The cooler weather is finally upon us up here at BFN. And by cooler weather I mean that yesterday I switched the split system over to heat when I woke up, just to ensure that Harry didn’t freeze when he came out in his shorts and t-shirt. It did get a little stuffy come 7am. By 11:30am I had switched it over to cool though. I am enjoying sitting here tap tap tapping in my winter flannies, god I love it when I get to trot out the flannelette PJ’s and uggies. The Barkly Breeze has also arrived and by breeze I mean gail force winds that last around 6 months. All I can say it thank god I have taken it upon myself to use the clothes dryer as my sole drying method. No need to fight with sheets while hanging them on the line.
Last week a friend from Dunedoo in NSW emailed me to say that she had been listening to ABC Central West Radio and they had mentioned my blog. Can you believe it – MY blog. Good grief. I couldn’t believe it. Yesterday she sent me the link and I had a listen. It was so surreal to hear strangers chatting about Miss Chardy from the NT. The segment was called Bits & Blogs with Angela Owens and Cherie Quade where they chat about blogs they are loving. Thanks so much for the shout out, I really appreciate it.
Also, while I am blowing my own trumpet I may as well tell you about the other shout out I received. A couple of weeks ago now, I was just mopping my floor – as you do – with my little earphones in, listening to a podcast – Two Fat Expats (makes cleaning so much more fun), and BAM they mentioned Miss Chardy. Gave me a huge hello all the way from Doha, Qatar, in the Middle East, and said that they had been thinking of me. I nearly squealed and spilt the mop bucket water. Thanks so much guys, you know I love your podcast. You should check them out, they are so funny and interesting and now do 2 poddies a week. If you need to know what a podcast is or how to download one you can read this blog post.
I was reading Baby Mac’s blog post yesterday and she was telling us about something that had come to her attention regarding cling wrap. She had found little instructions on the side: “Press ends to lock roll” and asked herself “how long has this been going on”…. look, I just found a little roll of Cling Wrap and there it was…
This made me remember another little bit of useful information that I think you will all get a real kick out of. It is a total game changer people. Did you know that on some dashboards the little fuel bowser picture has an arrow next to it which tells you what side of the car the fuel tank is on. Holy mother of monkey milk. I know – right – are you rushing off to check your car right this second? I was helping some friends fuel up their hire car a couple of weeks ago and asked what side the fuel tank was on, Susan said “there is an arrow that tells you”. Well I never….. did you know this? Thanks so much for this little chestnut Susan, you are not just a pretty face. I just clicked over to the comments on Baby Mac’s blog post from yesterday and it seems I am not the only person to get all hot and steamy about this information – people were rushing off to check their cars. Some were disappointed but others were just as excited as me. Go on, off you go and check, let me know.
It has officially been 90 days since we returned from holidays. During this 90 days I have left the station 4 times. The only time I actually went through a town was on our way to the campdraft at Easter. I am not sure that this should count as going to “town” though, seeing as it was Camooweal, population 316, and that was only to pop into the pub and buy a slab of beer. It is only 18 sleeps until I head to town for a week for our annual School of the Air Home Tutor Seminar week. Do you even know how excited I am. My hair is definitely going to thank me too, because remember I haven’t been to the hairdresser since the beginning of December 2014. I had to take matters into my own hands again last week and dye my roots. You can read all about another make over I did a couple of months ago here.
In other news, school has gone back and the children are quite thrilled. They have taken up a new winter sport – knitting. Miss Gabby has been teaching them how to knit. All they need is rocking chair and a fire in the school room and they will be set. They even brought their knitting home with them yesterday afternoon…. talk about serious homework. They wanted to show me how it was done. “See Mum, you have to ‘cast on’ to start with”. I then noticed the horse truck drive in, thought Tom would be quite beside himself and would want to rush off to see his Dad and the boys. I said “Oh, there’s the horse truck, are you going to go” to which Tom replied “Oh no i’m not, got to finish the row, can’t stop in the middle of a row Mum”. I was having a little giggle to myself. Look, here is a mental image for you….
We are facing first world problems here at Chardy HQ, because I have left it so long between food orders we are getting a little low on things. We have officially run out of UHT milk, so I had to scoop a few spoonfuls of milk powder into my coffee this morning.
And we have also run out of tinned tomatoes. And don’t even get the boys started on the lack of soft drink at Rec Club. I mean, how the hell are we supposed to survive for crying out loud. I tell you people, things have hit an all time low. ha ha ha ha. Hopefully my order should be in Mt Isa today. Mr Chardy will have to send a truck in to collect it all. I am thinking it will be at least 3 pallets worth.
So come on, tell me – did you go and check your car? Was there an arrow?
What other Game Changers do you know? Any useful little pieces of info?
Did you know about the Cling Wrap thingy?