How are you all? I hope the events in Europe are not impacting on your mental health too much. I say that from the privilege of not being in Ukraine or any country embroiled in war.
I find I have to ration my news watching and I don’t doom scroll any more. I read certain journalists, and anything in The London Review of Books, but I’ve banned myself from looking constantly at the papers on my phone. Instead I try to immerse myself in cultural writing and watching. Actually writing the two blogs helps, even on My Other Blog, and I will be researching and writing more for My Other Blog and have ideas for two posts based around the subject of Ukraine, but as yet I haven’t added to the two I’ve written so far – see below for my time constraints!
In the meantime, how did my not buying any clothes at all in February go? Well, it was fine in some respects, as I bought nothing from charity shops in February, and in fact I did a lot of weeding out of my wardrobe, which was necessary because I’d made some mistakes this winter whilst charity shop shopping, but there was another reason – again, see below! However, I failed that challenge to myself as not only did I buy that amazing ruffled skirt, I also bought (in a sale I hasten to add) a raincoat from another good ethical brand, Thought.
It’s actually not quite warm enough to wear at the moment, as we’ve just had quite a cold spell with a freezing wind coming from the north. But I’ve been looking for a good raincoat for some time and I think I shall wear it a lot through Spring, Summer and the Autumn. You’ll understand why I haven’t taken a photo when you read on! But you will, you will!
Those were the only two purchases I made that month and it’s made me think that maybe charity shops do encourage me to buy rather too much. Should I change my habits for the sake of our planet and not buy so many clothes? I mean, even though the majority of what I buy and wear is second hand, I still seem to be caught up in the consumption that is encouraged to feed the need for everlasting growth. Not sure where I shall go with this, but it has made me think and it was good to take a break from constantly looking for clothes.
Now for the reveal. Where to start? OK. Deep breath. We’re moving again – on Friday! Did any of you guess? Posts were often late and I was always talking about ‘life got in the way’, and doing lots of ‘this and that’. Well, ‘this and that’ was looking for a property, selling our current property and doing the admin, which I have to say has increased exponentially from buying with a nod and a wink (true) and almost no paperwork, to a horrendous amount of questions, which have to be answered with certificates and proof for everything especially the electrics. But we’re nearly there, we move in two days time.
If any of you have known me for long, the fact that we’re moving won’t be a surprise as we have behaved over recent years like serial movers. It’s been two and a half years in our current flat, as it was for the last one, so are we bordering on being a bit dysfunctional with these moves? You could say that, and I daresay if you’ve never moved (and I do know people who have remained in their home ever since I’ve known them, some for over 40 years) you might say, what??? Another move?! But for every move there was a reason and this one is no exception.
I have no doubt that if Covid hadn’t happened we would still be happy in this little flat, which is in a great part of Brighton – Kemptown. I love Kemptown and its village atmosphere, and I shall miss it. But, but, that is not enough for me. Instead of living an out and about city life, and going into the centre of the city for all sorts of activities, and especially going to the two wonderful independent cinemas I do nothing at all in the centre of Brighton, I never go to the cinema and as for London, I never go up to London. Maybe I should be doing more, but there’s something about the number of cases in this city that puts me off, it’s a hotspot for Covid.
But that’s not the only reason, there are many. Did you notice I said my ‘little’ flat. It is small, this little flat, and I really noticed that going through our lockdowns, especially the last one. And I missed gardening, note I say gardening. Yes, there is a large patio at the back this block but I missed doing stuff in my own little patch.
However, I’m not continuing on a stream of negativity because, people, we are moving to Lewes! Yay and three cheers for that! Because one of the main things I’ve missed over these two years is a cultural community and Lewes is filled with cultural activities.
Tbh, after these two years, I think I’ve got pretty near being a bit agoraphobic what with this avoidance of contact with people and activities. I really need to shake up my life and start over. Well, I’m half way there and have every intention of doing so much more. This is helped by the fact that Lewes is so much smaller than Brighton and everything can pretty much be reached by walking (I shall up my steps big time). Furthermore, I’ve already joined two societies, attended Zoomed meetings, and signed up for a history walk later this month.
I also look forward to being part of a more radical town. Lewes is quite right-on and I shall join others interested in climate change. As for refugees, I shall become active in some way and do something for the world’s refugees. All things considering I feel compelled, and I know I shall find a like-minded community in Lewes. Yes, it’s all there for me to experience – yay!
So people, I think my thought for the day is, ‘don’t get stuck in a rut. Dissatisfied? Do something about it!’ I’m not saying you have to move every two years!! But I repeat, I don’t get stuck!
Furthermore, this place we’re moving to is not only larger than our current (soon to be not) flat it has a small patch immediately outside my front door that is to be gardened by me. Oh joy! You can’t imagine how happy I am about that. Yes, it’s a small area but it’s big enough to satisfy me – three cheers to that!
And finally, my daughter and her family are in Lewes and that will be so lovely. They don’t have a car (a political decision, they are very climate aware) and visiting Brighton is not easily done by bus. We are now in walking distance.
That’s all for now, I’m sure you’ll understand that I’ll be off blogging for a week or so and I shall answer any comments slowly. Thanks though for reading my blog. You are all so appreciated 😊
With love, Penny, the FrugalFashionshopper