My grandmother’s hands

I remember sitting in the backseat with my nan, holding her hand. I was in my early 20s, she in her mid 70s and I looked at her old hand on mine, resisting the urge to gently pinch her skin into a soft, static peak like I’d done when I was a kid. Understandably, she […]

Dad Joke

It’s not just the corny line that makes a good dad’s joke, it’s also about timing – when to deploy the strike. You have to make sure that you have an audience cause what’s a dad’s joke if no-one groans? I actually quite like its awkward conversational full stop – done well, there’s usually a […]

The Social Science Experiment

Have you ever seen the science clip which explains a nuclear reaction sequence by using a single ping pong ball dropped into a room filled with ‘primed’ mouse traps? The film aims to show how a chain reaction works with one action triggering potentially endless reactions & I saw this happen in the very drab […]


Yesterday, Melbourne’s cbd was covered in feathers. Did you see them? I noticed some as I was approaching Collins St but only with hindsight. As I turned into Bourke St small tufts began to appear in doorways but I kept dismissing them, maybe it was a foamy spill over there or an outbreak of pollen […]

Old as me

Retrieving some earrings from an old jewellery box this morning reminded me of one of the first times I was surprised to be old. I was in my late 20s & my co-worker asked about my earrings & said with glee, “ohmygod, they’re older than meee!” I’d inherited them from mum who’d bought them in […]

Rain drops

This time of year is amazing for Melbourne gardens – is it good in other parts of Australia? Rain/sun/rain makes everything shoot up at once & all of a sudden the garden beds I’d cleared hoping for ‘inspiration’ turned into a grassy carpet’o’surprise . There was a motley crew of herbs & I thought back […]

Hard rubbish

Last night, a kid on a bike rode past me and on his shoulders was a backpack & a Thonet Bentwood chair. I love everything about that. I couldn’t take my eyes off him, I was trying to soak up all the optimistic joy & comedy of moving furniture in unconventional ways. Have you noticed […]


I got on the tram at stop 7 & they were already discussing wedding nail colour (‘pink blush’) & the impending hair style trial. By stop 12 conversation turned to cake stands (slice of a tree trunk ordered through a guy on Gumtree) & how expensive the quote was ($80) & how when she & […]

Fancy Dress

A 70 year old woman wearing a fairy costume at an airport truly is a joy to behold. So many questions! Is this everyday or a special occasion? Did you always dress up or just a recent thing? Where did you get your shoes? She was a flutter of white tulle, glitter wings, silver shoes […]

Emotional Contagion

This morning as I lay in bed, scrolling through social media (bad habit), I was confronted by a really distressing image. As it soaked into my cereal brain I quickly clicked the post away but the damage was done. Breakfast sat heavily in my stomach as I tried my best to make the imprint fade. […]