A message from Brigid ....

I have been a blogger since 2005. At the height of my blogging busy-ness, I had "a small stable" of blogs on different topics: social and political commentary; desert spirituality; food; waste and ....

A few years ago I called time and ceased blogging altogether - although there was an occasional post. I had called it quits. I am an aged woman these days with a couple of serious illnesses. I am not allowed to drive. I am no longer active in organisations. I think it fair to say that I am housebound. I am active on Facebook, although I am not there as often as once I was. I have decided to embark on a re-entry into the blogging world ... beginning with The Trad Pad and, possibly, a return to my food blog, Oz Tucker. I have always used a lot of photographs on my blogs ... and I miss not being out and about with my camera.

The Trad Pad has been my blog for the lovely things of life. The controversial or political has seldom intruded. Occasionally, the spiritual has found its way in, but I kept spirituality for the blog, Desert. I don't yet know if I will revive that. I will stick pretty much to food and the lovely things of life. If I have some regularity with those two categories, I feel that I will be doing well. I hope that, with this blog new friendships can be formed and old friendships renewed; new lovelies discovered; new reflections can enter into the meaning of modern life. I would love to hear from you - particularly if you have suggestions for new topics to enter into the conversation. So, it is a new year. Let's see what it has in store, what it can bring to us. And I hope that those who share the spirit of The Trad Pad can spread the message of a world of beauty, the creativity of humanity, and the joys of simplicity and tradition. ~~~ February, 2017

Friday, May 04, 2007

Miss E's unique eaglet name

Gina, did this quiz. Pop over and check her result. Gina seems to think she will be able to do a little bit of blame shifting. No such luck for Miss Eagle, dear Reader. As you and I always knew, Miss Eagle is quite unique - well, almost! The site claims that there are 301,758,144 people in the U.S. Wow! And only one has my name! Miss Eagle tried out her maiden name, the name she had as a young eaglet! And guess what - there is no one in the whole USA - no one person in all those 301, 758, 144 people - with my name. Wow! When you google my eaglet name, I am the only one who comes up - with the except of someone who was married in 1896. Howzat! How ever with the name Miss Eagle got from the dear departed Dearly Beloved, a lot of google space is devoted to an actor whose work Miss E has never seen.
So, dear Reader, should Miss Eagle - in this age of identity fraud - resort to her rather unique eaglet name? What do you think? Please let me know
LogoThere is
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Thursday, May 03, 2007

A jug or three...

This is The Trad Pad's Jug collection - not counting a few enamel ones.

Favourite Fan

This is my favourite purchase from the PWP Opp Shop at Upper Ferntree Gully.
It is made out of card which appears to have been glued together and shaped and cut with pinking shears.
It is held together with a split pin of the sort used to hold documents together and a pretty pink ribbon is inserted in the hole.
However, the gluing (if it is two cards glued together) is so well done that it cannot be detected. The other thing is that the card seems to be uniformly of a high quality - not, methinks, as thin as most cards.
It folds up, needless to say, which makes it easily portable - but as you can see, dear Reader, looks beautiful standing up and spread.
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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Never mind the weather...a sunshine-y opp shop day

What a lovely day was Sunday. The weather was overcast and rainy making for very damp conditions. But Gina of Patra's Other Place and associated blogs and Sharon of Beyond the Blank Page and Miss Eagle met in Upper Gully for a day together and everything was sunshine-y bright. Lee-Ann from Pear Tree Cottage! had hoped to join us, but this was not possible.

The day started with a visit to Craft Fair on Burwood Highway at Ferntree Gully. They have a lovely coffee shop so after a long and thoughtful browse we indulged and refreshed ourselves as this photo of Sharon and Miss Eagle taken by Gina shows.

So after that, it was off to the Market at Upper Gully.

Stalls were somewhat depleted because of the weather but we saw what there was to see.
It was then only a hop, step, and a little jump to walk across to the PWP Opp Shop down behind the Royal Hotel. Miss Eagle has posted previously on the wonderful art on the facade of this opp shop. See here, here, and here.

So we followed the Paws into the shop.

Miss Eagle discovered that the art work does not stop at the front door. The dressing room is a delight with this wonderful work on one corrugated iron wall.

Gina left no item unturned...
...while Sharon searched the racks.

We looked at the ties to make a selection for Woof Nanny. Miss Eagle tried to convince Gina that you need an AFL tie, Barb. Miss E knew you wouldn't have one of these from the Australain Football League. But do you think Miss E could convince Gina....!

So here, Barb, is the selection!
Here is some of Miss Eagle's treasure. This was $3 worth including a facewasher (unpictured).

A stencil set for $3 was also purchased.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Optimizing towards simplicity...and a wild mushroom

The optimization of the domestic portfolio has been deemed a success. Quite a lot of stuff marched out the back gate yesterday. One couple took quite a bit of our good stuff and left quite a few hundred bucks behind. Some stuff we let go for nothing. Other stuff went dirt cheap to a good home.

Our thirteen year old miniature fox terrier, FootFoot, enjoyed himself immensely. Some of his friends - who lavish pats upon him as they walk past - dropped by. He made some new friends. One woman, in particular, he seemed to be falling in love with. Turned out she was a dog trainer!

The result is that cupboard space has been freed up. A little less to dust and maintain and store. But oh, dear Reader, with what is left over plus the stuff we just didn't get a chance to put out because we were so busy, there is enough to do it again another day. Divest, divest, divest is the motto. The aim - simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

And, our neighbour Betty came over with these....

...wild mushrooms.

A friend, she told us, had given them to her. He picks them wild in his paddock. She had a warning though. They had to be eaten to-day. If they couldn't all be eaten, then throw the rest away because on no account were they to be eaten the next day.

So lunch was funghi on lovely Italian bread, toasted, which Miss E purchased in North Carlton ten days ago and which is still wonderfully fresh. Scrumptious, simple and just the thing after a busy morning running a garage sale.