Last weekend Darren and I made a great escape from Melbourne to visit beautiful Bendigo about 3 hours away. It was wonderful to have a mini holiday after enduring such a difficult year. The weather was warm, the accommodation was great and we enjoyed time with family and friends.
We took supplies with us to make breakfast each morning even though breakfast could be ordered ( at a cost ) at our accommodation. I like to take my homemade bread to make toast as well as my jam and other spreads. The wholemeal bread with extra goodness is quite filling which keeps us going for a few hours.
Here's what else we got up to -
* We packed salad rolls, nut bars and bottles of water for our trip to Bendigo. This saved us about $20.
* Picked beans and strawberries from our garden.
* Diluted the last of the kitchen detergent in a bottle. When it comes time to refill our pump bottle, it will be easier to get all of it out. Of course I'll be turning the bottle up side down too.
* Turned the shampoo bottle up side down to get every last drop out when I was refilling the next bottle.
* Gratefully received bread bags from a cafe. They have been recycled into bin liners for our bathroom bins.
* I went op shopping with Megan and the grandbabies. I pick up a cotton doona cover for $3.20 ( including discount ) which will be used for making tea towels for presents. I also picked up a pair of jeans and 3/4 pants. Megan had her student card on her which gave us 20% off everything.
* Darren used our Woolworths fuel discount which gave us petrol for $1.01 a litre.
* Darren emptied a compost bin and used it in one of the veggie garden beds.
* Darren and Luka picked all the cherries off our tree. They were delicious but Luka thought it was fun to squish them.
* Froze two serves of leftover shepherds pie.
* Made a conscious effort to turn off or unplug all electronics not in use. This is something I try to revisit every few months just to make sure we haven't overlooked something.
* Resisted the urge to go out for morning tea after a cleaning job. I really felt like a treat but realised I had better food on offer at home and saved us about $15. We are really good savers so money not spent stays in the bank and is transferred away from our every day account at the end of the month.
* The heater has been turned off for the last month and we've resisted the urge to turn it on when we get up to a cold morning. Our evap cooling is only turned on when an electric fan isn't strong enough to cool the room we are in. We try to be aware of when the curtains need to be opened or closed depending on the temperature of the day.
* Saved the shower water and washing machine rinse water. Water bottles were emptied onto pot plants and the rest of the water went into the washing machine.
* Sold more hanging hand towels to a friend. The rest have been listed on various Facebook pages. If they don't sell I've made a head start for next Christmas.
|Our lunch for the road|
|Darren and Luka picking cherries|
|So much fun with cherries|
|Princess trying to get my attention|