Hi everyone

Here we are with another month done and dusted. I don’t know about you but I think this month has been one of the worst of this pandemic. We were all so pleased to move on from 2020 and most of us greeted the new year with delight, but what with the UK-wide lockdown (it’s so boring), the dreadful news of daily Covid cases (thankfully, these are reducing slightly), and the ghastly total of UK deaths reaching 100,000 (simply awful) plus the constant worry of whether any of our relatives will get the virus (the average age is down with younger people catching it), we are all so weary and I have had to tell myself not to beat myself up for not achieving the writing I think I should be doing, or not doing the exercises I usually do in-between my two classes. It’s enough to just get through the weeks of this dreary month. And I also tell myself, if you think you’re weary, at least you’re not a front-line worker or a medic – they are beyond tired.  After this is all over, I think all of the NHS staff should somehow be given a month’s holiday just to recover and recuperate from their extraordinary work-load. Not sure how, but really, somehow, it ought to happen.

But there have been positives in this month. For instance, the weather has been dismal at times, like a few days back when it was foggy the whole day or when the day starts with a cloudy grey sky and lots of rain and just stays like that, but then the next day the sun comes out and lifts the spirits, and elsewhere further north of Brighton there has been just enough snow to make winter look so pretty without being too disruptive. Daffodils are being sold to customers and I have some in a vase in my kitchen and growing on my balcony – it’s that yellow colour again! And yay and three cheers, as I was writing this post I got a text from the NHS and I’m now booked to have my vaccination this coming Wednesday! Phew and wow and so relieved. The vaccination programme is really motoring.

However, sadly there is an issue with supply and there is a big punch-up between the EU and the UK (partially resolved now) over the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine. The one thing this government has done well is how early we secured contracts with various providers of vaccines, indeed contracts were signed for millions of doses before they were deemed effective, which was quite a risk as there are already some vaccines in development which have had to be discarded because they just don’t work. The EU was slower to contract with Astrazeneca and was saying that some of the UK vaccines being made in Belgium should go to EU countries. Btw, please don’t believe some of the media which is saying that we have done so much better than the EU because we were outside the EU. Not so, we were still under EU rules and regs at the time contracts were made and every country in the EU could make independent choices to take vaccines from wherever, which we did. Whatever the outcome of this row I hope both the EU and the UK and other wealthy countries (I’m talking about the US here) think deeply about this issue rather than playing a game of ‘it’s mine’, oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is’ and ‘our country first’ as the whole world needs to be vaccinated before we get out of this pandemic. Vaccinating just your own population won’t work as variants will cross borders and we will be back to square one. More about this and other Covid matters on My Other Blog shortly.

Well there it is, that’s the month, but before I get on to the things I’ve been watching and reading, here are a few pix we took of the exhibition on African fashion. I couldn’t find these photos at the time of writing last week’s post as I now realise it was not a couple of years ago but in 2016! Anyway, we found them and from these you can just imagine how fab the exhibition at the V&A will be next year.

We were invited to try on various bits of clothing I guess to help those who were not enthusiastic wearers of second-hand clothes to think again!

That hat!

I really fancy that pink dress!

I don’t need much encouragement to wear colourful clothes and I think if you go to the V&A exhibition next year you won’t either!

What we’ve been watching through January

We watched four films this month and there’s not a lot I can say about any of them, they were all just about OK.  Perhaps the best film was Prometheus, which is an origin film/prequel to the Alien series, and having said that you probably realise it won’t suit everyone’s taste. It was OK though. But we need to come out of the pandemic to get more films made and into actual cinemas.

However, television programmes continue to be well worth watching. First of all, who has watched all of the French police drama Spiral (BBC iPlayer)?  Oh my word, last night we watched the two last episodes of the very last series (there were 8) and I am utterly bereft at the thought of no more Spiral.  It is brilliantly acted but the development over time of the main characters was outstanding and the various stories gripping, although I admit it was a bit violent at times, but it’s all so very French. Moreover the title Spiral doesn’t truly reflect it’s original French title Engrenages, which is more on the lines of ‘gears’ or ‘interwoven mesh’ which is for more appropriate as we also got to know the lawyers and the judges involved with the police and you acquired a unique insight into the French legal system, which is very different and includes judges taking a significant part in investigations – it’s totally fascinating and, as I said, I feel bereft! All eight series are available on BBC iPlayer and I do urge you to watch this if you haven’t done so already.

We’re also watching The Great (All4) which is a very funny light-hearted romp through some dubious (in that it’s in no way accurate) Russian history.  With many well-known British actors in the cast it is headed up by the American actress Ellie Fanning and Nicholas Hoult (last seen in The Favourite) in the two starring roles and is a quality watch.

We’ve started watching the second series of Snowpiercer (Netflix) which is completely bonkers, I mean don’t bother if you don’t like American weird. And talking about even weirder American Gods (Netflix) has begun its third series. I’m not sure whether I will watch it.

One programme I really liked and, tbh, didn’t expect to, is The Discovery of Witches (Now tv). There are two series and we’ve watched the first and are giving it a rest before we start the second.  It’s a grown-ups Harry Potter type of watch with witches and vampires and a complex alternative world to ours set in present day Oxford university, France and Venice. Rather like The Great there is one American actress, Teresa Palmer, heading up the cast of predominantly British actors. Her romantic lead, and also a vampire (!) is Matthew Goode. It’s a very good watch with an intricate plot and I really enjoyed it. Note I said, present day Oxford university as the second series finds itself in Elizabethan England – you’ll just have to watch to find out how that happens!

We continue to watch Schitts Creek (Netflix) and Gavin & Stacey (BBC iPlayer) for laughs. We’ve also begun watching It’s A Sin (All4). This is the tale of 5 friends at the start of the AIDS pandemic – very pertinent. And as it’s written by Russell T Davies you’ll realise that the writing is excellent.  One critic called it a poignant masterpiece – I’d agree with that.

We often watch a documentary – usually from BBC iPlayer. I’m looking forward to the Netflix documentary on Martin Luther King – will let you know what I think of it next month. Anything fronted by Lucy Worsley is always brilliant and there was a very good doc on the 1918 flu pandemic – oh my word, so relevant.


That should read book as I was so taken with The Discovery of Witches I bought the book!  It’s actually a trilogy, the All Souls Trilogy, and it’s by Deborah Harkness, an American academic who actually studied at Oxford university. It’s quite a doorstep of a book and rather reminds me of the Harry Potter books – could have been cut a bit.  But I read it to the end and recommend it with the proviso that while it’s a really great story, it is not great writing, but it’s OK and would definitely be a page-turner/airport/long-haul kind of book.

That’s all for now, but do let me know how you got on during this winter month.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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39 thoughts on “Lockdown diaries – 31 January 2021 and more about African fashion

  • 31st January 2021 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for this, Penny. Will definitely try the Discovery of Witches. You didn’t mention the French series Dix Pour Cent on Netflix – Call My Agent in English. Set in Paris, with a superb cast, but you’ve got to be OK with subtitles. Highly recommended.

    • 1st February 2021 at 8:54 am

      I don’t know why I forgot to put Call My Agent in this post as we’ve just started watching the first series. Yes, it’s also an excellent take on French life and an insight into their sense of humour – I loved the episode with Audrey Fleurot sending herself up. Will definitely recommend it next month – thanks 🙂

  • 31st January 2021 at 11:36 am

    Agree about Schitts Creeks Penny. Had to watch a couple of episodes to really get into the characters, but its a brilliant series. I also love all Lucy Worsley’s programmes. She brings history to life, and I just love anything historical.

    • 1st February 2021 at 8:58 am

      We ignored the call to watch Schitts Creek for ages, but having read so many tweets about it, we thought we’d give it a try. I can honestly say that even the first episode didn’t put me off, and now it’s just so sweet and innocent, as well as laughs it’s quite uplifting. And I agree anything historical BBC iPlayer is a great source of historical documentaries – we’re currently watching a 3-part doc on Queen Victoria and her children – oh my word, what a dysfunctional parent!

  • 31st January 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Penny, I watched It’s a Beautiful Day yesterday, I loved it, thanks for recommending.
    Viv xx

    • 1st February 2021 at 8:59 am

      What a lovely film that is, it’ll definitely be one I watch again 🙂

  • 31st January 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Penny – so glad you enjoy The Great. Its not that historically inaccurate, Catherine and Orlov did plan, and execute a coup which replaced Peter 3. I am also watching all the re-runs of Foyle’s War, so well writen by Anthony Horowitz. And every travel show that comes on TV.

    • 1st February 2021 at 9:02 am

      Ah yes, travel shows, one day soon we’ll be able to travel again, but in the meantime Simon Reeve is good, I watch those. After The Great which is very enjoyable isn’t it, I shall give Bridgerton a try.

  • 31st January 2021 at 1:39 pm

    I look forward to your update each month. From lockdown to TV watching to fashion, its encouraging to see how others are getting along in this small world of ours. I’m in Georgia (US) and politically, every day has been an astounding news event. I’m very hopeful for significant change in this previously ultra-conservative state, some of which we’ve witnessed already. Vaccine distribution has been similar to the movie Hunger Games as ordinary folks like me constantly fight to find an open appointment. Hoping for better days ahead with President Biden now in charge. Thank you for your TV suggestions…we were disappointed when Mind Hunter (Netflix) ended, but have started watching Ozark (Netflix) which is pretty tough to watch, but so addictive. The jury is still out on Schitt’s Creek as we’re having a hard time getting into it.

    • 1st February 2021 at 9:21 am

      A lot of us are interested in US politics and I know several friends who are avid watchers of CNN which I also watch every now and then, but recent events have been jaw-dropping – easy for me to say that but less comfortable for you. However, have been very impressed with Biden who probably won’t be the answer to everything but my word he’s made a great start – it’s wonderful to hear him speak so compassionately and sensibly, sanity is restored once more! I also read of your wonderful Stacey Abrams, who did much to flip the State – she sounds amazing and worked so hard, well done her.

      Yes, every nation seems to have a different take on vaccine distribution and it is so interesting that despite Johnson’s libertarian views on life which have been disastrous during this pandemic, the outfit he set up to deal with vaccines has been more than successful in gaining contracts and then of course we have our wonderful NHS which has organised the roll-out, so obviously that is also successful, and, this is key, fair, which is what we as a country expect no matter our political take on life. Right or left-leaning we know we have to wait our turn and we do – three cheers for ‘socialised medicine’! I almost wondered whether I should delete the whole paragraph, as it must sound as though I’m triumphantly happy about this, but not so, as the whole world needs to be vaccinated before this is over, so I truly hope you get your vaccination soon along with the whole of your country. many thanks for your comment – made me think 🙂

  • 31st January 2021 at 3:26 pm

    We watched The Dig last night on Netflix. I thoroughly recommend that, it’s the story of the excavations of the Sutton Hoo treasure just as WW2 was about to start. Excellent acting from Carrie Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes and the rest of the British cast. It’s very calm and thoughtful but totally engaging. I think you’d enjoy it. Glad you’ve got an appointment for your jab. I had mine a week ago. As you say it’s the start of hope again.

    • 31st January 2021 at 8:21 pm

      We loved this movie too especially as we live in Suffolk and have been to Sutton Hoo. Great performances and very evocative of the age. I agree I think you would love it Penny.
      Thanks for all you recommendations too.
      Take care From another Penny x

      • 1st February 2021 at 9:28 am

        Hi Penny, we visited Sutton Hoo some years back and as we are visiting Woodbridge in June (hooray that’ll be after our 2nd vaccination) we will visit Sutton Hoo once again. I read the book some years ago so will definitely watch the film. You take care too and thanks 🙂

    • 1st February 2021 at 9:24 am

      I shall definitely watch The Dig. A few years ago I read the book which was a good read. Looking forward to seeing Ralph Fiennes and Carrie Mulligan as the main characters.

      Yes, phew, vaccination in two days time, more about that in another post but yes, the beginning of the end 🙂

  • 31st January 2021 at 3:58 pm

    So very glad to hear that you are getting your shot next week. Such a relief. We are not getting any shipments of late here in Ontario, and are told we have to wait until maybe September for our shots, so another spring and summer of much the same as last. Those shots from the V&A were gorgeous, and I must say the thrift store is one of the things I really miss. I have been mixing up what I have, and going through stored items and eliminating bit by bit those that don’t suit any more. Boxing up to be ready when we are out of lockdown and keep me from going back to take them out again. I have become almost obsessed with the program Escape to the Chateau and the DIY version as well. I had recorded 20 episodes and when I was done those, I needed more for the diversion and escape they offered. I don’t have netflix so must find my thrills elsewhere…haha. Thanks for another lovely update and letting us know you are doing well.

    • 1st February 2021 at 9:39 am

      Oh Diane, that’s a long time to wait, and what’s more this confirms my view that we won’t be out of this pandemic for another year or so, the whole world needs to be vaccinated before we can truly relax. You take care now.

      And as for Escape to the Chateau I haven’t watched it but will give it a try, but have come across Dick Strawbridge before. He’s been on the telly a lot! I mean anything to distract. We love anything French and all the Scandi cop series, they’re quite a distraction for us, plus anything funny, like Schitts Creek.

      Yes, sorting the clothes in the cupboard is also a good thing to do. My word it’ll be the time to get the Spring clothes out once more – yay – bring it on! The pix, btw, were of Brighton museum, the V&A will be stunning, I promise. That’s another thing to look forward to!

      Thank you for reading this Diane, you take care now 🙂

  • 31st January 2021 at 5:20 pm

    I can hardly believe this month is almost over. It was a reasonable month for me. Good weather, so cycled a lot, but more rules, riots over here in the big cities. Which is hidious! But spring is approaching slowly and I couldn’t be happier for that!

    • 1st February 2021 at 10:58 am

      Yes, the riots, we’ve been reading about these! Oh wow, nothing like that here, just a weary acceptance. I think a lot of people are feeling flat and down – the weather doesn’t help! But you’re right, Spring is coming what with the bulbs beginning to grow and show through. Spring flowers are such a joy and are the best – better things are coming!

  • 31st January 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for reminding me of the African designers exhibition- we went to that too. It was packed with colour. I’d wear any of those clothes in a heartbeat ( including the men’s!) 😁 I must dig out my photos of it, on may old phone I think. Re the new exhibition in London, I’m sure we’ll go if we can. Promises to be fantastic, and again, all the lovely colours and patterns. Thanks for the rundown on what you’re watching. I’d like to read the Discovery of Witches too. Sounds interesting. There really seems to be too much to watch these days, and I’m falling way behind on what everyone else is talking about. Congrats on getting your appointment- I think we’re still on older age groups here in Kent, but at least things are moving along. Thankfully, although fractious, we haven’t had a major bust up with the EU over vaccine supply. Maybe it’ll form a platform for some better working relations – one can hope.

    • 1st February 2021 at 11:05 am

      Yes, that exhibition in Brighton was really good and the V&A exhibition will be stunning as usual. I’m looking forward to going back to normal behaviour and that includes V&A membership and going up to London frequently – so miss it. Fingers crossed you get your jab soon, it’s a bit of a postcode lottery with different areas ahead and others behind, mirrored here in Brighton with some areas and GP practices running their programmes from before Christmas – still, it is happening and three cheers for those who are organising it all.

      RE: the EU they haven’t done particularly well, that’s where you see the bureaucracy of the EU and the cumbersome process of getting everyone to agree has got in the way of the necessary speed, and there you are, they were slow to get their contract in place. The row seems to be nearly over, although that Irish border is always going to be contentious. Let’s live in hope!

  • 31st January 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I loved Spiral very much and try to watch as many European crime series as I can. Baptiste is quite good and any Nordic Noir is my favourite. I will try to find The Discovery of Witches here in Australia as it sounds interesting- btw Teresa Palmer is an Australian actor but lives mostly in the US now so anyone would be forgiven to think she was American!

    • 1st February 2021 at 11:19 am

      Hi Paula and thanks for the information about Teresa Palmer, apologies, I don’t know where I got the idea from as I’ve just googled her and everything single item says she’s Australian! Her American accent is good though!

      I too love all the Nordic Noirs. Take care 🙂

  • 1st February 2021 at 7:35 am

    So great you’re getting your jab! Lucky you 😊 I’m afraid here in Ireland it will a long time until I get mine 😢 we are totally dependent on the EU for ours and they have made an absolute mess of it. Meanwhile we are following g all the rules while others flout them daily. However I am really enjoying Call My Agent on Netflix. So good to watch something funny these days !

    • 1st February 2021 at 11:23 am

      Thanks and yes, relieved although we won’t change our behaviour much for the first month. And really, other countries need to be vaccinated as well for anyone to truly relax.

      I don’t know why I didn’t include Call My Agent. We’ve just started it and I agree it’s really great. And yes, anything funny and well made is a good thing these days, we need the distraction!

  • 1st February 2021 at 10:57 am

    Hello Penny , so pleased you are to get your vaccination next week . Finally your government has got something right. They are due to start down here later this month. i agree with you on richer nations , I do hope the attitude changes for the common good.
    Always enjoy your suggestions on what is worth watching , we are always a little behind on getting them , so good for the future.
    Enjoy those daffodils and their nod to Spring, Take care.xx

    • 1st February 2021 at 11:25 am

      Oh yes, how I agree with you, as it’s the one thing this government has got right, although it’s not organising the roll-out, the NHS is, so that’s why it’s working well!

      The daffodils are the best and it’s just lovely to see their bright colour.

      You take care too xx

  • 1st February 2021 at 12:25 pm

    What beautiful prints and dresses. I miss museum visits.

    Watched The Dig on Saturday it’s starts very well and it’s beautifully shot but falls away about half way through with the introduction of, I thought, a quite unnecessary romance. The two leads are perfect though.

    PS thank you for the address of the cat charity shop, unfortunately it’s about 7 hours drive from where I live.

    • 1st February 2021 at 4:06 pm

      I know, museum visits – sigh, but one day…. I shall definitely watch The Dig as I’ve read the book and the critics I’ve read feel exactly the same way as you that the unnecessary romance was, well, unnecessary! But I’ll give it a go and Ralph Fiennes will be excellent. Will hopefully visit Sutton Hoo in the summer.

      Yes, a 7 hour drive would be a bit much!!!

  • 1st February 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Penny.. So pleased to hear you’re getting the vaccination this week. I’m the same age as you and had mine last week. Big feeling of relief although I know we still have to be careful.
    I agree with everything you’ve said in this week’s FFS. It’s a very dreary time but slightly relieved by seeing snowdrops out and other signs in the garden.
    Like you I am bereft that Spiral has ended, I think it has been such a good programme to watch.
    I thought the ending was very good as I had been dreading that either Laure or Gilou were going to end up dead!
    I’m also loving The Great and I think It’s a Sin is a very interesting piece of work, particularly with its relevance to our strange times. I thought the scene where a family burned all the belongings of their son who had died from Aids was appalling that anybody could do such a thing. Although to be fair to them I suppose at that time people didn’t know much about the illness and could have thought that it was catching. I presume that must have really happened.

    I’ve just finished reading Olive Kitteridge which I really enjoyed. I thought it was very well written. I was reading Hamnet before that and on Christmas Eve I got to the bit where Hamnet dies and saw that there were pages after that in great detail of her grief and thought I don’t think I can cope with this right now. I love Maggie O’Farrell’s books but this one will have to wait before I finish it.

    Take care. I love reading your missives I always feel in tune with you! xx

    • 1st February 2021 at 4:12 pm

      Yes, this month is very dreary, as was the walk I just went on – everything seemed to be grey including the sea! Do you know I was so worried about Gilou and really thought he’d be killed by the gang. Phew, I mean what will they do with their lives? But that was that, the end. Ah well, I’ve started watching Call My Agent, but don’t have quite the commitment to it as yet, maybe that will change.

      Just finished watching It’s a Sin, yes, a devastating watch at some parts and kind of lovely in others – it was so good. Yes, I don’t think I can read Hamnet yet.

      Thank you so much for reading the blog and your kind words – take care 🙂

  • 1st February 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Penny
    this is the third time I have tried to comment. once I could not access you and just now I had a phone call and when I returned my computer was frozen. possibly because here in the Northeast we are in the midst of a major snow storm. it’s been coming down all night with predictions of snow all day even into tomorrow. It is great you have an appointment for your vaccination. even though I am 79 and therefore priority I nave not been able to get on any list. I have gone on line, called local pharmacies which are giving the shot. I just get recorded messages that there are no appointments. I called my states hotline. when I eventually got an actual person she told me no available appointments within a 50 mile radius of my home. I tried again earlier and my line went dead. tried calling my primary care physician as well, only to get someone in her office give me the hotline number. As we have been hearing, there was absolutely no plan left by the previous administration. it is pretty much every person for themselves regardless of status. I think at this point I am just going to wait it out and hope things open up in a month or so. and continue to take the precautions as I have been doing.
    I would love to visit a museum once more. a friend is considering a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. she is a member and has asked me if I wanted to accompany her. The exhibit we would attend is also about fashion. Only members and their guests would be attending, masked of course. we would drive into Manhattan so no public transportation.
    I haven’t been to Manhattan in well over a year. the offer is tempting.
    mostly watching stuff on PBS and the cable news channels. I have been reading quite a lot. actually I go in spurts, I can read a book a day for a few days then my attention span for reading seems to peter out. I read a very sweet and uplifting book last week, actually it could be a children’s book. Perestroika in Paris, by Jane Smiley. Its about a horse and it takes place in Paris. I love horses, and well, it’s Paris. so that’s about it. sorry for the rant. And its February already and soon it will be Spring! Darby

    • 2nd February 2021 at 8:51 am

      Hi Darby, first of all, apologies for the blog being inaccessible, we do have some IT problems which drive us nuts and it was down yesterday for a short time. Think it’ll be Ok from now on, something to do with backing up which we’ve told it to do at night but it’s doing it during the day – so annoying. We’ve heard about your snow, we’ve got a bit up north but nothing like your snowstorm, stay safe!

      Oh Darby, I know our countries are very different and it is only the common language that makes us think we are similar, but the huge differences are made very clear when it comes to health and what I hear about the lack of a systematic roll-out shocks me to the core. Your age should have meant you were first in the queue, and it should have been the authorities contacting you and not the other way round. The one thing we seem to have got right is the way the UK body set up to deal with vaccines, bought vaccines – apparently once they all come into production and are delivered we have enough to vaccinate our entire population 5 times over. And eventually this will be shared with the rest of the world. But that can’t be much consolation for you. Hang in there – you will get it. I think stay safe and masked because we will even when vaccinated.

      That trip to MOMA is tempting – is it on into the summer? It would be safer in the summer months vaccinated or not. The thing is to be cautious and enjoy what one can nearby. Easy for me to say. But Spring is coming – although I guess if you look out of your window it must be a little hard to think that’s so!

      You take care x

  • 1st February 2021 at 6:33 pm

    January is always a difficult month so I usually go to Denman College to do a course to wake up my brain and stave off the winter blues. No chance this year of course! The exhibition you show is fabulous, I love all the colour. I heard someone on the radio the other day saying that what he misses most is the random serendipitous conversations you have with strangers on buses, trains and at exhibitions and I so agree with him! I am completely shameless about talking to people and if they don’t respond then it’s their loss! I was at the National Gallery a while ago and next to me a few people were discussing that Holman Hunt painting of Jesus in the carpenters workshop. I really dislike this work and told them so!
    It’s great that the vaccination programme is going so well but I can see how B J et al will use it as a smokescreen to try to obscure the horrendous mistakes they made last year. We are under 70 so don’t expect our jab just yet. I’m more worried about essential workers, teachers police officers etc. However if the UK and the US had not invested so much at risk we would not have the vaccines now. We had left the EU when we did this – thank goodness. The EU has been shown up to be the bureaucratic inert organisation that it is and many member countries are regretting not putting their national interest first. Of course none of us will be out of this until the majority of people around the world has been vaccinated & I’m all for making vaccine and medical teams available to them at cost or below ASAP.
    Need to catch up with Spiral – I think we saw the first series. Have enjoyed The Investigation and The Serpent where the actor really showed how seductive a psychopath can be. What a fab body the actor had (sigh!) & of course the 70’s fashions were great.
    I was watching a Youtube video today telling me how to look ‘modern’ rather than younger ; hated it all! Have you seen The Makeover Guy on Youtube? I’m sure he wears make-up himself but he and his team work wonders on ladies who have lost the self-care plot a bit. They love it and why not?

    • 2nd February 2021 at 9:02 am

      Hi Lynda – this has definitely been the worst month of the pandemic – so many people seem to be feeling low. But hey vaccination tomorrow! And OMG I am so with you on this – if people forget the mess, the tragedy, the deaths that Johnson is absolutely the one responsible for, and instead think he’s a hero because of the success of the early contracts (that was Kate Bingham, not him) and then the vaccine rollout (organised by the NHS, not him) I shall be so very very angry. I hope we never forget what he has done.

      Can’t wait to go back to museums and art galleries for exhibitions. It’ll happen but slowly, hopefully by the summer. Spiral is very addictive but so very good, watching the The Investigation now on your recommendation – yes, a good watch. I shall definitely look for the Makeover Guy. Am thinking getting a halo ring for Zoom chats and interviews as I look so haggard on them. If a light works well, I might restart my own makeup videos – now that’s a project to get me going 🙂

      Thanks as ever for your really interesting comment.

  • 1st February 2021 at 7:57 pm

    So much in agreement, Penny. The NHS staff need time off to recuperate and recharge their batteries but how the heck could it be organised? Congratulations on your vaccination slot! My cousin in Hendon; 9 months older than me so not 70 yet, went for a vaccination last week. When she asked why she was having the vaccine at 67 her GPs practice said they are just ahead of themselves!

    I’m looking forward to the exhibition next year and really enjoyed looking at your photos from the 2016 exhibition. I saw some beauties…

    Take care and stay safe

    • 2nd February 2021 at 9:06 am

      It’s very patchy this vaccine rollout with some parts of the country way ahead of others, very much mirrored in some areas in Brighton. I’m taking a box of chocolates to my vaccination – all I can think of doing. You know I hesitate to say this but where did all that money raised by the wonderful Major Tom go? It went to a NHS charity set up to benefit the staff – what is happening to it I wonder?

      I will take care, even when I’m vaccinated. Actually we won’t change our behaviour for a month. And you take care too xxx

  • 2nd February 2021 at 6:20 pm

    We had some amazing extremes of weather in Jan. One day the most brilliant of blue skies, the next a flurry of snow. So glad you’re having the vacc. My husband also gets his on Thurs.
    I remember watching Prometheus. Amazingly, on the last flight I made in Dec 2019!
    Loved the African fashions. Wouldn’t a trip to the V&A be lovely! x

  • 3rd February 2021 at 2:38 pm

    That exhibit seems really interesting. That is one thing I haven’t done in years is to go to any exhibit of any form. My mother in law is trying to get on the list for a vaccine so her daughter is going to try to help her with that. I think my parents will be getting it soon.

  • 8th February 2021 at 5:49 pm

    The V & A is one i would like to view! Thanks for sharing your month. I’ve not done very much at all – it really is getting boring now – we all just what to get back to normal don’t we! thanks for adding to the #linkup

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