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HouseGoesHollywood: Rob kicks Kristen out, flirty Scarlett raises hackles, Courtenay’s vajajay

Wading through the murk so you don’t have to … Rob kicks Kristen out Rob Pattinson has finally moved from gobsmacked to get-the-fark-out-of-my-house angry. After staying at an unknown location since his girlfriend Kristen Stewart’s affair secret was exposed, Pattinson told her to get her stuff and leave last weekend. In a surprising dash of […]

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Parenting mistakes No. 3278 and 3279

Heston Blumenthal’s wacky creations captivated the Sprogs recently, when they saw Heston’s Feasts at their cousins’ house. So Husband racked up an episode of Heston’s Mission Impossible for them the other night. Heston’s challenge was to makeover cinema snacks. Perfect, we thought. Until he started experimenting with 4D theatre and providing squirts of scent to accompany movies. The film he chose was […]

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Childcare: kids ok, parents stuffed

Last week, The Australian reported on a study that found kids who go into childcare at the age of two or three are no worse off emotionally than those kept at home. It said, among other things: “Charles Sturt University’s Linda Harrison told The Australian the analysis was based on a longitudinal study of 5000 Australian children recruited […]

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Bit on the side

I’ve been experimenting with side dishes during Christmas in July. Here are three of my veggie creations. I’m particularly thrilled with the first one – hallejulah, a recipe that makes parsnips taste divine! I served these with a couple of slow-roasted lamb shoulders last night. I browned the shoulders briefly in a heavy-based casserole dish, then added 1 cup […]

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Dirty laundry

The problem with blubbering on your blog about being down is that everyone goes on suicide watch. Long after you’ve hauled yourself out of your hole of self pity, people keep giving you concerned looks, patting your arm, asking if you’d like to talk about it. No, I would not like to talk about it. I am repressed and only capable of expressing […]

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Blue brie and caramelised onion tartlets

Any moment now, my family will descend on the house for Christmas in July Part 2. Husband and the Sprogs are huddled around the TV watching the Olympic opening ceremony. I’m – as usual – cooking This time around it’s slow-roasted lamb with assorted veggies, with Christmas Cake Strudel for dessert. The strudel is part of the Christmas […]

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Happy birthday to HouseGoesHome!

I know I should be wallowing in self-pity about living in a nice house with my two gorgeous children, talented Husband and age warts – see Who Are You In Your 40s – but there’s too much to celebrate today. Not only is it Christmas in July Part 2 (The Grandparents Arrive), but it’s the first […]

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HouseGoesHollywood: Rob dumps Kristen, Reese’s amazing house, more Jackson madness

Wading through the murk so you don’t have to … ROB WALKS OUT ON KRISTEN Robert Pattinson has left the Los Angeles home he shared with Kristen Stewart, People magazine has confirmed. “I’m not sure they’ll be able to recover from this,” a source has revealed, adding Robert is  “heartbroken and angry”. And humiliated in the eyes of the ENTIRE WORLD. […]

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Who are you in your 40s?

This should be a blog post about how fabulous it is to be 40+. But it’s not. I have no fricking idea who I am in my 40s. I am completely, totally lost. I thought I finally had my shit together in my 30s. I was juggling a successful career with two kids. I was confident. I ran at life like […]