7 Trials in 7 Days


This is Missy Moo at a petting zoo on Saturday. This is the face she uses to lure you in before she strikes with mischief and shenanigans.

Last week the world shivered its way through the icy blasts and blizzardy squalls that were brought on by “#beastfromtheeast” and “#stormEmma.” Truth be told, I’m not sure if this represents two names for the same weather system or if they are different systems, I didn’t pay that much attention to the news.¬†We were¬†too busy dealing with a cyclonic storm of our own. This is the story of how my wife (I was only home¬†for part of it)¬†survived a week at the mercy of Cyclone Missy Moo and the¬†seven trials of woe and worry that she wrought upon our household. Continue reading 7 Trials in 7 Days

Lego Land and the Fall of a Legend

Soft play
This is not Lego Land, but it is a picture of Missy Moo and Bummy

As with all great tales this one involves adventure, loss, deceit and resurrection. It truly is a great tale. But first, to set the scene. The picture above most definitely is not Lego Land. No it is in fact the local play centre near our previous home in Darwin. To get to Lego Land from where that photo was taken you need to drive about 3500km South literally to the other end of the Australian continent through “the red centre” Continue reading Lego Land and the Fall of a Legend

An Addendum to My Top 3 Most Traumatic Toilet Training Moments


Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate set in an old flour mill.

A couple of weeks ago I published a post called “My Top 3 Most Traumatic Toilet Training Moments,” which described exactly what the name implies. It was a brief anthology of the most traumatising toileting misadventures that I have experienced with my children while they are reaching for the big toilet training milestone. Then last week, I published a post called “Going the Distance: Part 1,” in which I described my family’s current living arrangements and touched briefly on some of the measures we are taking to invest our relationships to overcome the tyranny of distance. At the end of that post, however,¬†I added a footnote stating that a situation had arisen that deserved to be included as an addendum to the toilet training post. What follows here is that addendum. Continue reading An Addendum to My Top 3 Most Traumatic Toilet Training Moments

The Versatile Blogger Award and 7 Things to Know About Me


Insert hand wringing acceptance speech here.


Today being Monday, I had a plan to put together my next blog post and while that is still technically true it certainly isn’t the post that I had in mind. Thanks to The Dad Column, I find myself nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. Even though I’m pretty sure I don’t get a trophy for this (although I can get a badge of a trophy) Continue reading The Versatile Blogger Award and 7 Things to Know About Me