Saturday, May 09, 2009

Op Shopping

I often fail at op shopping. I never have enough time to really plumb the depths. Today was an exception. I had done the chores early, given the house a quick once over, and decided to visit the mother in law. When I got there no one was home, so I decided to just pop into the op shop, it was early, and I had plenty of time.

Praise Rudd!!!

I went ever so slightly OTT. I trawled the old/vintage knitting books and bought a few but then I did the real damage as I headed over to the bookshelves. To name just a couple, I got Exploring King Arthur's Britain (hard over and full of exquisite pics of "arthurian" ruins - marked condition) $2, The Macquarie Bedtime Story Book, $4 (excellent condition), Jenny Kee Winter Knits 1988 - (autographed, good condition)and lots more. The cream on the cake however, was "A Tolkien Bestiary" by David Day (yes I already have a copy published in 2001, what of it????) Today I got the original, published in 1979, book in good condition, dust jacket showing lots of signs of wear, $4! Be still my heart.

So I spent some more of Rudd the Dudd's fiscal bonus, but best of all I had a great time since there was no time pressure on me. Also the books at Salvo's Yagoona are, for one day only, slightly organised.

I love saturdays.

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

bad park 2

bad park 2
Originally uploaded by Gemma_Anne
Normally I never laugh at someone's misfortune, and really parking meters in a street full of doctors and sick people is somewhat mean, but today I saw something that just took the cake. If you can't see what I mean, look at the gutter. Yep, whoever parked this one put it fair and square across the middle of the driveway (of a block of flats). The funniest part was though that she took the parking infringement off the windscreen of her car, and just opened the front door of it to put the next slip of paper on the dashboard to park for longer. I was actually glad I had sat in the sun knitting and waited for the driver, because she had no idea she was across a driveway. None at all! She looked completely surprised when I explained why she got the ticket and had to turn around and look at the flats to process that she really was blocking the access of around 16 people. She must have been somewhat stressed not to have noticed in the first place.