Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Coming out of Lockdown #3

On my last post I forgot to show you the lovely flowers my Valentine bought for me. 12 beautiful roses in an array of colours - and a box of chocolates, now long gone, sadly. The painting is called 'The Flower Seller' by Diego Rivera; husband of Frida Kahlo. I bought it in a Sligo charity shop in 2019; where I spotted it in the window when the shop was closed. I went back the next day with my two cousins to find a lady enquiring about it. As soon as she heard me saying I had seen it yesterday and had come back to buy it; she most kindly let me have it. I think she was a bit uncertain about it anyway. I'm sorry to say that as I loved the painting so much I don't think I would have let her have it if the situation had been reversed. She was clearly a much nicer person than me!

I wore this to the food bank on Tuesday which was where I left you on my previous post. A lovely mild day it turned out to be. Just to be on the safe side I wore my thermal leggings underneath and sturdy warm boots; I wanted to wear my deep red ones but the floor in the warehouse is made of concrete and pretty cold underfoot. The skirt was picked up in QD but is by George; stretch top by Primarni and cardigan by Joseph W - both charity shopped. Boots bought in Sainsbury's sale. I have these stretchy tops in most colours as they are very useful items for wearing under things.

All jewellery charity shopped.

I work with two other volunteers in the food bank both older than me. One had had her vaccination on Friday and the other was having hers on Friday 19th. Both the manager and the warehouse manager are in category 6 so they may  have to wait  a while. I'm hoping once we are vaccinated we can stop wearing masks in the warehouse. In the afternoon I went to collect my Vinted parcel and did a few errands in town.

On Wednesday, after a trip to the post office (thrilling!) to send a parcel to my son with some belated birthday presents in it; I set off for a long walk. I walked 9 miles across fields, paths and farm tracks and was very sad to find this:

A dead hare. The eyes, the lips and soft tissue from the mouth had already been eaten by  other animals. It was on a farm track and I wonder if it got hit by a tractor or some other farm vehicle. I love hares, they're such beautiful and slightly mysterious creatures. On a more positive note I saw and heard lots of skylarks.

My reading for February seemed to be mostly non-fiction. I've read about living on a narrow boat; a very angry book about living on the poverty line; one about things found on beaches and another about wintering - or resting and retreating; which is something a lot of us can relate to since the outbreak of this pandemic. I had a bit of a splurge on Kindle  taking advantage of the 99p offers and a lot of the books I read in February were on my Kindle. And talking of retreating I also watched with fascination a documentary on BBC4 called 'Retreat; Meditations from a Monastery'. It was following Benedictine monks in a range of monasteries. There was no commentary; just the occasional written piece of information. They cooked, gardened, carved, wove, sewed, made wax candles and honey; and went about their daily lives.  It was both incredibly interesting and soothing at the same time. The BBC were running this as part of their 'Mindfulness' project during this lockdown season. I do enjoy watching programmes without commentary. I've previously watched one about a trip down the Avon and Kennet canal waterway and another one with someone carving a chair by hand. Totally engrossing!

 I had treated myself to this lovely blazer from Vinted and wore it on Wednesday. A steal at 3.50, I thought.

Boots bought online retail; trousers by M&S and black and gold top by Mint Velvet. Both charity shopped.

All jewellery charity shopped.

The sparkles on my top matched the sparkles in my blazer. I don't have much in the way of 'gold' jewellery as I much prefer silver; I don't possess a single gold bangle or bracelet. Another thing to add to my charity shop list ready for when I can go for a good old rummage again.

Before I knew it Thursday has rolled around again. I wore this to do the Thursday shop. Everything charity shopped except the OTK boots. The skirt is by Acne Studio and was 6.00 from a charity shop in Sandy. The cardigan is by Susan Bristol and was also charity shopped.

You can see the skirt has pockets! They're really deep. I bought the necklace at an independent shop in Bedford called 'Lola and Simi' which has now closed down. The earrings, ring and bangle were charity shopped. The earrings are Indian and are green on the outside and red inside; you can see the red side here. Unfortunately, I lost one probably at the farm shop loading logs into the car. That was the third earring I'd lost since last Monday.

When I had finished the shopping and packed it away; I successfully used the pressure cooker  for the first time. It took 35 minutes to cook the oxtail; whereas the original recipe stated 3.5 hours in the oven. I did finish it off in the oven for 90 minutes and it was delicious. I'll be making more use of the pressure cooker now I'm confident in using it.  I should have gone for a walk; it was a beautiful warm day with lots of sun but by the time I'd finished everything I had to do I was too tired. In the evening we binge watched the last three episodes of 'Monster'; a Norwegian drama which was brilliant but both bizarre and surreal. OH described it as 'deliciously insane'.

OH had the day off on Friday and apart from walking 5.6 miles along the river I didn't do much at all. A lovely man came to professionally clean my oven. It looked like new again.

Everything charity shopped except jacket from Vinted so it's second hand or preloved.  It's by Nightingales which is one of those mail order catalogues which specialises in clothes for women of a certain age; you know the kind I mean; frumpy and boring.  I put their catalogue straight into the recycling bin when they send it to me! This blazer is not their usual run of the mill stuff and even my daughter admired it. Jeans by M&Co; jumper by Oasis. Red boots bought online.

Saturday was so warm it was like Spring. 15.5 degrees on the car temperature gauge when I drove back from my walk. I walked 7.4 miles and checked out a route for a walk I was supposed to lead this month;  I couldn't see that happening unless Boris surprised us with his announcement on Monday 22nd!

I did spot this a 'Netted Iris' or 'Iris Reticulata' growing in the middle of a field. It's not a wild flower as far as I know but maybe it had been seeded by a bird. My car was due it's MOT on Saturday and for once it passed with nothing needing doing. What a relief.

I went into town on Sunday to buy the middle grandson a scientific calculator. The only place I could think to go was W.H. Smith. The downstairs section where the calculators should have been was closed off to the public as part of Covid precautions. A lovely member of staff went and fetched me a couple from downstairs and I was able to buy one for middle grandson who was very pleased with it. After the trip to town I did a whites wash and dried it; did the usual housework and as OH was cooking dinner I made a pecan pie for dessert. We only have dessert on Sunday and I try to make it wherever possible. Of course, there's the usual issue of not everyone liking the same things. When she comes for dinner daughter doesn't eat dairy; everybody likes chocolate except OH; youngest grandson has nut allergies. I discovered he likes Tiramisu so that's what he had - courtesy of Lidl!

Dress by Apricot, charity shopped; Snag tights in 'Shepherds Delight' and red boots M&S; local buy and sell group.

All jewellery charity shopped except earrings; a gift from Vix at Vintage Vixen HERE. There are little bits of mustard in this dress so I wore the red necklace which has a bit of mustard in it, too. Matchy matchy! All day on Sunday I kept thinking about home-schooling starting again on Monday...

The return to home schooling went well; decimals in maths (yikes!). Philip Pullman's 'Northern Lights' for English (I suggested grandson also watches the 2019 BBC TV series) SPaG was words ending in 'cial' and PSHE was about how grandson learns best. Just  one more week to go...

  Boris' announcement on Monday 22nd February saw us coming out of lockdown in a cautious and considered manner. All schools will be able to reopen from 8th March;  many will stagger the return date across that first week.  Also two people from different households can meet outside and even have a coffee on a bench! Outdoor exercise venues can reopen from 29th March and the stay at home rule will end; but people should stay local. The really crucial date for me is 12th April; the third phase of the restrictions easing. Non essential shops can open as can indoor exercise venues. I can go back to volunteering at the charity shop; go rummaging and go swimming all in the same week - yippee. Also in that same week UK staycations can take place away from home. I feel a trip somewhere coming on. By June 21st we may be back to a normal existence! No social distancing, no masks, no Covid dance everytime you pass someone on the street.

Tuesday was sunny and bright but very windy. I pulled something in my back at the foodbank stretching up to put something from a shelf. It was painful for the rest of the day so I put my feet up when I got home; caught up with Blogland and read. I also searched for somewhere to stay for a week in April and decided on Cornwall as OH had never been. Although OH had 12 weeks of furlough in the first lock down; he didn't have a holiday or break away from home and I think it's important to have a change of scenery. 

I didn't wear this to the food bank I forgot to take photos on Tuesday. This was Wednesday's outfit. Everything charity shopped. Marilyn jeans by M&S; top by Glamorous; jacket no label. Boots; local buy and sell FB group.

My back was back to normal on Wednesday and I put out a box of books for people to take first thing on Wednesday morning.  Soon after, my doorbell rang. It was our postman asking if he could take 2 of the books. He had seen the 'Free - help yourself' sign on the box but wanted to to ask first! How very polite....

If it hadn't been for lockdown I would have been leading a Rambler's walk today; I think we'll be back group walking from the end of March; when outdoor group exercise can re-start. I decided to go for a walk anyway.

All jewellery charity shopped.

My walk was just over 8 miles and was a proper ramble. I knew where I wanted to start from and then I just went where my feet led me. It was almost a disaster, as when I'd parked the car up and reached for the bag with my walking boots and socks - it wasn't there. I'd left it at home. Luckily, I always have spare footwear in my boot; usually a pair of old loafers for beach shoes and summer walking shoes. 
I changed into the summer walking shoes with no socks; however it was an exceptionally warm day for this time of the year at 16.5 degrees. It was very windy though. I do enjoy a ramble and it always spurs me on to follow paths I haven't tried before. I found several new paths, followed them and now have a new route I can use to lead a walk in the future. I can also extend it by a couple or three miles and thought I might try that this week. I spotted my first butterfly of the year - a Brimstone.

When I got up on Thursday my hyacinth had bloomed! This was Thursday's outfit. Trousers bought from Vinted and are by New Look. Top no label;  yellow blouse underneath by Tu and boots; all charity shopped.

It was the usual trip to the farm shop, Lidl, Aldi and Sainsburys. Back home unpack the shopping and put it away. Did two washes and hung one on the line as there was a bit of a breeze. My daughter dropped off some unwanted household stuff and I listed some on Freegle and put some out on the wall for people to help themselves. All the books I'd put out previously had been taken. I finished my book 'Tiger in the Smoke' by Margery Allingham; one of the old green Penguin Crime Series. Both this book and another I read the other day; 'The Franchise Affair' by Josephine Tey were on my 4th form reading list when I was at school. I finally got round to reading them almost 52 years later! There were some amazing books on that list and I still recall a lot of them. I'm on a crime reading spree at the moment so not much crocheting is getting done. We watched the first episode of the new series  of 'Unforgotten' (a UK crime series). It looks like the final series as the key character has three months before she retires. It's been a wonderful series and also introduced me to the music of Agnes Obel who sings the theme song to the the series.

All jewellery charity shopped.

Friday was a glorious day. It wasn't as warm as Wednesday but because there was no strong breeze it felt just as warm. I went for a nice long ramble of 9 miles. I tried to replicate the walk from Wednesday but went wrong somewhere.

This was taken on the return part of the journey; I don't know where this path leads (without  looking at my map) so the next time I walk this way I'll walk it and see where it takes me. This is how I build walks; by following unknown paths on a whim and getting lost. I'm not a person who gets the OS map out and plots a route then walks it...I do the walk then plot it on a map!

You can see I was in the mood for animal print on Friday. Trousers by F&F from Vinted; top by Frank Saul charity shopped. Black wool shirt by M&S present from ex mum-in-law about 15 years ago. Boots by Primarni.

All jewellery charity shopped.

I had put a wash on before I left for my walk and hung it out as the weather was so good. It wasn't quite dry but almost. Two people came to collect the items I'd put on Freegle; a rice cooker and a slow cooker. The slow cooker was too large for my daughter's family so someone else can make use of it now.  A few weeks ago when I was in Aldi doing the Thursday shop; I happened to notice they had slow cookers reduced to 1.99. I bought two; one for middle grandson's mum and the other I was going to give to youngest grandson's dad; but he said he wouldn't use it. When I told me daughter she said she would use the slow cooker which is for 4 people; and give her old one (which was for up to 8 people) away. The rice cooker I bought in a charity shop for her but she prefers to cook her rice on the stove. I had also put out some other kitchen utensils and crockery for people to take and everything went. In the evening we watched the new Finnish drama on BBC4 'The Man in Room 301'. It's looking very promising...

Saturday's outfit. Everything charity shopped.

All jewellery charity shopped.

On Saturday after a 5.7 mile walk along the river, OH and I went to B&M. I bought some plants; my first this year. 2 hellebores, 2 foxgloves and a tray of pansies. I went for a walk on Sunday too; it was another lovely day. I just did an urban walk then came back did the housework and made dinner. The Great Pottery Throwdown on TV was up to the quarter finals which means there'll only be two episodes left. We've decided to watch Deutschland 83 from Monday night based on the good things I've heard about it;  and it was Walter's Intro what sold it to OH. There are three series 83, 86 and 89 to watch so that's our viewing sorted for at least the next three weeks.

On Monday, I did my last ever (hopefully) homeschooling session with the youngest grandson. More decimals and writing summaries; sentence clauses and conjunctions. We didn't do PSHE in the afternoon but baked a Bakewell Tart instead. Grandson enjoys cooking and I have to say that my son and three grandsons have always enjoyed cooking when they were young. Both my son and eldest grandson cook regularly and even more so since the lockdowns.

This was what I wore to the food bank on Tuesday. It was a chilly day at 5 degrees and I needed this thick cardigan from Next; charity shopped from my Barnardos as were the trousers from M&S and the top by White Stuff and the scarf. It's amazing how warm a neck scarf can be and if it's cold and I'm at home I always wear one. Boots also charity shopped.

All jewellery charity shopped except the earrings from eBay.

At the foodbank I put away toiletries, put away cereals and spent the last hour splitting boxes of 80 bags of teabags into 2 x 40s. We put 40 teabags in a single person's food parcel and currently we only had boxes of 80 teabags. We still have plenty of donations coming in and we have cleared our other temporary warehouse a few miles away; as the council needed their premises back. I never cease to be amazed at peoples generosity to the foodbank. Thank you to all of you who donate.


By the time I next post I will have had my birthday. I'll be be 67 which I find hard to believe as I'm only about 20 in my head. It's when I do the occasional physical thing that reminds I'm not 20 anymore but in my 60s. Unfortunately, because our lockdown will still be in effect; I won't be able to do the usual birthday thing which is to go to London for a day out and a family get together for a meal  in a restaurant. However, I have booked a week away for OH and I so we'll be off to Cornwall in April when we can travel again. That's something to look forward to at least! 

Monday, 15 February 2021

More cold weather...

Hello again!

This another of the dresses I bought from Vinted. I love the sleeves. Worn with my OTK boots which were online retail and leggings underneath.

I went for a 5.5 mile walk along the river on Wednesday. It was a mild day with a bit of a cool breeze. The river had flooded its banks in places and footpaths were closed. I had to cross at least three bridges to follow my usual route whereas I normally need to cross only one.

All jewellery charity shopped.

Both the left and the bottom right photo show an area by the river that's normally a grassy path; now swans and other waterfowl had taken it over! The top right photo is of the Suspension Bridge over the river; one of three the I had to cross to avoid closed, flooded footpaths. This bridge was built in 1888.

(Source: Bedford Borough Council artist impression) A second bridge; the Butterfly bridge w built in 1998 as the Suspension Bridge was difficult to access for people with disabilities and for those with pushchairs.

(Source; Bedford Borough Council) In 2019 a third bridge was opened and linked a new leisure complex; 'Riverside;' making it accessible to all on both sides of the river. This is usually the only bridge I need to cross on my walk. I don't think it has a name and if it has I don't know what it is!  Looking straight ahead you can see the spire of St. Paul's Church; to the right part of the court buildings. We only have a county court left; both the juvenile and the magistrates courts were moved to Luton. To left and just peeking over the roofs you can see the tower of St. Peter de Merton Church. Both churches date back to the 13th century with St. Peter's having a door dating back to the 11th century. We also have two road bridges that cross the river taking vehicles into and out of Bedford.

I finally made a start on my next crochet project on Wednesday evening. It's going to be very colourful...

Thursdays outfit. Everything charity shopped except the purple velvet cardigan bought from TK Maxx about 7 years ago. 

On Thursday it was grey and gloomy. We had heavy rain in the afternoon and it got steadily colder. Whatever the weather the shopping doesn't do itself so I set off at usual to the farm shop at Sharnbrook;  then onto Aldi, Sainsbury's and Lidl. When that was done I had to go into town to the bank; they shut early these days. After I'd put the shopping away I spent some time reading before making dinner. I'm reading this: a Victorian Gothic fantasy very steam punkish. And a stonker at 750 pages. I'm not a huge fan of the fantasy genre but this is pretty gripping and I'm enjoying it. I also loved 'The Rivers of London' series (by Ben Aaronovitch) and introduced my brother to it. Highly recommended.

All jewellery charity shopped. The necklace is by Laura Ashley. I  didn't even know they did jewellery! They've been gone for several years now; we used to have one in town but it closed down and now it's a Marie Curie charity shop. I noticed, too, when I was at the food bank on Tuesday the business opposite the food bank was gone. It was an engraving company and had been there for 38 years. They did the engravings on trophies for all the schools in Bedfordshire; also for lots of local and national sport organisations including the Premier League. Covid had brought all that to a halt and they couldn't carry on. 15 employees out of work. Just think they are one of probably tens of thousands of small to medium businesses gone.

On Friday it was bright and sunny at times. I took advantage of the weather and went for a 6 mile walk. On the way back to extend the walk a little I walked along a road called 'De Parys Avenue' and it boasts 3 blue plaques:

Dora Carrington went to school in Bedford and one painting
of hers is called 'Bedford Market'. I have a copy on my bedroom wall.

I wasn't too surprised by this one. We're only about 14 or 15 miles from Bletchley.

I've never heard of this performer although I may well have heard hm on the BBC 'Light Programme' when I was growing up.

Everything is charity shopped. Trousers by Laura Ashley; top by Primarni; jacket/kimono no label. Boots by River Island.

Ring and earrings retail.

On Saturday after getting up at my leisure and getting ready OH and I set out for a drive to Kettering where we dropped off my brothers Christmas presents. We had a brief doorstep chat; we stayed in the car and then off home we went. It was lovely to see them; what was also a bonus was due to a road diversion on the way there we found a lovely riverside village called Ringstead with a lock and a fabulous looking pub. It looks like the perfect place for a meal or a drink and a wander on a warm summer's evening. With Storm D'Arcy on the way I needed to hold onto images of warm summer evenings!

On Sunday I got up; cleaned the kitchen, had breakfast and went for a 5 mile walk. It was very cold and I was glad to get back indoors. The usual housework was done and I made a roast chicken dinner. OH and I finished watching 'Bullets' another Finnish crime series; it made for very tense watching in parts . 

Everything charity shopped except the boots by M&S. Local buy and sell FB group. Green jeans by New Look; green striped top by Primarni and the green tunic has no label.

All jewellery charity shopped.

We woke up to snow on Monday and it was bitterly cold. I didn't warm up until the evening when the fire was lit! Homeschooling with the youngest grandson; I was a bit flummoxed by the algebra. I'm quite sure I didn't do algebra until I got to grammar school aged 11; and it baffled me then. Grandson is not 11 until June. I was very good at maths at primary school but at grammar school I was awful at maths and hated it. I had planned to take the grandson into town and show him how to pay money into the hole in wall (ATM); he knows how to withdraw money but it was so cold neither of us wanted to do it. I made chicken soup with the leftover chicken from Sunday. OH got an a message from our doctor's practice to book his covid vaccination. He booked for Saturday. I hoped my invite would be following on shortly...

I treated myself to 3 pairs of Snag tights as so many people in Blogland have recommended them. I realised as I sorted my tights out recently that a lot of my coloured tights are fine so I have got rid of those and only keep the warmer 60/80 denier plus coloured tights. I'm wearing bottle green Snag tights here but also bought a red pair; and an orange pair which I'll have to wait until March to be delivered. The tights were a great fit; nice and warm for the food bank although it was so cold there I put the heater on for the first time ever. It didn't make much difference as the doors are always open. My boots are by River Island and charity shopped in my Barnardo's; skirt by Red Herring and top by Lulu H both charity shopped. I usually wear my navy blue coatigan, a scarf and gloves as well when I'm in the warehouse.


All jewellery charity shopped.

In the afternoon I had errands to run in town. All my hand towels, which are white, have gone that yucky greyish colour. Nothing brings the whiteness back; I've tried boiling and bleaching to no avail. I used to have white bath towels too (all charity shopped)  but replaced them with coloured ones eventually for the same reason. I usually buy bath towels at Sainsbury's when on sale as their towels are very good quality. I've also  quite recently bought wonderful bath towels from Cancer Research; part of their own merchandise. I went to QD in town and bought five new hand towels; more bird food and a new shopping list pad. I also succumbed to some balls of green and blue wool as my stash of these colours was almost non-existent; my previous crochet project used up most of it. Aldi does very good wool; usually in packs of 4 x 100 grammes for 3.99. 4 of one colour is not always what I need although the Aldi wool is definitely the best value. When I got home I suddenly thought I could have bought some fabric dye and dyed the old hand towels. I will do that as well - you can never have too many hand towels! UPDATED. My goodness have you seen the price of fabric dye? I'd need possibly three to dye all the towels and at that rate it would cost as much as I paid for my new hand towels! They're off to the ragbag unless my neighbour wants them for her animal sitting business...

On my way back from town I stopped at the food charity and bought some flowers

The house was
 filled with the scent of hyacinths.

Wednesday was another freezing cold day. I decided to brave a field walk as I thought the ground would be frozen over. It was and so much easier to walk on than wet, slippery mud. I broke lots of iced over puddles; sinking up to my ankles in water on several occasions. Luckily, my boots are waterproof and the water didn't get in over the top. I walked from  Milton Ernest to Clapham, 6 miles; I wished I had a balaclava to keep my cheeks warm. It was a very bright day which made up for the cold; and the air was full of birdsong. I heard my first skylarks of 2021!

Thursday was yet another day with temperatures below freezing. I wore thermal leggings under this M& Co skirt. I found it in my wardrobe and have no memory of when or where I bought it. All I know is that I've never worn it before. I wore it with a polo neck by Tu and this cardigan by John Rocha. All charity shopped; boots bought online.

All jewellery charity shopped.

As it was Thursday that meant food shopping. I went to all the usual places; farm shop in Sharnbrook (no queue for a change) Sainsbury's, Aldi and Lidl. After it was all put away I had to go out again to collect my prescription. I also went to our biggest international supermarket which stocks food from all over the world and has a halal butcher in it too. I buy all my seasonings and spices here and I also bought some oxtail to make a stew for next week. I haven't tried out the pressure cooker yet in my pressure cooker/rice cooker/slow cooker/steamer thingummy. I received a text in the late afternoon inviting me for a Covid vaccination; I booked an appointment for Saturday at the Gurdwara!

Another freezing day on Friday with an icy wind. I forced  myself to go out for a walk and I walked to Queen's Park along the river to Great Denham on to Biddenham and along the by pass back to Bedford 6.7 miles. There were many huge iced over puddles like this one:

Saturday was V Day. Vaccination day for OH and I! My appointment was at 4.20 pm and everything was organised extremely well; just a small scratch and that was it. Back in 12 weeks for the second dose. We have been so lucky to have the vaccine but also enough vaccine to allow the Borough Council to start vaccinating the fifth section of priority groups the 65 - 69 year olds. I was both pleased and grateful to receive mine. I had planned to walk to the Gurdwara for the vaccination but it was so bitterly cold I drove!  


This was Saturday's outfit worn with leggings underneath. Everything charity shopped.
Skirt by Rapp. All jewellery charity shopped.

Jacket by Fenn Wright and Manson.     

Sunday was a warmer day but it was bleak; cold, grey and breezy. Both OH and I had woken up feeling achy and my arm was sore where the vaccination was given.   I took some paracetamol and immediately felt better. Feeling guilty about not walking yesterday I set off for a field walk and walked 6.5 miles. I saw a flock of Fieldfares; they were stripping a bush of its berries. When I came back from my walk I  did the housework and then made a roast dinner. Then it was time to chill out. No home schooling on Monday: both youngest grandson and I could have a lie in if we wanted. OH and I watched the final 3 episodes  of 'The Grey Zone' a really tense Danish/Swedish thriller from Walter Presents. Have to find something else to watch now but we are spoilt for choice so that won't be difficult.

Monday was a huge contrast to the past weeks weather. It was warm and sunny with a bit of a breeze. Taking advantage of the change in the weather I took the grandsons to Stanwick Lakes where we had a walk; it's an archaeological site with human settlement there dating back to Neolithic times. We stopped for an Oreo McFlurry on the way back. I think the grandson appreciated out being in the open after being stuck indoors all last week. In normal half term weeks I always try and do something with the grandsons; trips to London or the seaside or to a place of interest. The lockdown has put paid to those trips. We have a week to wait to see what our government's plan is to ease us out lockdown. I, for one, can't wait!

Everything charity shop except the tights and boots. Skirt by M&S; striped top by Matalan and cardigan by B-Me.

All jewellery charity shopped. I lost one of these earrings on the walk. I'm off to clean out the fuel burner and light the fire; the temperature's dropped again.

See you in two weeks!