I found 6 Joyce Carol Oates books on my bookshelves including a short story collection - no need for the library yet...
Woke up to rain on Wednesday and it persisted throughout the day. I didn't fancy a group walk so set out on my own at 9.30 and walked 7.8 miles; Biddenham-Bromham-Great Denham-Queen's Park part of 'The Ouse Valley Way'. This map needs updating as it doesn't include Great Denham (a relatively new village built in the last 10 years). The Ouse Valley Way starts at Syresham in Northants and travels 150 miles to the sea at King's Lynn (in Norfolk). I'd love to do that walk one day.
It's a pretty fascinating read. It focuses on 5 housekeepers and 5 houses in the UK; one of which was Wrest Park where I visited with my brother last week!
Everything charity shopped. Trousers by White Stuff, top by Karen Millen (1.00 rail - it had a stain on the front which I removed using bleach). The jacket is the vintage jacket I bought at the Vintage event in the Children's Society charity shop a few months back. Shoes by Hotter also charity shopped as was all jewellery.
After the swim and hanging out more washing I set off for Lidl and Aldi for the weekly food shop. When that was packed away I went into town as I had banking stuff to do. I went into the YMCA for a look and bought some YELLOW pumps - how could I have left them behind? In my size and only £3.50? And they're not clothes which I'm not buying but shoes so they don't count. So there. You can tell I felt guilty can't you? I spent time catching up with blogging when I got home and then made dinner for OH and I. We lit the fire in the evening as we both felt chilly the first time since the weekend
I went into town to B&M as we were running out of bird seed.The birds are eating voraciously at the moment. As fast as I fill the containers they're emptying them. My daughter went to London for a friend's birthday so I collected youngest grandson and he came to our house to wait until it was time to go to his Dad's house. I made him a late lunch and also made a bread and butter pudding using up some leftover brioche rolls I'd got from the food bank on Tuesday. A bakery had donated a pallet load; as it was non-perishable it had to be distributed quickly. OH made dinner and after I'd dropped grandson to his Dad's I blogged and read. In the evening we started watching the new BBC 4 series of 'Beck' - a Swedish detective drama. It started last week and somehow we'd missed it.
If it's Monday it must be Barnardo's. No donations accepted today as there was a glut at the weekend. My colleague stayed in the back trying to clear them. I stayed on the shop floor also processing donations and serving customers. Our new card machine is now up and working. We''d been without a card machine for almost 6 months and it was making life difficult for us and customers. The new machine is super fast and much simpler to use. I bought a couple of household items but even though I had a really good look at the clothes; I didn't buy any. It turned out to be a beautifully warm, sunny day. I had chicken left over from yesterday's dinner so I made soup; never mind the warm weather. I washed the bed linen and hung it out to dry. Monday is the day we strip and change the bed linen. I also washed the kitchen floor as there wasn't time to do it yesterday. I caught up with blog land as I usually do on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The sedum has gone mad and the fig tree which I thought I'd killed is in rude health.
More petunias and a Lewisia Cotyledon bought last year which has bloomed constantly. I made dinner and we watched 'Sewing Bee' in the evening.
Another hot day on Thursday. Pumps as before; dress from Vinted and denim jacket from an Irish charity shop. All jewellery charity shopped.
The kimono was a present from my daughter about 6 or 7 years ago. Trousers by F&F; top by George and pumps all charity shopped.
Lincoln is an unusual city. A level crossing runs through the High Street and a canal runs through the town as well.
And of course Lincoln is also famous for its castle. We saw it in the distance but couldn't get much closer. By that point my foot was really sore and I needed to rest it.
I spotted these fabulous cowboy wellington boots for 89.00! If I could afford to pay that much for a pair of Wellingtons I'd know I was rich. Lincoln had lots of lovely independent shops as well as all the usual chain store suspects...