I was back swimming again on Thursday morning; then home to do the weekly food shopping accompanied by Dawn who bought some groceries too. I woke up on Thursday morning and decided not to go to Devon. I'd had a very busy couple of weeks and wanted a quiet weekend at home with no long distance journeys. The weather forecast was looking pretty dire for Friday, too. Storm Babet was wreaking havoc around country especially in Scotland. Hilary was disappointed but understood. I'd still be driving to Birmingham on Friday to take Dawn back, but Birmingham is only about 70-75 miles from us; whereas Devon is at least 200 miles!
Leaving the washing behind I went to Barnardo's where we had lots of donations as usual; so I spent the morning processing as many as I could and I did the banking. I wore this outfit which has been seen on the blog before and is a good advert for Barnardo's; both the skirt by Next and the top by Pepperberry were found there. Denim jacket by Susst or Sussi also pre-loved. OTK boots; online retail about 3 years ago. All jewellery pre-loved. I forgot to put earrings on when I left home that morning and bought some at Barnardo's from their new goods range; good value for 3 pairs of studs for 3.00. I can't bear not to wear earrings; I always feel under-dressed without them. Now the weather is back to normal we're lighting the fire most evenings and that means another daily chore for me of cleaning it out and laying it ready to light. Monday afternoons are also one of the days I try to catch up with blogs and blogging...
I started this book on Monday evening. It's the third by Raynor Winn I've read and like her first book 'The Salt Path'; she concentrates again on a walking journey; this time the 200 mile 'Cape Wrath' trail in North-West Scotland. I like books about walking almost as I like walking!
It was another chilly day; the highest the temperature reached all day was 10 degrees. I wasn't sure what to wear and wished I'd worn tights under these pre-loved linen, Commoner trousers; shirt by Lipsy and tank top by Next. All jewellery pre-loved.
I wore this pre-loved suedette long jacket bought for 3.00 from the junk shop in Castle Road and pre-loved scarf from Barnardo's.
Soon after midday the washing machine engineer arrived. Luckily, it was only the heating element that had gone. Unfortunately, as my machine was an older Bosch model there wasn't one in his van; which meant he had to order one. It will probably be next week before a replacement can be fitted. I can still use the machine but it won't heat the water. Once the engineer left I went to do the weekly food shopping and stopped at the farm shop for more kindling. I picked up a purple cauliflower whilst I was there - never had one of those before!
The necklace was bought from Barnardo's on Monday; I'd worn it two days in a row so you can tell I like it. I lost one of the earrings but luckily discovered it in the foot-well of my car on Saturday morning.
It wasn't so chilly on Saturday and after a 4.7 mile walk around the local area; OH and I went to Stevenage for a rummage. Youngest grandson had stayed over on Friday night and I made him a hearty breakfast before we left. Teenage boys seem to have insatiable appetites.
Our clocks went back overnight and we're now back to Greenwich Mean Time; GMT. That meant an extra hour in bed so I set off for my swim an hour later than usual. Once I'd done my 46 laps it was home for breakfast; then to do the weekly cleaning and cook Sunday dinner. The plan was somewhat disrupted because our Henry (a vacuum cleaner) died. He was very old and his demise wasn't unexpected. In the last few months that's the third electric appliance in our house that has either died or broken. Let's hope that's it now for the next few years...
We had a new volunteer start today and I spent most of my shift training her. It was a busy morning with lots of customers. From the shop I went back to my hairdressers to have a little bit more cut off the sides of my hair. From the hairdressers I went to collect our new Henry vacuum cleaner. Once home I made chicken soup for dinner and a boiled fruit cake. I've been hankering after a fruit cake for a few days but was too busy at the weekend to make one. I like a moist fruit cake and this recipe 'Nan's Boiled Fruit Cake' is my favourite. You can find it HERE. I'd been reading a new to me Elly Griffith's book called 'The Postscript Murders' and only realised after I'd finished it it was the 2nd in a series of 3...aarrggghhh, I'll have to go to the library tomorrow and try and find the first in the series.
I wore this pre-loved Cos dress which is thick and warm. I should have worn a polo neck underneath but opted instead for a vest. Boots as before and tights were a Christmas present and I've only just got around to wearing.
After the food bank I went home and ate some lunch; leftover soup from yesterday. I made some fudge using up some soon to be out of date tins of condensed milk. I've always wanted to make fudge and it came out well. It was vegan condensed coconut milk and I added chopped nuts to it. I'll give most of it to my daughter; otherwise I'll just sit and eat it all. I also boiled some of my tea towels to see if I could brighten them up. They had turned a nasty colour. Unfortunately the colour didn't improve with the boiling and I managed to splash bleach on my Cos dress. Just a tiny splash which I might be able to disguise with a green felt tip pen. I hope so.