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    The Balcony Garden Update

    When I got back from Darwin after my teaching practical, I have to admit that I was a little concerned about how my garden would look. After all, six weeks is no short time for my precious plant collection, without my caring hand watching over them. As it turned out, when the majority of my plants are succulents, six weeks is no time at all. In fact, my garden was positively flourishing under nothing more than an occasional look over…

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    It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…

    For the first time in my life, after years of wishing and wanting and waiting, it has finally happened. We have a real Christmas tree. It might not seem like much…

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    Yes, I Finished NaNoWriMo!

    With a satisfying click I close out a sentence that definitely wouldn’t be the last of my NaNoWriMo novel. On baited breath I check my word count for the hundredth time that…

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    Home Again To Melbourne

    It has been so good to be back home in Melbourne. Yes, I miss my parents like crazy, along with the rest of my Darwin family and friends, and (let’s be honest)…

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    Reflecting On A Primary Practical

    I’m sitting at my desk in Melbourne. It’s Monday morning, and for the first week in six weeks I’m not in Darwin. Today, I didn’t have to get up at the…

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    Mum’s Magical Garden

    Gardening is very much a part of my identity now, but I wasn’t always a gardener. In fact, it never really occurred to me when I was younger to grow or…

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    Dad’s Bush House

    When Dad sold our family home a few years back, I felt like my ties with my hometown had been somewhat severed. It was not an issue of fault, but rather…