Hello and happy October to you!
This year seems to be flying by; lock down and all! I'm back in my normal groove now; and I did the swap over to autumn and winter clothing once the weather changed toward the end of September. I took 3 plastic bags to the charity shop and for once I can now move the hangers in my three hanging spaces relatively easily. Normally, they're bunched up so close together things are always falling off. I do have more summer clothes than autumn/winter though!
I went to the food bank as usual on Tuesday and wore this:
All jewellery charity shopped.
I had to take my car to Kwik-Fit to get the front lamp replaced, so after sorting out the last of summer clothes, bagging them up and putting them in the loft; I set off for Kwik-Fit. Whilst the lamp was being replaced I went to a local shop to pick up some SR flour; when I went to Aldi on Monday after the food bank; the flour shelves were bare! It seems that people are panic buying again. Anyway, I bought my flour and walked back to the garage; and was astonished to see a rather mangy looking fox run across the street in broad daylight! It had probably been digging about in the bins as the street where the garage is is also full of take- away shops and restaurants. I've seen urban foxes in the wee small hours but never in daylight; I occasionally see one when I'm out walking in the countryside.
An old building in the village of Great Brickhill.
On my way back from Stoke Hammond I stopped at Newport Pagnell for a rummage. 2 out of the 5 charity shops weren't open but I picked up a tunic/dress in Keech and a pair of earrings; in Oxfam I bought a brooch.
On Thursday I had a very busy day. I started out by making a birthday cake for my middle grandson's little brother. His mum had asked me to, so I did. Then I went to do the weekly food shopping at Lidl and Sainsbury's. When I got back after a rainy morning start; the weather brightened up and off I went for walk. I walked part of the route that I did last week with the group and had a very enjoyable walk of 6.3 miles.
It was on Thursday, too, that our local swimming pool reopened for the first time since March 23rd. A walking friend rang me to tell me and I also saw it online. I booked a slot for Friday morning. It was a strange experience, I must say. We had to book online and were asked to wear our costumes under our clothes; and to get changed poolside. Our clothes were left around the pool; there are raised areas all around. Clearly numbers were limited by the need to book online. When I got into the pool there were 5 people each in the slow and medium lanes and only 2 in the fast lane. By the time I finished my 32 lengths (1.6k) I was the only one left in my lane. Then came the weird bit; no showers allowed but we were able to get changed in the cubicles. There are about 50 cubicles in total; but we were not restricted to any particular ones. When I went outside of the changing area to where the mirrors and hair dryers are; no hairdryers (no surprise there) a member of staff was sanitising the area. What I wondered was would he sanitise all the cubicles (although only a maximum of 12 had been used)? He wouldn't have known what cubicles we used and it seemed both wasteful and pointless sanitising them all; or maybe they didn't get sanitised? I need to find out!
Unfortunately, in my haste to get back into swimming again I forgot to put my swimming goggles on and had very sore, bloodshot eyes for the rest of the day....so no outfit post.
This was Thursday's outfit. I dressed for warmth and was too warm all day! Everything charity shopped; skirt by Top Shop; jumper by , boots bought in Cat's Protection League.
All jewellery charity shopped. I bought the earrings last week in Newport Pagnell Keech Hospice shop.
That blue bar at the side is unmissable!
I had been reading about Jays in my 'Beechcombings; book. They are responsible for many of the oak trees that we have in this country. In the 1950s scientists began to observe the acorn planting routines of Jays. Over a ten week period it was estimated that the birds were making 60 acorn gathering flights per ten hour day and burying up to 5,000 acorns each. The autumn total for the whole of Britain acorn planting by Jays may be as high as one and a half billion! So not only are they beautiful to look at; Jays are very useful and contribute to our natural flora and fauna.
Flowers from my garden. Osteospermum, Lantana, Begonia, Fuchsia and an orange one I don't know the name of but I love the green stripe at the back of the petals...I am drawing up a list of plants to buy in readiness for next year. They include Hellebores, Alliums, Larkspur, Anemones, and I'd love some Rudbeckia for their cheerfulness; I much prefer them to Sunflowers.
I went for a 5 mile walk and then cracked on with the housework when I got back. We had roast chicken for dinner and daughter and two grandsons came. It was a brilliantly sunny day; a typical autumn day cool but bright. I spent time last week watching all 6 episodes of 'Life' - a BBC drama and on Sunday evening OH and I started watching a Walter Presents French drama called 'A Deadly Union'. I also succumbed to reserving some Ann Patchett books from the library - 5 in total - and a couple are awaiting collection which I'll do on Tuesday after the food bank. It's a very narrow collection point they're operating; only between 10 - 1pm each day.
And these are my new boots bought in Sainsbury's sale during lockdown. I paid 7.00 for them and wore them for the first time today.
I'm missing the eldest grandson as I haven't seen him for a while so next weekend the daughter and I are going to go to London to see him and probably have a meal in his restaurant; that's something to look forward to. I may be able to catch up with my cousin, too. I just hope London won't be affected by the new 3 tier system rules....