Author Archives: Frogdancer Jones

Skinflint Sunday: Free compost materials!! Why wouldn’t you?

I’m pretty sure I showed you guys a picture of my sons assembling a tumbling compost bin a few weeks ago. I’ve never owned one of these before. In the old place, I just had a couple of those huge, … Continue reading

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Snippets from schooling.

My year 8’s didn’t settle down to work yesterday. We were supposed to be watching little portions of ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ and discussing film techniques, but they were restless and noisy. I cracked it and made them write “I … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Buy yourself hundreds of new friends.

In my last gardening post I think I mentioned that I’m not overly impressed with the soil that the landscaper bought for the garden beds. My plants are yellowing and not growing well. I’m composting like a mad woman (more … Continue reading

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What happened after the landscaper left?

Lots! I got Francis, my chippie brother-in-law, to continue the side deck around to the door that will one day be my study, but is now Ryan23’s room. I got him to put the step all the way around. One … Continue reading

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Revisiting the past – I made soap again!

Now that I’m knitting and gardening again, I’m rediscovering the simple pleasures of crafts that I used to do when I had more time, before my side-hustle of being a Thermomix consultant and Team Leader came along. Now that I’m … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: When every day’s a bad hair day.

Every day is a bad hair day when you live in my body. Over the last month or so I’ve been pulling up cowls over my head and wearing them like a snood. One of my students asked me why … Continue reading

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Want to see what 40K buys nowadays?

When we moved here to The Best House in Melbourne, there were improvements I wanted to make. However, when I had 18 months of bridging finance to get through until the old house was sold, (running at 3K/month- yikes!), things … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: on a Monday!

Phew! I finally¬†finished blogging about North Korea on the other blog, so now it’s time to get back to regular programming around here. I’ve missed writing about the day-to-day, and I’ve got so much to tell you! So, in the … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 15- The last day.

We had a leisurely start to our last day in China. We packed our bags, left them in a room at the hotel and then grabbed some lunch. Matt came and took us for a walk around a lake. I … Continue reading

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Beijing and the DPRK: Day 14 – The Great Wall of China.

Here’s what awaited us when we got out of our Uber and walked up to the Wall. Free enterprise at its finest! (In China Uber is called something else, but I can’t remember what it is. Ultra-cheap, though.) It was … Continue reading

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