Hi everyone

A big thank you to your response to my last post. Suffice to say the majority of you were in favour of this blog being able to say how it is – thanks again. Todays post is more about books and films that we are watching plus, of course, some outfits that I wear for the daily walk.

It was my birthday on Tuesday. I had a nice day with lots of books to read as presents and a meet-up in our carpark with our son and his partner who was off to have her 20-week scan at the nearby hospital. So lovely to know that all was well and that it might (not 100% sure) be a boy.  I shall be knitting!

But the day was odd, in that you’re meant to enjoy a birthday, but I felt there was definitely a missing element of not having members of the family to hug, and not going out for a slap up meal or some kind of family gathering.  It rather felt as though fun and pleasure was around the corner just a bit of out sight. Next year I aim to have a very raucous and riotous party with lots of noise, hugs, cake and wine plus a lot of dancing as well.

The books I got as presents included: Ann Pratchett’s The Dutch House; Delia Owens Where the Crawdads Sing; and Walter Kempowski’s Homeland. I’ve not read anything by the first two authors, but I had read Kempowski’s All for Nothing, which is set in East Prussia in the year 1945. It is one of the best novels I’ve ever read but it’s not a light read, as it is about war and its consequences. Makes you understand Germany’s response to the refugee crisis of a couple years ago as so many Germans were refugees themselves. So I’m looking forward to reading Homeland.  And then there’s Stalingrad, not the non-fiction one on Stalingrad by Antony Beevor, but the one published last year written by Vasily Grossman. I’d read his Life and Fate, which is the best book I’ve ever read. Stalingrad is the prequel to Life and Fate with some of the characters from Life and Fate reappearing and it has been compared to War and Peace. It is a veritable door step of a book at 926 pages and literally a hugely heavy book to lift, but I’ve started reading it and it is not heavy going. It really is an easy read. I rather suspect there is a whole universe within it and I shall mourn the day I finish reading it.

Talking about mourning an ending I was sorry to finish watching two television series: Killing Eve (will there be another season, oh please, it’s so bonkers and Villanelle’s clothes – they are to die for) and State of Happiness (just delightful). We have started to watch Twin (BBC iPlayer) and are continuing with The Morning Show (Apple tv).

And continuing the theme of war we finally got to watch Sam Mendes’ 1917, which was good but not quite as good as I thought it might be, there was rather too much hype around it, I think. Nevertheless, to find out a little more about Sam Mendes we found a documentary on him (on BBC iPlayer) and his take on films, one of which was The Godfather Part II. We saw the clip of it and decided that we’d like to revisit The Godfather trilogy. Watched The Godfather (Amazon Prime) last night and considering it was made in 1972 its production values have stood the test of time. I thought it was excellent, however, having seen the entire series of The Sopranos I can’t help think how The Sopranos is the better depiction of the Mafia, and of course, their family life. In my view, nothing will beat that television series for the development of its characters and its storyline. The Godfather trilogy meanwhile has a mean and slightly nasty feel around the marriage of the main characters, possibly more realistic, but there again how would I know!!! Despite saying all that I shall watch the next one in the trilogy.

Two days ago the temperature was 25C(77F) and climbing, that’s hot for the UK. So I wore another of my M&S buys a viscose pink skirt, which was cool to wear, topped by an old tee and a red sunhat.

Here’s close up of the hat.

Yesterday, though, was an odd sort of day weatherise as it was grey and cloudy, but both hot and then again cool in a strong breeze coming from the east.  Over the next few days the weather will be getting cooler with some rain, even down south on the coast. It will be a welcome relief as the heat was quite humid.

I was wearing the wrong trousers, they became too hot. They are an old Peacock’s pair in a pale pink and more suited to cool Spring weather. The tee is another one from M&S at £6, but it was part of a ‘get 3 for the price of 2’ so it was quite a bargain.

On that hot day the beach was crowded and people were swimming and I yearned to swim in the sea.  I will, eventually, by mid-summer I think.  But look how yesterday’s grey skies scared off the crowds.

That’s all for now and thank you once again for reading the blog – you are all very much appreciated.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper 

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47 thoughts on “In the pink!

  • 4th June 2020 at 8:47 am

    Lots of book ideas .Thank you Penny.
    I am reading a lot of Robert Harris at the moment, and have just ordered some Michelle Obama essays on America and its values .Probably something only read by the Democrats.
    Your beach looks beautifully quiet under a grey sky.
    I look forward to your next instalment.

    • 5th June 2020 at 3:38 pm

      I like Robert Harris books.

      I shall watch the documentary on Michelle Obama – that woman was a class act. I guess you miss them. When Obama was elected I thought at last, at last. He was good, but gosh now! What has happened….

      Thank you for reading the blog – take care 🙂

      • 9th June 2020 at 11:46 pm

        Hi Penny, Where the Crawdads Sing is a wonderful book. I loved it so much, I was sorry to finish reading it. I too loved State of Happiness. I have just finished watching Series 3 of BabylonBerlin, gosh I just love that programme. I had to buy the DVD as it isn’t available on Netflix UK? But, it was worth every penny. Carole.

  • 4th June 2020 at 9:10 am

    Please can you tell me how to unsubscribe or just do it for me

    • 4th June 2020 at 9:23 am

      Hi Mary
      Blog writers/authors cannot touch the list of email followers as of course some might add followers. So this is what you do. Go to the email that was sent to you and down nearly at the bottom of the email is the unsubscribe link.
      All the best

  • 4th June 2020 at 9:32 am

    Yes, I too would like to unsubscribe. I cannot see an unsubscribe button to press.

    • 4th June 2020 at 11:19 am

      Hello Linda
      The unsubscribe button is not on the blog but on the email that you received this morning. Look down it and under the big Comment button is the unsubscribe link

      All the best

  • 4th June 2020 at 10:02 am

    Happy belated Birthday! I am sorry I didn’t congratulate you on Tuesday! The hat is beautiful and looks very good on you. Love the hairband too! Your books sound interesting. I am watching Downtown Abby on BBC First. I never followed the series good and now neither but it is such a beautiful series. The actors are amazing and I find it very emotional. I often cry while watching! Haha.

    • 5th June 2020 at 3:44 pm

      No worries, Nancy, thank you!!!

      Although I watched the Downton Abbey series from beginning to end I can’t quite love the family as they’re just too perfect for words. Most aristocrats were/are awful people! The acting was good, I agree with that. Maggie Smith is amazing.

      Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • 4th June 2020 at 10:18 am

    Like your red hat Penny, it casts interesting shadows through the holes! I’ve just put my hat in the cupboard as it’s going to be cloudy for a few days. We’ve finally given up on Killing Eve, literally lost the plot. We didn’t see Line of Duty when it first started so catching up and realising why everyone raved about it. Also catching up with Cardinal but need the subtitles as Canadian accent and fast speech not fully comprehensible. Enjoyed State of Happiness & Twin and also Devs ,although rather weird. Reading a lot too. Have discovered Amanda Craig ( The Lie of the Land has an apt title) & Caro Fraser and reread Night Waking by Sarah Moss for next week’s virtual book group. She is not very well known but I think she is a wonderful writer. It’s so hard to say which is the best book I’ve ever read but certainly Days Without End by Sebastian Barry is one of them. Hard to read in many ways but I cried at the end it was so involving and I can’t think of another book where that has happened. Woke up today thinking ‘Oh no not another Thursday’ – I watch Peston from last night after breakfast. An interesting graph was shown comparing our infection curve compared with others ; I can’t understand why anyone could think we are managing this pandemic well, especially after the farce that was the re-opening of Parliament yesterday. I think managing boredom and anger must be very draining as I’m so tired but not doing much. Exciting walk to the post office planned for this afternoon!

    • 6th June 2020 at 7:54 am

      Actually weeks/months ago I got Day Without End on your recommendation and then didn’t read it because you said you cried!!! It’s still there on my bedside table so I will read it after Stalingrad which will take me some time I think. Have taken note of the authors you mentioned.

      Life is draining these days and I dare say we all need a holiday. If it had been normal times that’s exactly where we’d be today as this was the week we were going to Dungeness. Always wanted to visit and so we decided we’d stay there for a week and explore the surrounding area.

      Keep up with the walks, Lynda, but wrap up well as apparently this weekend there’s going to be a cool wind coming from the north. Take care 🙂

      • 6th June 2020 at 11:52 am

        Don’t worry Penny it was tears because, against the odds, it had a happy ending!

        • 6th June 2020 at 1:29 pm

          Oh great – will read it after Stalingrad then 🙂

    • 8th June 2020 at 8:36 am

      I have just finished Where the Crawdads Sing which was leant to me by a friend who couldn’t wait to have someone else to discuss it with. I found it slow to start with but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. Don’t read the Amazon reviews (which I did on finishing the book) as they contain spoilers. Read the book with a Southern Drawl in your head.
      I always enjoy reading your posts. Rant away girl!

  • 4th June 2020 at 10:56 am

    Hi Penny,
    Your comments in previous blog were well considered and reflect my own views…helpful when I’m feeling isolated and don’t want to waste precious time ranting on FaceTime with my family. I’ve noted down your book recommendations, invaluable to be directed to some authors new to me; very helpful when we are blessed with an abundance of extraordinary books. I found 1917 an extraordinary film as I felt I was put into the actual landscape with the characters-so much so I was bracing myself and pushing down hard my feet when the soldiers were pushing the lorry.

    Many Happy Returns ! You’re looking good, Penny!

    • 6th June 2020 at 8:03 am

      Thank you Jill. I think these are extraordinary times, so consequently it is important to critique the situation, which is I think different to criticism. We actually all want the government to do the right thing and protect its citizens.

      Yes, 1917. It was a good film, I do acknowledge that. And I know what you mean about travelling with the two characters. I remember some time ago watching a film about two boys from Afghanistan travelling to the UK via many different means including under a lorry. By the time the film ended we were limp and exhausted as you felt every bump and turn in the road, and worried for them throughout.

      Thanks again Jill – take care 🙂

  • 4th June 2020 at 11:47 am

    I was interested to read the titles of the books you received for your birthday and I can thoroughly recommend The Dutch House. I read it earlier in the year and have recommended it to our Book Club. We are not meeting at the moment of course but we are having virtual meetings via email. Belated birthday greetings.

    • 5th June 2020 at 6:33 am

      Belated birthday greetings! I suspect there will be a few big celebrations next year. You’re looking good, love the pink skirt and top with bandana. I’m also yearning for a swim in the sea ! I’ve just downloaded a sample of Where The Crawdads Sing x

      • 6th June 2020 at 8:14 am

        Yes, I’ll hopefully celebrate next year’s birthday! Thanks – I think pink is now my best colour. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    • 6th June 2020 at 8:05 am

      Thank you so much Patricia, yes, good books and interesting things to watch on television are key to getting through the situation. Take care 🙂

  • 4th June 2020 at 12:08 pm

    A belated very Happy Birthday Penny. It is so hard to celebrate anything special these days, but so glad you were able to distance for a visit. We have done that once in the past 3 months and it is so uplifting. I do like the pink pants and tee, even if it was too hot, you look great. Sorry that some are not happy with one post and decide that all the other great ones are worth leaving. Personally, I think you are most welcome to express your valid opinions on your own blog. We have our own problems here in Canada, and especially with trying to cautiously deal with the juvenile idiot sharing our borders. I will not go on about that subject. Just letting you know I still adore you and your writing style/topics.

    • 6th June 2020 at 8:11 am

      Thank you so much Diane, I really appreciate all my followers and love writing for you.

      Actually I think it’s healthy to debate – it’s so interesting to know how people arrive at their views. I started My Other Blog because I felt I had been living in a bubble of friends who all agreed with each other. The vote to leave the EU was a profound shock to me. So if you go back to some of the early posts I wrote after that vote it was all about finding out how people voted and why. It’s so interesting to know why people support Trump and here in the UK why they think our government has done well. Fascinating stuff!

      I think pink is my new colour 🙂 You take care x

  • 4th June 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Penny, Love your blog! My birthday was also Tuesday though I,m a bit older than you. And also live in Brighton, aren’t we lucky to live in such a vibrant city. Another wonderful writer for you to try is Anita Shreve, lyrical language and absorbing plots. Looking forward to our charity shops opening again though I think they will be different now. Hope to meet you one of these days! Best wishes Judy S.

    • 6th June 2020 at 10:21 am

      Oh wow, the same day! Happy belated birthday to you. So I bet you remember Coronation Day which was on my 7th birthday! The nearby charity shop in St. Georges Road is opening from the 15th – still unsure whether I will go into shops. I’ll see what distancing they impose on customers. Plus the app connected to the Covid research (where you report daily) gives the R-factor which is 0.5% in Brighton at the moment.

      How wonderful it will be when we can meet anyone for a coffee. Maybe next year. Best wishes to you too Judy 🙂

  • 4th June 2020 at 3:20 pm

    You do look lovely in pink Penny! Lise

    • 6th June 2020 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you so much Lise

  • 4th June 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Penny,

    Thx so much for the run-down on books and tv series to catch up on. Took your advice and watched Broadchurch. Fabulous! Your opinion on what is happening in GB regarding Covid 19 is so similar to here in the states. Total ineptitude and very frustrating. I will follow the scientists and not our politicians as I have health conditions (AFib) and “age” to consider.

    Your outfits r lovely and well-suited to your current environment, casual and comfortable (while looking smashing). U look great. Happy Birthday!

    • 6th June 2020 at 1:11 pm

      Both countries have very poor leaders – such a shame. Thank you so much for the good wishes 🙂

  • 4th June 2020 at 7:14 pm

    So glad you’re feeling so much better and may I wish you a very Belated Birthday. Be happy and healthy and that’s as much as we can ask for now. Went to Brighton many years ago and your photos are reminiscent of our trip. A lovely place to live, I’m sure.
    Best wishes, from the west coast of U.S.

    • 6th June 2020 at 1:14 pm

      I bet the west coast of the US is having warmer weather – at the moment we’ve got a very cold wind coming from the north – brr!

      Thanks so much. Best wishes to you too 🙂

  • 4th June 2020 at 9:41 pm

    H.B.D. belated… apology wishes! I would not, will not consider “unsubscribing”. Just sayin’. Do keep posting as you are a light in my days—especially during these somewhat difficult “physical distancing” times. You are a treasure! Thank you for your blog and keep on keepin’ on. 🙂 Kate

    • 6th June 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you so much Kate – you take care and very best wishes 🙂

  • 4th June 2020 at 11:47 pm

    It is amazing how our perception of hot depends on where we live. It was over 100 degrees here for the last week, and that’s pretty much how it will be for the next 3 months. I’m not complaining at all…I don’t miss the cold and snow!!
    Happy, happy birthday Penny.

    • 5th June 2020 at 3:34 pm

      OMG, Jodie, I’d die at that temp! But is your heat dry or humid?

      The thing is our heat is humid so it can get very unpleasant. Also homes and public transport (which I used to use a lot) don’t have air con, only shops have air con, so we don’t have any cooling air circulating to cool us down. It’s horrid! I love cold air blowing into my face from a cool breeze off the sea and places like Norway. We are all so different 🙂

  • 5th June 2020 at 9:57 am

    Belated Happy Birthday, Penny! My birthday was in May (not in June, as many people assume) and turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable. Thanks for all the recommendations, as chance would have it, my latest post is about my somewhat eclectic viewing choices, of late! Love the photos of Brighton, as always and the pink shirt looks fab too.

    • 7th June 2020 at 11:56 am

      Thank you so much and happy belated birthday to you as well 🙂

      Take care June x

    • 7th June 2020 at 11:56 am

      Thank you so much Mireille – take care 🙂

  • 5th June 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Also want to wish you a happy belated birthday Penny! Right now I am reading a couple of books which are on loan from my neighbor. Both are by a writer, Julia Alvarez, who is from the Dominican Republic. I was unfamiliar with her work but am happy to have discovered her. He work is beautifully written and thought provoking. the first book I read was called Afterlife, which is a recent work and the second, which I am reading now is In the time of the Butterflies. in was written in the 90’s and is about 4 sisters in the DR. A dictator of that country is a large part of the story. let’s just say it is very timely. I am always happy to see a post from you, whatever you chose to present. Darby

    • 7th June 2020 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you for the birthday wishes, Darby. Your reading tips are interesting because I think here in the UK we read a lot of European authors, including as you could see Russian authors, but I am quite ignorant about South American authors so that is one author I will add to my list of ‘who-to-read’.

      Thank you for your support as well – take care 🙂

  • 5th June 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Happy Birthday! Your red outfit is so fun! I haven’t watched Killing Eve, but I’ve seen it advertised *so much*.

    • 7th June 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you Kimberly. Well, the thing is Killing Eve has a lot of violence in it, but it is so unique in its approach. Tbh, it’s bonkers, and not to everyone’s taste but do give it a try! Also the clothes of the main character are just amazing. Worth trying it just for the clothes!

  • 6th June 2020 at 8:43 am

    It is interesting and useful to find out what people are watching/reading and I love this aspect of your post. I absolutely loved State of Happiness. A fascinating story and it is curious to see the clothes (same with Killing Eve). I’m sure we’d all like to hear what you think of the books when you’ve read them all especially Delia Owens Where the Crawdads Sing as it seems a popular choice at the moment. You always look so stylish and pink is pretty and I do envy you living near the sea. Have a fab weekend. Looks like the weather maybe better that originally forecast. Here’s hoping.

    • 7th June 2020 at 12:06 pm

      I loved State of Happiness in that it was just delightful and then again there was a little bit of history for all to see how Norway became so prosperous. And yes, the clothes and the general retro feel to it all. I really mourned the end of the series.

      Thank you and have a nice rest of the weekend – as it’s nearly over now! Take care 🙂

  • 8th June 2020 at 4:24 am

    Happy , somewhat belated , Birthday wishes Penny . You will doubly enjoy the celebrations next year. The books all sound very interesting , enjoy them. Pink really does suit you and the weather looked lovely , although 25c , sounds mild to me.
    I agree with you on Killing Eve , not for everyone with its violence and rather quirky plot but you just have to love Villeveuve’s wardrobe and I also enjoy the fact that there are several older female characters.
    Keep on expressing your opinion on political matters , it may offend some but that is life. Take care Penny. xx

  • 8th June 2020 at 8:34 am

    Oh my, the temperature thing! We Brits are such wimps when it comes to hot weather! Thank you re: the birthday wishes and I shall enjoy the books.

    And thanks re: the support for saying how it is. You take care too xx

  • 10th June 2020 at 8:32 am

    Happy belated Birthday Penny and thank you for providing us with such a lovely blog. Always interesting, long may it and you continue.

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