Tuesday 28 November 2023

Blogversary and some other stuff

Hello again!

 
When I left you last I showed you my latest TBR pile. What I realised later on that day was I had already read two of them. What I thought was Richard Osman's latest book was his third which I'd read already, and the Ann Tyler I had read also. Off to the bookshelves I went and selected two replacements. I also spent a bit of time weeding out (non-fiction) books I no longer wanted; making a bit more room on my bookshelves upstairs. I filled one of those large shopping bags for life with unwanted books and contacted Oxfam who do a book collection service.

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.



We watched this Chilean/German TV series on ITVx called 'Dignity'. Recommended and with eight episodes it kept us going for a while. 



Thursday was colder than Wednesday. Under this pre-loved M&S Per Una skirt I'm wearing the 1.00 green thermal leggings I found in my Barnardo's the last time I was there. Pre-loved Uniqlo polo and tank top also pre-loved but can't remember where. Pre-loved boots by Tu as before. All jewellery pre-loved.



I went for a swim and swam 45 laps. There was a lovely surprise at the pool; the showers had been fixed and all 4 were working. It must be almost a year since all showers were working. I believe the new company have taken over now. That's a really good start as far as I'm concerned. Now they need to fix the dripping tap...updated to say I read online the new company take over in February 2024 so the current company did finally get their act together.

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!


It was back to the unofficial bus walks on Friday - yay!

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.



Wixhams is actually a small town containing 4 separate villages; Lake View, Harrowden Green, Willow View and the central part unnamed as yet; it's still under construction and will contain the station. We walked here earlier in the year but there has been a lot of development since then. Lots of lakes and good footpaths.


On Saturday we went out for a birthday celebration with my brothers, for Tony's 66th birthday. Another pensioner in the family...



Everything was pre-loved except the boots as before. Wide leg trousers by Phase Eight; shirt by Isle; tank top by Zara. All jewellery pre-loved.



We went to the Tollemache Arms in Harrington, Northants; had a delicious meal and just managed to get home as darkness fell. Poor OH was afflicted with my bug. We made a right pair; coughing and nose blowing all evening on the sofa. We finished watching 'Dignity' and began watching the new Australian crime thriller ' Scrublands' on BBC4 on Saturday evening.

Sunday was the usual; swimming, housework and cooking dinner. Everyone came for Sunday dinner. It was a surprisingly mild weekend with temperatures reaching 14 degrees on both days.


Monday was a busy day. I went to Barnardo's; I'd missed not going the week before when I wasn't feeling too good. A week on and I still had the cough and the blocked nose but felt absolutely fine. We had lots of donations and although I processed donations all morning and served on the till; the donations pile was still the same size when I left! The good news was the post office across the road from the charity shop had re-opened so no more trips to do the banking at Bromham or Kempston post offices.


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 wore my pre-loved green thermal leggings under this vintage pre-loved skirt. Top, pre-loved from my Barnardo's; no label; jacket from New Look but also via Barnardo's; as were the boots. All jewellery pre-loved. The photos were taken at the end of the day so the light wasn't very good and there were strange shadows being cast...


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.


Everything pre-loved and seen on the blog before. Boots retail last year.

From the food bank I walked into town to run a range of errands. I posted a gift card and birthday card to my brother. I went to the international supermarket to buy some seasonings and to QD to buy some black sunflowers seeds for the birds. They have really gone up in price and I think it's actually cheaper to buy them at the farm shop unless they have raised their prices so much, too. I'll be going there to buy coal and kindling on Thursday so must add the sunflower seeds to my shopping list. I made dinner and in the evening OH and I started watching this Irish crime drama. My son recommended it to me ages ago but it's only just come to BBC and BBC i Player:


My middle grandson had a job interview on Wednesday morning so I drove him there and he caught the bus back. Fingers crossed he gets the job...He did! Once I was back home I did a towels wash and made another fruit cake freezing half. Then I set out for a walk on what was a really bleak day; but not particularly cold at 10 degrees. I walked most of the walk route I led last week, but did it in reverse and cut off the bit at the end to avoid muddy paths; it was even muddier than last week. On the way home I diverted to have a look in the Daycare Hospice shop and found a couple of Christmas items. Yes, I've said the dreaded C word. Some more Christmas table mats and another wooden decoration to add to my collection. The charity shops are a great place to buy Christmas stuff and usually have loads.


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.


For a change it was bright and sunny and on the way back from shopping the car temperature was registering 14 degrees, but once the sun went down it got very cold. I  wore this pre-loved home made felted wool skirt which was very warm. I remember buying it in the Animal Care shop in Donegal town in the summer for 3 euros. It has a floral patterned, asymmetric layer on top of a plain brown underskirt; it's a bit weird but I like it. White tank top pre-loved by Dotty P (Dorothy Perkins); polo neck underneath retail from Sainsbury's last year and boots from Cat's Protection League also found last year. All jewellery pre-loved. Pre-loved leather jacket by Gerry Weber. Think I might have got this in Ireland too, but I can't remember...



I was right about the sunflower seeds for the birds. They were much cheaper at the farm shop and I shan't buy them anywhere else now. Once I'd unpacked the shopping I made dinner for both grandsons and then took grandson to basket ball practice. This week his basketball match after school was on Wednesday and next week it's on a Tuesday then it will revert back to Thursdays. Oh well, it will soon be Christmas holidays...


I'd been looking forward to Friday all week. Mandy and I met up for lunch in a small town called Hertford in Hertfordshire. It was lovely to see her again and we had Eggs Benedict for lunch followed by a mooch around some of the charity shops; we also visited Hertford's museum which was tiny. It was a bitterly cold but bright day with an icy wind and I should have worn a warmer coat...I was frozen.


Pre-loved suedette coat found in the Castle Rd junk shop. Scarf by White Stuff; trousers by M&S; tank top; no label, all pre-loved. Blouse; present and boots retail as before.



Earrings were an old sale find at Debenhams and are about 5 or 6 years old.


We remembered to take a photo! Even if I did chop my own head off...

Hertford was a fortified Saxon town built by King Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great in 912 and has its own castle. It's an historic market town with four rivers meeting in the town; the Rib, Beane, Mimram and the river Lea.


It was too cold a day to take many photos but the pargetting on 'The Salisbury Arms' caught my attention.




The sea life collage above the fishmongers was knitted, crocheted or made of material.


The delightful small garden of Hertford museum. That's a Moroccan fig tree in the background complete with round figs.




This is the Reverend Samuel Stone; a Puritan minister; native of Hertford, England who went on to found the city of Hartford in the state of Connecticut in 1636.

By Friday evening we'd finished watching 'Kin'. Can't wait for Series 2.


I had a pottering about Saturday morning; putting on and hanging up a wash, tidying up, making breakfast and getting ready; then I took youngest grandson to get his locks re-twisted at the hairdressers at noon. 4 hours later he was ready to be collected. I just couldn't sit still for that long so it's just as well I don't have locks!  I went out for 5 mile walk along the river while I was waiting for him to finish, Once I had taken him home OH made dinner and we chilled out by the fire. A very cold day again. I finished 'The Testaments'  by Margaret Atwood and we watched the final episodes of 'Scrublands'. We need to find something to watch for next week in the evenings...


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...

 

I sorted out a new TBR pile. 2 non-fiction books; 1 each from my Virago and Persephone book collections and 2 novels both by novelists more popular in the past; Rumer Godden and Winifred Holtby. My long term reading plan is to read everything on my bookshelves and keep only those that I would like to re-read; I'm getting there slowly but surely; I just need to stop buying more books.

Sunday was another very cold day. We'd had the heating on for most of the weekend until we lit the fire each evening around 5 pm. I went for a swim where the pool was surprisingly crowded for such a cold day but the water was pleasantly warm. On Thursday the water was quite chilly; although after a few laps I'm nice and warm and I don't really mind cold water anyway. OH made us a chicken curry for dinner and we did the weekly housecleaning. In the evening we started watching 'The Boat Story' which looks like it will be good viewing. It is but it's very violent - you have been warned!



I realised on Sunday that I've been blogging for 8 years this month. I started in November 2015. I enjoy blogging but I'm very sad that fewer people are reading the blog and commenting. I think it was January this year when bloggers began to notice and comment their numbers had reduced by quite a significant amount; which was something to do with Blogger no longer notifying people when new blog posts were published. Having said that I've noticed numbers continue to reduce but I shall carry on in the meantime.


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.



I had a change of venue on Monday. Great Denham Barnardo's was closed as the manager was ill; I was asked if I'd like to go to Kempston instead. A change is as good as a rest so of course I said yes. As luck would have it I'd arranged to meet a walking friend in Great Denham so I had to drive back to Great Denham when I finished in Kempston.  I took that opportunity to drop off 2 bags of donations to the Keech Hospice shop at the same time. Now the boot of my car has some room in it! 

Martin and I went for a coffee at the cafe which was just a very short walk from Barnardo's charity shop in Great Denham;  it was a bitterly cold day at only at 5 degrees. Martin was a regular walker with the Ramblers but about two years ago he needed heart surgery and has since developed lung problems so can't walk very far anymore. You may remember that he came to visit us in Donegal a few years ago when he was in Ireland visiting his niece. It was very good to see him again and catch up. We're both going to the Rambler's Christmas lunch in a couple of weeks time so we'll catch up again there.


I collected grandson from work on Monday evening; he finishes at 10 pm and I'll pick him up for a while as the local bus service stops running after 8 pm. He plans to buy himself a bike with his first pay packet!


This was what I wore to the food bank on Tuesday. Everything pre-loved. Dress by Boden; found in Barnardo's, Great Denham the last time I was there. Polo neck underneath by M&S; hand knitted waistcoat for extra warmth and I had leggings on underneath. Boots also found in Barnardo's.


All jewellery pre-loved. 

Over this I wore a sleeveless, hooded puffa jacket of OH's which he's donated to me. On top of that I wore my bright pink hi-vis vest in warehouse and looked like the Michelin Man! I spent the morning making up kettle packs which are 3 days supply of food for individuals who have no cooking facilities; only access to a kettle and hot water. We actually now have a room dedicated to kettle packs and cold packs in the warehouse. Cold packs are for individuals who don't even have access to a kettle. With hot water at least you can have noodles, cuppa soups and porridge as well as making hot beverages.

That's been my fortnight; how's your's been?



















40 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoverary! You look lovely in colour. Essence is my favourite lipstick too. We get it in most stores in Bulgaria and South Africa. Affordable and great quality (made in Europe). The colours work so well for me. You probably can find the on-line. Cold and wet here on the Black Sea! Lise

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    1. Thank you, Lise. That's good to know about Essence; I will have a look online. It's flippin' freezing here!
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  2. ,i just love your yellow patterned jumper, did I read correctly that it was from Lidl? Yellow really suits you.
    I was so sad when I read about the food bank and thinking of people who have to manage with only a kettle to heat their food. Plus the ones who can only eat cold food. What is going on in this country?

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    1. Hello Carole. Thank you for your comments.

      Yes, the yellow jumper came from Lidl and was less than a tenner. It reminded me of Lund's sweaters in 'The Killing'.

      It is truly shameful that the 6th richest country in the world has people who are unable to afford to buy enough food. The Trussell Trust's aim is to see the need for food banks eliminated. One day...
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  3. Happy anniversary on your blog, Vronni! I've been going since 2008 (can't believe it!) and I've also noticed dropping numbers visiting as well as fewer commenters. Blogger is trying to kill us by attrition, I think. I remind myself that I blog for me first, readers second, but it's discouraging when you write a big entry and no one comments!

    Congrats on the grandson's new job! That's exciting. I love seeing your outfits - you're a very creative layerer and your colours are always wonderful.

    My last 2 weeks have been a flurry of getting ready to take nearly a week off, and then...getting Covid. Sigh. Here's hoping the next two will be better!

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    1. Thank you, Sheila and hope you're on the mend. Yes, I'd agree about Blogger trying to kill us by attrition! Like you, I blog for myself first as it's it's my way of recording a diary/journal but if one depended on views or comments alone I'd be long gone!
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  4. Happy Blog-a-versary. Thank you for taking the time and effort to show us all your fab outfits. I am always very inspired by them and they have motivated me to dress a little better everyday. Thanks again, Megan.

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    1. Hello Megan and thank you for commenting. The thought I might have inspired someone to 'dress a little better' is wonderful, although I'm sure you dress beautifully. I think our clothes can bring such joy and we all need more joy in our lives!
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  5. Hi Vronni! I have never commented before but I've been reading your blog for years! I can relate to ferrying the grandchildren but we wouldn't have it any other way would we!! I love your sense of style & you have some great finds! I hardly find anything for myself- the grandchildren have been very lucky in the past! Thank you for you blogs - I love them!

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    1. Hello Mona. Thank you for commenting and for being such a loyal follower! It means a lot to us bloggers as it makes us realise we're not talking to ourselves...
      Yes, us grandparents make great taxi drivers but of course you're right we wouldn't have it any other way.

      Wishing you more luck in the charity shops; the secret is to visit often!
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  6. I enjoy your blog and you are always doing something interesting while looking fabulous! Happy Blogoversary!

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    1. Thank you, anonymous! I'd love it if you commented again and left your name or a pseudonym....
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  7. Thank you for your years of dedicated blogging! I don’t need a reminder, I always know when it’s a week you are posting. Your walking, swimming and reading is such an inspiration to me. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for both commenting and following, it's greatly appreciated. I hope you'll comment again and leave a name or a pseudonym...
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  8. Kathy in Maryland, US29 November 2023 at 02:33

    Hi Vronni, I look forward to your blog every 2 weeks-it cheers me up! I love your color combinations and I admire how much you do! I’ve been retired from nursing since 2013, caregiving for my husband who has Parkinson’s-lots of medical appointments, but we see our grandkids very frequently and they are a joy! Sorry I haven’t commented in the past-I will from now on. I really appreciate your writing.Thank you,

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    1. Hello, Kathy (my mum's name, too) and thank you so much for commenting and following. I do appreciate it. Yes, my grandchildren have given me much joy, too. Aren't we the lucky ones? I look forward to reading more of your comments in the future.
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  9. I found your blog a couple of years ago and look forward to your very interesting posts. I have never commented before but just know I enjoy reading about your very busy life. I hope you continue writing.
    Kristin from California

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    1. Hello, Kristin and thank for commenting and for following. I appreciate it very much and I hope you will comment again.
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  10. i hope OH feels better now?!
    the new warehouse sounds comfortable and well organised - it came to the right time - the people in need will not get less i fear......

    at least the mustard coat looked stunning - esp. with that impressive scarf ;-D
    gorgeous looks, all the maxis - dresses & skirts - are my favorites... with the brown tights to brown skirt you did the right instinctively - same colour from waist down to the ground elongates this part optical - but a contrast (yellow tights) would shorten you :-D

    here we have real frost now: -5°C.... and a bit of snow....
    stay warm and cosy! xxxxx

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    1. Thank you, Beate. I do not need to look any shorter than I am; you are so right!

      OH still has a cough and has been prescribed an inhaler....

      It's -1 here and there was frost this morning; snow may be falling overnight, too. Brrrr!!

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    2. Thank you, Beate. I do not need to look any shorter than I am; you are so right!

      OH is still coughing and being breathless; he's been prescribed an inhaler now.

      It's -1 here at the moment; we had frost this morning and there maybe snow overnight. Brrr! For some reason the cold weather here always seem to take us by surprise!
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  11. Happy 8th Vronni! Oh yeah, cblogging's definitely gone quiet, I used to get between 70 and 100 comments on each post a few years ago and it used to take me an age to visit all the blogs I followed. Like Sheila say, although it's disappointing I blog for me first and I can't get on with Instagram, all style, no substance and far too many pouty selfies and memes. I've noticed that, like the last time you mentioned the lack of comments on your blog, you got more.
    A very tank top tastic blog post! Fab outfits, I'm especially loving the one with the mustard Scandi-style jumper and the navy tank with the Joules dress.
    That photo of you and Mandy is great, the chopped-off head is rather arty!
    Well done to your grandson and good news about Martin recovering.
    Watched Dignity, I found it okay but a bit relentless with the misery. I absolutely loved Scrublands and Boat Story (isn't it funny that it's got an added The for the overseas audience?) and am bereft that we've finished Carmen Curlers. Currently watching *Bay of Fires* another very dark comedy, I've heard good things about KIn.
    Our changing rooms have recently been redecorated but the steps at the deep end have been taped up for ages since a rather large gent managed to wrench them off the wall! It's been 6 months now!
    Stay warm! xxx

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    1. Kathryn and the Ancients29 November 2023 at 15:02

      Hi to Vix! We have been trying and trying to respond to you, to no avail. We all read your blog as usual, my dear...just cannot respond at the moment. [The Ancients get quite annoyed with me! All tech issues are my fault, they say...sigh.]

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    2. Vix, thank you for always commenting and following. I appreciate everyone who comments and follows me.

      I laughed when I read your comment re Instagram; pouty selfies sums it up perfectly. Why do women do that to their lips while we're on the subject of pouts; it always looks awful. Can't they see that?

      I'm glad we are not the only ones with falling apart swimming pools. Is your pool run by the council or a private company? Hopefully they'll repair the steps soon.

      It may snow tonight! Stay warm...
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  12. Found your blog a month ago, I don’t belong to blogger as your right it doesn’t inform me when blogs are ready, I just download your title and refresh each day, love your fashion style, also that you but pre loved thank you Sandy

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    1. Hello Sandy and thank for commenting. I post every fortnight on a Tuesday. I hope you will continue visiting and commenting!
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  13. I'm a new reader too and really enjoy your blog

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    1. Hello Maeve! I'm so glad you enjoy the blog; it's music to my ears. I hope you'll continue to visit and to comment; it means so much to bloggers when readers comment.
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  14. Happy 8th Blogoversary, Vronnie! I'm not all that far behind, as I started blogging in March 2016 ... and yes, I noticed those reduced numbers as well. I'm totally with Sheila and Vix though as I too am blogging mainly for myself. I do appreciate my faithful readers and commenters though. All of you regulars are very precious to me!
    Fabulous outfits as always. I was admiring your collection of tank tops, as they seem to be a rarity in the chazzas here! Your yellow Lidl jumper is a stunner!
    I loved tagging along on your visit to Hertford! The pargetting and crocheted sealife collage are amazing!
    Well done to middle grandson on getting the job, and kudos to youngest for sitting still for 4 hours for his locks! I can hardly sit still for long enough when I go for a colour and cut.
    Finally, about books: I've still got to post the ones I promised you, I'm afraid. The guy at the post office here made a whole fuss about me sending books to the UK, so I was thinking I'd send them to you when we're in Shropshire in June. I'm sorry about that, but I'm sure you've got enough reading matter until then :-) xxx

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    1. Thank you, Ann. Yes, I really appreciate my regular readers and commenters and I hope I've encouraged a few more visitors to comment now.

      Re the tank tops; I've become rather enamoured of them lately and have managed to find a few. I loved the brown one you wore in a recent post. Some of mine are just sleeveless tops but they give the same effect as a tank top.

      Please don't worry about the books; if you could send them when you're back in Shropshire that would be lovely. And you're right I have plenty of reading matter to be going on with!
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  15. Kathryn and the Ancients29 November 2023 at 14:58

    A quick note to wish you and yours a happy holiday season! I thought you would get a kick out of the fact that I have had to get a big-print atlas for the gang at the senior home...they do not like the maps they can call up on the computer...as they want to try to follow where you take your walks! Fortunately I sourced an atlas that is quite detailed for some countries, including England! That, plus an easy-to-hold magnifying glass, seems to have done the trick!

    Now they come over to my home and all take turns reading your "bog" (that is what they call blogs..hee!) while trying to see where you have been as shown on the maps!

    Between Vix's "bog" and yours, they have quite the time! This last visit they got into the holiday candy that I had been working so carefully to make pretty holiday gift baskets with...and ate every single piece! They hid the wrappers so I wouldn't know until after they had left! They ate over $150.00 of candy in one go. ARRGH!

    Love from your St. Louis Fan Club!

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    1. Hello Kathryn and the Ancients. It's lovely to hear from you again and thank you for commenting. I greatly appreciate it.

      I'm the same with maps - give me a paper copy any day to one on a screen. The best and most detailed maps for walking are the British OS (Ordnance Survey) maps. I know you can get them online, too, but I don't if access is free or not.

      The Ancients clearly have very sweet tooths - me too. It was very naughty of them to hide the wrappers. I hope they replace some of what they ate!
      I'll let Vix know you're having tech issues as she may not see your comment...
      xxx

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  16. Hello from Tasmania. I've been reading your blog for years without commenting - I have my regular vloggers bookmarked and I check most days to see if there has been a new post from any of them.
    Heading into summer here in Tasmania it doesn't usually get too hot here in the summer and we have plenty of shade in our garden plus an older house which doesn't get too hot also.
    Kindest regards, Anne.

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    1. Hello Anne. Thank you for following and for finally commenting! I appreciate it. It's lovely to think of readers so far away and in the midst of summer ;while we are shivering and wrapped in many layers! Hope you comment more now...
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  17. Happy Blog Anniversary...I always look out for and look forward to your posts. Such a busy life and so many outfits that are always different yet absolutely 'you'! Impossible to choose a favourite, but I love the suedette coat outfit. The colours go so well together. Enjoyed your photos of Hertford. I love getting an insight into places I've never visited, so thanks!

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    1. Hello Erika for some reason I don't seem to have responded to your comment. I'm so sorry I always try to respond to every comment I receive. So glad you enjoy the blog; hope you'll keep visiting!
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  18. Kathryn and the Ancients2 December 2023 at 20:48

    Two of the gang did NOT get to be a part of sending the last message to you, AND THEY ARE NOT PLEASED!!! Help me. So, from ALL of the gang, including Ethel and Charles, we ALL send you the very best wishes for a lovely holiday season! We are having a flare of COVID here again and I may be banned from the senior center for a while as they are threatening a shut-down to keep everyone safe. Needless to say, the Ancients are again NOT PLEASED! At least I can let them know that they ALL got to include you in best wishes. (They are all quite snippy with me at the moment since we still cannot connect to Vix's blog, so I wanted to be sure they all felt included in writing to you... I hope you realize how very dear you are to all of us!!!)

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    1. So sorry to hear about the Covid outbreak and hope you don't get banned, Kathryn! Send my very best wishes to everyone for the holiday season; including Ethel and Charles (are they a couple?). Hope to hear from you all again, soon.
      Lots of love to you all,
      V
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  19. Hello from Liverpool. I’m new to your blog too but I’m following now with interest even if I don’t always reply. Your style is fabulous and it’s making me rethink my style. I have lots ( too many) clothes but seem to only wear the same ones over and over and usually with jeans. But not for much longer. Today I wore one of my long printed summer dresses but layered it up with a jacket and scarf and boots and had two compliments! So it is worth the effort. Congratulations on your blogiversary. Look forward to reading all the old posts too. Julie

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    1. Hello Julie and thank you for commenting! I'm so glad you tried something new and that it worked. I often wear leggings under my long dresses and skirts, too. It's a shame to have clothes in the wardrobe that don't get worn. It might help to get them out and look at them critically - do you like them? do they fit? If the answer is no get rid of them and there'll be less to choose from and make decisions about! Look forward to hearing from you again.
      xxx

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