Double Delight

    With its striking red door and sky-blue weatherboards, the picturesque cottage on one of Bowral’s central streets could easily be mistaken for yet another charming Highlands home, but there is more to this warm and welcoming property than first meets the eye. The Hidden Door Cottage and Villa, as the name suggests, offers …

Getting published – why timing and titles matter.

Despite a long career working in media, when I first returned to full time writing my portfolio of published articles was rather slim. As a television journalist I've written, produced and reported on hundreds of news, current affairs and lifestyle stories for broadcast, but writing for print was never high on my priority list. Last year …

Difficult Men

An email popped into my inbox today with the subject line The Difficult Men's Club. It was from a long time friend and included a photograph from her recent family Christmas celebration. In the picture was her partner, her brother-in-law, one of her sons, her ex-husband and her father. Only one of the men is smiling. I …

A Christmas Luau

The wooden hand formed in the famous Hawaiian hang loose sign sits on the formica bench in my parents' apartment, between the kitchen and the dining room. "Hang loose!" Dad would always say when the going got tough.  Hawaii is part of my father's DNA.  A holiday at the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki decades earlier sealed …

The Collision

A perfect storm looms on an otherwise ordinary night in suburbia, a place of cul-de-sacs and project homes, a Holden Kingwood in the driveway. Our house draws no attention to itself; just another red brick house in a tree-lined street. Yellow light warms the windows from the inside out. Like most families we have rules, …