Hello, yes it's that time again...
I take back what I said about the passionflower on our back wall. I can count 8 blooms here and this was only a third of the plant's expanse - OH took this photo on his phone. One sweet pea flower - a deep red one greeted me on Wednesday morning. Which was another scorcher reaching 27 degrees by the afternoon. I woke up really early; just before 5 am and to my surprise a wee robin flew in the narrow side window. Our bed is in the square bay window; the robin flew behind our secondary double glazing panel in the window (it slides open and shut) and I was able to coax it back towards the window and then to freedom. What a great, if somewhat startling, way to wake up!
I went to Aldi and Sainsbury's for part of the weekly food shop on Wednesday. I'm finding it easier to do the weekly shopping like this now; split over two days. I buy different things in different supermarkets so this works well. For example in Aldi I like their Earl Grey teabags; Magnum washing up liquid;Blackcurrant and Liquorice sweets; their skin products; especially the Caviar Night Cream (currently out of stock for the past few months) and their Sourdough Rye bread. I buy the least groceries in Sainsbury's buying bacon; sausages; a garlic and herb seasoning and when they have them pikelets. Pikelets are like flat skinny crumpets; both grandsons love them. Everything else I buy at Lidl.
I should have worn something cooler...
I should also have worn another 'unworn' new to me dress but instead I opted to wear this; a Fenn, Wright and Manson open work tunic which was bought at Barnardo's early last year and not worn until today. I had to wear a vest underneath it to preserve my modesty and was a bit too warm for comfort. The trousers by Next were also a Barnardo's buy; the shoes bought in an Irish charity shop. The jewellery all charity shopped; I picked the square yellow bangle up on Monday from the Independent charity shop in town for the princely sum of 50 p! The headscarf was one of the belated Christmas presents I received from my stepdaughter. I was very matchy-matchy on Wednesday especially as I wore this yellow cross body saddle bag by Matthew Williamson; also a Barnardo's find last year.
After I'd put my grocery shopping away I went to the Castle Road shops for a browse. There are 3 charity shops there and a junk shop; they're always worth a look. I found a brooch, a necklace and a book. I then picked up youngest grandson from school. I made dinner and a sponge cake with leftover buttercream icing from the birthday cake I made last week. I hadn't made a cake in months and in less than a week I'd made two! I also finally got round to taking up the white flared trousers I'd bought in Lincoln leaving one long dress still to hem...
Thursday was hectically busy. I started as I usually do with a tour of the garden where there were new things to see:These lilies on the left are day lilies and there were several blooming. The coreopsis had bloomed.
The agapanthus was bursting out of the bud and the new orange geranium had its first bloom.
Both hydrangeas had one bloom each.
One of the succulents had produced a flower!
I went for a swim; swimming the usual 48 laps. From there I went to the hairdressers where I decided to try something different. Short hair can be very boring and I wanted a change:It's been shaved at the sides and the back with a quiff on top which will grow longer in due course. However, I have Alopecia Areata and because of the shaved areas the bald patches were very noticeable particularly at the back. I thought what the heck; I have bald patches in various places - so what - and although the hair probably won't ever grow back over the patches (I've had AA since 2007); once the back in general grows out a bit more it may not be so noticeable and I don't have to have the back shaved again; just cut very close to the scalp. I can't see it so I don't really care!
I wore this dress which has featured on the blog a couple of times before before. Charity shopped but originally by F&F; Italian made linen jacket also charity shopped. Birkenstocks donated by my daughter. The dress gapes at the front so I usually put a camisole underneath; it was a bit too warm on Thursday for camisoles. I regretted it as when I went to do the food shopping at Lidl; several buttons came undone exposing my bra to all and sundry! All jewellery charity shopped; I forgot to put on rings or bangles. Before I went food shopping I took the middle grandson for a job interview at Aldi. Then I rushed home to pack away the food shopping as my friend Ann was coming round for a catch up. It was so lovely to see her. We had fish and chips for dinner as I couldn't be bothered to cook...
Still warm on Friday but cloudier. I stayed in bed later than usual. I've been waking up as soon as its light and can't always get back to sleep but today I did. After putting on a wash and getting ready I ventured out to Ampthill to look round their 4 charity shops. I was deeply disappointed in Barnardo's. It was, quite frankly, a mess and they seemed short of clothes. Needless to say I bought nothing there. I bought a pair of earrings and a rather nice sun hat from the V&A in the RSPCA charity shop so my trip wasn't in vain.
Everything I wore was charity shopped. Sandals as before; trousers and top by F&F. Linen kimono/duster by Billi. What a pain to iron and to make matters worse the label was made of some type of plastic material (how I hate it when manufacturers do that) I burnt it with the iron leaving a gooey mess stuck to the iron plate. I have some metal type scouring pads which are brilliant at cleaning iron hot plates and they did the trick. I was surprised as Billi is, according to my research, one of the top sustainable clothing brands. I have another Billi garment too but can't remember which it is but like the kimono/duster it was also charity shopped. All jewellery charity shopped. I wore 2 necklaces as I couldn't decide between them. When OH got home we went to the newly opened pub and had a sharing platter for dinner. The food was good and next time I'd like to try the fish sharing platter. They only do sharing platters and tapas type food. We spent the rest of the evening catching up with episodes of Sherwood which has proved to be pretty gripping so far...
This was Sunday's outfit; trousers by F&F from my Barnardo's; top by River Island from 1.00 rail also at Barnardo's; Van's pumps bought from Daycare Hospice shop. All jewellery charity shopped.
This was Monday's outfit. Everything charity shopped or secondhand. Skirt by M&S; local Facebook buy and sell group; sandals by New Look; tee shirt no label; jacket from the euro rail in a Dublin charity shop. All jewellery charity shopped. I bought the earrings on our Saturday rummage in Newport Pagnell from Oxfam.
I dropped off another bag of donations to the Daycare Hospice shop near me then went to Aldi, and up to the retail park to the big Wilko for bird supplies; which they didn't have! I will have to dig out my shopping trolley and go to the one in town putting the fat balls in the trolley. The last time I carried a bucket of bird's fat balls home I was knackered..I also went to the post office to post off brother's hat which had arrived in yesterday's post. By the time I had unpacked all my purchases at home, it was off to pick up grandson from school. I had time to do bit of blogging before I made dinner. I spent the evening finishing my book 'Darktown' which was a fictional account of the first black police squad in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1940s and their attempt to solve the murder of a young black woman. Excellently written. I read another book by Thomas Mullen called 'The Last Town on Earth' a while ago which was also excellent and now I'll be looking out for more books by him on my rummages.
Other than the mules which were bought at Sainsbury's at half price; everything else was charity shopped. Trousers bought on Saturday's rummage in Age UK; Olney; top by M&S years old; denim jacket from an Irish charity shop.All jewellery charity shopped. The earrings are about 30 years old. The sunglasses were charity shopped from the Willen Hospice shop on Saturday's rummage.
After pottering around for a bit in the morning I booked for OH and I to go to Ascott House; another National Trust house and gardens just outside Aylesbury on Saturday. I want to make the most of our National Trust passes and make the most of the decent weather spell we'd been having. I then decided to try a slightly longer walk; walking along the river to the Marina and back via the Castle Road charity shops just under 5 miles in total. I bought a pair of bright yellow leather sandals in the Children's Society for 2.99 - such a bargain and I haven't any yellow sandals. I may not get any wear out of them this year because of the PF but I will have them for next year. I then took some plant cuttings round to Ann's house where we walked round her garden looking at her plants and fruit trees and deciding where to plant the cuttings. She gave me cuttings of 2 succulents I didn't have and I will take more cuttings for her from some more of our plants now I know what she likes and doesn't. In the evening we watched a new drama series called 'The Undeclared War' and as it was streamed we watched the second episode, too.
I wore purple accessories with it and everything was charity shopped except the earrings which were bought from Sainsbury's years ago.
And at last the monbretia burst into flower. We brought this montbretia back from Donegal so it is special to us; a little bit of the Donegal hedgerows in our garden!