No in­cense can stop a tantrum

Mag­dalena Roze shares the not-al­ways-idyl­lic truth about life with two small kids, which in­cludes a messy car, wrin­kled clothes and lots of cheese on toast

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by MEG MA­SON

Mag­dalena Roze gets real about fam­ily life with kids.

If the pur­pose of a sea change is to slow down, Mag­dalena Roze missed the memo. In the nearly ve years since the tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter and me­te­o­rol­o­gist re­lo­cated to By­ron Bay, shes writ­ten her rst cook­book, launched food podcast The Pass, started a life­style blog, kept up am­bas­sador­ships with a host of en­vi­ron­men­tal char­i­ties and even found time to have a sec­ond child with part­ner Dar­ren Robert­son, the celebrity chef be­hind By­rons it venue (and Hemsworth han­gout) The Farm. Here, the 37-year-old tells Stel­lar about fam­ily life by the sea, which she swears is not quite as per­fect as it looks on her In­sta­gram feed.

Your rst job in the me­dia was as a tele­vi­sion weather pre­sen­ter. Weather talk is com­monly re­served for re­ally awk­ward so­cial sit­u­a­tions, but as a qualied me­te­o­rol­o­gist, do you

love a good chat about in­com­ing cold fronts?

Ab­so­lutely. Ill talk cu­mu­lonim­bus over the Kar­dashi­ans any day and I ac­tu­ally love that most peo­ple are pretty into it. If Im in a queue and over­hear some­one say, So, ap­par­ently its go­ing to rain dur­ing the footy… Im that nerd that will chime in with, Where is it? A-ha! Noth­ing to worry about. You see, iso­lated show­ers is ac­tu­ally a me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal term re­fer­ring to…

You left be­hind 18-hour work days in Syd­ney and moved to By­ron Bay a few years ago. What do you still miss about city life and what is it that you ab­so­lutely dont? I re­ally miss my close friends, the cul­ture, bars and restau­rants, dress­ing up and a good dry cleaner. But Im so glad to be out of the trafc and the hec­tic pace of life. And driv­ing to the air­port with­out any trafc lights is a god­send.

Fam­ily life with your sons Archie, three, and Char­lie, 10 months, looks im­pos­si­bly idyl­lic at least on so­cial me­dia. Surely the whole par­ent­ing thing still goes pear-shaped for you from time to time? Ha! All the time. No amount of in­cense or beach­life hash­tags can stop a tod­dler tantrum or poo-nami.

Back in 2016, you said one of your goals for the year was to man­age to leave your house with­out vomit on your T-shirt. Did you ever hap­pen to reach it? Sadly, no. Maybe once. The stains are just part of the look now.

Given a chef and a food writer live there, din­ner stan­dards must be quite high in your house. Does wine and what­ever-on-toast ever make it onto the spe­cials board?

Yes, and un­apolo­get­i­cally so. Its my reg­u­lar go-to when Dar­ren is away. I of­ten tell my friends that if you-know-what is hit­ting the fan, sur­ren­der and just make cheese on toast. Theres some­thing so com­fort­ing about the sim­plic­ity of it.

Just last month, you served as MC

for the Mercedes-Benz Aus­tralian Grand Prix Ladies Day lun­cheon in Mel­bourne. Mercedes or not, has your car turned into a baby-bag on wheels since you be­came a mum? I live with three boys so, yes, my car is a Mary Pop­pins hand­bag with a never-end­ing sup­ply of ran­dom para­pher­na­lia from whisks why? how? to wet­suits. But on the bright side, if there was a cyclone or other sig­ni­cant weather event, we could prob­a­bly sur­vive on whats in there for a good few weeks.

IN FULL BLOOM (from top) Mag­dalena Roze with her sons, Char­lie, now 10 months, and Archie, three, in Novem­ber last year; in her MC role for the Mercedes-Benz Aus­tralian Grand Prix Ladies Day lun­cheon in Mel­bourne last month.

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