Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Johnson Challenge update

Taph has to get the best girlfriend award. She was in Salvos in Tuggeranong last week and she picked up a set of Johnson Brothers Regency White. This addition to my collection now gives me a table setting for 15 and i have the following pieces:
  • Dinner plates 27 cm 15
  • Dinner Plates 22 cm 4
  • Side plates 17 cm 17
  • Side plates 18.5cm 4
  • Cereal bowls 17
  • Soup plates 3
  • Soup Touraine 1
  • Saucers 24
  • Tea cups 25
  • Coffee mugs 16
  • Teapot 1
  • Sugar bowl 2
  • Milk jug 1

Of course the search continues for some other bits, like the serving platters etc, but the main search can now be scaled back into a watching brief.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Free Range money update.

For the past three months i have been collecting free range money around Canberra, and i have finally cracked the $50 mark.

Now i hear people saying that $50 over three months equals, not much money. But this is not much money that i would have missed out on, and it has cost me nothing to collect it.

A person i work with asked me if i was worried about disease? Well there are risks involved in picking up cans that are lying around, but there are also things you can do to minimise these risks.
  1. If you have a grabber use it, if you do not, then pick up the cans by their base only (and not the bit you drink from). This way there is less chance of touching the drinkers saliva.
  2. Always carry plastic bags and put cans in the plastic bag. If I do not have a plastic bag, i will squash the can, and leave it there until i can come back with a plastic bag.
  3. There are three ways to squash a can. One was is stand the can on end and step on it. Only do this if you are certain the can is empty, and if you are wearing heavy boots. Otherwise squash the can lengthwise.
  4. Finally, get used to not touching your face/ eating unless you have just washed your hands. It takes a little while to get used to doing this, but it can be done. If you are the sort of person who when handling raw meat in the kitchen and not scratch your nose when it itches then you will know what i mean. I also carry a little bottle of antibacterial hand wash, but i will only use it if i need to wash my hands and have no other options for washing them.

Anyway, my tally's for Free Range money stand at:

  • Trolleys Returned $12.00
  • Cans found $8.93
  • Petrol dockets $30.00
  • Money found $5.50
  • Free range money total $56.43