Wednesday, July 8, 2009


As promised in yesterdays post here is some photos of the kids on the horses on our mini holiday. Nothing like a 7 000 acre paddock to ride in.

Since getting back I have been surfing around trying to catch up on a few blogs. Thank you to all that leave me such lovely comments -even when I'm not blogging regularly. I love getting comments it really makes my day.

I am a bit disappointed about missing out on sitting around "The Biggest Kitchen Table" with Rhonda at her blog Down to Earth. I have read back on her posts and will still probably follow through and do my own audit over the next week or so.

It seems despite my good intentions I still need to give myself a shake every now and again as I stray away from my own principles & beliefs.

I don't think I would have joined in on the "No Spend Week" anyhow. Although I do, do "No Spend Weeks" at times.

Sometimes I breeze through and other times I fail miserable, BUT I do try & I think one day is better than none, two is better than one ETC ETC...

Being school holidays it wouldn't have been successful anyway. On School Hols I tend to do my own "audit" of the children's wardrobes and stock up on what they need. Since getting back from hols we have also been to the Eye Specialist, the Dentist & the Hairdresser along with doing a big grocery shop.

I can now proudly say I have for 1 year now (I started 30 June last year) only grocery shopped every 2-3mths(mostly 3mths) the savings on this alone are simply amazing. I still shop for fruit & veggie nearly every week but apart from that we usually try to do without if we run out. I know this is easier for me than a lot of people as I have my own milk, meat & eggs or am able to buy these cheaply from other locals if I am short. I have pulled out the old bread maker and once again am making all our bread. I wish I had the time to make it by hand -simply love the kneading...but I don't. I try not to be to hard on myself if I don't succeed with things at least it means I have room for improvement.

Am off to make a Lemon Tart for dessert tonight I won't be making the pie crust though as I have a bought one in the freezer I wish to use...Homemade ones are better but must remember what I just typed. Don't be to hard on myself!!

I shall take some photos & post the recipe for you all.



Joolz said...

Hey Caroline,

Just having a glass of Cape Jaffa 2005 Merlot after having (sin) takeaway Thai for dinner. We (Kirbz, Bri and me) had a day out, travelling to Warrnambool in Vic (500kms+ round trip) for some winter sale shopping. Left at 8.30am and got home 7pm - phew! Good day out with my girls. We don't do it often. They bought heaps but I ended up with a $5 umbrella, $8 blue and white plate, $12 mug & $9 make up bag and a brush for my hair. B O R I N G !
Afraid I've bombed out on Rhonda's Home Audit - I need more than a days notice to have a NO SPEND week! On the weekend I will try and take what she has given us all week and give answers etc.

You seem to be doing well with it. So does Mandy. I take my hat off to her!

Bed is beckoning, its back to the books tomorrow - Group Certificates (Payment Summaries) wait for no-woman! Eeaugh!

Cheers - Joolz -hic!

Shelley said...

Looking forward to that lemon tart recipe! Sounds like a good summer dessert.

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful photos and I think you are doing amazingly well with your goals. I have a long way to go but by reading posts like this one it helps me a lot to sow the seeds and do better myself.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I am looking forward to your lemon tart recipe as well. I need to get my butt back into action about saving money etc, as I have been doing very badly recently.

Gill in Canada


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