I used an old sheet to back them and for the wadding an old cheap duvet which we had bought for peanuts in France and then discovered that, as always, you get what you pay for and it really wasn't much good but folded and fitted into a cover I made from an old flanelette sheet it provided a comfy bed for Thomas in the days when he liked to sleep on the window sill in the sun. I removed the casing and inside was a thin layer of fleece; it wasn't of even thickness but for these covers it won't matter. So none of it cost me anything - I like that! What shall I make next?
Now for something completely different - earlier today I read an article here about food waste which really insenced me - I wonder what you think. The supermarkets throw away tons of food every day which is past its sell by/use by date - it seems that Tesco, the only supermarket to publish their figures for waste (for which Brownie points to them) threw away 28,500 tons of food in the first 6 moths of last year! That's approximately 57,000 tons of food in a year by one supermarket and to think there are people starving in the world! Why do they stock so much more than they can sell I wonder it doesn't sound like very good business practice to me. I can't imagine that we wouldn't be able to find a substitute if we happened to discover they were out of stock of an item occasionally so where's the problem?
The whole business of sell by/use by dates on things annoys me - we have become passively dependent on the manufacturers and stores to tell us what we once would have known for ourselves. Did our mothers or grandmothers have such dates on the food they bought? Of course not - they knew by looking at it, smelling it and feeling it whether or not it was safe to eat but we seem to have lost the ability to trust ourselves when it comes to this. Why are we told to keep jam refrigerated surely the whole purpose of jam is that it is a way of preserving fruit. If you keep it in the cupboard it might after a while get a little mould on the top but does that mean it must be thrown away? No of course not just remove the mould and it's fine to eat - I also sniff mine and if it smells wine-y I might dispose of it but this is unlikely unless it's many months since it was opened. I have a pot of yoghurt in the fridge which is past its use by date by about a week but I smelled it and tasted a wee bit and then plopped a portion on my stewed fruit and it was just fine. No wonder we are told that we throw away 30% of the food we buy if we follow the manufacturers' and supermarkets' guidelines. They of course have a vested interest in selling us more!! I suppose they are afraid that if we are left to trust our instincts (whatever happened to those?!) we might eat something harmful and then sue them.
Now I am not advocating that we eat meat or fish that isn't fresh and maybe if you purchase ready meals it is difficult to tell if they are OK or not done up in all the packaging but surely we can see if fruit and vegetables are OK and by that I don't mean perfectly shaped and polished and all exactly the same. We know what is acceptable and what is not and if we don't then maybe we should. I can see future generations who have no idea what food really should look and smell like and which will be in total thrall to the supermarket who will tell them what they can and can't eat. How scary would that be? Bah Humbug I say!! What about you?