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 here...it 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: https://www.alternativeageing.net/blog/2016/10/29/latest-video-on-my-passion-for-headscarves.
 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.

POSITIONING SCARF
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.
TYING SCARF
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.
TYING SCARF contd
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.
TUCKING THE ENDS IN
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 veronicacook0@gmail.com

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 day...it'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.



Monday, 11 February 2019

Walking and not walking


I expect a lot of you will be aware that Google will be removing Google+ from Blogger. What effect this will have on Blogger or Blogger comments I'm afraid I don't know, other than if you comment using Google+ it will no longer work and such comments will disappear from the blog!  I hope it won't put you off from commenting! If it does cause problems it may necessitate me moving to another  blogging platform...we'll just have to wait and see.


Hello again!

We've had some very cold weather recently but it didn't stop me recce'ing my walk again on Tuesday afternoon, as well as going to the food bank in the morning. This was Tuesday's outfit after the walk and I wore it to the food bank too but with leggings underneath for extra warmth.


I can't remember where I bought any of these charity shopped items except the white top which was a 1.00 rail buy. The African print skirt and the Country Casuals tweedy jacket were both bought last year. I'm wearing my tan suede OTK boots - online retail. It's damn cold in that warehouse!


Scarf and all jewellery charity shopped.

It was - 0.5 degrees at the start of the walk on Wednesday with frost covered grass, icy puddles and icy stretches along the farm tracks, but the walk was very successful. There were 32 of us in all. We were so lucky with the weather despite the cold; the sun shone and we had a clear blue sky. I'm going to repeat this walk for the group again in May but I'll reverse the route and because it will be the height of Spring the landscape will look different.


I forgot to show you these. These are giant hay bales we pass on the walk by Twinwoods,  but I don't think they're for animal fodder  - too big. I do think, though, they maybe mixed in with the left over food that goes into the anaerobic digesters . We send our out of date food from the food bank here.

Anaerobic digester' at Twinwoods. Industrial buildings in a rural landscape; what a contrast!

To backtrack to the very beginning of the week; I went to Barnardo's on Monday morning for what I thought was a 'chat' with the manager. It turned out to be a two hour induction session and I was to start properly the following week. It's a charity shop in the middle of a large housing estate and it's the lucky recipient of many, many donations. They haven't had the volunteers to sort the donations so they are piled up just waiting to be sorted.  I'm looking forward to it! Naturally, I had a rummage whilst I was there and bought a brown, wool Per Una (M&S) maxi skirt for 49 p. The last of the big spenders that's me!

This is what I changed into after Wednesday's walk.


Everything charity shopped. Boots from Red Cross 1.99. Jeans by Per Una (M&S); bought in the Mercy in Action for 2.00. Green tunic 1.00 rail; Keech Hospice shop, Great Denham. Green top underneath tunic; Primark retail some years ago.


Scarf  present from a friend; all jewellery charity shopped. The green necklace is one I picked up in Age UK, Ampthill a few weeks back for 1.50. Those square beads remind me of  Basset's Liquorice Allsorts...

I have a couple of tips for you if you like to wear headscarves as I do often because short hair can be very boring! The first tip came from my OH. If you have a stretchy type t shirt or any t shirt really, that you no longer want to wear; cut the bottom off it. It can be a narrow or wide offcut; whatever you prefer. You are then left with a circular, stretchy band that you can use on your hair. It may be necessary to make a narrow hem where you cut the material, but it depends on the material and how neatly you cut it. I just turn that bit under. Another way to recycle old t shirts!

The second tip is that 'infinity' (circular) scarves are often picked up cheaply in charity shops, as indeed, are a lot of long and square scarves. I have turned a couple of my infinity scarves into headscarves by,
in one case, winding it around my head and tucking the ends in. The other I cut it where it joins into a circle and made it into a long scarf. I was able to do it because it was made of a nice stretchy material that didn't fray, and in fact as it was very long once I cut it, I also cut off a bit at each end as well!  I'm wearing it here:






The blanket progresses. Just laid out ready to sew the nine blocks of four together.

On Thursday I did the food shopping as usual and had planned to finish my blanket in the afternoon. Unfortunately, on the way back from food shopping I realised I had a flat tyre and had to drive to Tesco to pump it up. Then when I got home it was flat again. This meant a trip to my local Kwik-Fit as my local tyre fitting shop had moved to the other side of town. They rang me at 4 pm to say they only had a Pirelli tyre for 105.00 and did I want it? NO I don't, thank you very much so car stayed overnight awaiting the delivery of a cheaper tyre the next day! The car's got its MOT next month; I'm dreading it...


It snowed overnight on Thursday and we woke up to a couple of inches of snow. This scuppered my plans for a walk. I went to the hairdresser's in the afternoon and stopped at the 'new' charity shop The Day Hospice. I struck lucky and bought a pair of check trousers for 4.25; a book for 1.00; some earrings for 50 p and a ceramic picture of Amalfi for 75 p.


This was Friday's outfit. M&S Velvet leggings bought with Christmas money from my brothers; boots retail online. Tunic; Keech Hospice sale rail 1.50.  For warmth I added this short sleeved cardigan (above) bought for 1.00 from Barnardo's. Tulips and hyacinths bought from Lidl. The hyacinths smell divine. I used to dislike the smell but as I've got older I now like it!


Some  jewellery charity shopped. Necklace bought from Salvation Army for 99 p. The earrings were a 50th birthday present to myself!

Saturday's outfit.
Don't know why the photo is gauzy..
OH and I went for a rummage on Saturday to Emmaeus. These are the plaid trousers I bought on Friday at the Daycare Hospice shop. Navy boots - on line retail. The top is by Forever 21 and was bought in a sale some years ago; its since closed down.  The jacket is charity shopped from the 99p rail in Barnardo's. It's one of the first things I bought there when they opened up about 18 months ago. It's a Jaeger jacket and I think from the 1990s. Maybe you vintage aficionados might be able to confirm or correct? I bought some perfume, a pair of tights and gold necklace at Emmaeus.

Middle grandson went to work with his Grandpa on Friday. It was  national 'Take your child to work day'. Mum doesn't work and his Dad doesn't live locally. As we live in the same town it was easier to do it this way. Even if I was still working I wouldn't have been able to take him with me as I did lots of one to one work with students and it wouldn't have been allowed for reasons of confidentiality. Both OH and grandson had a great day together and there maybe further opportunities for grandson in the summer holidays.



All jewellery charity shopped.


On Sunday it was such a bright cold day I set out early and recce'd the walk in reverse even though its not until May! It was -0.5 degrees at the start and 4.5 degrees by the end. I came back and did housework. How I hate it, but it has to be done. I also completed my blanket on Sunday adding a teal and mustard border.




I'm very pleased with it. I've called it the 36 Sunburst Square Blanket.

The weather changed on Monday and we had rain and warmer temperatures; 10.5 degrees! I went to Barnardo's for my first day of volunteering. I spent most of the time sorting out the jewellery which I love doing. The manager found me a pretty fabric noticeboard to which I pinned brooches and earrings  and it looked pretty stylish at the end. There is still another huge bag of jewellery to sort through, but I'll get stuck into that next week. It takes a few months before I get the pin numbers and codes to work the till but I think I'm going to really enjoy volunteering here.


Monday's outfit. Tweed jacket; Country Casuals charity shopped but can't remember where. Great Plains dress from Barnardo's 1.99 - they were doing a special on dresses that week. OTK boots on line retail.


All jewellery charity shopped.



 Back to the food bank on Tuesday and then I spent the afternoon cooking. Yes, you heard correctly. Cooking. Me. Moi. I don't know why but I fancied cooking. I cannot remember the last time I felt like this. Cooking is usually boring and onerous to me. I have been cooking everyday (more or less) since 1975, so is it any surprise I don't like it?  I love to eat but hate to cook. Anyway, I took advantage of the urge and made butternut squash soup; pork stew and a coconut pound cake. All were very tasty. I wonder if it will ever happen again?


Everything is charity shopped. I've had the jacket by Next for about 9 years  and of course I can't remember where I bought it. Nor can I remember where I got the top from, but the skirt was 49 p from Barnardo's.  You can't see my boots too clearly but they were from The Salvation Army in Rushden; bought back in the summer for 5.00. The boots are by Next; brown suede Chelsea boots - my favourite.

All jewellery charity shopped. Pink earrings 99p Barnardo's, Great Denham two weeks ago.

I had planned to walk with the group on Wednesday but woke up too late. I didn't really mind as we had a lot of rain overnight and the ground would have been very muddy and slippy. I had errands to run in town and then I came back and chilled for the afternoon. I did make a bread and butter pudding to use up the left over Panettone. I hate wasting food so I don't think I'll buy Panettone again next year at Christmas; the only who's been eating it is me! The same applies to Stollen cake I bought. I also bought a small iced Christmas cake reduced to 89p in Aldi after Christmas and again no one ate it except me...

The hyacinths and tulips are still going strong...


The weather forecast looked good on Thursday so I set out to walk by the river. I'd led this walk before for the group, but I took a wrong path and ended up walking 10 miles instead of 9! It was a lovely walk even though I was a bit stiff later in the day. I changed into this outfit to do the food shopping.


Everything charity shopped. Apart from the boots; Salvation Army, 5.00 and the jacket; Willen Hospice shop; 2.00 I can't remember where the top, and the skirt from Next, came from but both were charity shopped. Tights from TU charity shopped also.


All jewellery charity shopped. I meant to pin my copper brooch to the jacket but completely forgot.


Friday was a miserable day; wet, very windy and grey. It rained for the whole day so I didn't bother going on the bus walk to Toddington. I had various errands to run as well as the school run.

Everything charity shopped except the plain black top from Primarni retail years ago and the boots from Matalan retail. The cardigan was bought recently in Autism, Bedford as was the scarf. The skirt by TU is several years old now and I can't remember where I got it.


You can see I've been heaping coal on the fire again - flushed face.
All jewellery charity shopped.

On Saturday we went to Kettering for a rummage and a catch up with my brothers. I bought 4 necklaces;  a bangle; a brooch and 3 pairs of earrings; a skirt for 2.50 in Salvation Army; a Country Casuals long cardigan reduced to 1.74 in the Heart Foundation; and a hat in Sense for 1.00. The jewellery came from all over. There are  10 charity shops in and around Kettering town centre. There were 11 but seemingly Oxfam closed just before Christmas.

Saturday's outfit. I wore a beret for a change.

Desigual tunic; charity shopped in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath for 5.00 euros. Top, leggings and boots all retail.


Beret charity shopped.


All jewellery charity shopped - and I bought a lot more...

Sunday was another horrible wet day but it did clear up in the later afternoon. Too late for me to go walking as I was cooking dinner and Sunday is the day for the dreaded housework...

On Monday I was at Barnardo's for my 4 hour volunteering stint. I stayed on for an extra hour and a half as it was half term so no school run. No jewellery sorting today but bags and shoes. Sorting, pricing and displaying. Then I did some more sorting and pricing including a bag full of tops, dresses and a skirt all by Ghost and in my size! Was I tempted? No. The only garment I really liked was a blue tunic but I already have several blue tunics and I don't need another one.


This was Monday's outfit. The skirt was picked up in the Salvation Army in Kettering for 2.50 on Saturday. The top is by Great Plains but can't remember where I bought it. Tights charity shopped from The Cat's Protection League; boots, Sainsbury's retail.


All jewellery charity shopped.


Necklace bought from Wood Green Animal Shelter shop in Kettering on Saturday for 99p.