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 I am no longer active in organisations.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, August 20, 2010


Yesterday was dentist day in Croydon. 
So I thought I would cover some of the things I like about Croydon.

 After coming out of the dentist I did recover with some
hot chocolate and some soup which I have written about here.

A browsing essential is The Red Parasol, 163 Main Street, Croydon.
At the moment, it is a purchasing essential.
Red Parasol is in Sale mode.

But let's take a look inside.

Beautiful dressing rooms.
Vintage clothes are the specialty here
and to have somewhere lovely to try them on
is a great bonus.
Myers and Target don't give you this.

But it is not only clothing.
The Red Parasol has all sorts of interesting...
things, bits and pieces, treasures.

At Mister Picture, 89 Main Street,Croydon
they are displaying in their window
these marvellous drawings by an artist 
called Phoenix.
Needless to say, these pictures are much better
when seen in person without the reflections.

Julia Gillard.  Current Prime Minister. After to-morrow?

Tony Abbott.  Current Opposition Leader. After to-morrow?

And finally, I paid a visit to Vinnie's.
Vinnie's at Croydon is one of my favourites.
And I purchased these cork-backed floral mats for $2 (for the three).
There is a whole shelf full there of cookery books
which includes the original Margaret Fulton Cook Book
Toward Self-Sufficiency: country skills for city dwellers
by Bill Connor
I think both these are worthy of consideration by Trad Padders
so please hie ye hither.

And there is much more to Croydon.
A side street filled with boutiques for you to discover,
for a start.
For pretty much the whole story,

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