Sunday, April 26, 2015


Finally...the parchment!

My mum came down for graduation and helped me tidy up the yard....

Carissa and Mum many years ago.

The new chaise lounge that I bought for the 2nd living room...

Some heavy pruning! I love using the saw...

Some of the peeps from Uni post-graduation

My psychologist friend, Rocco graduated the same day as me. Fab!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

First Dates!


hi everyone,

This post is about first dates. I also moved the laptop from a stable desk to my lap so it's abit wobbly from to time. Sorry about that. Put your headphones in and turn up the volume too.

Thanks as always for checking in!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Quick Update

hi peeps,

This video was made just before bed so I am without make-up and in my nightie. Apologies in advance for the high levels of dag. Oh, I've got my nerdy glasses on too. Gee - nothing glamorous in this clip ha ha. If there were any poor soul out there that held any delusions that Miss Smack was a glamour-queen this video should squash that once and for all.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Adelaide Bushfires

hi everyone,

I received a couple of emails asking about the path of the fires and if we were anywhere near them. Although we are in the Adelaide Hills, we're in a different path to the fire. We are safe. I really appreciate your emails and questions seeking clarification as to what you're seeing on the media.

There were rumours heading around on South Australian social media that an incinerator was lit and embers from that caused this horrific burn but the owner of the incinerator has denied that and clarified. He's also very teary and upset and has suffered loss himself.  I guess in any tragedy like this people are keen to rationalise the trauma and seek to place responsibility or blame. The Country Fire Service (CFS) have pinpointed a glass bottle combined with unmaintained, overgrown properties and 45 C and erratic strong winds were certainly a contributing factor to the origins of the blaze but as yet investigations haven't occured. They have not occurred because resources have been busy combating the blaze and saving homes, animals and managing the evacuations.  Obviously trees have also come down and blocked major roads so once they're cleared, investigation teams will be able to get in there.

The fires have so far taken about 10 homes that we know of but CFS suspect many more once investigations take place. Native animals are fleeing the heat and losing their homes too. Many koalas are approaching homes for relief and some, as pictured, are entering air conditioned shops for relief.

If you're keen to see the photos collected so far, click on this link below.

It's devastating visually and also to read about it. After hearing about dozens of dogs and cats that were not evacuated in time, I had to shut it off because I became really teary and sad.  The thought of those innocent animals perishing in such a manner just really tore strips from my soul and even now as I type it, I'm sorry for your soul reading it.

As with any Australian crisis, Australians also band together. The facebook groups with hundreds of people offering free accommodation, free hotel rooms, free meals and what not is overwhelming. It also moves me to tears. People who have huge warehouses and offering space for animals, horses are in ovals and on properties and people are collecting goods, home wares and pets for evacuees who have lost their homes. So far, no lives have been lost but again fire services have not yet been able to return to some ground.

If you're to explore this information further, head to the CFS website. There are currently 65 warnings and incidents occurring. All of these areas have homes. Some of them are built up suburbs like Golden Grove, Houghton, Inglewood and more.

It's just so unreal.

Thanks again for the messages.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015


Quick New Years Message!

Hope you have a good one!

see you on the other side,

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Xmas Message


TV Free - Reading Room

View into Lounge room from Reading Room

Carissa's room

My room 

View from front hallway

Lounge Room with original fireplace

And so the nnoving begins...

Don't want to start a bush fire!

Not a bad attempt...

One of the huge trees in the yard... this is a gum tree.

Carissa's offer in UoS...

Gift from a friend.. cinnamon and nutmeg candle

What's left of a water feature after an out of control truck ploughed into cars killing two.

Ollie in his xmas present

Ollie's keeping mamma warm..

Carissa may choose U of Birmingham yet...

Visiting cat...

Reading our minds with his radar vision

Friday, November 14, 2014


Dear Catherine

Congratulations, your award Bachelor of Social Work has now been assessed as complete and will be legally awarded on 24 March 2015. 

Please go to >uni link< 
to confirm your graduation preference before 02 March 2015.

Kind Regards

Student & Academic Services

University of South Australia

I've been waiting a long time to see that email. I'm still recovering - is that normal?

Is it fair to allocate some recovery time?

I didn't think so but my body might be disagreeing with my head.  And alot of my friends and saying "well, you probably are burned out' and I'm like 'Really?" 

I'm sleeping ALOT.

Hope you're well,