I was in London last week. It’s 50 years since I started nursing (yes, I am that old) and I was meeting up with around 30 of the April 1965 set. Gosh, I was young then in more ways than one. But it was great fun living in a nurses’ home in Chelsea.  Yes, we did have accommodation laid on for us in those days. And yes, I did walk down the King’s Road in a mini-skirt, but as I had a somewhat old-fashioned 50s childhood, I hadn’t the faintest idea what the 60s actually meant – until later that is, when I said, oh yes, I was there!

It was good to meet and share memories of a very significant time in our lives. And apart from a few we seemed quite a healthy lot except for the usual aches and pains and a fair amount of arthritis – all that physical work we did takes its toll on the body. Indeed some, unlike me, nursed throughout their career. Respect, is all I can say, as I didn’t continue.

The conversations we had touched on the changes that have occurred in the UK nursing profession.   And with one nursing friend, I had an interesting conversation on the pressures on our much-loved National Health Service.

I’m going to keep that discussion for my new look blog.  Because, I am actually going to change the platform.  I have talked about this before, but this time it is going to happen and yes, it is called a platform!  Instead of using wordpress.com where everything is done for you I’ll be using wordpress.org and through that I’ll be more in control, including having my own advertising.  There’ll be a page for the charity shop fashion, a page for health & wellbeing and, I think, a page for the hats. You don’t have to do anything, btw, but it is time to change.

And here’s what I wore up to the reunion.


It has a matching jacket.


I bought this 3-piece outfit from a charity shop (of course!).  It cost £12.99, which was a bit more than I like to pay, but justified, I think, as it was new and had an Italian label.

That’s all for now.

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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8 thoughts on “A London trip

  • 20th May 2015 at 10:30 am

    You look fabulous, Penny!

  • 20th May 2015 at 2:23 pm

    As ever Penny you look great. Sadly no charity shops…as such…here in South West France. I am however now a daemon charity shopper when in the UK. Thanks for the reminders!!

  • 20th May 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Great outfit, what a bargain.

  • 22nd May 2015 at 7:36 am

    Yes, that’s a shame. Not sure about other European countries either, although I did buy a really lovely skirt in a Stockholm charity shop. But glad to hear you look once in the UK!

  • 23rd May 2015 at 7:19 am

    What a lovely stylish outfit Penny. I adore shopping in charity shops here in Australia, the sense of anticipation when you walk in and the thrill when you walk out with a bargain. Shopping without guilt that’s what I love, the feeling that you can afford to experiment with something you would never normally try and of course you can then donate things back if you get tired of it, everybody wins!!! Love your blog, looking forward to the new look.

  • 24th May 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Am very much looking forward to the new look blog -I love the sound of the health and wellbeing page…an essential part of life, no matter what age we are.
    The suit is just so cute and neat btw.

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