This week I have had a little ‘blog wobble’ and I have been wondering if people still enjoy reading my blog now that I don’t have my four allotments.
A long time ago when I first wrote my ‘about‘ page I said:
“I learnt my frugal, thrifty ways through necessity and the desire to make sure my family do not feel deprived in anyway”.
But how did it all begin?…..
I had a good career, a big house, a nice car, etc……but looking back now I can see that none of this made me happy.
I met ‘Mr Thrift’ and we started a family and I gave up work to look after our children. Money was so tight and we were always in debt. We realised that we had to make changes to the way we lived so I could continue to stay at home.
Our lives graually changed completely and without realising it we began living a much simpler life than we did before. Previously my friends would call me the ‘packet mix queen’, but gradually I learnt to make meals from scratch and bake cakes, biscuits and even bread…..and amazingly they were actually nicer than shop bought equivalents.
I began shopping differently too. Every single item that was put into my shopping trolley was needed for the meals I had planned and absolutely nothing was wasted. If I did have the odd thing left over that none us wanted to eat, then it was used in a different way e.g. over ripe bananas were used in banana cake. I even made ‘peanut butter’ biscuits once that were delicious and dissappeared in minutes, but the jar of peanut butter had stood for months in my pantry!
I then began cleaning using ‘old fashioned’ cleaning methods using bicarb, white vinegar and lemon juice and getting the same results as shop bought alternatives which were so much more expensive and not so good for the environment. I also began using homemade laundry liquid and I can honestly say that my skin has been better for it (I suffered for years with allergies from detergents).
And then the biggest change of all came ten years ago when I took on my first allotment and we were amazed by how different the fruit and vegetables tasted compared with the supermarkets. This led to a total of four allotments which I absolutely loved and by growing our own fruit and vegetables I found we saved so much money.
What we didn’t realise in the beginning was that by simplifying our life over the years we have changed so much in ourselves….we began to stop wanting ‘material things’ just to keep up the ‘Jones’ and started to enjoy the more simple pleasures of life.
I now feel very priviledged to have lived this way and had the chance to connect with nature and the seasons on my allotment plots.
So why did I write a blog?
Nearly eighteen years ago when my first daughter was born, everyone that I knew worked. I had no one to show me how to cook, grow vegetables, clean or save money in general and I spent hours and hours learning the hard way…..and this was the main reason I decided to write my blog. I was hoping that I could convince people that these things are actually easy to do and yet so rewarding, not to mention better for the environment.
From the beginning I decided I didn’t want to make any profit from advertising on my blog, as this is not the purpose of it and I still feel the same (though I do know that wordpress advertise sometimes, which is out of my control). My blog is about ‘simple living’ and I hope it reflects this.
I am really hoping that I haven’t lost any readers now I have given up my four allotments and in the future I want to share the benefits of growing vegetables right outside the back door in a smaller space. I won’t say I don’t miss my allotments, as I do….but circumstances dictated that change was necessary and I have embraced it.
My garden before:
My new kitchen garden today:
“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realise that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
I am certainly beginning to see some benefits of my new kitchen garden at home, but I will write about it another time.
So I really hope you continue to enjoy my blog.
I will be back next Friday at my usual time….have a good weekend!