july creative challenge

July Creative Challenge

In some ways, I'm picking the worst month to do a creative challenge. I'll be busy conducting workshops, putting together another for an event that (for the moment) has to be kept hush-hush, keeping kids entertained during school holidays and a few other things besides those. But I was thinking back over the fun I had during the 30 Days of … [Read More...]


A Family Travel Guide to a UK Road Trip

By Australian road trip standards, England is easy, right? The country is only a few hours from top to bottom, isn't it? Ah, well. I'll stop you there. Yes, there is less territory to cross. But there are a few things it's best to first be aware of. Once you're sorted out, enjoy the wonderful sights … [Read More...]

Friday Celebrations

Friday Celebrations #3

  What am I celebrating this week? Enjoying watching the kids draw chalk pictures on our driveway. Almost getting to the end of the latest season of Game of Thrones. Alas, I was only able to avoid spoilers for so long! The Sydney Writers Festival podcasts of Helen Garner and … [Read More...]

What I'm Reading June 2015

What I’m Reading June 2015

It's been one of those weeks when literally every piece of news or email I've been waiting for arrived at the same time. Not in a trickling, gentle sense, but in the PROCESS IT ALL NOW NOW NOW way. As such, I've been sitting and dealing with these matters but combined with writing, too, I've been … [Read More...]


A Family Travel Guide to LEGOLAND Windsor

If you have LEGO-mad kids, then this is certainly a place that would be of interest to them to go and visit. But does it stand up to being a fun day out for the entire family? Well, that's debatable. The Positives We all enjoyed the Miniland display, an impressive array of complicated roads, … [Read More...]

all that can be reached

Friday Celebrations #2

  Boy, Friday rolls around quickly! Another week, more things to celebrate! Let's get started. So this happened: *whispers* I think I've finished the draft. #manuscript — Karen Andrews (@KarenAndrewsAU) June 18, 2015 There's still things I need to insert and change, and no … [Read More...]

The evolution of a bedroom

The Evolution of a Bedroom

  In wanting to write this post, I've found myself at a crossroads. The number of times I've chosen to tell stories about the kids over recent years has dwindled, and this has been a deliberate decision. Of course, I could tell many, many more, but I am conscious of their opinions and worry … [Read More...]

hogwarts express

A Family Guide to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Adam took this photo (it's a huge advantage being tall!) the moment the doors of the Great Hall began to inch open. I'm standing in front, next to Riley, and I tell you I was excited. As an unabashed Harry Potter fan, I wanted the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour to be good; not walk away … [Read More...]

friday celebrations

Friday Celebrations #1

Every Friday during school term, Riley sits down to eat his breakfast and you can almost guarantee that while he's eating will say at least once, "Friday! It's almost the weekend! I love Fridays." In that same celebratory spirit, I thought I would start up a regular 'Friday Celebrations' series, … [Read More...]

warwick castle battlement

Family Travel Guide to Warwick Castle

I haven't covered the England leg of our trip yet - with the exception of Whitby - and I'll start today. Adam works with several people from England and upon hearing we were going to be travelling around the country told him, "You must visit Warwick Castle!" My own research into the place had turned … [Read More...]

bonding in burano

A Family Guide to Travelling in Venice

  We spent two days and three nights in beautiful, mysterious Venice. Like Rome, I had heard differing accounts of the city and was curious to find out on which 'side of the fence' I'd land. After visiting, I'm definitely on the 'pro' side - but we learned a few things along the way that … [Read More...]

In Praise of Imperfection

In Praise of Imperfection

  "I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect - they are much more interesting." Marc Jacobs   I had a legendary reputation for messiness in my late teens and early twenties while living in share houses. I never really kept a lot of 'stuff' - except for books - but … [Read More...]

pompeii fresco

Family Travel Guide to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii

If you're staying in Rome, you might that think that a day trip down to visit Pompeii, and possibly even Mount Vesuvius, is an ambitious goal. You might even be told this by other people who've been there. Yes, it does make for a long 13-hour+ day and, yes, there are a few things that get rushed. … [Read More...]