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Short, but not necessarily sweet

And, it has a little mystery, as a bonus.

This shopping list was sent to me by my Canadian correspondent. (Thank you, YT).


Well, I can see that the shopper will have vegetarian burgers with corn. (I hope that was on the cob.)

But, what in the world is mission possible

And, judging by the blob of ink on the first letter of corn, maybe he/she should invest in a new pen.

Here’s another bonus, a view of the beginning of the PGF (Palatial Granny Flat).





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I felt like I had hit the jackpot!

I spotted this list on the floor of the newly renovated Coles supermarket in Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia. I didn’t hesitate a second to swoop on it.


The item “Listerine Tabs” intrigued me, I didn’t know Listerine came in tablets. When looking online to find out more about this, I found a report on a student’s project, to design travel packs of the tablets. I’d sure buy them!

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I have no idea what Tomato-Corri could be, unless it’s 2 separate items, the second being Coriander.

Then, I noticed that the list was written on the back of a receipt from the only other supermarket in town, Foodworks. This shopper seems to be a good recycler! The second photo shows what he/she bought at Foodworks, 4 days earlier.




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Tutti potenziali bersagli

It wasn’t Peter after all, but Ruth who solved the riddle for me. Her photos don’t show, unfortunately, but now we know what those sculptures are all about.

Thank you, Ruth.

My Life: Part Two

I was in the vicinity of Piazzale Ostiense this week and I thought I’d stop off and take a photo for you, Gentle Reader.  It’s a fairly boring piazza in front of the Roma-Ostia train station but there’s a cool monument there called tutti potenziali bersagli (all potential targets), which was mounted on the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Italy. On April 25, 1945, Mussolini’s puppet government in northern Italy fell, as Italian partisans declared a general uprising and American forces seized Turin and Milan. Two days later, Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were captured in the village of Dongo (best village name ever!) while trying to flee to Switzerland. They were shot by a firing squad along with 16 Fascist associates. Six of them, including Mussolini and Petacci, were dumped in the Piazza Quindici Martiri (formerly Piazzale Loreto, the piazza had recently been renamed to honor the 15 anti-Fascists recently executed…

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Another mystery solved

Thanks to that wonderful Peter who introduced me to so many of the wonders of hidden Rome, I now know the meaning of the sculptures that I saw while on my way from the Protestant cemetery in Ostiense, to the metro station there.

I’ll post the photos for now, and when I get permission from Peter, I’ll copy and paste what he told me in a second post.  I think he may have a place in my will now.






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A shopping list

For about a year, I had followed a blog that was based upon that simple, day-to-day object, the humble shopping list. You can have a little squiz (that means look, for those who aren’t into Aussie slang) at the posts here: Lists

The author happily accepted “donations” of lists from his reader, which led to me stalking shoppers in the local supermarkets, and politely asking for their lists when they were unloading their purchases at the check-out. This in turn, led to some interesting conversations. About 3 months ago, the posts suddenly stopped, much to my disappointment. So now I had a small collection of lists, but I was no longer  able to contact the fellow who wrote the blog.

Then, I had one of my tiny light globe moments, and realised I might as well make use of them on my blog.

light bulb

Absolutely hypothetical image. I have short hair and wear glasses. And, I might be a few years older than this lass.

So, gentle readers, here is my first offering in the shopping list series. I found it in a shopping basket, in the Coles Supermarket, Myrtleford.


As I interpret the list, she/he was on the prowl for:

Potatoes, sweet potato, carrots, onions, cauliflower, zucchini, chives, bacon, silverside, cheese, gravy, white sauce, milk, brown sugar, peas, beans, containers, carpet sprinkle and fruit.

At first, I was impressed by the organisational skills  of this shopper, who clearly knows the layout of the shop. Fruit and vegetables are in front of you as you as you enter the shop, then meat, etc. But, there were some afterthoughts, with peas and beans and fruit added near the end of the list. However, I’ll never know if perhaps this person has a strange fondness for canned peas, beans and fruit, in which case I’ll have to retract my judgmental stance.

And, I’d guess that silverside with white sauce, mashed potatoes and lots of vegetables was on the menu for that household.


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Meet Milo

Milo is a young huacaya (pronounced wah‑KI‑ah) alpaca, owned by my son and daughter in law. Currently, he is in a part of the yard that allows him to come and make nose smudges on the windows when he thinks it might be time for some food. His coat is getting long and shaggy, he’ll be shorn next spring. The fleece is already spoken for, by a friend who will spin it into knitting yarn.


He’s really enjoying a crunchy carrot that Kay gave him, it makes a change from his usual hay diet. He also nibbles at the grass, there’ll be no need to get out the mower with him on the job.


He has such pretty eyes, this photo makes him look a little bit like a horse, although he belongs to the camelid family.


Milo is a little bit lonely, as alpacas really are herd animals. We hope to get some chickens for him to tend, once the weather is milder. He has several girl friends across the road, and spends quite a lot of time looking at them yearningly, and calling out to them.


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Back to one of my favourite topics – graffiti

Trastevere has more than its share of graffiti and street art, so I’ve once again hauled a few examples out of my photo file to share with you.

Will you please help to defend Pinocchio?


Cross my heart, I shan’t eat ladybugs.


A fallen hero, victim of Kryptonite, perhaps?


I’m waiting for your comments and explanations of this one. Then, I’ll steal the best ideas as my own, of course.



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