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Unexpected Benefits

When Danielle and I dreamed up the idea of Three Four Knock on the Door, one of our cornerstones was to become a part of the community. We feel that we are, and look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come. However, one thing that I hadn’t anticipated was becoming a part […]

OMG we look amazing

I’ve been lucky that through difficult times I’ve often met amazing and kind people. The kind of people that restore your faith in humanity. A couple of weeks ago I had just that experience. Danielle told me she’d set up a photo shoot for us and frankly I wasn’t super impressed. Take as many pictures […]

Woes of Parenting in the Digital Age – Part I

My beautiful, fantastic, challenging, amazing daughter has a pre-paid mobile phone. She is supposed to do a significant chore every month to earn the money to pay for that month’s credit. Nine times out of ten she doesn’t do the chore, and therefore doesn’t get the credit for her phone. The last time she did […]

A letter from a daughter to her Dad

Dearest Dad, As Father’s Day draws near I’ve been thinking increasingly about you, Mom and our family. It’ll be 15 years this Christmas that Mom died. It seems so long and yet no time at all. I miss her so much. Every. Single Day. But what has made losing my Mom as ok as it […]

Why have we become so rude?

I have noticed that people are becoming increasingly rude, selfish, self-absorbed and self-centred. I’m not talking on a deep relationship level (that’s a whole other conversation!) but the every day person you pass in the street. There’s no consideration for other people around us any more. It’s not deliberate rudeness, but more of a lack of […]

Do you love us?

Today is “love your bookshop day”. It’s organised by the wonderful people at the Australian Booksellers Association to celebrate all that is wonderful about Bookshops across Australia. We hope you’ll drop by for a visit with us today and pick up some lovely bookish goodies from Danielle or Sienna.  We have lots of fun bits […]

School Refusal Sucks!

School Refusal:  the refusal to attend school due to emotional distress. School refusal differs from truancy in that children with school refusal feel anxiety or fear towards school, whereas truant children generally have no feelings of fear towards school, often feeling angry or bored with it instead.* I hated high school but as a student […]

Harry Potter Saved My Family

31st July is the birthday of the Chosen One. He turns 37* (OMG how did that happen?!?). Harry has been in my life for 20 years. Actually it’s my longest relationship. I wonder if Harry knows that….? While the girls, Danielle and I have a shared love of a few of my other interests/obsessions (Star […]

13 Reasons to Debrief

Thursday night we were lucky enough to host a discussion about “13 Reasons Why” and all the issues it raises.  YA Author Lili Wilkinson; Journalist and Author Kasey Edwards; local English/German counsellor Anjelika and some of our fabulous local mums joined us. While munchies were eaten, wine was drunk and laughs were had, there was […]

2 weeks to recover from child birth

We do not allow new mothers enough time to recover after the birth of their child. They are virtually shunted straight out of hospital as soon as the baby is popped out and both are “medically” sound, and expected to just get on with it. Unlike days of yore, (or days of now in countries […]

Why I love reading YA

After a marathon reading session over my Christmas holidays (more than 10 YA tombs in less than 3 busy weeks!) I found a few ideas percolating about why I love reading YA (young adult fiction) so much, and even more, what I get from it. The first and most obvious answer is entertainment. Which then […]