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I went meandering...

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I went walking by myself on Wednesday and did 8 miles. I didn't fancy the Rambler's walk as it was a woods walk to see the bluebells. I'd seen lots of bluebells already- but it was the thought of all that mud that put me off. Woods seem to stay very muddy long after everywhere else has dried out. I tried a different route - variety is the spice of life after all!  The different route took me across a couple of fields and I came out close to a pig farm and anaerobic digester plant called Twinwoods - it's this place that's responsible for the horrible odour that permeates Bedford from time to time if the wind is in the 'right' direction! This is what their website has to say: Processes 35,000 tonnes of food waste and 12,000 tonnes of pig slurry per year. Generates 1.6MW of green electricity enough to power approx 3,500 homes Twinwoods is also the site of an old RAF airfield used in WWII.  It's where Glen Miller took off from and from where hi

This week's finds...

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I've had a good week's rummaging this week...I'm trying to focus my charity shopping to add to my summer wardrobe and buy things for our week in Spain in July. On Monday I bought brand new with tags, navy blue, cotton trousers at Save the Children where I volunteer. I also got two summer t shirts for middle grandson. On my way home I went into the British Red Cross shop and bought a pair of leather gloves for £1.00.  These won't be for Spain of course, but for next winter. I always buy leather gloves if I see them for sale at bargain prices. They also had a lovely fur coat in for £8.99; which I tried on, but it didn't fit me! I've been after a nice fur coat for ages now, but I shall just have to keep on looking... I wore this on Tuesday. Black skinny jeans from Lidl, loafers from local shoe shop last year. This is my only concession to Spring so far; no boots or socks, but I've still got my camisole/vest on underneath my top! On Tuesday I went int

Yellow, navy and a long walk...

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I wore this outfit on Friday after I finished my bus walk. We caught the bus from Bedford to the village of Milton Ernest and walked back, which is 7 miles. We ended up  in Bedford Park and had tea and cake in the cafe. The best way to finish any walk, I think! t It was such a cheerless, grey cloudy day, I wanted to wear something bright - and yellow always obliges. Grey trousers from Primarni 2 years ago; top charity shopped; cardigan Christmas present from OH, yellow loafers from Tesco outlet store about 4 years ago. Necklace charity shopped and earrings from e bay, 99p. Beads bought recently at Cancer Research and orange earrings from Sainsburys On Saturday both OH and I went walking in London for the 'Unlock London' walk.  It was the 33rd walk and was called 'Around the Orbit'.  The Orbit is the horrible twisty construction in the Olympic Park and to give it is full name the Arcelormittal  Orbit. We did the 'Unlock London' walk last y

Meanderings...

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When I started this blog I struggled to find a title. I wanted the blog to reflect my interest in fashion/style for mature women on a tight budget and my love of walking, so the 'meanderings' seemed an apt choice. Today I looked up in the Cambridge On Line Dictionary the definition of 'meandering': moving  ​ slowly  in no ​ particular  ​ direction  or with no ​ clear ​ purpose : Not exactly what I thought but hey it will have to do! My walks are rarely meandering as I usually know where I'm going and roughly how to get there. I'm doing a lot of walking this week... I went walking on Wednesday on my own own. I walked the route I'll be taking when I lead the walk on 15th June. The woods were full of bluebells. I walked this same route last week on Wednesday, but had to start from a different place as my car was out of action to get to the actual starting point. In just one week the oil seed rape has flowered leaving bright yellow

My 60th Post

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Today is my 60th post! I started blogging back in November 2015 having been inspired by (and continue to be) by other fashion and style bloggers. I do find, though,  that blogging is a time consuming activity. First of all there are all the blogs to read -  and as I discover more all the time the blog reading  list gets longer... then there is the writing and the photo taking for my own blog. I think life would be a lot easier if I took my own photos, so I'm working on that, but in the meantime will have to prevail on the OH and whichever grandson might be handy to take the photos. In summary I have enjoyed it all immensely and will be carrying on regardless! I got my car back fully functioning and was able to drive it to Surrey late on Thursday night in readiness for the funeral on Friday morning. I stayed in a Travelodge for the first time in my life. The room was pleasant and clean but the people who had the room above me sounded like they were stamping on the floor a

Of cars, cookers and funerals....

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Well, the problems with the car continue since I've got back.  When I went to do the Lidl shop on Thursday the engine light was flashing and it didn't drive in the usual way. The problem has been diagnosed - the head gasket has gone and will cost a pretty penny to repair. It can't be done until Saturday so I'm car less until then.  The car hasn't really been right since we came back from Ireland last September, despite new coolant unit caps, new water pump and most recently a new radiator. According to my mechanic the new head gasket should fix it once and for all. Therefore, no Rambler's walks this week as I can't get to the start points but no matter I can walk on my own! Lately, my daughter has developed an interest in walking as part of her exercise regime. She is super fit. She's a PE teacher, goes to the gym 4 times a week and plays netball weekly for a local team.  My son, too, visits the gym several times a week. Going to the gym is my idea

Back to dear old Blighty

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Hello lovely people! Hope you've had a great Easter and a bit of break. We got back very late in the early hours of Thursday morning and had a lovely time in Ireland, but it took us 3 days to get to Donegal! The bloody car started to play up when we got  off the ferry and we had to stay in B and B just outside Dublin for 3 nights while we waited for the car to be repaired. None of this was helped by it being Easter weekend but we went with the flow and went into Dublin on Easter Monday to see the commemoration of the centenary of the Easter Rising in 1916. The Easter Rising was an important event in Irish history as it paved the way for the Irish Republic and allowed the Irish nation to no longer be a colony of Britain. There's still the problem of the six counties after partition but that's a problem that will be around for a long time. Anyway, the laying of the wreath ceremony pictured above was for the relatives of those who lost their lives during the East