Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bush honey: negotiating the give and take of cultural excursions

Guku! Guku! L and I ventured out on a guku-finding mission yesterday and were rewarded with our first taste of this local delicacy. Imagine a cross between honey and golden syrup, scooped out of the inside of a tree…delicious! We … Continue reading

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Galka

L’s night terrors continue. They start with a whimper and often, before we can make it into the room he shares with R, he becomes hysterical. Screaming, crying, flailing in his bed or on the floor. Yelling nonsensical things like … Continue reading

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A new era

I walk down the road, pushing the stroller before me, and drop the kids at their first day of childcare. L is immediately engrossed by the sight of a stick insect the size of his head: one of the childcare … Continue reading

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Introductions

Slowly, tentatively, we have started to form new friendships. This weekend felt like a big step forward. We went to our first Friday night BBQ with eight local families. It was idyllic: kids playing on the beach, adults eating and … Continue reading

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Breakthrough

Today, the childcare director said I can have three days of childcare, starting next week. I felt like she was giving my life back. What a terrible thing to say. Is time with my kids really that bad? Well, yes, … Continue reading

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Fishing with D

On Sunday, we went fishing with D. She had told me what to bring: flour for damper, tea, sugar, water and milk powder. We added some fruit and biscuits to the list and arrived at her house at about 10am. … Continue reading

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Down time

My diary has sat, untouched, on our bookshelf pretty much since arrival. Its pages are completely blank. In Sydney, this would be a cause for panic, prompting a flurry of text messages: what are you doing Friday? Want to meet … Continue reading

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Apart from x

A few times since we’ve been here someone has assured us something is safe, then added, ‘Apart from x, which could kill you’. This kind of statement plays to the heart of every parent’s worst fears. Something will happen and … Continue reading

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It doesn’t matter if you’re…

When does the idea of difference begin? I admit I naively thought that, kids being kids, they’d all play together. But on our first day of preschool L makes a beeline for the only other Napaki (non-Yolngu) kid in the … Continue reading

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A car in the driveway is worth two on the barge

It has been extremely limiting not having a car. I am counting down the days until it arrives: fourteen from today. On a few weekdays I’ve been able to borrow a car from the school, but there is only one … Continue reading

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