10th June

2011 (aged 44)
Very grumpy. Yelled at the children and succeeded in making their moods as bad as mine.
The dishwasher has died.
These facts may not be unrelated.
Rang C for a coffee.
2010 (aged 43)
Evie has decided to be a vegetarian. 'Because the animals should die when they feel like it, not get eaten by us. It's not fair.'
2008 (aged 41)
Evie: This can be a skirt. It can. Did you know Diddy is a transforming blanket? 
2005 (aged 38)
Go for walk to creek. Evie eats tan bark. Alice says, 'What a beautiful noise that is, with a woof-woof here and a tweet-tweet there.'
1998 (aged 31)
(Glasgow) C hungover. Spent most of the morning writing an air letter to MT. Shops all shutting early in preparation for the World Cup match - Scotland v Brazil - David v Goliath. J came over and we drank red wine, ate haggis and taties and watched the game. The city shut down for the duration and probably the whole country did too. Sat up doing tarots.
1996 (aged 29)
Working on Aust Council grant application which is making me feel sick like an exam!... Now I'm formulating ridiculous notions about kissing MT after k.d. lang on Wednesday. I should know better than that, but I can't help it. But in a way it is enough to have these feeble plots and schemes. The crush is still ON - bit of a worry... Asked if I could put him in the novel and he said yes but now feels under pressure to say funny things.
1995 (aged 28)
intense physical awareness - the space between them
the dissolution - the dissolving into dark, at last the dim red glow flanking the screen fades
but it's not made up just of evasions, silences, omissions, the elisions from frame to frame, there is substance there as well
1993 (aged 26)
People are looking at me today. I can't work out whether it's because I look good or because I look ridiculous.
1991 (aged 24)
Well, I'm on the plane and have just eaten a surprisingly delicious meal -- they were right about being a vegetarian -- I got blackeyed beans, dolmade, sprouty salad and strawberries!
1990 (aged 23)
C's brother is being held hostage on a yacht full of American millionaires which he accidentally sailed into Cuban waters. The Sun rang C & asked her, 'Do you think he deserves the treatment he's getting?' C said, 'What do you expect me to say, yes?'
1987 (aged 20)
I was sick in bed with a cold yesterday and D brought me flowers - isn't he wonderful?? Nothing in the world could have cheered me up better. 
1986 (aged 19)
Woken at 8 by C, vr pissed off cos had to wash up all glasses etc from Wine Soc bash last night... P sat at our table and hasn't noticed I'm pissed off with him! How dense can you get?? All men are bloody thick or bastards or both!
1985 (aged 18)
I love it, I love it, feeding Prince of Wales tea to cultured boys in my room at 2 in the morning and quoting bits of 'The Leopard' to each other. That boy is a FIND!... How long can this go on??
1983 (aged 16)
Midsummer Night's Dream rehearsal 4 - 7.30!! History questions; practise Speech
 1981 (aged 14)
Interform sport. WE WON THE HOCKEY!! First winning team I've ever been on!!
1977 (aged 10)
I don't think TB likes me any more. We played poison ball and netball. I miss E, and she hasn't written for ages. Maybe she doesn't like me either?
1976 (aged 9)
2 wrong in maths and 3 ticks for my story. It was called 'Caught in a Storm.'.


  1. LOL! Dear oh dear, the pressure to say funny things. Poor MT. Three BIG ticks for your June 10 story, Kate. jx

  2. Oh this is gorgeous! Where is this all coming from? Are these diary entries? What treasures! My favourite is 1993 - aged 26. Gold.

  3. I have MOUNTAINS of diaries which I have never looked back on, and now, at last, have found a use for... And enough time has passed now for them to be barely embarrassing - just funny!

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  5. i must start up the old diary again. these posts are just wonderful!