Hello again. It seems like only 5 minutes since I pressed publish and my blog post went out to the world but here we are again already!
I left you on a Monday in my previous post and on Tuesday it was back to the food bank. I made up hygiene bags as usual and as per usual we had run out of essential items by the time I finished. We'd had a great response from Harvest Festival donations but the toiletries weren't as plentiful as the food donations. A request had been sent out the week before asking for people to volunteer for a few extra hours to get the food donations sorted and stored but I was too busy on the day that was suggested.
Our boiler had been playing up for weeks giving us hot water intermittently - which wasn't good enough. The engineer came last Friday and said we needed parts which were ordered and finally fitted on Tuesday afternoon. I left OH with the engineer and went for a Tuesday afternoon swim; swimming 46 laps. I think I have to stay with Tuesday afternoons from now on. There weren't many people in the pool which was great but I don't know if that was due to the time or the weather which was wet and cold. Time will tell I expect.
Thursday's OOTD. Skirt by M&S; jumper by Seasalt; boots as before (all charity shopped) and I wore green footless tights bought online. All jewellery also charity shopped.
I had a slow puncture in my front tyre so I was at Kwik-Fit as soon as they were open on Thursday morning. Leaving the car there and hoping the puncture was mendable; I went for a 46 lap swim. Just lately I don't seem to be able to get 48 laps in; at least not before the whistle blows. I like to be out of the pool either before or just as the lifeguard blows the whistle. Otherwise I feel rushed and that's something I hate...
I walked into to town on Sunday morning to go to the library and pick up a reservation; I also found a copy of Miranda Seymour's 2022 biography of Jean Rhys:
One other volunteer was in on Monday morning and we had a very productive morning getting lots of stuff out on to the shop floor. The Christmas gifts have gone very well and last week the shop hit its weekly target; which is good news indeed. After volunteering I went off to run a few errands; more bird food; prescription from chemist and some bread. Once the errands were run it was home; feet up and a visit to blog land and starting my new library book. OH cooked. I'd so enjoyed the break from cooking (and sorting out the fire) since he has been off work, I could get used to it...
I don't think I've worn this pinafore dress before so this was the first outing. It, like everything I'm wearing here, was charity shopped but I can't remember where from. The boots were a recent retail buy online. We finally made it to see 'Banshees of Inisherin'. It was filmed on Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland in Co. Mayo and what a beautiful island it was. OH and I want to visit it now! The film was marvellous; funny but very poignant and slightly disturbing...
This was the dress I hemmed on Wednesday afternoon. Bought from the 1.00 rail at the RSPCA in Ampthill ages ago; it's by Jaeger. Leggings by Nike; also from Barnardo's. The necklace was bought in a Buckingham charity shop. The leather jacket by South was via Vinted.
OH went back to work on Thursday. I went for a swim on Thursday morning and managed another 48 laps. Then after getting ready it was off to the farm shop for kindling and Lidl for the weekly food shop. Once the shopping was unpacked and put away it was time to collect youngest grandson from school. I cleaned out the fire and laid it ready for lighting later in the evening and cooked dinner. After dinner I took youngest grandson to basket ball practice and OH and I watched a couple more episodes of 'Deadwind - Series 3'.
I wore this outfit and everything was pre-loved except the long denim shirt which I picked up in Bedford market on the stall that sells the rejects or 'cabbages' from the rag trade. Jeans by M&Co; polo-neck by Uniqlo; all jewellery also pre-loved. The white boots were a recent find and originally from Primark.
Once I was home again OH and I did the house cleaning; I fetched youngest grandson from basketball practice so his mum could study and then I made dinner. I was very pleased to see my Christmas cacti were both blooming and that there were green shoots on all three of my hyacinths!
The Uniqlo top got another wear; the kimono was a present from my daughter about 8 years ago; pre-loved trousers by F&F; boots as before. I wore my walking boots and socks plus a coat; which was needed when I went for a walk. I wore gold jewellery for a change all pre-loved, too.
We began watching this on Sunday evening after I'd taken the grandsons home. Written by the writer of 'The Killing' which remains my all time favourite Scandi Noir series. It was the first I ever watched and I've loved Scandi and Nordic Noir ever since. To my horror this series was dubbed but the story was so gripping I bore with it; at least the voices had Danish accents...
Another rotten day on Monday but as I was volunteering at Barnardo's and thus inside I didn't really mind. This was my outfit and I should have worn a jumper as I was quite chilly until I got home and added a thick, chunky cardigan for added warmth.
Everything was pre-loved. (It's shorter to type pre-loved than charity shopped so will be doing it more often...)
I'm off now to catch up with your blogs and find out what you've been up to. Stay warm to those of you it applies to and I'll see you in a fortnight.