Rain at last!
I received an all clear letter from the mammogram I had a few weeks back on Wednesday morning. A very good start to my day. I went out for a walk just after 8 am and walked along the river to Great Denham and on to Biddenham; just over 5 miles in all. I went swimming on Tuesday evening at 8 pm and there were only 6 people in my lane which was wonderful. I swam 40 laps or 1.3 km in 50 minutes and got out early. It's not the best time of day for me to swim as I always have pretty full on days but I think I'll stick with it until the swimming timetable resumes to normal again!
This was Wednesday's outfit. Green cropped wide leg trousers by White Stuff; can't remember which charity shop; top by Boden from 1.00 rail somewhere; sliders as before. All jewellery charity shopped except earrings bought online.
Everything charity shopped. The shirt has been worn frequently on blog posts; the trousers by F&F were acquired last year end of summer. White top underneath by Karen Millen was 1.00 rail find. Clogs by Lotta of Stockholm; they're slingbacks and very comfortable. I found them in the RSPCA in Newport Pagnell last autumn and luckily they were my size. All jewellery charity shopped. The earrings were part of a larger pair bought in a Debenhams sale and I recently turned them into two separate pairs.
Trousers and shirt both from M&S; the trousers were a recent buy a few weeks back. Tee shirt by Dunne's Stores and the very comfortable Birkenstocks as before. All jewellery charity shopped.
My daughter had asked me to show her the shortcut to her gym across the fields near to where she lives so I met up with her on Friday morning and showed her; then continued my walk until I had completed 5 miles. I had errands in town to run and had to go back to Sainsbury's because I had forgotten something for Sunday's dinner. I hate it when that happens. The eldest grandson and his girlfriend were coming for dinner on Sunday so we'd have as many at the table for dinner on Sunday as we do on Christmas Day. Luckily, the weather is so fine some can eat outside and some inside so I didn't have to worry that I didn't have enough space at the table for everyone to sit down. We could chat through the dining room window if need be! Also at the weekend was Jamaica Independence Day with celebrations in the town square. We went last year but this year it's being celebrated on Sunday and it's such a busy day for me; although I expect OH will get to it one way or another...updated to say he didn't.
I went for a swim on Sunday morning. When I got back I made a vegan dish for dinner for my daughter and I; prepped all the veg for a traditional roast chicken dinner; did the house cleaning and finally cooked the dinner. I wore this outfit:
Cool cotton dress from Next (27 degrees on Sunday) via 'Mercy in Action'; charity shop. I picked it up last week one day I had errands to run in town. I like to have a quick look in the Castle Road charity shops every week. I am also thinking of wearing this dress as a long jacket over some pink linen trousers I have; the buttons down the front lend it to doubling up as a jacket, I think. The sandals I've had for several years and can wear my orthotics in them as they have a closed heel. Unfortunately, the soles keep separating from the upper; although OH has glued and clamped them several times; I have to relegate them to the bin now. It's a shame as I like the simplicity of them and they're real leather. All jewellery charity shopped.
Another hot day on Monday. I felt the heat as soon as I got up whereas on Sunday the morning started out quite cool. On my way back from Barnardo's the temperature gauge said 27 degrees. We had more technical issues in the shop on Monday; the system used by the computer was down. It meant we couldn't print labels or gift aid labels and the deputy manager couldn't send or see emails or stats or targets. As I was leaving it still hadn't been fixed and then the till went down...that meant customers would have to pay in cash with the exact money. I was glad to leave and hoped it would all get sorted soon!
This trouser suit is a story of two halves. I found the trousers in Barnardo's a while ago; they're from Zara. Then two weeks ago as soon as I walked in I spied this jacket on the rail waiting to go out on the shop floor. I checked my blog photos and sure enough the jacket was the exact match to the trousers and also by Zara. Of course I had to buy it and wore it today. The shop has air con so I wasn't too hot but the jacket stayed off for the rest of the day. Tee shirt by Country Casuals bought from Cancer Research recently - I looked for ages for a plain red tee shirt. The green sliders were found in a charity shop; possibly when I was last in Devon. They had a sling back but I cut it off as they're slightly too big for me. Who could resist green suede shoes?
All jewellery charity shopped.
I went for a 5 mile walk on Thursday morning along the river from Queen's Park to Great Denham and on to Biddenham and home. It was extremely hot and the day's temperature ended up being 31 degrees. In England we had another hot weather warning in place from midnight on Thursday and lasting through until Sunday. Whatever the weather the shopping still has to be done and I went to Lidl after my walk. I chose this cotton skirt and matching top for coolness by Adini; both charity shopped but at different shops and about 18 months apart. It comes out for a wear at least once in the summer. Underneath I wore a Karen Millen 1.00 rail find and I even dared to bare my arms! I had a bruise on one arm and no clue how or when it got there...I didn't wear any beads as it was too hot. Bangles and ring charity shopped but the earrings were a 50th birthday present to myself bought on a birthday weekend trip to Bath back in 2004...
Before I went to bed I tried buttoning up the top and belting it. I'm not sure if I like it or not; I don't really do belts....this one was donated by my daughter.
Everything charity shopped. Skirt by Jigsaw from an Aylesbury charity shop a couple of years ago; top by George via my Barnardo's on Monday. These are my summer indoor slippers; flip flops from my Barnardo's years ago. When I went out I wore my Sainsbury's sliders.
Like the rest of the country I was seeking out the coolest clothing I could find. This cotton dress was bought in an online sale earlier this year and it was lovely and cool. I had to wear my cotton half slip underneath as it was a bit see through. Sandals by New Look via Cat's Protection League and all jewellery charity shopped except the earring which were bought on Bedford market some years ago. I started Saturday with a 4 mile walk at 8 am and it was just beginning to heat up. After doing a few chores I settled down and read my book for most of the day. There was a local festival on and youngest grandson was staying over. He went off to the park in the afternoon to play basket ball with his friend! Aah, the resilience of the young.
I picked up these tiny pleated mustard trousers by Uniqlo in the Mercy in Action charity shop last week for 3.00. Sized XS; I knew the elasticated waistband would stretch to accommodate my waistline. They were nice and cool to wear with this Next top I'd had for several years via Barnardo's. Unfortunately, my bangle kept catching on the top and I should have removed it but didn't. The top is now covered in little pulls and snags and will probably be relegated to the charity shop donations bag. All jewellery found in charity shops.
Everything bought from charity shops except daughter donated Birkenstocks. Yellow wide legged trousers by Quiz, top by Wallis and tee shirt by F&F. All jewellery also charity shopped. I wore this outfit to the food bank where I once again was finished by 11.30 am.
On my way to the food bank I was diverted from the usual road I drive down due to roadworks; I saw and heard something I haven't heard since childhood. Do any of you remember the 'rag man'? He drove a horse and cart around the streets; ringing a bell whilst calling out 'any old clothes; any old iron?' As children we used save glass bottles and he would give us pennies for them. Anyhow, I didn't see a horse and cart but a small open back lorry with several rusty metal chiminias in the back; the driver was ringing a hand bell out of the vehicle window and calling out something which I didn't catch. He was clearly collecting scrap metal. What a blast from the past; I had no idea it continued today. I'll make a point of driving down that road in future to see if I can catch what he was calling out.