Living lightly on the land

My old shoes

The heel on one of my gardening shoes fell off the other day and I considered the feasibility of repairing it. As I pondered on how best to do it, I reflected that I had worn these shoes at least once a week for thirty two years. Is this a record for a pair of shoes?

They were of course, top quality shoes when I bought them – a testament to quality before quantity – and gradually got demoted to sturdy gardening shoes as time wore on.

I find it intolerable to throw anything away unless I feel I have exhausted every last use of it.

This philosophy feels like it is diametrically opposed to current consumerist profligacy.

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