Monday, 4 June 2018

Birthdays and holidays

Gabbing as usual! Did I tell you that at our Ramblers Christmas Lunch all the tables had a title. Our table - full of women - was called 'The Chatterboxes'!

It was OH's birthday on Saturday 19th and we went for a rummage in Baldock and Royston in Hertfordshire.  Both are small market towns. I'd been before but OH hadn't. It was a glorious day. 

Everything charity shopped. The M & Co. tunic is a recent 1.00 rail purchase from the 3:18 charity shop. Next shirt.

 I bought these beads a few months back but the first time I tried to wear them the chain at the back broke. I crocheted a replacement in some purple wool and so far it's still holding the beads together!

All jewellery charity shopped.
Things are blooming in the garden!

I tried to hold back on clothes purchases; too many clothes already blah blah, but I just can't resist a reduced or 1.00 rail. I bought two tops on the reduced rail in Barnardo's in Royston (6 charity shops)  for 1.49 each. I bought a green wool tunic for winter wear for 2.99 in Age UK and an earring hanger for 1.99.  I've hung all my black earrings and some of the silver earrings on the new hanger. At last, I have some space on my main earring hanger and can see more clearly what earrings I have. I just need to find another one for the the other side now...


I also picked up these two brooches in Royston; the large bird brooch was 1.99 in the Wood Green Animal Shelter shop and the small pin, 99p in the Garden Hospice shop. The only thing I bought in Baldock (2 charity shops) was a pair of sunglasses to replace a pair I lost on a recent walk.


My brothers came over early on Saturday evening to watch the cup final. After that was over we went out for an Indian birthday meal. We had a lovely day and OH really enjoyed the whole thing. He also scored some great finds in the charity shops...


Baby brother and himself


Middle brother - something tickled his fancy here...

I invigilated at the University for two days. It's always an odd feeling to go back to where you once worked. I worked for this university for nearly 10 years and in the university sector as a whole from 1992; yet I don't miss it at all - and I enjoyed my job! I absolutely love being retired far more than I ever enjoyed working. Anyway, these were my outfits for those two days of work:


Everything charity shopped. The skirt was 1.50 from a charity shop in West Drayton; the yellow jacket was a Red Cross 1.99 find, I think. I cannot remember where the green top came from. The shoes were from a Donegal charity shop; 3 euros and the scarf bought this year in a charity shop for 1.00.


All jewellery charity shopped.

This necklace was 50p at a car boot sale years ago.

Black and white trousers outfit No. 4 - only 4 to go...


Again everything charity shopped except brogues from Primarni reduced to 5.00.



I bought the black and white kimono in Ireland somewhere; can't remember where, or where I got the black and white trousers which are by M & Co. The white lace tunic is from the Mercy in Action Charity shop and was 2.00.


All jewellery charity shopped. I think this necklace was one of the 1.50 bargains I found in
 the Sally Army in Rushden when Hilary was down on Bank Holiday weekend at the beginning of the month.

Black and White trousers No. 5


This was taken outside the front door of our holiday cottage in Polyphant, Cornwall.  We set off on Saturday morning nice and early. My daughter had bought a bike rack and we put it on my car with three bikes on it - I would walk, (not to Cornwall of course!) as always. The journey there was a nightmare.  A three hour delay on the M5 meant that despite setting off at 10 am we didn't arrive until after 5 pm. We stopped twice at service stations for a break but the worst of it is is that where we were staying was only forty plus miles over the Devon border. Had we been further on in Cornwall we may not have got there until even later.


Everything charity shopped. This is the first kimono I ever bought and it's from Peacocks; the trousers are from F&F and yellow blouse from Dunne's Stores; charity shopped in Ireland.
I bought the white Mary Janes last winter in Oxfam in Bedford for 4.99.


A not very good selfie...earrings bought from an Irish artisan and the necklace is charity shopped.

It's been many years since I was last in Cornwall. I went three times in the 1970s. Once with soon to be husband (now ex); once with same husband and some friends, and again with husband for a job interview at a hospital near Bodmin. I often wondered how life might have turned out if I had lived in Cornwall but I know my ex husband would still be my ex! I've been to both Falmouth and Newquay in the last ten years with Hilary and her family for a day out. Where we stayed this time was 5 miles from Launceston in Trevosper Cottages here. Highly recommended as a place to stay. The owners lived on the premises and were so thoughtful and helpful. We arrived to a proper Cornish Cream Tea, set out on the table.

What did we do in Cornwall?


Biked the cycle trails in Cardinham Woods Nr. Bodmin. I walked, up and up and up......


Went to Summerleaze Beach in Bude twice and I swam in the tidal pool; played rounders on the beach, buried one grandson in the sand, played football, ate fish and chips and ice creams.


Our nearest beach was called Crackington Haven. It was a beautiful little place. Here the grandsons are chilling out.


We walked to the top of the huge cliff to the right!


This was the view from the top...

More ice creams were consumed here as well as proper Cornish pasties. More games were played on the beach, rockpools were explored, waves were jumped. We've agreed we all want to try body boarding next  time we're at the seaside again. The sea was not too cold but I was the only person who ventured in for a swim. As we were so close to the Devon border Hilary came to visit and on our second trip to Crackington Haven she came too.


Here she is building rock sculptures with the youngest grandson...

In the evenings we tried to go for bike rides around the local lanes and fields. The Cornish lanes reminded me very much of Ireland; full of flowers and bird song. There was a prolific pink wild flower growing everywhere which I forgot to take a photo of and look up. If anyone knows what it is I'd love to know.


Middle grandson biked up hill and down dale!

The other thing daughter and I did was binge watch 'Downton Abbey' on DVD. Neither of us had watched it before and we were both hooked. We made it to the penultimate episode of Series 2 at the cottage and daughter has been catching up on A****n P***e since we got back! I'm going to look for the series in the charity shops and I bet I'll find some.

And talking of charity shops; Hilary and I went to Bodmin and Wadebridge and had a good old rummage. I bought a spotted blouse by 'South' found on the only 1.00 rail in a charity shop in Bodmin; I also bought two necklaces, a pair of earrings, a ring and three books.

It was a lovely holiday and the return journey was the complete opposite to the outward one, thank goodness! But it's good to be home.

20 comments:

  1. What a wonderful trip that m ust have been...once you finally arrived. Happy Birthday to your OH. It sounds like he had a nice birthday.
    I'm dazled by all your wonderful outfits and I love how your floral tunic matches your garden. I need to do something to organise my brooch colection. I bought a nice old wooden picture frame that I'm going to try and staple some vintage fabric to, but no idea if it will hold. My earrings are all in sewing baskets which I know is not a good eway to store them at all. I like your method better.

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  2. Fabulous outfits, you have such a great sense of style. I wish I had your "eye" when I go in charity shops. I love the way you've hung up your earrings ----- nice design feature, might try that!

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    1. Thank you, Gail! Do try the earring hanger method the charity shops seem full of contraptions you can hang earrings on just lately. I've seen a heart shaped contraption that is meant to put cards on, for example, but it was too big for my remaining space...

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  3. Belated happy birthday to Mr. OH!
    Glad that you enjoyed your holidays despite the awful travel!, it looks like a peaceful place, beautiful and evocative!
    Love your colorful outfits and those black&white outfits too, you rock monochrome!. Love particularly the fabulous skirt you wore when invigilating at University!, so stunning!!
    Also lovely new hanger for your earrings (such an amazing collection you have!!)
    Fabulous style!
    besos

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    1. Thank you, Monica. Yes, Cornwall or Kernow as it is know down there, is a truly beautiful place.

      xxx

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  4. Your trip to Cornwall looks perfect, but what an awful journey you've had. I've been to Cornwall twice in the 90s, once with my ex (yes, really) and once with Jos. That was back in 1995 and by coincidence I looked at some of my photos just a couple of days ago! Love the M&Co. tunic and the crochet-repaired necklace. I'd have picked up those brooches too, they're very pretty. And you really have the most amazing collection of earrings! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Ann. Did you visit charity shops back then and did you visit any in Cornwall?

      xxxx

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  5. In Cornwall, I'm surprised you didn't bunge on Poldark! It looks like a lovely trip, even if the roads were a nightmare. Just seeing your beach photos makes me long to hear the sea.

    That's a clever way you have of arranging earrings - it must make it so much easier to find just the right pair.

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    1. I watched the original series of Poldark in the 1970s, Mim, and didn't even bother with the new series...

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  6. Oh I love Cornwall so much, everything is wonderful. The scenery, the cider, pasties, cream teas, ice creams... ok maybe not the traffic! Sounds like a fabulous holiday after your horrendous journey. I think that flower you refer to is Valerian, it grows everywhere in Kernow. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Fiona but it's not Valerian. It's a really pretty deep pink and looks rather like the shape of a daisy... I had only one glass of cider, sadly!
      xxxx

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  7. Oh Vronni, your intro outfit looks so zingy on you and the colours are just perfect for you. Your garden is growing well and you and the garden are seamless-pretty!
    You holiday in Cornwall sounds like the perfect family holiday, and how nice to take the grandchildren away.
    Enjoy you colourful week, hugs x.

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    1. Yes, I'm really loving coral and oranges at the moment. Mary.

      Hope your week is warm and dry...
      xxx

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  8. Good to see your lovely family.
    I'm glad you had a wonderful time in Cornwall. I've only visited once and that was in the Winter but it made a big impression on me, some of the places we visited were gorgeous.
    Love that crazy 1980s skirt - the colours are wonderful.
    Your earring storage is fantastic and the parrot brooch is fab! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Vix! Cornwall is absolutely lovely...
      xxxx

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  9. Thanks for sharing your lovely holiday, I'm quite jealous. What did the pink flower look like?

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    1. I've found out what it was Gisela - Campion - in profusion everywhere!

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  10. What a lovely comprehensive post Vronni! I loved reading about your holidays and am so pleased to hear that you went sea swimming. But hey, let's zoom back to those outfits, especially that one with the mulitcolour maxi and that sunny yellow jacket - oh how I love all of that! I bet you brightened up those students on that stressful day.
    Lovely to catch up with you again! Have a great week x
    Anna

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  11. Thank you for stopping by, Anna.

    I hope your week is going well...
    xx

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  12. Love your outfits, such gorgeous color combinations!
    What handsome grandsons you have.
    Cornwall looks lovely, thank you for sharing your vacation pics with us!

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