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“God made the first Christmas, and man has ever since been busy spoiling it. Year by year the propaganda of the shops grows increasingly active; and their suggestions for the keeping of that high feast … appear annually more elaborate and incongruous than ever before.” Agnes Jekyll, 1922.   (1922! Imagine what she’d think of [...]

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We’ve got out of the swing of baking bread recently – partly due to general winter lethargy and partly due to the fact that we’d struggle to get yeast do its thing. It would be very difficult to grow a slow rise bread – one that needs a good 12-18 hours to rise. With our [...]

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As I mentioned in my “spending during my no spend week” round-up, our boiler broke and had to be fixed this week. It stopped working last Sunday – we thought it was just a sensor playing up but when the plumber replaced the thermostats on Tuesday evening, it still didn’t fix the problem so he [...]

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Like Frugaldom & her quail eggs, there was a frozen egg waiting for me in the nest box this morning. I suspect it was laid later yesterday, after my collection run, so was in there overnight. Needless to say, I felt the pathological need to crack it open (albeit after it had been sat in [...]

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A little background in case you’ve not seen my earlier post: I’m having a no spend “week” – well, a no spend fortnight+, until the end of the year. It was an impromptu idea – I often have no spend days, probably even weeks, without really noticing it but I wanted to have a conscious [...]

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Hurrah, in the midst all this fervent frugality and frozen frigidity, I’ve been reminded that summer – and growing – will come again. Yesterday, as the snow was coming down pretty hard, the postman delivered an parcel of live plants which I ordered back in November – a baby lingonberry bush, a baby cranberry bush [...]

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