Welcome to the home of the Wartime Housewife, a place where you will find old fashioned skills and values applied to our very modern lives.
For years my friends and family have shamelessly taken the mickey out of me for being frugal, never letting things go to waste and scavenging in skips and charity shops before I resort to buying things from real shops.
But now, gentle readers, they crave my skills and have exhorted me to take my message to the wider world. My natural diffidence has always prevented me from doing this, but in these times of austerity and difficulty, it seems only fair and right that I now begin the process of giving a little of this knowledge and hard won wisdom back to you.
Over time, I will be sharing recipes and meal planning; tips on budgeting, repairing things, mending, scavenging; ideas for the school holidays and outings; gardening and diy; sewing and craft; ranting and raving and anything else that I think may prove useful to you in your daily lives.
But life needn’t be all domestic drudgery you know! Having fun is absolutely essential if one is to have a balanced life, and to this end I will also pop in all sorts of things that I find amusing and diverting – pictures, music, poems, links to other charming people who are like-minded – or even little stories about my own life that may help others to ‘put their best foot forward’ in the realisation that we are only human and sometimes need a bit of a boost.
I know only too well what it is like to manage on a tight budget and, by following the Way of the Wartime Housewife, you too can learn to make the very best of what you have. And, after all, that is what life should be about; not only making the best of what you have but also seeing the best in what is around you and making the most of it.
With very best wishes
The Wartime Housewife