School holidays – wish I was there

It’s school holidays in most parts of Australia, and where it isn’t, it soon will be. It’s utterly business as usual at our place. I don’t really notice the difference in high school, not as much as in primary school anyway, where holidays were welcome relief from driving, uniforms and school lunches.

At the weekend, the 14-year-old woke up and said she might call her Manga (grandmother) and go visit. Manga lives about two hours’ drive north of Sydney on a beautiful lake, and simply adores her first grandchild (no wonder my daughter loves hanging out with her).

Manga is a brilliant old-school cook, and teaches my daughter how to make her classic dishes like creme brulee and clam chowder (one day I might tell you about the time I asked Manga if her chowder had bearded clams in it – because I had a brain snap and forgot bearded clams weren’t real clams). They spend hours watching Downton Abbey and Faulty Towers re-runs, and more hours researching the family tree.

I love that this somewhat cynical and cool teenager still loves hanging one-on-one with her Manga.

So she took herself there on the train, and will return mid-week because she has some babysitting to do and is helping her old drama school teacher with their school holiday program.

Next week, she is flying to one of the most beautiful places on Earth on the far north coast of NSW, where she will have five days with her aunt, my sister. Who also adores her first-born niece. (School holidays are very good for my daughter’s self esteem.) This was where we spent our last family holiday at Christmas time, and it is a very special place.

Byron Bay holidays

She will return speaking like a hippy, drinking Chai tea and burning incense.

Wish I was having her holiday.

Do you get jealous of your kids’ holidays?



  1. Wow! Lucky girl! Her holidays sound awesome! Hope she has a fantastic time. And I hope my son loves spending time with his family when he’s 14!

  2. Wish my daughter would go visit her Nan. Unfortunately she would rather stay home and nag me to take her shopping for more clothes. And I would love to go and visit my sister on the North Coast too, it’s a lovely part of the world.

    • My teen is unusual in that she is completely missing that shopping gene. Lucky me! We’ll have to rendezvous on the north coast one day πŸ™‚

  3. My kids aren’t old enough yet to get jealous of their holidays but my 3rd did think it unfair that I didn’t take him to New York for Blog Her this year. He’s 6. I suppose I’ll have to take him to New York one day to make up for it. The things we do for our children πŸ˜‰

    Love & stuff
    Mrs M

    • I was lucky enough to be able to take my daughter to NY when she was about 10 – it is such an amazing city to explore with kids. Hopefully there will be a next time, and you can take the kids too.

  4. That is fantastic that she can spend quality holidays with family. My daughter also loves hanging at Grandmas house. Mind you I try to take the opportunity to spend quality time with my man so we both win!

  5. My kids aren’t old enough yet for me to get jealous of their holidays, I’m usually enjoying them myself πŸ˜‰
    But I do remember the special holidays I used to go on as a teenager. I’m sure my mum enjoyed them just as much as I did.
    Prue x

  6. oh it sounds like such a excellent holiday – i am indeed jealous!


  7. Those kinds of holidays are very good for my self esteem too – that’s such a beautiful pic x

  8. That place looks ah-mahzing! I reckon you should take me there. I’ve always wanted to be a hippy (I already drink Chai latte) πŸ™‚ x

  9. That’s awesome that your daughter gets that time with family! I can’t imagine my mother taking Miss 10… she’s too busy with life now she’s retired. As for my sister, she only has boys and says she might break a girl! Oh dear! Guess she’s stuck with me and her baby brothers for this school hols! πŸ˜‰ xx



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