I didn't have to wait too long for the washing machine engineer on Wednesday morning; the first day of November. Once he had left I put on the first of the loads of whites washing I planned to do. Would you believe it 20 minutes into the wash cycle the bloody machine tripped the electric again; plus there was water leaking slowly across the kitchen floor. I contacted the repair company immediately but it would the following Thursday before anyone could come out again. I had a horrible feeling we might need a new washing machine....
In attempt to counter what was a miserable, wet, grey day; I picked my mustard yellow dress to wear and wore it over green thermal leggings and a green patterned top. I wore warm socks with a lime green stripe which is what you can see peeping out of my green boots. Everything pre-loved including the jewellery; with the exception of the thermal tights which I found online.
I wore these pre-loved black and white spotted palazzo trousers; they were the second pair I've owned; having worn the first pair out! Top by F&F and knit tank top had no label; both pre-loved as were the biker boots (not seen) and all jewellery. It was still raining heavily when we left the museum and the bottom of my trousers were sopping wet. It was of course the day I forgot to take an umbrella with me. I had a foldable shopping bag I keep in my hand bag; I used that as a head covering until we caught the bus to the station...I didn't care what I looked like!
Monday is Barnardo's day and once again we were having a break from donations. I did the banking and also got some change for the till at the post office; then processed several bags of donations. Another one of those days where I didn't feel I'd achieved very much. I did buy a pair of green fleece lined leggings for the princely sun of 1.00 though.
The washing machine engineer called again and what I feared most about the washing machine came true. It would be uneconomical to fix the issues and we would have to wait for parts etc, etc. OH and I decided to go ahead and replace the machine with a new one. I ordered one from John Lewis and it would be delivered, fitted and the old one taken away for re-cycling on Thursday. I can't wait! It comes to something when you can get excited about a new washing machine. I suppose it's the convenience of being able to do washing when you want. Over the weekend both daughter-in-law and daughter did washes for me which meant dropping them off and then collecting them but at least the washing was done.
I thoroughly enjoyed my walk which was mostly in sunshine. Once or twice it clouded over and I thought it might rain but didn't. The tree colours were beautiful but apart from a couple of magpies and some skylarks there weren't many birds to be seen but I could hear them. I passed 2 badger sets. They were relatively close together (one end of a field to the other) so it's likely they were the same set. I've only seen a badger close up once and that was when we first moved to Bedfordshire and lived in the hospital grounds. I was walking back from the social club; having gone to buy cigarettes one winter's evening when I heard a snuffling, snorting sound beside me. When I looked down at the noise source there was a badger walking by my side. Badgers are notoriously short sighted but I'm surprised it didn't smell me...
You can see this was definitely NOT a walking outfit. The dress was found in a charity shop a few months back at Keech Hospice shop but the first time worn. I had thick knitted brown tights underneath and a full length slip for extra warmth and a knitted tank top over it; all pre-loved. Boots; retail as before. All jewellery pre-loved. From Rushden I drove home to make dinner and catch up with my reading and blogging. As for watching TV we'd been watching this all week:
Dress pre-loved; pre-loved leggings by M&S. Boots as before all jewellery pre-loved. I wore my Vinted black leather jacket with a big scarf and gloves; Friday was a chilly day. Once we'd settled into the cottage and unpacked; we walked into Sheringham to find something to eat and got thoroughly drenched in a heavy down pour.
I don't know if getting wet through had anything to do with it but by Sunday I was feeling very rough. My throat felt it had razor blades in it and every time I coughed; which was often, it hurt! My nose was streaming and I ached all over. I did manage to drive us back to Bedford where I collapsed on the sofa with blankets, a hot water bottle and cushions, but couldn't get warm despite OH lighting the fire as soon as we got in. I went to bed early and stayed in bed on Monday morning until almost midday. I'd contacted Barnardo's to say I wouldn't be in and I also tested myself for Covid - which was negative. Taking Paracetamol every 4 hours seemed to help and once I was up and about on Monday I felt much better. The sore throat had diminished thank goodness.
On Saturday, once we were up and had breakfast we set off for King's Lynn; 40 miles away. Kings Lynn was one of England's most important Hanseatic towns and ports from as early as the 12th century. For more information about the Hanseatic towns which include Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Boston and Hull see HERE. Known as Bishop's Lynn the name of the town was changed to King's Lynn after the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry V111.
All jewellery pre-loved.