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Exit stage left…

... OR WHERE HAS MY DAUGHTER GONE? Just like Snagglepuss (the whimsical pink mountain lion in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the early 60s), my teenage daughter has suddenly decided to "Exit, stage left!" Packed with her are the chatty conversations we used to have about her day, struggling together over a science assignment at ... read more

The hoodie was a big hit

Harry Potter heads to your wardrobe

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.  Winners will be notified soon! Read on if you have a Harry Potter-mad tween or teen because a funky (and stylish) Potter-themed clothing range has just been released and I have two full sets to give away. Way back in 1997 (in my early 30s and pre-children) I randomly picked up a copy of JK Rowling’s ... read more

Learning to unplug.

16 unplugged activities for teen girls

Last week I wrote a list of suggested activities you could introduce into your son’s life that might encourage him to more readily unplug. Today I thought I'd do a list for the girls. Only the merest hint of pink I promise.  Many on this list will also be of interest to boys but I know some will more readily resonate with your ... read more


12 things I refuse to apologise for…

Are there some things which you do that mortifies, amuses, embarrasses or gladdens the heart of your friends and family?  Here are mine... Insisting that my children are my “friends” on social media. I have had to solemnly swear that I will never tag or share anything with them but I figure because their weapons of choice are Snapchat ... read more


The new order…

There’s a quiet revolution going on in the suburban back gardens of Australia. Rather than sitting back and admiring our perfectly manicured ‘outside rooms’, gazing lovingly at our Mondo Grass, perfectly coiffed hedges of Gardenias and Buxus or newly acquired Agaves perched in copper pots on our Cotswold Collection Outdoor Setting, we ... read more

Pencils sharpened for another school year...

Finding the quiet places…

With my children now charging through adolescence, heading towards the pointy end of their schooling and with extra-curricular and social commitments coming out their ears, it can sometimes be tricky to find time to have “those conversations” with them; well any kind of conversation really. Sure, we have dinner together each night sans ... read more

Skipping stones...

15 unplugged activities for teenage boys…

Teenage boys can turn into slugs over the holidays. And I get that. They are exhausted after the end of a long year at school and, thanks to puberty, many are swarming with hormones which means most of the time they just want to chill out and sleep for inordinate periods of time. They are generally also happy eating nothing other than ... read more

Grace's Summer Pavlova

On food, connection and keeping your family tight…

Food is such a great memory-maker, don’t you think? Whether it’s the first time you crunch into a freshly-picked apple from your Grandma’s orchard, eat vegemite toast with the butter running down your fingers, grill prawns on a BBQ on a late summer’s day, bake a cake from scratch with your toddler (or grandchild) or prepare something on a ... read more


My one good idea…

2016, despite way too much global conflict and some truly scary political outcomes was actually a good year for me. I had a book published. My children kicked some academic goals at school. Our eldest daughter got married. I watched many of my friends achieve some great things in their personal and professional lives. And a few nights ago ... read more

grace on rock 4

The exquisite art of doing nothing

  Life can be rich without riches.  And it can be full without a cupboard overflowing with toys or a drawer stuffed with computer games. In 2017, it will be 16 years since I became a mother.  Whilst I was overjoyed at having a healthy baby boy, followed closely by a beautiful little girl just 18 months later, I still recall ... read more