It started with the rice flour...

"When did I last use that?"  asked myself as I studiously ignored the fact that I should have been working on Tom and Kayla's story and instead reached down to pick up the packet. Mmm, since it expired in 2002, the answer is that I obviously haven't used it for a very long time.

Still 2002, only eight years out of date... less than a decade...

Which is when the neat row of jelly crystals caught my eye... all thirteen of them. A baker's dozen.

"When did I last make a jelly?"  I asked myself as I brought them out into the daylight and stacked them on the bench. A very, very, very long time ago since four of them had a use-by date of March 1989.

Twenty one years ago...   My niece is younger than these jellies!

And eight of these are strawberry flavoured - that's four litres of red jelly. That's not even counting the raspberry one and the port wine one - also red jellies.

Which is when I realised the awful truth... I'd actually moved with these jelly packets. Packed up the kitchen cupboards, carefully stored these in a box and paid for some burly gentlemen to transport them in a large truck to our new residence. And at that point they were... eight years out of date... less than a decade...

Mmm, I begin to see where the trouble started...

Maybe I need a self help book about the dangers of hoarding... or maybe there's a Hoarders Anonymous...

Or... now here's a thought... at what stage might these become collector's items? Antique jellies! Perhaps I'd better not throw them out yet... maybe they really belong on eBay... maybe there are other jelly hoarders out there who are just dying for an opportunity to buy antique jellies!

Go on... make me feel better.   Fess up about an antique in your kitchen cupboard! Or perhaps you'd like to buy some antique jelly, very special, very rare... and for you, a very special price!