Author Archives: Frogdancer Jones

Skinflint Sunday: sometimes you have to spend a little…

I like the idea of doing/buying something once and then never needing to worry about doing/buying it again. I also like the idea of not cluttering up the place with plastic AND I also like the idea of cutting down … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Sometimes plans change.

  Remember when I put these Ballerina apple trees in, with lavender around them to encourage the bees to pollinate? Turns out I should’ve held my horses, because my plans on how big I wanted the verandah roof has changed … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Don’t lend your laptop to your son when his computer dies.

No photos this week, because the laptop that is able to put the big photos up is now being used by Ryan24 to get some uni work done. This weekend has been a little bit productive. Planted a Pomegranate, Tahitian … Continue reading

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Quick post on a cold Monday morning before work.

Ryan24 snapped this as I was stretched out weeding. Jeffrey ‘halping’ me. It reminded me of this meme: We had some bad news with my mother’s broken arm. It isn’t healing, even after being in a brace for 3 months. … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Another little job done.

As you can see, I’ve just about finished putting the veggie garden to bed for the winter. I just can’t bring myself to rip out the spring onions in the front bed – David25 gave me the seedlings for my … Continue reading

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These holidays didn’t go AT ALL how I expected. Two days before they started, my sister rang with the news that Dad had been rushed to hospital with suspected internal bleeding. Mum is unable to be left on her own … Continue reading

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Three more days till the holidays!!

The last couple of weeks at work have been hectic, but then they always are at the end of semester. There’s always stray bits of work to catch up, exams and essays to mark, feral year 8’s to discipline… you … Continue reading

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A life crowded with incident.

Well, it’s a Saturday afternoon, I’ve just woken up from a two-and-a-quarter hour nanna nap – (I KNOW!!! CRAZY!) –¬†and I’ve decided that I may as well make the whole day a lazy day, so here I am. There’s a … Continue reading

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Sometimes you have to sacrifice free time for duty.

Today is Correction Day at school. It’s a day that students have off after exams so that we teachers can have a day to get all of the marking done before reports are due. Usually, I make sure that I … Continue reading

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One more little job done.

When I had the backyard paved last winter, most of the plants were thrown away, but a few remain. One is this variegated-leaf bougainvilia on the back fence. The landscaper said it would be a feature if I trained it … Continue reading

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