There are times when I’ve been forced to live very frugally, but never for more than a few months at a time, that’s the nature of a writer’s existence. It’s always feast or famine. So it was His Majesty who made me think about the beauty and value of thrift, and that it has everything to do with being ingenious, not going without. Thrift is going to be an important skill to learn in these austere times.
One day I came back from work and found the house filled with big, bold, luscious displays of red roses, lilacs and willowy, elegant aliums. The house had never looked more colourful or smelled so aromatic, and it made me feel like a well-tended goddess. Even better, the flowers didn’t come from some grand emporium. My man had picked them from his garden and arranged them with as much flair, decadence and wit as any great florist’s hands. “This is thrift,” he declared with a boyish, secret smile.
Thrift might be an alien way of life to most of us, we are the never had it so good generation, but it doesn’t have to be scary, and it certainly doesn’t mean sacrificing quality for the mediocre or doing without pleasure or proper sustenance. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to make some adjustments to our throwaway lives, and become a little more ruthless in the pursuit of true value, pleasure and experience. You will be delighted with the pennies you save too!
So here is my thrifty tip for this week.
Bring the garden into your home and lift the senses in an instant. Roses are ideal as they will add colour and a wonderful natural perfume to the house, and you will encourage new blooms through regular pruning.