As the year comes to a close, it’s time for the obligatory review post. This is made a little easier given that I didn’t post anything to tell you of any grand plans at the beginning of the year, so theoretically I could just say wow, look at me – I did everything. But that would be a lie. The truth is that I did have some plans and ideas for what I wanted to achieve throughout the year. Post more – While I’ve achieved this broadly, I was planning on doing a weekly post which I’ve sucked at. I started well but then gotRead More →

Week 27 from July 1st to July 7th was one of glorious weather in Edinburgh. The city is truly magnificent when the sun shines, it’s just a pity that it shines so rarely! Mum retired this week, a major milestone in her life and kind of a watershed in mine. I’ve also had some distressing news from home which makes me feel every centimetre of the distance between Edinburgh and Melbourne, but I shan’t dwell on that now as I’m hoping for better news later in the week. I’ve started playing with Duolingo to learn German. It’s kind of language learning by game play andRead More →

Week 45 is from Monday November 5, 2012 until (and including) Sunday November 11, 2012 This week Katja grappled with a giant platypus, I made some nommy cake, and we all travelled down to London where naturally I visited Loop. 20121108 – Katja’s first taste of “solid” foods. She’s not too sure about this! 20121108 – This whole eating malarky sure is tiring! 20121109 – Oops! Would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when the farmer realised that mistake! 20121111 – Current project #allforme #knitting 20121111 – All finished!Read More →

On Friday 29th June at 1:25am Christian and I welcomed Katja Aoibhe Anear Saemann into the world. With her mass of gorgeous hair and perfect heart-shaped face, she weighed in at 2.91kg or 6lbs 6 and 51cm long. She had left us waiting, being 11 days overdue but once we showed her the door she didn’t waste any time at all – start to finish was a mere 7hrs.Read More →

A lot has been going on behind the scenes the last month and now at last I’m able to let you all in on the secret – I’m moving house. And not just moving house, but moving country – again. After 6 years in Ireland pretty much to the day I’m going to be heading off to Scotland and to Edinburgh to live. No job lined up, I’m just going to head over there and see what happens. As a result of that I’ve handed in my notice at work, and I’ve started packing. It’s not so easy to pack for an international move. YouRead More →

On our way to lunch today we spotted an accident at a busy intersection. The drivers of both cars looked quite dazed – it was a tail-ender where one car had stopped and the one behind had not. Both cars were extensively damaged so it must have been a hard knock. The police were there and both (male) drivers were walking around so we went on to get our sandwiches. On the way back, there were two fire engines and an ambulance – turns out there was a person in the passenger seat of the second car and she was badly hurt. They were usingRead More →

Attempts to stem flow of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon oil rig suffered a serious setback on Saturday when crystallised gas filled the containment dome that had been placed over the worst of the two remaining leaks. The dome – a 98-ton steel box with an opening at the top – was lowered over the leak on the seabed on Friday night, from where it was to funnel the oil through a pipe to a tanker, effectively capturing 85 percent of the leaking crude. But engineers found gas hydrates — crystal structures that form when gas and waterRead More →