Swim Mums’ Rules

RULES for the SWIM MUM Nobody expects to be a swim mum. We hear that swimming opens up a child’s lungs and all this water-safety-for-children lures us in. Next thing, it’s squad training three times a week, and before you know it, we are up way before 4am every morning for the swim run, waiting two hours, then rushing home – only to repeat in the late afternoon. We … [Read more...]

Brain Gone Missing

Sometimes I wonder if my wandering mind has gone more wayward than normal – but I have no doubt it is making it even more difficult to be me. A few months back, I hauled my children out for a day watching a free music festival in the park. Wearing out picnic best and armed with deck chairs and cooler bag, we schlepped down to the venue – only to find it was in fact taking … [Read more...]

Mothers’ Club does New Zealand

My Mother’s Club went international. Yes, we headed off to New Zealand for Jonene Sarah’s BIG BIRTHDAY BASH. And it was so beautiful, lots of fun and a might big adventure with some of my favourite people. A week before, a 7.5 earthquake hit the exact area we were heading for, but that did not deter us. For those of you not in the know, we’re a bunch of single Mums (and one … [Read more...]

Touching Homebase

  I met up with former classmates I last saw 35 years ago at a reunion in Sydney – and what an inspiring and invigorating experience it turned out to be. All of us South African immigrants, 17 women flew in from as far away as Perth and New Zealand to reconnect and, as it turned out, to re-centre ourselves. Gone were the hormone-infused teenagers and plump-faced … [Read more...]

Solo Travel

I have just returned from a 20-day trip alone, without my children. This might not seem a biggie to all you solo travellers out there doing your fabulous thing. But for me, it was very confronting. I love travelling and I travel heaps. But the last time I travelled alone was 30 years ago, and I only lasted a few weeks before running home. And the last time I visited anywhere … [Read more...]