Captured Moments

Captured Moments is a collection of moments from life on the side of a mountain in Tasmania. My life with three young children, insightful community and work as a garden teacher gives me inspiration to capture and share some of these.

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    Hits the bookshops

    Thanks to a friend in Adelaide (who I’ve known since I was 12!) who sent this photo of her gorgeous son pointing at my book. It’s amazing to see the books go on display in bookstores in my old home town.

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    Feet hitting the Ground

    People have been asking me if my feet have hit the ground yet after winning the Finch Memoir Prize. Well, I thought an example last night might explain my life this week. I received an e-mail from my publisher, Finch, telling me I was on the home page …

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    Life Matters

    It has meant so much to me to hear a little piece of other peoples stories, which they have shared with me after hearing the Life Matters interview on Monday:  http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/spinifex-baby—finch-memoir-winner-2014/5473490  Everyone has a story to tell, I just happened to write mine down. I hope it …

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    Finch Memoir Prize

    I’m very proud to be the winner of the 2014 Finch Memoir Prize. Announced at the Sydney Writers Festival, I have been gripping on to my brand new book very tight as I give speeches and interviews, (not to mention drink champagne!) Some very special …

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    desertdwellers

    desertdwellers For those of you who haven’t seen it, this is the link to my former blog from when we living out in the Simpson Desert with our three children. At that time we were managing one million acres spread over two stations, driving for …

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    Mothers Day

    I’m on a placement for Uni, learning how to be a proper teacher, not just one who makes it up as I go along in my role as a Garden teacher. The class had just read a Mother’s Day book, and the teacher was asking …

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    Spinifex Baby

    A couple of nights ago I found myself rushing around madly, picking up piles of toys and clothes off the floor and trying to make some sort of a dent in the piles of dust on our furniture. A newspaper journalist and photographer were coming …

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    One boys Story Garden

    ‘Is this the start? The very first bit of our Story Garden?’ The eleven year old boy stared at me with his large brown eyes. Rightly proud of his Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage, he was asking me if it was true, that the work the boys were doing levering pavers up was …

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    ode to community

    Just when the world seems to pressing down a little too hard, when I’m sicker than a mother is allowed to get, solo parenting three kids for the week, then discovering an apple tree needs emergency help at the school, the community has pulled me through. More meals delivered then …

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    one little hand tucked into mine

    There is a girl of about age 8 with long blond hair and pale skin, who floats through the school, living her own quiet reality amongst the busyness. She is high on the autism spectrum, and avoids all eye contact, speech and touch, except for with her main …

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