Christmassy Photos

Friday, 30 December 2016

The box of cupcakes we received at work (not made by me) 


The gingerbread men I made with the kids

Our gingerbread houses


Jon and Zali making pancakes on Christmas Day


and Jett doing the waffles 


Christmas Elves


At the boxing day 20-20 match. 




Noosa - Day 5

Thursday, 15 December 2016

A particularly early start today saw me standing at the top of Noosa Hill at 6am - of course I wasn’t alone as everyone in Queensland seems to get up at 5am (due to the ridiculous lack of daylight savings time I reckon).  After the hill climb I carried on with my ‘normal’ Noosa National Park run but this time in reverse, which gave me some nice views I hadn’t paid much attention to before. 

Then it was home to pack up and tidy up and leave the apartment for the final time. Arriving at the Eumundi Markets at 8.30am  - just half an hour after they opened -  I was amazed at how many people were there already. I was also amazed that they wanted to charge $6 for parking! Outrage.  Thankfully I found one of the last free parks as I didn’t want to commit to $6 worth of browsing.   One (of the many) nice things about Noosa is that all the parking is free, and although busy, there’s usually something available nearby - it must get pretty crazy between Christmas and New Year though.

Anyway - I did some browsing at the markets - they had lots of cool stuff, and hippy stuff, and food stuff. And also it had camels.  


After an hour I’d had enough of the stalls - but I still had heaps of time up my sleeve so I headed to the Glasshouse  Mountains. 

They were really cool. Next time I’d like to spend more time and climb to the top of one of the houses. Due to time considerations I contented myself with a circuit hike of one of them, and a couple of other lookouts.


By this time it was midday, and time to drive the last stretch south to Brisbane in my cute little hire car which I always found easily in the car parks! 

I used less than one tank of petrol on my whole trip - my total fuel bill was $38.  Nice!

And so ended my trip to Noosa. It was heaps of fun. As I mentioned it lacked a bit of the rest and relax factor, but it was (mostly) good to get out and about an do stuff - and also great to get back into some running.    Noosa is a really nice place - filled with a big range of people from backpackers to family campers to massive house & infinity pool owners.  There’s lots of stuff to do - and the commercial activities on offer seem to be pretty cheap thanks to the all competition for tourist dollars - being able to rent a dinghy for $99 for 3 hours, or a bike for $30 for 24 hours, or a stand up paddle board for less than $20 seems like a good deal to me.  

There are surf beaches aplenty but also lots of quieter small-child friendly places to play in the water.  I also really liked that the beaches and waterways had lots of nice grassy spaces and shade to retreat too (particularly once the sand got too hot!).  


Yep, so it’s a really cool place. And I’ll be back. Hopefully next time with family and/or friends to enjoy it with. Not that I’m not great company, but I do wear on myself after a while :)

Noosa - Day 4

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

I was pretty tired this morning but not wanting to waste this opportunity I managed to haul myself back out into the Noosa National Park for a run and quick swim before breakfast.

Actually I think I’ve discovered that without my family or friends to slow me down, I maybe try to do a bit too much on holidays. I guess since there’s no-one to chat and relax with (or talk me down from rushing out to do things), I just move from one activity to the next and don’t prioritise the ‘relax and unwind’ part of the holiday!

Anyway - inspired by yesterday’s paddle I headed off after breakfast and rented a fancy ocean ski from Noosaville.  For the next two hours I  thoroughly explored the Noosa waterways. The scenery varied from mangroves to very fancy houses with infinity pools (oh so many infinity pools), and of course the zillions of boat hire companies and watercraft. It was quite pricey for 2 hours ($80) but worth every cent. 



As soon as I got changed from the paddle I walked a hundred metres up the esplanade and rented a bike with the plan to find the 23km bike track that allegedly joined Noosa Junction to Peregain beach in the south.  This is where I really needed a companion to gently suggest that maybe a more relaxing activity should be undertaken (such as visiting the massage place WHICH WAS RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE KAYAK PLACE!!)..

After almost an hour of riding small sections of bike trail followed by larger stinking hot sections on the sides of roads, and numerous hills (not large but my bike was a clunker so every hill felt big), I was sick of the whole thing. And hungry. And hot. And annoyed that it wasn’t what I expected.  After what felt like the zillionth road stretch I turned around and headed back to Noosa Junction the fastest way possible.  Hot, sweaty and very bothered I had a restorative banana smoothie and a bit of a rest in the shade.  Looking at the map now I suspect I just didn’t make it to the major section of uninterrupted trail.  Once I felt better I headed back down to Main beach and sat on the grass and contemplated the error of my ways before spending a short time browsing the shops.


Then I  rode back to Noosaville to return the bike and retrieve the car I left there 6 hours earlier.  Phew, what a day. 

Noosa - Day 3

Monday, 12 December 2016

Today was adventure day! I booked a 1 day self guided kayak tour of the Noosa Everglades which are within the Great Sandy National Park.  This meant a 30 minute drive north of Noosa to the meeting point at 8.30, a bit of stuffing around with gear, then another 10 minute drive to lake Cootharbra followed by another half an hour of demos and information before we were all issued maps, pointed in the right direction and waved goodbye. There were 2 young couples in double kayaks and single Danish girl also doing the trip, which really just meant that we started at the same time and had the same instructions. The route started with a 4.5k paddle across the large lake to the narrower channels which would normally have been nice I"m sure, but  Noosa had put on another grey and windy day which made this leg  quite splashy and arduous. 

I was very glad that it was a self-guided  tour as after about 15 minutes of this choppy paddling, my companions were already a long way behind me (they weren’t at all hopeless, I just had a lot more experience and technique).  So it was really good to be able to do my own thing at my own pace. 

Finally making it across, I entered the beautifully calm canals and smaller waterways which needed to be navigated (thankfully with the help of lots of signage on the river banks), to get to  Noosa Narrows.


The Noosa Narrows is where the upper Noosa River winds quietly through rainforest palms and gums. It was really nice.  I paddled up the river to a place called Harry’s Hut - 10k from the start point and gave myself a leisurely 1/2 hour break and half my lunch.  People come this way for 1 or 2 night trips which would be fun to do with Jon and the kids sometime. 

After checking out the local wildlife including a huge goanna I jumped back in the boat and paddled 5k back down river to Fig Tree Point which is where our official lunch stop was. I ate the rest of my lunch on the jetty, relaxing and chatting with the other paddlers.  



Back in the boat, the return trip across the lake was even harder as the cross wind had picked up and rainy squalls were passing through. Everyone looked pretty glad to make it back to the launch point - and for those who hadn’t done much paddling before it was a pretty impressive effort to cover at least 14k with 9 of it in trying conditions.  My shoulders were feeling pretty tired - it’s probalby been a year since I’ve been paddling but it was really great to get a solid 20k done in such a lovely area.

Back on land there was further stuffing around loading boats and great then everyone headed off while I stayed to go for a run on the track network surrounding the launch area.  




It was mercifully flat and easy running so I racked up a very slow 10ish k before scraping my tired self back into the car and driving home, exhausted. Oh - on the way home, in fact just a few kilometres from the launch area, I drove past the kayak I had used lying battered and bruised on the side of the road - it had clearly fallen off the top of the trailer rack that we had loaded it and another 4 boats on to. Thinking back I don't remember seeing the driver tie the straps on that one, and I do remember thinking to myself at some point that there were so many straps and ties on the trailer it must be hard to work out what's tied on and what isn't. I was right.   Anyway it was an hour since the trailer left so I drove back to the initial meeting point and let them know about it - they hadn't even noticed it was missing yet. 


Noosa - Day 2

Sunday, 11 December 2016

In order to avoid long stretches of beach running, this morning I drove around to the main National park entrance. I was expecting it to be quiet at 7am on a Sunday morning so I got quite a shock that the large carpark was already full.  Turns out Sunshine Beach (where I live) is Noosa’s peaceful backwater,  the northern part of town is where all the action is! There were so many people out walking, running, carrying surfboards or fishing rods that the first part felt like the Bondi to Tamarama walk.

By the time I reached Hells Gates (about 4 k in) the crowds had dwindled. Then my route turned inland and it was almost quiet. The trail was delightfully soft underfoot and the vegetation and views were lovely.

Back in Noosa I fluked a park on Hastings Street and went for a swim at the main beach (busy at 8am) before strolling along the shopping precinct and visiting the tourist info centre.

After a delicious brunch back at home (scrambled eggs), I did a bit of catching up on my blog then headed out for a walk again, this time exploring the Noosaville area.  There are lots of waterways and an endless supply of accommodation and nice looking cafes.




Noosa - Day 1

Sunday, 11 December 2016

I’m now in Noosa having a sneaky private holiday.  Jon and the kids still have work and school and also there were only enough frequent flyer points for one of us to get to Noosa and freeload at my brothers place in Sunshine Beach.

So here I am. I’ve never been before so everything is new to me.  I’ve got a hire car so I’m pretty free to do a bit of exploring as well as relaxing and catching up on my blog.

So far the weather had been pretty grey (26 degrees, but not sunny), which meant it was perfect for getting out for a run late yesterday once I’d recovered from the 5am start,  two flights, (including missing the Melbourne connection - not my fault), and the 2 hour drive up from Brisbane.


I did discover that my recently re-sprained ankle does absolutely NOT like walking on soft sand, so I'll probably avoid a lot of beach walking on further expeditions. 

Being Bothered Pays Off.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

On Friday I had a hectic day with work and then I had to hire a ute and pick up a big Ikea order from Bridgewater, so when I finally made it home I was really looking forward to relaxing by blobbing on the couch watching another episode of my new favourite scandi crime drama - Trapped.

Jett was home as well - first he was playing outside with his cousins but then they left so he had just sat down watch minecraft videos on the ipad So we were both there. Quietly doing our own things on our own couches.

Then I realised that instead of us doing our own things, we could be having fun together.  I've just finished teaching two christmas cake workshops for kids in Kingborough council, and my unfinished  'demo' cake was like a white canvas all ready for decoration.


So alerting Jett to this decorating opportunity, he gleefully cast aside his ipad and threw himself into mass pengiun production. It was so much fun.  After we finished the trees and two penguins I had to stop and help Jon unload the Ikea stuff (650kg worth), but luckily Zali had just arrived home and her outrage at missing out on the project was quickly placated by being required to help Jett with the last two penguins and the snowman. 

So that was fun. I did think I just wanted to rest and do nothing, but the rewards of being bothered to haul out all the icing and tools and have fun being creative with Jett far exceeded anything that could have been gained by discovering who was knocking off people in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland (at this point I suspect the policeman).  

Swimming tour of Brisbane part 2

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Ok - I'm not in Brisbane anymore but it's time to get it part two of my swim-every-day Brisbane challenge posted before I post about where I am now..

QUT Pool 

  • Rating: 4 Stars
  • Cost: $6.00 (outrage!)
  • Distance Swum: 1.1k (the extra distance to the pool used ups a bit of swimming time)



This was my favourite pre-swim jog - down from Spring Hill and through the guts of the city then across beautiful City Park to the ultra cool campus of QUT. It was empty of uni students and just looked fantastic - beautiful gardens and a mix of old and new buildings. The entrance to the nearly new 50m indoor swimming pool was sort of underground which took me a while to find, in fact I’d probably still be looking for it if I hadn’t run into a security guard who escorted me to the entrance (because he was going that way, not because he found me releasing the animals from the science lab or anything).  I remarked upon the amazing campus and he agreed with me - saying he could have been assigned to one of a few uni campusses and he was really glad he got this one.

Spring Hill Baths

  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Cost: $5.40
  • Length: 23m (ha!)


I could actually see this pool from my hotel room balcony but I’d been saving it to the last day.  Built in 1886 they were apparently the first inground swimming facilities in Brisbane - until then everyone swam in the river.


This swimming pool reminded me of the swimming pools I’d tried in London, with funny little change cubicles and an upper deck around the pool. It was really cool. Luckily there were only a few other swimmers so there was plenty of space for laps.  It was a charming way to end my tour of swimming pools.


And so ends my 5 swims in 5 days. There were still 2 pools within running distance from the hotel so I actually ran out of days before I ran out of pools,  It was a great way to start the day  - particularly as the rest of the day was spent sitting down watching animation pitches.  Thanks Brisbane!

Paver Project

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

For the last fifteen years or so I have slowly been accumulating mosaic tiles - leftovers from various projects they inevitably end up piled in  heavy plastic tubs stored in the shed.  

More recently, the garden has been accumulating weeds at a frantic rate. In particular the pebbled edges of the concrete pathways and driveway. 

These two issues weren’t related until I sat down to weed the driveway edge for the zillionth time and came up with a great idea that could improve  both the weed situation AND the leftover tile situation at once.  And so the Family Paver Project was born.

My plan was to have each of our Sunday night dinner guests roughly design a mosaic concrete paver that I could complete and lay into the rocky strip, thus reducing the opportunity for weeds to poke through the stones, and also adding some colour to the grey grey driveway area. 

Of course I’d never created pavers before. So my first task was to work out how to do it - I really haven’t done much work with concrete - but after a few minutes  after a bit of you-tubing I was  dangerously ill-equiped and ready to forge ahead with the prototype.  I cut down three of those  white plastic tubs which can be bought everywhere so I could use them as moulds, Then I had Zali arrange the tiles for one paver, while I did another two.  (it tuns out that one 20kg bag of concrete creates 3 pavers).


After transferring the tiles to the moulds, it was time to do the concrete bit.  

How not to concrete:


  • Do not ever mix concrete in a tall narrow bucket (see below). It is impossible to mix it all.
  • Do not leave a concrete bag in the rain.  
  • If you do leave the concrete bag in the rain, do not try to use the slightly set mixture on new pavers. 
  • Do not attempt to mix concrete with your bare hands


Despite making the first of the above mistakes, the first three pavers came out a ok - they looked a bit rough at first, but after cleaning them up, they looked good.

With the concept proven, the next Sunday I shepherded as many guests as I could down to the craft area to create a design. Under the threat of no dinner for non-compliance, we got some nice results. Unfortunately there wasn’t time and space for everyone to have a go, but I got a good selection of people and generations.  

As it took about a week for each batch of 3 pavers to dry, it took about 4 weeks for me to get them all completed, including having to re-create a few due to paving error number 3.  


Then, a few trips and adventures later (i.e weeks and weeks), I finally had time to lay them. First i pulled out all the rocks, then put sand and stuff under each of them..


and voila!


This paver on the right is my favourite - it reminds me of an aurora, it reminded Clare of the earth. It’s actually one of my grandmothers pottery plates. She used to make them to sell at Salamanca for charity.  I feel it’s a bit like publishing and album posthumously. I’m sure she’d be cool about it.

And so ended the paver project.  It was a long project but I'm happy with how it turned out. And as long as I don't reverse over every single paver with the car, they should last a long time!

Swimming tour of Brisbane

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

I’m in Brisbane this week for the Asian Animation Summit - which is fun and lovely way to celebrate wrapping up our most recent project which we delivered to the broadcaster last Friday. The AAS is all about production companies pitching their ideas to potential buyers and investors. So we get to listen to all sorts of fun ideas for TV shows. Some have been great, others creepy, others scary and all of them unique - it’s ben really good so far.

It’s also been really nice to be in this semi-tropical environment - there are frangipani trees and lovely jacarandas all over the place.  I miss them..


I don’t know Brisbane at all, and so far I’ve only been able to leave the hotel early in the morning, or in the evening for dinner - which hasn’t led to much exploration - however I have given myself the goal of going for an early morning swim in each of the public swimming pools that is within an easy jog i.e <3k from the hotel.  It’s not hard to get up early here as as the sun seems to be  streaming in my window from 4.40am, so getting up at 6am is pretty cruisey and leaves plenty of time for exercise before breakfast.

So here are my reviews of the pools I’ve swum in so far:

Hotel Grand Chancellor Pool:
Rating : 1 star
Cost: ?

It is at least filled with water, but only up to 1.2 metres deep - which means it feels more like a kmart above-ground pool than a hotel swimming pool. The one star is for the nice views over the city.  


Centenary Pool
Rating : 4 stars
Cost: $5.40
Only 1k away, this pool was delightful in the sunny brisbane morning. The medium lane had 4 or 5 swimmers but we were all moving at the same pace so it didn’t feel busy.

Distance Swum 1.2k (slightly pressed for time)


The Valley Pool
Rating : 3.5 stars
Cost: $5.40
Distance Swum 1.4k (I got up a bit earlier today!)
This pool was clearly a bit older than Centenary Pool - that’s ok as there’s a feeling of history about it. it was around 2k each way from the hotel and I must admit that the journey wasn’t quite as pleasant - My route passed by lots of closed shops and seedy night venues and patrons thereof..  Also there was a guy swimming breastroke in the fast lane. What’s with that?
Otherwise pretty good. 


Tomorrow I’m going to try the Queensland Uni pool at Garden Point. That means I’ll get to run through the botanical gardens which I’m already looking forward to.

The end of an era

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Big Green Magna, you’ve been good to us.  In 2007, after a cushy year with the Treasury Department no doubt moving the 2 suitcases full of cash (which contain the entire budget of the state government), you went to auction and ended up with us.    You were so shiny, so new…so clean..

You immediately had to endure a baby and a toddler and everything that comes with them - strollers, portacots, baby seats, nappy bags and mysterious stains.   We’d load you to to the gills with gear, then put the roof-box on top and load you up with even more.  Along with the luggage you moved around kilos of crumbs and soggy food, lost socks, moulding water bottles & empty diet coke bottles.  

As the kids got bigger, the baby stuff was discarded and replaced by muddy, salty, sports items - bikes, boards and of course my surfski - dripping corrosive salt water each and every time I loaded it on. You even survived a trip with the surfski over the bridge in winds of almost 100km an hour (mostly due to good luck, not good sense). You sheltered us in times of heavy rain, and you only needed to get towed out of mud once, although we did once sort of run you aground on a large rock and require a tow.    We’ve run down your battery more times that we’d like to remember, but you’ve never broken down on us.

We’ve covered you with dust, driven you through entire states without stopping and floored it on that hill after Bagdad every single time we’ve driven to Campbelltown. We’re sorry.

 You've taken us on countless adventures, and lulled kids to sleep during the long drives this has entailed..

You've been a sight for tired legs on the Bruny Island Ultra..

and you've been on the Spirit of Tasmania more than 10 times..


And you’ve travelled the backroads and byroads from Forbes to Adelaide and of course all around Tasmania. You’ve been an outstanding vehicle, more than a vehicle.. a ship of the road.

But now at 285000 k, it’s time to say goodbye.   We’ll miss you, but we’re looking forward to having a car with remote central locking , a non-broken ariel, back windows that can be opened without fear of them never shutting,  and not having to tape up the back door to prevent the road noise and rain coming in.  


Tuesday, 8 November 2016




For the 2nd time in two weeks we got fresh new snow on the mountain.  We got it on Friday night and although it was a few days later,  there was still plenty of snow left when Clare and I attempted to summit Collins Bonnet on a foggy and slightly rainy Sunday morning. 


We have to admit that we were both a bit under-dressed for this adventure - we had thermals and jackets of course (as one of the unique things about Hobart is that it's possible to die of hyperthermia while still being within sight of Eastlands Shopping Centre) but waterproof trousers would have been great - not that it rained that much, but all the overhanging shrubs were loaded with water which transferred to our legs as we brushed past them.  The trail was a mix of paved rocks, double-planks and rocky ground and the vegetation was just as varied. I really love the snowgums and the speckled dolerite boulders which are abundant just below the peak of the mountain.


When the clouds cleared briefly we could see all the way down to the orchards of Franklin which was cool - I really haven't done much walking over the back of Mt Wellington. This walk started from Big Bend near Lost World, which I have never really looked at either (and I still haven't).



Due to being under-dressed, we did fail our mission, as with wet clothes we were both a bit hesitant to climb up to the summit and be exposed to the strong winds, so it will have to be something to look forward to some other (sunnier) day.


It was a fun trip though - and I think I'm now fully prepared and ready to enjoy the Triple Top Walk/Run next weekend.





Monday, 31 October 2016

When it's quite cold outside, and the trampoline is a bit wet, this is what you should wear on your feet (according to Zali)..


Yes, freezer bags taped to your ankles with painters masking tape. I think it's also worth noting that Zali is also wearing her puffa jacket, and pyjamas. Because why-not. 


Mt Wellington

Monday, 31 October 2016

Mt Wellington is fantastic. I will never stop loving it. Two weeks ago, while Jon was doing his own run on the mountain,  I walked from the waterfalls at Ferntree up through the snow to the summit - past a steady succession of soon-to-be-hypothermic-ill-prepared-tourists. 


And just last weekend I was up there with Clare, there wasn't any snow and we were in T-shirts.  The views were fantastic and we could see all the way to the peaks of the south west.  I've said it before but I love how you can walk from waterfalls to alpine & sub-alpine terrain from just a short drive from home.


So as a general instruction to the universe, I think I'd like my ashes to be spread on the mountain (not too high up though, maybe from Sphinx Rock - just check there's no-one below it before you do it). Then I can be forever in this lovely place and I can also keep my eye on all of you. 

Online Only Challenge

Monday, 31 October 2016

We’re now 2 and a bit weeks through our rather spontaneously proposed and accepted 3 week Online-Only-Purchases challenge. We decided to do it on the spur of the moment on our way to orienteering - I can’t even remember specifically why, but I do remember that Jett was very happy as he’s not a natural in-shop-shopper.  The premise is pretty simple - where there’s an option, we have to make the purchase online. If there isn’t an option, it must be urgent (i.e. petrol), or we have to wait until part 2 of our challenge, which will be 3 weeks of  ‘Offline-Only’ purchases. We’re two weeks into On-line-Only which means the Offline-Only will start on Monday.

I have embraced Online-Only. In fact, perhaps too much.  I might even have got this challenge confused with an Online-Only-Frenzy. Things we (mostly me) have bought in the challenge:

  • 1920s costume dress
  • Board Games  x 3 (cos you got free delivery if you spent over $100!)
  • Car (more about this later)
  • Plane, boat tickets (related to the above item)
  • Groceries,  oh so many groceries
  • And probably heaps of other things I’ve forgotten.
To be fair, some of these things I would have done anyway, although I ordered the dress a bit earlier than I would have (I didn’t want to be stuck trying to find one in the off-line only period), and we were already looking for a car online. 

So the biggest change to our daily lives has been the introduction of the home delivery shopping.   We’ve had a total of 4 orders delivered in 2 weeks - 2 from Coles and 2 from Woolworths. .  We hadn’t previously tried it, as aside from the delivery cost, I’ve always suspected that I’d put in an order, then I’d immediately want to add something to it, or realise I’d forgotten something crucial then need to go to the supermarket anyway - completely defeating the purpose.    What I’ve discovered is that you can change your order up to 3am on the day of the delivery which is great - but there are some complications… bear with me while I try to explain..Because supermarket specials run from Wednesday to Tuesday, if you order something that is on special on Tuesday, and schedule it for delivery on Thursday (which is the day after the next round of specials start), you’ll get that thing for the on-sale price EXCEPT if you do choose to add anything to your order after Tuesday  because then your whole cart will get recalculated with the new specials.     This does’t sound too bad, but last week watermelon was on super-sale, so I included it in the order I prepared on Monday that I wanted to be delivered on Saturday, right before family dinner (I couldn’t get it delivered any earlier because there were fresh items like a bunch of basil that wouldn’t last).   So this meant that between Wednesday and Saturday I couldn’t add anything to my order because then I wouldn’t get the super sale price of the watermelon (the kids were adamant about the importance of getting the watermelon - we would have stuck with coles otherwise). 

So after not adding anything all week (despite us running low in other items), we finally made it to Saturday whereupon I got a text from Woolworths saying that they were very sorry but watermelon was sold out, so it wouldn’t be coming with the delivery! Argh!  I bet this is (almost) how it felt for all those people who ordered home delivered turkey last year only to be told by the supermarket that it was sold out  on Christmas Eve when it was time to deliver.

Whilst neither the Coles or Woolworths websites are perfect (in my opinion the Coles one is better out of the two), I’ve certainly enjoyed NOT going to the supermarket for the last few weeks - In a regular week I would have visited a supermarket at least every 2nd day and twice or more on the weekend as part of family dinner preparations! Being restricted means making do with what we’ve got a lot more - we had the kids make some bread in the bread maker for us last weekend which was great and I’ve baked some delicious treats (from pantry ingredients) instead of buying delicious treats.  

One negative thing that I’ve noticed about online grocery shoppings is that I feel I don’t have my usual knowledge of what is in the fridge - particularly fresh veggies and things -I think that if you order something on the internet, and it arrives a number of days later and you quickly unpack it into the fridge, it doesn’t seem to make as big an impression as if you select the item and hold it in your hand at the supermarket, or queue at the deli counter to get it - so I’ve found that I keep being surprised by what I find in the fridge shelves.

Having had deliveries from both Coles and Woolworths, we think Coles is better - the website is better, there are was to make the delivery free, and you don’t end up with so many plastic bags - Strangely Woolworths deliver everything in grey plastic bags, just like the old days, except the bags are much thicker - and they aren’t trying to economise on bags either - it’s often just one or two items in each.  

It will be interesting to see if we have ended up spending more or less on groceries - we’ve spent at least $30 on deliveries but we’ve probably saved about that much by avoiding impulse purchases. Perhaps it comes down to time, and whether you’d rather spend your time on the couch at home, adding items to your shopping trolley as you think of them, or whether you’d prefer to get the shopping done and dusted instantly.

Oh - I must also declare that I've also borrowed and begged for more stuff that I would have - both Clare and Paul have provided things we wouldn't have been able to buy (such as chicken wire for the veggie patch, lemons, emergency food..)

So that pretty much wraps up our Online-Only experience, we’ll get a good sense of contrast when we move into Offline Only on Monday - but in preparation I’d better pay a few bills on line before then - I don’t want to have to go to the post office to do it!
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Christmassy Photos Friday, 30 December 2016
Noosa - Day 5 Thursday, 15 December 2016
Noosa - Day 4 Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Noosa - Day 3 Monday, 12 December 2016
Noosa - Day 2 Sunday, 11 December 2016
Noosa - Day 1 Sunday, 11 December 2016
Being Bothered Pays Off. Sunday, 11 December 2016
Swimming tour of Brisbane part 2 Sunday, 11 December 2016
Paver Project Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Swimming tour of Brisbane Wednesday, 23 November 2016
The end of an era Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Snowvember Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Tramp-a-bag Monday, 31 October 2016
Mt Wellington Monday, 31 October 2016
Online Only Challenge Monday, 31 October 2016
3 Capes Monday, 10 October 2016
Packing Regrets Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Fantasy Amazing Race Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Before and After then After that #37 Monday, 3 October 2016
Before and After #36 Zali's Room Take 2 Monday, 3 October 2016
That's DR McComb to you.. Friday, 26 August 2016
'Mrs', 'Miss', or 'Dammed feminist'? Sunday, 14 August 2016
Who is really paying for the bake sale? Friday, 12 August 2016
Running Sunday, 31 July 2016
The Kettering Incident and Why I am the Smartest in the Room Friday, 29 July 2016
Before and After Sneak Peak Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Vacuum Cleaner Update Tuesday, 26 July 2016
How not to go to the movies Tuesday, 12 July 2016
How Not to Sell Vacuum Cleaners Monday, 11 July 2016
Melbourne Mini Break Monday, 27 June 2016
60 Walks Challenge - Walk #35 Thursday, 23 June 2016
Treasure Chest Cake Thursday, 23 June 2016
Shark House! Saturday, 11 June 2016
Before and After #35 - CD Tower to Mirror Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Maths - it could happen to you. Thursday, 19 May 2016
Power Tools Tuesday, 17 May 2016
60 Walks Challenge - Walk #35 Friday, 22 April 2016
Sheffield Rail Trail & Derby Thursday, 21 April 2016
60 Walks Challenge - Walk #34 Wednesday, 20 April 2016
60 Walks Challenge - Walk #31 & #32 & #33 Wednesday, 20 April 2016
60 Walks Challenge - Walk #29 & #30 Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Creatures of Habit Thursday, 7 April 2016
Let me count the ways.. Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Canberra 2016 Friday, 25 March 2016
Un armed.. Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Full day of activities Sunday, 13 March 2016
Dumped Saturday, 12 March 2016
Double Tromble Friday, 11 March 2016
Million Dollar Lane Wednesday, 9 March 2016
2nd International MFSC Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Tip Run Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Blackberry Season Thursday, 3 March 2016
Packed Lunches Wednesday, 2 March 2016
so yeah.. Sunday, 28 February 2016
Cradle Mountain Run Curse Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Last Pictures Tuesday, 9 February 2016
All the kids Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Overland Track - Day 7 Monday, 25 January 2016
Overland Track - Day 6 Monday, 25 January 2016
Overland Track - Day 5 Sunday, 24 January 2016
Overland Track - Day 4 Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Overland Track - Day 3 Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Overland Track - Day 2 Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Overland Track - Day 1 Monday, 18 January 2016
Overland Track - Day 0 Sunday, 17 January 2016
Slow Progress Thursday, 14 January 2016
Pakning på, opp og stå, ut og gå Monday, 11 January 2016