This is Life

REVIEW – Jimmy Barnes Flesh and Wood Tour

I have been a fan of Australian music legend Jimmy Barnes since his early years in Cold Chisel. Their music was raw and gritty and always appealed to me.  I was lucky enough to see the original Cold Chisel line up (before the passing of drummer Steve Prestwich) in concert a couple of times. When Cold Chisel called… Continue reading REVIEW – Jimmy Barnes Flesh and Wood Tour

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Houses and Roundabouts

You may have noticed that I have been somewhat absent from Melba Says over the last 3 months and let me tell you that a large chunk of those last 3 months have been more than a little trying.  Thankfully, life seems to have settled again for us now but here is a quick recap… Continue reading Houses and Roundabouts

Parenting, This is Life

PARENTS – Where Are Your Teens?

A few Friday nights ago, in a suburb of the Gold Coast there was going to be a party. It was all organised. 140 plus people were invited. The invitations were sent out in a private group on Facebook. The invitees were in the age range of 14-16. It was advertised as being BYO alcohol… Continue reading PARENTS – Where Are Your Teens?

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Life Moves

If you have read some of my previous blog posts you would know that Mr B and I have some big plans for our 'life after kids'. We are planning on travelling around Australia in a caravan for several years. {You can read more about that Here} We know that this will be a big change… Continue reading Life Moves

Lets Talk About, This is Life

Lets Talk About – The Death Penalty

You will have no doubt heard by now that convicted Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad overnight in Indonesia.  Arrested in 2005 in Denpasar, along with 7 other young Australians for attempting to smuggle over 8kg of heroin from Indonesia to Australia, they have spent the last 10 years in prison,… Continue reading Lets Talk About – The Death Penalty

About Me, This is Life

Anzac Day 2015

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them." Lest We Forget My Dad served in the Australian Army during World War II. Despite not talking much about… Continue reading Anzac Day 2015

Book Reviews

The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon

It's no secret that I love reading books by Australian authors, especially if they are set in Australia as well.  So when I signed up to the Australian Women's Writers Challenge I knew I was onto a good thing.  I found The Tea Chest at my local library on their 'Hot Reads' stand.  The cover… Continue reading The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon

Home Organisation

Outdoor Area Clean Up

I must confess I have never been much of a gardener.  I just don't have a green thumb and many of my efforts over the years have failed dismally or not ended up looking the way I thought they would.  When we first moved to Queensland the garden was a mess so we pulled pretty… Continue reading Outdoor Area Clean Up

Home Organisation, This is Life

Learning to Live with Less

Take a look around your home.  What do you see?  Is it filled to overflowing with the latest gadgetry, books, toys, clothing, kitchen equipment etc.  Is every surface of your home cluttered with pictures and ornaments that take hours of dusting? Have a look in your shed.  Is your car parked outside because your shed… Continue reading Learning to Live with Less