In my valiant steps to curb my consumerism, mend my waywardness, I partake of old-fashioned passtimes such as darning socks and spurious knitwear. Mumsie taught me how to darn. Darning wasn’t a syllabus item on the compulsory (for females) Home Economics course provided by Chipping Sodbury Comprehensive school. A lot of useful home economics were omitted from my Home Economics education. It wasn’t comprehensive by any stretch of the imagination.
Recently I’ve added ‘Brickette’ making to my many economic home skills. Here’s the recipe
- Borrow a brickette maker (I failed at this first step – I bought one)
- Use a large (not plastic) bag to collect the shreddings from the confidential document shredder at work.
- Empty the shreddings into a large waterpoof container (Bucket!)
- fill the bucket with wate
- Leave the shreddings to soak for 3 days
- Scoop the soggy shredded paper from the bucket into the bricket maker and squish into a brickette
- Leave the soggy brickette in the sun tor dry-out. I’ve placed my first brick in my log-store
Three days to make one brick. I only have one bucket. I wonder how many bricks I’ll be able to make this summer? I wonder how well they’ll work as fuel on the woodburner. Apparantly it is possible to make brickettes from tea bags…