What the fête is going on?


(and where the holly are my Christmas presents?) We have to move. If we find a place soon we’ll be shifting flats within the same suburb and staying till July next year, as planned. Then we’ll move back to New Zealand. As planned. If we can’t find an apartment in […]

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the opposite game


Remember that game? It was popular with kids who also liked the phrase, “Stop hitting yourself.” Well, calling the school holidays HOLIDAYS is kind of like that – the exact opposite, and sometimes painful. But this time we had mum come to visit, ie. I did less housework but more […]

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The 100 Days Project


This year was the fourth year I’ve participated in the 100 Days Project. It is a creative exercise in which participants repeat the same artistic (little-a artistic, broad definition of art) process or task each day for 100 days. This is definitely of the quantity-over-quality-leads-to-quality school of thought. I’ve done […]

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credit where credit’s due


I have a pretty good life. It would be easy to sit back and say, ‘look how well I’ve done.’ No one would like me any more and things would go downhill a little from there, but it would be easy to think that way. It would be easy to […]

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finding pace


We’re back at it. Luuk’s at work, Elena’s at halte garderie (well, not this very minute. Right now she’s watching Monsters Inc. for the thousandth time), Louis is at school and I’m in the thick of revisions… again. The kids are happy to be back in routine, and playing with […]

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and then


So, I was going to write a blog post or two about our summer road trip, our 3,500 or so kilometers and 4 countries (and yes, the sound of music tour). But then we got home and the rentrée has been BUSY, but also about a hundred times easier than […]

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wind-down


We’re usually the ones who take-off on holiday on the evening of the last day of work, or at crack of dawn, next morning, but this time we are taking an entire leisurely Saturday to pack and potter around. A much more relaxing start to a holiday. We have three weeks […]

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busy somethings and busy nothings


We had a mad couple of weeks, and then things calmed down and the quiet is a different kind of mad. First, the mad weeks – the busy doing something bit. A kiwi friend came to town and so I played tour guide, which I love. We walked our feet off. […]

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whelmed


It’s a lazy Sunday here, and tomorrow is 14 Juillet (known as Bastille day only outside of France, apparently). Sundays are so much nicer when Monday’s a holiday. This is what we’ve been doing: and a few minutes later: Movies, music, food. Hanging out like pros. It is summer holidays […]

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the plot thickens


… but it all comes out well in the end. I have a whopper of a bruise on my leg. We visited the netherlands a couple of weekends back (goodness, has it been that long?) and while there, we went to a monkey-centric zoo. It was a fantastic afternoon for […]

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