Hello everyone

It’s the 1st day of September and while I could be saying where did that month of August go, I rather think the more appropriate thing to say is, where did our summer go? Because in the UK we had one week of hot weather in June, another in July and no actual what I’d classify as hot days in August. In fact the mornings are getting quite chilly! And I don’t think I’ll be wearing my red sun hat any more!

This was taken a few weeks ago when there was some warmth – the tee is loose and I wore the hat that day.

But through August it’s been the kind of weather that goes through the four-seasons in one afternoon as you just never know if you need a raincoat, or a sleeveless dress, or some layers to help you get through an outdoor lunch on a chilly day!

Anyway, it’s been a really happy month – in parts (see next paragraph below).  We’ve stayed in Lewes in my daughter’s house again and chilled in the garden. I’ve done a lot of dead-heading, which I find quite addictive! I have to say my joints ached for days afterwards from almost too much walking and gardening! And I found several items of clothing for the Autumn/Fall season in the Lewes charity shops and you’ll see them soon!

The month has been particularly happy because we’ve seen several of our friends, two of which I hadn’t seen in person since before ‘you know what’ and that’s a long time, too long,  but it was lovely to just pick up on old friendships. Then there was one set of friends we met by chance in that very breezy river-side bistro in Newhaven (my second visit) and it was also so nice to see them again. Is this the same for everybody, I think it must be, but how we’ve missed normal day-to-day encounters with friends and acquaintances. It’s the rich pattern of life to do so, and so necessary for ones’s sense of self and sanity!

We also began going out mid-week, and one of those occasions was to a museum for an exhibition – oh what joy, because that is what I like doing more than anything else.

But the happiness has been tempered by the devastating events that fill the news and media. First and foremost, I read the articles on the fate of the Afghans, and put them in a pile to read again when I get my head round writing about the fall of this country to the Taliban. I will write this post, but I just can’t at the moment – there is so much to say and so little one can do. Indeed, one could get quite down about the news, so I’m avoiding it more and and more, which is quite a turnaround for me as I’m usually someone who believes one should face reality and aim to understand what is going on. But I think to stay sane it’s important to surround oneself with culture: books, films, and good television, you name it, whatever takes your fancy. However before I stop I’ll just mention two matters that can’t be avoided.

Covid cases in the UK are sky high and apparently 26 times the levels that were experienced this time last year (I can give you the references for this and other facts in these two paras if you want) and yet there are days when I think the government, and a lot of the population of this country, are sticking their fingers in their ears and going la, la, la, la! Because nobody is self-distancing plus, pretty much all restrictions are removed and it seems we are to ignore this virus and just get on with life. Yes, I know this time it’s the very infectious Delta variant and I also know that hospitalisations and deaths are down, but the thing is many of us, including me, do not want to get Covid because despite being double vaccinated you still can get it. And people are dying – far too many – and yet we are, apparently, meant to tolerate this. So there is a divide in this country and for me, it is not a pleasant situation, this doing-away with all measures to mitigate the consequences of this virus. Perhaps I am more aware of this because I live in Brighton where cases are high because we are a holiday hot-spot in every sense of the word.  But I do feel that it’s madness to be so lax and laid back about this pandemic.

And then there is the shortage of UK delivery drivers resulting in fewer products in supermarkets with gaps (which is what I’ve seen) and in some areas actual empty shelves. A lot of people are blaming Covid, yes, that’s part of the reason why this is happening, and then there are others who say it’s absolutely all down to Brexit, and, yes, again that’s part of it because 14,000 drivers from the EU have left the country and only 600 have returned. Then we hear that it’s all due to drivers retiring and not being replaced fast enough. We need 100,000 of these drivers and there’s no way that’s happening soon. But there is also a view that this is down to the lack of investment, over decades, in people and skills, and that includes the skills needed to drive those huge HGVs, plus there’s the not much of an incentive to become a delivery driver what with the lack of decent facilities (as in just basic toilets and showers which are usually not available at the HGV lorry parks). Then there are the low wages for these drivers, which is as ever about cutting costs in order to, in turn, keep the cost of food down. And then would you believe it, amongst other shortages there’s a shortage of blood test tubes, so non-emergency routine blood tests are being cancelled.  It just makes you think that there’s a lot of things that need sorting, which won’t happen with this very inadequate and mediocre, and, I have to say, somewhat-absent-this-month government (because they’re all on holiday) we’ve got. And with that I shall shut up and say no more!

And here’s two more views of my daughter’s garden to cheer you up and me too!

What I’ve been watching 

Films are back in the cinemas, consequently there seemed to be fewer good films on the usual platforms. Nevertheless, we watched 4 films of which 2 were outstanding, one was OK and the other, forget it! The first film was one we’ve seen before, The Matrix (Netflix), which is the first of that trilogy and amazing that despite being made in 1999 it hadn’t aged at all and all the special effects were as good as any made today, apart that is from the clunky phones! I expect you all know the plot so no need to spell it out, but the storyline felt as good as ever.  For me, it’s a 5***** film but the dystopian feel might not suit everyone.

The second outstanding film was Judas and the Black Messiah (Amazon) which is based on the true story of the young charismatic Black Panther leader Fred Hampton played by Daniel Kaluuya (of Get Out fame) and the infiltrator William O’Neal, played by Lakeith Stanfield, who spies on him for the FBI. It’s a very substantial and satisfying film, which is brilliantly played by both actors. Ultimately the story is a tragedy as Hampton was so young, he was only 21 when he was brutally gunned down, for goodness sake, did no-one think of bringing him lawfully to trial!!!!  O’Neal also committed suicide some time later.  Now that may sound so depressing, but it isn’t, because as I saw it, it was a very interesting insight into race relations in the States.  5***** for this film, it’s really well made and good.

For light relief, we watched a film from the Marvel Universe, Iron Man 3 (BBCiPlayer). Actually I’ve always found the character Tony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr supremely irritating, but somehow I’d missed Iron Man 3 and I didn’t find him as grating as I usually do. It was entertaining and enjoyable and passed the time, but only 3*** for this.

Now, apologies to everyone as last month I raved about Disney+ and some television series (Loki, the Mandelorian and WandaVision) that I aimed to watch.  After a couple of weeks I thought what am I watching? All three were too, well, Disneyfied, because as you might guess I do like watching something with substance and a little bit of grit, and even something dystopian.  Reader, we contacted Disney and got our money back. Phew, what a relief as Disney+ is not a platform for us!

We continue to watch the delightful Secrets of the Museum (BBCiPlayer) and for drama we are currently watching, The Chair (Netflix) which is excellent and beautifully written and starring Sandra Oh as the first female chair of a university English Department.  There’s lots of university politics to get one’s teeth into and it’s altogether a delight – well worth watching. Also on Netflix is The Defeated, which is set in bombed out Berlin at the end of the Second World War. It’s a non-Hollywood series made in Germany although half the dialogue is in English as its main protagonist is an American played by Taylor Kitsch. It’s a thriller and it’s really quite good, but not on the same level of sleaze as say, Babylon Berlin, nevertheless it works, so I do recommend it. And finally again on Netflix is Ragnarok, which is absolutely not in the Marvel Universe, instead it’s a Norwegian television’s series that reimagines Norse mythology set in the present day.  It is so refreshing to watch, especially if you’ve had the misfortune to watch the evening news as it is unreal, and takes you away from the reality of everything, but it’s OK as it’s well acted, and anyway I love everything Norwegian so it’s definitely a hit with me!

Reading

This month I read two books by Clare Chambers, The Editor’s Wife and Small Pleasures which were both excellent reads and am half way through another Chambers book, BackTrouble but I’m not going to finish it for reasons you’ll hear shortly. I really liked Small Pleasures, it’s prose is spare and economical, a style I like, and there’s an intriguing plot around a possible immaculate conception. But the one I liked best was The Editor’s Wife with an aspiring novelist taken up by his London editor and his utterly lovely wife Diana it seems he just might become a roaring success, however, there are misjudgements galore which results in disaster for all involved. But hey it all ends happily ever after. After the Editor’s Wife I read In the Dark by Deborah Moggach and can’t remember a thing about it.

And then when I was half way through Chambers’ Back Trouble  I came to a stop and thought I cannot bear to read another book about families and relationships, it’s too samey. I want some real in-depth, serious reading. So luckily I was in Lewes and my son-in-law picked out several meaty books for me from his library to read, including: A Daughter of Isis. The Early Life of Nadal El Saadawi, In Her Own Words, Simone Weil’s On the Abolition of All Political Parties (intriguing), Jonathan Franzen’s What If We Stopped Pretending (about climate change) which is only 17 pages long with a second essay entitled The Game Is Over. Petro-consumerism Won so that’ll  be an interesting read! And JohnBerger’s Here is where we meet, which contains a short story on him meeting his dead mother and conversing with her.

This latter book is quite relevant as I’m attempting to write a memoir of my mother. Having given my father a huge amount of my time when I edited and published his memoir, it’s my mother’s turn, although she is a more tricky as she left no writing at all, so everything will come from my memory – but I have quite a story to tell!  Anyway, I shall probably be desperate for a simple read of relationships and family life after all that! But it’s good to get out of my comfort zone.

There is another book I want to share with you, but I’m going to leave that to my next post as that’s enough for now. Do let me know how you all are, and how August went for you 🙂

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And here’s one more photo of a summer outfit.  Not sure whether I shall wear it again unless, that is, we have a warm September.

Both skirt and top were bought new but I love the colour combo, which is cheerful and bright!

 

 

 

 

 

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30 thoughts on “End of August review – 2021

  • 1st September 2021 at 8:14 am
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    That was a very interesting and wide-ranging post. I’m reading it now instead of going for “routine” blood tests at my GP’s surgery that were cancelled by text yesterday because of the shortage of blood test bottles!

    I agree wholeheartedly with your comments about Covid. Anyone would think it was all over – a bit like Brexit, ha ha! My passion is rock’n’roll music and dancing but there obviously haven’t been any dances since the first lockdown began. They’ve started up again recently although I’m too cautious to attend. I’ve just had a report from the organiser of one fairly small event that six participants have tested positive for Covid.

    The news from Afghanistan has made a lot of the things I enjoy seem frivolous and pointless. But those things, when available to everyone, are a sign of a civilised society. It was a relief that you mentioned the cultural events you have been enjoying – and very handy to get some recommendations for films and TV series. There is so much on offer.

    One sign that frivolity is not completely dead for me – I’m contemplating getting a padded gilet for the cooler autumn afternoons.

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    • 1st September 2021 at 4:15 pm
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      Hello Penny,
      I’m a newcomer to your blog (I saw the reference from Tricia Cusden on LFF) & I feel we may have been separated at birth… So many points of contact!
      I have loved charity shops for years & like to describe those of us who pursue style on a budget as ‘Oxfam Fatales’. I have an American daughter- in- law & we bonded very happily over ‘thrifting.’
      Then there’s your political take, with which I absolutely concur – and am heartened by, because we can seem like voices in the wilderness with the determined whitewashing of the Brexit/ Covid catastrophes by this corrupt government.
      Looking forward to further discussion from, & discoveries by, you.

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      • 2nd September 2021 at 8:16 am
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        Hello MaryClare – how nice to meet you! Thank you for coming over to the blog 🙂

        Great to know you love charity shopping and we concur over this simply awful government we have!

        Thanks again and have a good rest of the week 🙂

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 8:12 am
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      My husband had his blood test yesterday as he was an ’emergency’ which didn’t make him feel that good about his health (he’s fine btw). But what a situation, and I’m so glad you feel the same about the rise in Covid cases – I think the government is gaslighting us all as we hear what they have to say and think, ‘are you mad, or am I mad?’ As far as I’m concerned at the very least we all ought to be wearing masks in indoor settings and I’m beginning to see more and more people not wearing them in shops. Now fine if cases are low like the Lewes District which stretches for miles around Lewes, but in Brighton……? It’s madness.

      To keep on an even keel we have to be frivolous! And are you watching Vigil on BBC it’s very good. Not frivolous but keeps you on the edge of your seat – it’s excellent.

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  • 1st September 2021 at 8:49 am
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    what a fab post Penny – so varied and thought provoking! You make so many important comments and these are so nicely balanced with the more day to day – ie fashion (always a great read from you) and film/books etc.
    Keep well and keep writing your blog – its great!

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 8:17 am
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      Thank you so much, Joan, I really appreciate the feedback 🙂

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  • 1st September 2021 at 9:51 am
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    The events of this world are just too much to take in…so I baked cookies today. I measured the ingredients as my Vietnam Veteran husband was glued to the Afghanistan news. I mixed the ingredients together as I remembered, in 1975, watching my then-boyfriend stare in disbelief as helicopters hovered over a rooftop for a Hanoi evacuation. I offered my husband of 43 years some fresh baked cookies as I remembered what a sobering moment that was for him.
    I appreciated President Biden’s speech today. His experience, his knowledge, and his moral fortitude really stood out. I can’t imagine the last administration taking a stand like that or even achieving what this current administration has achieved since President Biden took office. I pray for his health, his stamina, and his safety.
    Feeling the weight of the news and some pressure to re-engage in social events but in the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy my homemade cookies.
    Loved the garden views, Penny.
    Stay safe, Charlene

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 8:25 am
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      Hi Charlene and I so appreciate how you feel about things in Afghanistan. On balance I think Biden was correct in his view that enough was enough (I haven’t listened to his speech) but the leaving of it has been badly managed by everyone UK included – they could have extracted people months ago.
      As you could see from my post on My Other Blog I know a bit about those past wars and earlier times but the Taliban, not so much. I’m waiting to see what happens.

      I think to stay sane we have to do the things that help us to steady our anxiety, and you are so right to bake cookies. Me I love my daughter’s garden and many other things so I try and immerse myself in whatever is to hand. Stay safe, Charlene and thank you 🙂

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  • 1st September 2021 at 10:07 am
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    I enjoyed your look back at August Penny, shame about your lack of a true Summer. Your daughters garden is so pretty and natural.
    I will await with interest your post on Afghanistan . Watching the news is certainly confronting at present . Seeing the scenes in Kabul takes me back to my visit there in 1975.
    Re Coronavirus in the UK , we are having that opening up discussion at a government level here at present with the view to opening at 70-80% vaccination rate. I agree that we have to live with the virus but will people still be cautious , not so sure.
    Glad to hear you re-connected with your friends. xx Jill

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 8:59 am
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      We haven’t had any summer at all, Jill, but neither have we had the extremes of weather suffered in middle Europe and the States, so really we are lucky, and it’s just that the Brits are obsessed with the weather because we can never tell from one day to the next what it’s going to bring!

      Ah yes, the situation in Afghanistan is awful, the thing is I know a fair bit about those past wars and how the army managed tribal areas, but the Taliban, not so much, I’m waiting. On balance I think Biden was right to leave, but not in the way he did. I can think of some of my friends who could have managed it better.

      As for Covid – I know we have to live with it, but no minor restrictions and no mandatory masks? That’s madness particularly in Brighton, not happy with this government’s leadership on this – they appear to not care.

      Consequently it is so important to do nice things – hence friends and exhibitions and gardens 🙂 Thanks Jill – stay safe in Australia 🙂

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  • 1st September 2021 at 3:07 pm
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    Thank you Penny for your insightful thoughts. I’m finding it heartbreaking listening to the news about Afghanistan but nevertheless feel I need to keep up with it.
    What a lovely garden your daughter has, the sort of garden you want to spend time in.
    All the best X

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 8:41 am
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      Yes, same here, I have a huge pile of articles to read again – actually waiting a bit to see what happen. I think on balance Biden is right to leave, but the manner of leaving was so wrong, all of them, UK included, could have been extracting people months ago.

      I do love sitting in my daughter’s garden but can’t resist the getting up and doing things in it! Did rather too much last week!!!

      All the best to you too Vivien 🙂

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  • 1st September 2021 at 4:21 pm
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    I enjoyed your post this morning Penny. The garden is so cheerful as are the colorful outfits you are wearing. I am sorry the Summer has not been better there weather wise. Today I plan to be home bound as we are expecting the remnants of yet another storm. Hurricaine Ida has devastated parts of our south, especially the New Orleans area, they have absolute no power an it could be OVER A Month, before it might be restored. and yet there are those who argue about the need for infrastructure. meanwhile, wildfires ravage large portion of the West. I fear it is too late to do anything meaningful about climate change. And the pandemic continues to sicken and kill so many. It was so hopeful when we had the vaccines and things began to open up but such a large number of Americans think it is against their freedom to get vaccinated or even wear a mask. they refuse to listen to science. this is against the background of the tragedy in Afghanistan. Ok rant over.
    I have always had mixed feelings about September. Summer is for all intents and purposes over and I love Summer, but of course a time of new beginnings. My lecture series will begin again next month and I have just signed up for it. Hopefully they can continue in person three days a week with a film and discussion on Fridays. Of course I won’t attend everything but it is so nice to have the option. My 5 friends and I plan to continue meeting weekly for dinner , at least as long as we can be outdoors. not everyone can make every event but we have so much to talk about. I wish I could have seen my son and his family more often during the Summer. they went on 2 vacations so were not around all that much. And now my granddaughter. Penelope, is back at college. So I wont see her probably before Thanksgiving. I will continue to volunteer at the shelter, a good way to get exercise and be useful. I finally got rid of my completely worn out athletic shoes, actual holes in the soles and purchased a new pair. very “clunky” looking but comfortable, They were recommended by the salesman in the sporting goods store. I didn’t buy any other Summer clothing. I actually was looking at my closet and realized there were some nice pieces I never even got to wear. Next week my friend and I will go to the museum which I had mentioned previously. I realized that I have the DVD for Judas and the Black Messiah and will make an effort to actually watch it. I just finished reading two memoirs written by a Welsh artist I got when we visited his gallery on vacation. after vacationing there for over 20 years it was interesting to read about people and places you know.
    enjoy the remining days of the season. Love from new York Darby

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 8:51 am
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      Oh my word, Derby, we’ve just seen some horrific footage from New York of the flooding there – the rain you’ve had! Do hope you are OK and not part of the worst flooding – like parts of the subway.

      And re: climate change – just read the Jonathan Franzen book and think you’re right that we have left it too late to do anything about it, Franzen obviously thinks so. Apparently we humans can’t adapt to the changes necessary to bring this to a halt so……

      Consequently we do have to do some ordinary and nice things to keep ourselves going like meeting friend and family, sorting out wardrobes and enriching our minds and your schedule for the Fall sounds really thoughtful and interesting.

      Do watch the film if you can, it’s well worth watching, but rather wondering that you might be without power, again fingers crossed and I trust you are OK. Love from Brighton, a place that never really gets weather like you do in the States! Take care and stay safe 🙂

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      • 2nd September 2021 at 10:51 am
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        thank you Penny for your kind thoughts. I am fine, though a scary night, thank goodness the power held and it is morning now and no longer raining. I will try to get to the animal shelter if the roads are not flooded. You be safe as well. Darby

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  • 1st September 2021 at 6:36 pm
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    I’m in North Carolina. Last Sunday my little sister called from Florida and told me to go back into self confinement. Two of her children, both vaxxed, in their forties, have Covid. I think we all need to think for ourselves and don’t depend on the government. I’ m sure another shutdown will throw us into an economic depression, and that’s why they are trying to minimize the new variant’s strength. Two more variants have shown up as yet in a small way. One is called lambda and is in South America.

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 11:01 am
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      Yes, I agree with you, as we can all do a safety check and say to ourselves, now in this instance, it’s important to wear a mask, and here I feel safe to not wear one. But the leadership is poor in our country and yes, they want the economy to thrive and that’s uppermost in their minds but do they care about the deaths? No they don’t. We have to live with it and for that I can’t forgive them. As for our poor NHS – as a country we love our NHS and the government is just driving it into the ground – I will stop ranting now!!!!

      But thanks for your comment, and good wishes to you from me in Brighton, England to you in North Carolina 🙂

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  • 1st September 2021 at 7:31 pm
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    Seems like a lot of the same here! I am mostly keeping an eye on the boys, trying to keep us healthy and making sure we take our vitamins and eat healthy and hoping we get to go on some vacations (nothing far and mostly away from people). There is also a big shortage of workers here: they are hiring everywhere!
    Loving your colorful summer outfit: I still can believe you haven’t had much summer weather.
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 10:51 am
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      It is so important to surround ourselves with family and friends and it’s nice to hear about your life with your boys. Yes, to stay sane we must do that and also aim to be as healthy as possible. It’s a good objective.

      And thank you, yes, the green and yellow is a lovely combination.

      Have a great rest of the week 🙂

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  • 1st September 2021 at 9:46 pm
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    When you listen to the news and contemplate all that is going on, it’s almost better to be dead heading in the garden—sore joints or not, LOL!!
    I remember those days of having 4 seasons in one day when we lived in Denver, and I have to say that I don’t really miss it. Not that that helps you at all. I guess it’s one good way to wear more of what’s in your closet since you have to keep putting on and taking off clothes!!
    OXOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 1:14 pm
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      Hi Jodie, and yes, you are so right, it’s the garden every time followed closely with looking at clothes both in my closet and online! No, I’m joking, it’s books, films and exhibitions as well that save me from insanity caused by amongst other things going on, the awfulness of our government!!!!

      Ah ah, you’ve also suffered from the 4 seasons in one day! Thanks so much Jodie, and have a lovely rest of the week xxx

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  • 1st September 2021 at 10:20 pm
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    Penny what a lovely interesting read, and lovely photos of your daughter’s typically English garden. I find so many gardens are so sophisticated now, with repetitive rows of evergreens and very clinically put together. My biggest joy is my English garden, and it has been my saving grace during the last two summers. I too love dead heading, a very satisfying pursuit.
    Our Toronto government today announced vaccine passports are to be introduced, which will allow non essential businesses to stay open, that will mean non vaccinated people will be refused entry. I am so happy with that decision, but I know it will cause huge division in our society. Which is already divided on the issue of vaccinations. I find people to be so selfish in their thinking, I have actually lost friends over it.
    Our humid weather in Toronto has finally broken, and I feel physically energized, the cooler weather has made such a difference. I think September is going to be a glorious month. I am still determined not to buy any new clothes, but am just repurposing what I have. Love the green and yellow together, I have started wearing clashing colours, and find I feel incredibly cheerful when I do. Now need to include some of those colours into my winter wardrobe. I am coveting your orange bag, I may just have to break my rule of not buying anything new and go on the hunt for orange to brighten up my navy, grey and brown wardrobe.
    Have a lovely month.🥰

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 6:58 am
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      What’s really bothering me is that we don’t read any news about the UK because its not part of the EU anymore. So I’m glad you told a bit about the current situation. We decided not to go now, and it’s the correct choice I think. But we are hoping to go this year. The Netherlands are actually the same, still to high numbers and no rules.

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      • 2nd September 2021 at 8:38 am
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        Hi Nancy, I think the thing is to look carefully at the stats before you come, Brighton has a high number of cases, similarly Hastings and then in contrast the Lewes District which covers a large area around Lewes as well as Lewes is so much lower. In Lewes I would go in to a cafe and drink a coffee and feel safe, but Brighton, no way. I can see from my Zoe Covid study map that Eastbourne has the fewest cases. I’ll see if I can send this Zoe app to you 🙂

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 1:21 pm
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      Oh yes, nothing better than an English garden although I understand that it can’t be done in hotter climes – yours must be OK for that kind of garden. Lovely to hear you’ve finally got cooler weather.

      I do think that at the very least the UK government should legislate for mandatory masks to be worn indoors – the government’s policy seems to be ‘do as you please’, which is awful. Good for your government in introducing vaccine passports.

      It’s always possible you might find an orange or another brightly coloured bag in a thrift shop. Do hope you find one 🙂

      Thanks Geri, always good to hear from you 🙂

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  • 2nd September 2021 at 6:55 am
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    It feels as if the govt crashes from one crisis to the next,with no forward planning or strategising. Today I read that by the end of the decade, every care home bed will be occupied by someone with dementia, and thousands more will not find a place. How long has Johnson been promising a social care policy?

    My mum enjoyed The Defeated. We’re enjoying Vigil, it’s a bit of a fantasy but gripping nonetheless. And I love The Chair. I know what you mean about books about dysfunctional families! I avoid them too.

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    • 2nd September 2021 at 1:16 pm
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      The government…….

      Loving Vigil – yes, very gripping. I do like Suranne Jones. Out of The Defeated and The Chair, it’s the latter that is the better series.

      Have a lovely rest of the week x

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  • 9th September 2021 at 1:09 pm
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    Hi Penny, Just catching up after returning from holiday in Scotland where the weather has been great! When you say “here in the UK” we’ve had one week of summer etc, you must mean in the south of England because we’ve had some pretty good summer weather in the north east of England and even better in Scotland. The bonus of a holiday in Scotland is that just about everyone is observing what is still manditory rules on face coverings and social distancing. It makes life so much easier, unequivocal and makes me feel so much safer about moving about.

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    • 11th September 2021 at 7:24 am
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      That’s so interesting Pamela as yes I did think the whole of the UK had had a pretty useless summer – good to hear how it went in the north and in Scotland. I simply must visit Scotland again one day soon and good to hear about the mask wearing – so important. It’s crazy busy in Brighton and masks are increasingly not worn – consequently cases are high here. It’s such common-sense to wear a mask and mandate it but no…..

      Take care and thanks for the comment 🙂

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  • 14th September 2021 at 6:28 pm
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    Such an interesting post – and beautiful photos of your daughter’s garden. You have reminded me to deadhead, which I will do tomorrow… better late than never?!

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