Hi everyone

Well here we are in a new year. It’s 2022 and no, I am not doing a post on New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that these resolutions are so last year (ha!) it’s just I don’t think they help.  Because we all want to improve and be the best version of ourselves but, really, we should be thinking about this throughout the year and not just in January. So I will write about improving one’s health and welfare but not today!

Instead I want to look back and say what am I grateful for and then what I am looking forward to in this coming year.  And I’m taking this positive stance as it would be so easy to fall back into, ‘2021? That was a bit of a s..t year, wasn’t it?’ which it was to a certain extent, but not all of the time, no way, soooo……

Looking back

Well, I was really grateful that the lockdown we had in the UK ended when it did. It wasn’t a good beginning to the year, those months were dismal and dull, but I found that the enforced staying-at-home made me think through ideas about life, the universe and everything. I made plans and you will hear about these soon, I hope.

I was also so happy to see my two grandchildren growing up: one will be 16 this year and talk about growing – he’s over 6 foot tall! While the other grandchild, Oscar is now 14 months and delightful. I was so grateful to visit them throughout the year and in Oscar’s case, to see a little baby become a toddler as he began walking just before Christmas.

Both me and F managed to stay healthy and Covid free, and I owe a lot of my current health status to my Personal Trainer. I never thought I could afford a PT but seriously I would rather go without than miss a session now. The reason I stand up straight is because we work on my scoliosis, and one day I might take a photo of my muscles as I have quite muscly arms, which I think are an absolute  necessity once one gets into one’s mid-70s. You need to build muscle up and work on that body, which I do with the help of my PT – so thank you, Sarah.

Despite my feeling that I’m missing out on a variety of cultural experiences in London (and that would be true) I read lots of books, and watched lots of television and films. My best book of the year was Great Circle  by Maggie Shipstead – what an adventure the chief protagonist had, and for a short-listed Booker very readable and almost a page-turner. My best film of the year was one we watched late in the year, The Power of the Dog, possibly the best thing Benedict Cumberbatch has done ever.  However, I’ve looked back at all the films I’ve watched over the year (I’ve just started recording what books I read as well, should have done that a long time ago) and The Mauritanian is a close second, tying with The Father starring Anthony Hopkins who really, really, deserved his Oscar 2021 for Best Actor. And the best television series has to be Mare of Easttown starring Kate Winslet, also one of the best things she’s done.

I must say something about all the front-line workers in the UK and I include all delivery drivers, rubbish collectors and other public sector workers, plus all food preparation workers, as well as all the health and medical staff and carers out there, and don’t forget our teachers facing another school term many of them teaching in badly-ventilated classrooms. There are many others. They’ve all gone above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you for everything you’ve done through these challenging two years, and not helped by the ghastly government we have – sorry couldn’t resist that, but one really has to say how it is.

And finally, I am so grateful for you, dear readers, as the discipline of having to write the blog kept me sane throughout 2020 and 2021! Thank you for reading this blog. The blog is for you, but the blog is also for me, as I love writing, and this has been such a good experience communicating with you and writing about so many subjects, not just fashion.

Looking forward

I’ve just booked a week in Autumn in Dungeness in the same lovely fisherman’s cottage that we stayed in before. Some people would question why return to a place you’ve already been to, thinking you should always go to different places, but the sameness can be reassuring and I adore Dungeness, which is not everyone’s cup of tea!  Have you heard the expression, ‘it’s a bit marmite’? For those of you who haven’t come across this, marmite is a black treacle-like spread that is as salty as the ocean. The shock on the face of a French student when I gave her some marmite on a slice of bread! Well I love marmite and I love the haunting bleakness of Dungeness.

We also plan to get to France, hopefully in the early summer when there are lower numbers of that dratted Covid. And get up to London, hurrah and three cheers when I do.

We’re also planning to go to parts of the UK we haven’t been to for some time, Yorkshire hopefully, and, to the Kent coast again, so that Mr F can visit parts of the country where his ancestors lived. While I have sat at my desk writing the blog, Mr F has done a huge amount of family history tracing the his German Kocher forebears back to the 18th Century.

There are many things I’m grateful for and it’s good to have some aims and goals and holidays to look forward to.

And in the meantime don’t forget there’s always the charity shops to keep oneself occupied and in my case, happy! So, today, I thought I’d show you three of my favourite jackets, which I don’t wear as often as I should.

The first is a boxy, boiled wool jacket. The label is Kaliko, which was a good make although it is no longer operating (so ?vintage) and yet it cost all of £9. It’ll be useful tomorrow as I shall wear it over my woollen jumper and under my woollen coat when I attempt to eat outside in the freezing weather!

I do like the shape of this jacket with its nipped in waist.

I’ve lightened it so you can see the shape and the detail.

The second jacket is a classic tweed jacket with the label Basler. This is a German fashion brand that is no longer trading.

I think Basler clothes were quite pricy, but I got this for £12.  It’s 100% wool which I think is great.

And finally there is this darling little jacket that I got from a brocante shop in a small village in France for 5 Euros.

I do love it so and it reminds me of my visits to France.

That’s all for now, but as I said many thanks for reading this through 2021. Here’s to a new year and a better one!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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41 thoughts on “Looking back, looking forward

  • 5th January 2022 at 10:16 am
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    Hi Penny, Happy and HEALTHY. New Year . A big THANKYOU for all your lovely blogs through this past year, it was trying wasn’t it? But we all somehow kept going and looking back it wasn’t too bad after all. Masses of books read ( all from charity shops, I only have new books as presents) and lots of cooking , favourite old recipes rediscovered, and even a fair bit of sewing , some of which had been waiting for years! And here we are in 2022 , I never though I,d last this long ! As a fashion mad teenager I thought 50 was ancient and now I,m 82 and still mad on clothes jewellery and makeup ! Lots of grandchildren and a lovely ( second !) husband and really a life full of fun ! I,m optimistic about the future although there are some things hard to grasp….why do televisions have 400 channels? What does transgender mean ? And how do people buy clothes online without being able to try them on!! Now I,m showing my age . Very best wishes and keep well. Judy S Brighton, well Hove actually xx

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    • 6th January 2022 at 8:22 am
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      Thank YOU Judy for being a regular reader, I appreciate that so much. And 82 is such good age and what with your attitude and the fun you’re having you’re quite the role model. But yes, didn’t we all think 50 was a hugely old age – ha and ha again!!!! Now we know different, don’t we!!!!

      Very best wishes and you keep well too xx

  • 5th January 2022 at 10:40 am
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    Happy New Year Penny, I agree with you about the resolutions, and I do think it’s more important to have an attitude of gratefulness. I am trying to be grateful each and every day, especially as here in Toronto we are heading into our fifth lockdown. It is SO depressing, having that attitude of gratefulness is essential to keeping one’s spirits up during these dark days of January.
    I too find great pleasure in my grandchildren. I feel so sorry for them starting school again today on Zoom. I think the long term repercussions on their mental health will be shocking.
    I decided to keep my Christmas decor up for another week, it’s so cold and miserable out that to still have my Christmas tree lights twinkling in the evenings is so cosy, who knows, if this lockdown goes on for too long, my Christmas tree may still be up in March!
    I am making the effort to get properly dressed everyday. I have found it so hard to make the effort to dress and put jewellery and make up on during COVID, when the only person I might see during the day is the Amazon delivery man, but it does make me feel better.
    I am having fun mixing and matching new looks with my clothes. I have been amazed how putting together old clothes can feel quite new when you pair things together, you wouldn’t have thought of doing before. It’s saving me a fortune.
    Stay safe, wishing you and Mr. F. a joyful, healthy 2022.

    • 6th January 2022 at 8:31 am
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      Hi Geri and so sorry about the continuing lockdowns you’re having. And I get how miserable it all is as I can remember how it was this time last year. In contrast we have a government that simply doesn’t do anything for this current wave of Covid. And yes, what we’re hearing is that it is milder but even so the number of cases means our NHS is inundated and staggering under the pressure, plus other public services, including the transport system, are under huge strain. And does Johnson care, no he does not, he only cares about the mad MPs in his party who want Covid to be totally ignored. It is all politically led rather than following any medical or scientific advice. I could go on… but must make a big effort not to rant!

      While I don’t always put on my best dressy clothes I always wear the makeup and I agree what one wears makes a big impression on one’s morale. You stay safe too and here’s to a better 2022 😊

  • 5th January 2022 at 10:45 am
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    Love your blogs, Penny, and your mix of thoughtful reflections both personal and fashion- based. You are quite right to mark the good things which could easily be forgotten. It occurred to me only yesterday that I should gonthrough last year’s disry and make a list of all the different appointments and occasions on which I received helpfrom the NHS – the most recent being yesterday afternoon when I had a suspicious lesion (moleish) removed from my elbow. My doc referred me undervthe two-week rule, and Despite the pressures on the service I got a cancellstion appt within about 3 weeks. Appt at Shoreham was at 4.30, excision and 8 stitches, jolly chat throughout with consultant and nurses, home by 5.30. Will do that help list today – broken leg and dermatology treatment, physio help, referrals for glaucoma folliw-up and hearing assessment and aids in the pipeline. Pretty amazing even tho we have had to chase and liase some of them.
    My best discovery – knitting a soft toy and loving the challenge of new stiches and the precision of working small and 3-D. My look8ng-ahead determination, to phone email and message friends regularly. Who knows when we will feel safe enough to meet up – Charlotte’s husband and his brother both went down with covid in the last few days (both up in Lancs for Xmas and NewYear) tho both were triply vaccinated and not party or restaurant goers. Neither that ill, but it reminds us of how careful we need to be.
    So – you will be hearing from me until such time ss we feel safe enough to meet up.!
    Leg still limping but I can drive at length. Elbow sore today but relieved the nasty is out and in the hands of the pathologist. Leo is well tho still more overworked than we’d like! C was a great help while home – you will have seen the pics of the sittingroom redevelopments!
    Lots of love and good wishes to you both! Xxx

    • 7th January 2022 at 11:32 am
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      Yes, isn’t the NHS wonderful and I’m so glad you got such a lot of help from our wonderful but so under pressure NHS. Also very glad your skin lesion got sorted. I used to go to the Mole Clinic in London (which was always absolutely worth the money as they check every part of your body) but haven’t since November 2019 for obvious reasons. However, I had booked to get a mole check at the Skn Clinic in Brighton in early December but it was cancelled at the last minute (I bet from the dratted Omicron) so I have decided I won’t go this month and I’ll rebook when the cases begin to go down hopefully in February as I know that us fair-haired types must keep an eye on our skin.

      Good to hear also that the leg is getting there and that you can drive – yay! Yes, saw how helpful Charlotte was to you.

      Thank you for all those kind words, Wendy and thank you for reading my blog. We’ll see each other soon. Lots of love and good wishes to you too xxx

  • 5th January 2022 at 11:21 am
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    You do the hard work, Penny, when it comes to your fitness. I only give you ideas and guidance. So pat yourself on the back (good mobility exercise!) and keep on keeping on. You are amazing and inspiring, so keep on keeping on. Sarah X

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    • 5th January 2022 at 2:28 pm
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      I have a question, Sarah. Is PT a personal trainer or physical therapist? Here in Canada we have both too, but don’t usually use the abbreviation. Good for you, keeping our Penny well and strong in the world. xo karen

      • 7th January 2022 at 11:38 am
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        Hi Karen, and thank you.

        I’ll answer for Sarah as maybe she hasn’t seen your questions. Sarah is a very capable and knowledgeable Personal Trainer – I attach some details from her website so you can see she specialises in many medical issues, but she is not a physical therapist or physiotherapist as we might say in the UK.

        http://www.wellbeingexercise.co.uk/about_us.html

    • 7th January 2022 at 11:34 am
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      It’s rolling continual process, this looking after one’s body and I’m just glad to do it together with you – really it’s still a big thank youX

  • 5th January 2022 at 12:22 pm
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    Thanks for this post today Penny. Really like the Kaliko jacket. Their petite range was called Minuet & I still have some of their clothes, bought in sales of course! I have three unworn dresses so determined to wear one when my daughter eventually gets married. She has partner/fiance who is keen to proceed but time to organise it seems to be the problem. I’ve offered but she lives 300 miles away. Like Wendy I have had very prompt NHS referral & appointments regarding my skin lesion. The biopsy shows melanoma but at an early stage so I’m not too concerned. Now waiting for appointment to remove it completely. Not exactly the start to the New Year I’d have liked but something is bound to go wrong as you age and it could be far, far worse. Feel the same as I did before the diagnosis & expecting my PT soon to get going again after the Christmas break. Very cold today but bright sunshine which is lovely. I’ve just been looking at cinema listing where we usually go but nothing taking my fancy at present. I’m reading Middle England by Jonathan Coe for book group next week, not something I’d have picked up but good. Have you read anything by Jon McGregor? Just found him and his prose is more like poetry, brilliant.

    • 7th January 2022 at 11:44 am
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      Hi Lynda and yes, I remember the Kaliko store in Brighton very well and once upon a time I could even afford to buy their clothing new – that stopped when I stopped work of course, but it was a good brand.

      Sorry to hear about the melanoma but glad it was caught in time. I have to get my skin checked soon and have found a clinic in Brighton that will do the complete body check. I don’t have any worrisome lesions to my knowledge but I do like the experts to have look.

      So glad you found a PT Lynda they are worth their weight in gold as the saying goes!

      Thanks for the tip about Jon McGregor, I have a couple fo books picked up in my local charity shop but will look out for some of his work.

      Thanks Lynda and all the best to you 😊

  • 5th January 2022 at 12:39 pm
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    A Happy New Year, Penny! This 2021 Christmas holiday time will not be forgotten as CoVid entered our home and our family. Christmas managed to be joyful as my husband was discharged from the hospital (bacterial infection, not CoVid) on December 20th. CoVid came after Christmas so 2022 entered on a somewhat somber note. Thankful that our symptoms are zero to mild. I’m sure our vaccines plus booster help keep symptoms at bay. While my husband had a positive (Rapid Antigen) test, I had a negative result. My PCR test came back “indeterminate” meaning the sampling was bad or the viral count was very low. I will be retesting this week. This totally undoes my meager understanding of infection spread as we are/were in close proximity every day. Now we are masking and isolating within our home.
    We have been managing my husband’s daily at-home IV infusion of antibiotics without the help of a Home Care nurse since his positive test. The silliness is the very testing site that found the positive result will not retest him to see that he is over it. And, until we get that negative result, he will be without that Home Health service that normally follows after a hospital stay. What a conundrum.
    I had one day, sulking in the guest bedroom, then put on my big-girl pants, and got back into the fray. We still have our family, a comfortable home, health insurance, healthy food, good weather, and masks. Our church family has rallied round and we are thankful for all the prayers, meals, and safe contact.
    Hoping to still find a personal trainer for myself in 2022. Yes, muscles are absolutely important for posture, core strength, and keeping upright!
    Thank you for your inspiration in your writing and your selfcare. Like you, I get up and get dressed everyday even on that one pitiful day. Love those jackets on you. I like that Basler brown /black tweed one!
    Moving forward into 2022, one step at a time…

    • 7th January 2022 at 12:44 pm
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      Oh noooo, so sorry to hear you got the dreaded virus, but hopefully you got Omicron which is milder, sounds like it, but even so, it’s tricky especially with your husband’s co-morbidities. Hope he gets a test soon.

      Also how wonderful your lovely neighbours and church community are rallying round with meals and everything else.

      Thank you for your kind words about the blog and thank you for being such a loyal reader. Here’s hoping for a better 2022 for you, your community and indeed the whole world 😊

  • 5th January 2022 at 12:53 pm
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    Happy New Year dear Penny! How admirable that you work out like you do. It is so important. And talking about going to the same place! Haha, don’t start me! We are going to the UK this year, no matter what! We are in lockdown now for a month already and its going to last until the end of January at least…… boring.

    • 7th January 2022 at 12:48 pm
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      Hi Nancy and Happy New Year to you too. I don’t know what’s worse a government that cares for its citizens and puts them in a lockdown or a government (like ours) that cares only for the economy and keeps everything open with the consequence that so many people get Omicron that even though it’s milder the health system is overwhelmed. We are governed by morons – seriously we are!

      So looking forward to seeing you – you take care and here’s to the summer months
      😊

  • 5th January 2022 at 4:56 pm
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    Oh how I love that first jacket, just my kind of look. Your posts are so welcome to keep me up to date on the goings on in your life. We are back in lockdown again for the month, so there are times I can feel the depression lurking on the fringes, but then I tell myself it could be much worse. I have a warm home and food to eat, books to read and friends to call so I should be good. I have even managed to lose the weight that I gained in the past two years, so reading what I just wrote, I have no reason to feel depressed. Thank you for your continued writing and updates on your life. I am looking forward to getting back out to the thrift shops just for fun.

    • 7th January 2022 at 1:07 pm
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      Thank you Diane and I’m so sorry that you’re going back to a lockdown. Hopefully it won’t be too long and I totally get how you’re feeling as that’s how I was last January. Who would have thought the we would still be struggling with the virus now that we’re into our 3rd year of this dratted pandemic.

      That jacket is great – hopefully the weather will improve in the Spring and I’ll be able to wear it out and about.

      You take care 😊

  • 5th January 2022 at 5:00 pm
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    Happy New Year Penny and thank you for your all of your interesting blogs which I look forward to reading. I love the fact that you mix fashion and dressing up with more serious topics and your thoughts on film and books.
    I`ve just finished reading Renegades by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen. It was a lovely read and both inspirational and informative in parts.
    Great that you have a personal trainer, what a good idea and money well spent I should imagine.
    All the very best for 2022

    • 7th January 2022 at 1:10 pm
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      Now that sounds like a book I could read – thanks for the recommendation. My Personal Trainer is just wonderful and I’m so glad I found her – it’s money well spent too.

      Thank you so much for your kind words about the blog and thank you for reading it – much appreciated 😊

  • 5th January 2022 at 5:09 pm
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    Can’t go wrong with a jacket even with a fairly plain top and skirt or trousers you are instantly smarter. Stay positive it’s all we can do. I suppose you’ve read how perfectly President Macron has summed up the un-vaccinated? I guess he knows who won’t be voting for him in May. At least in the UK I see things are looking up Boris is giving every family £140 pounds a week for their heating. Of course he meant a year. Have a great week and thanks again for the post.

    • 7th January 2022 at 4:09 pm
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      I had heard about Macron and as for the excruciating Johnson – he has no idea what he’s talking about most of the time. And yes it’s once a year to the poorest of the poor on, I think, two particular benefits, so not for every family by any means 🙄

      Staying positive is all we can do 😀 Thanks so much for reading the blog throughout the year.

  • 5th January 2022 at 5:37 pm
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    I love a good jacket Penny, it’s easy to wear with jeans and feels casual but quite smart. I think yours look good on you and it’s especially nice to find them in a charity shop. I found one recently which is linen and cost £8, I was delighted.
    Happy Healthy New Year Penny xx

    • 7th January 2022 at 4:11 pm
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      Yes, I do like a smart jacket with jeans so will rewearing that jacket a lot in the Spring. And yes, the linen one sounds quite a bargain!

      Wishing you a Happy New Year too xx

  • 5th January 2022 at 11:57 pm
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    Happy New Year Penny!
    I have enjoyed you blog so much over the year, as another reader stated it a nice mix of fashion, culture and then some more serious topics. I am grateful that this year my family and I remained healthy. We were able to get together on a number of occasions, most recently Christmas. Tomorrow my son and his family, and I, are planning to venture in Manhattan to celebrate my grandson’s 17th birthday. We will have dinner and then on to Carnegie Hall to a concert. it will be my first time back in the city since the lockdowns . We are all vaccinated and boosted, and there are protocols at the venue. My granddaughter will be with us as she in home from college. They are really young adults now. How wonderful you still have a little one! I am doing a lot of volunteering at the animal shelter, sometimes nearly the whole morning. I am often tired and so feel quite justified spending my afternoon curled up with a good murder mystery. hoping to resume my weekly dinners with my group of women friends. Sometimes here in the US much troubled by the awful political divide, the assaults on our democracy. But on the whole I am grateful for this life I have.
    I absolutely understand your wanting to return to Dungeness this Summer. As I have written here before my family and I have been going back to Chincoteague Island off the coast of Virginia since 1995. Of course I, and my family have done a fair share of travel to other places but we always return there. And it was great we could go there when other destinations were off limits.
    Wishing you the best in 2022, Darby

    • 7th January 2022 at 4:25 pm
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      Thank you Darby for those kind words about my blog – thank you for reading it and making such interesting comments. It’s great to hear of life over the pond and know that it’s not full of dysfunctional Republicans – there’s a documentary on that day in the Capitol which we watched which was horrifying. But hey while a similar thing has not happened here there are big assaults on our democracy coming along including restrictions on peaceful protest. We both live in such challenging times.

      Hence it’s great to hear about your cultural interests and to know a little bit more about life in the States. you will be out now I guess celebrating your grandson’s birthday – Many Happy Returns to him. And yes it’s lovely to have a little babe again in the family – but don’t they grow up fast!

      Thanks again for reading the blog and here’s to a better 2022 😊

  • 6th January 2022 at 1:37 am
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    Hi Penny,

    A word of thanks for your useful and informative blog, which is always fun, besides. My world here in the Amazon area of Ecuador is about as far removed from yours as is possible to be. Temperate weather is a constant and it is lovely. I have been here 6 years and can handle Spanish now.

    You speak of so many areas of Britain I would like to visit on a car trip. Oh, how I wish I could. I spent two weeks in London many years ago, which hardly scratched the surface of all there is to see and do in your beautiful land.

    The purchases and outfits you treated us to this week are all great. I guess because they are based on black and are rather conservative. Very classy on you so thanks for the show.

    I miss thrift shopping. There is nothing here that even tempts me and I don’t need anything at this point either. In the U.S. there was a Value Village store a stone’s throw from my apartment and oh, the treasures I found there! A boxful of designer silk scarves donated with tears by the daughter of a woman who had died. It was her signature look and so there were many memories connected to them, thus the tears. I saw them when they were ready to be put out. The shop girl allowed me time and opportunity to select any I wanted. None of the splashy designer names came home with me but 18 others in perfect condition did at 3.00 per. I had great fun giving most of them to friends. I am from Seattle, in the northwest area of the country. It was wintertime so I scoped out their coat colors and then picked out the right ones, to suit their taste. Plus, there were clothes that belonged to the lady, which the sales woman told me about. The things I chose were perfect quality, fit like a glove, and were in flattering colors.

    So, your adventure continues and I’ll be a mouse in your pocket as I travel along with you. The comments are always fun to read also. My very best to you and yours, Penny.

    • 8th January 2022 at 2:29 pm
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      Thank you so much Elaine for reading the blog and those kind words. I am constantly amazed that people from so many far-flung places are reading the blog. Those scarves sound lovely and what a great idea to give them away to your friends.

      I shall continue to share my adventures with you and all my readers – thank you again for reading the blog from Ecuador. Btw, we could do with some of that weather as it’s grey and raining buckets at the moment. Very best wishes to you too 😊

  • 6th January 2022 at 9:30 am
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    Happy New Year, Penny and may it be healthy, too! I hope we are all able to travel a little more this year, although I know I was very lucky to be able to visit Cornwall, Belfast and, finally, get back to France in 2021. I’m fascinated by Dungeness and I imagine it would be a wonderful place to take Zeph. There has been a series on BBC2 following people on solitary walks. It might not sound very inspiring but it’s an enchanting watch. I happened to catch the one with Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) where he walks a section of the Kent coast, finishing at Dungeness. I thought of you! We are hoping to return to France in the Spring – fingers crossed.
    I love the first jacket, in particular; it’s very stylish. I also love your blog. I always read your posts, even if I don’t always comment; you inspire me!

    • 7th January 2022 at 12:04 pm
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      So glad you got back to your house in France – it was a long time but it was there waiting for you!

      We’ve watched that programme as well and it is delightful – you’d love Dungeness. Jim Moir’s one was a joy to watch as of course we were very familiar with the terrain. I am so looking forward to staying in the same place. Here’s the link to the cottage we stayed in:

      http://www.wiwurri-dungeness.co.uk It’s bigger than it looks in the photos.

      Thanks so much June. And I love your blog as well and like you, always read it even if I don’t always comment. Happy New Year to you and here’s to a better 2022!

  • 6th January 2022 at 9:42 pm
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    Happy New Year, Penny, and I hope you achieve all you’ve set out to do in 2022!

    Loved your jackets especially the boiled wool one; I have a fondness for boiled wool jackets and have to stop myself buying them…

    Keep up the good work!
    xxx

    • 7th January 2022 at 11:59 am
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      I know what you mean about boiled wool items – I make a beeline for them!!!

      Thank you Veronica and here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year to you too xxx

  • 6th January 2022 at 10:23 pm
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    I totally understand wanting to stay in the same place. Maybe not every time, but for a relaxing trip, you already have all the experience about where to go and how to get there.
    That boiled wool jacket is something else!! You do find some of the best finds Penny.
    Happy New year!!
    OXXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • 7th January 2022 at 11:58 am
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      You’re right going back to Dungeness will be relaxing. And yes, that boiled wool jacket is great – thank you Jodie and here’s wishing you a Happy New Year to you too xxx

  • 7th January 2022 at 2:37 pm
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    Happy New Year Penny! I love all three jackets on you.

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      Thank you Lise, Happy New Year to you too 😊

  • 10th January 2022 at 8:33 am
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    Happy New Year Penny, and here’s hoping that 2022 breaks the back of this pandemic. I’ve really had enough of cancelling family Christmas due to fear of travelling. When you rely on public transport, what is happening currently is no joke. I love your idea of wearing a grey boiled wool jacket under your coat…very warm. Take care and keep well. Trish S.

  • 10th January 2022 at 6:07 pm
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    Happy New Year Penny. I have loved reading all your posts throughout the year and our mini break in the same cottage you stayed at in Dungeness was a highlight. We plan to book again. Love that quirky area. I have followed many of your recommendations on Netflix etcetera and really enjoyed a new perspective. Like you I will not be selecting New Year resolutions to beat myself up over when I fail to keep them. It’s about one day at a time these days. I discovered sea swimming in November and now regularly dip with the local Bluetits Group. I love their philosophy and it is superb for my mental health- turn up in whatever you want to wear, paddle or swim if you want, decide to have a coffee and watch if you decide not to go in, laugh, giggle, and if you decide winter swimming is not for you come back in Spring. It’s not judgy and is life affirming. i’ve also had some gret buys in charity shops. A fushia jacket for £10 I wear everywhere!
    To a healthy and happy ( or maybe content) New Year

  • 13th January 2022 at 12:45 pm
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    Looking forward to a fabulous 2022! My favorite jacket is the one with the nipped-in waist. Love the swirly graphic design, and the cut of the jacket keeps it from looking too bulky. Best wishes for the New Year.

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