Mum’s carpet

An article I wrote for SBS on Mum’s carpet. Mum sent me a link to an article entitled, ‘The science is in: wearing shoes inside your home is just plain gross.’ There you have it, Mum wrote. Vindication.   For as long as I can remember, the love of Mum’s life has been her carpet […]

Behind-the-scenes on reality food shows

Here’s something I wrote for The Guardian on cooking shows. It’s battle time on Netflix’s cooking competition Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, and celebrity chef Curtis Stone is facing challenger Mason Hereford. Their task? To cook five courses in 60 minutes with the surprise ingredient (lamb). Each dish must be inspired by street […]

Teddy

Here’s something I wrote for The Guardian. The lost teddy It was 8.10pm and I was running through the dark streets, desperately searching. Just as I was about to concede defeat, I spotted him. He was near the corner pub, lying lifelessly on the nature strip.  I looked upward to thank the heavens, then messaged […]

WFM

Here’s something I wrote for The Guardian on working from my parents’ home. “What do you like on your pancakes?” Mum asks. It’s our first day working from Mum’s house and she’s made morning tea. My kids’ preferred condiment is strawberry jam, and Mum’s face drops: “We’ve got none,” she says. In my peripheral vision, […]

Covetiquette

Here’s something I wrote for The Age on ‘Covetiquette’. I was raised in a non-physically demonstrative family. Kissing and hugging was not our thing. Passing the soy sauce bottle to each other at dinner was the most touchy-feely we got, and the deeper emotions were expressed in other ways. When, for example, I was upset […]

The Christmas spirit

Ho ho ho. Here’s something I wrote for The Age on the Christmas spirit. May you all have a wonderful festive period! I was going to say that Christmas has crept up on me, but actually this year it feels more like an ambush and I feel a little resentful. Most of my grinchiness is […]

Back to the office

Working with kids during the pandemic has been challenging (I may never actually recover), but the flexibility has been brilliant. Something I wrote for The Age. * The debate about how the world of work can realistically accommodate mothers juggling childcare and careers is not new. But as Victoria reaches its 90 per cent vaccination […]

Gold digger

SBS asked if I could write something about the gold rush. Here’s something I cobbled together. * Until recently, all I knew about my great-grandfather was that he had come to Australia as a young man to find gold. Now that I’m older, I’ve become more curious about him – and I’m glad I have. […]

On cemeteries

An article I wrote for SBS about visiting the cemetery. Something to cheer us up! 😉 When I was a child, while other families would go bike riding or to the beach at the weekend, mine would have a trip to the cemetery. To me, it was better than going to the shops, and there […]