We would normally have gone away for a long weekend but not this time. We decided to chill out at home instead - partly because it still feels like an adventure just being here at home and partly because we still haven't cleaned out the caravan yet and I didn't want to waste three gorgeous autumn days tackling that horrid task when we have just spent the last few weekends unpacking boxes, organising and rearranging things from room to room. Time for a little pause. The Kidlets were starting to show signs of needing a little rest too - all the newness and excitement of the last few weeks were catching up with them. So we just relaxed at home, visited the odd market and had some friends over for lunch today. Just what the Doctor ordered.
I did manage to visit a few of my old favourite op shops and was so excited that nothing much had changed in terms of prices in the two years we've been away. Just look at the lovely loot I managed to bring home! I didn't realise it at the time but I'm obviously having a thing for moody greys and autumny oranges at the moment. We had a huge garage sale before we left Sydney so I'm mindful of not bringing too much clutter in the house and we simply don't have the funds to buy things willy-nilly anyway. However, every single item I found will be used and loved and was bought for a song.
1. Stripy ripple knitted rug in excellent condition and featuring the most gorgeous colours - $5
2. Grey Ceramic Vase - 50 cents
3. Laptop Case in Florence Broadhurst Japanese Floral design - $1
4. Knitted jumper (sweater) for the boys - $3
5. Orange string bag - $1
6. Queen size quilt cover and 2 pillowcases BRAND NEW - $6
7 Galvanised steel chicken feeder - $15. This was the most expensive item but they retail for $60 to $100 so easily justified and I needed it for my final purchase this weekend................
I tried, really I did, but one thing led to another and one minute I was chatting to a local about their Silkies and the next minute I was driving home with a box containing 4 baby Silkie chicks to join the Silver Spangled Hamburgs. They really are the sweetest little things and the Kidlets are very much in love with them. Whereas the Spangleds were too tricky for the Kidlets to catch, these wee ones are very placid and docile and easy to handle. They look a little scruffy now but will soon be blessed with their fancy pants fluffy heads and fluffy feet :-).
I was very encouraged by all your lovely comments on my last Post and have taken up your suggestions and named the Spangled girls after place names from our trip - Adelaide, Katherine, Margaret, Coral, and Esperence.
Hope you all have a wonderful week!