+ Last week one of the chickens was taken by a fox. It is my fault. I didn’t check she got in before dark. We had been meaning to get some more chickens, and this provided the impetus. After work on Tuesday, Country Boy and the kids picked me up, and we went for a drive to pick out some new chickens.
The man we bought them from kept telling me off for calling them chickens (they’re chooks, not chickens!!) – So far we have named them Beaky, Matilda, Maud, and Excavator (no prizes for guessing who named the last one), but this might change. Photos to come when I take the camera out and take some pics.
+ The harvest has well and truly started. Country Boy has picked 30 or 40 cucumbers, and a similar amount of zucchinis. We also have heaps of tomatoes, and so I am about to start making tomato relish again. The mulberries and blackberries that we can’t eat now have been frozen for use in pies and crumbles over winter. We also have heaps of rocket.
+ Work has been super busy. Today I head to Wolongong and back (6 hour round trip – urgh!) for a meeting at the head office. One of the definite disadvantages of working out here is the long commutes for meetings! Despite this I am enjoying myself, and have even made the local news paper because a new teacher at the school is a newsworthy topic out here!
+ If you live in Australia, you can’t help but have heard the furore over Chrissie Swan who admitted to smoking while pregnant. Aside from the fact that it wouldn’t be an issue if she wasn’t a celebrity, the whole notion of whether she is a ‘good mother’ or not has got my ranty pants on a bit. As I commented on another blog:
My experience working with kids and families, is that the vast majority of parents love their children and want what is best for them. Granted circumstances and parents own experiences get in the way of the ‘ideal’ way to parent. Who is to say that smoking when pregnant is any more damaging to a child than swearing at them when we lose our temper, or feeding them too much prepackaged and fast food, or forgetting to put on sunscreen once in a while, or any one of the other 100 things that we parents do occasionally which will scar our kids.
Everyone (Chrissie Swan included) knows the dangers of smoking whilst pregnant. If quitting were easy, she would have already done it. She obviously knows that it is not the best for her baby, and she is probably dealing with enough personal guilt from the issue before it hit the headlines.
Before we get all judgey mcjudgey, maybe we should consider that no parent is perfect. No parent makes totally selfless decisions all the time. Maybe we should stop saying “good mothers” or ‘bad mothers’, and just say “mothers who are trying their best”
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