Skinflint Sunday: it’s the little things.

Fortunate Frogdancer strikes again!

When we moved to The Best House in Melbourne, I brought a lime verbena plant with me that I’d owned for a couple of years. I have 3 lemon verbena plants, but the lime verbena was the only one I’d ever seen, and I prefer the herbal tea from the leaves. When I moved in, I intelligently put the big lime verbena pot in a section of the back yard where I couldn’t see it from the house. Unsurprisingly, it died. I’ve been looking for another one to replace it ever since, but not even Diggers has it.

Until… a search on eBay found a nursery up in Queensland called Mudbrick. I’m now the proud owner of 2 lime verbena and 2 lemongrass plants. What with all the clothes and shoes I’ve been buying and now the plants, I’m becoming quite fond of internet shopping. If I didn’t have to work, I might choose to never leave this house again!

Now, THIS is a shed. Ok, it’s more utilitarian rather than beautiful, but David25 assembled it himself for me. Now that the landscaping has been done in the backyard, the only grass we have is in the front, so I bought a bike shed from Aldi and David25 has been working over the past few days to put it together.

He’s made me promise to never buy anything like this from Aldi again. The diagrams made him go all sweary at certain points. However, it’s now up and the lawn mower is no longer taking pride of place in the Man Cave, otherwise known as the second living room. It’s such a relief to have it out of here.

Considering David25 has only lived with me as a parenting role model, the fact that he’s able to put something like this together is a huge source of pride to me. I wouldn’t have been able to do it in a pink fit!

Yesterday’s harvest for dinner. Before you go thinking this is very impressive, this colandar fits into a thermomix, so these potatoes range from the size of a golf ball to the sizes of marbles. But even though the soil is so poor, there’s definitely more ptoatoes in the garden bed now than when I planted them, so that’s encouraging.

The Purple King beans were originally given to me by Bev from foodnstuff in 2012. They are one of the few crops which is starting to grow well. Every year I keep back a few bean seeds to plant the following year. 

This last shot makes me so happy. My tromboncino zucchini plants are doing well. For the first time since moving here, I’ll be going back to work with lots of 200g bags of chopped zucchini in the fridge, ready to be added to lots and lots of meals.

The first one I picked made 2 zucchini slices and these 5 bags. Not bad.


I’m reading ‘Lethal White’ by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K Rowling.) I can’t put the bloody thing down! I started it this morning and I’m up to page 460 already. Every time I put it aside to do something, like feed myself, I race back, pick it up and keep galloping through. If you haven’t come across the Cormoran Strike books yet, do yourself a favour and hunt them down. I bought the first one in an op shop in England.

Happy times.

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2 Responses to Skinflint Sunday: it’s the little things.

  1. foodnstuff says:

    Do you blanch the zucchini first, or just chop and freeze as is? I’ve got a mountain of potatoes I’ve harvested and I’m going to have to think about freezing too. Apparently they have to be blanched.

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