Joe Christie A parent's perspective

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Our garden is almost a year old

  It’s hard to believe that the community garden on Davis Street has been growing vegetables for almost a year. That also means that my family has spent a year down in Melbourne after...

Spring concert, rowing, punting, captain of boats, father son brunch and a crushed apple 0

Spring concert, rowing, punting, captain of boats, father son brunch and a crushed apple

It has been a rather frenetic last eight days. We began with Joe’s spring concert held in the Memorial Hall at Melbourne High School. Joe played the violin in the camerata and also in...

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I can name all the trees in my park

Actually only the park opposite our house in Melbourne… thanks to a very cool online application map that allows me to zoom in on our street then progressively click on the trees to find...

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Photos of the Top End from the top – 417

The other day, on 1 May I grabbed my camera, jumped in my plane and flew around the outskirts of Darwin. I’ve done this many times before. This time for some strange reason I...

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Easter, Chillies, Frogs, Princes and Dr Who

This story is one small event that combines past and present experiences. It was part of our trip to Sydney and Canberra in Easter 2017. Many wonderful things happened along the way and they’ll...

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Joe has an eventful day, and so does Jo, our robot

Our son Joe presented his first speech as junior school captain to 700 grade 9 and 10 students at Melbourne High today which was following at lunchtime by a school evacuation when an angry...

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Kensington in Autumn

Sunday was a deceptively warm day. Autumn was definitely here because the red and orange hues had already replaced the green of the leaves in the park. The familiar sound of dry leaves rustling...

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Birthdays, Boats and Botanic Gardens

Last Friday we celebrated my Mother in Law’s birthday. We started out by visiting a small Thai restaurant in Richmond before proceeding to the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens. Firstly – the restaurant… Located in a...

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Melbourne Flower Show – 2017

Last weekend we attended the spectacular Melbourne Flower Show. Flower arrangements, including creating gowns and dresses from plant material – wonderful garden arrangements – for small and large gardens. There were vendors showing off the...

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Strolls, Sojourns and a Soliloquy

The title was born out of my misunderstanding of the word “sojourn”.  Sojourn – with the wisdom of the internet at my fingertips is “a temporary stay” which although conveys a meaning of destination, also...

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