Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

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The agony

… oh my… a dear friend of mine who has been through an awful awful divorce and whose new husband lives 1000km from her heard last night that if she proceeds with a move to be with her new husband, her children will have to remain with their father, according to the court. Watching her crumble and crumple was almost too much to bear. It’s any mother’s nightmare, it’s a disaster. 

And knowing what I do about her former husband, and her children, I am speechless. 

Justice and Mercy, where are you? 


…with the girls. So last night was book club. It was a good catch up; one of our members, Justice is moving to PTA at the end of the year, so it was one of our lasts. We laughed up a storm; planned a weekend away together and drank some bubbles, and I crafted my first batch of macarons after my course. 

Chocolate macarons with a hazelnut praline filling and a chocolate fruit macaron with a caramel cheesecake filling. Yum! They came out well, they tasted good; awesome wow factor! Yay!

Chasing up

…so last night my running friends and I hit the local Mexican spot. It felt so sneaky being out in a Monday night, the best part was that the restaurant was quiet! I love it when things are easy. 

The meal was good – I had a chorizo, prawn and black bean quesadilla, which was good! The spice was just right, not too hot, not bland. With a touch of extra gaucomole, yum! The frozen margaritas were also flipping delicious. I was a bit conservative and had a traditional one, but my friends got experimental – kiwi and cucumber (so good) ; mango and chili (interesting; almost savory!). 

The naughty feeling hasn’t left me; and now I feel like I did at varsity most Tuesday mornings – ready to go back to bed! I’m yawning my head off! 

The next installment 

…so after 4 nights with the Scottish family, we left with huge lumps in our throats and headed off for the next part of our holiday. I am just so thrilled that Thandi and I got to meet these cousins of Charlie’s; they were fabulous! 

all dressed up in Scotland! 
We headed south towards Argyll with some stops along the way. Checking out Loch Ness in better weather and exploring Urquhart Castle. So beautiful. 

Then we met our German friends who came across to join us for a couple of days. 

Loved the ceilings in Stirling Castle. The tribe outside Doune Castle the view over Loch Crenan on a perfect evening. James Bond’s filming site from Skyfall. Totally gorgeous drive. Crazy kids, so happy to see each other again! Jump for joy in a Henge.such great friends! 

Together we explored Kilmartin, Oban, Loch Etive, Glencoe, Inveraray Castle, Doune Castle, Deanston distillery, Stirling Castle and the William Wallace Memorial. 

So special to see our friends and explore this neck of the woods. To all our disappointments, the booked Seaplane tour from Loch Lomond over the West Coast was cancelled due to bad weather; and we unable to rebook that. But never mind; we had such special times. 


…not seals, not doof-doof music, but book! Last night was fun – I cooked up my Bavarain feast – obazda and pretzels (a creamy camembert cheese spread/dip); käsespätzle (german macaroni cheese) with a green salad and a cucumber dill salad and then (non german) cinnabons for dessert. A carb fest without a doubt, but super delicious! It was nice to see the girls again, and there was lots of catching up, lots of news, lots of scandal. I did enjoy that.

I also managed to get 2 hours of painting in yesterday…

So, it’s just awaiting my signature, but its done! And I started on my next one. I have really loved getting back into the painting. I find it fills me with joy to see something come together on the canvas. I had forgotten how much joy it gives.

And with that, there are 4 more sleeps…



more sleeps! Flip there is a lot to do before I leave, but I am slowly turning my to do list into a ta dah list! All our documents are in order – my flip file is done, itinerary typed up, Thandi is just finishing a picture for the front of it. Packing lists are being finalised. Most of the forex stuff is sorted. I am getting there. Winning!

Today I am hosting book club – I will be presenting a bavarian feast once again – can you tell I am missing my German friends? So this afternoon I’ll be preparing for that, then I am going to shoot to my art class, I am desperate for some creative time – I wish I could spend all day painting? But I don’t feel confident enough to go on without my teacher yet, so I have to be patient with myself. And after a few hours there, it’ll be back home to host the girls! Should fill my bucket to get through the next few nights on call this weekend.

High School

…reunion! There is nothing that makes one feel old quite like your high school reunion – and its now 25years (!!!!!) since I matriculated. How is that possible? Really? I swear it was just the other day; but then again, it feels like for ages ago!

So last night was the Old Girls’ Guild dinner (yes, I was at a girls only school) at the local golf club, and that was quite fun! It was really nice to see a good few people out, and especially one girl who I have definitely not seen since school – life does take people away from you, so reconnections (if they happen) are special! There was lots of laughter as we reminisced. And it’s so nice to be free of all those teenage hangups we had! The dinner was ok, the formalities a bit cringe worthy, but the wine and laughter flowed!

Today is the Founders’ Day assembly that I can’t attend; but tonight is our class’s social function. No ceremony and speeches, no drama, just friends and catching up at a small local restaurant. It’ll be a bigger function tonight, some girls don’t really like the formality of last night’s function, so I suspect it’ll be more raucous. Just as well I am on call, so will have to behave! Nice!

(You can probably tell from this post that I actually loved school. By the time I finished I was ready to go, but I really did enjoy those years. Despite some bullying in early high school, despite awkward teenage years, I thrived!)