Haha my goodness. Maybe you should have a torrid affair with a much younger man.. or woman. Really get them going. TDM xx
I don't have the time! Xx
Hahaha I'm laughing so much! Really? Really! Actually, I've never looked mine up. People probably believe I have something sordid going on too. Do they think you've got scandalous posts hidden somewhere? If you do, I wanna read them! Kidding! Maybe you need a reality tv show or something if you've got so much going on? You'd make a million dollars! Ignore the haters and gossipers. Nothing good will happen to them. Karma. That is all. Happy Saturday! X
You too lovely. Happy Saturday! Enjoy the footy! We're at the soccer! Xx
Goodness me A-M, have people nothing better to do.What do they say about Karma?Have a fantastic day. xox
Apparently so! Xx
You've gotta laugh.... O_o People obviously have nothing better to do with their time. The world is full of gossips.Perhaps I'm being harsh and a few of them are genuinely concerned. But after all this time? Move ON, people. x
I laugh Kek. Gives me a giggle! Xx
Ha ha ha ha, well, you know what Oscar Wilde said! "The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about". Don't worry A-M, hopefully all the miserable jealous nasties will crawl back into their little holes and caves soon and it will all blow over and we'll be back to French furniture and lights and pretty things again. No-one cares what the nasties say anyway. I don't, that's for sure! Mxxx and hug
Thanks M. xxxxxxxx
Oh my goodness - seriously??!? Some people really need to get out more, or take up backgammon. Or something. And I love TDM's advice - really give them a shakeup. And Katrina, maybe a Kardashian-esque reality show? Onwards and upwards A-M, and forget the haters. They're of no consequence anyway. K xx
Backgammon! You crack me up Kerri! Xx
Sorry but I am a dummy, what is that screen shot of? A google search? I want to check mine but not sure what I am checking, haha!
It's 'statcounter' ...the 'search terms' page. Xx
I'm laughing also. So much for people googling about your lovely transoms and kitchen and furniture. What have you even used to show these stats? Is it google analytics. You should write a big post just filled with the words divorce and husband and your traffic will probably double! LOL.hang in there A-M I think most of us are hear for your pretty photos, your immaculate style and a good dose of your loving mothering to your boys!have a lovely weekendCheers Fiona
Thanks Fiona. It's a search page in Statcounter....what people search for that leads them to my blog. Xx
Gee you must lead an exciting life. I'm going to check mine now…I might learn something! LOL
Yes I got a bit of a shock, first time I stumbled on to mine!
lol, you are gaining a reputation?! Interesting stuff for you! The last post prob got a lot of attention and too many people have nothing better to do! I think you did the right thing btw, never heard of this practice, and if it did go on to year 12 that would make a huge difference to results, stick to your principles! The quote of evil deeds are done if good men do nothing comes to mind!
Oh Mrs A, it's been going on longer than the last post! ...for way over a year! They're persistent! Xx
Wow. I didn't even know... I found your blog by searching for ideas to renovate and add a floor to our 60's Queensland Weatherboard house and I saw the house you built last. It was awesome. And I love the updates of pretty pics since subscribing.
Good to know someone found me through non scandalous channels! Xx
I have that face on A-M ....you know the one from lunch...a mixture of surprise, sickness, pity, and hilarity....do those awful people not realize you are just a normal person, living a normal life in Brisbane....yes Brisbane for gods sake. It's a beautiful day, I hope you have fun at the soccer...maybe even eat a second sausage at the BBQ, or maybe that's a bit risky we may see a google search for " A- M and unhealthy food dietician?" Ha
Oh I see that face Katherine! I was actually eating a bacon and egg mcmuffin and hashbrown when your comment came through! The scandal! A-M xx
I didn't get to finish my last comment because my phone played up... But as I was saying I found your site doing research for our home, and subscribed because I'm interested in your designs and love the pretty pics that come through each week and am interested in seeing the journey of building the next house. But I had no idea about your past relationship and it isn't the reason why I follow your blog and I don't see it as relevant to me. I'm amazed at how much cyber bullying there is particularly of bloggers and also by mothers.
Me too Jules, me too. xx
Mine is Faux Fuchsia Real Name, Faux Fuchsia solicitor, Faux Fuchsia pregnant!!!I come for the pictures and the waffle. x
Are you not telling us something? xx
Lol it is quite amusing isn't it?Don't worry A-M I checked out your blog because my sister told me how great it was and now I keep coming back for pictures of Justine's Haloumi Special :p
Right, I"m on to it. A visit to Justine's this week, just for you! xx
I found you through Trina at A Country Farmhouse and was massively excited that a house I loved in Home Beautiful was yours! People are..interesting. This caper is not for the fainthearted. Maybe you should flirt with the McCafe boy and give them all something to twitch about!
Ha,ha, or French boy in the local patisserie? or shed boy at the shed? ... that'll keep 'em going! Oh Trina's blog.... heaven. xx
Hi A-M,WOW! How did you find out that info - amazing!Well, I'm a Hampton/Parisian lover of all things, therefore you blog is wonderful. I can't wait to see the start of the new house :)Vicki
Through keyword analysis in Statcounter. Hope to start my house next year. I have a tenant in the current house on the block and now he's in I feel terrible about eventually chucking him out. xx
I come here for you. I'm not even sure how I first discovered you but I know it was during our renovation stage so was legit - honest!! Now you are the first blog I read daily ( and get a bit cross if you have had the cheek to be too busy to blog first thing as that suits me over here in NZ) and I love ALL of it!!!
Point taken. Ha,ha,...will get up with the birds just for you Belinda! xx
I come for your house progress, your style and lovely pics, and just for you a-m! I found you LONG ago when you were just starting The House or even before. And you never post about what is going on with your husband/ex-husband or whatever he is now! I figure if you want us to know anything about that you will tell us!! I think about you a lot and pray for you still!
Oh Jill Elaine, I remember you from the beginning.. and love you for still being here.... and for praying for me. xxxxxx
Statcounter? Search page thingy?I need a tutorial. Stat!xx
I heed your call Annie. Coffee, cake and Statcounter. Pronto! xx
I am only here for the pretty stuff, so hurry up and start building.
Will do. If I could be building yesterday, I would be building yesterday! xx
Love your blog pictures and the boys and I get to read a day early in the US. BTW. Don't they have honor codes in AU schools? Would solve the problem. We just finished SOL tests ( very important in school ratings by state government) and my early finishing guys get to read till everyone is finished.
Thanks. At this level, I think it all depends on the teacher's discretion unfortunately. Too informal for me. xx
I'm here for the breathtakingly beautiful finds, sigh, I just looked up mine, all very boring "country style bedrooms", "duck egg blue", "bohemian decorating", and I have just discovered blue velvet sofas, but no one has searched that yet. I'm waiting. Have a lovely weekend.x
what beautiful search terms! enjoy the innocence! xx
Curiosity is such an intrinsic part of most animals. I must admit, as a late-comer to your blog I did wonder where the house suddenly went, but after reading through the back-log of blog entires (it took me a while), I realised that something personal had transpired (I just wondered if you sold it because you didn't like the area, or the house was too small/big...you know, the usual suspects for a move), and so I left it at that. I am also a relatively private person and when things happen in my life, particularly unhappy or difficult things like the loss of a family member or divorce, I wouldn't be putting it out there in lights and certainly don't expect others to. I guess you can always take the positive from it that you must have reached a certain level of celebrity (imagine being Angelina Jolie or Kate Middleton...a reason why I have never aspired to be famous, even from a young age). Also, something my mother taught me when I was young and the subject of gossip, you must be an awesome and interesting person to be so talked about. The line I used to use if I heard someone talking about me negatively was, "Wow, I'm flattered that you find me so fascinating and interesting, but really you should get a life so you might have something else to actually talk about." Don't let the losers get you down A-M (honestly, these people are actually SEARCHING for someone's (perceived) sadness, what does it say about their lives..?). And remember that most of us at least are in it for the beautiful pics, inspiration and decorating ideas peppered with some life lessons from a loving Mum :)
Thank you! such kind words. I think my Gran used to say the same thing your mother taught you! Wise women! xx
Oh dear. Read your post and thought...no-one deserves this, but then I picked up a copy of Who and quickly turned to the latest Bradangela gossip page! I first 'followed' you because of the beautiful images and house build information you posted. I now follow you because you're a damn fine blog writer no matter what the subject matter (love the diversity)and your palatable love for your boys, charitable acts and positivity in 'getting on' with life. It's is a breath of fresh air and a credit to you, and no doubt is why you have such a strong following. Like many people who become public figures (through celebrity, politics, crime, television or even blog following) I think your 'blog celebrity' has made you and your life so interesting to others they feel 'they know you' and thus also feel entitled to access any remaining privacy you may cherish. Soooo, though you don't deserve such, I guess it's the unexpected outcome of being so open and honest in other aspects of your life. Bugger. With tongue firmly in-cheek; maybe you need a PR firm or manager!Hold your head high, don't stoop to their level and continue doing what you love. Have a wonderful weekend, A-M.x KL
Ha,ha,ha ... PR firm, don't call us we'll call you! xx
The price of Fame, A-M!! Lady Gaga says it's a Monster and I believe her. I'm so glad you didn't disappear all those months ago as your voice is lovely.
Thank you Siobhan... and thank you for being such a hard core reader and commenter. It's so nice to see you here every day. I look for you! A-M xx
i've been reading your blog since you began building your old house, and it was the progress of your house that drew me in. but of course i was concerned when things went dark for awhile and you mentioned that there was some heartbreak. i have to admit, i did google at one point to see if anyone knew what happened. but it wasn't out of any sort of mean-spirited gossip. i was concerned! i hope it makes you feel a little better to know that some people are curious for purely positive reasons. when you read someone's blog, especially when they talk about family, you do feel like you know them a bit so the concern is natural. xoxo
Oh I know.. and thank you. xx
My goodness! I started reading your blog way back when you were building 'the house'. I can't remember how I found it, but I was very excited because I lived just around the corner and loved seeing it all come to life when I was on my daily walks. I suspect I am right around the street from your new house too, but that remains to be seen! I also have two boys - the twinadoes - who are only 2.5 at the moment - but I love reading your parenting stuff. I only hope my boys grow up as confident, caring and kind as your boys seem to be. You're doing a fab job. The rest is just stuff x
Oh, we will be neighbours! You'll have to come and say hi when I eventually start building. xx
I will confess that when I came back to the blog a while ago it was after whatever personal event in your life had occured. I had not saved the blod address and wanted to find it again and so did a google search. As I typed the title all those other options came up too. I was certainly very curious! I then headed over to your blog and read backwards. What I quickly reaised was that whatever had happened was personal, and that you had no intention of talking about it. I actually really admire this, as it is done with great forsight. You have two boys that may one day go back to read what you wrote. All they will find is your own heartbreak, but nothing negative in relation to their Dad. Exactly as it should be.I would suspect though that in a world where people frequently 'overshare' some people do not wholly accept this. Insead they would wonder why more is not said and go in seach of 'answers'. Never once considering whether they have a right for the answers. They will find nothing more than what you have said and that is as it should be.Don't worry about it. If people are coming to your page in search of gossip - well, they will find none. If they come in search of heartfelt posts, beautiful images of decor and houses and wonderful insights into your life, they will stay, because they will have all that they need.
Thank you Janna for a beautiful take on the whole thing. And yes, every word is here forever. xx
I'm very much like Cats - found your blog after I visited Queensland and was just amazed by Qld architecture. Followed your house being built. I was having a really hard time at work and it was a lovely peaceful part of my morning routine to log in and see how your house was going. When things got a big rough in your personal life and you weren't around for a bit, I also googled a bit to try and find out what had happened to you. Felt like I should do something, send you a little care package or something but then felt like I was being a bit of a stalker and you seemed to be in good hands. I'm guessing that you may get a bit of cyber-bullying based on previous posts or your kiddos get some silly comments but there would also be lots of love and good will out here for you and your family too. xxxx
Oh a care package, you are lovely! The good does far outweigh the bad. xx
Oh wow! I love Ali Edwards blog also and the first time I had to search for it, up came options just like these above. I had no idea people searched for that stuff! She also has handled her 'private affairs/life' on line with class. Well done to you for this and sit back and have a wine and a chuckle over the above!
Thanks Emma. xx
Eh, it's all so - removed - from what's real, and what's important in your life, your kids' lives. I'm always surprised by people who expend time and energy (and for some, lots of it, apparently) on sending unpleasant, critical, malevolent comments, emails, etc., or even just thinking nasty thoughts, and being angry with others. Although some people are unfortunate enough to be unwell in their minds (maybe for their whole adult lives), and always have difficulty with remaining oriented to reality; for most people, this is not the case. Surely spending time thinking of and acting on negative impulses, must be like nibbling away at a chunk of poison, for one's emotional state, and the balance in one's own life? My suggestion - disregard the stat-thingo. It is not important what other people think about, except where it pertains to your small business success. So, check out what kinds of light etc people are looking for, when they find you. For the rest of it, who gives a FF?
Oh my lordy, is there nothing else going on in the world. To be honest, I had no idea of your story, I just joined you recently, found you via Pinterest, then Katrina, etc and joined BECAUSE I like the pretty pictures... I don't know your story and I don't need to know it. I figure if there's something to tell you'll write it. If I ever have time I'll go back and read old posts...but quite frankly your story is your business regardless of anything else ...and whatever is written I'll read but I won't judge. I just figured whatever had gone before was none of my business. I get that people are curious but this social media thing takes it to a whole new level. Must admit I am one of those people that WILL GIVE THEM something to talk about if they start!!!!! True or not, I'll just do it...they suddenly think they've stumbled on gossip or something interesting and all the while I'm having the last laugh! I love gossip I really do find out so much about myself I didn't know...Happy weekend! You just have to laugh! xxx
Thanks HH! Glad you found me. I love having you here! xx
Aw thanks A-M! I genuinely enjoy your Blog! :) All of it! xxx
I lost your link a couple of weeks ago and when I typed "the house that A-M" into google the first options that appeared underneath where the things you mentioned. I know they come up as the most popular searches but google perpetuates the cycle. I don't think there are really as many snoopy dirt diggers as you may think. I hope not anyway. xxx
No way! We get Jason Fun and VJs man flesh...but I suspect that's just Jason looking himself up on google!! Tempted to write a bogus blog post with the title 'the house that am built scandal' just to get all that SEO traffic...xx
HAHAHAHAHA - man flesh! Gold!! that has just cracked me up!!! and after a night in casualty with a litle fratured arm, i really needed that laugh!
I'm here for the pretty pictures A-M. You inspired my entire kitchen which I am yet to finish blogging about. Don't let the turkey's get you down....keep on keeping on!!!!
I come for the kitchen porn baby ;)
I posted today's pantry and kitchen link just for YOU! xx
hahahaah I may be drooling (and looking at mortgage calendars to see how we could have our very own!!!!) thanks AM xo!!
Oh A-M, I came for the House and the pretty pictures. I've stayed because the pretty pictures continued ad the story evolved and I enjoy your posts about your wonderful boys and as I've said before you give me something to aspire to as a parent. That and you blog in the morning when I'm feeding baby girl super early. :) But not once have I ever questioned or cared what the story line was when you hit those dark days. It was no ones business but your own. On the odd occasion I have googled you to access your blog I have seen those filter options and it makes me quite cross. All we needed to know was the info you gave us, you were ok. You have risen from the ashes of that time and you and your boys have thrived. Keep your chin up A-M and keep blogging beautiful homes.
Thank you Emily. Nice to know you are keeping me company in the early morning darkness! A-M xx
I've been following your blog for a long time now , and I think what it is is that you didn't really explain what happened. Not that you have to, but you sounded in so much pain, did he cheat was there an accident , did he die??? curiosity is pretty normal. I also wondered at some point if you had explained and had I missed it ? again you don't owe anyone answers, but I'm pretty sure this is where this comes from just people wondering and trying to find answers to the wondering. I guess its none of our business , but when people follow you for a long time they feel they know you , they feel like friends in some way , they care and want to support you , and of course when left to fill in the blanks some desire the truth, I suppose. Sounds like you are doing pretty well on your own now , however you ended up that way and I wish you the very best.
I guess I just wanted to let my readers know that I was going to be absent from my blog when my little world fell apart not long ago. Where do you draw the line? Where am I allowed to draw the line? Who's in charge here? Why was it expected that I share everything? Do I owe everyone full access to all areas of my life... just because I write a blog? Is it your right? ... to know everything about me because I write a blog ... and you read my blog? I suppose I didn't discuss the details out of respect for my family. I had my heart broken and said so. I didn't think I really had to explain anything..... despite sharing so much of my life at the time and even now. There are many bloggers out there who don't discuss every intimate detail of their lives. Do I owe anyone answers? I ask myself this all the time, especially when my full time blog troll is out there raging about me.... in comments on other people blogs, because I have not published the details of my life on my blog..... screaming that I'm a fake because I haven't shared everything with everyone (the mummy troll who does not use an image of herself in her avatar and uses a pseudonym for her ID and publishes her venom under a fake blogger ID and who passively aggressively rages at me in her tweet stream between happy motivational quotes). It's not really that spectacular. I just love my family too much to air it here. Where am I allowed to draw the line? What are the rules? Am I allowed to set my own rules? I receive a lot of hate because I drew the line. I suppose it's something that I have to live with if I want to continue here at my blog. The love I receive from the majority outrules the hate I receive from the angry and bitter people out there who are looking to hurt me and somehow teach me a lesson? For what? Having a blog? Sharing my not so perfect life? It is what it is. I drew the line.
What I don't get, is why anyone even feels like they need the details of yours, mine, or anyone else's intimate lives? By definition, "Adjective. close - familiar - near - inner - private" (Dictionary.com)It makes no difference what someone's back story is. And really, "there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1.9) - it's all been done before, sisters. Like your story is any more amazing than mine, or the millions of other peoples' that we will never even meet? Yeah right. Likely not.So, on with the house-love, kid-love, photo-love. And the running.
Hi A-M,I've wondered but I'll be happy with whatever you decide to share......Looking forward to seeing the progress on the new house!I think you are so gutsy to build again......And you are showing your boys a good example by making the most out of every imperfect situation......"Fall down seven times......stand up eight" Japanese proverbHave a great day!!! ;o)Tania xx
I only got hooked on the progress pictures of your old Home. Staying on to get live feed of your new House's progress. The scandal...what scandal? :P
No scandal, just life! Although there'll be dramas with the next house build ... guaranteed. xx
So tempted to punch some peculiar search terms into google that should get an A-M hit, just to make you laugh. Alas I fear what else I may stumble upon out there on the big wide web...
Ha,ha,ha,ha I'd be interested to see what you come up with! Yes, there is a lot of not so pleasant stuff out there! xx
I don't believe it! Don't these people have lives of their own? I started following blog about tw!!o years ago, and loved and stayed for the beautiful pictures, decorating inspiration and the vignettes of your life with your boys. Never once have I thought that I should investigate your private life - that is yours and should remain so. How dare they
Thanks Margaret, I suppose people believe they own the rights to knowing about everything in your life when you put some of it out there. I'm getting used to it now. xx
I want to know how I get that kind of excitement into my google profile!! We love your blog for all of the reasons that you write it... it's entertaining, warm, human, often funny and most of all original... Happy weekend... xv
Coming from you Vicki?.... I am flattered. Thank you. Happy weekend to you too, in that beautiful country where I want to be right now... waking up to croissants and the French language. Sigh! xx
I've followed your blog from the quite early stages of house-building. In the beginning your blog to me, was simply my favorite interior design-blog and truly funny as well. Then gradually, things changed and your blog has ended up being so much more. It's still a great interior design blog, still funny, but I'm still here because you have put a smile om my face so many times, some of what you have written and quoted has made cry and so many times it has been just uncanny the way your posts have been perfect for my day. I kind of see you as one of my daily contacts with the universe (just like you yourself subscirbe to a daily quote); some days eye-candy, others the perfect quote, and someimes a good laugh etc etc. Not easy to find the right words here, but I think what I am trying to put into words, is that what you blog and share, reminds me of my own attempts to stay connected and achieve my goals and in this way you really do inspire me. So thank you:-)Susanne from Norway
Susanne, you touched my heart this morning. Thank you. xx
A-M, I love your blog, sometimes comment, lots of time don't. I also love Ali Edwards blog and used to follow the Super Organiser Mum blog. They have also gone through a life changing situation. Ali handled her situation with class by only mentioning it positively where her children are concerned, I think you have also managed to handle the situation well. Yes, I have wondered if he is a lying cheating dirtbag!!!!! But its not my business, I wouldn't tell you what goes on with me so you don't have to tell me a thing! Enjoy your weekend and bring on the school Hols!
I've been following since about mid way through your house build. I fell in love with the pictures you share and your sense of style and am smitten with the stories about your boys and what wonderful gentlemen you are raising. I know you've dealt with a lot in the last few years, but just ignore the haters and know that most of us are here for non-nefarious reasons :D
Well A-M i think you're amazing how you put up with this crap. I keep a very low personal profile becuase I'm not keen on having my life and my career out there for public disection. And it seems disection really does happen - still hard for me to believe. Do these people not have a family or a career to keep them busy????Anyway, keep doing the stuff you do, because the narks will no doubt keep doing what they do. I sent this you tube link to a friend yesterday - funniest bloody thing i've seen in a while. Take a look, it will strike a chord i'm sure!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz2jbCJXkpAbig love xxxx
Absolutely brilliant Jules! You are right!... definitely struck a chord! Thank you! xx
Ah, google search terms. They can be hilarious, flattering, odd or really depressing. I've been reading your blog since... ages ago. I can't remember if you used to post on the homeone forum or if someone posted your link there but it was while you were still building The House. Over time you have shared more personal stuff along with the interiors stuff. It's your blog, so it's totally up to you where you draw the line about sharing your life. People are naturally going to be curious if you don't put it all out there, warts and all. Just take it as flattering that your life is so interesting to them that they spend time googling you! Now I'm going to go drool at that pantry pic in your latest post. Seriously amazing.
Hi A-M I found your blog through a building forum when we were planning our own house build and became obsessed with your style. I met another melbournite who was building at the same time and commented on how I loved her style and colours - and guess who's house featured in her scrapbook! I bought your Hampton lights for our kitchen and now the house is finished I'm a bit sad because I keep seeing all these inspiring photo's on your blog and would love to do it all over again!! Can't wait to see the next project - Good Luck xx
Is there seriously still a blog troll with time on their hands? Backgammon indeed. Focus on something positive in life instead of hunting around for gossip. You end up attracting what you're looking for in life so if you continue to hunt for gossip and drama, the gossip and drama follows you and your life around. I'm shaking my head in amazement and disappointment. Good grief!
I found you through Katrina! And as a fellow Brisbanite and mother I come back everyday. Your blog is one of the few that inspires me in many ways: design, build, parenting, friendship. I suppose the search terms stem from the old saying "curiosity killed the cat"? Sometimes us mere mortals don't think when we Google. It is sad to think that there are people who want to know everything about you. I can't believe all those searches would be malicious. For me, the pictures do it everytime. I am an engineer and an interior design lover so the blog speaks to me. Chin up! Roz
hi darl - I'm sorry but the one "what happened to AM husband" made me LOL - I mean seriously, who cares, if you don't want to blog about it, I don't want to read about it. I love your blog for what you do blog about, not what you don't blog about!Hey, who can keep up with all the awesome posts you do anyway - not me, I only visit every 2nd/3rd!XXXXXXXXXXBTW, I've not said all my comments need my approval b4 posting, and they have to be a registered Google Blogger. That should weed out the bushpig. ;)
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx