Category Archives: Children.

The Bees Knees quilt.

My youngest son, Evan23, has always loved a quilt. When I started making them, back in 2008, he was the recipient of the first one. He still uses it today, along with one I made a couple of years later … Continue reading

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A week into lockdown at Frogdancer’s place.

(This post is a cut and paste of the one just published on the FI/RE blog. If you’ve already read it, you’ll get deja vu if you read this one.) So it’s been a week since schools shut down when … Continue reading

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No, I’m not dead. It’s just that a lot’s been happening.

Happy New Year to you all! Such a lot has happened since the last time I posted here, almost a month ago. The year pretty much crashed and burned for my family, health-wise, with 8 people falling prey to illness … Continue reading

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Things I’ve been making.

We’ve been eating well from the pea straw that I bought in Bunnings and put down on the wicking beds to let them sleep over winter. We’ve had hundreds of peas pop up. Poppy and Scout love eating the pea pods. … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Road trip.

Today the boys and I, along with my parents and my sister, brother-in-law and one of my nieces, are all driving to Ballarat to see Evan23 in his end-of-year play, ‘Twelve Angry Men.” Well, they’re doing ‘Twelve Angry Jurors”, but … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: A gift from the past.

Readers who’ve been around for a while might dimly recall a time 2 years ago that I went away to a Craft Camp and broke the 6-year sewing hiatus that I’d been on. I began a quilt for my oldest … 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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Skinflint Sunday: how the day slipped away.

I’m not sure if I’ve blogged here about the new chart I’m doing to try and instil some more productive habits, but a month-and-a-bit in, it’s working like a charm. I had the whole Sunday ahead of me, free of … Continue reading

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Some links you may be interested in. (Or not – who am I to judge??)

This garden may be pretty awful, but at least we’re getting heaps of beans and zucchini. I have 35 bags of chopped zucchini in the freezer at last count, with 8 monster zuccs still on the vine. It makes me … Continue reading

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