Category Archives: soap making

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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Now it’s in the lap of the Gods. (In other words, the real estate agents.)

Well it’s certainly been a hectic couple of weeks. The house is on the market, with a view to selling it in a couple of weeks if a developer likes the thought of two housing blocks side-by-side in the McKinnon … Continue reading

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Perspective.

I had an interesting conversation today. I was talking with a friend over the phone. She was a tad hungover from a Christmas breakup the night before, while I was hiding from the hot day by staying inside, reading Tony … Continue reading

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Argh! Running out of time!

    Today is the last day I have to clear off any jobs left lurking from 2013. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do them all, but I’ll give it a mighty try. My favourite task will be … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: I bought a sheep! (Um… this is an extravagance.. sorry.)

I couldn’t resist this little fellow when I saw him in the nursery in Glenhuntly. I’ve been eyeing off their artworks for a while but there seemed to be not a lot of work put in for the money being … Continue reading

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Why are the holidays so short?

Even in the holidays I like a good English Teacher meme. The holidays are drawing to a close. Readers who’ve been with me for a while will know that I’m usually torn between a feeling of mourning, mixed with frenetic … Continue reading

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Last Day of Freedom.

    This will be me tomorrow as I get into work. *sob* It’s 10.15AM on my last day of freedom. Watch me finish my coffee and then start to scurry. I have a LONG list of Things To Do … Continue reading

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Pottering.

The cleaner started yesterday. *happysigh* More soap. Mandarine scented, this time. More jam. All three tomato plants that Alyse gave me when I went down and delivered her thermomix have started bearing fruit. Thanks so much! Lime verbena leaves drying … Continue reading

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What we spent on groceries per week in 2012.

A year ago I wrote a post on my spending for the year. It was pretty detailed, as I wrote about all the little things I do to stretch our grocery budget as far as it can go. This morning … Continue reading

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Christmas and the first soap-making of the season. Jolly!

Christmas with the cousins at Inverloch. Evan16 loses his balance… That was on the first night. The next day I glanced out of the window and saw that he learned from his experience: You should have heard Mum laugh! Another … Continue reading

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