Book Reviews

The Briny Cafe by Susan Duncan

I have had a couple of Susan Duncan's books on my 'To Read' list for awhile but hadn't been able to track them down at my local library. So whilst browsing through a book exchange recently I spotted The Briny Cafe and grabbed it. I'm so pleased I did as it certainly didn't disappoint. I… Continue reading The Briny Cafe by Susan Duncan

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5 Facts About Me

I thought I would introduce myself a little better by sharing with you 5 Facts About Me.  I think these are the things that have helped shape the person I am now. 1.       I spent 14 years in Law Enforcement in N.S.W. From about the age of 9 I never wanted to… Continue reading 5 Facts About Me

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
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Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah

My first book review for this year is Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. It is also book number one for my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I love the Goodreads page and app! It's how I keep up with all the books I've read or want to read. Each year they have a reading challenge where… Continue reading Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah

Kitchen Renovation
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Our Kitchen Renovation

In July, 2015 we made the decision to move into a house we owned that had previously been a rental property. The idea behind this was to do some renovations so as we might get a better price for it when we sell it in the future. Built in 1995, it has decent sized living… Continue reading Our Kitchen Renovation

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Welcome 2017

Welcome 2017 - I can't believe you're here already! I started writing this blog at the beginning of 2015 as a way to share some of the thoughts that often clutter my head. I found the process very cathartic in many ways as I shared some personal experiences from my childhood, stories about my Dad… Continue reading Welcome 2017

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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

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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