EACH night Glenn McGrath's children light a candle, look up at the stars and say hello to mummy. Holly, 6, and James, 8, are still learning to survive in a world without their extraordinary mum Jane, who lost her battle with cancer two months ago. The world-famous cricketer has also learnt how to plait hair, do a bit of cooking and be a general mum after his wife Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, cancer of the hip six years later and had a brain tumour removed in early 2006. "It's a bit rough today," McGrath said of Holly's pigtail plaits. "Holly's got a bit sensitive hair. After smashing my finger in India, it's a bit hampered, so that's my excuse anyway." Underneath, there are times when he feels like retreating and shutting himself off from public. "I'd rather stay out west and hide away, but it's good to ease back into it," he said. Speaking for the first time since Jane passed away in June, McGrath said his children, surrounded by their schoolfriends, were easing back into normal life. "They get a bit upset when they are tired," he said. "We talk about mummy all the time. They have chosen a star and we go say hello to mummy each night." McGrath said his cricket teammates and Jane's friends had supported him enormously and his mother had temporarily moved from Wagga to help out with his children. But, personally, McGrath said he would take his time to adjust to life after his wife. "I've got a good network there and I'm happy to spend time by myself and work things out, so it's finding that happy balance," he said. "The kids are going well and they are my main priority." After Jane's funeral, McGrath took his children to his northern NSW farm for the first time. "They loved it out there. It was good just to get away from things," he said. "You're 160km away from anywhere so it was good to have space and come to terms with everything." McGrath yesterday visited Westfield Miranda to sign copies of his new book, Line And Strength. It was a touching outing. Members of the public shared their stories of loss with McGrath, who wished them strength. "Jane was in the country for 12 years but the affect she has had on people has been amazing. I'm very proud of that," McGrath said.