The Night He Stole An Aeroplane


It seemed like a good idea at the time. It was early 1941 and war had been ravaging Europe for the best part of two years, but tucked away at a secluded flying school in small-town New Zealand, the two young pilots had grown restless with the mundanity and regimen of Airforce training. Desperate for a bit [...]

Five Degrees of Thankful


There are seven people living in our house. It’s chaos – not organised chaos, just chaos. Sometimes I get so caught up in the day-to-day stuff – the housework, the hospital appointments, the homework, the never-ending laundry pile – that I lose sight of just how lucky I am to have this chaos. When the [...]

Family Portraits – The Outtakes


I wanted to get a nice pic of all the girls together for Easter. That’s not too much to ask is it? We were at the park on Saturday afternoon, the light was lovely, it seemed like the perfect opportunity…

Our Top Ten Children’s Movies Of All Time


After being disappointed by The Lego Movie the other day, I got to thinking about some of the better children’s movies we’ve seen over the years and the result is a rather eclectic mishmash of old and new, fantasy and real-life, animated and acted. Some are classics from my own childhood that I’ve enjoyed reliving [...]

World PI Week 2014 – Living with Primary Immune Deficiency


Mercedes was 18 months old when her ENT specialist first suggested that she might have something wrong with her immune system. We knew that her recurrent ear infections were almost certainly caused by dysfunctional eustachean tubes as there’s a strong family history of ear disease, but while her sisters had responded well to treatment, she [...]



Stable. It’s not a word we’ve heard much lately in terms of Mercedes’ health. Her ears are STILL not dry after the last big hospital trip infection in January. That infection marked a progression in the extent of her disease – she’s had a gazillion middle ear infections in her life and even lost part [...]

A Baby Blessing


In just a couple of weeks, there will be a new addition to our family – my brother and his partner are expecting a baby girl in early May and I’m so excited! I have a little nephew already but he lives in Canada so we don’t get to see much of him, so I’m [...]

The Accident


It’s the phone call every truckie’s wife lives in fear of, yet when it came, it sneaked up on me so unexpectedly that at first I didn’t even realise what was going on. It was my sister’s birthday and we’d made plans to go out for lunch. We were sitting around waiting for the baby [...]