I have been working on a file that has taken me TWO AND A HALF DAYS. When I finally finished it at midday today I was so relieved. Not only was it more depressing than usual, but I had to have it posted back today. Remind me never to try and enter Australia by boat – being locked up for five years is enough to send anyone insane…

I posted the file back. At the same time I sent off the latest thing I sold on eBay, with a tiny pang of loss. All Small Z’s Baby Beehinds nappies. They served us SO well, but I’m glad that they will be going off to someone who needs them – twins, in fact!

Internet, I am officially departing from cloth nappies. Small Z was exclusively clothy bummed for 18 months and then part time for another six months. Small DB has done her fair share of cloth, but I have found it too difficult. She hates feeling wet and having to change her eight or nine times a day is too much work. So I hereby commit to polluting the planet with disposables. I’m not happy about it, but…

OK. So the point of this post – which is being written at 4pm(!) and not propping my eyes open at 9pm – is my escape this afternoon. I shot off to Balnarring all alone. Did you read that? ALONE. I don’t even recall my last kidless outing.

At the op-shop I had time to rummage and browse, and scored accordingly…

Big glass jars. 50c each
Yet another beach umbrella! $2!!!
Threading beads & fake flowers
Coloured pencils to go in caravan
New to me LBD

I know the dress doesn’t look that swish in my grubby mirror, but it is a lovely fabric – a very light wool blend. I am allergic to wool, but the dress is lined, so I think I’ll survive. Of course, it’s not breastfeeding friendly, but I’m being forward thinking!

After taking myself out to lunch I went into the place I love to browse. The Wise & Co. Dispensary – somewhat more than your ordinary chemist. They have gorgeous things in there – homewares, cosmetics, perfumes, Christmas decorations, toys, hats – all selected by someone with an overload of good taste.

I happen to have a voucher for a massage there that M gave me for my birthday. I decided to forgo the massage (which could so easily be negated by a bad night) and get a few things I would never ordinarily indulge in. It was very hard to decide, but I eventually got a Very Expensive Candle. In White Christmas scent… I thought it would be lovely to have the house smelling like moneyed up Santa for a little while. (And I still have half a voucher left!)

When I got home I told Small Z that we would light it on the first day of December. “Can we look at your calendar with the flaps on it then?” she asked. I had no idea she remembered my advent calendar from this time last year! Her little brain is a labyrinthine vault…

My 1978 advent calendar

Also – speaking of advent calendars, I was very inspired by this post over at Picklebums. And in the comments someone said that they give their kids a little photo album on the 1st of December, and each day leading up to Christmas they get a photo of the year that has passed to put in it. I love that idea!


Role out the barrel…




  1. So glad that you got free and had an outing to yourself. I can tell how much it meant to you from the colour of your post.

    I tried the cloth nappy thing as well for my kids but ending up using disposables. Doesn’t matter how quickly you change them or grease them up they seemed to get rashes with the cloth.

    Nice scores on the op-shop. I’ve pretty well maxed out on op-shop finds as there is no more room for stuff and I’m now cleaning and donating to the op-shop. I have enough crystal, wool, fabric, etc, etc. Sad really. I’ve run out of book space as well and I’m at the realization that the local library carries most of my bookish needs anyway.

  2. Sam

    Thanks for the nappy link. I am currently mired in the guilt of disposables – with a newborn and a protracted ‘living between two homes’ house move, clothies were just too hard. Now we are FINALLY settled I need to get back to using the clothies I bought before E came home from hospital. I don’t think you should feel bad after 2 years with Z in clothies and another with DB!

  3. An outing with no kids at all??? I am envious!
    We are only very part time in cloth, and not at all when things get rough. Sometimes you gotta make choices and staying sane seems more important than nappies 🙂

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