I heard a comment recently about siblings: We are not friends. Does this surprise you? I suspect that many of us have long forgotten the favourite colour, music, food of our brother or sister. We know vaguely what they do for a living, where they currently reside, but would struggle to name the street number exactly.

What constitutes friendships between siblings? The Channel 10 series  Offspring  explores family relationships and in particular sibling friendship with rare candor and honesty. Nina Proudman, her sister Billie and younger brother Jimmy have great affection for one another and demand attention. They do coffee, share breakfast, meet up during work hours and tell all when a new relationships is blossoming. But is this friendship?
I am a late comer to Offspring. I resisted it because of the inane television advertising that emphasised Nina’s stream of conscious dreaming and fantasy about her next beau. But the scriptwriters know a few things about the complexities of family life. About every family – we are all dysfunctional in some way. We all fail each other and ourselves. Life is a cycle of mistakes, repentance, forgiveness and grace. And two seasons in I believe they have dealt well with some difficult issues.
We are waiting for season three in 2012. I do wonder whether the scriptwriters of Offspring will delve deeper into sibling friendship and get further inside Nina’s head and need of love.

A cup of T2

T2 Colouring Competition for the Kids or…young at heart

I am a signed up coffee drinker. Good coffee, latte, flat whites and more recently long blacks.
But I rediscovered my tea collection today. I was craving something sweet so found my box of T 2 Liquorice Legs….a superb natural sweetness. According to the website site it is:

Sweet, smooth and comforting liquorice is blended with fresh peppermint for zing and the sweet aromatics of fennel. A calming, comforting brew full of healthy goodness. Digestive and cleansing, refreshing and invigorating, this is versatile for whenever a little flavour replenishment is in order.
 Do you have a favourite tea for a special occasion?
You may fancy printing and colouring in their most recent colouring competition. See details on their blog here.


A friend posted an interesting film observation on Facebook recently. DId you know that you never, ever see people cleaning up after a sick child has vomited?  Films depict the heave ho, with sound effects and all. But when do you see the poor parents or other responsible adults clean, scrub and sanitize the floor, the clothing and bed linen?
I would love to see this. We have had a child unwell this week. A strange bug. Loads of “bomit” as she calls it. All at inopportune times. All in unexpected places. This is an oversight in the parenting manual. How do you do a successful vomit clean up? And while I am at it, how do you remove a banana smoothie stain from your carpet?
Most of us are fascinated by family life. Do you watch Parenthood? I haven’t seen this newish TV series but friends find it strangely addictive. Is it life mirrored back at us that we find reassuring? More on family life in the next few weeks.

Summer Reading List

I found reading in 2011 really difficult. Don’t get me wrong- it is not that I did not read. I just didn’t manage to get through my list, book club lists and then all of the professional and personal reading that one must do. So I have been trying to change in these first few days in 2012. Have you read any of these? When I put them alongside each other it does appear to be an eclectic mix. Love to know what you recommend from your reading on 2011.