is truly the grandest way to be living.
Not really something to touch on occasionally, more a charming, healthy way of life.
Since Hettie Brown suggested this thought provoking topic a month or so ago I have realised just how satisfying it is to make the choice to live each day:
Treading gently, Being Thrifty, Living Simply...& it's catching too.
As I continue to sift through & re-evaluate our collections of "stuff" & let go & move much of it along, I find myself re-visiting many of our gatherings, stroking them gently, thanking them & then releasing them to a new life & purpose. (No I am not turning minimalist, just trying to find the floor).
I acquired some wonderful old, very early gramophone recordings, somewhere in my meanderings. A few, I am now listening to once more; others have gone to be admired elsewhere.
Pixie Williams singing "Maoriland" caught my attention this week...
How intriguing to discover that this lovely post war New Zealand singer had only just recently passed away on the 2nd August of this year. I found this lovely little recording of her "Blue Smoke" that was the first single to be locally recorded and manufactured in New Zealand.
You might like to have a little listen too.
I was amused by the writing on this cover:
I decided to make an attempt to repair the hole that had worn in one of our treasured, heavy, vintage cotton sheets. Maybe we'll get a bit more wear from it yet, we'll soon see.
When I contemplated what we should call "her" this picture immediately sprang to my mind.
Yes, definitely Yvonne.
People are always scaremongering & tutting about how uneconomical these old fridges are to run, but we've "tested for ourselves & found that they make no difference to our overall power bill what-so-ever!
Oh & Kelvin..here he is:
A stately old retired fridge, now cupboard, that lives in the garage.
Yes, yes, I know...no more fridges!
I have pottered on with my crochet.
I've hand stitched the cover on to some pretty vintage blanket & I'm thrilled with the result.
Little Nina came to visit the other day, she's 3.
She took one look at my crochet & said "That would make a lovely dollies blanket".
Lucky we share the same tastes since she's my niece!
Guess what I've started..
I am selling things to buy a few bits that I really love.
And I am making my own cushions & filling them with inners from the op shop.
This fab stripe is for the less flowery end of Lucy.
I love to try new things & am delighted by this white sprouting broccoli that the lovely people from Links Organics have had at the Farmers' Market recently. It is very sweet & tender.
These soft shades of Banana Sundae are pretty in pansy form.
These magnificent beauties serenade an interesting Art Deco commercial building just down the road.
This afternoon two good keen lads, at a loose end, came by to prune my trees.
Alex wanted a turn of sawing & decided that he didn't need the ladder.
I am utterly chuffed.
They went a way with four different kinds of ferns, strawberry plants & muffins.
I am so grateful to them both!
David is full of tales of thrift these days & was very proud of his two mackerel for $2 (supermarket mark down) that he took home & filleted himself & his huge stock up on the wardrobe at the Salvation Army for $40. He's even cooking brown rice & using silverbeet from the garden where he lives.
See, it's catching.
Lucy is my sweet golden carriage.
Betty fancied a pumpkin one.
I found a Pixie carriage, this week, for us all.
A Margaret Tarrant picture I have never seen before.
Isn't it cute!
So lovely to see you.
Sorry this was such a long & winding post..
but do join in with the wonderful:
if you'd like to.
It's easy to get carried away with thrifty ways & stories.
Thank you Hettie Brown..you are so very lovely & also brave.
Hugs & friendship to you all.