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My Beautiful Things by Jane Berry from Shoestring Cottage

Today – Jane Berry from Shoestring Cottage

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Jane from Shoestring Cottage

Jane Berry, aka Shoestring Jane, blogs about all things thrifty and money saving at www.shoestringcottage.com. She firmly believes that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to be happy and live a good life. We are so pleased to have her guest posting for us today, Over to Jane


The most beautiful day I ever had ……

So many beautiful days to choose from! I am a fan of the simple pleasures of life, and a recent beautiful day was spent on Wrabness beach with Mr Shoestring in the sunshine. We had a lovely picnic and some mini bottles of prosecco. It was almost deserted, the water was totally calm and we had the most blissful swim. Utterly relaxing – who needs a spa?


The most beautiful thing I have ever seen  …

My three daughters’ new born faces. They probably were red and rumpled in reality, but I was out of it on the magic of it all, not to mention the copious amounts of gas and air I consumed…


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Jane from shoestring cottage


The most beautiful thing I have ever owned …

I am not remotely materialistic and don’t really care about possessions. But we are lucky enough to own a house with a big, bountiful garden. When the flowers are in full bloom and the vegetable patch is at its most productive it is definitely the most beautiful thing I have ever owned.


The most beautiful song I have ever heard …..

I am a huge fan of Joni Mitchell. It is hard to choose just one of hers but maybe Blue or the Circle Game. I also have a memory of an unknown Peruvian band playing their panpipes on the battlements in Carcassonne many moons ago, which was completely magical.


The most beautiful person I know is…..

Mr Shoestring – my partner Justin – who supports me through thick and thin. He is a master of improvisation and has a shedful of bits, ‘just in case’. He recently spotted the sad frame of a garden bench at the side of the road. It is now in our garden repaired and painted, and gets many a compliment. The dishwasher died and he repaired it. It died and he repaired it again. It died and he gave up but had found a ‘new’ one by the following day, for free!


The most beautiful thing about me is……

Gosh, I have no idea! My left ear lobe is particularly pretty I believe J. I strive to be grateful every day and try to see the good in everybody.


Thankyou lovely Jane from Shoestring Cottage for sharing your beautiful things with us


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  1. Mandy
    September 9, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Is Mr Shoestring related to Simon Cowell,he’s certainly got the X factor.

  2. Eloise
    August 28, 2017 / 9:10 am

    None of us are very good at proclaiming our own inner or outer beauty, Jane. I’ll bet your family and friends could come up with a long list about what a beautiful person you are. I am as bad as the next person at finding beauty within myself but I recently measured it by looking at the number of birthday cards from friends which said such nice things as ‘to a lovely friend’. greed with Mummy – Mrt S is a jolly handsome chap!

    • Eloise
      August 28, 2017 / 9:11 am

      That should, of course, say I AGREE with Mummy!

      • ilona
        August 31, 2017 / 7:13 pm

        Mr Shoestring is not just handsome, he is chuffin gorgeous :o)

        • September 9, 2017 / 2:52 pm

          Aww thanks Eloise and Illona, of course -Mr S’s second biggest fan, after me 🙂

  3. Margaret Powling
    August 27, 2017 / 7:11 am

    Popped over from your own blog to read this – how could I resist? What a lovely Q&A session. What is beautifl about you? Well, I’d say your lovely personality and obvious kindness and love of your family – this shines through your blog and through this guest post. Thank you to Becky for inviting you to do this post.
    Margaret P

    • September 9, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you, Margaret, what a lovely thing to say 🙂

  4. Mummy
    August 16, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Love this Jane. How did we get such an inspirational daughter. Proud of you???.Just one little grumble, thought I was the most beautiful thing but I don’t mind coming second to Mr. Shoestring. He is a bit tasty.

    • September 9, 2017 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks Mummy :). Not sure if I should pass all these nice comments on – Mr S might get a big head!

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