We went on to Bay Street Port Melbourne to take the art work we bought in South Africa last year to be framed. The framing will cost about five times as much as the original work, although original could mean they are churned out in a Johannesburg factory.
We had brunch at our favourite bakery. Having brunched on healthy sandwiches for the last two days, I felt no guilt in having a delicious sausage roll.
We saved a little money by ordering a birthday cake from the bakery for my brother's 60th Sunday week, instead of buying from the usual French bakery in Prahran. Just over $70 to serve 20 people and it is part of his birthday present. What we had already bought him is a dvd of the great tv show Two Men in a Tinnie (it is always the fault of someone upstream). It is hard to believe it was first broadcast in 2006. I was also surprised that while I knew ABC street shops had closed down, so to now has ABC online sales, outsourced to various bookshops and dvd retailers. We had trudged the city looking for the dvd to no avail. Once home I found it for sale new on Ebay for $20 including postage. We received it in a few days.
Every so often we buy an oven cleaning kit for about $8 and R then cleans the oven. It is quite good and comes with plastic bags to put the racks in and then we just put them through the dishwasher and they are sparkling. The spray melts away the grease in the oven and it wipes off easily. That was R's task for the day.
One of you mentioned about exhaust fan cleaning and put it to my mind. Our exhaust fan is a one big unit in the bathroom, with ducts to the bathroom, my ensuite and the toilet. I cleaned it about 15 years ago and it was just a matter of blowing out the dust. This time I found the fins solidly full of dust, effectively just an ineffective solid spinning turbine. I can only get into it sideways, and I dug out the solidified dust with a small screwdriver for about an hour.
Wrist bruising was not noticed until afterwards. I take low dose aspirin for medical reasons and it makes me bruise easily. I turned on the fan half way through cleaning and then a minute after I turned if off, the very well balanced fan was still spinning as I stuck the screwdriver back into it for more cleaning. My hand recoiled and was cut on sharp edges. Nevertheless, a job well done but I am getting too old for such things. I need a strong young man around.