The Ramblers walk on Wednesday went really well; no one seemed to mind it was only 6.5 miles instead of 7.5 as at least we avoided the muddiest parts near Yarlswood. It was muddy however; very muddy in places. There were 32 of us in total and although it was chilly the sun shone in a clear blue sky throughout the whole walk. My new red walking boots were mud coloured by the end of the walk and they're not waterproof. I will relegate them to summer walking boots and/or dry day walking boots. I found a pair of virtually new Gelert boots on Vinted for a tenner. I've had Gelert walking boots before and very good boots they are, too.
I went to both the farm shop for kindling and the local Lidl for grocery shopping and got back in time for Oxfam to collect my book donations bag. Youngest grandson has a basket ball match after school almost every Thursday now and it's a bit of a rush to pick him up from there; feed him and everyone else before we set off again for evening basket ball practice...the joys of being a grandparent!
We caught a bus from the bus station to Wixhams. We walked for 4.5 miles in total and stopped for coffee and cake in the garden centre before catching the bus back to town. This was my walking outfit; no need for walking boots as we walked on hard surfaces all the way. Pre-loved jeans, boot cut by M&S; top by Izabel also pre-loved. Boots last year from Sainsbury's. All jewellery pre-loved.
From Barnardo's I went to the hairdressers; then to stock up on bird food supplies at Home Bargains. From there I had to collect my Vinted parcel; my new to me waterproof boots. Once I was home I had washing to hang up, the fire to clean out and reset. Only then could I sit down for while and catch up with blogs and blogging.
I was very excited to see the new food bank warehouse on Tuesday morning. The new premises are about 200 metres away from the old food bank warehouse but much bigger; huge in fact. There were 2 enormous rooms for goods in and sorting; we have a kitchen, office, meeting room; staff room and a goods out area. There is also a mezzanine which is not currently in use and best of all 3 rooms dedicated to non- food stuff items. One of the rooms is for all things baby - milk/food/nappies/toiletries. The second room is for toiletries: loo paper; shampoo; shower gel; soap; hand wash; toothpaste and toothbrushes; deodorants; razors; shaving gel and sanitary towels and tampons. The third room is for household cleaning materials; washing powder, washing up liquid; surface cleansers etc; dog and cat food and cutlery, crockery and pots and pans. I stayed on for a while extra and made sure everything was in the right place in the right room and I unpacked several crates and a cage of non-foodstuff goods in. I had a real sense of satisfaction when I finished.
This was Wednesday's outfit. I wore walking socks and boots but stayed in my skirt for walking. Pre-loved brown corduroy skirt by Next; retail (Lidl) jumper and retail boots. I thought I should have worn mustard tights instead of brown; but by the time I had that thought it was mid afternoon and I couldn't be bothered to change them. Earrings pre-loved. I wore a browny-pink lipstick for a change. I bought 2 of them because I liked the colour from Wilko's range called 'Essence'. Never to be seen again as Wilko closed down nationally a couple of months ago. No cooking required as I made OH a pork casserole on Tuesday enough for 2 days. OH went to the doctor as the bug was affecting his chest. He was diagnosed with a chest infection and was prescribed antibiotics.
OH didn't go into work on Thursday but it was the usual Thursday for me. Swimming followed by breakfast and getting ready to go to the farm shop, Lidl and Sainsbury's.
Earrings were an old sale find at Debenhams and are about 5 or 6 years old.
Everything pre-loved. I found the shirt in Hertford on Friday in the Heart Foundation charity shop. Tank top, no label via Barnardo's; trousers by iRossi and I can't remember where I found them, but they've been in my wardrobe for several years now. They're made of a warm wool type material so very appropriate for this cold weather snap. Boots by Manteray and found in Barnardo's. All jewellery pre-loved. I wore an orangey coloured lipstick for a change.
I like to listen to pod casts or the radio when I go to bed and recently have been listening to 'Legends' on BBC Sounds about Joni Mitchell. There are 6 episodes in the series and I'm up to episode 4. They are released on a weekly basis so I have to wait for the next 2 episodes. I also listen to a lot of podcasts from RTE (the Irish broadcasting authority) especially the 'Documentary on 1' series of podcasts. Listening to 'Legends' made me revisit my Joni Mitchell collection of CDs and listen to them in the order they were released; only to discover the 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns' was missing from its CD sleeve. It probably fell out of the sleeve in my old Corsa which had a CD player; fell under the seat and I didn't notice. I'll have to look for another copy or download one or my collection will be incomplete. I've been listening to Joni Mitchell since I was 16, so that's 53 years her songs have been accompanying me on my life journey. I still have 2 of my original Joni Mitchell vinyl albums somewhere in the loft. One day OH and are going to clear the loft out; probably when he retires because we'll need to hire a skip! I also don't want my poor children to have sort through all that stuff. To be fair there a lot of empty cardboard boxes up there. OH keeps every box that anything electrical comes in so it looks a lot worse than it is. That's what I'm telling myself anyway...
Monday was wet, cold and miserable and the light in the house was very poor. I had to go downstairs to take these photos as upstairs was just too dark. Everything pre-loved except the boots as before. Skirt and tank top; New Look and polo neck by M&S. Underneath the skirt I''m wearing leggings. All jewellery pre-loved.