No fast fashion in a lifetime of thrift | Fashion

I envy Laura Snapes’ clothing list (Ditching fast fashion was easier and more fun than I ever imagined, December 29). As a kid, I wore my older brothers’ secondhand clothes, then dressed in charity shops for decades as a zero-hour college tutor and in the early years of home buying. When mortgage rates of 15% started to go down I switched to dressing agencies and now, having paid for the house, I can buy new ones on sale.
Rosalind Garton
Cupar, Fife

I’m a huge fan of the Feast supplement, despite being non-vegan and living in a place free from 95% of Ottolenghi’s ingredients. However, I am baffled by the inclusion in the most recent issue of instructions for turning leftover wine into homemade vinegar. Could you please explain to me the concept of “advanced wine”?
Anne Cowper
Bishopston, Swansea

I am reminded of the old story of the 1960s, when mass was celebrated in English (Letters, December 30). After the service, the confused parishioners asked the priest about the animal he mentioned – apparently he had invited them to “pray with the words of the prairie turtle.”
Rev Canon Chris Oxley
Foxton, Leicestershire

The weather has been so mild here recently that I mowed the lawn on December 31st, beating my previous final cut of the year by 25 days.
Robin Britcher
Birchington, Kent

Well, now he will be sweating (Giuffre’s lawyers are looking for details on Prince Andrew’s alleged inability to sweat, December 31).
Scott Poynting
Sydney, Australia

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