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Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2021

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  • goldfinchesgoldfinches Forumite
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    A bit of Make Do - I wanted smallish panniers for my bike but all the ones online were just... well, I'm not needing to carry everything for a six-night trip up Anapurna, nor do I want the panniers to co-ordinate with my summer frock, iyswim :) 

    So I used Fabsil Gold tent-waterproofing fluid and painted a cheerful and useful-sized jute bag I had as a gift-bag back in May, and snaffled an identical one I spotted at my parents' house that was literally lying around unused in their lumber-room... so, two waterproofed jute bags, four bungee-cords, and I also paid a fiver for some small metal shackles to attach the corners of each bag to the bike's back-carrier rack, just in case the bungees went, and also to make them less pinchable if I leave the bike outside a shop for a bit with the panniers on, empty. 

    Lots of mending, as always - darning, buttons, hems, the usual... 

    Minimising - we've had enough of having So Much Stuff - any time my Inner Minimalist is starting to emerge, we know it's got too much! So we've started sorting through stuff - properly, not just an enthusiastic half-day and then it gets left... 

    Here's the bike a week or two back, first time out using the panniers

    Totally impressive panniers, clever you. 

    . A host of legends surround this, one of the loveliest of seafoods, except when overcooked. My favourite true story concerns the young lady scallop preparation worker, interviewed by the 'New Yorker' Magazine. When asked for her honest opinion of the shellfish she said "They don't have much personality".
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  • MrsCDMrsCD Forumite
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    Ooooh, how pretty! Perfect for Eastertime!
    #33 Saving for Christmas 2023
    Fashion on the ration 2021 ... 6 over Fashion on the ration 2022 ....53.5/66 Fashion on the ration 2023....100g acrylic yarn 1 coupon = 1/78
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