Life of Pip


Food. Wine. Friends.

Archive for the 'family' Category

How to live with a toddler

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

This will come as no surprise to anyone, parents or not: toddlers have an inordinate amount of energy. I am sheltered from this during the week. On a ‘school’ morning, while he eats breakfast, I get ready for work; while he watches the iPad, I get him dressed. And then it’s off to school. Duncan [...]

Hopefully this doesn’t land me on STFUParents

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Reading Baby Centre for 29 months – how old Hamish currently is. It says: “You can help build your toddler’s verbal skills by expanding on what she says. For instance, if she says “Car go,” you might say “Yes, that red car is going down the street very quickly.” You can model for her the [...]

Breakfast disappointment

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

(Written in the way Hamish speaks.) Me: Hamish, breakfast time. H: What’s on my plate? Me: Vegemite on toast. H: But… How I’m going to get cheese on it?

Today I learned I’m not above bribery

Monday, April 9th, 2012

H: Where’s the chocolate Easter eggs gone? D: Ask mummy – she’s the keeper of the chocolate. H: I want chocolate mummy! Me: Sit on your potty and mummy will give you chocolate. H: ok! Chalk one up for mummy! Not related to this post, but I like the photo.

And then there were 55

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

We’ve been very remiss having people round to our house. There was always some reason that we couldn’t have a get-together: renovations, work, holidays. Finally we decided to bite the bullet and combine all the owed invites with Hamish’s 2nd birthday. Though we’ve made great inroads to improving the child friendliness of our house, with [...]

Baa baas

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Today was Hamish’s 2nd birthday. We awoke to rain, rain and more rain. The water was pouring down the streets. But we’d promised to take Hamish to the zoo – his first visit. We batted around the idea of going to the aquarium but none of us was as enthused with that idea. So when [...]

A Gaudí kind of day

Monday, January 30th, 2012

After a quick breakfast in our respective hotel rooms, we were off. First stop: Sagrada Família. Though we arrived early, the queue was already long. But it moved quickly and soon we were inside. This was my third time visiting, and still I found it awe-inspiring. The scale of it is almost too much to [...]

Our arrival in Barcelona

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Ever since I went backpacking and visited Barcelona in ’98, staying 8 days rather than my planned 2, I wanted to share it with Duncan and my Dad. Duncan for the tapas and general vibe; my Dad for the architecture. Duncan and I were able to visit in 2002. I was very happy when this [...]

The limit of my memory

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

We arrived back from Spain the second week of September. It is now 5 sleeps until Christmas, or so my “sleeps til Christmas” calendar tells me. And so far, I have only taken you through about a third of our trip. With all of the stress, good times and bad times, and just the passing [...]


Thursday, November 17th, 2011

We take a break from my account of our trip to Spain. Given that the last report was over a month ago, I think that the break has already started. Anyway… A bit of background: Our days start between 5:30 and 6 (yes, even on weekends) with Hamish waking up. Sometimes he yells. If we [...]

My Recent Tweets