It's all Greek to me!

Hello again! It seems a very long time since I've posted but it's just one day late.
Middle grandson and I had a very pleasant stay in  Kontokali, Corfu.

Corfu Old Town - a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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We stayed here at the Hotel Telesilla in Kontokali a ten minute bus ride from Corfu town. Spotlessly clean; lovely staff and fabulous breakfasts. Highly recommended.

 Here I am in not so sunny, but nicely warm, Corfu Old Town on our second day (Monday). Everything I'm wearing is charity shopped except shoes which are retail. 
We wanted to go to the water park, Aqualand - Grandson's top priority, but unfortunately it had closed for season on 8th October, so we took the bus into Corfu town and explored...

I was very taken with this lovely door way in the Old Town. It was home to a dental surgery. The architecture in Corfu town is very interesting. A mixture of Venetian, French and English neo-classical and some Greek. Corfu was occupied or colonised by a variety of nations in the past; all of whom have left their mark on the buildings and landscape.

This is the lighthouse at the top of the Old Fortress (which you can see in the very first picture above). Grandson and I had an interesting afternoon exploring the fortress and climbing up to the lighthouse.

There are three fortresses in Corfu. This is the 'New' Fortress viewed from the Old Fortress.

We had an 'Island Highlights' day excursion on our third day and went to visit the Monastery at Paleokastritsa, which the lovely Vix also visited earlier this year. You can see her post about it here.

It was a lovely place and the weather veered between sunshine and showers. There were cats everywhere in the monastery. You can see one behind me in the photo above. Grandson was much taken with them. As well as cats, the grounds were also filled with flowers and plants and the whole place had a tranquil atmosphere despite the tourists -  and wonderful views out to sea.

Everything I'm wearing is charity shopped and has been on the blog before except the necklace which I bought in a charity shop in Tralee, Co. Kerry in the summer for 2 euros. It had little leather tongues interspersed with the beads but I didn't like them so I cut them off.

We then headed down to Paradise Bay where we took one of these little boats to explore some caves. No life jackets or anything! There were no rain  showers on our little cave jaunt which just as well as ours wasn't a covered boat...

The view from Bella Vista - a small village at the very top of a mountain  where we had lunch. I believe that is Paradise Bay below.

We then went on to visit the summer home of the Empress of Austria, Elizabeth; the Achilleion Palace built in 1890.  Grandson and I are on the terrace at the Achilleion Palace above. In the far distance you can see the coast of Albania.
We finished our day excursion with a trip along the coast  towards Corfu town taking in Kanoni and Mouse Island (Pontikonissi) which has another monastery; Mon Repos (birthplace of Prince Phillip); ongoing archaeological excavations on the outskirts of Corfu town and places of interest in Corfu Old Town itself. It was a great day out but I was completely knackered at the end of it!

Kontokali Bay beach - ten minutes walk from our hotel.
It was on a hill above this bay that the Durrells lived  in their second house in Corfu - the Daffodil or Primrose Yellow House. Kontokali has another more recent link to the Durells, but this time the recent TV series. The family, who ran the hotel where we stayed, their son had a part in the series. There were photos of him and other members of the cast in the restaurant of our hotel. I didn't watch the series so I don't know what character he played. Sorry. He was a pretty handsome bloke though...

We spent the morning of our last full day (Wednesday) on this tiny beach. We were going to go on a day trip to Albania originally but the seas were too rough so it was cancelled. It was a lovely sunny day and the temperature was about 21 - 22 degrees. Just perfect for me!

There was a dead sea turtle that had been washed up by the sea. It could have been washed up on the private hotel beach next to this one and someone put it on the low wall that divided the beaches. Poor thing. It had clearly been there for a while and the stench when you got close to it, was horrific...

 There was a lot of plastic litter on the beach so I picked it all up and put in a black sack that was already there. Why people can't pick up their own rubbish beats me. It only takes a few seconds to do. It was mostly plastic bottles; discarded flip flops and suntan lotion containers.

On a more positive note - if I'm not mistaken that's a banana tree/plant! Grandson took this picture on the same beach as the washed up sea turtle.

This is Gouvia Marina; two minutes walk from our hotel. We visited it on the way back from the beach where there are the remains of the very small fishing village it once was. We spent the afternoon chilling out at the hotel pool. It wasn't heated and Grandson didn't spend very long in it. I don't mind the cold water as once you're in and sufficiently numb you warm up!

Taken on the balcony on our last morning.  Everything I'm wearing is charity shopped.
We had breakfast and then went to catch our mini bus to the airport. It was a lovely sunny day of about 23 degrees.

Necklace present from OH and bought in Donegal town. Earrings from The Guild House; 2.99. 

I would love to go back to Corfu with OH and do some proper grown up exploring...

We came back on Thursday to rain and cold and it was quickly back to the normal routine. 
We went to see my son on Saturday and drove in great style to Suffolk. OH had bought a new car while I was away. He'd been looking at some before I left. It's a big car that will be very useful for going to Ireland in as it has a capacious boot and runs on diesel.

I got back into walking on Sunday and walked again several times the following week; on one of which I stopped and had a long chat with this thatcher in the village of Biddenham.

Monday was the first day in 2 years, apart from holidays and bank holidays, that I didn't volunteer in the charity shop. I didn't have a chance to miss it as I had to look after the youngest grandson -  it was a teacher training day.

This was one of the outfits I wore during the week. Scarf, dress and cardigan charity shopped; the cardigan, originally from Monsoon, was from the Red Cross, 1.99. I expect the dress was also from there but can't remember exactly. The boots are from Sainsbury's retail and the leggings are M&S retail.

All jewellery charity shopped except the earrings which are from Oxford Market; a present from OH.

I picked up this checked tunic in the Cat's Protection League a couple of weeks back when I dropped off some donations to a nearby charity shop. It was 2.99 and I'm wearing it with jeans from the same charity shop; daughter donated boots and a M&S jacket from Kettering charity shop. I picked up the necklace in the 3:16 shop for 1.00 on my way back from volunteering last Tuesday.

I walked with the Rambler's group on Wednesday. We walked 7.5 miles from Sandy to the villages of Beeston; Hatch and onto Northill. I spied these creations on a thatched roof house on Beeston Green but they are solely made of metal.

I had a mooch around the charity shops in Sandy as it had been more than a week since I had even seen a charity shop! I bought a top (see below) for 1.99 in Barnardo's and a pair of trousers for 2.99 in the Wood Green Animal Shelter shop. I also picked up some bits for the grandchildren in this shop. too.

Thursday's OOTD

Everything charity shopped.

My middle grandsons' mum told me about these silver grey velvet brogues on sale at Primarni for 5.00. Very comfortable.

All jewellery is charity shopped. The brooch is made of leather.

On Friday I walked with Lynne from the food bank. We walked the old railway line -  a victim of Dr. Beeching's cuts in the 1960s - through the village of Cardington. Cardington is famous for its hangars which originally housed the Airship and are now home to Airlander; see below. It was a beautiful day for walking; we walked 7 miles.

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On Saturday OH and I went for a rummage in Market Harborough and then onto Kettering.

In Oxfam in Market Harborough; I bought these two books.  The 1960s and 1970s scrapbooks. We had the entire collection when I was teaching at the university; they were part of the trainee teachers' resources for teaching practice. The books start with the Victorian era in its entirety and then progress decade by decade from 1910.

I was born in the 1950s when rationing was still in force and Winston Churchill was still the Prime Minister; and although I remember quite a lot from the 1950s, it's the 1960s and 1970s I remember most. These books are a visual photographic record of everyday things and brands from those decades.  A big nostalgia fest for me but I think the grandsons and my children will enjoy them. I'm on the look out now for the 1950s copy; there's one on you know where...

Did you know that fluoride toothpaste was introduced in 1962 with Kolynos, followed by Colgate in 1964? That Twix and Marathon (now called Snickers) chocolate bars were introduced in 1967? That the first Bond film, 'Dr. No' was released in 1962?

Ceramics from the 1960s.

Footwear from the 1970s.

This is what I wore on Saturday. I had a scarf and gloves as well; it was a chilly and quite wet day on Saturday. The homemade vintage swing coat was bought at a car boot sale earlier this year for £2. 50. The lady who sold it to me told me she was very glad I was buying it as she could see I would appreciate it and love it. I do! It's heavy but not particularly warm. Although you can't see them, it has big diamond buttons on the sleeves.

Everything is charity shopped except the boots from Lidl. The top was bought in Barnardo's in Sandy and the yellow blouse is from Dunne's Stores and bought in a Donegal charity shop in 2016.

All jewellery charity shopped.

As well as the books, I only bought a necklace in Market Harborough.  The charity shops were very pricey. It's a really nice shopping centre with lots of independent shops. There are 7 charity shops in total but two of those are bookshops. They also had a posh European themed market with French, Belgian, Italian and German food stalls. The last time I was in Market Harborough was many years ago with my mum and OH and brother. Mum was still well enough to want to go on day trips out for a rummage. Oh happy days! Mum died in 2009.

This is the old Grammar School in Market Harborough, placed on wooden stilts to allow the Butter Market to be held below. It dates from about 1614.

Picture source - Wikipedia.
This is the church of St. Dionysius next door to the Old Grammar School. The church dates from the 13th century.

 Whereas Market Harborough is an affluent and middle class town; Kettering is proudly working class and this is reflected, amongst other thing,s in the charity shop prices. Much more reasonable!

I bought a top in Sense for 2.99, a cardigan from the 1.00 rail in the Salvation Army, two bangles in Extra Care; a pair of trousers and a brooch in British Heart Foundation and two pairs of earrings for 1.00 each in Marie Curie. I also picked up a couple of things for grandsons, so a very good day's rummaging all in all.

I'm looking forward to a free Monday - no charity shop and on Tuesday morning there is a meeting at the Guild House where I shall tell them I shan't be volunteering there anymore after Christmas. I am so looking forward to 2018!


  1. I'm glad your visit to Corfu went well even if the water park was closed. That's a wonderful thing being able to take your grandson on a trip like that, and he'll remember it forever.

    Love that thatched roof and the statues atop it.

    Fab outfits in particular the blue and yellow combination. Grey velvet shoes?! Be still my heart.

    1. Thank you, Goody!

      Yes, I don't need any more shoes or even brogues but how could I resist?

      Have a great week.

  2. Wow! You've been busy!

    I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to Corfu. Those temperatures are perfect for walking and exploring.

    Love those silver grey brogues you picked up.

    Those scrapbooks would be a great resource. If you find any extras of those I'd be willing to pay you for them and the shipping. I could really use an easy reference for dating the clothing I sell.

    Have a great week!


    1. Suzanne, have you tried A***on for these books? We have them on the UK site. They're about 12/13.00 pounds new plus pp. There are some used copies for about 5.00. Mine were new and were 4.99 in the Oxfam shop. If I do see any
      I will definitely let you know but I have to say that in more than 20 years of charity shopping it's the first time I've ever seen these books for sale.

      I also don't know if they would have enough info for you as the pages devoted to fashion and clothing are only a couple. Lots of pages devoted to children's toys, sweets, chocolate, ice creams, comics etc. The author has now set up a museum of brands in Notting Hill in London.

      Hope you have a great week, too!

  3. Glad to hear you had a great time in Corfu, although I'm sorry your grandson's plans were thwarted. It does feel great to get away from it all for a couple of days, doesn't it. I'm drooling over the scrapbooks. We have some of Opie's scrapbooks on earlier decades, but I'd never seen these. I love the psychedelic shift dress you were wearing on Monday. The leather brooch is lovely and unusual. My favourite outfit of all is the one you wore in Corfu with the green headscarf. That necklace is just stunning! xxx

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    2. Thank you, Ann.

      There are a lot of Opie books on all decades on Am**on UK. It's the first time I had ever seen the books on sale in a charity shop and that's after more than 20 years of charity shopping!

      Have a great week xx

  4. When I worked at the Bodleian Library in Oxford the Opie's donated all their books, pamphlets and papers, the library ended up having to employ one full time and two part time staff to catalogue them all!

    Corfu looks beautiful I'm glad you both had such a lovely time.

    1. I saw a documentary about them years ago - it was very interesting but it must have been a long time ago as it was a black and white documentary...

  5. Wonderful pictures - I feel like I was with you in Corfu, although I've never been. I love all your colourful outfits (those velvet brogues!). Thanks for the fun post, Veronica!

  6. Welcome back! I'm so glad you and your handsome grandson enjoyed Corfu. You can see why it's so popular, can't you? Corfu Town is breathtaking.
    Funny to see you at our monastery, aren't the cats adorable?
    You looked fantastic in all your outfits, you are a cool Grandma!
    Those books look so much fun, the ceramic photo looks like one of our kitchen shelves! xxx

    1. Yes I thoroughly enjoyed Corfu, Vix. Thank you.

      My ex mum in law had a lot of the 1960s storage jars - they did bring back a few memories!

  7. Hello! I am so glad that you had a nice time in Corfu. It looks absolutely gorgeous. The beaches look idyllic and it looks really quiet so you picked a good time to go. Shame about the water park though. I hope that your grandson had a good time anyway. There looks like lots to do. Lovely outfits as usual and those velvet shoes are lovely. I think that I have more than a couple of examples of that 60's china and I would LOVE to have all the shoes shown in your 70's book. Have a great week. Xx

    1. I bet you have more than a couple of examples of 1960s ceramics!

      Corfu is highly recommended - off season. I can't tale the heat.

  8. Is Robert Opie the same one who wrote with his wife( I think) about the meanings of Nursery Rhymes.

    1. Yes, Polly. I remember seeing a documentary about them; it must have been a long time ago - it was in black and white! They went to school playgrounds all over the country...

  9. woaaa, there's a lot of fabulousness to comment here!. Glad that you enjoyed Corfú, it looks like a really interesting place, the landscapes are amazing!, and your outfits are really lovely!, love that colorful jacket and the beads you revamped!. You're rocking your headscarves!
    Also lovely and colorful outfit after you come back home, you look fabulous!, and that black&white ensemble looks very elegant!.
    Loving those books you purchased too!

  10. Hello Vronni
    Corfu looks fab! I've done quite a few of the Greek islands but never been there, will have to put it on my list. You look positively radiant in your holiday photos, how lovely that grandson accompanied you. The scenery is stunning, glad to hear the hotel didn't disappoint. Loving the maxi and denim jacket ensemble...such a cool gran! xx

    1. You are very kind, Fi! A cool gran, eh? I like the sound of that!

  11. Hello again Vronni. I did drop by the other day and wrote you a lovely welcome back little comment which duly disappeared when I clicked on preview. Here goes again! It looks like you both had a brilliant and busy time in Corfu. Such a pretty island by what you've shown us. My fave outfit of the post has to be the coral and orange one. I so love that scarf thing you do, but think it probably works so well as you have very neat features, as well as that glowing complexion.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend!
    Anna x

    1. Anna,

      I believe the preview button on Blogger is the cause of a lot of problems...don't use it!

      Thank you for your lovely comments - and not for giving up despite the preview function losing your comments!

  12. Thank for your very good article.! i always enjoy & read the post you are sharing!



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