My Talk at Pauanui Probus
I enjoy doing inspirational talks about our new fun and frugal lifestyle and have spoken to groups large and small all over the country. Recently Pauanui Probus group gave me a warm and positive reception. Interesting to see yourself through some one else’s eyes,so here is a summary of my presentation…. thank you Jill.
‘Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce’ – The first heading Lyn Webster thought of when she was asked to write about her journey from single mother to Farm Manager and consequently TV and radio celebrity eulogising the benefits of using good old baking soda, washing crystals, yellow washing soap and white vinegar to save buying all those home cleaning products we keep under our sink. It was an entertaining romp through her life over the past five years and full of laughter and positivity. Her rise to fame started when Country Calendar asked her to do an episode showing her life as the first solo mother (of two lovely daughters) as a Farm Manager of 130 cows in the Taranaki.
As the economic downturn hit her and her family she decided to keep her food bill to $100 a week – including buying meat from the supermarket, then reducing to $75 a week with meat off the farm. She started a column in the local paper, did some classes to the locals and then was asked on to Campbell Live. It all exploded from there and she now has an excellent website, pamphlets, recipes and is starting to write a book.
Everyone was very impressed and are having a go at her recipes. However, our President Alan was not impressed with the taste of the toothpaste he reports but the washing recipe is said to be a success. I have to say I was not looking forward to her talk as it has taken me 20 years to convince my husband that I need more than $100 a week for food but I have explained to Rex that wine is not food.