I’m not a bohemian

Since moving to Melbourne, I’ve realised something that came to me as a bit of a shock.

I am, in fact, not bohemian.


I tried it. I moved to a one bedroom flat, shared a room with my son, purchased a few notebooks and decided to spend all my spare time writing a book.

But the reality hit me like a ton of bricks. I like nice things, I like my own bed, I really like sleep.

So as I cleared our sub-letted flat of mould and hung all my nice clothes up to dry crinkle free in this so called spare time I realised, I want a nice house, I want to watch the news at 6PM, I want to wear a god damn puffer vest.

For the first time in my life, I don’t want to stand out. I just want to be happy, I just want to be me- and these days I think I am pretty much a subject of my society, this so-called normal.

A far cry from 16 year old me with my blue hair and my slipknot t-shirt.

I’ll still write when I can, but It won’t quite fit the image I had of myself: sitting on a balcony in Fitzroy, cigarette in one hand, pen in the other and David Bowie in the background.

But I’m okay with that, because you know what? I’m happy.

I’m really truly happy, for the first time in a long time.

52 Project


This year, I am linking up with Practising Simplicity’s 52 project.

A portrait of my child, once a week, for every week in 2014.




This week started as a disaster. The first week sans Daddy, and boy did you miss him. On wednesday you awoke with a new leash on life, and even did a wee on the toilet. You never cease to amaze me kid. 

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Dear Daddy v2.1

On Friday we went to the zoo. You carried me, and ran with me. We’ve been spending a lot of time together over the last week. It’s really nice, but you told me you are going to marching men and won’t be home every night.

That afternoon I helped you clean your ute. Mummy came home from work and she was crying. I surprised her by popping out the back of the tray, and she smiled for just a second before she cried some more. I wiped away her tears and patted her on the back.

I’ll take care of her Daddy.

I was scared for you to leave my sight, so I stayed with you until I fell asleep. In the morning you were still there, but then you said goodbye. You haven’t come home since.

After you left Mummy sat down and I sat on her knee. She told me that you won’t be back for some time but that her and I will be okay. I patted her on the back and said ‘no daddy’. Mummy and I have always made a good team.

I took Mummy grocery shopping on Saturday. We got all the food we love, like twenty bananas and I pick two nectarines on my own. I ate them both today. One wasn’t so nice.

This morning Mummy, Dani and I went to a big park. Dani and I danced and it rained so much and then Mummy joined us. She was COVERED in different colours. And then we all danced and she covered Dani and I in colors too. It was really fun.

Daddy, I miss you very much but Mummy tells me that what you do is for us. I know that you love Mummy and me very much and we love you.

Love always,
Your Oliver

P.s. I have picked up some chores whilst you are away, like vacuuming and feeding Panda.


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Linking up with Che’ and Fidel’s 52 project.

A portrait of my child, once a week, for every week in 2013.


A christmas crafter-noon.


Today we made christmas decorations and cards. We painted with four different paint brushes, one for each colour but of course you insisted on mixing all the colours together. You went on to paint your hands continuously and this became the centre piece of each christmas card. What a joy! We finished the crafternoon session off with a water fight, and you gave as good as you got. They joy on your face overtook the two of us, and we laughed until we almost cried.

I can’t wait to share your joy down in Melbourne this festive session.

Love always,

Mama J


Elf on the shelf

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In the lead up to christmas, Tinsel sure has been busy around here. Between reporting back to Santa and all the mischievous she’s been up to, I don’t know how she has time for anything else.

Dec 6.

It looks like Tinsel made a new friend, however I don’t think they got very far.

Day 6

Dec 7.

Gone fishin’! Tinsel tried to catch some lolly frogs, but Oliver ate them all before she could catch a single one.

Day 7

Dec 8.

O-oh, I think Santa sent us a pirate. Today we caught Tinsel mid-way through trying to make off with some special treasure.

Day 8

Who knows what this crazy elf will get up to next.

Find more of Tinsel’s escapades, and follow daily here.

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Elf on the shelf: the first instalment.

It’s what I know you’ve all been waiting for.

I could say I have been building suspense, alas between work, sleep and christmas shopping I have found myself with very little time. However, it seems ol’ Tinsel has had plenty of time to cause havoc around the place.

Dec 2

Tinsel tried to make new friends on her first night in the house. It seems she got in a bit of a pickle.

Day 2

Oliver was not impressed.


Dec 3

We thought our new neighbours were killing cats. Nope, Tinsel was singing Christmas carols.


Dec 4

It turns out Santa sent us a petrol head.

Day 3

Dec 5

Tinsel got a little stuck whilst teepeeing the Christmas tree and was caught in the act.

Day 4

I have seen Tinsel scoping out the place, and I think we have a long month of elf antics ahead.

Just quietly, I can’t wait!

Stay tuned.

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Elf on the shelf: day one

Today, we got a very special gift under the christmas tree. Direct from Santa’s workshop, our very own Elf on the shelf. She came beautifully gift wrapped, but she obviously couldn’t wait to meet us.

Day one

Last night we watched the Elf on the Shelf  movie and Oliver got very excited. We asked him if he thought Santa would bring him one and tried to help him understand the concept. This morning when he woke up he ran to the fruit bowl to grab a banana, and there she was. He was so excited.


He decided on the name Tinsel. She has been by is side all day. He is absolutely smitten.

Follow us  this month to see all the crazy adventures Tinsel gets up to.

If you are looking for your very own Elf on the Shelf head to the Book Depository. They take about 5 days to arrive.

I look forward to sharing Tinsel’s adventures with you all!

This post was NOT sponsored.