21st Century shopping list

I bumped into a friend while shopping at Coles in Myrtleford, and was delighted that she gave me permission to share her shopping list.

We’ll have absolutely no problems deciphering her handwriting!

_coles shopping list

Noelene explained that she inserts the smiley faces to show which items are in her shopping trolley, so the only item left is some cheese. I wonder if a BLT sandwich is on the menu for her lunch?

 I was quite in awe of her technical knowledge, especially after she demonstrated sending a text message using her voice, to a mutual acquaintance who was elsewhere in the shop. Obviously, I need to sit down and learn more about my phone.

You just never know what you’ll find out when you’re on the lookout for a shopping list.

Thank you, Noelene, both for the list and the little tutorial. 






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Leichhardt list

My trusty curmudgeon, who cheerfully allows me to insult him, thus belying my character assessment of him, has pounced upon another shopping list, this time from the inner western suburb of Leichhardt, which sounds like an interesting part of Sydney:Leichhardt is a residential suburb best known as the hub of Sydney’s Italian community. Norton Street and Marion Street buzz with cafes, trattorias and bakeries, and thousands of people visit the annual Italian Festa food festival, every October. The Italian Forum is an open-air shopping mall with designer fashions and Tuscan architecture. Small bookshops, indie cinemas and cosy wine bars add to the European vibe.Can you get good coffee there, M’Lord?

The list he found was all crumpled and neglected in the bottom of a shopping trolley, and looked like this when he got it home.


M’Lord, being a tidy bloke, smoothed it a bit and stuck it down to take this photo for us.


So, what can we decipher from this offering, aside from the fact that there seems to be more than one contributor to the list.

Apple (?) mousse, crossed out, is there even such a thing as apple mousse?

Turkey, ham jam (which might be 2 items, but might be a new food stuff we haven’t heard about before). It’s also crossed out, which can mean the writers either changed their mind or realized they had some in the fridge already.

Couscous, nurofen, apples, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes (2 of them), sweet baby …. what the heck is that word!?

Pro chef non stick oil (I found out this is  a canola spray), smoked paprika, cinammon (sic) sticks, milk, Huggies wipes (aha, is there a baby in the household?), crackers, twice. Was that a little brain slippage, or does it indicate “Get 2 kinds of crackers”, or what?

Cheese, chicken and pork as protein sources, and then soft cheese. Potatoes, capers, sourdough, rocket, olives and pears to round off the purchases.

And, I like the jaunty design on the list paper.

Thanks again, faithful list finder.

Edited to add: Well, I found both Sweet Baby Rags and Sweet Baby Rays online! One is clothing, the other is BBQ sauce!!! The things I find out, thanks to my readers and commentors.



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In which M’Lord provides an interesting list

I’ve been sitting here, in a blogging doldrum, just not inspired by anything in my surrounds. Then, luckily, a curmudgeonly blogger happened to wander into a library and found a shopping list written scrawled on the back of a business card.

Thank you, M’Lord! If you are up to it, toddle along to his blog, to see what he goes on about. M’Lord’s blog 

Herewith the shopping list. 


Now, I can make out some of this, but need help from my discerning readers for the rest.

What is that first item? Pea- ????

Then, fish, tea, bread, yoghurt, eggs, capsicum, bread again, lycra!!! Here’s where my mind went on a tiny detour, thinking this fellow might be one of those MAMILs: “Mamil or MAMIL (an acronym standing for “middleaged man in lycra“) is someone who rides an expensive racing bicycle for leisure, wearing endurance- and performance-enhancing body-hugging jerseys and shorts. The word was reportedly coined by British marketing research firm Mintel in 2010.”


Right, back to reality. What do you think he was buying in lycra?

Then, is that bananas? And then, what the heck? Bank? Bark? 

The business side of the card was an extension of this slight eccentricity, and following some of the clues led me down a few rabbit holes.


Okay CELTA is a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. So far, quite straightforward, as is NAATI Translator, which you can investigate in your spare time. 

I also invite you to do a search on osmophilology.info, but be warned, the site is not secure, and the “info” is rather obscure.

Finally, who knew that Stinking Bishop is listed as one of the top 10 stinky cheeses in the world! Well, you do now. You can chase up more about this cheese when you have nothing better to do. Hey, has anyone ever actually eaten this cheese? Tell us all about it, please.

Thanks again, Brian. That list on the business card was a darn good find!

I’d better leave you with my grumpy greetings for a Merry Christmas.

Christmas cheer



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Love old wheels? Check out Yass

Who doesn’t love a carefully restored vintage car? Thank you to the long legged one for sharing these beauties with us.

Where to next?

1937 Packard 120 Business Coupe 1937 Packard 120 Business Coupe

1939 Buick Business Coupe 1939 Buick Business Coupe

1924 Ford Model T Speedster 1924 Ford Model T Speedster

If you’re quick and anywhere near Yass in New South Wales, you still have time to check out Classic Yass, the annual vintage motor show. It’s on today, 3 November, with almost 350 entrants spread across Banjo Patterson and Riverside Parks.

My friend, Maggie, and I stopped by this morning. We went early and got the second-best parking place in town.

Hundreds of people (and quite a few dogs) were there to enjoy the cars and billy cart (go cart) races. Maggie said there had been a plan to cancel the races, but there had been a public outcry. Race organiser, the Rotary Club, said they needed more volunteers for the races to go ahead. That worked because most of Yass offered to help.

The day has plenty of other activities. There are plenty of food…

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November 4, 2018 · 9:39 am

On the A List

Hooray, my loyal followers are keeping me supplied with interesting lists. Thank you very much, Bruce from the Shaky Island.

I am making no editorial comments, Bruce is waiting to see what my observant followers will have to say. So, the pressure is on you.


I will record what I can make out from his list, I hope someone is able to tell us what the mystery items are. I like the handwriting/printing, and the dashing tittle (there’s something for you to look up) over the letter i.

Potting mix, wine (just for you Susie), butter, dinner, chilli 1, tomatos (sic) 8, capsicum 6, leg stocking, twine, beef steak, something, ox heart, monte carlo, something, Lotto (did he win?), T. cloth, smokes.

Bruce could spin a mighty yarn for us on his blog  Weave a web   just using the items on this list.

If any of you find a list, please let me know in the comments section, and I’ll give you my email address. This is your opportunity for fame and fortune!




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‘nother list

This was donated by the Cat Whisperer (thanks, Kim), who said:

Look what I found outside the IGA at Pleasant Park, Ballarat, VIC.
It obviously has more than one author.


For those of you who never had the privilege of deciphering the handwriting of doctors, here is what is on the list:

I doz eggs (I wonder what the word Check beside that means? Expiry date? Something else?), ham, baked beans, corn kernels, cauli, crumpets, broccoli, fruit cup, bananas (3), mandarins, which got the reject button, bread. spring onions, water, potatoes are also not needed, nor is GF SR flour [do you all know what those letters stand for?], garam masala, milk, yoghurt (3), sweet potato, with an arrow leading back to the rest of the fresh produce, noodles & more (I assume that might be a brand name), GF spaghetti and the star of the show: NEW SPONGE MOP HEAD.

So there is someone with either coeliac disease or gluten intolerance in the household, and aside from ham, there is no mention of meat on the list. And, no wine for Susie!

Keep looking for those lists, folks. I enjoy receiving them and sharing them.

Spring is in the air. Just look at these blossoms which are to be found on the paulownia trees around town. They smell as good as they look.

blog paulownia




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In which M’Lord supplies a shopping list

I have been languishing in the doldrums of blogdom, waiting for some divine inspiration perhaps. That arrived in the guise of an email from a crusty old curmudgeon whom I have taken to calling M’Lord, which he seems to like. I follow his blog,  here because there’s often something in it with which I or one of his other followers can take umbrage, and heaven knows we can all do with a little umbrage in our lives.

As far as I can ascertain, M’Lord lives in a Sydney suburb going by the name of Annandale, no doubt because that is its name. Here is a Google map that shows you (vaguely) where you’d find it if you were wandering around in Sydney one fine day. Annandale

M’Lord shares his life with a pretty little dog (Coco) and a long suffering wife whom he has lovingly labelled The War Office (hereafter referred to as TWO).

It was TWO who was off to fill the larder, and M’Lord was assigned to write the shopping list. I am always suspicious of people who write tidy shopping lists, and I present exhibit 1 (the only exhibit, in fact) to support my case. 

_Coles Shopping List

Aside from gaining an insight into the culinary habits and brand name loyalties of the family unit, the only other satisfaction I could gain from it was that there was a spelling error. Now, let’s wait and see what M’Lord has to say in response to that observation. It shouldn’t be long coming, if past experience is anything to go by. Oh, and thank you M’Lord, for contributing to my blog.

PS Remember “Mission Possible” from the previous shopping list? It turns out that this is the name of an appliance repair shop in the town where my Canadian Correspondent lives.


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