Category Archives: Frugal

Making this year’s diary: do what you can with what you have

Even though I do lots of my planning online, including a share online appointments diary with Malcolm, I always love to have and use a paper diary for the year.  I use it for making lists (to do lists, lists … Continue reading

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2019 goals: use less water

To achieve a goal you have to make a start.  I made my start last week by reviewing our water bills.  It turns out that there’s a point to hoarding some of this stuff, particularly if it gives you as … Continue reading

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Moving it on

In the 43 years we’ve been together and especially the almost 28 years we’ve been in this house we’ve accumulated a lot of stuff.  Some of the stuff we love, some of the stuff we don’t love.  Some of the … Continue reading

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Fermentation update

This is just a little post.  I wanted to share with you some recent fermentation successes. Kefir – part 1 – with some trepidation, I left my kefir in the fridge while we went away for almost a fortnight.  Wondering … Continue reading

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Fermentation: making sauerkraut

This one is for Richard xx My adventures in sauerkraut have not all been happy ones.  It’s fair to say that I’ve had my share of (very smelly) experimental failures.  But failure is a step on the path to success, … Continue reading

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Do what you can with what you have: water

In this long hot dry spell, it feels like a good time to write about how we use water, and how we can use less of it.  Especially those of us who have gardens and plants in pots, and tender … Continue reading

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“We took a charming walk to Charlcombe…”

“…sweetly situated in a little green valley.” So wrote Jane Austen on 2 June 1799.  One recent Sunday we followed in her footsteps.  It was indeed charming.  Here’s a flavour of what we saw along the way.  There may have … Continue reading

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