This week

By Vita Forest

This week I have been


  • Men explain things to me by Rebecca Solnit
  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

WRITING Tai-chi and Tennis rackets

MAKING a collage of a Christmas Island crab on a grand scale with my class

LEARNING about the migration of the crabs

WATCHING Casablanca with my kids

WALKING and TALKING with Saskia on a cold windy winter’s evening

SLEEPING in as it’s now the holidays

PLANNING the next term and the big trip

This week

By Vita Forest

This week I have been



  • Island Home by Tim Winton
  • A Field Guide to getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

WRITING Gargoyle


  • Barangaroo for The Beach at The Sydney Festival
  • Real harbour and surf beaches to cool off as Sydney’s temperatures got ridiculously high
  • The Domain for Symphony under the Stars with Max and Lucy and school friends Gemma and Ursula and Gemma’s kids Ava and Jasper where we were

LISTENING to the Enigma Variations by Elgar and most especially Nimrod (one of my favourites) and of course the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky as we were


  • fireworks (some people had sparklers and Gemma brought glow sticks)
  • the bats fly over the Domain
  • Lucy turn over and over doing forward walkovers in any spare patch of grass wearing glowsticks at her wrists

HEARING about Max’s adventures travelling around town by public transport to visit numerous skateparks with his “squad”

STRUGGLING to sleep as the temperatures stay high through the nights

This week

By Vita Forest

Christmas Day at Manly

This week I have been

FINISHING school for the year!

MOVING classrooms

SORTING through a lot of stuff and chucking some of it out.



  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit (the first of her books I’ve read.  Beautiful!  I am hungry for more).
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (compelling but manipulative.  Left me with a nasty taste in my mouth).
  • The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith (always lovely to spend time in the company of Isabel Dalhousie).

RESTING after feeling shattered at the end of Term 4.

TAKING various Harry Potter quizzes at the behest of Lucy.

SWIMMING in the ocean on Christmas day with Vastra and the kids.

LYING on a picnic rug under a Frangipani tree with my nephew for a “little rest” before all the kids got wet in the paddling pool at our family Christmas lunch.

PLAYING Speed and Bananagrams with Max as we watched a documentary on Queen.