books

thrifty finds #4

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Best book buy of the holidays so far. Nanny McPhee is one of my most favourite kids movies. And Nurse Matilda is the book it is based on.

I have been looking out for this book for a couple of years. And finally found it at Anglesea op shop. I read it in an hour. The kids are going to love it … Such naughty children …

… this is what they were doing:

Francesca had filled the Tiny Baby’s bottle with baby-food and was feeding the dogs with it.
Little Quentin had drawn flowers all up the walls and was watering them from the big brown nursery teapot.
Antony was filling up the nursery inkwells with runny red jam.
Nicholas had collected all the Little Ones’ dolls and was lining them up for execution.
Sophie was shampooing Henrietta’s hair with glue.
All the other children were doing simply dreadful things too.

Don’t you think?

primary school fetes really are great

Fete season has arrived in our neck of the woods. Over the next month or two I plan my weekend around a school fete.  The ones at the top of my list (that I never miss) are Westgarth, Spensely Street, North Fitzroy and Clifton Hill.  And I think they happen in that order.

Westgarth was yesterday. I don’t always buy lots at this one, but I know lots of people at the school so it’s a social event.  It’s like a gentle and friendly lead in to ‘fete season’ for me.

This year I didn’t buy any clothes at all. Not to worry, my all time favourite clothes shopping fete is Spensely Street in Clifton Hill, and it’s on next Saturday.

Although … I did buy some jewellery from the clothes stall. $1 a piece.  Pretty good I reckon.  And a nice red Oroton wallet. It’s a bit worn, but that’s OK.  Oroton wallets last for ever.  And I quite like changing my wallet every now and then … and I don’t have a red one.

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I also bought a few books at the book stall.  Two cook books for $2 each.  I am keen to get my head around tapas so that I have some trusty options under my belt.  This cookbook has a few recipes I am keen to try out. And I bought the sushi cook book to get some good ideas for fillings.  It also tells you how to roll the cone shaped sushi, tells you the history of sushi options and gives you a recipe to pickle your own vegetables.  Which is just the sort of info that I like.

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And I also bought a couple of novels. The Getting Of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson, and The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler.  You’ve probably read them, but I haven’t.  I am looking forward to them both.

And now I can hardly wait for Spensely Street next weekend. I am not even taking the kids (I hope). Just me and those super second hand stalls.

Fete season … Yay!

One of my favourite times of the year.