Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Op-shopping bargains

In my travels lately I have found a few odds and ends that I couldn't resist....We all enjoy checking out the local op-shops...for sure!....You never know what bargain may be lurking...What item you didn't know you couldn't do without....Here are some I have found recently.......

The large glass lids in the centre.....are Fowlers Vacola lids
for when you open a bottle of preserves...also a plastic one from later on.

My nan had this same cutlery; I couldn't resist....
and at .50cents each, how could I pass up these old pegs.

Above & Below:
These bottles may end up being for vinegar. 

What have you found lately at a second hand store....
If you have blogged about it; leave a link here so we can all have a peek.


  1. Hi Nelly Mary. My husband and I were invited to a cocktail birthday party recently and we don't get invited very often to those sorts of things anymore since we had kids so didn't want to spend heaps of money on new outfits. I found a beautiful Maggie T taffeta jacket/coat which I wore with existing clothes for $12 and I found a really nice dress shirt with a lovely purple sheen in the fabric for my husband for $7. I thought we looked pretty swish.

    I love your bucket list too. I'd also love to spend some time at River Cottage and meeting Hugh. I love that show and his life at the Cottage. Sounds like you're already halfway there.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  2. Hi - I'm new to your blog amd really enjoying your ideas. I tried the Upside Down Pear and Ginger yesterday it disappeared pretty quickly!

    I'm pretty fond of vintage too. Here's a couple of my recent finds. http://duchessdeclutter.blogspot.com/2011/05/vintage-recluttering-fun.html
    cheers Wendy


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