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  • Look, my husband used to have a boat! Now there WAS an expensive hobby, and one you can only enjoy on certain occasions. Gardening is very modest in comparison, and pays you back handsome dividends  - flowers, trees, fruit, vegetables, wild life to watch, and a lovely space to spend time in, alone or with friends and family. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,167

    Hubby has a wardrobe full of shirts. Last spend ( 4 years ago ) 3 shirts from Paul Smith £120.10 each. He's only worn 2 of them, once each. The other is waiting " until we go somewhere special"

    I said to the assistant " isn't £120 enough for a shirt without the 10P? does that cover the tissue and ribbon in which it's wrapped? "

    I bought a hosta last year for £5 and over the winter decided to split it. The stolons just fell apart and I've not got 10 little babies.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,759

    Definitely easier to propagate hostas than shirts.  I have been known to make casual shirts for OH and do most of my dance frocks, trousers and tops.  When I worked I also made my own suits and smart blouses and even coats.   Takes a couple of days but is cheaper than buying made to measure and decent off the peg.

    The longest it's taken me to split a hosta wa slast spring when I needed to get Sum and Substance out of a large ceramic pot without breaking it.   Took nearly an hour in the end and I had to cut it up into chunks with a bread knife and extricate lump by lump.   9 huge hostas resulted, of which 6 ended up at the charity sale.

    I buy perennials in 4"pots in spring when they're on special offer and reduced to €1.99 a pot if I buy 10 or more.    If I want something special I buy seeds or else go to a specialist plant fair.   

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Aster2Aster2 Posts: 629

    obelixx, I imagine it's also far less frustrating to make your own clothes than to spend hours trying to find something in the shops. That's why I'm planning to learn sewing, at least.

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    What with Austin Reed now collapsing into administration they'll be nowhere left to buy decent clothes soon!  Wonder if I can grow some cotton?!

  • Or keep a few sheep?

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,759

    Aster - the main reason for me sewing my own clothes was my shape - hourglass and curvy so not shop-shaped.  Easier to make than alter.  Plus which, I like natural fibres and everything seems to be polycotton or viscose or worse.   It's a great skill to have and you can find some lovely fabrics on the internet - I used to get my suiting from a mill in Bradford that sold ends of rolls of designer wool and wool/silk mixes in summer and winter weights.   Fab.

    Was supposed to spend all afternoon clearing my nursery and veggie beds so I can plant out the plugs I bought yesterday but we've had thunder, lightening, sleet, hail and rain so I just dug up the nursery plants and have been happily stuck in the potting shed for 3 hours potting them up for the charity plant sale next week.   That has cost me two big bags of compost but will net much more in funds for the charity and is a cheap way to stock up on goodies.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Aster2Aster2 Posts: 629

    I'm the same shape, so have the same problem. Haven't thought of looking online for fabrics, that's a great idea.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 4,595


    I'm the shape of 1/2 an hour glass.  Otherwise known as keg shape.  It used to be a 6 pack (in my dreams) but it expanded.image


  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I'm half Italian so curvy is in the genes. Even as a young woman and 8 stone I could never find clothes that fit - all too big on the waist.

    And £47 *laughs* do they mean 47 squared image

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