We recently went shopping at one of my favourite wholesalers Bibina. I love going to Bibina as we can pick up very different types of bulk foods and groceries compared what's available at Aldi, Woolworths of Coles. Like any store, it is still important to be be savvy with the prices we pay, but the variety and stock is fascinatingly different. The main post picture is of some nuts and lentils and the next couple of pictures also gives you the feel of the warehouse.
|Drums and huge glass jars of pickles, oils, fruits and preserves.|
|So many different types of flours.....|
|Far more interesting than a shopping centre.|
|Huge tin cans of olives, fruit, fish, pickles and consumables.|
There are so many good quality European, middle eastern and Asian foods here that we simply cannot get at a normal supermarket. I also love the huge glass jars that so many of the preserves come in - you would pay a fortune just for the jar normally.
Me: "Oh, can we get that?"
Mrs HM: "10kg of rollmopps!!??"
Me (whispers meekly): "I like the big jar..."
Mrs HM: (the look) ..... (moves to next aisle without wasting breath answering)
In other news, we have been painting. I love the transformation from old to fresh, stained to sparkling, daggy to serene as the next few photos show ....
|Cutting in ....|
|Patching holes and covering stubborn stains ....|
|Paint central. |
We are using Dulux Antique White USA.
|Old versus new. The walls in the kitchen are very oily and|
need many more washes before I can paint - I'm leaving
that till last.
|Just like new - Bedroom 3|
The 40 year old Berber wool carpet eventually came up
looking respectable after a zillion go-overs with the rented
|Just like new - Bedroom 4 |
(actually, it probably is the original sun room)
I love the pattern the 1970's light fitting casts on the top of the walls
We have a few challenges too - what would you do with both these following scenarios that does not cost lots of money?
|This mid 1970's kitchen made of laminated chip board is|
pretty ugly and worn and the once-apple-green bench top is also
looking as appealing as a dropped pie (very scratched and faded).
What would you do without spending too much?
|This mid 1970's air conditioner was built into the brick feature|
wall from new. It is now beyond repair.
What would you do with the gaping hole it will leave?
(No, I do not have any of the original bricks)
Your ideas on both these challenges would be of great interest to me folks!
We are having a lovely Sunday evening here listening to the rain. Mrs HM and I are resting in our recliners with a cuppa and English muffins with butter and honey. Mrs HM is working on a knitted baby blanket for her new great niece and I am typing (obviously!). There are a few gentle conversations happening here and there as we think of things, Toshi-the-cat and Toby-the-dog are successfully re-triggering the cold war and the girls are organising themselves in their rooms for Monday morning.
We hope you are having a contented Sunday evening too.
Mr HM (Phil)