Kids’ Card Game – My Ship Sails

I’ve never had so much fun watching kids play cards. The pure joy and fun-ness of their facial expressions had me totally captivated. I didn’t realise what was actually happening until about the fifth turn when their Dad started to protest. The girls totally loved that they were beating him at this card game. Dad…

Music to My Ears

I marvel at the talents of young musicians. How they commit to learning an instrument, then play to create such joyous music. I appreciate when a musically-minded person plays a piece, which uplifts  me. You know how many hours of practice, passion and commitment was dedicated to achieve such a high standard. It warms my…

Successful Succulents – Labour of Love

‘Succulents are a labour of love,’ according to a gardener from Oxley Nursery, Brisbane. ‘You need time and patience to grow them.’ We enjoyed a nursery outing where we were greeted with an extraordinary collection of succulents at its entrance. They may grow at a snail’s pace, but I was dazzled by the unique shapes…

Any Excuse For A Family BBQ

Roll out the BBQ! Listen to the sizzle and chatter. It’s like music. It can be heard for miles; a symphony of 25 voices. It includes, of course, the kids playing, laughing and running around the yard, while a couple of adults cook and the other adults look on, admire and cheer on their culinary skills. All…

Outdoor Games – Kids Love To Play

One of the things we learned, as kids growing up, was we had to ‘entertain ourselves’ when playing outdoors. No technology in our time during the 1960s. We always found something to do when we lived on the cane farm in Millaroo, 70km inland of Ayr. I regularly return to Townsville to see mum and…

Kids Swim in Rainforest Setting

The sun was shining and it wasn’t raining, so we bundled the kids in the car and took them to Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park. What a fabulous location up on the Atherton Tablelands. When family visit, I usually have a few local places to visit and one of them is a good swimming spot.…

Happy Father’s Day Daddy

This poem came about when I looked after my two nieces one weekend, while their mum and dad competed in a mountain bike competition. We were chatting about Father’s Day and this is my older niece’s thoughts of what her dad has done for her. We sometimes think children don’t notice the wonderful memories parents create with their children. You’d…