Hi, I’m Kamille

(aka Skinny Jeans Mum)

After my 39th birthday, I felt I needed to prove my readiness to wear some big, 40-year-old-girl shoes.

I amped up my exercise and focussed getting my health and life sorted. I started Mountain Biking. I took a Freefall Writing course and found my writing voice. I stopped eating things that made me sick.

I began to feel fantastic: energised, fit, happy and stable. Whoa! Lets back up a bit. Stable? Read More

Birds fell from trees.

It would be over 49 degrees Celsius in Esperance; South West of Western Australia, where we holidayed with some close friends, a few years ago. It was so hot we were forced off the beach to swelter indoors with ineffectual ceiling fans rotating their bored, fly speckled blades; so hot birds fell out of the trees stone dead.

We headed out early; aware a scorcher was forecast, to Wharton Beach one of the world’s most beautiful beaches with it’s white sand, turquoise waters, long placid waves ideal for bogey boarding.

My friend, a keen boarder,and her husband, applied white zinc to all but their teeth and eyeballs, causing fits of laughter until we too applied it to avoid the inevitable sunburn. Then it was time for hours of perfect bogey boarding  until our belly’s were rash red and the midday wind picked up, blasting us with burning, moisture sapping wind which felt like a huge, outdoor incinerator.

This is how I like to remember my friend on that extreme and beautiful day; grinning with hands gripping her board.

My friend had lovely hands; not manicured or bejewelled, but reliable, competent, kind. They were hands ready for adventure; curious hands that tackled many things, kind hands that brought comfort, competent hands that knew how to do so much.

Sometimes, due to her avid gardening, my friend’s hands became dry and cracked around the fingertips, particularly the thumbs. I gave her gardener’s hand wash and moisturising cream but I’m pretty sure she never used them. The last time I saw her hands, they were untangling a patients drains, drip and myriad of tubing. Behind the busy hands, her face was full of shadows.

On the evening of that burning January day those few years ago, we prepared a barbecue outside our shared house. Everything was set up; everyone ready to eat, wine glasses in hand, and hungry with that hunger made of ocean swimming, walking and salty coastal air. The reticulation popped up as if on queue and wet chairs, tables, and platters of food. Hastily we deposited glasses and ran about rescuing food and furniture. Hands on hips my friend surveyed the scene and decided on a new location with her customary; ‘Never mind’.



In loving memory of Hilary.


The year my teenager became an actual human.

‘The beast stomped down the hallway, its bedroom door thrown open so hard, it hit the wall(or it would have had a rubber stopper not been applied for such occurrences). In the kitchen, the family inhaled a collective breath. The mother greeted the beast by its former name, frightened to illicit the wrong reaction this early in the day. The beast was known to be at her worst on waking. Read More

Pumpkin Scones and Sugar Free Jam the kids actually loved!

Buttery, orange pumpkin from my Dad’s garden (where everything grows wild and free) and a sugar free jam that impressed the kids and we have a winner!

Dad's pumpkins are the best!

Dad’s pumpkins are the best!

For the scones:

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon hot water

1/2 cup dextrose powder

1 egg

1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin

pinch salt

2 cups Self Raising flour – (1 & 3/4 cups if using gluten free SR flour)


Beat first 3 ingredients, then add egg, beat again. Stir in pumpkin and salt and lastly, flour. Roll out on floured surface and cut into shapes. Bake in hot (@ 180 C) oven for 10 minutes.

Pumpkin scones - gluten free on left, normal flour on right

Pumpkin scones – gluten free on left, normal flour on right

For the Jam: (adapted from The Sugar breakup recipe –


Frozen mixed berries

Frozen mixed berries

500g or 3 cups frozen berries(any; I used a mix of raspberries, blueberries, mulberries and strawberries)

1/2 cup Rice Bran Syrup

Juice and rind 1 lemon

Add all to a saucepan and simmer for 45 minutes or until it thickens, stirring occasionally.

Nearly done!

Nearly done!