Category Archives: Quality of life

Skinflint Sunday: Have fun with what you have around you.

Ryan25, (yes, he’s had a birthday), called me into the Man Cave just now, saying, “Mum, have you seen this?” It’s hilarious. Look out for the cheeky side-glance Paul Rudd gives Pete Burns. My nephew and his wife are expecting … 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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Skinflint Sunday: Being productive is fun.

I have a couple of rosemary plants in wicking boxes. I like to use fresh rosemary a lot of the time but sometimes it’s handy to have some dried rosemary on hand, especially if you want to make rosemary salt … 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┬áhundreds of peas pop up. Poppy and Scout love eating the pea pods. … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s the little things…

A friend at work has an ‘atsy’ daughter who was opening a stall at the Dingley Makers Market. I popped along, bought some cards that she made and then browsed the rest of the stalls. I couldn’t resist this amazing … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Getting Things Done before school starts again.

The day before school goes back is always a day torn between mourning my lost freedom and racing around getting little jobs finished before I go back. Today was no exception. I swore that I’d have the garden ready to … Continue reading

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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: 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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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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