I’m of an age where I can remember things being kept ‘for best’ – the dress that was only worn once or twice a year – Christmas and a ‘special’ family occasion, that bottle of of my favourite Champagne or the eggshell china tea set that spends its days wrapped in newspaper, quietly waiting for an ‘occasion’.
Here are three things I plan to stop keeping for that elusive ‘best’:
Champagne: Decent fizz is my absolute favourite alcoholic tipple. I’ve never embraced the rise of Prosecco; it tastes too artificial and I can feel it stripping the enamel off my teeth. It’s Champagne or nothing, if it’s all the same to you.
I cam across an interesting article recently – seems Champagne doesn’t always improve with age and is meant to be drunk. Obviously, vintage Champagne is a whole other story and the manufacturers keep it in strictly controlled conditions.
So now that I know Champagne is made to be drunk, does it mean that I’ll be popping the cork on an ad hoc basis? Well, no, but it doesn’t mean I won’t open a bottle on any random Tuesday evening during February, just because.
Fancy Soaps and the like: I’m someone who uses a plain soap, un-perfumed and E45 as moisturiser.
In the back of the cupboard under the sink is a small collection of fancy bath products, gifted by a friend when we had our family bathroom updated several years ago. I suspect the use by date has been and gone. Now, whenever I’m the recipient of designer skincare products, I’m going to use them.
Books: It might sound a little odd to say that I’ve been guilty of keeping books ‘for best’.
What I actually mean is this: There are a number of books on my shelves that haven’t seen the light of day in years and 2020 is the year that I plan to reread them or pass them onto Oxfam.
What things have you been keeping ‘for best’?