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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Simple Pleasure of Friends And Dragons

Hi Everyone,

Being Sunday we one again headed to our local market where I purchased Dragon fruit for $6 a kilo instead of the $15 a kilo the supermarket is asking. I love Dragon fruit and when it's in season it's a bit of a change to other fruits.

I tried planting Dragon Fruit cuttings earlier this year however they all died. I gave another garden plotter cuttings and her has thrived as she has had flowering fruit in the past month. Her thumb is greener than mine :)

White Dragon Fruit - Sliced and Ready to be Enjoyed

After the market we popped in to visit friends as we are on recreational leave and feel a little less rushed and pushed for time. It was wonderful! We sat around chatting about media, art, politics and the enlightenment period. It was relaxed, our children played in the yard, we sipped cold water and ate dragon fruit. The simple pleasures of good friends, good conversation and simplicity was just what I needed to end my 1st week of the holidays.

How has your week ended? Hectic preparing for a new week or relaxed as you wind down after a year of being busy?

Relaxed and Happy,

Stephanie @ Frugal Down Under.


  1. "Recreational leave"? I wonder what equivalent we have in the US. I don't think so. It is two degrees above freezing here, so hearing about your warm weather is like a fantasy.

  2. Bit of both here! Still working but soaking up every one of our public holidays!! I have a week off coming up in mid January and am looking forward to that. Ended this week with a trip out to my parents which I love... relaxing in their garden.

  3. Hi Practical, Recreational leave is paid holiday leave for permanent workers. Most private companies/businesses give their permanent staff 4 - 6 weeks paid leave while most government employees received 6 weeks paid leave per year. Primary and HIgh School teachers receive about 10 - 12 weeks leave during the school holidays.

    Enjoy your upcoming week off Lisa. I think a garden makes a huge difference to relaxed conversation compared to sitting in a cramped flat. I dream of a small house, with garden and small pool. But that would just be too expensive for us and we would have to work forever, so I think that can stay a dream.

  4. I've only tried dragon fruit once (it's in the exotic fruit section over here!), but it sort of tasted like a less-strong kiwi fruit. Is that what it's meant to taste like, or did I have a weird one!

    Do you just eat the fruit as it is?

  5. Byallen, I think it's blander than kiwi fruit. The red fleshed Dragon Fruit is a little sweeter. I just love the beauty of it, the colours, the seeds, the crisp flesh, the texture, the freshness on a hot day and the beauty again. I peel and eat the fruit as is. When I grew up these did not grow here. I first saw dragon fruit in Vietnam about 12 years ago. Someone must have realised how well it grew in tropical Australia and now many Asian-Australians grow it in small quantities locally.


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