Hello dear readers

How are things now that lockdown seems to be ebbing away?  To be absolutely honest the announcements that we could begin the process of coming out of our isolation unsettled me a lot.  As you know I am not ‘shielding’ because no-one told me that I was that vulnerable, but gosh I feel vulnerable as the path back to my normal state of health is slow and a couple of weeks ago even went back a step or two. So I have no intention of going back to normality.  Not that anything is normal here in the UK, although unbelievably some schoolchildren go back to school on Monday 1 June and apparently we can meet up with 6 other people not in your family unit outside and/or in a garden and even have barbecue! But at the beginning of the week I felt really anxious and then I felt quite low, because at that point I’d decided to not see anyone in my family, I mean forget about seeing friends or normal things like shopping.

Yes, cases and deaths are reducing, but the virus has most definitely not gone away and we have the highest rate of excess deaths in the world bar Peru (talk about world-beating!) so I will be very, very super-cautious about socialising with anyone. But, readers, after assessing many aspects we decided to take a risk and on Wednesday for an hour I sat in my daughter’s garden (approximately 6-metres away from her not the regulation 2) and how lovely it was to do that; it was just bliss to see all of them including my grandson, none of whom I’d seen since December (because of my illness). You see, it was either now or not ever until there is a vaccine, as she goes back to work on 1 June.  So we did it and my depression lifted. But won’t it be great when we can do something normal like that without any anxiety.

The cases and deaths in the UK are indeed world-beatingly high and I use that phrase ironically as it’s one that our buffoon of a Prime Minister likes to use. What a shambles the UK approach to Covid has been and the reduction in the UK lockdown comes far too early in my view, coming, it seems to me, as a distraction from the disgraceful debacle of the PM’s adviser’s explanation of his visit to Durham.  Plus, would you believe it, a drive in his car to test his eyesight to a nearby (actually 60-mile roundtrip) castle with his child in the back seat.

Personally, I think this mendacious moral degenerate would rather protect his adviser than his people, and around the country condemnation comes from both the left of the political spectrum and the right. Dear readers, apologies for this being here on Frugalfashionshopper blog as I had meant to write about Covid in My Other Blog but I can’t keep up with the antics of these children in charge of our destiny. If they’re not moral wastrels like Johnson they are simply yes-men in suits talking amongst each other in a boys-own group-think of ‘what can we do’, oh yes, let’s have 100,000 tests here, and an under-resourced and under-trained track and trace scheme there, and let’s remind everyone we’re the world’s best when South Korea and Vietnam got there months ago. And ‘The Science’ as in ‘we’re following the science’?  Oh please. Science is about testing hypotheses and nothing is therefore a fixed ‘science’. Just an aside, do you know a few women (and, of course, men) who could manage this situation better? I certainly do. I mean there are many men who could do better than this lot but the absence of women making decisions about the Covid-19 situation says something to me. As for our leader, my view is that a certain type of public school educated man who has risen to the top on bluster, hubris, a cod Churchillian stance and a few Greek phrases really should go to the back of the class!

Anyway, here are a few random thoughts – which are a bit more upbeat than the previous paragraphs!

This is what I wore to see my daughter.

That’s a new M&S skirt worn with an old top and a sparkly necklace. Note to self, stand up straight and roll those shoulders back. Also should have worn one of my long sparklers over the black.

I promise to do that video, the one that will highlight how I manage the eye makeup whilst not being able to see a thing!

My daughter gave me lots of plants to take away, which will keep me occupied over the next few days.

I say the planting will take several days as I shall take it easy – so far so good.  I was such an avid gardener and had the strength to heave huge bags of compost up and down my garden without resorting to using the wheelbarrow, but that’s not possible now, so just as well I have a smaller spot to work on. I’ll take a photo when I’ve finished.

Previous to my illness Pilates had really helped with my posture and core strength, plus don’t forget the weights I used to heft – I’d got to 5K weights and lifted them no probs.  Now I’ve just started using 1K weights with my daily warm-up exercises which I do for stretching tight muscles. And the Pilates gives us structure to our week as Mr F does a Zoom class Monday and Friday (Beginners and Intermediate) and I do a gentle Pilates on Thursday with a 1-2-1 on the Tuesday.  I have to forget my former prowess and concentrate on building core strength and muscle. I lost a lot of muscle strength, especially around my glutes consequently I think my clothes size is roughly now, a UK size 16 bust, 14 waist and 12 hips!

I ordered a bra from Bravissimo online.

That’s a 32FF and it fits!

I’ve been baking. I expect you might be saying – er yes?  But I never baked cakes. Well, I made a Bara Brith and very nice it was too and so much better than bought cakes. If you’ve not heard of this cake – it’s a traditional Welsh cake made without fat (!) which has dried fruit soaked in tea as part of its recipe. Honestly it’s delicious and even better with a bit of butter spread over the slice – yum.

The beach and seeing the sea is a never ending source of joy for me. It’s more crowded now but this is a pic of Brighton beach mid-lockdown.

And yesterday.

That’s all for now

With love and stay safe

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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85 thoughts on “Lockdown diary – 31 May 2020

  • 31st May 2020 at 8:52 am

    What a pitch perfect, hit the nail on the head rant. I hope you feel better for it because I certainly do. My thoughts entirely.

    Take good care of yourself Peggy


    • 1st June 2020 at 6:44 am

      Hi Kathy and thank you – I felt I’d had enough of that shower especially after the Cummings apology, which wasn’t! I will take care and thank you again 🙂

  • 31st May 2020 at 8:57 am

    Oops – Penny – apologies!

  • 31st May 2020 at 8:58 am

    Well said, Penny. This country is run by school boys dressed up in big boys suits.

    I’m so glad you got to see your daughter and grandson. My daughter, her husband and two children are visiting today, to walk outdoors and have a picnic in the woods, then cream tea in my garden. We’ll be well spaced out and in hundreds of acres of forestry.

    Working your way back to full strength isn’t easy. I was I’ll for 4 years and although I’ve quadrupled my daily walk steps, my muscles are still weak. I shall have to follow your example and get some weights.

    • 1st June 2020 at 6:51 am

      Hi Pauline – I’m with you there, it is so good to see family again.

      It takes you unawares, doesn’t it, a serious illness and the weakness you’re left with. I also think it’ll take at least a year but, promise me, you’ll do the weights under supervision. Take care 🙂

  • 31st May 2020 at 9:18 am

    Hi Penny

    Wow, that said everything, your blog came through as I was typing an incensed email to my MP
    voicing the same thoughts, keep writing and getting stronger

    • 1st June 2020 at 6:52 am

      Thank you. So many people see through this government – you’d think they’d take note……

  • 31st May 2020 at 9:33 am

    Penny, I agree with everything you say. I don’t think I have ever been quite as angry as I feel now, both at the disgusting dishonesty shown by Cummings and Johnson and the appalling way the whole covid pandemic has been handled in this country. The spectacle of Johnson huffing and puffing his way through questioning by the press and his determination to bluff his way through the Cummings affair, putting political expediency above the health of the nation has been truly horrendous. I lost my 88 year old mother to covid – one of the abandoned care home generation – and missed my new grandchild’s first few months of life. I followed the rules and did not see my mother in her dying days. How dare Cummings break those same rules and then make up a risible excuse for it. Yes, the absence of women in positions of power at the moment is troubling (I don’t count Priti Patel, who is just another of Johnson’s puppet cabinet). Having seen Yvette Cooper calmly and forensically take Johnson apart at that parliamentary committee, I can’t help thinking that if only she had won the Labour leadership in 2016 instead of the unelectable Corbyn, last year’s election might have had a very different outcome and we could have had a decent leader now. Sorry, rant over – love the check skirt by the way!

    • 1st June 2020 at 7:03 am

      Dear Deb, I am so very sorry for your loss. The Cummings debacle is such a blow to everyone who has taken the lockdown rules so seriously because actually it was, and still is, so necessary – the virus has not gone away. But before that the government had the wrong attitude from the start, and don’t seem to want to learn from their mistakes or even admit their mistakes. I don’t count Priti Patel either, btw! And Yvette Cooper would have been good as both the leader of the Labour Party and the country, but I have been impressed by Starmer.

      Thanks re: the skirt – it’s cool to wear as well. You take care 🙂

  • 31st May 2020 at 9:34 am

    Well done Penny!
    Love your words – you speak for so many of us. I hope you don’t mind but I’ll be stealing ‘mendacious moral degenerate’, such an accurate description & he’s just one amongst many!
    How can they think that we don’t see what they are doing.
    The connections between the Tories and the right wing agitators around the world are just frightening. I came across an info-graphic on Twitter yesterday which brought it all together. I’ll see if I can find it & forward to you.
    In the meantime, I hope you feel stronger soon. We all have to take this very slowly.
    Best wishes,

    • 1st June 2020 at 7:27 am

      Thank you Karen, I think there’s something I didn’t mention, which is, that the government is trying to gaslight us, which as I’m sure you know is the term used to describe how someone makes you doubt your sanity. And this is how I could feel when I listen to their downright lies and manipulation of dubious stats and figures. A good example is the counting of the tests. It is simply amazing that they think they’re fooling us, but they try to, I mean what????

      Thank you again, Karen, take care 🙂

    • 3rd June 2020 at 9:42 am

      Hi Karen. I too would be interested in seeing that info-graphic. Scary times isn’t it?

      • 3rd June 2020 at 7:52 pm

        Hi Pauline
        Definitely scary times! I live in Spain now but I think if I was in UK I would feel a lot more stressed. This is the link for the infographic that I mentioned.
        If it doesn’t work Google ‘Tufton Street’ and/or ‘Matthew Elliott’. You’ll pick up a lot of other links and articles showing where a lot of foreign influence ie money, is coming from!
        Should keep you busy for a while.
        Best wishes, Karen

  • 31st May 2020 at 10:13 am

    As others have said, I agree with your thoughts. I feel deeply distressed about the depths to which we have sunk to as a nation that this terrible government was voted into power only six months ago by a huge majority. I wonder if many of them are regretting it now? At first I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt as this crisis would be difficult to manage whatever the political stripe of the government, but my worst fears have been realised with the DC affair. My anger has now mutated into a visceral sadness that feels like a stone in my chest, especially after reading about what is happening to children in custody & having just watched Raab slip and slide around
    to avoid answering questions. Those who defend the indefensible are beneath contempt.
    On a lighter note we saw our daughter and family in their garden yesterday and will be having a video call with my other daughter later today. I shall have a walk which always makes me feel better! I’m not worried about being out and about but won’t be going far until public toilets are open again. I too rate Yvette Cooper; the Labour Party might be in a better position now if she had become leader. There is no hope at all of electing a Labour candidate here and the Lib Dems have lost the plot. I can’t see me ever voting in a GE again, just locally for the best candidate.

    • 1st June 2020 at 7:33 am

      Hello Lynda, I know exactly how you feel, last week was particularly difficult and the events and that ‘apology’ made me feel enraged and then again depressed. Now I feel acute anxiety for my kids (aged 40+) who are easing themselves out of lockdown, I mean they are still distancing, and working from home (even my daughter who now says she isn’t going back into work) but I think any lessening of the lockdown will lead to another spike and more unnecessary deaths.

      Oh, indeed, the wasted years of Corbyn! Keep on walking Lynda and take care 🙂

  • 31st May 2020 at 10:58 am

    Spot on Penny.

    • 1st June 2020 at 7:28 am

      Thank you Ro x

  • 31st May 2020 at 11:17 am

    Well I dont agree and your political rants are not what I was looking for when signing up for this blog. Farewell

    • 31st May 2020 at 4:56 pm

      Yes agree Lynda, I was surprised this blog was so political. so it is probably farewell from me too.

      • 1st June 2020 at 7:50 am

        Hello Pauline, actually if you pop over to My Other Blog you’ll see that I am a very ‘political’ person who believes in looking closely at the reality of situations, any situation. At the moment I don’t have the energy to write two blogs, so yes, my ire spilled over into Frugalfashionshopper. Of course, political writing should be a tad more academic than a rant but I am voicing concerns about life and death here. And the frugal blog was always more than just fashion and as everyone is talking and thinking about Covid-19 really, why shouldn’t my views be on this blog?

        Take care 🙂

    • 31st May 2020 at 8:25 pm

      Yes with you too Lynda, I don’t agree either, so cheerio from me too

      • 1st June 2020 at 7:53 am

        Hello Karen. Do let me know what it is you disagree with.

    • 1st June 2020 at 7:40 am

      So sorry and then again not sorry, I am a very political person and I’ve always felt this blog is not about pretending to be a jolly fashionista 🙂

      Actually I’m going to ask everyone who disagrees with this post to tell me more. This is a genuine question. What do you like about the UK’s approach to Covid-19 and the consequent high numbers of cases and deaths? I truly am interested.

  • 31st May 2020 at 12:09 pm

    So agree with you, Penny.What a gang of idiots we have leading us.
    Have just listened to AC Grayling’s excellent talk at Hay festival, do try to listen to it if you ca n. (Hay Festival has been excellent)

    Unlike the previous correspondent, I came for the fashion, stayed for the politics!
    I am missing my regular rummages round the charity shops, lament their closure, and am concerned re consequent the drop in charity funding which has affected the services they provide (which should be covered by Govt, but that’s another story!)
    Rant away Penny, it is impossible to live in a vacuum and divorce politics from life.

    • 1st June 2020 at 8:06 am

      Hi Sue and thanks for the tip about the Hay Festival which is one I always meant to go to, although Brighton festival is pretty good and there is a good Speakers Fest in Lewes also. All cancelled of course.

      And thank you, yes, so true, we don’t live in a vacuum and like you I think the whole of life is ‘political’ and also last week I just couldn’t make myself do a post along the lines of ‘nothing is happening and here are some clothes I’m wearing’. This has affected and impacted all of us.

      Thank you again and take care 🙂

      • 1st June 2020 at 10:12 am

        Thank you for the reply Penny.
        If you do manage to access some of the hay Festival, Sandi Toksvig was also well worth a listen.At risk of sounding like an advert, you can get it all on
        https://www.hayfestival.com/hayplayer/default.aspx? it costs £10 to access the whole archive!

        I hope you continue to make a good recovery, and dodge the coronavirus.
        I am looking forward to my little grandson coming to visit this aftenoon. 😍

  • 31st May 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I hear your anger Penny. I am filled with rage and a sense of utter helplessness as my country, the United States of America, falls into greater and greater chaos. that thug and piece of s— who managed to get elected has all but destroyed this nation. and yet, even as riots break out all over the country, there are people who still support him. I am at a loss to understand.
    In my own world I am seeing more of my family. last Sunday we gathered at my son’s house for my birthday, number 79. my son , daughter in law, granddaughter, grandson, daughter and son in law were all there, the first time since Christmas we had all been together, even though we all live near each other. that made my happy. today I plan to spend time with a couple of friends in one’s backyard, perhaps have a glass of rose. put on real clothes and makeup, play with her dogs, for an hour or two feel that things are OK. people will say we will get through this but one does wonder if the world will ever be the same. I always look forward to your thoughtful posts. I hope you continue to feel better and stronger.

    • 1st June 2020 at 3:41 pm

      We see the riots and the burnt buildings on the news. I totally understand the anger and despair that leads to the devastation in some cities. I couldn’t watch the video of George Floyd’s death though – the whole thing is absolutely mind-blowingly awful and not helped by the President one bit. Here in the UK we have racism and there’s been lot of debate today about that – which is good and healthy. But things have to change. Most of the younger generation are so much more aware and very into multiculturalism but things have not been helped by Brexit. It gave an excuse to some to become too nationalistic and indeed racist.

      Both our countries have really useless leaders.

      Yes, on a lighter note (!) it is so good to link up with others – I shall continue to be very careful though. And a very Happy 79th Birthday, I shall be 74 tomorrow! How did that happen?! Take care 🙂

  • 31st May 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Oh dear, your views are different from mine. I think we are making progress and other countries are recording deaths etc. differently. However, I respect you views. Love your outfits as always and Brighton looks gorgeous as always. The weather is beautiful at the moment and long may it continue. Much love Andrea x

    • 2nd June 2020 at 7:33 am

      Thank you for your comment Andrea – it’s so good to talk from our different perspectives.

      The thing is despite the differences in the recording of deaths the actual excess deaths around the world tell us we are in the top three countries with the highest excess deaths. I find that reading around any subject, and not in just one newspaper, is the way to verify so-called facts, and that is what I do. I’m afraid the consensus is that our approach was way too slow at the beginning and muddled and now behind closed doors the rush to centralise and use private companies who are really so incompetent rather than our once very efficient public health departments (now devastated by austerity) is at the heart of the disaster we are suffering under. I have to say this is not good and I hope there is a reckoning.

      Oh gosh I am being so serious, but these are serious times and I cannot always take my serious hat off! Today is going to be the last warm day for a week so I shall doff a colourful hat and go for a nice walk along the prom. Thanks again and you take care x

  • 31st May 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Penny, as always I enjoy your posts on fashion but I’m disappointed that you had to air your political views on this post. I totally disagree with your views, I think this government have done a brilliant job in dealing with this virus. I am really fed up with all the negativity from the other parties so for that I will be unsubscribing.

    • 1st June 2020 at 11:25 am

      Hi Karin, that’s absolutely fine, but I do know that there are different opinions on this, including many scientists and public health officials who are actually scared of this too early release of lockdown, plus the media is doing a very good job in highlighting the incompetence of the government. And that is how I see it, along with the majority of this country.

      Best wishes.

    • 5th June 2020 at 9:13 pm

      Here here me too, do not agree with her views. Keep to yourself! Unsubscribed

      • 6th June 2020 at 7:34 am

        Gosh – I mean every UK MSM paper from left to right has been aghast at the government’s approach and we have the worst stats (per population) in the world!!! This is a genuine question ‘what has been done well?’

        Also a blog is a blog and as an author you don’t keep your opinions to yourself! That’s not the point of a blog.

        But all the best and take care

  • 31st May 2020 at 1:21 pm

    I absolutely agree with you Penny about B J. I live in Wales and although here we are easing out of lockdown a lot more slowly, I just wish I could see my daughter who lives in Chichester and my son who lives in Hertford. We were due to take our brand new motor home down to West Sussex this week. Of course we had to cancel the site we were going to stay in. My son contracted Covid 19 and was hospitalised for 3 days as his oxygen saturation was very low. Luckily, he recovered enough for them to send him home. He was very weak for a few weeks, but is now back to normal. I would have loved to have gone to see him, but knew I couldn’t. He was able to FaceTime us, which was some comfort. This happened at Easter, while DC was travelling up to Barnard Castle. Hopefully the X-ray he had recently won’t show any lasting damage. He is a fit 28 year old, who doesn’t smoke or abuse his body. He eats healthily, hardly drinks and yet he came down with this virus. I don’t think we are out of the woods yet with this virus and I am being very careful in everything I do. Goodness knows when I’ll see my children again!

    • 2nd June 2020 at 7:43 am

      So glad to hear your son recovered from the virus – how very scary for you and your son. I thought your minister sounded so sensible in going slow with the relaxing of the lockdown, which I feel is far too soon. The Cummings scandal has caused so much damage and we can see the evidence from the crowds on the beach that people are gathering together far more. Fingers crossed re: a spike and a second wave. Like you I shall be very careful indeed. The sitting in the garden for an hour was lovely but it wasn’t normal.

      We were due to go away for stay in a cottage at the end of this week – cancelled of course – I think all we can do is plan our holidays for next year. And live in hope and be as positive as possible. Take care 🙂

  • 31st May 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Rant on Penny, rant on! Unfortunately, and to me, unbelievably, there are still many defenders of our current Prime Minister, etc. I’m on Gransnet and am constantly gob-smacked by some (a lot) of the comments. I feel like I must be living in a different country from these people.
    It must have been wonderful seeing your family again after so many months. I’ve been lucky (I’m self-isolating due to asthma and other conditions, but still going for walks), my daughter has been doing my weekly shopping, she parks, puts the shopping on the pavement, I go out, stand at least 8-10 ft away, and we chat, usually for at least an hour. That hour passes so quickly, I’m always a bit surprised when I realise how long we’ve been talking. Some weeks, the chat is all about how the rest of our family and our respective chums are doing, others it’s more news based. D.C. and his arrogance kept us going for a good while as you can imagine!
    Re. Bravissimo, they are highly rated by lots of Mumsnet posters, the difference in pre-B sizing and post-B sizing is extraordinary at times. Your new bra is very pretty, I might just have to give them a try, I have never yet found a comfy underwired bra, and I’ve tried many over the years. I’ve been wearing the same style of non-underwired M&S bra for years, very time I go to buy new ones, I expect to find that they’ve been discontinued.
    Lastly, I highly recommend watching the National Theatre of Scotland, Scenes for Survival wee films. Just Google to find out more. My favourite, up to now, is the Rebus one, starring the wonderful and fellow Dundonian, Brian Cox.

    • 2nd June 2020 at 9:13 am

      Thank you so much Jacqui for your supportive comment. Yes, it is amazing how there are still some people supporting the actions of the government. It would be easy to say ‘what planet are they living on’ but I’m interested in how they arrive at their conclusion. Here on the blog I would welcome some info on that, but no-one has actually explained their stance. Mine is ‘you go in hard and early’ which is absolutely what we did not do.

      Anyway, you sound as though you had a really good system with your daughter doing the shopping and then having a chat. We used WhatsApp to keep in touch which was good but it’s not the same as a face-to-face and the visit last week was without hugs – when that happens, gosh I shall cry with the sheer relief!!!

      Have you got a Bravissimo store nearby? It’s the measuring that I find so helpful. I was thinner last year so knew I needed to go up one size. I was fortunate that the new bra is the right cup size and the right kind of tightness around my back – phew. Thanks for the tip on what to watch – my next post will include what I’m watching.

      Thanks again for your support – take care x

      • 3rd June 2020 at 12:18 pm

        Latest figures say we’ve had 50,000+ deaths now, out of a population of 66/67 million. We’ve talked about women leaders before; Kerala, a state in India, has a female Health Minister, KK Shailaja. She went in hard and fast and up to now, Kerala, population 35+million has had 10 deaths (I accept that could change). How can people think that it’s been handled well in the UK!
        And I agree, it would be good if the people who think the Govt. has done/is doing a good job would be willing to explain why they think that way.
        Not got a B store here, but Mumsnet fans say that B do telephone consultations and amazingly, the bras then purchased fit really well. So I might try that in the future.

        • 4th June 2020 at 7:29 am

          I’ll go out on a limb here and say I think that women leaders have done better than male leaders! New Zealand is the best example, but then there’s Germany’s Merkel – there are others.

          Great to hear that Bravissimo can do a telephone consultation and that these are successful.

    • 3rd June 2020 at 10:21 am

      Hi Jacqui G, While reading through all the interesting comments on this post, I couldn’t help but reply to your comment about finding a comfortable non underwired bra! For several years now I
      have been wearing one from a Brand called Rosa Faia – item number 5493. I get mine from Amazon
      ( shamefully supporting non tax paying multinational!) but I expect other sources are available. It’s the most comfortable and supportive bra I have ever worn. Hope this helps.

      • 3rd June 2020 at 11:53 am

        Hello Judy, and thanks for this. I will have a look, but if it’s only available via Amazon, then it’s a no from me and you obviously feel much the same about that company as I do. Penny’s “rant” above would be nothing compared to mine if I started! I’m really quite scared of the power of these huge multinational companies, I much prefer to shop/buy locally or at least from within the UK, but that is very difficult at times. Like Penny, I love having a wander round charity shops, never fail to be amazed at what people have donated.

  • 31st May 2020 at 2:04 pm

    A great posting, and I do feel to share ones views are very healthy. I am sure you would not expect others to change their views on the DC incident, but with the seriousness of this PANDEMIC surely we have a right to protest. I sincerely hope you feel stronger soon, you really have been through the mill. I am getting bouts of bad depression, don’t seem to be able to shift it, and feel so isolated. My husband doesn’t‘do’ depression, and so find I have to get on with it, very hard. Just want to go shopping without people looking at you in anger if you are a few feet away, or take a few seconds too long deciding what to buy. The garden has been helpful, and now looks colourful after a makeover. Keep strong everybody.

    • 2nd June 2020 at 6:45 am

      My, it’s been a difficult few months for you, Penny. Pretty much since your move, I seem to think. I so hope you are on the mend now. Firstly, your hat: super! Your new bra is pretty. I’ve never tried that brand and would be interested to hear your verdict – I feel like a change from M & S. Glad you got to see your daughter and family and enjoy your plants. Regarding politics: to me, everything is political: the quality of air, our NHS, transport, the food we eat. Rubbish collection, housing, pension and welfare benefits, television licenses for older people, support for the arts and sport – in short, our quality of life and social structure. For me, living without considering/talking about politics and social issues would be like trying to live on junk food and marshmallows. So, I’m sorry you ‘rant’ – was it a rant…? – has upset some people. Not so me; politics and clothes go very well together in my book, thank you.

      • 2nd June 2020 at 8:03 am

        Mary Evans Young, Hear! Hear!

      • 2nd June 2020 at 8:36 am

        How much I agree with you Mary. The very act of buying and wearing used clothing is saying something about your ethical and political (with a small ‘p’) views. These views may or may not align with those of a political party or some members of some parties. I was surprised to hear a speech from Margaret Thatcher raising concerns about the environment some 30 years ago, although words and actions are not the same thing of course!

      • 2nd June 2020 at 10:19 am

        Thank you Mary – totally with you on this – everything is political including the clothes we wear.

        Wore another hat today which I will feature in the next post which is coming soon. Thank you again 🙂

    • 2nd June 2020 at 10:16 am

      Thank you so much Angie. I’m so sorry about the depression – so difficult. Actually you can be reassured that your feelings are entirely rational and correct as we are in the grip of serious times and I am more anxious about this than depressed but I got quite low last week. Keep gardening – it is a joy. You take care and give yourself lots of treats x

  • 31st May 2020 at 2:20 pm

    HI Penny
    great post and has some fun things in it as well!
    just a suggestion:
    from the other side of the US (Berkeley Ca)
    I am an internist (GP for you I think) —
    I have recommend masks and gloves (I use cotton gloves) since the week of March 13th,
    if I go anywhere where there are people I do not know: grocery store etc.
    I will recommend this for the next 6 months, as we gradually reopen, to all my patients.
    It really reduces the risk. I come home and put both my mask and gloves in the laundry.
    and wash my hands very well.

    re mask use:
    clear rationale to use a mask

    Be safe and well and I love your blog!

    • 2nd June 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thank you Mary, I do wear cotton gloves going up and down our communal stairs in our block of flats (apartments) as I think that’s best, but so far I am not mixing with anyone I don’t know and don’t go shopping either. I did pop into a garden centre on Saturday for some potting compost and wore gloves and a mask for that. (It was a good experience as the compost was outside so it went straight into the car, and no-one other than us was at the check-out point) I agree with you that mask wearing brings down the viral load with a mask preventing others getting Covid, that’s the main thing. But here in the UK I see fewer and fewer people wearing masks. That government adviser (Cummings) has a lot to answer for as really the population is kind of self-distancing but not so much as before. Dangerous times – I’m looking out for a rise in 2 weeks time. You be safe and well and thank you for reading the blog 🙂

  • 31st May 2020 at 3:39 pm

    YES! Buffoons, mendacious moral degenerates are running our country (US), too. And yet 40% are too blind to see or are not yet personally affected.

    So glad your recovery continues. Your blogs are “essential” services now.

    • 2nd June 2020 at 10:32 am

      Yes, absolutely with you on this. Amazing how these two leaders have a certain number of people still supporting them, but here in the UK the support for the government is dropping – good!

      After a blip a few weeks back I am much better thanks, and today was looking at the sea and reckoning I’d give myself another month of increased walking distance and getting onto the beach, and then actually swimming by July. We also went out for our walk much earlier in the day and the beach was less crowded so I shall go in the early morning.

      Thanks again Sharon – take care 🙂

  • 31st May 2020 at 5:32 pm

    I didn’t come to your blog to hear all your political views.I suggest you keep them to yourself.

    • 31st May 2020 at 6:19 pm

      Penny is free to write what she thinks in her blog. You are free to leave it,

      • 2nd June 2020 at 10:33 am

        Thank you so much Susan.

    • 1st June 2020 at 1:48 am

      It’s Penny’s blog, she can write whatever she wants to write. Some of us enjoy every word.

      • 2nd June 2020 at 10:33 am

        Thank you Jacqui – your support is much appreciated 🙂

    • 1st June 2020 at 7:56 am

      Oh gosh, Catherine a blog is not a place to keep views, political or otherwise, to oneself!!!!

      I’m afraid (actually not afraid) the Frugalfashionshopper blog has always been more than just fashion. Take care.

  • 31st May 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Agree with you 100% about that shower of eejits known as our ‘government’! I shall continue to doubly cautious but I simply cannot wait to get to a hairdresser.

    So pleased you got out to see your family – hurray! Loved your new skirt; how fresh and summery you look.

    The balcony will be a flower filled oasis when you’ve planted all that – good luck. I look forward to seeing it.

    Take care and stay safe

    • 31st May 2020 at 10:19 pm

      ITS NOT SAFE ITS NOT SAFE ITS NOT SAFE ………………………….,!!!
      They are treating us like idiots, of course it’s been announced too early to try and distract us from the debacle they have presided over, God help us because they won’t.

      • 2nd June 2020 at 1:55 pm

        Hi Jo, I’m with you on this. Take care x

    • 2nd June 2020 at 1:41 pm

      The balcony is a joy, it’s small but big enough to put lots of plants. So many reasons for us to say we’re so glad we moved and having a balcony is one of them! It was lovely to see family again but I shall continue to be super careful.

      Ah the hairdresser! I do need a cut but for me it’s dentist (hygiene visit and questions for the dentist) and the chiropodist first, then the beautician (electrolysis, leg wax, pedicure and manicure and, and, a facial!!!) then a hair cut.

      You take care too xxxx

  • 31st May 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Penny, I love your outfit-those glasses are fabulous on you! I am so sorry to hear of your health difficulties, keep plodding along and eventually I hope you recover it all. As to politics, I certainly agree with everything you’ve said, but unfortunately there must be a “silent majority” who keeps electing these disasters, especially in my country (U.S.). One can only try to get a change by voting in the next election-May all our dreams of a respected, organized, forthright, honest and empathetic leadership come true!

    • 2nd June 2020 at 1:48 pm

      We have a good leader of the Labour Party now, Sir Keir Starmer, who was a former lawyer and who is able to forensically question our bluffing leader in the House of Commons. Oh the wasted years of Jeremy Corbyn! Unfortunately though we are stuck with Boris until 2024 as we have 5 year terms. Good luck with your forthcoming election 🙂

      I will get better eventually I’m sure and you’re right – it is about plodding along and going onwards and upwards. Take care x

  • 31st May 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Penny I agree with you 100% regarding the complete debacle and mismanagement by Boris and co. I also agree that we need to be extremely cautious since the virus is still with us and already people are gathering in crowds so it looks as though we’ll all be back in lockdown pretty soon? I’m sorry to hear about your health issues but lovely to hear that you managed to spend time with your family. As always your outfit is amazing – you look lovely. Looking forward to seeing your balcony when all your flowers come into bloom. Take care. x

    • 2nd June 2020 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much Cathy. Yes we need to be super cautious as the virus hasn’t gone away. I live in hopes of a vaccine and trying to stay positive on that one 🙂

      I’ll take a photo of the balcony soon as I’ve just about finished the planting. Thank you again and you take care too x

  • 31st May 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I come here for your political views, fashion, flowers ….whatever you wish to talk about Penny. Always happy to see a new post! Writing from the U.S. and what can I say? We have lost our way. I am wearing masks, planting flowers and looking forward to voting. Take care and get well soon!


    • 2nd June 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much Jeanne. Both our countries have really useless leaders – I’m hoping your forthcoming election will change things for the better. Good for you for wearing a mask. I do when going anywhere crowded or new or near people I don’t know. You take care too 🙂

  • 1st June 2020 at 8:25 am

    I didnt sign up to hear this, how do I unsubscribe?

    • 1st June 2020 at 11:21 am

      Hi Mary. Go to the email you had with the post link attached. The unsubscribe link is near the bottom of that email. All the best

  • 1st June 2020 at 10:20 am

    Well I don’t agree and your political rants are not what I was looking for when signing up for this blog.

    • 1st June 2020 at 11:18 am

      Hi Helen, my blog has always been more than just the fashion.

      I actually prefer to be more academic in my appraisal of situations like Brexit, General Elections, voting patterns and the sale of the NHS and have managed that up to now, as in, December, which was when I wrote my last post on My Other Blog. But what with everything that has happened so far I am just flabbergasted by the incompetence of this government, so a rant it was.

      But I love to debate – what is your perspective on the high number of deaths in this country?

      • 3rd June 2020 at 7:30 am

        Hi Penny, you’re a great writer and I enjoy reading your posts every week, whatever you choose to write about.
        Glad to see you looking so well again too and your hair is gorgeous!!

        • 3rd June 2020 at 7:34 am

          Oh thank you so much Pauline – very best wishes to you and take care 🙂

  • 2nd June 2020 at 8:44 pm

    I love your politics so rant on!!! I’m American – our countries are run by dumb brothers from another mother…here, the pandemic has been so grossly mismanaged that it would be funny if it hadn’t caused so much heartache and pain. We’re only re-opening now because the federal government doesn’t want to give us any more money, nor do they want to give states money to shore up unemployment insurance. It’s embarrassing and all around appalling. I’m loving those trainers with that skirt, BTW!!! Stay safe!!!

    • 3rd June 2020 at 6:49 am

      This post and the responses to it are very thought provoking. First thoughts are fashion and bras. I buy bras from M&S as they are a pretty good fit and well made. The last one I bought is the most comfortable ever and I love wearing it. So I thought I’d buy 4 more as supportive shopping during this challenging time for retailers. But when I went on line to order that style isn’t sold any longer. Does fashion have to change so quickly even for underclothes?
      Penny I hear you saying you have feelings of depression and anxiety. You are working very hard on your physical health don’t neglect your mental health.
      Finally politics. I was in a similar position to some of your readers after the last general election in the uk. I was devastated by the election of Boris Johnson as the pm of our country and with such a large majority. Then the author of a blog I really like because it is extremely upbeat about ageing wrote that she was delighted with the result. My first reaction was to unsubscribe. Then I thought, “why? Just because you’ll never think the same way as she does on that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen and try and understand why she has her views.” And that is what I think: people will have different views and that is normal and fine. But if we stop engaging with each other and trying to understand each other then politics becomes polarised and very dangerous.

      • 3rd June 2020 at 7:31 am

        Thank you so much for your comment, Penny, one which is so searching and serious and right. I too believe that people coming from different perspectives should debate and discuss their differences. How people come to believe things is quite fascinating and I would really like to know more from the few here on this blog who said they didn’t want to hear ‘politics’ and/or supported the government’s approach to Covid. Yes definitely we should engage with each other in these challenging times.

        Oh blow, how annoying re: the bras! And yes my mental health is good especially after I visited my daughter. I mean my anxiety won’t shift much until the whole situation is either resolved through a vaccine or if there is no vaccine, the virus dies away in, I think, several years hence. Now that latter point is a bit daunting, but I’m not too down about it, as I’m kind of reconciled. Although wow, will I rejoice if there is a vaccine!

        Thanks so much Penny – best wishes x

      • 3rd June 2020 at 8:44 am

        Very much agree with your comments. As to bras and M&S, they recently changed a style I’ve been buying for years to something that looked similar but the fit wasn’t the same. As it was a best seller I was annoyed and told them so! I can’t wear wires anymore, too painful, but have been able to find the old style on e-bay.

    • 4th June 2020 at 7:33 am

      Thank you Chrys. Oh my word our leaders! You stay safe too 🙂

  • 3rd June 2020 at 11:42 am

    No need to apologise for your comments and now it’s the 3rd June I doubt you are feeling any better but I’m sure you had a laugh at the Disneyland queues at the House of Commons.

    • 4th June 2020 at 7:34 am

      The queues are downright ridiculous especially when there was a good system in place!! But you know the queues are down to Rees-Mogg and then there’s all the Tory MPs voting for the change – what??!!

  • 3rd June 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Apparently the latest on Cummings is that he invented the whole ridiculous quarantine fiasco to try to deflect reporters away from the tragedy that was unfolding in care homes, a few weeks ago. He literally made it up and told the media. Unbelievable. Keir Starmer’s savagings of Boris are becoming a highlight.

    Lovely skirt — and your eyebrows are looking good! Look forward to seeing your pots planted up.

    The only break in the rules that I want is the ability to stay overnight somewhere, so that I can finally see my mum, who’s 88 this month. I could of course drive down to Devon and see her in a park, but I’d have to drive back on the same day – and it’s a 500 mile round trip.

    • 4th June 2020 at 7:36 am

      OMG really – he made it up??? Well, whatever happened, we will never get to the real truth, apart from the fact that Cummings is a manipulative nasty.

      I truly hope you get to see your mother soon xxx

  • 4th June 2020 at 11:27 am

    Hi Penny! I’m late to the party (as usual!) but as well as reading your post, I’ve had the opportunity to read all the comments as well. I think people forget that those of us who blog are perfectly entitled to blog about whatever we choose! If people don’t like our content, they know what they can do… Eloise (thisissixty) was ‘reprimanded’ recently for being too frivolous because she wrote a post about handbags during a pandemic. I do feel more anxious now that we are coming out of lockdown. As I don’t believe the pack of lies we have been given, I will carry out my own risk assessment.
    Your black and white skirt made me smile because I have been admiring it, for some time, on the M&S website! It looks lovely on you.

    • 4th June 2020 at 11:37 am

      Thank you so much June, and that reminds me I must go and comment on Eloise’s blog as I’ve been reprimanded for the opposite reason – being too serious!!

      Honestly, it’s the actual lying that makes me splutter. How can they think we’re being fooled? I feel the same as you – more anxious than ever now we’re coming out of lockdown and why? Just look at our stats!

      In the meantime, M&S has kept me happy doing a bit of shopping – it’s the little things that please….

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