I continue to declutter and that includes pieces of furniture as well as clothes, and I will be packing my suitcase for the cruise this week. Other odds and ends will be discarded as well. I do love the challenge of a good clearout!

I’m finding that as I age I’m becoming more and more minimalist. I do not hoard things. Instead I love sifting and sorting. Anything to do with family history including photographs and ancient family ephemera is sacrosanct. And there are a few family treasures including the ubiquitous pieces of silver that need to be handed down, but they are truly few and far between. Anything like vases, curios and trinkets? Everything, and I do mean everything, comes under very hard scrutiny.

But all of the above doesn’t stop me from collecting anew. Currently, I’m rather taken with a mid-century to late 20th century look, and having done the flat I’m in now (until 16 August) in a clean modern, white look with corresponding crockery, I might just go mid-century and start collecting Denbyware crockery. Especially, 1970s Denbyware crockery – see here – which I had on my wedding present list and was what I collected then. Twenty years later you couldn’t give this crockery away, but now it’s to be found in trendy vintage shops at £10 per plate. Now if I’d squirrelled it away up in our loft…… The trouble is I’ve had too many lofts! However, as ever, I am going to have the greatest fun searching for bargains!

Thank you so much for all the comments on last week’s post. Just as we are all so different as we age, in the same way we adapt to our last stage of ageing in different ways. It’s clear that because of my past experiences with older relatives I like to have a plan. But of course, you don’t have to move to be ready for that frail stage, it is just, I think, worth looking at, and being, in your own way, prepared. I might write about this again.

In the meantime I’m going to live in the now and have as much fun as possible. And having ended the week feeling pretty grim because I was stressed with the negotiations with part of the ‘chain’ and consequently not sleeping well, (although I don’t sleep well in the hot weather anyway) we went to a flat warming/Pride party at the block of flats we’re going to in 11 days time – and we had such a great time.

This is what I wore to the party.

Yes, that’s my khaki coloured tutu, which I haven’t worn for well over a year, actually more, not since I stopped running the film society. I remember it cost all of £3 in a charity shop in my then home, Newhaven.

The top, which cost £5, I’d found two days before in a charity shop near where I will be living.  It’s a very good area for charity shops!  The sequins were in honour of Pride, which was on over the weekend.  Btw, I had wondered if I would be over-dressed what with the tulle and the sequins, but on arriving I found everyone was super smart and looked great – phew. And anyway, it’s Pride, so I wore the sparkles as a tribute to the event.

And see the thumbnail at the top of the post.  Yes, back we went via the bus.  To think we could have walked down a flight of stairs to the party!  But hey, that’ll happen soon!

Do you have a Pride near you?  To cut a long story short after walking around for hours and waiting for a non-existent bus, we shared a taxi back to the Park & Ride near us with a couple from Pagham, which for a Brit is a bit of a distance away (over an hour by car) and they said they came just for the sheer colour and fun of it all.

This is not the Parade but an action shot that shows you Brighton out and about enjoying themselves. Thanks to Mr F for this pic.

It was strange weather on Saturday. The rain kept off but it was humidly hot and grey and breezy.

Can you see my toes? I have three colours on my toes, again, in honour of Pride 🙂

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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19 thoughts on “It’s 11 days to the move!

  • 5th August 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I love how you painted your toes like that Penny. I’m totally going to do that too!!
    And we are on the same time frame….10 days for us. And I’m ready. In fact, I wish it was this week. But I’m trying to enjoy the process too….every day is a gift.

    • 9th August 2019 at 1:51 pm

      Hello Jodie and apologies for not replying sooner – the site was down!!!!!

      Every day is a gift, yes, but I’d rather the whole process was over! Moving is very stressful in the UK! However, glass half full – we have been allowed in the time between the ‘exchange’ and ‘completion’ to go in and paint the walls white.

      Have a lovely weekend – we shall be painting!


  • 5th August 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks, Penny, another interesting and enjoyable post. Yes, great toenails = colour coordinated with the dress, what fun. And what a good omen for your new home – an invitation to a Pride party from your soon to be neighbours. Happy packing and move. Mary

    • 9th August 2019 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you Mary – the party was great and it was so good to meet my new neighbours. Have a good weekend – we’ll be packing and painting the new flat!

  • 5th August 2019 at 4:23 pm

    We cleared out of our home of 34 years on July 24th. We move into our new, smaller home on August 10th. During this hiatus, we took a fishing/hiking vacation in the Sierras for five days and stayed with friends and family during the odd days in between. So thankful for their generosity yet looking forward to getting back to some routine.
    I thought we had done a decent job of decluttering but NO. Absolutely NOT. We will face that challenge, again, as we unload our storage this Saturday. A new season begins as we move closer to our church family and our precious grandchildren.
    “God bless us, everyone!” as we each face our new locations!

    • 9th August 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Oh well done Charlene for even thinking about decluttering as so many collect more and more over the years. We also downsized and decluttered for the current flat but we have had to get rid of a little bit more as the new place is marginally smaller. But swings and roundabouts – it has a balcony 🙂

      Have a lovely weekend – it must be so good to be nearer your family!

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  • 5th August 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Pride partying and tutus go hand in hand. Perfect! Judy

    • 9th August 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Oh it will be so nice to be nearer the centre of things, Judy. I shall participate in everything I can!!!!

      Thank you and have a lovely weekend x

  • 5th August 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks Penny, for your always interesting blogging. Like you, I absolutely love the charity shops. Twelve to date where I live. The local shopkeepers however are not so keen.
    I’ve had many wonderful bargains and manage to dress well on. VERY small budget.
    Creativity is key!
    Have a peaceful move
    Kind regards

    • 9th August 2019 at 1:57 pm

      If you’re on a small budget charity shops are the only way to shop. The thing is the quality items are there. I love the hunt plus, yes, like you, the creativity!
      Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • 5th August 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Having recently moved, the “sifting and sorting” process is a bit of an ordeal but keeping the best and getting rid of the rest gives you a fresh perspective. Sounds like your new area has lots of opportunities for continued collecting however!


    • 9th August 2019 at 1:59 pm

      It’s a wonderful buzzy place Kemp Town and we are so pleased to be nearer all the activities and culture that is part of the Brighton scene. And I will collect anew! Thank you!

  • 5th August 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Penny, you look Drop Dead Gorgeous in that outfit and why wouldn’t you get all dolled up to the nines for Pride. Way to go. I love your 3-colour toenails which so perfectly complement your clothes & what a divine hat you are wearing. You always look SO stylish. I love your blogs which are so colourful and newsy. Good luck with the move and have a great (& restful) holiday. Looking forward to hearing about your exciting times ahead.
    Good wishes & regards from
    Fran Whyte

    • 9th August 2019 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you so much Fran. It is a torturous process moving. We hadn’t moved for 2 years which was just long enough to forget the angst and the anxiety. I’ve told everyone to remind me of that in 2 years time!!!

      Thank you so much for your feedback which is very much appreciated.

  • 6th August 2019 at 8:00 am

    Good luck with your house move and thoughts on de-cluttering. My daughter has gone minimalist and I’d love to follow. Am making a start but with so much ‘artsy’ stuff around it’s going to be tough!

    • 9th August 2019 at 2:17 pm

      I would find getting rid of my ‘art’ very difficult but what surprised me was that I have let go the books! We had so many our sitting room was like a mini-library. In addition we both had offices also stuffed with books. But I have let them go. I kept some non-fiction and still add to those, and I still read voraciously but no novels are kept whatsoever. Actually I find it’s a relief to have fewer books which is amazing as 10 years ago I would have never believed it. One can change!!!

      Thank you so much for your good wishes. 🙂

  • 6th August 2019 at 9:39 am

    I saw photos of the Pride in Brighton and wished I was there! In Amsterdam we have the Canal Pride and we watched it on the telly. Pagham is where we stayed often!

    • 9th August 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Brighton’s Pride is amazing – you’d love it. However, it is very very crowded – you’d have to think carefully where to be.

      I don’t know Pagham at all. You know more about these seaside towns than I do!!!!!!

      Have a lovely weekend, Nancy!

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