I had a significant birthday 2 weeks ago.  I turned 75 and no, I didn’t say how did that happen, as I’m all too aware of the passing years. Reaching 75 years of age feels significant, it is, I think, significant and actually on the day I woke up feeling dreadful and I had a right old wobble about being the age I’d reached.  Yes, I know, I know, age is just a number, but do you find that this is often said by a younger person! Well, can I tell you, that age and ageing is not just a number – it’s a real thing.

There is a lot out there about ageing well, but I do think some of it is about the fear of ageing and gosh, we must age well, or otherwise…. Yes, there’s many a thing one can do that helps, I’m not denying that. I have a Personal Trainer and I really do wonder how I would be if I hadn’t found her. She has helped me stave off my old lady hump and we constantly work on my posture and my upper body strength. But hey, those years do catch up on you. When I was staying at my daughter’s house her shower wasn’t working so I had a bath for the first time in four years.  Do you know what, I couldn’t get out of the bath without Mr F heaving me out of it. I’d often heard about people not being able to get out of the bath and wondered why that was, because really I wasn’t all that interested as I was sure I’d manage a bath for ever. Well, pride comes before a fall, and it happened, and I won’t say I was very upset but I was a tad unhappy as, tbh, it was undignified – blast!  However, I was slightly mollified when Mr F also found it quite challenging to get out of the bath!  The bath is not a roll-top but it is a very old-fashioned ceramic bath with ancient taps and high sides. So if Mr F found if difficult, then it wasn’t totally down to my declining strength – phew!

This is not btw, a well-researched here’s what to do to age well kind of post, because as you know I am a great fan of the Age-Well Project blog and if you want any information on how to exercise, walk or eat they have all of that at their fingertips and I highly recommend it as I think it is one of the most evidence-based advice based blogs on ageing you could wish to find. And if you want to meet a confident 80+ blogger then Joyce, with her blog Grandma Williams and on Twitter,  is a great role model as she is such a positive person yet she is also acutely aware of the pitfalls of ageing. And for beauty and her fashion sense there’s always Judith the Style Crone blogger who is also on Instagram.

Yes, going back to the pitfalls of ageing because let’s stop eulogising the ruddy thing – it’s hard this ageing lark. Joyce has often written about the ageism of furniture especially baths in hotels. Being a physiotherapist she can point out the uselessness of style over comfort because, what if the honeymoon suite, that has the high and very stylish roll-top bath, has been booked by an 80+ couple on their wedding anniversary as she did, and they couldn’t get into the bath let alone get out of it. See, it’s so short-sighted of younger hotel designers and executives thinking that the only clients for that suite would be young.

And I distinctly remember about 10 years ago, when I could get into and out of baths, that we rented a cottage that had a roll-top bath that was so high the sides were higher than (pardon my language) my crotch and people, I am 5’8″!  Standing on tip-toe I could just get my leg over!  I complained to the rental company and was told but the owner has just up-dated the bathroom at great cost, and he would be very upset to hear this. I had an image then of a rather ‘nice but dim’ young man of well over 6′. So I replied, well, tell him the bath is totally unsuited to anyone of average UK height and he should change the bath forthwith!

It’s often said that attitude to ageing is all, I’d go with that, up to a point. Here’s the thing, I think I hold a very positive attitude towards ageing whilst believing wholeheartedly in looking at what lies beyond the ‘let’s all go on lots of jolly holidays once we’re retired’ sentiment.  Retirement can be the most creative part of your life, as you can nurture the parts of your personality that were hidden while you worked.  I’m with Joyce that actually older age can be a really one of the happiest times of your life and so fruitful what with the volunteering, which with us took the form of running a film society, see volunteering can take many different shapes.  But I do take issue sometimes when good people tell you to do more and more to age well, like the Age-Well blog people in their latest blog, in this instance it’s up your walking because… and they give many reasons.  Do look as it’s a good read and I love their blog, but at the same time, I said to myself, oh blast, as my right hip is acting up these days and impacting the amount of walking I can do. Yes, I believe what they say (because it is so well researched) but actual realism has to come into it as well.

On the other hand I do believe that as you age you have to challenge yourself to the utmost so here’s what I’m doing to rectify those years that keep on coming:

My hip – it’s been diagnosed as osteo-arthritis  (I was doing that ‘giving way thing’ that happens with dodgy hips but no pain) so I am seeing a physio and doing exercises twice a day, every day.  And I do mean every day, there’s no more half-hearted attempts to try and do something in-between the two classes I take.  It’s every day and what’s more it’s working.  Hip is much improved as a result but I’m not yet up to as many daily steps as I used to do – onwards and upwards though, as well as telling myself not to get too depressed when bloggers tell you to up the walking even more!!!!!

Balance – Every day I stand on one leg and also attempt (because I am notoriously wobbly, always have been) to stand on my tip-toes.

Upper body strength  (will I ever have another bath!) I’m working with my PT to get at those muscles. I thought I was doing well, but we lose a lot of muscle as we age. Anyway, I have weights and a stretchy band to work out at home and I also do kitchen work-top press-ups when I’m cooking.

Lower body strength  Part of the reason my hip went a bit wonky is that my glutes, apparently, even with the twice-weekly Pilates are very weak, particularly the right one. And that, of course, must have come from doing nothing but sitting down for about 3 months in early 2020 when I was ill from the flu and the subsequent myocarditis. I remember one physician saying to me never stay in bed if you’re ill, but obviously I sat and did nothing and the physio told me that we lose muscle after only two weeks. Have you heard the expression, sitting is the new smoking! So people I am aiming to get a really pert backside!

And attitude? We’ve been doing a lot of tidying and reconfiguring of our flat.  I now have a room of my own which btw, is not only for writing, as my Pilates mat is out permanently for those daily exercises.  Anyway, in moving some of my clothes around I came across a dress I wore at my 50th and here it is.

I don’t know why, but I’ve never worn it since, and yet I’ve kept it all that time. On every one of our moves it’s been packed up with all my other dresses, but then it’s gone to the back of the wardrobe and stayed there.

The photos were taken when it was colder hence the leggings. With the warmer weather I’ve begun the process of adding a self-tan product and the slightly browner skin of my legs is looking better than my very white, near blue skin!

But attitude? I must get this dress out and wear it for a social occasion, but for fun I wondered what it might look like with a hoody!

There you go!  If you ever read one of those ghastly articles in the fashion media on what 75-yr-olds should wear, think of this 75-yr-old wearing studded boots, sparkles and a hoody!

That’s all for now

With love,Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. I’m away next week in lovely Suffolk. You may get a blog post next week but all depends on whether broadband and wifi signals are sufficient. I shall take lots of pix of the Suffolk town we’re staying in and the other nearby coastal towns and I’ll aim to put those on Instagram.


40 thoughts on “Ageing well and then again ageing not so well

  • 16th June 2021 at 9:36 am

    Hi! Thanks for writing about baths. I am a 70 year old 5′ 1″ and as I thought fit person as I tought Exercise to Music for 34 years. I have just returned from a few days break in an Airbnb. The showers was too hot with no cold control so decided
    to use “fancy”bath in bedroom. Big mistake I had to get help in and out. The only good thing about it you could hang your clothes over it. Obviously I am not alone in thinking I will stick to showers from now on.

    • 17th June 2021 at 7:04 am

      Honestly its great to hear you’re not the only one to find getting out of a bath a challenge!!! The last house we had with a bath was 4 years ago and it had those big steel handgrips on the sides and on the wall. Even then I used those a lot, but did so without thinking. I could possibly get in and out of bath with those now, not that I’m going to search any out! It’s showers for me for ever!

      Thanks so much 🙂

  • 16th June 2021 at 9:56 am

    Such an inspiring blog Penny. The last picture is fabulous- sparkle, studs and hoody!
    I too, prefer an edgy rock and roll dress style and I just don’t care what anyone else thinks!
    Anna .

    • 17th June 2021 at 7:04 am

      Thanks Anna – and three cheers for edgy apparel 🙂

  • 16th June 2021 at 10:36 am

    Hi Penny,
    Oh how I relate to your blog! When we moved house four years ago we had a lovely new bathroom installed and we went for a walk in shower and, as there was plenty of room, a bath. Before that we’d had a bath with a shower into it (a legover 🤣) I think in the last four years I’ve used it four times as it’s almost impossible to get out of. We have two walk-in showers and use those all the time. My problem (I’m 71 in a couple of days) is my feet. I have Bursitis in some of the metatarsals which means wearing trainer type shoes always with orthotics. It’s almost impossible to get up from a crouching position with my grotty feet. I’m due for an X-ray of my pelvis as my doc thinks I may have OA in a hip.
    I try and swim three times a week and Mr P and me have been doing the excersises that Tricia Cusden and her PT we’re putting on Utube but we’ve let that slip.
    I wonder what happened in the old days. We never had showers when we were young or indeed when we were first married…….
    On a lighter note, your dress looks fab with leggings and would look good with thick tights too and your boots. The hoody looks great with it too.
    Keep up the good strengthening exercises Penny.
    Ellie x

    • 17th June 2021 at 7:13 am

      Yes, walk-in showers are great and I totally get what you’re saying. I won’t be getting into a bath again, I mean I could possibly try one if it had those large steel handgrips on the sides and on the wall, but showers are the best.

      Oh yes, feet, I do empathise with you as my feet used to be almost my best asset and far nicer than my hands, but now they have claw-like hammer toes which I think are horrid and the insteps are getting higher and higher hence my lack of balance these days. Gosh, so annoying and I too wear trainers a lot of the time. But I think you can get them to match outfits it’s not too bad.

      Thanks re: the sparkly dress, it was good to get it out! Take care x

  • 16th June 2021 at 10:42 am

    Hello Penny, your sparkly dress deserves to be worn and looks so good either way.
    The Bette Davis quote ” Old Age Ain’t for Sissies” certainly resonates as the years pass. I must check out The Age Well project for some renewed inspiration. The lovely Judith (Style Crone) is certainly an inspiration on how to age with grace and style.
    Well done on challenging yourself on the exercise front , hope it does the trick with your troublesome hips.
    Enjoy your break in Suffolk.

    • 17th June 2021 at 7:19 am

      Hi Jill, and thanks. yes, the dress is lovely which is why I’ve kept it all these years – but I simply must wear it!

      I’m really serious about doing my exercises, so much so that I’m taking my mat with me to Suffolk!

      Judith is just wonderful and such a role model, as you are Jill!

  • 16th June 2021 at 11:07 am

    Belated Happy Birthday Penny ! I do agree with your take on ageing in that you can do an awful lot to help yourself but the numbers do matter! I had pins put in a broken ankle in 1994 and now I do find that I get swelling and pain after walking for about an hour ;the other day it was right up my shin. This will not stop me walking – and thanks to my PT I can go at a good speed again – but I have to take it into account. Like you I’ve found that regular exercising with weights has done me an awful lot of good, wish I’d started sooner. I saw one of these ’70 is the new 50′ articles with a woman parading in a swimsuit. Well good for her but believing this is being in denial about the reality of ageing. A friend told me she’d seen a photo of Joan Collins in a swimsuit without, apparently, any veins or discolouration on her legs. We think she was actually wearing some kind of fine bodysuit ! It’s just not possible to avoid skin changes as we age & it is wrong to hold out the hope that we can. Lots of money for the aesthetic surgeons who promise so much but deliver so little.. I love Joyce as well, such a lovely lady but a realistic one. I’ve not yet got to the big 70 – next year – but I do think it’s a milestone. Him indoors (well mostly outdoors at the moment) is facing it next month and I know he’s feeling a bit rattled, especially after having to renew his driving license & finding categories now denied to him. Not that he wants to drive a large van but you don’t like to be told you can’t!
    You look really good in that fabulous sparkly dress. I was a size 8/10 when I was 50 having been on an exclusion diet so if I’d kept the dress I would not be able to get into it as a 12! I’m loving the warm weather & with a bit of fake tan I can still get my legs out but I’m going to be watchful as I will be covering up when things get worse. I’ve seen too many over exposed older bodies on cruises to want to do it myself. There are still a lot of people who appear not to know about skin cancer! I’ve got a bit of damage on my nose so I wear a hat in the sun and I’ve bought a spf 30 spray (Body Shop)you can put over make-up. I’d have liked it to be 50 but not available. It’s unbelievable that there are still articles/videos telling older women to tone it down and never wear bright lipsticks! Fat chance with me. Lipstick just does something for my face that even eye make-up and foundation don’t do so I will continue with it.

    • 17th June 2021 at 11:40 am

      Hi Lynda, yes we think alike in that you can do a lot to help yourself but the years do actually mount up. I have to remind myself that most of my health issues are minor (they’re just annoying) and that includes the hip, which is dodgy but not serious as yet. I have two friends waiting for hip ops who are in agony and a couple with cancers, so really, I’m just ageing, which is a privilege.

      I was amazed that the dress still fitted as I have gone up nearly 2 sizes. Before Covid and the myocarditis I was definitely a size 12 and could get into a 10 (maybe I was too thin) anyway I’m definitely a 14 now and do wear size 16s as well. Some of this is muscle but all the extra weight (6lbs) has gone round my middle. Anyway I did get into the dress although in the pix there is a hint of the rounded belly that I have now!

      I do so dislike the photoshopping of older women in the media plus the constant reference to Helen Mirren as the prime (!) example of an older woman. We should wear what we want and also put on the makeup that suits us.

      Thanks as ever for your interesting comment 🙂

  • 16th June 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Edgy dress, and I love it with the hoodie and studded boots. Lise

    • 17th June 2021 at 7:20 am

      Thank you Lise, I simply must wear the dress again 🙂

  • 16th June 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Penny,

    I think you look totally fabulous in your boots, sequins and hoody. Bravo!

    And I must tell you, I absolutely love the honesty and warmth of your blogs. Thank you.

    Keep on exercising!

    • 17th June 2021 at 7:21 am

      Thank you so much Tracy for those very kind words 🙂

  • 16th June 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Penny,
    I love the dress with your hoody etc.
    You can’t beat a bit of sparkle!
    You look good in it and sending you lots of good wishes for your recent special birthday.
    All the best xx

    • 17th June 2021 at 7:21 am

      Thank you so much Vivien – all the very best to you too xx

  • 16th June 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Yes, thats the right attitude! Good for you to do your exercices, it is so important! Have a great time in Suffolk!

    • 17th June 2021 at 7:23 am

      I will have a lovely time in Suffolk, Nancy. The weather has broken here and we have had lots of thunder and rain, it’ll be little cooler in Suffolk next week with 2 days of rain but good weather thereafter – yay!!

  • 16th June 2021 at 7:26 pm

    I can see why you hung on to that dress Penny, it’s beautiful whether you wear it more traditionally or in your own edgy fashion. and great you can still wear it. Yes, the topic of aging. having just myself hit year 80 of much concern. Monday was a bad day. I had to take care of some business with my car. really, the dealership where I have been taking it for servicing should have been on top of the problem, and I had a feeling they had not but I ignored and now was facing a fine for lack of inspection. the local service station was able to do it, so no problem, yet I felt like a fool, knew if I complained it would be looked upon as just an old woman becoming a bit senile. and the shop owner kept calling me sweetheart. I wanted to say , actually it’s Dr. Callalhan. of course I didn’t . I just hate being patronized. while waiting for the work to be done the pain that comes and goes in my shoulder and back returned full throttle. it was a gray and rainy day and when I got home I took my self to bed. I thought I would read my book which was billed as a feel good novel. things worked out well for all the main characters except the 80 year old one, who dies, if peacefully, in the end. But, yesterday was better. walked, did yoga, shopped, a couple of other errands. I met a friend of my son and daughter in law who I have not seen in over a year at least. she kept telling me how great I looked, like a kid was the phrase she used. Tonight believe it or not I am going to a cocktail party at a yacht club for geriatric singles. if course it will be all women, if there are 20 of us there might be two men. I ask myself why I even bother . I am often lonely, that is why. a couple of years ago I actually tried to sign up for an online dating site. almost immediately my credit card company called to verify, the first time ever, to make sure this was legitimate given my age. I need not have bothered. all I got were snarky responses or trolls. Most of the time I do feel grateful for all the wonderful things in my life, which are many.
    To sum up this rant, I am still the same person I was in my 30’s 40’s etc, and wish people still saw me this way, instead if just an old woman. sorry if this is going in a negative direction, I certainly have gone off the tracks from fashion.
    I will check out the blogs you have suggested. thanks for letting me let off some steam.

    • 18th June 2021 at 11:04 am

      Yes, inside we all feel about 30 or 40, I’d agree with that. I’m glad you had good day after the bad one. I too dislike those terms that people use on us elders: ‘darling, sweetheart, love’, and then there’s ‘bless you’ which makes me cringe.

      There is constant and unthinking ageism all around us. Joyce Williams the blogger I mentioned went on a popular breakfast tv, This Morning (because she’s quite famous for talking about sex and the over-80s) and the very popular host, Philip Scofield, said during her interview, that she looked young for your age. Can I stop you there, she said, that’s quite an ageist thing to say. Scofield was surprised, why’s that? And she gave good reasons and was so wonderfully assertive – it must be on YouTube, yes, found it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guz6rl6xj9g Have a look – it’s quite uplifting to watch and btw, she’s not a ‘sex-blogger’ as the strapline says, as her blog is very much more than that. Only 3 of them were about sex – a lot are about furniture (!) her adventures and holidays and ageing.

      Hope the cocktail party went well – it’s good to have an excuse to dress up. Take care and rant on, you’re right, it’s important to let off steam and you can do that anytime with me 🙂

  • 16th June 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Lovely read Penny, you look splendid and not at all the age you state! I have just started my fitness routine with spin and pilates classes, ballet and ballroom and I’m trying to walk more. I feel so much older than I did even a couple of years ago before b**dy covid arrived! Well done for all you do and keep it up – I had a little giggle at the thought of you getting out of the bath – alas I think that will come to us all! Thanks for sharing today. Have a super week. Jacqui x

    • 18th June 2021 at 11:07 am

      Thank you Jacqui, and I agree with you that the pandemic has been challenging and difficult and aged us a bit. Think it was the lack of stimulation and not being able to do all the good things one likes to do.

      You have a great weekend – hope the weather isn’t too bad where you are 🙂

  • 17th June 2021 at 7:13 am

    For me, a timely read of your blog Penny. I have been struggling with sharp groin pain since before Christmas, but phone appointments with doctors have only resulted in 3 types of pain killers, all which made me so bad. I requested further investigation as I also developed severe lower back pain. It shouldn’t be so hard to get to a doctor, and why are they still not doing face to face appointments now we have had two vaccines especially. Anyway my results show I have actually got degeneration and scoliosis of my spine, with OA in my hip. The physio has given me an online exercise programme which I am starting now, but still no face to face appointment. It is important that doctors can see patients to determine their demeanour, as well as physical and mental condition. It can also detect other issues going on in the patient that are not always necessarily obvious. I have always been a walker and a swimmer, but sadly all pools have been closed and the hip is difficult to walk now. My aim is to keep as active as I can, and I will read your links with interest. I love receiving your posts, and you always seem so upbeat and positive (and funny). Age is a number they say, and I agree, but I believe that psychologically reaching milestone birthdays is always hard and gives way to reflection. I’m 70 next year and must prepare myself for the shock!! Do carry on with your blog posts and articles. I love them and you always lift my spirits.

    • 18th June 2021 at 11:14 am

      Thank you so much Susan for your kind words and good to hear you eventually got an X-ray to diagnose your pain. Like you I haven’t seen an actual doctor face-to-face since the beginning of 2020 and my GP wasn’t all that helpful to begin with re: the hip so I went to a private physio who said I simply must have an X-ray – got one, hence the diagnosis of OA. I don’t have any pain in my hip but I do have stiffness and instability. But the exercises have worked well, and I do them every day now, which I used to aim for but never did. It’s quite an incentive to know that I must keep the instability at bay.

      Thanks again, I will carry on with the blog 🙂

  • 17th June 2021 at 7:15 am

    Very good post Penny. I’m with my mum and it’s her 89th birthday. She gets so frustrated with not being able to do all the things she used to do – long walks, gardening for hours. She had a shower put in years ago to replace the bath. The only time I really look forward to a bath is when we’re on a walking holiday and it helps banish the aches and pains. The hotel where we stay has a lot of older guests and they have aids on the walls.

    You look amazing in that outfit and it should be used by all the photo agencies and picture editors. This is what a 75 year old can look like! x

    • 18th June 2021 at 11:17 am

      Thank you Gail, and greetings and Happy Birthday to your mum, I empathise with her frustration!

      Thing is I take a good photo, the reality is that I am 75 and feel it, not all the time, but some of the time! We’re off to Suffolk tomorrow, yay and three cheers, I need a break. Enjoy your stay with your mum x

  • 17th June 2021 at 8:19 am

    A way of getting out of the bath I used for many years – Don’t let the water out,
    Turn over onto your front and then bring knees up and kneel before getting up and stepping out of the bath. It helps if you also have a non slip bathmat on the bottom of the bath so that you have some purchase when getting up from kneeling.
    I did this until a knee replacement means I can no longer kneel so now have a bath lift which is basically a strap across the bath which you sit on and it lowers or raises you into the water,it was expensive but I love a bath and I can now enjoy one easily.
    Love the dress by the way, it really suits you.

    • 18th June 2021 at 11:20 am

      Hi Christine and thanks for the tip. Yes, I get up from the floor using knees and in the Pilates class use the down-ward dog position to lever myself up. I used to enjoy baths but I won’t be trying to get in or out of a bath as fortunately we don’t have a bath in our apartment and the holiday cottage we’re going to has a shower, so it’s showers for ever!

      The bath lift sounds good though and thanks for your kind words about the dress 🙂

  • 17th June 2021 at 11:42 am

    Hello, Penny! A Belated Happy Birthday to you! I’m right behind you at 72. I hope to have your joie de vivre when I reach 75, Lord willing! You look marvelous in your black sequins! Have at it, I say, as I don my old overalls! Not glamorous like your outfit but a declaration just the same. At the market, the other day, I noticed two women, my age, take a 2nd glance. Please don’t take this like I’m watching for reactions but the quick double-take was humorous and hard to miss.
    I read each of your observations with renewed appreciation as I am witnessing the same as I care for my husband. We are anticipating that this is temporary as he has undergone a back procedure (kyphoplasty) that relieves the pain of his two compression fractures from a fall. The healing is to progress through to August. We have added helpful home care equipment to our home. One, a shower bench, deals with the exact episode you so accurately describe. The bench is long and spans over the bathtub side. This enables my husband to sit on the bench facing out of the tub, slide back, swing his legs in, and he is in the tub! The handheld shower head and grab bars are so helpful. We’ve had more grab bars installed near the toilet and the step down into the garage. He uses a walker to get around. The awful thing is the weeks of him sitting in pain before his back procedure led to a lot of strength/muscle loss. He has been in and out of the hospital quite a number of times in these past twenty-four years due to cardiac and respiratory issues. He suffered a heart attack at age 49. After this intense care period, we will be looking at a bathroom remodel as we look honestly at our aging process.
    In the meantime, I am thankful for good health. In fact, our older son will arrive next week with his family, to care for his dad while I and my sisters take our 94 yr old mother on a five day trip! I thank God for blessings such as these!
    Enjoy your Suffolk holiday! I so look forward to your photos!
    P/S I must mention that I think you and Mr. FFS are quite the handsome couple as the photo from your last post shows!

    • 18th June 2021 at 11:35 am

      The last time we had a bath (about 4 years ago) we had hand grab bars on the sides of the bath and on the wall, and I think if they were there I could have managed to get out, but without them…..it was impossible. In our apartment we have a walk-in shower and it really is so accessible and great to have the power shower streaming on one’s body, much better than a bath, I think. I get what your husband has gone through will have contributed to a loss of muscle strength, a bathroom refurbishment sounds a good idea.

      Wow, I bet you have some very good longevity genes – how great it must be to still have your mother. And so good to hear you got a second look! How wonderful. Take care, Charlene and thank you for your interesting comment 🙂

  • 17th June 2021 at 3:19 pm

    First of all, you look wonderful and your sparkly dress and what a fun way to wear it with the boots and hoodie! Very edgy! I enjoyed reading your post and hope I will be doing at least as well as you at 75. I am working on moving my body everyday because even at 45 I can feel some things changing. A healthy diet with less sugar would probably help me but I do want to enjoy the little things too! The bath in the rental is quite a funny story: someone didn’t think that bathtub through!

    • 18th June 2021 at 11:28 am

      Thank you so much Mireille, for those kind words. Yes, sugar is considered to be so bad now, it used to be that fat was the big no-no, but now…. Actually I think everything in moderation is OK.

      Thanks again Mireille and take care 🙂

  • 17th June 2021 at 7:12 pm

    I think the sparkly dress, hoody, leggings and boots look fabulous on you. What a brilliant outfit and now you’ll get more wear out of the party dress! Now, go and take it all off and put on an elasticated waisted pleated skirt, a nice warm jumper and a fleece with a pair of granny shoes as befits a 75 year old – no, only kidding of course!

    It must be so frustrating not to be able to do what you used to and I have those experiences, too. I have had to cut back on my activities and spread them out more as I found my energy was running out sometimes. I’ve got better at pacing myself, now. An 8 mile mostly uphill walk yesterday found me having a sneaky nap on the sofa in the afternoon – I was knackered! I’m very glad to hear your hip is improving and that your exercise are working. I stopped having baths years ago but it’s the designers fault for refusing to acknowledge we come in all shapes, sizes and ages . It’s the same with wall kitchen cupboards ; they’re always too high for short arses like me…

    I must have a look at the Ageing Well blog.

    Have a lovely break in Suffolk, Penny and recharge your batteries….

    • 18th June 2021 at 11:26 am

      Ah yes, the passing years, they do have an impact and I was quite bothered by turning 75 – got over it now!

      Baths and the size of them can be challenging – my daughter’s bath not only had high sides it is quite narrow as well. Oh, and no steel hand grips on the sides and on the wall, which we used to have when we last had a bath so it was well nigh impossible to get out of unless you had excellent upper arm strength. Honestly it’s been good to hear I’m not the only one who finds baths difficult to get in and out!

      I will enjoy Suffolk – thanks xxx

  • 18th June 2021 at 3:21 pm

    You’re looking fabulous, Penny (and I don’t mean ‘fabulous for your age’; I mean fabulous). I love the dress with leggings and boots. I often wear a lace shirt with boots. I like a look that is a bit quirky.
    I’ve not yet had the bath problem at home or in a hotel but when I stay at my daughter’s I have to turn around and kneel to get up out of it because it’s a lot deeper than mine. Ageing is a fact of life with only one alternative but I’ll carry on raging against it!

    • 24th June 2021 at 7:23 am

      Thank you so much Eloise and apologies for the late reply – we’re on holiday and we don’t have very good wifi and broadband, but it’s all so relaxing!

      The daughter’s bath was quite narrow so no room to turn over. Because yes, getting up from the kneeling position is so much easier.

      Oh and keep the rage going!!!

  • 18th June 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Lace SKIRT, not shirt!

  • 24th June 2021 at 2:57 am

    You are incredibly inspiring and I loved reading this frank post and could picture all of it- and not to make light of any of it, certain parts did sound way too familiar and it did make me smile not gonna lie! But let’s talk about that little black dress! OMG you must wear it out- especially with that hoody- that’s what makes it soo good and with the combat boots and leggings. YOu look fantastic- and that beats the down parts!! Love this post and I’m featuring you this Friday!!

    • 24th June 2021 at 7:25 am

      Thank you so much Lucy for those really kind words.

      And oh wow, thanks so much for featuring me tomorrow. I’m on holiday at the moment so haven’t done a blog but I’ll join you on the linkup as soon as I’ve done one – thanks again 🙂

  • 26th June 2021 at 2:14 am

    Hi, Penny – I love the way you dressed down a sparkly dress! I am inspired to get more wear from my sequined dress by dressing it down like this. Thank you – Angie, http://www.yourtrueselfblog.com

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