Friday Poem: Thrifty Haiku

I wrote this early this morning, knowing that my blogging time would be short today, since we are going out for dinner and Live Theatre (a local school production of “The Wiz). Time being short, I figured that a haiku would be ideal, and my expected days activity provided a subject…IMG_5577

Friday is Salvos;
Empty sort hang bag repeat.
Thank God for thrifty…IMG_5578

15 hours later ….

Despite my well-thought out plans for a quick post, my internet connection (mostly lack-of) had other plans. The best laid plans of mice and men, and all that…A couple of days ago, there was a man on my roof installing the equipment for wireless NBN (and freaking out the cat), but that isn’t working yet…But when it does – I have high hopes for faster, stronger, cheaper connectivity than our current satellite. So difficult to join the 21st century when you live in a Black hole for connectivity!

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Here are some pics of the kinds of things I buy in op shops/thrift stores. Someone had thrown the pretty translucent blue frame in the bin, but I saw it and rescued it. I love vintage embroidered pillowslips, which are often in need of TLC and a good soak, but the ones in the top photo were beyond hope for their former use. I will be re-purposing them into a quilt top – just need a few more…

Weekly Photography Challenge: Scale

Scale is the word of the week for the Photography Challenge, with an invitation to have some fun with the juxtaposition of tiny things in regular sized environments. I immediately thought of this photo , which I took in Portland, Oregon in August 2011 – a toy horse tied up on the sidewalk.scale 3

I wanted something new as well, so I took a pic of some of the little plastic figures that seem to come home with me from my volunteer job at the Salvos op shop/thrift store, alongside an owl my daughter gave me – all wildly out of scale.

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And lastly, I couldn’t help using my fab orange plastic retro kitchen scale, adding one cherry tomato alongside the fat vine tomatoes.scale 2

Weekly Photography Challenge: Treasure

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…do I remember that correctly? Anyway, the challenge this week is for a photo portraying “treasure” -what do you treasure, what is important to you? One person’s trash is another’s treasure, and vice versa – which gives rise to the joy of Op-shopping, and bargain hunting in markets.

Once-upon-a-time in our rural hamlet, it meant the slightly extreme sport of “Tip-ratting” – people took their rubbish and unwanted goods to “the tip”, and tossed them into the pile, where other tip-users could, if so inclined, poke around in search of treasures amongst the trash. Since the trash generally included such hazards as the remains of home killed sheep, broken glass and assorted rusty, spider-ridden metal, treasure hunters needed stout footwear and a hardy constitution.

On one such visit, my husband found a jewelers box, with this necklace and earring set inside. It was in perfect condition, although out of fashion at the time. It is ‘only’ costume jewelry, of no great monetary value, but it has been worn many times for dress-ups and looks incredibly posh, especially when you consider where it came from.

Last weekend, I searched for and found the set, to wear to our Community Hall’s Centenary Ball, with the sapphire blue gown I bought at an op shop/thrift store. Perfect!