Hello again and festive greetings to you all!
I went swimming on Tuesday afternoon which is where I left you in my last post. Another cold and grey day. I swam 48 laps. Once home again I caught up with blogs and blogging before making dinner. I wouldn't be making dinner on Wednesday (yay!) as it was our annual 'Ivel Valley Walkers Xmas Lunch'.
I popped along to the Castle Road charity shops and picked up a long green striped cardigan and a red short, pleather jacket that won't get worn until the weather warms up! I collected grandson from school, made dinner and dropped him to basketball. A typical Thursday for me in other words...
I went into to town to run some errands and did a bit of Christmas shopping whilst I was there. I was walking about for more than two and a half hours going from one shop to another and was pretty tired when I got home. I forgot to stop and get my eyebrows done but I can go on Monday after the charity shop. I moved the rest of my Persephone books collection to the living room and put my crime and poetry books in the book case in the dining room. Now the Persephone's are together again! I added a couple to my wish list for Christmas. I do enjoy my books; not just reading them but looking at them, smelling them and handling them. I love to be surrounded by them; they give me so much pleasure...
Some of the plaques seen in Hampstead.
This house and plaque dedicated to George Du Maurier, actor and the father of Daphne Du Maurier; was just around the corner from Fenton House where I went with cousin Marian earlier this year.
The Admiral's House, Admiral Walk, Hampstead. Lived in by a number of people; none who were Admiral's! You can read more about it HERE. It has a fascinating history...
This was an extension of the Admiral's House but completely separate.
|Marylebone High Street left; somewhere near Wigmore Street, top right; bottom right; Oxford Street heading towards Marble Arch. On Saturday evening it was -2 degrees.|
Everyone came for dinner on Sunday and we sorted out what to have for Christmas dinner. I will buy a whole leg of lamb (currently half price at Tesco) and a Turkey crown. My daughter will make a Salmon Wellington and a nut roast so that between us we've covered the vegans, the flexitarian (me), and the non-red meat eater!
We woke to snow on Monday morning after a weekend with temperatures that didn't rise above 2 degrees. I wore this to the charity shop. Everything pre-loved. Skirt by M&S recently found; top by Heatech; jacket by M&Co; striped tights; a present and boots as before. All jewellery pre-loved. I found the belt at Barnardo's recently; it has a good bit of stretch in it.
We were not busy with customers or donations at Barnardo's. The snow had kept people away. My daughter's school was closed so she was very pleased to have a day at home! At the charity shop we spent time decoding, re-stocking the Christmas cards and the gifts section. I came home with some navy blue gloves, a jumper and a black suedette jacket.
From the food bank I went to Tesco and bought a leg of lamb which was originally nearly 33.00 but because of the half-price offer it was nearer 17.00. I took it to my daughter's to put in her freezer then came home sorted out the washing; the fire and made dinner. We had started watching an Icelandic series on Netflix called 'Katla' and watched the final two episodes on Monday evening. Once again, I went outside my viewing comfort zone, as this series was about people coming back from the dead in the form of 'changelings'. It was gripping if somewhat surreal...
The car registered -2 degrees on my way to the food bank and remained the same on the return journey. Unsurprisingly, the demand at the food bank had escalated; the hygiene packs were suspended temporarily so more food parcels could be put on the vans to deliver to the distribution centres. I packed donated toiletries away then helped make up food parcels and re-stocked items where needed. I kept my coat, scarf and gloves on in the warehouse and my feet were freezing; only thawing out once I got back into my car! I almost didn't go swimming it was so cold but was glad I did; slippery, icy pavements and all. For the first 25 minutes I was the only person swimming in my lane and only 2 others joined me. I swam 48 laps in total and was very thankful the showers had now been fixed so was able to have a hot shower afterwards and wash my hair. Caught up with blogs and blogging when I got home before making dinner.
This was the view of the garden on Thursday morning; 4 days after it first snowed. The snow is frozen in the pots. I hung my swimsuit out on the line after my morning 1 mile swim and the drips of water froze into mini icicles!
Friday was unofficial bus walk day. We met at Shortstown (the other side of Bedford town, so not far) and walked 4 miles across crisp, crunchy snow covered fields. We took a circular route and met lots of dog walkers with their dogs. All the dogs seemed to thoroughly enjoy the snow...
By now I expect you can see why I used 'red, blue and a bit of green' as the post title. More blue on Tuesday. Tights a present; Boots; New Look retail (they're burgundy) and dress by Boden with black polo underneath with no label. All pre-loved as was the jewellery.
It was organised mayhem at the food bank on Tuesday. There were mountains of food donations from supermarkets, organisations and individuals. As fast as we emptied one crate someone nabbed the crate to fill it with more incoming donations. I offered to go in on Friday if needed to clear some of the food mountain. I have a couple of busy days before then including the weekly food shop, hairdresser's appointment, swimming, walking with my daughter and going for mulled wine and mince pies with all at the charity shop. And talking of swimming I'm off to do my 48 laps now and I'll see you in 2023!