Walking, rummaging and an exhibition
I didn't walk with the group last Wednesday as the walk was quite far away in Baldock. Instead I went for a walk in the morning walking 6 miles. It was very cold but bright and sunny; really good walking weather. Some of the walk was along a path beside the woods and across a field; my goodness was it muddy and slippery after the several days of rain we'd had. Horrible. I hope the mud dries up before I lead my walk on the 2nd February; I must recce it before then but the mud puts me off!
After the walk I popped into the local Daycare Hospice shop with a bag of donations and picked up some ceramic birds for the mantel piece and a brooch. I collected youngest grandson from school. I sorted out the fire; lit it and made dinner for OH and both grandsons. Daughter had also come down with Covid on Tuesday; testing positive that evening so that meant more testing for us; again we were all negative with no symptoms.
I was still Covid free on Thursday morning. It had been 4 days since I saw my daughter but I cancelled the Thursday afternoon food bank session just to be on the safe side. I went swimming and swam 48 laps or 1 mile in the morning. I went to the hairdresser; drove to the farm shop to pick up more kindling; did the food shopping also picking up shopping for my daughter at Lidl. I dropped the shopping on her doorstep; rang the bell and drove off! We continued watching 'Bordertown' in the evening (there are 3 seasons) which was going from strength to strength. I'd also reached number 23 on the 'Slightly Foxed' podcasts. By the time I post this blog entry I should have completed all episodes and will have found something else to listen to - hopefully.
This was Friday's outfit. The weather continued to be cold but bright and sunny and so much better than the endless grey dreary days we'd had. I do find that sort of weather very dispiriting and I'm always a really cheerful person.
I love Fridays as I usually have a free day with no commitments and no cooking. After doing yet another Covid test (negative) I went out for a walk of 4.5 miles sticking to pavements to avoid any muddy encounters. I had some errands to run so went to town to the library to collect a reservation and to get my eyebrows done. I then went to buy a new iron as ours was about to die. It was originally bought as our caravan iron a few years ago but we can only use a travel iron (low voltage) in the caravan. We have to be careful not to exceed the voltage in the caravan otherwise the electricity cuts out. This iron became our spare one and when my daughter needed an iron; I gave it to her. She eventually replaced it with a better one and returned it to me. It was only a very cheap iron to start with but has lasted for about 5 years so far which is surprising. The new iron is a cordless one by Blauplunkt that charges up on a round plate. I was very tempted to buy a small clothes steamer instead of the iron; which was the same price as the iron, but decided to stick to what I know. I have a handheld domestic steamer already which I use to steam clean my curtains, rugs and upholstery; I've never tried it on clothes as it's a bit fiddly to assemble. We watched Monty Don's new gardens programme about gardens in the Adriatic - very good - and watched the penultimate episode of Season 1 of 'Bordertown'. I listened to another podcast when I went to bed and on Saturday morning saw that 'Slightly Foxed' had aired a new podcast - they issue them monthly on the 15th of each month. Another thing to look forward too!
All jewellery charity shop and the necklace was bought in Hitchin.
I found some great things on our rummage. A pair of leather three-quarter Clark boots for 5.00. I used to have 2 pairs of knee length leather boots in brown and black. When I sent OH up in the loft to get them down for me before Christmas; he couldn't find them and when I ventured up there I couldn't find them either. I had a horrible feeling I took them to the charity shop; as I didn't wear them much (if at all) in 2020/2021. I think I was too hasty in donating them so when I saw the Clark's boots I snapped them up. I also bought a burgundy coloured animal print dress; a black knitted waistcoat; a warm turquoise M&S jumper for layering and a Joules yellow striped top - all, apart from the dress, from various 1.00 rails. It was so cold and damp out we were grateful when we entered the different shops and were greeted by a warm blast of air...
I was still Covid free on Monday after testing myself first thing. Daughter texted to say she was testing negative too but still not feeling well. Back to Barnardo's on Monday. It was cold but bright and sunny. I wore fleece lined leggings under my outfit and of course I only stop wearing a vest/camisole under my tops if there's a heatwave!
We weren't terribly busy in Barnardo's and I spent the morning processing donations. One of the clothing rails collapsed and had to be put back up and everything re hung. I found a metal peace sign for the garden; I bought that and hung it on the wall by the dining room window when I got home. I also washed the kitchen floor as I hadn't had time to do it on Sunday, did a wash and sorted out and laid the fire. Not much cooking required; there was enough casserole left over for OH to have for dinner and I had left over chickpea meatloaf. All I had to do was to make vegetables and potatoes to go with the leftovers. I spent the rest of the day writing my blog and catching up with blog land which I nearly always do on Mondays and Tuesdays. In the evening we watched the final episode of 'Hidden Assets; which we thoroughly enjoyed. Partially set in Antwerp (hello Ann!) we got to see a fair bit of the city. I think there may be another series in the future.
I'd been testing myself everyday as Covid seemed to be spreading through the family. Middle grandson came down with it on Wednesday and his mum had it it the week before. I was negative on Tuesday morning so went to the food bank where I made up lots of hygiene bags. It was really, really cold in the warehouse although I had layers on and never took my coatigan off...
All jewellery charity shopped.
As it usually tends to be Thursday was a really busy day. Yes, I wore another skirt.
And of course the very famous war painting of 'Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring, 1943' which was used for the exhibition flyer above.
It was shot entirely in black and white; something I only realised near the end. It was a wonderfully evocative film which showed the horror of the sectarian divisions and the consequences in 1960s Belfast; without being hectoring or preachy. Definitely a feel good film and I loved the soundtrack by Van Morrison. I knew every song in the film but as I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s that wasn't surprising.