Thrifty

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Thrift is such a lovely word to say -thrrr -i- fff- tt.
Such a wonderful meaning too -the quality of being careful and not wasting money or other resources. I'm all for thrift. I also think it is perfectly possible to be extravagant and thrifty at the same time. For example I spent £6 on two bunches of asparagus at the farm shop (I also spent 44p on 2 kg of spuds). The bunches weighed about 300g each. Luckily my children don't like asparagus so Charlie and I had a bunch each. Because they had cost so much I wasn't about to throw away the woody ends of the asparagus spears. 

 You can make soup with them, but I felt they were too woody for that. Time to defrost the roast chicken carcass I had in the freezer and make some stock.

We had a simple fruit salad last night made from tinned fruit and grapes. I saved the juice from the tins. There was just enough to make four lollies. Stashed in the freezer to wait for a sunny day.


Then there was a bit of mending to do. I do a lot of mending. George is the worst offender, but these are Tom's trousers. He didn't want a patch so I put a piece of fabric behind the hole and attempted to stitch the loose threads down onto it. It was more about containing the hole rather than repairing it. Not a completely free repair either. I had to buy matching thread. 'Wear your knee-pads next time you decide to skateboard in your favourite trousers Tom'.


And then are my thrifty flowers from the garden, quite a few of which are actually weeds. 

 These are bleeding hearts or dicentra spectabilis. I always refer to them as  bleedin' 'earts.

 A parrot tulip, some pink campions, for-get-me-nots, pulmonaria and meadowsweet.


22 comments:

  1. Feel ashamed that my nice asparagus the other day - half the price of yours - turned out to be Mexican. I really must learn to read labels in the shop and not when I'm waiting for the water to boil.

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  2. Cannot thank you enough for this post. Completely coincidentally, you've given me the name to a flower my dear grandmother used to have growing outside her house. I've wondered for so many years (she passed away 9 years ago and wasn't able to communicate for 8 before that) what the 'lady in the bath' flower's real name was... dicentra spectabilis. Thank you :-D

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    1. My pleasure! I'd forgotten it was also called Lady in the Bath -why? doesn't look like a lady or a bath. Bleedin' 'earts is much better.

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    2. Hi Sue, As far as I know, Lady in the Bath refers to a lady with her legs in the air in the bath. If you look at your picture the 'lady' is upside down.

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  3. I continue to applaud your brilliant approach to fully using/consuming what life presents. (I think I am the only one of my NYC friends and colleagues that ever darns a sock!)

    Fresh, local asparagus always signals springtime to me. I have begun my farmers market vigil.

    xo

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  4. We don't have Asparagus here yet, we usually have to wait until May and I am getting a little impatient. Your Bleedin' 'hearts do look like ladies in the bath if you invert an individual bloom and gently pull the pink bits apart. That Tulip looks spectacular.

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    1. Off to see..... we-ell, they do a bit I suppose.

      I don't think I'll buy anymore asparagus until May when hopefully the price will drop a bit.

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  5. Gorgeous colourful flowers. I love being able to be thrifty. My favourite is to use leftovers to make soup - makes me feel very virtuous. I must admit I only ate my very first spear of asparagus this year! It was lovely.

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  6. Thrift is indeed so satisfying, as I tell myself when I buy plenty of Bombay Gin and then display flowers in the beautiful blue empty bottles.

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  7. Pretty flowers, tulips are my favourites! Also I'd never thought to use the juice from tinned fruit for ice lollies - great idea!
    Victoria xx

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  8. Hi Sue, I just wanted to say how much I love your blog. I love the way you manage to use up all your leftovers in creative ways. I try to think of ways to use my leftovers but sometimes I don't think I'm brave/adventurous enough and end up throwing things away. Your efforts are certainly inspiring me. I never knew you could freeze roast chicken carcass so I've learnt something new!

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  9. Never thought of freezing the chicken carcass that is sitting in my fridge waiting to be made into stock. You're an education you are.

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  10. Ah, bleedin' 'earts - love 'em! Never heard them called ladies in the bath before, though. I'll have a look tomorrow.........

    I saw fresh asparagus on the market stall last Tuesday but I wasn't tempted - just a bit too pricey yet, but soon, soon. And left-overs, well, I've said it before, that is my forte! But you take the (probably broken) biscuit! Great post.

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  11. Thriftyness always gives me a warm feeling. I have the same gorgeous scissors as you!

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  12. I love bunches of garden flowers, putting together just whatever happens to be out.
    I used to have to mend a lot of trouser knees once upon a time and resorted in the end to that iron on wundaweb stuff. It saved having to match up thread and it sticks all the threads down.

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    1. Wundaweb is now on my shopping list. Thank you!

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  13. I have a bleeding heart plant on my allotment, but I never thought to use the flowers in an arrangement! Do they last long in a vase?

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    1. I'm afraid I'm not sure. The spray I picked yesterday is still fresh looking.

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  14. I remember doing a Thrift badge as a Brownie, it had a piggy-bank pig on it I think!

    The market garden/farm shop here had all its asparagus ripen together in early April this year, and they're not happy about it Longest Gap Year Boy* reports (he works there). Unprecedented apparently, but we've had unprecedentedly weird weather too!

    *Oops, forgot, I'm supposed to call him Farmer Boy now.

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  15. I love this post! I love being thrifty--some think it has a bad connotation (cheap) but I think people who aren't thrifty and just dumb.

    I will pay a lot for shoes because I will wear them FOREVER. And I will buy very good chocolate because, DUH. But most of my furniture is second hand with a coat of paint to spruce it up. I love that.

    And, btw, the comment above mine that was deleted is me too--I was signed in under my husband's account. DOH!

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  16. Just found you through Tangled Sweetpea and love, love, love your thrifty blog! Will definitely be a follower from now on - isn't Blogland wonderful? xx

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  17. I share your belief in being both thrifty and extravagant when it really matters, in fact quite often I can only manage to buy the asparagus or the champagne because I have grow things and make all food from scratch and can turn a meal out of the store cupboard at the drop of a hat.

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