Last Tuesday evening OH and I went to watch this at the cinema. I'd completely forgotten OH had booked tickets for it and when he said to me at 7 pm 'what time shall we leave?' - it reminded me! It was a very enjoyable film and laugh out loud funny in a couple of places...but I wouldn't want to watch it again.
Back to Thursday morning swimming. I managed 48 laps and the pool was very uncrowded. I had the lane all to myself for the final ten minutes and for the ten minutes prior to that it was only me and one other swimmer. After getting ready it was off to do the Lidl weekly shop which was unpacked and put away promptly. I had several errands to run in town and after doing those came home put my feet up and caught up with blogs before making dinner. In the evening we caught up with 'All that Glitters' which is a competitive jewellery making programme; very similar in format to 'The Great Pottery Throwdown' and 'The Great British Sewing Bee'.
I changed into this on Friday after I recce'd my bus walk. Top by Boden; Barnardo's; shoes by Clarks via The Cat's Protection League. Trousers are years old and bought in a La Redoute sale. All jewellery charity shopped.
You may remember a few months back I set myself a challenge to wear all of the unworn dresses I had accumulated? Well, this was one of them. By Kaleidoscope but I can't remember which charity shop it came from. It has a low neck and low back and because Saturday stayed quite chilly until late afternoon; I wore a polo neck underneath. It's a dress that needs something underneath it otherwise it would be both cold and indecent! And two more wardrobe firsts in a long time; tights and boots! Boots also charity shopped. The dress had an ochre coloured pattern on it although it looks black and white in the photos. It went well with my ochre/deep mustard coloured denim jacket which I wore when we went out. All jewellery charity shopped except the necklace which was a present from my ex mum-in-law. As for the unworn dresses I still have two left to wear. One is a summer dress so will be saved for next year and the second I'll probably wear when we go out for a meal with my brothers in a few weeks time.
I'd completely forgotten to book my Sunday swim so didn't go but I did a lot of housework instead. Cleaning upstairs and downstairs and now my son has moved again I have a spare room which needed a good sort out. My daughter would be 44 on Monday and we'd arranged to meet up for a birthday celebration meal at the Albero Lounge in Bedford by the river. No need to cook dinner or to wash up afterwards! We all enjoyed our meal except OH who wasn't impressed with his at all. I also indulged in a pudding; well it was Sunday the only day of the week we have a pudding at home! In the evening we watched a new BBC series called 'Blood Lands'. There was a previous series and we may have to watch that too...
Everything charity shopped and seen before.The earrings were a present from middle grandson and his younger brother. The youngest grandson came back and stayed overnight as his mum and the rest of the crew went out partying for the rest of the evening. They had a great night. I remember being 44; it was the year I met OH and we'll have been together 25 years next year. Where have the years gone?
This taffeta skirt by Femme was bought in a charity shop about 2 years ago and never worn. It has a silver trim on the bottom frill and I really like it! I thought it was a bit too dressy for everyday wear but I've changed my mind and can see me wearing it a lot this autumn and winter; probably with leggings underneath. The top by F&F and the boots both charity shopped; the boots by 'Niceness' were found early in the summer when it was too hot to wear them. All jewellery charity shopped except the earrings bought from eBay.
Top by M&S; trousers by LC Waikiki (?) and boots as above; all charity shopped. All jewellery charity shopped. When I finished at the food bank I dropped off the rest of my son's stuff to him. After that it was home to hang out a wash and I also made green tomato chutney. On Monday OH had cut back some of the plants including the tomato plant and we harvested about 2 lbs of green tomatoes. I made green tomato chutney last year; it was lovely but I used a different recipe this year simply because I couldn't find last years's one or remember it very well! I did a second wash and hung it out and then made dinner. I put my feet up for the rest of evening and read my book. I tried to book a swim for next Sunday only to find the 9 am slot no longer exists! When I go again on Thursday I'll find out why; I hoped it was because it was fully booked but I doubted it as the 7 am slot still had lots of spaces left. I opted for 12.30 for this Sunday but it's an awkward time in the middle of what is always a busy day for me; what with house cleaning and cooking. We shall see.
I wore this on Thursday; everything charity shopped including all the jewellery. Jeans by M&Co; dress by River Island; shoes by Clarks and denim jacket by something or someone unpronounceable...
I went for a swim in the morning. The reason there was no 9 am lane swimming slot on Sunday was the pool was holding its Open Day and encouraging more of the general public to come and swim. It should be back to normal for the following Sunday but they did warn me that they will be changing the timetable and there will be fewer lane swimming slots and more general swimming slots at the weekend. I can see I might have to do an early morning swim (7 am - 8 am) on another weekday in the future; Tuesday would be the most suitable day for me. Watch this space!
On Friday, I had my Covid autumn booster jab at the local chemist. I was hoping to combine it with my annual flu jab but they had run out of of over 65 flu jab vaccine so will try again next week. As I was in town I then went for a rummage to the Castle Road charity shops and to the Hospice shop near my hairdresser. One of the Castle Road charity shops was closed - lack of volunteers but in the Hospice shop I found a book and a pleather, metallic pleated skirt. I was delighted as I'd wanted one of these for ages...
I wore this on Saturday. Everything charity shopped. Wide legged cropped denim trousers by Toast; top by F&F and striped cardigan by Bella. Shoes by Clarks and all jewellery charity shopped except the earrings bought in Co. Donegal gift shop. We're off for a week soon to the mobile home in Donegal, to get it ready for the winter. We're going to fly and hire a car for the week; it costs the same as 2 overnight stays and taking the ferry; which is our normal mode of getting to Ireland. I'll be very interested to see what the Irish weather will be like in early October; cool, wet and windy I'd say!
I got up on Saturday and made a West African Vegetable Stew with Peanut Sauce for a vegetarian Sunday dinner. I would make a chicken stew for the meat eaters and for the grandson who won't eat 'wet' food or anything in a gravy; I'd make him roast chicken. No wonder I don't like cooking very much! Later that day my daughter and I met up and went for 4.5 mile walk in Milton Ernest. We had coffee and cake afterwards in the garden centre which was very good. That evening we started watching a new 'Walter Presents' Icelandic drama called 'Sisterhood' and it made for some tense viewing!
I worked with the Manager which was nice as I hadn't seen her for a while. I spent the morning processing donations and getting them out on the shop floor; she unpacked a delivery of Barnardo's new goods (15+ boxes) and organised where they went. My car was collected for the rear bumper repair and I picked up a hire car after I finished volunteering. Hopefully, my car will be back by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. The hire car was a little red Fiat 500; the same car cousin Marian has! It had a manual drive and as I'd got used to driving my automatic car it took a bit of practice. Once I was home I spent time trying to think what to pack for Ireland in the preposterously small cabin bag I'm taking with me. I'm very lucky in that I already have a wardrobe of sorts in Ireland; I don't need to bring a lot with me but I do need warmer clothing and of course that takes up more room in a suitcase. I whittled it down to 2 pairs of jeans plus a selection of warm tops; 1 maxi dress; 2 swimming costumes; 1 skirt; I extra jacket and 1 extra pair of boots. I'll wear another jacket and another pair of boots as part of my travel outfit. You might wonder why I'm taking swimming costumes in October to Ireland? Well, I have it on good authority that the sea is at its warmest in October (in Donegal that is) thanks to the Gulf Stream. I plan on swimming at least a few days and I'll let you know!
Off to the food bank on Tuesday. Lynne wasn't in so I made up food parcels but I did pack the toiletry donations away. We'd had deliveries of most items but washing up liquid was still in short supply. It also rained for much of the morning. I'd left a wash on and was hoping to hang it out when I got home. Luckily the sun did decide to appear in the afternoon and I put the wash out on the line; keeping one eye on the weather ready to rescue it if it rained again. I wore this outfit. You might have noticed I've been layering up my clothes which is due to the drop in temperature. The weather is most definitely autumnal and the trees across the road are beginning to change colour...