I took a day off today so I could go to the Royal Adelaide Show – I wanted to check out the deals on rainwater tank and initially I also wanted to see whether the blacksmith at the show could make the window-planters or not. At the end, I didn’t really compare deals on rainwater tanks nor asked the blacksmith on window-planter because there was only one blacksmith at the show and I didn’t know whether he would accept customised requests or not.
I had a great and relaxing day today – I got up late after going to bed very late on Tuesday night (the usual story, I fell asleep on the couch, had my shower and then headed off to bed). I had a lady who came over from Eco-Planit to give me a quote on the rainwater tank at 11.00am. She said that to get the tank plumbed into the house, and have the base built, with the pump, yadda, yadda, yadda, it would cost me around $2,700! The tank needs to be plumbed into the house to get the $800 rebate from the government, so I suppose I still need about $1,900 from my own money. Being green is very expensive! I still haven’t made up my mind about what I plan to do as it turns up to be pretty pricey to have a rainwater tank! I also had the electrician (‘sparky‘ in Australian lingo) came over at 11.00am to fix the light fittings in the living room and in the dining room. He did a great job and for the 1-hour visit, I had to pay about $66.00. Tradesmen can earn much more than white-collars thesedays! When I chatted to him, I found out that he had an MBA and that he took it with Adelaide Bank’s Managing Director. Whoa.
I went to the show after they had gone and had a good time over there – I walked from home to the Showground – it only took me about 20 minutes walk. I visited the farm animal area – and found out that pigs can be friggin’ huge, and that alpacas sound like children’s cries. I also saw the dogs exhibit, some funky-dyed silky chicken and barn animal exhibit, and the sideshow (some kinda circusy acts with a lady playing with powertool on her body, and a man hanging two irons on his nipples – stuff like that! *YIKES*). I also bought some more Green Rooibos, some gourmet butter and mustard dip, a couple of showbags (Pepsi and Charlesworth Nuts) as well as St John’s First-Aid Kit (I reckon that it is essential to have one in the house). I also had a dagwood dog, a bumburner, an ice-cream – so all in all, a fun day indeed. In one of the farm exhibits, I had the pleasure of sinking my hand into a barrel of grains – I remember that I used to love doing that when I was a kid – when I went with my mum to the market, I loved putting my hand into the sack of greenbeans or soybeans … even ‘Amelie Poulain‘ in the famous movie Amelie agrees that it’s a pleasurable sensation! Hehe.
I didn’t go on any of the rides or buy any silly showbags, I guess I’m already too old for those. I spent more time at the animal exhibits, the Jubilee Hall (where companies set up their booth to sell gadgets, home renovation services, stuff like that), and at the TasteSA food stall. More grown-up stuff! Haha.
By the end of the day, I was knackered – I walked back home via KFC to buy some take-away dinner. So now I’m relaxing after quite a fun day – I’m about to have some Rooibos tea, take a shower and head to bed. I only took a day-off today as I need to return to the office tomorrow. Some more team-building exercise for most of the day tomorrow! 🙄