The great muster

The grand-master fixing the gate on the farm

Living in community can be challenging. This is perhaps made more particularly so when you live in community with those who know you best. Those with whom you have spent extensive amounts of time. Basically, those you are related to.

With the long weekend looming we decided to get out of Sydney for a few days. We sought wide open spaces, and green pastures. We found a three bedroom, two bathroom house with the most magnificent view. We found 200 acres of wide open space. And when we arrived, there were eleven other people to share it with.

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On the hunt for yabbies

Little boy looking into a dam

I'm not sure whether it was the grand master recipe tester (AKA Grandpa) or the junior recipe testers who suggested it. But somehow, on our weekend away at the farm, a trip to the dam to fish for yabbies was suggested. Suddenly everyone seemed to think it was a good idea. Or at least the juniors did. We're still not certain about the grand master's enthusiasm. He got outvoted.

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Cupcakes and carrots

Cupcakes infront of Easter hats

One of the junior recipe testers celebrated a birthday on the weekend. Being among the youngest in her class, her birthday is always much longed-for as finally 'catching up' to everyone else. A party was planned and a cake was selected.

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When the chips are down...

Chips (french fries) lying on a wooden board

This week I've had pause to consider our own daily routine. Mostly I've had pause because I, along with every member of the clan, have been down with a virus. Day to day we generally manage just fine...

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The plunger and the puller

Medicine plungers

This week we have dealt with colds. All of the juniors have suffered through a rather vicious bug complete with endless high fevers. I've learned a few things.

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What if...

Tomatoes on a chopping board in a question mark shape

From July this year the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be rolled out across NSW. This scheme represents a major shakeup of how support services have been provided to date for people with disabilities and their families.

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Aging negotiation

Lip balm and hair elasticDiscussion and debate are a big deal in my house. In fact, when negotiation becomes an Olympic sport we will have a couple of contenders who have already qualified in preliminary rounds. The senior recipe tester, who is the most able to control the desire to talk, often wishes that a contagious case of lockjaw would sweep through the halls. He's still waiting.

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