Category Archives: Frugal

Ditching the plastic: cotton dishcloths

Good marks for us for always using reusable dishcloths, not ‘disposable’ one.  Bad marks for us that until recently all of them were made of synthetic microfibres, which we now realise release microscopic plastic fibres into the water every time … Continue reading

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Zero waste: so you think you don’t like turnips?

My friend gets a weekly veg box delivered, which includes whatever the farm has ready at the time.  She and her husband really don’t like turnips, which is how two lots of turnips found their way to me.  I tolerate … Continue reading

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A Further Adventure in Fermentation

And now for my latest Adventure in Fermentation.  This one courtesy of our friend Richard, who was kind enough to repay my gift of kefir grains with a gift of a kombucha scoby. If ‘kombucha‘ and ‘scoby‘ are new words … Continue reading

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2019 goals: use less water – April update

We received our latest water bill yesterday.  I was interested to see whether or not we had managed to achieve any reduction in how much we used. Well yes, we have.  Down from 23 cubic metres in the previous 6 … Continue reading

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Making the most of the (food) seasons

We’ve had allotments for well over 30 years, and eating our own produce is an ingrained part of our family life.   Alongside that, I’ve increasingly bought produce in season to enjoy at the time but also to preserve.  First … Continue reading

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Taking stock

It’s all too easy to stay on repeat and just grow the same things and make the same jams and preserves year after year.  But a minor mishap meant I needed to clear off the garage shelf where I keep … Continue reading

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Marmalade time (2019)

It’s been a few years since I made marmalade, mainly because I made far too much last time around and in the meantime several kind friends and relatives gave me some of theirs (a special mention for the grapefruit marmalade … Continue reading

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