I wore this to the food bank on Tuesday which was where I left you on my previous post. A lovely mild day it turned out to be. Just to be on the safe side I wore my thermal leggings underneath and sturdy warm boots; I wanted to wear my deep red ones but the floor in the warehouse is made of concrete and pretty cold underfoot. The skirt was picked up in QD but is by George; stretch top by Primarni and cardigan by Joseph W - both charity shopped. Boots bought in Sainsbury's sale. I have these stretchy tops in most colours as they are very useful items for wearing under things.
All jewellery charity shopped.
I work with two other volunteers in the food bank both older than me. One had had her vaccination on Friday and the other was having hers on Friday 19th. Both the manager and the warehouse manager are in category 6 so they may have to wait a while. I'm hoping once we are vaccinated we can stop wearing masks in the warehouse. In the afternoon I went to collect my Vinted parcel and did a few errands in town.
On Wednesday, after a trip to the post office (thrilling!) to send a parcel to my son with some belated birthday presents in it; I set off for a long walk. I walked 9 miles across fields, paths and farm tracks and was very sad to find this:
My reading for February seemed to be mostly non-fiction. I've read about living on a narrow boat; a very angry book about living on the poverty line; one about things found on beaches and another about wintering - or resting and retreating; which is something a lot of us can relate to since the outbreak of this pandemic. I had a bit of a splurge on Kindle taking advantage of the 99p offers and a lot of the books I read in February were on my Kindle. And talking of retreating I also watched with fascination a documentary on BBC4 called 'Retreat; Meditations from a Monastery'. It was following Benedictine monks in a range of monasteries. There was no commentary; just the occasional written piece of information. They cooked, gardened, carved, wove, sewed, made wax candles and honey; and went about their daily lives. It was both incredibly interesting and soothing at the same time. The BBC were running this as part of their 'Mindfulness' project during this lockdown season. I do enjoy watching programmes without commentary. I've previously watched one about a trip down the Avon and Kennet canal waterway and another one with someone carving a chair by hand. Totally engrossing!
I had treated myself to this lovely blazer from Vinted and wore it on Wednesday. A steal at 3.50, I thought.
Boots bought online retail; trousers by M&S and black and gold top by Mint Velvet. Both charity shopped.
The sparkles on my top matched the sparkles in my blazer. I don't have much in the way of 'gold' jewellery as I much prefer silver; I don't possess a single gold bangle or bracelet. Another thing to add to my charity shop list ready for when I can go for a good old rummage again.
When I had finished the shopping and packed it away; I successfully used the pressure cooker for the first time. It took 35 minutes to cook the oxtail; whereas the original recipe stated 3.5 hours in the oven. I did finish it off in the oven for 90 minutes and it was delicious. I'll be making more use of the pressure cooker now I'm confident in using it. I should have gone for a walk; it was a beautiful warm day with lots of sun but by the time I'd finished everything I had to do I was too tired. In the evening we binge watched the last three episodes of 'Monster'; a Norwegian drama which was brilliant but both bizarre and surreal. OH described it as 'deliciously insane'.
OH had the day off on Friday and apart from walking 5.6 miles along the river I didn't do much at all. A lovely man came to professionally clean my oven. It looked like new again.
My walk was just over 8 miles and was a proper ramble. I knew where I wanted to start from and then I just went where my feet led me. It was almost a disaster, as when I'd parked the car up and reached for the bag with my walking boots and socks - it wasn't there. I'd left it at home. Luckily, I always have spare footwear in my boot; usually a pair of old loafers for beach shoes and summer walking shoes. I changed into the summer walking shoes with no socks; however it was an exceptionally warm day for this time of the year at 16.5 degrees. It was very windy though. I do enjoy a ramble and it always spurs me on to follow paths I haven't tried before. I found several new paths, followed them and now have a new route I can use to lead a walk in the future. I can also extend it by a couple or three miles and thought I might try that this week. I spotted my first butterfly of the year - a Brimstone.
When I got up on Thursday my hyacinth had bloomed! This was Thursday's outfit. Trousers bought from Vinted and are by New Look. Top no label; yellow blouse underneath by Tu and boots; all charity shopped.
All jewellery charity shopped except the earrings from eBay.