In which I suffer Shopping List Envy (and report some happy news)

Ages ago, my friend Jan asked if I needed more shopping list. I reluctantly snatched this one from her hand.

When I read it, I knew all my dreams had been answered. I never have to write a list again; I will just trot around the supermarket and buy the items from this list. My pantry and fridge will be groaning with largess. I may be oversupplied with some items, toothbrushes for example, but what a small price to pay! Thank you Jan, for organising my life.


Some of you are aware that a group of volunteers has been beavering away, producing a book chronicling the stories of some of the Italian migrants to this region of Victoria. I can now report that the book has been printed, and we are now offering it for sale.

It has been a huge job which led us to find out so much, not only about the migrants, but also the many tasks that go into putting together a factual narrative. 

We received a photo from the printers  of the first batch of books to come off the press. It brought a surge of emotions as I finally saw the fruits of our labour. (And this offspring took longer than 9 months to deliver to the world!) The title came from a recurring phrase used by the families to explain why they migrated and why they stayed in Australia.

May I present For a Better Life to you:

I am adding a link to the email address to order the book. The cost is $30 AUD, plus postage.

The contact person is Jan Mock, the email address is

Thank you!


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63 responses to “In which I suffer Shopping List Envy (and report some happy news)

  1. Thank you so much for the speedy dispatch of my books. What a fabulous achievement. Congratulations to all.

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  2. Yes, I agree with you. This list pretty well covers the essentials. Congratulations on the publication of the book – a labour of love.

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  3. I love that list. And the fact that there are a LOT of sweets on it. This person is NOT deprived. Though cabbage and a Swede on the same list are a bit too much. I’m excited to see the book is ready. Congratulations!

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    • Thank you! The response has been gratifying already, and media publicity hasn’t even begun.

      Not TOO many sweets, she may have been going to make Golden Syrup dumplings, for example.

      I think soup was on the menu, so cabbage and swedes would have found their place in the soup pot.

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  4. What a marvelous history lesson you all have compiled!!! Can’t wait to find a copy to purchase here in the states!


  5. Happy to see cabbage crossed off the list. Who needs cabbage anyway?

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  6. YAY on your book! And Congrats! πŸ™‚

    That list has some pretty delicious things on it! But, I’d have to add some fruit and nuts to it. πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! :-)_

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  7. Yvonne, If you followed this list you’d spend twice as long in the supermarket or forget something as you dashed backwards and forwards and back to the same aisle again! I would need to reorganise and re-write the list before I left home.

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  9. Congrats! I actually have a shopping list I’ve been meaning to send your way.

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  10. A link to order the book would be great. It sounds interesting. I had to look up caster sugar but it’s what we call powdered sugar. A fairly sensible list but what is suede doing on it? Is it the split leather that Elvis’ blue shoes were made of or is it some sort of Down-Under somewhere snack?


  11. I’d love to read that book. I can’t see a link.

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  12. Congrats on the book!
    An excellent shopping list. My favourite was the Sprinkles. No eggs.
    What is OJ?

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  13. I see you have leeks on the list. I’ve been watching an Italian cooking show and have been inspired to try cooking them. Where can i get the book? It sounds much like “They Came” by a friend of mine – the story of pioneer women in Alberta.

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  14. Bert

    Caster sugar need never be bought. Regular granulated sugar will work in any recipe, as it just takes a bit longer (a few moments) to dissolve. If you want to sprinkle sugar on a dessert, just grind some granulated sugar in a blender or by hand in a mortar and pestle.


  15. Could you tell this old man how he goes about buying that book

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  16. I’d love a copy. When how Yvonne?

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