Not 1940’s but my other passion..


I hate waste… I guess the 1940’s housewife during WWII would have been very mindful of waste. Supplies were scarce, foods were rationed and many manufacturing industries were scaled back. People were encouraged to “Make do and Mend”, use their food scraps up and what they couldn’t use was donated to the community “pig swill” bin or fed to garden livestock.

In todays society we should perhaps take notice of this early form of recycling..

And that is another of my passions… trying to make things last longer, repairing, reusing, not throwing things away because we need something newer and shinier…

And that is precisely what I did with my beautiful bouquet of Valentine’s Roses this year. I couldn’t bare to see them just thrown away so I kept them and watched them as they became crispier and crispier. Work colleagues made comments that it was about time I perhaps threw them away but I waited. And today my roses were dry enough to make “Valentine Rose Petal Pot-Pourri” and now I can treasure the petals for many months more..

CLICK HERE FOR MY HOW-TO WITH PHOTOS!

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3 thoughts on “Not 1940’s but my other passion..

  1. How fabulous! Thanks for the tip – the one reason I don’t like receiving fresh flowers is because they wither so quickly. This way, I could keep on enjoying them. Thank you. 🙂

    KB xx

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  2. You’re a woman after my own heart; not only do I not like to waste things (especially food!) but I love roses. Your pot pouri is really pretty and I bet it smells awesome too. Thanks for sharing your lovely idea and keep up the great work with your site. I’ve spent ages browsing your recipes and have been doing a similar thing on a Wednesday on my site 🙂

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