Hello there ...
Yes indeed a cold .. windy.. wet.. and dark sort of day to welcome in 2014.
A day to sit by the fire and start seriously thinking of the 'ways and means' of making it through this year.
More .. Make Do and Mending ... Thrifty Snippity Ways ..
Use It Up....Wear It Out ...
We will all have to help one another ... share our experiences and useful thrifty tips.
One of my most useful tips .... I asked Hubby P to put rails over the wood burner .. I then use wooden coat hangers to hang my washing to dry.
Not the prettiest thing to look at but it saves a fortune .. I use to have a tumble dryer when the children were young .. cost a bomb to run.
We are lucky and have an inglenook (in which our wood burner sits).. but just say one or two hooks in the ceiling could hold hangers .. that would catch the rising heat and dry some clothes (especially school shirts and the like ... I never seemed to have enough to keep up).
Our Grandparents did this with racks on pulley's that they could stack with wet washing and pull up to the ceiling out of the way ... nothing is ever a new way.
Of course it all looks very cottage-y .. very cosy ...
with all the pretty logs stacked ... but to be honest ..
those pretty logs are pretty expensive!
You see the rough cut random stuff at the front .. that is what we mostly try to burn ... free wood ... old furniture Hubby P has cut up in between the showers.
And today's Use it Up ...
well of course it had to be Duck soup.
All the left overs from yesterdays dinner piled into the soup pan and 'souped'.
And very nice it was too on this cold wet day.....
So .. have you anything to share? ... where will you make your savings? ... do share...