Thursday, 30 June 2016

Busy, busy, busy...


I'm almost scared to type this in case I tempt fate; the comments problem seems to have gone- except that I have lost all my previous comments. This is very sad as I have had many lovely and very amusing comments, but when you switch from Google to Blogger comments you lose them. I just have to accept it and move on!

What is good is that several people have said they had previously been unable to comment - but now they can!


Here's some of my dried hydrangeas in a lovely Maltese glass vase my friend gave me. Her son's funeral is on 5th July and it's going to be a very sad occasion, but we will celebrate his life in the best way we can.


I had a pretty hectic week last week hence no posts.  On Monday, I did the school run, then went to volunteer at Save the Children. On Tuesday I was at the food bank and went walking in the afternoon. I got slightly lost and ended up walking over 9 miles. I was very tired, went to bed early and slept like a log! I went walking with the Ramblers on Wednesday and got very wet as it rained all morning. We did over 7 miles, nevertheless.  I did a little bit of rummaging  in town in the afternoon and picked up a few nice items.

On Thursday, I was a poll clerk at a local polling station. My day started at 5 am and I was back home at 10. 20 pm. A long day but very enjoyable. (I am devastated at the outcome). On Friday,  it was the school run and food shopping in the afternoon.

On Saturday, we went to Leeds to spend the weekend with my OH's army buddy and his wife.
My OH was in the army for 6 years in the 1970s and stationed in Germany. He made some very good friends there and in 2013 we attended a reunion of his battalion in Southport.  It was the first reunion he had attended (oh the power of Facebook!) and he caught up with people, some he hadn't seen for over 40 years! Later in the year we went to stay with one such friend and his wife and we spent this weekend with them again - and a very good time was had by all. I even managed to visit a couple of local charity shops whilst we were in Leeds.

This  week was less busy, thank goodness. I was at Save the Children on Monday; haven't yet had the chance to operate the new till but I was able to help my colleague log in!

This was Tuesday's outfit. No food bank this week.
Capri pants and shirt from British Red Cross last week. Green sandals from Leeds charity shop - Gemma's Hospice, £5.99. White vest, charity shop £1.00 rail.




Bangles and watch charity shopped. Earrings from one of those shops that sell everything and the necklace was a present from my lovely next door neighbour.


 I managed to go rummaging in Newport Pagnell on Tuesday afternoon and picked up a few bargains.What did I buy? I bought some bangles and a pair of earrings  which cost me £2.00 and 3 tops for 50 p each, plus a pale green kimono jacket for 50p, too! The tops came from Keech Hospice - some of the reduced garments were 30p. What I really am after is some red skinny jeans as mine are too big for me and fall down around my hips which I hate. I didn't find any but that's what I keep looking for...


The weather scuppered my plans for walking on Wednesday. I was hoping to recce a new walk to lead another one in December; they're looking for volunteers at the moment. The Ramblers need the details by the end of the week and I'd need to recce the walk several times first. I'm hoping I get the chance to do it before this week is out. I know the route I want to take but it has to be walked first.

This is what I wore on Wednesday, although I was mainly bundled up in a huge thick cardigan, left behind by my grandson, as it was wet and chilly on Wednesday.

I think you might spot me in a crowd in this cardigan! I needed cheering up and bright colours always help.


I bought this cardigan online before Christmas, when I was waiting for a yellow cardigan to arrive as a Christmas present. It was too light for winter wear, when it arrived, but I hung on to it for summer wear. The vest top was from the British Red Cross in last week's rummage. Black skinny jeans; Lidl and yellow loafers; Tesco outlet store.


Beads, bangles, earrings and watch all charity shopped.


On Thursday the weather was much better and I got out  and recce'd the walk. It's just on 7 miles so if I can get to do it again over the weekend I feel confident enough to pass the details on and get ready to lead another walk.


Skirt bought from Save the Children last week for £3.00; it's by Country Casuals and I just love the print. The white top is one of my Tuesday 50p bargains and originally from Monsoon, and the linen jacket I've had for about 8 years now. Every year I contemplate getting rid of it and every year I end up keeping it - and wearing it! It's very useful when a cardigan might be too warm.


The white loafers are charity shopped but originally from River Island. I bought them from the RSPCA shop last year.


The necklace is about 6 years old and is from Sainsbury's, earrings bought from Save the Children last week.

I made a discovery today regarding charity shops in Bedford - I discovered another one! I've lived here for more than 35 years and I didn't know we had a Cat's Protection League charity shop in a place called Kempston, which is about a mile outside of Bedford. I made a point of going there today and it was worth the trip, because I picked up a pair of green palazzo pants and a lovely cobalt blue pair of skinny jeans. No red ones, unfortunately. When I count all the charity shops; including the one that sells used furniture specifically, we have a total of 18 charity shops between Bedford and Kempston.

I've got nothing planned for the rest of the week except some walking with the Ramblers on Friday and by myself at the weekend. Middle grandson is coming to stay over but he'll be glued to the football!

I hope your weekend is fabulous.

21 comments:

  1. Love the green sandals, the yellow cardi and that glorious maxi skirt! You always find such lovely things in your treasure-hunting! The hydrangeas are so pretty - they are all in bloom over here on Canada's west coast right now.

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    1. Yes, I remember the hydrangeas well from our trip in 2000; especially the blue ones - beautiful!

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  2. That yellow cardigan is beautiful-and it will go with everything (white, grey, blue, etc.)being such a bright shade. You always look so pulled-together with just the right accessories. The huge wooden necklace looks like something a skilled craftsperson made-I;d have never known it came from a supermarket if you didn't tell.

    CYou know, I got a little lost driving today and thought I'd die-I can't imagine getting lost and walking nine miles! You are incredible.

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    1. I don't mind getting lost, Goody, as long as I have my walking map with me - and if I don't, I have it on my phone! I'm never without either of them on a walk.

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  3. Oh there's nothing like yellow for a pick-me-up, definitely. And your maxi skirt is gorgeous.

    You are a genius walker. Haha. Getting lost is always a challenge but it seems you know how to handle yourself. I could get lost in our local park downtown! Heh.

    I hope you have a fabulous weekend as well.

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    1. Yes, I can handle it as long as I'm accompanied by my walking map or my phone which has walking maps on it!

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  4. Oh those Google comment misadventures. We've all had them. It's just one of those blog things we have to learn to live with. Frustrating nonetheless. OK. We're all agreed. You look fabulous in yellow. And can we talk about your gorgeous English complexion? Like a rose.

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    1. Well, Connie, I hope I've diminished the chances of it happening again - this is the third time it's happened to me and I've only been blogging since November.

      Thank you for kind comments, too.

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  5. That's a whole lot of charity shops!

    Your vase is lovely. I hope the funeral went as well as these things can go.

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    1. I am very lucky, Mim, but I'm always curious to see other charity shops in other places....

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  6. Hi, I've just found your blog - it's so good to meet another charity shop shopper! Love your yellow cardi and bangle - that's my colour as well and so cheerful. And thanks so much for featuring me on your side-bar. I'll put you on my Blogs I Love.
    Cheers, Penny, the frugalfashionshopper x

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    1. I think it's weird how I've always disliked yellow (and orange) and have never had any garments of either colour - and then I hit my sixties and fall in love with them!

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  7. It never ceases to amaze me how much jewellery you have and continue to buy Vronni! I love all the new necklaces (I tend not to check out the earring situation as I don't wear them myself). The yellow cardi and yellow necklace are a fab combination, and I love that disc shaped necklace too. The maxi skirt is lovely and makes me think I really ought to feature one on my blog soon as it's ages since I have. I'm so pleased that you've resolved your comments problem (fingers crossed) and am delighted to see Sheila and Melanie join your happy throng x
    Anna

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    1. Yes, I'm a bit of a jewellery addict. I picked up 3 more pairs of earrings today but at 50p each it would have been rude not to! It's great about Sheila and Melanie; I'm so pleased. x

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  8. fabulous bijouterie (as usual!) and lovely comfy&cool style!, I'm loving your yellow cardi particularly, and that fantastic necklace you're wearing with that pretty maxi skirt!, amazing!
    It's lovely that you've been busy doing things you like. I love long walks too, but I've injured my ankle once more!
    Glad you resolved your problem with comments, even if some of them were lost!. There will be more fab comment in the future, for sure!
    besos

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    1. I hope your ankle recovers soon and thank you for your kind comments.

      xx

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  9. Some cracking outfits there, loving the maxi, the yellow cardi, those huge beads and the six year old necklace in the last photo. That printed denim shirt you're wearing must be the in-thing, I saw so many hip young things wearing dresses in a similar print at the weekend.
    Hope the funeral goes as well as it can and that you're feeling less devastated about the awful Brexit thing. xxx

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  10. Well, that yellow cardigan is fabulous. It jumped straight out and me and said 'sunshine!', lovely. I think the green sandals need a special mention too and the huge beads. You always look so incredibly chic. Gosh yes, this funeral tomorrow. Good luck to you and everyone there. I was devastated too about the vote, but I'm actually feeling a bit more hopeful that it might end up with a different outcome than first seemed likely... Xxx

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    1. Thank you Tania, I love a bit of sunshine!

      xx

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  11. Love your floral shirt and those earrings match it perfectly. The yellow necklace and cardi are gloriously sunny. You are really spoilt with 18 charity shops. Xx

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