Hello everyone!

This is very short post to let you all know that although we moved out of our flat in Brighton on March 11th, we only moved into our new abode in Lewes yesterday (Monday April 4th). That was nearly a month of cleaning and painting walls (white) and renovation of the whole flat including an entirely new kitchen. It all took much longer than we thought it would and then the removal firm could not offer us a date to take our furniture out of storage until yesterday.  So here we are, in the flat at last!

This was yesterday!

I have to say my daughter was amazing. Not only did my daughter, Susie, and son-in-law Dan give up their double bed while we stayed with them, Susie was so helpful throughout the move day.

Here she is doing valiant work in the kitchen, which was pretty much sorted by her at the end of the day.

I have to say it is exhausting this moving lark.  For those of you outside the UK we have a simply antediluvian and preposterous system of moving house in England (not so I believe in Scotland) and until the actual day you never know if something might go awfully wrong. The questions the solicitors ask are the worst and you have to prove the validity and the soundness of everything within and without the property you are selling and heaven forfend if you don’t have the right certificates for this and that.

So there’s all that to go through and then you have the actual move and even worse, I think, the unpacking! Well we are very experienced at moving (ha ha!) but even so I really shouldn’t be doing this at my age (seriously I am saying that) and I am nursing a very sore back. But the back will improve and it’s all worth it as I have already joined two societies and gone on a history walk in this lovely town. I do feel at home here.

And while we did work very hard through these past weeks we did occasionally take time out. Here’s us being very silly in a cafe.

In addition, this move to Lewes has shaken me out of my agoraphobia and I have done a lot more including having my hair cut (will go again as it’s still not  quite right) and my nails done. The latter was a shellac manicure, which means the colour won’t move off my nails for approx 10 days and is partly something nice to do and partly to protect the nails from the dryness you get with constantly unwrapping stuff. Mind you, is doing a bit more sensible now cases in England are near stratospheric with the new strain of Omicron? Oh well, c’est la vie, although I do my best and continue to avoid crowded places and I always wear an FFP2 mask in every indoor setting – what else can one do?

However, this morning I was so pleased to get an email telling me to book for my 4th vaccine – huzzah and hooray!  I will feel pleased to have that extra protection.

The post will return to normality next week with a fashion shoot of sorts.  Funnily enough we had a tremendously hot week mid-March and having packed on a very cold day in early March and with everything in storage I had nothing light to wear. So reader, I bought 3 summer dresses and was going to talk about those, but last week it returned to winter and was freezing cold. It actually snowed here throughout the day (nothing settled) and this week it’s rain, rain, rain (we do need it) so we’ll see what the weather brings for the next post.

Finally, thank you so much for all the good wishes you gave me for the move and I hope you understand why I haven’t been able to respond.  This is the first time I’ve sat in my own little space with my laptop, but know that you are the first I thought of, hence this post.

Thank you again and see you next week 🙂

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper




46 thoughts on “Hello everyone!

  • 5th April 2022 at 9:00 am

    Congratulations on your move – we have also moved many times, and been in the storage limbo for months, so I totally understand how exhausting it is. So nice though to open all those boxes and rediscover all your lovely things.

    I’m in northern Scotland and heavy snow has been falling non stop here since 7am. I hope you’ve got a better day, and that you have a wonderful new life in Lewes.

    • 6th April 2022 at 8:15 am

      Hi Rosemary and thank you for the good wishes. Oh yes, the exhaustion of it all, nice to know you understand!

      Weather here very mixed now and not particularly warm. Today it’s grey and damp, hope the snow where you are doesn’t impede your life too much. Thanks again 😄

  • 5th April 2022 at 9:04 am

    Penny…so thankful to hear from you!!! Just yesterday, I left a second comment on your last post asking if you were okay? So glad to read that you are okay and even thriving in Lewes!
    Already you are experiencing the helpfulness of nearby family! A big virtual hug to your daughter and son-in-law for helping so much!
    Do take care of yourself…Charlene

    • 6th April 2022 at 8:20 am

      Hi Charlene and thank you for that second comment, which I read and was so grateful for as it was so thoughtful of you to ask. In fact you spurred me on to do this ‘letting you all know’ blog post.

      Yes my daughter and son-in-law were brilliant throughout the entire time we were staying with them. Staying with them was a totally different experience to just visiting, it was lovely and we got to know them so much better through just hanging out. Mind you, I began to wonder where I actually lived so it is nice to start home-making once again! I am taking care of my poor back but I know it will improve – thanks again 😀

      • 6th April 2022 at 5:51 pm

        Hope this doesn’t sound too “stalker-like” but I also checked your Instagram (which I am not on very much) to see if you had posted anything.
        Your post makes me thankful for the U.S. real estate system. In 2019, we had a marvelous selling agent and a good buying agent who really knew the area in which we were shopping. In fact, through the connections of our buying agent, we were able to purchase a home in an area we never thought we could afford. We were not the only bidders. In fact, we came in 2nd highest but the owners/sellers chose us. A blessing beyond belief. And…to add more goodness…our son was able to purchase a home last December (in midst of crazy, crazy real estate market) just three blocks away from us!
        You are so wise to have so much prep work done BEFORE your move. Can’t wait to hear about your new kitchen! Glad to read about you taking care of your back.
        A virtual hug is being sent to you from across the pond…Charlene

  • 5th April 2022 at 9:33 am

    Excellent news.
    Keep unpacking!
    M xx

    • 6th April 2022 at 8:21 am

      Honestly the unpacking is the worst! Thanks Mary xx

  • 5th April 2022 at 9:40 am

    Can I first thank everyone for their good wishes re; my surgery. After an horrendous reaction to the anaesthetic I’m now back to normal after nearly 4 weeks. I’ve got over the shock of the wound which is gradually improving & get the histology results on Friday.
    Glad to see that you move is now complete although it will no doubt be a while before you are satisfied with ‘your new home. Are you now in a ground floor flat as you said there is a bit of garden?
    I’ve quite gone off the idea of moving now as it seems such a lot of stress and sheer physical hard work! At the moment all I want is to get back to something like the the life I used to have and enjoy. We’re looking forward to a cruise in May/June, HI needs a break from staying at home with me while I avoided catching Covid .
    As to spring clothing it’s all gone backwards to winter as you said ! I’ve bought 3 new-to-me dresses recently but a lot more have gone to charity shops. I heard a ‘style expert’ say that ‘pre-loved’ has a stigma associated with it – how out of date is she ! Then she was showing a £400 jacket on her site. I want to try to treat my used shopping in the same way as I would if I was buying full-price but I’m not sure if I can do it. I need to stay well away from E-bay to achieve this!

    • 5th April 2022 at 3:52 pm

      Lynda…sorry to hear about the complications and glad that time has allowed healing. Thanks for this update.

    • 6th April 2022 at 8:31 am

      Lynda I thought about you over these past weeks, sorry to hear about the reaction to the anaesthetic. Anaesthesia is not a simple thing to go through and when I hear young women glibly talking about cosmetic procedures where you have to go ‘under’ I always wince because as a nurse I have seen some reactions. Best to never have an operation unless absolutely necessary which it was in your case. Let us know the results.

      Moving is hell at the best of times and only do it if you really, really want to. I find the unpacking the worst as we always get packers who are worth every penny but the solicitors especially the buyer’s solicitor add a lot of stress to the equation. This move is absolutely what we wanted to do and I am so glad to be living here – so all worth it. And that’s how you’ve got to feel if you ever go down that route.

      During that week I longed for my summer clothing and thought that the very first thing I’d be doing would be getting out the Spring and Summer clothing. Not so, it’s back to winter now – very grey and damp here today.

      Keep us in the loop Lynda and all the very best 😊

  • 5th April 2022 at 9:50 am

    I know how you feel we moved in January from a large 4 bed house with a double garage an office and conservatory to a 3 bed house with a single garage. We have moved from Wales to a market town in England. Our children are quite scattered one in East Sussex and another in Hertfordshire. The motor way links are good here and we have bought a motor home with the intention of travelling around the UK and we may venture to Europe next year. I have joined a choir and some crafty sessions. There seems to be a lot going on in the area especially during the Summer. I felt quite trapped and bored before, now there isn’t a moment in the day! I’m in my late sixties and my husband is in his early sixties, we had to put our furniture into storage over Christmas, which was quite a difficult time. Our buyers wanted to move in early December 2021 and as far as I know still haven’t moved in! It’s been quite an expensive time too!

    • 6th April 2022 at 8:53 am

      Yes, moving!!!! And furniture in storage and over Christmas – must have been so challenging. Wales is lovely but quite far away. We used to go nearly year to visit Mr F’s aunt and uncle but now they’re gone I’m not sure we’ll ever go again, it was such a long drive and you must be so glad to be nearer your children.

      Like your town there is so much going on in Lewes and I know I shall renew friendships with two people from my past and make new friends here. I do feel so at home which is the best thing about the move.

      Yes, the expense!!! My view was and is – what is the point of savings especially as you get older. I absolutely don’t want the nursing home to get it all, so live in the now and more to the point live where you are happiest!

      Thanks Liz

  • 5th April 2022 at 10:04 am

    Hi Penny, I was just wondering yesterday how your move had gone and today you’ve given us an update. So very glad to hear that you are now in your new abode and as you know the area so well you will quickly feel at home and so lovely to be so close to your daughter and family. Wishing you lots of happiness there and I look forward to further fashion blogs once you are fully settled. Best Wishes Lynda

    • 6th April 2022 at 9:17 am

      Thank you Lynda for your good wishes – you’re so right it’s wonderful to be so near my daughter and yes, Lewes is a great pale to live!

      • 10th April 2022 at 6:07 pm

        Well done Penny.
        Health and Happiness in your new home.
        It’s hard work moving, we’ve just got organised and now seeing light at the end of the tunnel in our new abode x

        • 15th April 2022 at 7:59 am

          Thank you so much Vivien and apologies for not replying sooner 😊 It was lovely to get your good wishes x

  • 5th April 2022 at 10:06 am

    Congratulations Penny, I didn’t realise you were going to move, Lewis is a lovely town, lots of individual shops and tea places and will be lovely to be near your daughter and family xx

    • 6th April 2022 at 9:08 am

      Thank Margaret – it is absolutely wonderful to be so near my daughter. We can just hang out together rather than just visiting for a meal which is too short and a bit of an effort. Lewes is great and a lot going on, I shall really enjoy living here. Thanks again 😊

  • 5th April 2022 at 10:23 am

    So pleased to hear from you, and to hear that you’ve moved, even though you’ve still lots to do. I so agree about the English house selling process. We moved here 37 years ago and it was so stressful even then, I said to my husband I’m never moving again – and so far I haven’t! My son moved last year and they finally completed on the sale at 2.30 pm on moving day, just as the removal vans were arriving at their new address! His stress levels were through the roof, and all because of unhelpful solicitors.
    Every best wish for your future near your family. I look forward to seeing your future posts. X

    • 6th April 2022 at 9:20 am

      The solicitors are a challenging part of a simply ghastly process which has got worse over the years. I remember when you could say something was so and it was accepted – not so now and everything has to be proved twice over with all the correct certificates. As for not knowing whether it will go through even after the ‘exchange’ – it is just the worst system ever.

      Thank you for the good wishes, it’s great to be in Lewes and even better to be near my daughter!

  • 5th April 2022 at 10:32 am

    Well you are finally there! How lovely is that! I hope you get settled in real soon and enjoy this lovely town. That you already know very well of course. We went home last Thursday on the snow day! It was hell at Dover port, because of P&O and the weather.

    • 6th April 2022 at 8:36 am

      I’m finally at my destination! Oh my word though did you come during that cold week, brrr! Weather here can be so mixed in March/April and it is certainly proving to be like that this year -very grey and damp today with rain forecast soon.

      Sorry to have missed you but I was so wrapped up in cleaning and painting and everything else, and I wore the same old jeans day after day!! Hope you come another time in better weather when I have all my nice clothes ready to wear!

      Btw is Dieppe too far for you to get to? The Newhaven to Dieppe ferry (takes 4 hours) isn’t having any problems.

  • 5th April 2022 at 10:38 am

    I was wondering if you had finally made the move and happy to see this morning that you are finally there. and that you have already been making yourself part of the community. the weather here in New York has not been very springlike. last week it was truly frigid, more like mid January that late March. even now it is colder that it should be for this time of the year. I am so tired of putting my longjohns on for my walks, with and without the dogs. anyway, congratulations and take care of yourself, it will all get done eventually.
    Darby X

    • 7th April 2022 at 7:50 am

      Hi Darby and yes I’m finally in my new flat and it is so very nice – all the hassle was absolutely worth it. Weather here is better today (Thursday) but it was very wet and windy yesterday and through the night and more of that tomorrow! It’s always mixed at this time of the year but the hot weather a couple of weeks ago was quite surprise as it was really warm. Suddenly all the charity shops got their summer clothes out which is where I got my 3 summer dresses.

      And yes, it will all get done, but in my eagerness to get things straight I do have to remind myself that we’ve only been here 3 days!

      Thanks Darby 😀

  • 5th April 2022 at 11:40 am

    Oh how exciting Penny, a new property to carve into your home. So happy to hear you are okay and getting sorted! It’s been so cold hasn’t it, I’m full up with a cough and a cold, not Covid as I had that about three weeks ago! Have a super week and better weekend. Jacqui x

    • 7th April 2022 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Jacqui, we are getting sorted but in my eagerness to get everything tip-top I have to remind myself that this is actually only the 4th day we’ve been living here!!!

      Thanks again and you have a great weekend too x

  • 5th April 2022 at 1:40 pm

    I’m delighted to read that you’re in! I’m sure you’ll settle really well. Lewes is such a delightful town. Enjoy! After many moves over the last 47 years (spouse in the forces, then NHS, now retired) we moved into this house, which I love, 6 years ago. I said it would not be the last house – that will be in Salisbury. Much as I enjoy our village life, I don’t want to be here once I reach 75 (in 5 years) with no public transport. Thankfully we have a village shop, pub and a thriving community but I would prefer the security of town or small city life and hospital nearby. You’ve arrived in your new place just at the right time to nurture your growing space by the door. How lovely to be able to step outside for some sun and get your hands in the earth. Lovely too to have your daughter and family so close by. We had to drive for 3 hours to visit my son, his wife and my first grandchild, born 4 weeks ago.

    • 7th April 2022 at 8:03 am

      Hi Jane and yes I know how you feel as we lived just outside a village (Ditchling) and while it was a lovely place one really needs to not always get in a car for every single interaction including shopping, friends, doctor, entertainment, family and so on. Covid made us realise that Brighton was just too big a city to live in but Lewes is delightful and we can pretty much walk to everything or we can take the very regular buses that are just a minute away from us.

      The garden is partly planted up already and having my daughter nearby is wonderful. Congratulations on your first grandchild, they are such a blessing but a 3-hour drive! Reminds me of us driving to see my parents in Felixstowe, that took 3 hours and they never came to us, we always had to drive to them. It’s lovely to see them grow – literally grow, as my first grandchild is now 6’2″!

  • 5th April 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Missed your posts. My last move was almost 7 years ago, and I sure don’t envy that task. But Bravo to you for being so brave & getting it done. I wish you much joy in your new place.

    • 7th April 2022 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Jean, I knew what I wanted and it actually took about a year from my decision to actually moving in with all the finding/looking and the dreaded conveyancing in between. I am so glad to be in a smaller town.

      Thanks again 😊

  • 5th April 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Congratulations Penny, on your new move, and on having such a helpful daughter. It’s a lovely time to move despite the cold as you’ll get a full summer settled in your new house. All the best. Trish S.

    • 7th April 2022 at 8:28 am

      Thank you and yes, I’ve already planted up the garden a bit – can’t wait to see it grow. And having my daughter nearby is such a bonus. Thanks Trish x

  • 6th April 2022 at 12:40 am

    I can’t imagine how stressful it would be to move with all of that hogwash. As a planner, that would drive me crazy.
    Good to see you out and about and can’t wait for all of the updates,

    • 7th April 2022 at 8:34 am

      Yes, our system is ghastly as not only do you have to establish a ‘chain’ of buyers and sellers (unless you are extremely wealthy and can buy without selling beforehand) and that chain has to simultaneously do everything together from beginning (the offer) to the end (completion). This is fraught with tension and chains (if you are lucky chains are short, but some are not) and all compounded by everyone’s solicitors making sure everything is legally right and proper with regard to your sale up to and including your boundaries. The whole thing is a nightmare and puts a lot of people off moving – but not me!!!!!!!

  • 6th April 2022 at 3:29 am

    Congratulations on the move finally! I cannot wait to see photos of your new surroundings! Yes, I agree…the unpacking is the worst part of moving second only to the actual packing! The paperwork does sound a bit of a nightmare though. We got our fourth jabs this morning so I’m feeling a bit puny right now. I always feel badly after any kind of shot. My husband just goes on about his business while I slowly but surely feel worse and worse and just so tired. But, it will be over in a day or two. I keep hoping this will make both of us feel ready to embrace the world again. I think I’ve convinced him it’s time to go out and live again!

    Again, congratulations on the new abode!

    • 7th April 2022 at 8:40 am

      Fortunately I had packers who did every little bit of packing, but they don’t unpack so that is what I find so very hard to do. And in my eagerness to get everything straight I have to remind myself that this is only the fourth day we’ve been here!!!

      My 4th jab is tomorrow! Hope you feel better soon. I felt bad after the first one, less so for the second, and nothing for the 3rd, so hoping it will be the same for tomorrow’s jab.

      I will take some pix of Lewes for the next blog – thanks Marsha 😄

  • 6th April 2022 at 7:03 am

    Congratulations Penny! I know Lewes quite well, and it’s a lovely town. You will have a great time there

    • 7th April 2022 at 8:42 am

      Isn’t Lewes lovely! I know I’ve only actually lived in the place for 4 days but I’ve been coming into Lewes for years as once a week I picked up my grandson from school from the age of 5 until he was 14. But there is a lot to learn about Lewes and many walks to discover – so excited. Thanks Lin

  • 6th April 2022 at 8:01 am

    Congratulations on your move, Penny! I think it’s very exciting and that you’re going to be very happy in Lewes. I must confess I have never visited Lewes. This is something I must rectify! It must be wonderful to be near your daughter and I look forward to reading about your future adventures. Take care. June

    • 7th April 2022 at 8:45 am

      You simply must visit Lewes as it’s a great little town and very picturesque with a great history to it. Also unlike a big city there are many independent small shops – there are some empty shops due, I gues, to the lockdowns but they are not that noticeable and what with the cafe culture, it is a delightful place to visit – and live!

  • 6th April 2022 at 8:03 am

    I hope you will both be very happy in your new home 😃

    • 7th April 2022 at 8:11 am

      Thank you so much Sue, I’m sure we will be. It’s a warmer flat to start with which is a big plus these days!

  • 6th April 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Congratulations! I do admire you for moving. I used to do it a lot, but we’ve been in this house since 2005 and are unlikely to move. I read an article about buying houses in Scotland and it’s a much better system. Looking forward to seeing the 3 dresses! x

    • 7th April 2022 at 8:10 am

      The thing is Brighton became too big and tbh unsafe for us, as cases rose and continue to rise. But putting that aside, Lewes has so much going on, and I feel I can join in. Also, went to the cinema yesterday which was just delightful. All in all it was such a good decision.

      The 3 dresses seemed essential two weeks ago, but now?! It’s back to warmer clothes, raincoats and umbrellas! We’ll see what the weekend brings but will try to take some pix outside in Lewes for the next blog. It’s actually great to be back in the blogosphere. Take care x

  • 9th April 2022 at 11:35 am

    Super news Penny.
    I hope this is your forever home xx

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