Random Monday

Joining in with hilarious Deb @ Not Inadequate, who has amused me with her Random Monday for ages. I thought about stealing the idea, but now she has Made A Button so I can go legit and I need to join in because noone wants to be standing all alone at a dance, do they?! So here are my very random thoughts and musings this sunny Monday morning...
  • Australians eat more beetroot (beets to you Americans) per capita than any other country. I would hazard a guess and say most of those are sliced canned beetroot on our hamburgers ("you eat beets on your burgers?") and the rest in salads out of cans. Although they are getting "trendy" and fresh roasted beetroot is getting as popular as slow-roasted shoulder of lamb.

  • Caravan parks in Australia are expensive! $200+ a night for a cabin in off-peak season is a lot of money to pay for a freaking jumping pillow. We could nearly afford a cruise for that money if you factor in petrol and meals.

  • Clean 1000 thread count sheets and freshly shaved legs make me feel very happy. Maybe because the two rarely co-incide.

  • The smell of a new book is almost as good as rain after a hot day or freshly mowed lawn. Priceless.
And apparently they also make it in a can. Of course they do.

Do you eat beets on your burgers? (don't knock it 'til you've tried it!)
How much per night would you be willing to pay for a holiday?
What everyday thing makes you happy?
What do you love the smell of? Do they make it in a can?


  1. Ingi, you make me so happy! You came to the dance!

    Also: Beets? Really? Huh.

    I don't know what the exchange rate is, but $200 does seem excessive, I agree. Expecially in the off-season!

    1. Ya-huh! Beets! Seriously good.

      The exchange rate is about $1.03 US to 1 Aussie dollar - so it's a lot for a cabin in the off-season. I could stay in a nice hotel for that!

  2. Hmmm... no, I've never had beets on a burger.
    But I will try when I get a chance.

    I think about $50 per night for hotel stay would be us.

    Sleepy good-morning hugs make me happy.

    I love the smell of frying onions.

    And congratulations on the new look.
    Very fresh.

    1. You have to try! I think $50 for a hotel would mean cockroach-city in Oz. I'm too grumpy in the mornings!! Frying onions - yes! I wonder if they make that smell in a can? Thank you - I like it!

  3. Q1. beetroot fans here, yep on burgers always. Fascinating facts about beets!

    Q2. ah caravan parks, we recently stayed at a c park for one night, for 6 children and 2 adults we were to pay $92 for an unpowered TENT SITE!!!(one night) when we got there they kindly decided to charge the youngest 3 (10, 8 & 6) at an infant rate:) so we only had to pay $65 for our piece of dirt.
    truly the cheapest way is to rent a house in the off season, well for us at least with a large family.
    so yes $100 was the most I was willing to pay.

    oh and btw c parks inland are much cheaper than the coast.

    Q3. Hugs from my children:) Chats too:)

    Q4. the smell of freshly baking bread [alas we no longer eat it:( ]

    1. Good to hear a fellow-beetroot lover coming out! We looked at tent sites too - so expensive for dirt! Lovely things that make you happy. I don't think I could live without bread...carb addict.

  4. I love beetroot, but I don't eat burgers and yes, Australians eat far more of it than us Brits.Which is probably a good thing, they are yum. What I find weird is the buttered bread!
    I've never paid more than $90 for a chalet thing for the 4 of us on a camp site, we usually take the tent, but it was raining too hard that time, serves us right for camping in the wet season. One of the reasons we want to travel again is because EVERYTHING is expensive in Australia, except houses and petrol ( compared to the UK)
    I love the smell of freshly mown grass and Doctor who makes me ridiculously happy.
    Lovely post, nice new look! A

    1. I love nothing more than white bread with butter on it! Ah - a fellow Doctor Who lover! A woman after my own heart :-)

  5. I never would have though of beets on a hamburger, but it does sound delicious! (Considering beets are my favorite vegetable this summer.)

    $200 a night does seem rather pricy.

    I miss both buying new books and reading them. Although, I have been reading public domain books. I'm 3/4 the way through a biography on Florence Nightingale, written around 1910 or so. It has been a fascinating read so far.


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