Saturday, 1 January 2011

"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea."

I spend my life running away from my shadow .. this guy wants to chase his. One day he will catch it - the Universe will get sucked inside out.


Last night Max and I sat on the couch, watching the fireworks in Sydney Harbour. Fireworks are never as good on TV, but we were amazed anyway. “WOW! Mum .... imagine if they did this at the end of every single day. That would be so cool. It’s the end of another day! Woo-hoo. PHHP-CRACK-POW-POW.”

To celebrate the end of every day ... we made it through! I love a nine-year-old’s perspective on the world.


We have in our possession five travel pillows, five packed suitcases, five excited hearts. Our flight to Bali leaves today. Tim has discovered motojumping in a Balinese brochure. You ride a motorbike off a cliff, attached to a bungee cord. No pools are fenced in Bali ... we have a heavy duty lifejacket for Rocco, he is a wild man from Borneo around a body of water. There is a water theme park there that would not pass any safety requirements in the western world. The guys will love it.

I will be praying to all the Gods, that my family comes back in one piece.


Yesterday, I wanted to make one of my famous non-alcoholic drinks for an alcoholic. “Don’t buy mint. There’s plenty in the garden.” So I didn't. I went to make my famous drink ... Dave’s mother was technically right.

Unfortunately the mint was brown, crunchy, and covered in spiders. Cheers!

She lives in the same town as my own grandparents once lived, many moons ago. We went to Soldiers Beach yesterday .... I took the same rockclimbing track I used to take as a kid. The rocks are all the same. Maybe I am too. Maybe we spend our entire lives getting back to the state of freedom we felt in our youth.

I asked Dave to drive past their old house, on a whim. It’s exactly the same!

I came here for many school holidays ... nanny would make pikelets for dinner laden with brown sugar and lemon. My grandfather (Grumpy) would tell me stories about Shamus the leprechaun who lived at the bottom of the garden and I believed him. He used to write poems and stories and so I did, too. Nan would tell me I was good at it.

I miss their love.


Max and I lit sparklers just before midnight last night, in the dark. Rocco and Dave were in bed, Tim was on the phone. We both wrote our names in the sky, then each made a wish. I wished for Max to have a better, happier year this year. Later, he whispered into my ear his wish.

“Mum, I wished that this year is just so better than last year – not busy.”

At the top of my new years resolutions is to make that boy pikelets for dinner. Laden with brown sugar, and lemon, and love.

Happy new year to you .... you haven’t made any mistakes yet! It’s a blank slate – what are you going to do with it? (Hint: ANYTHING.)


  1. Happy New Year, lovely lady! Mmmm those pikelets sound like just the trick.

    Best wishes for 2011 and for your holiday!

  2. Happy New Year, I hope you have fun in Bali!

  3. Happy new year to you too. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

  4. Oh, 2011 and I, we have big plans!

    Have a wonderful time in Bali. Hug Woog for me. x

  5. I love love love this post -- that first photo of Rocco is fantastic -- and of course the one of you and Max -- lady I had the most VIVID dream about you last night -- I'd come to Australia -- but it wasn't really -- just some weird, surreal Alice-through-the-rabbit-hole type place --and we went straight away to your sister's house where we were staying --and you had a niece named Fiona or Phoebe or something -- and there was some lurking trouble...but magical too -- very lush and surreal -- and like it had all been filmed by an instagram camera....

    Weeeeiiiiirrrrd -- but what a way to end the year!

    I love you lady,


    Happy 2011 where you are...

  6. I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! that photo of Rocco. OMG!

    Have an awesome time and let me know when you are making those piklets because I am coming over :-) Have a fantastic time. xx

  7. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!
    I am awarding you today on my blog, swing over to check it out later~

  8. Eden hope all is well and that you are still in Bali...saw the reports on the torrential rains and don't know if it's anywhere near where you live, regardless, it's a tragedy and just wanted to check in.

  9. and now you have me wanting pikelets. So much for healthy eating this year ;)
    Hope your Bali trip is going stupendously well and you are all still in one piece (more or less)


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