As I mentioned in my last post I now have a mobility Scooter, I had been saving up for one when I was blessed with a windfall. I might have mentioned that I lived in the UK for 20 years, when I applied for my NZ pension last year I was told that as I lived in the UK part of my pension would be paid by the UK govt as there was a reciprocal agreement, it is administered by the NZ govt so I thought nothing of it, but I did have to fill out lots of forms for the UK. Well apparently the pension for UK women is 60 years and as I no idea that I qualified for it, I had a rather large amount, deferred. (5 years of back pay) Whoo hoo! I was a bit skeptical and was astonished when it turned up in bank account. It has made such a difference to my life. As well as investing some of it I have been able to buy things that I needed such as the scooter, a new fridge freezer, new glasses and a new sewing machine, it has taken a load of my shoulders.
The scooter has blessed me so much, I have been able to make medical appointments without having to try and fit times in with the bus timetable and the biggest blessing is I have been able to shop around for bargains, and most of all go to the local market on Sundays, which is what this post is really about.
My town has two markets, an official Farmers Market on Saturdays, which really caters for the well to do and the weekend visitors that come here from Wellington, it is rather expensive and has posh stuff! Also as I observe the Sabbath it is a ‘no no’ for me.
The other, really is a glorified Car Boot market run by the Lions organization in the council car park, locals flock to it as a number of lifestyle blockers sell their produce at reasonable prices and generally it is organic produce, there is a honey man, a free range egg lady, a lady selling mushrooms, several local nurseries two selling native plants, one lady selling perennial flowers, a couple of vegetable and flower seedling stalls, some ladies selling pickles and preserves and cakes, then there are the usual bric a brac stalls. I love it, you get to know the people selling and they sort of become friends, it is wonderful.
This Sunday I took advantage of the good weather and set off on my Scooter, I hadn’t been to it for over a year as it was difficult for me to get to and one needs to get there early for the bargains! And bargains I did get.
A big bag of figs for $2.50, Ballarat (cooking) Apples, a heritage variety that makes the perfect apple pie, you cant buy these in the supermarket, But I got 5 for $1.50, a large wedge of pumpkin for $2, egg plants at 50 cents each they are at least $2.50 in the supermarkets.
A huge bunch of watercress for $2.50, I will put half in a bucket and put the bucket under the eaves and if change the water every week I will have my own watercress growing.
A large bag of button chestnut mushrooms for $2 in the supermarket probably cost me about $8.00!
Lovely bargains and it all is organic which is even more of a bonus! I got some plants as well, a red hibiscus, a pink Japanese anemone, and a red and white ivy geranium; all for $10 at the nursery just one would have cost me at least $10. I will shoe photos of these later as my batteries for the camera needed recharging. I am going to have to start taking my camera with me when I am out and about as the town is looking lovely with its red and gold autumn colours.
So I think the scooter is a blessing in my life. Another blessing is the new sewing machine, it has made me realize how crappy my old one was, no wondered I put off sewing! For a long time I had been wanting to change the curtains in my lounge diner, but as there were so many windows it would have cost a fortune for ready made ones and thrift shops don’t usually have curtains for three windows in the same material. So guess what my first project was…
It has lightened up the place wonderfully, I have a feature wall in that red and having the red has balanced up the area very well.
And as you know once you start changing the colour scheme other things start to occur, like this throw I am crocheting for the lounge area…
What is marvellous I already had this wool in my stash!
Phew, I am so ready for my supper now! I am having what I call stone soup, do you know the folk tale behind this? If not I will tell all in the next day or so and hopefully I will have photos of my neighbourhood, as I am charging the batteries of my camera.