Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Nominations and other things

I have a new icon on my blog called the 'Sunshine blogger award' for which I was nominated by Penny of  'Frugal Fashion Shopper' see here. I must first say a very big thank you to Penny and how pleased and surprised I was at her nomination. If you go to Penny's blog, which is always a very good read, she explains the origins of the award and what is for:

'the Sunshine Blogger Award is given from bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire creativity and positivity by bringing sunshine to the blogging community and to their readership alike. It is a way of encouraging one another as in saying ‘Hey, you are doing a great job and we can see it. Keep it up!!

  Penny is in her 70s, buys a lot of her clothes from charity shops, has an amazing hat collection and writes interestingly and informatively about ageing and other issues.  She has just started a a series of You Tube videos here of make up tutorials for older women.

I am so honoured to be nominated. Thank you, Penny!
 All I have to in return is to place the icon on my blog which I'm happy to do; mention and link back to the person who nominated me; answer that person's questions and nominate four more bloggers!

This is the skirt I bought on my Saturday Bedford charity shop rummage. 3.50 in the Independent charity shop. Top and jacket; which is by Roman were 1.00 rail finds. The jacket was bought in Wellingborough.

The skirt has covered my boots which were charity shopped in the Salvation Army  in Rushden; brown suede Chelsea boots by Next for 5.00. For warmth, I wore thick brown woollen tights underneath the skirt but I ended up being too warm! The weather has been unbelievable for this time of the year. We are living proof of climate change.

All jewellery  and scarf charity shopped. This scarf is a long but not so stretchy one; my ears were hurting where I had tied it too tightly...oh dear look at my double chin!

Going back to the nomination; here are the questions Penny asked and my replies:

  1. Why did you begin blogging?.  I began blogging in November 2015. Through Pinterest I had discovered blogs for older women -  what a revelation! I then realised that a lot of blogs, though both inspiring and full of very good advice, featured a lot of clothes and accessories that were beyond my budget. I’ve shopped in charity shops since the mid 1980s and knew you could find lovely things; especially clothes at prices most ordinary people could afford. I often got complimented on my outfits and my style and I thought I could share what I found in charity shops with other older women and encourage them to shop secondhand and look great, too. The other thing about writing a blog for me is it acts as a sort of diary/journal with photographs as a record of my life at a certain time. I’d never managed to keep writing a diary or journal before.
  2. Has your blog changed since you started it? I don’t think my blog has changed a huge amount since I first started it.  Like you, I wasn’t and am still not interested in selling anything and I won’t change that.  I never wanted to give anyone ‘style advice’ and I still don’t. I think I take more photos. I have added a ‘Books Read’ page as I am avid reader and reading is a very important part of my life. I also blog less frequently and have longer posts. 
  3. Blogging is time-consuming – what are the challenges you face in finding the time?Blogging is incredibly time consuming. As it’s a two way communication process it requires a lot of reading of other people’s blogs and commenting. I have had to limit the amount of blogs I follow and comment on because it was taking up so much time. It also takes a lot of time to produce the blog. The photography, the writing, the thinking about what to write; the comments etc. In order to manage the time required for blogging I write longer posts and blog fortnightly rather than weekly. I spend two days (a few hours each day) in the week where I read and comment on other people’s blogs. I try to stick to this but sometimes get tempted if I’m on my laptop and wander over to someone’s blog to see if they’ve posted anything new…When I’m away in Ireland I don’t have internet connection and can neither write my blog nor follow other blogs and I miss it!
  4. When do you write a post – the morning or the evening? I write my blog constantly. As soon as I’ve posted one post I start on another. Usually it starts with just a photo but that requires some context and content. I write almost every day and I write at any time of the day or evening: rarely after 9 pm though.
  5. What is your favourite topic?I don’t have a favourite topic but I suppose if I was to quantify the content of what I blog about it would be my charity shop finds and what I’ve been wearing.
  6. What’s the thing you love most about blogging? The thing I love most about blogging is the comments I receive. People are so generous, kind and supportive. I also love finding out about other people’s lives and the interesting things they get up to.
  7. What’s the thing you like least? The thing I like least about blogging is that I sometimes worry that people will get bored reading about the same things I get up to. I have actually asked people about this and the overwhelming response was - no, people like it!
  8. Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years time? I don’t know if I will still be blogging in five years time. I hope so, because I enjoy it. If I stopped getting comments I think that would stop me blogging. Until that happens, I’ll keep on!
I shall get to my nominations for the award shortly...

This lovely building is Houghton House nr Ampthill. We walked from Ampthill to Maulden in a big  7 mile loop last Wednesday and passed this on the way. I've brought the two younger grandsons here for a picnic in the past.

It's the shell of a 17th century ruined mansion with commanding views of the Bedfordshire countryside and thought to be origin of 'House Beautiful' in 'Pilgrim's Progress'; written by John Bunyan who was born and lived in Bedford, but is buried in Bunhill Fields in London.

There were 55 people on that walk and here are some of them going through a 'kissing gate'; so called because it only lets one person through at a time but you could stand either side of the gate and have a kiss! Just as well that we don't because it would take a heck of a long time get through the gates. That's a blackthorn tree in full blossom.

Bedfordshire views...

I went to the food bank on Tuesday morning as usual and wore
another monochrome outfit. I  managed to find a nice stretchy monochrome scarf for 50 p in the 3:16 charity shop but I bought it after I wore this outfit. Everything charity shopped except striped long sleeved t shirt ; Primarni.

Ruffled tunic 49p rail at Barnardo's, Great Denham. Trousers by F&F; can't remember. Boots: Oxfam 5.00.

All jewellery charity shopped.

Outer wear; long jacket by David Emmanuel; Red Cross shop some years ago. Scarf; Primarni retail.

The weather changed on Thursday to cooler, cloudier and rain and is still the same. I had set out to a walk on Thursday afternoon but it rained on and off for most of the afternoon so I didn't go. On Friday, I went to the hairdressers in the morning and did some errands then had a short 4 mile walk in the afternoon.   I also picked up  middle Grandson from school; youngest grandson was still off with his ear.  I give them a weekly treat on Friday after school - we go to a local sweet shop and they can spend a certain amount on sweets. I get to sample what they've chosen!

This was Friday's outfit:

I have to show you this photo. When I looked at the photos OH had taken I shocked to see a black smudge at the side of my nose -  me poking about with the the fire again. What's worse is that at the time neither me nor OH noticed and I always have a quick peek in the mirror to check before we start! It's the blind leading the blind sometimes when it comes to taking blog photos in our house...

Everything charity shopped. Tunic; Keech 1.00 rail; black shirt 1.00 rail somewhere and green trousers, too.

Off white Mary Jane's by Clarks. Bought in the Oxfam shop in Newport Pagnell last time I was there. They were 9.99 but hardly worn. I should have worn some sort of sock as they rubbed me.

All jewellery charity shopped.
Smudge free!

On Saturday, I went out to try and recce a slightly longer start to my next bus walk. I walked from Sharnbrook to Felmersham but in an extended loop. I met a couple whilst out walking and they walked part of the way with me to show me where to go. Very companionable. I walked 6.5 miles including through a farmyard where I was ankle deep in cow muck! It took ages to clean my boots when I got back and I had to wash my laces. It's alright; I don't actually mind the smell of cow muck at all but others do.

So, now I'll come to my nominations for the Sunshine Award. This was very hard and took quite a lot of thinking about but I finally came up with the following four:  all non advertising and all shop almost exclusively at charity/thrift shops. There's a range of countries represented here as well, Vix is in the UK; Ann in Belgium; Monica in Spain and Goody in the USA.

1) Vix of Vintage Vixen
2) Ann of  Polyester Princess
3) Monica of Mrs. Allnut
4) Goody of Eat the blog

The rules for this award are as follows:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions given by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other blogs and give questions for them to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog. 5)List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.
Sunday's outfit. Skirt 3:16 1.00 rail, top 1.00 rail somewhere; Next jacket years old and can't remember where. Tights charity shopped and Next boots bought in the Salvation Army, Rushden for 5.00.

All jewellery charity shopped. I bought the necklace in the week at Cancer Research for 2.50.

I'll have to ask my four nominees the questions I'd like to them to answer at the end of this blog although the most appropriate place to ask would have been above. I've noticed that any cutting and pasting on Blogger (or it may just be me) throw the formatting out; including the fonts and alignment.

I wore this to the charity shop on Monday. Everything charity shopped except the brogues; Primarni retail. Trousers are by F&F but can't remember where; patterned top by Next, can't remember. Cardigan  from charity shop in Golders Green 2.00; bought on my birthday trip to London two years ago.

All jewellery charity shopped.

Talking of London, I went there on Tuesday to give an old ex colleague a hand with a discussion group for her research project. We were based  in Brixton and when it was over we went to West Hampstead  where she lives and where I could hop on a train straight back to Bedford.

I didn't have much time to take photos; of course I had to visit a few charity shops! This is Coldharbour Lane in Brixton.

Lovely mural spotted down a side street near to the discussion group venue.

All bridges should be painted in such bright colours! Brixton Road.

I bought some boots from Topshop for 5.00 in Traid on Brixton Road and a pair of new bamboo chevron striped tights; 4.00. I haven't seen Traid in any town outside of London. There used to be an amazing one in Kilburn High Road near to where my mum used to live.

In West Hampstead I bought two skirts from a reduced rail in Oxfam. Both were by M&S which I didn't notice till I got them home. One skirt was blue suede knee length for 2.99 - I don't have any suede clothing other than two gilets; and the other is a  knee length black or navy - can't decide which - checked one; 2.49.

This is what I wore. Photo taken on my return home after a 12 hour day...

Dress by the White Stuff bought on Monday in my charity shop for 4.50. Jacket  by Fenn, Wright and Manson bought in Day Hospice charity shop in Kempston. Tights and OTK boots bought online.

All jewellery charity shopped.

The Rambler's Wednesday walk was too far for me to go this week but I was so shattered after my day in London on Tuesday that I didn't have much energy for walking anyway. I spent the day pottering about at home and went to the library later in the afternoon. I sorted out under my bed. I find under the bed a really useful storage space and at the moment I have two plastic crates of handbags; one plastic crate of walking clothes (they were taking up too much room in my wardrobes); two containers of tights - both coloured and patterned; two containers of scarves, one of which is mostly the shorter scarves you tie round your neck made of very fine materials; a lot of which were my mum's and one full of Pashmina scarves. I also have a bag full of cards from my family. Where I would put all this stuff if I didn't have space under my bed I hate to think! What do you keep under your bed? Do tell!

Everything charity shopped except brogues; as before. Jacket by Jigsaw; 1.00 rail; blue jumper from 1.00 rail Barnardo's in Ampthill; skirt by East can't remember.

All jewellery charity shopped.

Yes I'd been poking the fire again...

I'm off to London at the weekend for birthday celebrations and that will be in my next post. You may have noticed this post is earlier than usual but I wanted to get the nominations out there as fast as I could.

Now to those questions for my 4 nominees:

1) Why did you start blogging?
2) Has your blog changed since you started it?
3) Blogging is time consuming - what are the challenges you find in finding the time?
4) When do you write a post - in the morning or the evening?
5) What is your favourite topic?
6) What's the thing you love most about blogging?
7) What's the thing you like least?
8) Where do you see yourself and your blog  in five years time?

 I look forward to reading your replies!

Monday, 25 February 2019

Hospitals and how I tie my headscarf...

I forgot to mention in my last post that in one of those post photos I only had one earring on. Did any of you spot it? OH didn't notice either and he's the one who took the photos! I didn't realise until I was getting ready for bed. Unfortunately, I still haven't found the earring. I thought I might have dropped it  in the car but no; it wasn't there. I shall hang on to the other one just in case it turns up. I'm wearing the earrings in question in the photo (above). Bought from The Guild House when I volunteered there briefly.

It's true, Spring is on its way! Snowdrops seen in Milton Ernest when I recce'd my walk last Tuesday afternoon. I also saw aconites and crocuses; both emblematic of Spring flowers.

 Everything charity shopped. With the exception of the tunic/dress which is from New Look and I can't remember where I bought it from and how much it was; everything else is from the 1.00 or 99p rail. Both jeans and jacket are by Next and silver pumps by Zara; these were 2.99 from Barnardos and bought at the end of the summer last year. I've never worn them before; they were very comfortable. The jacket went to the charity shop as I bought another ...

All jewellery charity shopped.

I didn't go to the food bank on Tuesday as it was half term.

Last Wednesday, I set out to walk with my walking group from Rowney Warren;  only to realise I was driving on the wrong road to the walk. By the time I turned around and got on the right road I arrived five minutes too late for the walk start. Nothing for it but to drive home; pick up my map and head out to recce a  bus walk I will be leading in June. The plan is to catch a bus from the bus station in Bedford to the village of Sharnbrook. From there walk to the village of Felmersham, then onto the village of Radwell, then Pavenham; where we will catch a bus back to Bedford. It was a beautiful day for walking, bright, dry and not too windy.

Felmersham bridge. I saw a dead otter was also a bit grey and gloomy...

St. Mary's Church; Felmersham. Built between 1220 -1240.
The day then brightened up...

Pavenham thatched cottage. Lots of  houses are made of this honey coloured stone in the village -  as there are in several villages in this area.

Pavenham old village school.

Front of the school.

What I had forgotten about my recce was that when I reached my destination, Pavenham, I would have to walk back! I walked 12 miles that day and was out for 5 hours; I enjoyed every minute of it.

On Thursday I led my 5 mile amble and it went very well. There were 21 of us in total and it was  a really lovely day with brilliant sunshine and a temperature of 12.5 degrees. People were peeling off layers of clothing as we went along!

Thursday's outfit. Everything charity shopped.

Top; Keech Hospice 1.00 rail. Navy jacket by Jigsaw; 1,00 rail somewhere. Navy leggings; M&S, can't remember. Boots; on line retail.

Of course it was Valentine's Day last Thursday. I came home to these:

Aren't they beautiful? I also got chocolates and a beautiful card from my love. I am a very lucky woman.

Middle grandson took these photos and was too lazy to get up off the sofa which is why I'm looming in this alarming fashion...

All jewellery charity shopped. 

I did the shopping on Friday for a change and then pottered around at home; doing the washing and trying to get my new printer set up. I've tried three times now with no luck but I will not be defeated by a printer! I shall keep on until I get the bloody thing working.  I want to print out a new crochet pattern for  my next project. I also ran some errands in town and popped into the 3:16 charity shop where I picked up some summer trousers for 3.00; a skirt from the 1.00 rail and unusually for them, as they haven't had any nice jewellery in for ages; two necklaces for 99p each.

Both Thursday and Friday were beautiful days; sunny and bright. It was 14 degrees here on Friday and the media were talking about a 'February mini heatwave'. Honestly, there's no surer way to bring about a change in the weather because on Saturday despite it being 13 degrees it was chilly, grey and dank...

Never mind, I dressed in bright colours to cheer myself up. Everything charity shopped except boots and tights; on line retail. Skirt  by French Connection 1.00 rail, 3:16 charity shop. Top by East; 1.00 rail somewhere and I haven't got a clue where the cardigan came from; possibly the Red Cross in which case it would have cost 1.99.

All jewellery charity shopped. I bought the necklace in Kettering last week for 1.50.

Last Saturday OH and I had to go back to where we bought the solid fuel burner from as we needed to reseal the door. On the way back from there we stopped in Ampthill for a quick rummage. I got lucky. In the RSPCA shop I bought a white lace top by Next from the 1.00 rail and a pair of earrings for a 1.00. In Barnardo's I bought a Country Casuals boucle knit jacket (!) for 2.50; a pair of  pink embroidered shoes by Next for 1.50 and a pair of earrings for 50 p. I've spent 12.50 in the charity shops this week. I have been very good at putting stuff  back into the charity shop bag and we took a full plastic sack to one of the charity shops in Ampthill.

These are very poor photos, apologies. These were taken at the end of a very long day last Monday, just before I went to bed. I was up at 4 am to take youngest grandson, his mum and dad to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Grandson was having a middle ear implant operation and had to be on the ward for 7 am. He was born with Microtia Grade III, see here, which means he only has 50% hearing and a malformed ear. Put simply, he has no opening in the bone where his ear is so the sound can't be conducted through the bone into the inner ear. The implant will change that to 100% hearing or as near as dammit.  A wire is implanted into the ear which stimulates vibrations in the inner ear and has a magnet attached at the other end. There is a second stage to the operation in a few weeks time where they attach the processor (a little disc) to the skull over the ear and above the magnet. He was ready to be discharged by 4.30 pm, so after I'd done my stint at the charity shop I was off to Cambridge again to pick them all up again. He is recovering well and of course off school. He's been so brave. I'm very proud of him.

This is the boucle jacket by Country Casual bought in Barnardo's, Ampthill on Saturday for 2.50. Yellow velvet dress charity shopped in Ireland as was the necklace. Tights, scarf  and all jewellery charity shopped, grey boots retail.

This was Tuesday's outfit. I was at the food bank as usual.

Everything charity shopped except the kimono; Christmas present from my daughter and scarf; Primarni.

Trousers by Tu; white lace top by Next bought in the RSPCA for 1.00 on Saturday; boots from Oxfam 5.00.

All jewellery charity shopped.

I've been asked several times about how I tie my headscarf so in this post I am going to attempt to explain it you.

I had been experimenting with tying a headscarf for some years but it never looked right. Then when I started reading online blogs and eventually writing my own blog, I came across this:
 It's from a blog called 'Alternative Ageing'. which is well worth checking out.  This was the video that kick started my headscarf tying. I think the most crucial thing about this video is that Suzy teaches you to tie the scarf at the top of your head. I had been trying unsuccessfully previously with tying the knot at the back of the head. I then began to adapt my own way of tying my headscarf and here are some pointers:

1) In the video Suzy uses square headscarves. I have many of these, but find they have to be pretty large ones. Small ones are no use. Also, sometimes the material the square headscarves are made of can be very slippery. As I use oil on my hair on a daily basis; oil+ slippery scarf = NO!

2) So, after buying up dozens of headscarves in charity shops, I then experimented with the ordinary long scarves we usually wear round our necks; and found they work much better (for me). The best long scarves are the ones with a bit of stretch. Too long a scarf is not good as there is too much material to tuck in. I sometimes cut the scarf, if I don't mind not wearing it as a neck scarf, because you can tuck the cut end in. Now on to the actual tying:

Large cotton head scarf square.
Stretchy long scarf

First ever scarf tied. It's a square headscarf.

Stretchy long scarf
a) If you're using a head square, fold it as Suzy shows in the video. I like mine to be quite wide but she folds her quite thinly. Just experiment and see what you like.

b) If you're using a long scarf, fold it in half length ways as you would if you were going to wear it around your neck. Modern long scarves are  usually very wide, so to go on your head you need to make them narrower. Just to be clear, I mean for you to fold the scarf in half along its entire length.

c) Hold the scarf behind your neck, covering your ears and stretching the lengths up to the top of your head, holding one length in each hand; make sure each length is equal.
d)  Now tie it (I don't knot it as I make several ties and it looks like knots). Make sure your ears are covered. OR you may prefer to leave your ears exposed - it's up to you.
e) Tie another tie and another. I usually make three ties because I like the height the scarf gives if I do this. Having the scarf flat to my head doesn't suit me. It also makes the length of the scarf more manageable for the tucking ends in stage.
f) This is the final bit and the hardest!
You will have two lengths of scarf hanging down on either side. You need to tuck these ends in. I usually tuck mine either side of the knot at the top of the head tucking it in all the way round.  OR, you could tuck it in in front of the knot going under the ear  this time and tuck in around and in front of the ears. You could even take the ends, if they're long enough, bring them to the back of the neck and tuck them in there. Just experiment and see what works for you. Alternatively, you could tie a big bow on the top! I'm trying to find the ideal length of scarf to do this - watch this space!

I like to leave my fringe below the scarf but you may prefer to cover yours (if you have one); again it's all about experimenting once you've grasped the basics.

I  do hope this helps and if you have any questions just ask in the comments or email me at

On Thursday I walked with my friend from the food bank. We walked 7 miles.

Everything charity shopped except boots; retail.

Tunic by The White Stuff; can't remember where I bought it from. Jeans; 1.00 rail and cardigan by Gap; 1.00 rail.

All jewellery charity shopped.

On Friday I went on a 9 mile bus walk with my walking group. We caught a bus from Bedford to the small town of Shefford. We then walked from Shefford to Meppershall; from there to Shillington, then onto Hexton and finally walking to Barton le Clay where we caught a bus back to Bedford.

Shillington Church where we sat outside for a break in the warm sunshine - in February!

It was a lovely day but misty in the distance. View from the graveyard at Shillington.

Who says Bedfordshire is flat?

Blackthorn in blossom.

I had the laziest weekend in a long while this weekend. No grandchildren at all. OH had a wisdom tooth removed in hospital on Saturday morning; I took him there and brought him home again. He slept all day. There is still some pain and he's currently eating a soft diet until he can manage more solid food. Anyway, I went for a rummage in Bedford on Saturday. I came home after a few shops because it was one of those days where I kept buying things and I don't get my pension  until 8th of the month! I bought a lovely, finely pleated maxi skirt in a metallic greenish brown; in the Independent Charity shop for 3.50; I think it was from BHS originally as it has a 'Berketex'  label; I also bought a bangle and some earrings in the same shop for 50 p each. In the Sue Ryder shop I bought my bargain of the day. A metal, William Morris print, concertina file holder for 3.00.

Everything charity shopped except my (long) headscarf which was a present from my eldest grandson some years ago. Dress and kimono M&S. Boots 1.99: Red Cross. Tights, can't remember.

I bought this necklace in the 3:16 charity shop. The bangles are charity shopped; the plain red one was bought in Dublin for 1.00 euro.

Now, these earrings are another tale of lost earrings. I bought the original pair of earrings for 2.00 in the Keech Hospice shop. About  a month ago after picking up the grandchildren from school one Friday wearing these same earrings; I realised again at bedtime I had lost one. It wasn't in the car or anywhere in the house, but I kept the remaining one. This Saturday, I went into the same charity shop and was delighted to see they had another identical pair pinned to their earring display. Of course, I bought them and if I lose one I now have a spare! I do wear backs on my earrings in an effort to prevent losses but they often slide off.

The weather was really pleasant at the weekend; warm and sunny. People were out in shorts and t shirts - in February! Despite the weather I didn't even go out for a proper walk only a short one on Sunday but did the usual chores and cleaning at home; read my library book; sorted out my next crochet project and watched TV. I don't usually watch much TV, but at the moment I am watching and enjoying; 'Trapped' on BBC4; 'Baptiste' on BBC2; 'The Great British Sewing Bee' on BBC1; 'Shetland' on BBC2; 'A Very British History' and 'Soon Gone' both on BBC4.

My printer  (Christmas present from OH) is now up and working which is fabulous. I shall give my old printer to my eldest grandson when he next comes down. The printer is in my study, you can just spot it to the left of the chair. I don't think I've shown you my study before; I come here if I want to get away from the TV  to do my crocheting and reading and upstairs is warmer than downstairs so I tend to use this room so I don't have to put the heating on in the's a very small room.

Everything is charity shopped or was a gift. The lamp is from Ikea. The chair came from the Reuse shop. One cushion is from Oxfam and the other from Barnardo's. I made the blanket. The miniature suitcases came from all over and hold the very small leftover scraps of wool and various crochet bits and bobs. Yes, you can see I like Matryoshka dolls but the collection has got a little out of hand! The speakers were a present from me to OH who plugs his phone into them and plays music while we do the cleaning on a Sunday. It was mostly 60s this Sunday, but can be reggae, world music, jazz or even folk. I never know in advance what it is but it sure helps the chores get done!

My daughter bought me the small blue chest of drawers with birds on it and the painted white chest both on the left. Both are full of wool! The green kneeling pads are what I use to 'block' my crochet squares. I should keep them in the chest, but it's full to bursting...the bureau was bought from the Heart Foundation charity shop and up-cycled by my friend. The DAB radio was bought by me when it was on sale at Sainsbury's; I listen to the radio a lot and we have one in every room except the bathroom.  The green lamp was 50 p at a car boot sale. I have a collection of miniature chest of drawers on top of the bureau; I have several more on the book shelves but had to stop collecting as there is no room!

The weather has been fabulous. Today (25th) it was 18 degrees. Sometimes in the summer at the mobile home in Donegal it's not even as warm as this!

I wore this to the charity shop where I volunteer. The jacket is from the 1.00 rail at the 3:16 charity shop; you can just  make out the sequins and beading  it.

These trousers are by Abercrombie and Fitch and were 5.00 but I can't remember where I got them. Black tunic also charity shopped but cannot remember where I got it from either. Scarf from Save the Children; 1.00. Boots; Northampton charity shop 3.99.

All jewellery charity shopped.

It's my 65th birthday soon and we're going to go to London for the day and will hopefully meet up with my brother who lives in London. I'd quite like to go to the Sir John Soane's house/museum, but will have a look on the web to see if there are any exhibitions I'd like to visit; and I'd love to go back to the V&A. I'd also like to have a bit of a rummage  and we'll go for a meal somewhere before setting off for home. By the time of my next post this will all have happened so I can tell you all about it.