Happy Holidays 2015

People say I don’t write books, I make Christmas presents.

Bryce Courtenay


RUDE promotes Scavenger Style during 2015

RUDE [reusers of unloved discarded excess] would like to thank all our followers for reading our frugal follies through 2015.

It has been incredibly rewarding to share the inspiration with you all, and to receive your likes and/or feedback.  We love getting your commentary.  For those who do not make commentary but enjoy reading what we write, we are grateful to you too. 

RUDE Boy is on holidays and we are enjoying eight (8) weeks together.  The tin shed has been erected and you can see the photos and a short video on our Facebook blog at Rude Record.

RUDE Boy has just called me outside for a surprise.  The shed has been painted with a first coat.  All the burnt paint has been covered over, yey! 

A lovely surprise just arrived in the mail from Agatha at Green Issues by Agy in Singapore.  The political cartoon is printed on heavy cotton twill.  Her thoughtful note makes me smile and feel special.  I am grateful that we can support and inspire each other.


Thank you Agatha for knowing this political patch was a RUDE Girl gift!

On 19 December we attended out daughter’s wedding on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.  Of course we both wore our recycled glad rags.  You can find out more about this event from a RUDE perspective on our Facebook blog at Rude Record.

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Permission to share the love at #beckanddannywedding

And the next day, on the 20 December, we celebrated our grandson’s 3rd birthday with a dinosaur cake, created ‘off the top of her head’ by his mother.


Putting the three candles on the dinosaur

Beat The Man and think of ways to enjoy frugal festive fun these holidays!

Tin Shed

Tin Shed 11 Dec 2014

Suburban houses and tin sheds are often the objects of ridicule.

David Byrne


In the RUDE household there is definitely no instant gratification happening.

We have a carport but we do not have the luxury of a garage workshop.

We can prove this, by RUDE Boy’s years of searching for a tin shed at the right price.  He has been scouting Ebay for what seems like a lifetime.  He has been putting watches on all these sheds.  But when the auctions are over, he throws up his arms at the prices secondhand sheds are fetching and/or the locations of them.

We knew something would come our way eventually.  We just had to be patient.  And the universe eventually provided a fire damaged shed at the right price = zilch!!

RUDE Boy had to go and collect the shed immediately,and he moved like lightning to oblige.  The shed is approximately 3m x 2.4 m with a double door at the front.  There is no window.  He had to dismantle it and load it on the trailer.  No big deal, just a couple of hours work.

We are very grateful that the previous owners thought to offer it up, and did not resort to throwing it in the skip with the other fire damaged materials and items.

With a RUDE spit and polish this shed will serve us well as a workshop.  We look forward to posting our ongoing shed story, as it gets a RUDE makeover.

Beat The Man and ‘shed’ any ridicule about rescuing fire damaged and free tin structures from the dumpster.


Front of shed ~ fire damage can be seen in the right hand corner



Fire damaged side of shed


Entire shed dismantled and stacked into the trailer

Read about the history of sheds on Wikipedia, and note that Australians, and New Zealanders too, have a love affair with these structures.


Tick Tock



William Baldwin is spot on.  It is definitely time for our Ansonia to have a service.  It does not keep time well and after a few days it starts speeding up.  It has probably never been serviced.

RUDE Girl’s Ansonia was purchased very cheaply way down south in New Zealand.  In Melbourne, the price of an Ansonia in similar condition was double the price I paid, if not a bit more.  Some Ansonia clocks were triple the price depending on condition!!

The song in the video below,  My Grandfather’s Clock by Burl Ives was a song my father used to sing to me as a child.

Make the most of your days, as Father Time will always Beat the Man!