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Dandenong World Fare

Sometimes I am dragged from the comfort of my house, kicking and screaming. But other times I go of my own free will, and today was one of those days. I bundled my family (and extras) into the car, laughed as they tried to squeeze in around all the rubbish, and took them to Dandenong for the World Fare. My plan had been to take extraordinary photos of the food, colour and culture, but after we arrived I realised I'd cleverly...

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Things for a Sunday afternoon

L-R: 1. The Recipe Writer's Handbook, 2. Food Photography: from snapshots to great shots, 3. Plate to Pixel, 4. Lunch in Paris, 5. Saved by Cake, 6. Will Write for Food, 7. Hide & Seek Melbourne, 7. Tea & Cake I left Tea & Cake in a cafe after breakfast a few weeks ago. My plans to bake 'Killer Cupcakes' were ruined! When I returned the next day, frantic, the owner admitted she had rather thought she'd keep the beautiful book,...

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Lily: expert manipulator

Lily is "cleaning" the rumpus room. Georgia is overseeing, but not cleaning. LILY: I'm sorry it's taking so long Georgia. I'm just not as skilled as you. GEORGIA: (sadly) I know. (proceeds to clean the whole room) Lily is becoming an expert in pandering to ego....

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‘NONE.’

This morning, I dropped the kids off at Before School Care, as I do every morning. After I'd signed them in and hugged them and bid them adieu, the lovely woman who runs it pulled me aside. "I've been trying to decide whether to show you this," she said, and opened a folder full of 'profiles' from all the students. My favourite time of day is 'going home', wrote Lily. I like it when mum lets me do what I want. I smiled...

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The sound of one woman barking

Tonight, my 6-year-old and I had a conversation. You might know it. SCENE INT. ANNA'S DINING ROOM - ANNA, LILY ANNA: Here you go, I made you this incredible spaghetti. I poured my heart and soul into it. There are literally pieces of my heart in it. I made it for you because I love you. LILY: [indistinguishable] ANNA: You'll really like it. I made it with most of the things you eat and then just a tiny, tiny bit of mushrooms because they're good for you but...

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A little bit of International Women’s Day

To the exceptional women I am lucky to call my family: My nan We are now 12 long years without you. You remain the most courageous woman I have ever known. At 26, in a post-war recession, you became husbandless. You never remarried. You took those children - also women - and taught them how to be good people. You lost one of them. You nurtured a whole family of strong women. You were our rudder. As a teenager, I sat with you...

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