that's life! Issue 44, 2021

Many media outlets try to connect with readers and engage them. But for genuine engagement and a vibrant sense of community, there is nothing else on the Australian media landscape that so clearly connects with its audience like that's life! magazine. That's because our million-plus readers also provide our content - it is their voice that makes that's life! the magazine with heart.

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Our compile of amazing lost and found stories (Page 14) was a reminder, if ever it were needed, that there are a lot of very kind people in the world. Not long after I wrote in this letter about losing my hat on a bus in Adelaide, and having it returned to the lost and found office, I lost my mobile phone. It’s hard to remember what life was like before we had mobile phones. I know we managed just fine. But sometimes I do wonder how! Nevertheless, when I realised mine had potentially fallen off the back of my bicycle, I was distraught. Fortunately, I had installed a Find My Phone app, and traced it to a block of apartments not far away. Through the wonders of technology, I…

1 min
we love you!

I enjoyed seeing the waratahs in Brisbane Water National Park. Joan Durrant, Blackwall, NSW My son Finn, seven, and daughter Chloe, four, enjoyed an early winter swim with their cousins Maya, 10, Kiana, eight, and Holly, seven, in Whangamata. By the look on their faces, it was pretty cold! Toni Cunningham, Papakura, NZ Celebrating my 40th birthday with my beautiful family. Bec Clark, Maroochy River, Qld With my gorgeous children Luka, five and Claudia, two. Heidi Laugesen, Lenah Valley, Tas Thanks that’s life! for my $50. That really made my day! Karen White, Kawungan, Qld Life can get so tiring! My grandson Nathan is in sync with his sleepy pal Ella, who was rescued from the RSPCA as a kitten. Yvonne Patterson, Baringa, Qld Mia, five months, smiling in the sunshine. Holly Nelson, Clifton Springs, Vic My that’s life! magazine has helped me to…

5 min
my sister-in-law had my baby!

Jennifer Robertson, 45, Gold Coast, Qld Sitting on my bed with another negative pregnancy test, my heart swelled with sadness. ‘Why isn’t it happening for us?’ I asked my husband, Craig, through tears. We’d been trying to fall pregnant since our wedding, six months earlier. At 33, I was so ready to be a mum. Both Craig, 32, and I grew up with siblings and had dreamed of having a big family together. I’d thought it would be easier to fall pregnant. So, instead of wondering if something was wrong, we booked in to see a fertility specialist. Tests soon revealed I didn’t have a regular cycle, and Craig’s sperm weren’t 100 per cent. ‘The best option would be IVF,’ the doctor explained. We’d have to dip into our savings to pay for treatment, but it was a…

4 min
i was stabbed over a noisy washing machine

Annick Henenberg, 66, Melbourne, Vic Cleaning up the kitchen, I switched on the kettle to make tea. ‘What a productive day,’ I said to my puppy, Bijoux. A volunteer and counsellor for a grief helpline, I was having a quiet day doing housework. Next up was laundry. My apartment was on the ground floor of a public housing block, with a communal laundry down the hallway. Living there for five years, for the most part it’d been a lovely community. I got on well with my neighbour Diana, and we’d often get together. ‘Fancy a coffee, darl?’ she’d ask. But 18 months before, a bloke called Brett moved in. Brett’s unit was next to the laundry room, and he’d often turn off the machine. ‘That thing is so loud,’ he’d grumble. Frustrating, it meant a wash would take ages, with me walking…

4 min
‘mum, a crocodile bit me’

Liz Manning, 39, Kununurra, WA Grabbing a bag, I started packing it with towels and swimmers. ‘Nearly ready to go?’ my husband Jeremy, 40, asked. ‘Yep, get the boys in the car,’ I smiled. It was a Sunday lunchtime in May this year, and we were going for a family swim. Our three lively sons, Juan, nine, Abraham, seven, and Reg, five, all loved being outside. Taking them for swims was perfect for using up some energy. I was also eight weeks pregnant, and looking forward to relaxing while Jeremy entertained the boys. So the five of us – and our pet dog Corporal – piled in the car and headed to our favourite spot called Swim Beach, on the Upper Ord River in Kununurra, WA. ‘I can’t wait to get in the water,’ Abraham grinned. After picking a…

2 min
all creatures great and funny!

Wildlife photography can be spectacular and awe-inspiring, but sometimes it’s just plain funny! That’s what the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards aim to show, celebrating the most hilarious snaps of animals from around the world. This year, finalists included a bald eagle meeting a prairie dog, a surprised monkey, a cheeky seal having a giggle, and fighting kangaroos that look as if they’re dancing. They are all winners to us! GOTTA EAT ’EM ALL! Fans of the video game franchise Pokémon rejoiced after Krispy Kreme unveiled a new range of doughnuts featuring classic characters. Favourites such as Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander are featured on the tasty snacks – and there is even a Poké Ball one up for grabs too. 12 Drivers in Beijing, China, were stuck for this many days in 2010…