * Scene: the cherubs are yelling at each other. Me: Use your words. Scout, what words do you have? Scout: Umm, PINK! * * * * * “When I grow up I want…

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Ralph’s gift

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Last night in the middle of cooking dinner I went into the playroom and when Ralph saw me, he held out his arms and said “Mummy pick up? Cuddle?” So I picked him up and he snuggled his head into that little nook between my neck and chin and then he murmured, “Lub loo Mummy.”  (Love you Mummy)….

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