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A Walk Through Nature

Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

As I have very limited internet, I will only be sharing a little snippet each day, or at least I will try to. This morning after breakfast we went for a 2 1/2 hour walk through one of the National Park trails here in the Bunya Mountains, talk about stunning. It is full of birds and birdsong, wildlife and amazing old trees, it was so tranquil and just what I needed. 

That’s all from me today, I hope you’ve had a lovely day too, wherever you are. 



A Mountain Getaway

Monday, 30 July 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

After last years very extravagant wedding anniversary, this year we decided to stay semi-local, renting a little cottage in the Bunya Mountains. We have always wanted to visit the Bunya Mountains and is said to be especially beautiful in Winter.

Bunya Pines

The little cottage we have rented is fully self contained and we are taking everything we need to self cater for the week, we will be going out to dinner for our actual wedding anniversary, but will eat in the other nights. We have bought some great leftovers to use up, two wonderful warming winter dinners-a Curried Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup and Borsch, we'll have both with warm toast and lashings of butter.

A Bunya Nut

There is loads of beautiful bush walks to do, so we are both taking our good walking boots. The internet maybe sketchy so you may not hear from me for a while.

I hope you have a lovely week, we'll catch up soon,

One Year Ago-No Post Today
Two Years Ago-A Weekend Away


Sunny Side Up Sunday

Sunday, 29 July 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

And welcome to this weeks Sunny Side Up Sunday. Last weeks was definitely NOT a Sunny Side Up kind of post and I hope todays will make up for it.

Today I am thankful for my clarity of mind.

I have been under quite a lot of stress lately and I really haven't been sleeping well at all, so yesterday afternoon, after walking the little dogs with lovely hubby, I sat down at the computer and typed out a list of what needs to be finished off/dealt with/completed/moved/stored ect...

And I am happy to report, with all this stuff that was floating around my brain, now out typed out and the list put on the fridge, my brain is all of a sudden lighter and clear.

It's gonna be a bright, bright sunshine-y day

Have a lovely day,

One Year Ago-What we bought, spent and ate this week
Two Years Ago-This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

What we bought, spent and ate last week

Saturday, 28 July 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

And just like that, my 3 weeks long service leave has finished...I feel exhausted but really happy with what I achieved settling my late In-Laws home, in that time, I wish I had one of those cameras that capture what you do in a day and then speed it up, I think that would be a hoot to look at. Here's how it would look-

I walk into a room, look around, open draws, shakes head, starts singing "Why, Why, Why Delilah" leaves the room, pours another cup of tea, drinks tea while staring into space, goes back into the room, starts pulling things out and looks at each and every item, decides if it goes to Lifeline or not, and so it would go on day in day out.

I'm not sorry I approached this mammoth job this way, bull at a gate, headlong, just get it done, I work better if I'm focussed and nothing focuses my more that a ticking clock. I still have one table of Bric a Brac to sort out, the lady from the local Antique shop is coming back this afternoon or tomorrow afternoon to collect what she wants then the rest will be dropped of to Lifeline AND then it is all done.

Next week lovely hubby and I are going away for the week to celebrate our 31st Wedding Anniversary, we are driving up to the Bunya Mountains, staying at a little cottage. The internet coverage is said to be very patchy so things may be very quiet on the blog. We are both really looking forward to some solitude.

Now on with the food-

What we bought
Meat from Marjax Meats-this was actually all for one dish, Feijoada

Shopping from the Northside Discount Fruit Barn

Shopping from Aldi

Shopping from Coles

What we spent
Marjax Meats-$48.75
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$17.47


What we ate
Friday-Leftover Tuscan Meatballs on Toast

Sunday-Slow Cooked BBQ Pork with Roasted Squashed Potatoes, Roasted Pumpkin and Steamed Broccolini, (The pork had been cooked and frozen last week)

Monday and Tuesday-Feijoada

Wednesday-Pan Fried Reef Fish with Easy Potato Bake with Garlic and Spring Onions and Steamed Broccolini

Thursday-Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara with Linguini

Friday-Curried Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup

I know Fridays are usually about "leftovers" or "on toast" but as there wasn't leftovers and no tins of Baked Beans for "on toast" so I decided to make a big pot of soup using ingredients already at home. 

What did you make this week?

Have a lovely day


This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Friday, 27 July 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

Again, not much to say on the frugal stuff, as I simply have been to busy to do anything other than keep up with the washing, make meals and try to keep my place kinda tidy and clean. I have started cleaning next door, now that a majority of the furniture is out of the way, the carpets and pest control are being done today, using a local company we have used for many years.

I am using my home made Miracle Spray and home made Paste Cleaner on everything except mirrors and the timber furniture, I find both of these products will tackle just about any cleaning job you can think of.

While cleaning out one of the big buffets in the dining room, I discovered a 1/2 full bottle of home made furniture polish that my late FIL made years ago. It smells wonderful, I know it is based on bees wax, but as for the other ingredients I have no clue. Both he and my late MIL collected, refurbished and gave new life to many, many pieces if antique furniture over the years and we have decided to keep a few of them ourselves.

I have cleaned and polished these pieces and will reveal them soon when we have bought them over and slotted them into our home. They are really beautiful and unusual pieces. They smell so lovely and fresh with the polish and they are gleaming. My shoulders and forearms are so sore from all the cleaning but the end is in sight.

Now on with the frugal stuff-

1. Picked 3 small Red Paw Paws and countless passionfruit from our garden

Everyday there are many passionfruit on the ground

2. Used homemade cleaners to clean our home and the one next door

3. Line dried all the washing

4. Cooked dinner every night and made sure all left overs were used in a timely manner

5. Put many items up for free on Gumtree and donated heaps to the Lifeline Super Store, hoping to give the items a new home, but also to prevent anything from going into landfill. I am frugal but also environmentally aware.

Right, thats a wrap, what have been your frugal wins this week?

Have a fab Friday,

One Year Ago-Where I Live
Two Years Ago-What we bought, spent and ate this week

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food-Week 1

Thursday, 26 July 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

As I mentioned in this post, my sister and I are doing Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food, 5 week cooking course. It is designed to introduce you to basic kitchen skills and to teach you some great recipes, cooked from scratch.

Week 1 was all about breakfast-

Omelettes-made with 2 eggs, basil, dill, parsley, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and parmesan cheese

Baked Granola-made with oats, mixed nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, coconut, cinnamon, raisins, cranberries, apricots, maple syrup and olive oil

Pancakes-made very simply with 1 egg, 1 cup SR flour and 1 cup milk, they are called "One Cup Pancakes" for the obvious reason, they were served with a natural yoghurt, mashed banana and cinnamon mixed through, as well as the granola and berries

It was a really lovely class, with like minded people and the food was just delicious. We get to eat what we cook and then take the rest home. We ate the delicious omelette , plus a plate of pancakes and we made a large batch of the Granola at each table so we divided it three ways and took a container home each. From next week on, we get to take home a complete meal (enough for 3 to 4 people) which I think is excellent value for money. The whole 5 week course costs $100, so $20 a week, bargain!

Our cooking stations

The lovely Sam doing the introduction

Our cooking station, including the cooktop

The teacher demonstrates the recipe then we go to our cooking station and replicate what she has shown us. See one, do one and then teach one is the concept. 

Has anyone else had the opportunity to attend one of Jamie's cooking classes?

Have the loveliest of days


I Can See the Light at the end of the Tunnel and it's not a train

Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

I took this photo while on a bike ride through Bordeaux

Well, I can say that it is almost over, the settling and clearing of my late In-Laws home. It has been a very challenging experience to say the least. Thank heavens that I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

You can see all the divots in the carpet where all the furniture was, this lounge was full. The furniture left in it is what our son wants to keep 

The rest of the furniture is being picked up on Thursday by a local Antique Dealer, the beds in the spare bedrooms will be picked up sometime in August by a Co-Worker, our Son has chosen to keep a few pieces, really the only thing that hasn't sold is the dining setting, I do have that on Gumtree for a ridiculously low price but I still haven't had anyone interested.

It's such a beautiful setting and yet no interest!

I am still finding bits and pieces in overlooked places and cupboards, even yesterday afternoon when I was moving some items to take next door to our place, I put them in a pile in front of a small cupboard, when I looked at it, I had a terrible thought, oh my goodness I haven't opened that one yet. Of course it was full, so another load of stuff will go to Lifeline today.

I didn't think to do a before and after of the whole house, but I did take some of the office before I started clearing it. I have put all the bric-a-brac in there for the time being as I really don't know what to do with it all, maybe the lady from the local Antique shop will offer to take it?





As for the rest of the house, this is the after-

The formal lounge-all these pieces are going except for the carpet and the rosewood cupboards to the left

There are two of them and we will be bringing them next door 

The asian chests and lamps are going

These 2 single beds are going 

This prayer altar in coming next door to us, we keep finding random bottles of red wine everywhere😉

This bed and bed side tables are also going

There are two of these enormous chests of draws plus the mirror on top that are also going

Phew, that is so much furniture. I would love someone to discover it, take it home and love it forever. I hope my late In-Laws understand why we didn't want to keep a lot of the furniture, it just isn't us. It was theirs and their lifestyle, we don't need it in our life.

Have the loveliest of days

Two Years Ago-Smoked Salmon Pasta