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19 June 2015

Weekend reading


I did the grocery shopping at Woolworths yesterday afternoon. Oh what a dismal place that is. Aisle upon aisle of useless products that I don't even walk into. I got what I needed and I was home again in less than an hour. With the weekend ahead and perfect weather, I think I know what I'll be doing for the next couple of days.  That will make up for the shopping trip. :- )  I hope you have a lovely weekend doing something you love.

How to hold an art exhibition in your home
Love is alive and well
Roundup banned in France
Organising the kitchen
Can the Ikea generation buy into vintage furniture?
How to clean a shaving brush
10 food scraps to always save
Beautiful underground railways
Free motion quilting step-by-step
All the beautiful things
The croissant has evolved

22 comments:

  1. It is amazing how many useless things manufacturers can dream up. Too bad they can't spend more time on making quality products and less on gimmicky junk. This a pet peeve of mine. By just shopping the dairy and produce department, you can really save a lot of time. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Jane

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  2. I have seen the post about organising linen elsewhere and it's a goodie. My linen cupboard is a shambles at the moment and it's inspired me to tackle it. It's on my things to do today. There is a couple of towels to be up-cycled into rags but most of it is still good. It just needs organising. :) so thanks for the link!

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  3. While it is really sad how much STUFF there is in the shops, I had a little giggle when I read your comment because I *may* have said the same thing to my sister when we went grocery shopping and made a stop at the mall for my nephew to check out a store. We were commenting on how the stores stay in business given 1) the lack of people with bags; 2) the poor quality of the merchandise; and, 3) everything looks the same! Why would anyone want that kind of merchandise?? Agree with you completely. The more I stay home, the less I want to go out amongst the public. :)

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  4. I get what you mean, Rhonda. I shop at Woolworths more than I would like to, as it is the closest to home, and we only have one car that my husband drives to work. Even with more "shopping experience" than you, I am often lost. It is so frustrating to be wandering forever just to find one or two items on my list! Although I suppose that's part of their marketing strategy, to get more people to buy even more useless stuff (which, I admit, I used to do). These days, I just try to do my shopping online (waiting for free delivery or any discount coupons). woolworths however has decided to "revamp" their website, making online shopping a messy afair as well.

    Have a restful weekend. I am looking forward to your book signing next year.

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  5. Both my grown up girls are coming home for 4 days so we will be cooking up a storm, watching movies and hanging out together! :)

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  6. How lovely, Joolz. I can just imagine all the talking with all you girls there together. Enjoy!

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  7. Thanks for the reading links, Rhonda. I will check them out. We are going down to 5 degrees tomorrow so I hope our DTE girls wear their woolies to our catchup :-) Have a relaxing weekend.

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  8. Great links, Rhonda! I am particularly interested in the 'Ikea' article. Most of my furniture are from Ikea. I bought them about 15 years ago and took them with me to Australia. Despite my multiple moves they're still in good condition. Recently I've been changing things a bit and needed a new bookshelf. I wanted to get Australian made and found a company which calls themselves a 'Brisbane based family business'. I've ordered my bookshelf made out of local recycled timber and after not receiving it for 3 months, I questioned it and was told that the ship from Korea hasn't arrived. When I asked why is it coming from Korea, they explained to me that they ship the timber from Brisbane to Korea for assembly and then back to Brisbane. I was horrified but as I already paid for it, couldn't exchange it.
    Now I'm trying to find some Australian made furniture for the living room to replace the Ikea furniture. I have not been able to find anything suitable and am very disappointed. Where are we supposed to buy our furniture from? As I don't live in a metropolitan area, I don't have access to a huge variety anyway and find this pretty sad. I have to check if there's some links in that article which make furniture in Australia using Australian material. Fingers crossed!

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    1. Frances, what about antique or vintage furniture. A lot of that is Australian made and even it is isn't you're giving it a second life. Good, practical old furniture can be stripped back and painted. I love that look.

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    2. Thanks Rhonda, I will have to check out some shops, maybe I find some nice pre-loved pieces.

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    3. Another consideration might be craft markets. We have been attending them for years and quite often you can find a maker that works with wood and can create a custom pieces for you. Nothing like handmade and supporting a small local business. :) Best of local.

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  9. Thank you for the link to 'Roundup banned in France', I made my husband read it, as he uses something very similar (very little & only twice a year, but I am not happy with even that limited use) I wonder how long the Australian Government will take to ban Roundup?
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  10. I totally agree. I went today and wanted to buy some more borax for the homemade laundry liquid recipe. I was told they no longer stock it . I spoke to the manager who said borax had to be removed from sale due to the increasing drug problem. I was so shocked Ive been making laundry liquid for a couple of years now thanks to your recipe in your book.

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    1. Isobel, I just checked and it's still available at Coles and Bunnings. :- )

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    2. Thanks Rhonda, we dont have a coles or bunnings but its worth the drive to get. (1.5 hrs away) As the homemade liquid really helps with my little ones skin. I checked as well and some hardware stores (mitre10) still sell it.

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  11. Uh huh - I knew it...Rhonda and her favourite thing to do.....shopping. Pfft.

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  12. We have managed to live by doing only one dread supermarket trip a month and it is in and out as fast as possible,
    This weekend for me is full of reading -Songman by Bob Randall. R.I.P 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽
    And garden and brunch with the young people in the family.
    Pretty good really

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  13. Rhonda,
    this is off subject for this post, but I am using some of your beverage recipes to try to make some diabetic friendly "soda", using your syrups and fizzy no cal water. Most of the recipes call for a sugar syrup. What is the purpose of the sugar? I know that the sugar syrup has a thickish consistency, but is this thickness necessary? Could I make a syrup with just the water and the fruit? I could then use stevia as my sweetener glass by glass. I understand that sugar is a preservative as well as a sweetener, but I plan to freeze my syrups in ice cube trays to pull out to make individual glasses of drinks. thanks, Rhonda...jackie m

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    1. Hi Jackie. I've never made diabetic syrups or drinks but I think they'd work well using your method of freezing the water and fruit, then adding stevia. Fruit cordials are traditionally stored for a couple of months and the sugar and lemon juice help preserve them. I find stevia very sweet so test taste as you go and I'm sure you'll produce a delicious drink. Good luck, love. xx

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  14. Rhonda, I don't comment often but just letting you know I read your blog and love it. Love your simple lifestyle and the content you feel. You mentioned going shopping and how some aisles are filled with useless things, I often think of that when I walk through a store. Keep up the great work!

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  15. Rhonda I always enjoy the weekend links, thank you. Because we have a tiny art shop I particularly enjoyed the home exhibition link but I would caution your readers against the article's advice "Using only one nail can save time and ensures that paintings hang straight." Not so! Always hang from two nails or screws no matter how large or small the work. This distributes weight evenly and stops your frames from hanging askew.

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    1. I thought of you and Tony when I read that article. :- )

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