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Opportunity Knocked – #Inktober2019 Day 8

On day 8 a BFF and I went down to ‘the flats’ to run a couple of errands. On the way back we made the most of the opportunity to stop at the Anglicare Op shop.  I scored an as new lightweight jumper for $6!  I wonder who donated it and why… maybe it was given away as it is not in fashion… Happily, I’ve always been so out of fashion I’ve sometimes wondered if I’m a trend setter. Maybe I’m just dotty!

Anyway, it is a win for my wallet, for the environment and for the charity – but not a win for de-cluttering my wardrobe!



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Opportunity Knocked – #Inktober2019 Day 8

To Declutter or Not? #Inktober2019 Day 7

On day 7 I spent well over an hour decluttering a small drawer containing my costume jewellery and assorted items that had sneaked in over the years. The rest of the house beckons, including the kitchen drawers! I understand the benefits of decluttering – less stress as it is easier to find things and being able to pass on items you no longer need to those that do (and so do not buy new) are just two benefits.  I’m wondering though if the rest of my life would be better spent doing something else!!

Perhaps a small area a week would be a compromise….

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Win Win Win! – #Inktober2019 Day 6

I and my husband enjoyed the company of long time friends on day 6.  We had lunch out to celebrate their birthdays and their twentieth anniversary.

This was an excuse to dress up, so I exchanged my usual bush block gear of t-shirt, leggings and boots for a designer top, leggings and boots!  The top was a bargain from an op shop (charity shop) so it was a win for my wallet, a win for the environment and a win for the charity.

You’ll have to imagine the pink and beige splashes of colour among the black and green as I’ve constrained myself this Inktober to only using black and green ink.

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Win Win Win! #Inktober2019 Day 6



Generational Lego – #Inktober2019 Day 5

My 33 year old son got to play with his Lego again on Day 5, along with his two young ones, when they visited.  I love toys that last for generations!

Who’d have thought 33 years ago that plastic would become such an issue for us and our planet? The Lego company has set a goal to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030. However, that doesn’t mean the end product will be biodegradable…

Meanwhile, if we share what we have there’s no need to buy more Lego, is there?

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Generational Lego – #Inktober2019 Day 5



Without Rain Nothing Grows – #Inktober2019 Day 4

We’re fortunate to live in an area (Perth Hills, Western Australia) that receives a good amount of rainfall all seasons except summer.

This day we received 15mls of rain – some of it indoors through the kitchen ceiling!

Also, this day I finished and signed my acrylic painting of Blue Stars in Andy Warhol style – which explains the flower on the bucket…

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Without Rain Nothing Grows – #Inktober2019 Day 4



#Inktober 2019 Day 3 – Back to the Garden

While I spend time inking, Black Eyed Susan is strangling plants in our bush garden!

The Black Eyed Susan vine is native to tropical and south Africa.  It is regarded as an environmental weed in some states of Australia – and in our WA garden!

Gotta get ‘Back to the Garden’.

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Gotta Get Back To The Garden – #Inktober 2019 Day 3



#Inktober 2019 Day 2 – Growing Green

Growing our own vegetables is good for us and for our planet.

Today I enjoyed an early morning harvest of Rainbow Chard, Beetroot and Cauliflower leaves in a vase – until it was time to cook them in the evening – so good!

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Growing Green – #Inktober 2019 Day 2

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