Hi everyone

I really shouldn’t promise anything as there are no skirts in this post! Instead I have a few pix of me in a variety of outerwear.

Yes, what a contrast the weather has been lately.  This week the weather in the UK returned to being really chilly with a cold and quite strong north wind, but last week was gloriously warm and sunny. This is the type of outerwear  I put on during the cold weather.

There’s that £5 charity shop long jacket again plus an orange beret, woolly scarf and gloves. The sea breezes can be really cool!  And then, wow, last week was really warm and sunny. So I got all my summer clothes down from the top of the wardrobe and went through them. I took most of the thinner, summery items out and sorted through my winter clothes putting away the thicker wool sweaters and cardigans. I started another charity shop bag and into it went two jackets I did not wear once – not to worry they cost not a lot 🙂

Our flat is on the top floor of the building facing both west and north, and consequently is probably one of the coldest in the block as it has more windows and exposed walls than other flats (as do the two flats under ours) but we haven’t got another flat on top of us to warm our interior. Our previous flat faced north and I never knew what the temperature outside was and therefore always made the mistake of going out wearing too many clothes in hot weather. I seem to be repeating this error in our new flat in KempTown as this is what I wore on a really hot day last week!

I’m a happy bunny being outside but the top is too dark, as is the hat! And is that a spare tyre creeping up on me?  Yes, it is! I find I am obsessed with food: the obtaining of it, the cooking of it and the eating of it. Hmm, I so understand the people who are stock-piling, not that I am doing that, but the uncertainty of getting a delivery slot has been quite stressful. Thankfully, I have just secured a recurring weekly delivery slot, phew! But I realise I speak as someone who has the huge privilege of being able to afford the food on my plate. I worry for those who have lost their jobs. Everything is so uncertain but how much more terrifying it must be to have to decide whether to pay the rent or buy food – because this is happening.

Btw, note the lack of crowds on the beach and the very few people out and about. Most of us seem to understand the importance of staying in unless you absolutely have to go out.

My routine is that I go out in the early afternoon but one day we went out in the evening.

Just look at the sky and the sun setting in the distance. It was cooling down so I wore a thin black zipped top with the light coloured (with a hint of pink) jeans. Those are my deep pink running shoes. Will I ever run again …….?

And now it’s returned to being quite cold! I’d changed my duvet from a winter to a summer duvet but two nights ago was so cold I had to put an extra blanket over me!

The nearest I’ve got to dressing up and wearing something funky was the sequinned jacket I wore for a Skype lunch I had with a friend – it felt good.

I have btw, decided to wear the glasses for the duration as they might be giving some protection to the eyes. And talking about protection, what do you think about wearing a mask outside?  Here in the UK the official advice is that masks are only for health workers on the frontline, but there is a growing movement amongst scientists that a mask worn by the general public may not prevent you catching the virus, but it could prevent you infecting others, because those walking around without symptoms will be prevented from spraying their infected droplets around.  Interesting.  My next craft activity is, I think, going to be making a homemade mask.

These challenging times are so odd, on the one hand I have plenty to do and I’m not too bothered about the lockdown, yet on the other, it is so abnormal not to be meeting friends and family, and going out and about to all the things we used to do.  We have adapted, and we are using technology to talk to people face-to-face. For example, yesterday we had a coffee with someone living in France using FaceTime on our MacBook.

How are you adapting and keeping yourself sane? For me the afternoon is more relaxed and I either continue writing or watch a documentary. Who’s watched Tiger King on Netflix? OMG is all I can say, what an amazing car-crash telly experience! This is where lack of regulation gets you – out of control breeding of wild animals and completely crackpot people in charge of them.

While I watch the television I like to use my hands and I have taken up the hem of some new jeans bought from Warehouse (you’ll see them soon) and I’ve mended a few items. As I said I shall start attempting to make a mask and also get knitting, more about that in another post.  And, gosh, we watch a lot of television in the evening as my concentration for reading has gone right out of the window. This is not television in real-time btw, but series and box-sets. Here’s a list of my favourites:

  • Peaky Blinders (Netflix) Quite violent but very well acted
  • Better Call Saul (Netflix) Again so well acted but you need to have watched Breaking Bad to understand where this is going
  • Westworld (Now tv) Bonkers and I’m not sure where it’s going and, indeed, what’s happening, but it’s quite addictive
  • Babylon Berlin (Now tv) In German with subtitles. Very good. We’re on the 3rd season
  • The Truth Will Out (Channel 4 Walter Presents) In Swedish with subtitles – very typical Scandi noir
  • Unorthodox (Netflix) Different
  • Pilgrimage: The road to Istanbul (BBC2 iPlayer) Lovely and uplifting – we need more of this 🙂
  • Quiz (ITVHub) Entertaining
  • Killing Eve (BBC iPlayer) Oh yessssss!

And I’m looking forward to watching the sci-fi Devs which is coming to BBC2 on Wednesday 15 April which I’ll watch on iPlayer.

That’s all for now. I hope you’re keeping safe and well 🙂

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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49 thoughts on “Sea-front walks and a sequinned jacket

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    15th April 2020 at 7:15 am
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    You are such an inspiring lady Penny!!! My thoughts are exactly yours. Food, tv, lipstick on for Zoom chats with a drink! We are so lucky to be retired and have a good meal on a plate. But I am totally stressed by Sainsbury online deliveries. My orders get stuck, if i can get one, I cannot get pulses and they are my healthy main bulking food. Why stress? Because we do. Jeans every day, hardly any makeup and don’t mention hair dye!! there is none out there. hey ho! If the sun shines and we have loving company, we should NOT complain. Please keep writing your thoughts down for us to share and agree. Many thanks. P. X

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 7:12 am
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      Sainsbury’s has been a disappointment and not very helpful. Probably not entirely their fault as no-one really was all that prepared supermarkets included. Yes agree we should not complain, but I think it’s absolutely OK to acknowledge the stress. We are actually lucky to be retired and have a regular income. You take care and good luck with finding pulses, but just a thought, on Facebook I see local farm stores and other small food companies delivering foods – could you find those via Google if you don’t have Facebook. All the best 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 8:11 am
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    Dear Penny’ I am so glad you’re feeling a little better. Here in Australia we too are in lockdown. It really has brought home to me how we need to get our own manufacturing businesses up and running again, I really think the Japanese have got the right idea. I checked where most of the things that I buy have come from and decided that I am happy to support countries that have good conditions and fair wages for their workers.Like you I have always supported op shops as we call them here and after I did my inventory of where my things came from I found that my toothpaste was Australian, my skin care and make up was from the UK, Germany, America, France and Australia so I was quite pleased. Even though I buy Australian brands of clothing, not one of them is manufactured here, so I wish they would bring back local manufacturers. We need to be sure of the source of our food also and it seems ridiculous that we are importing a lot of it. So I am on a mission to support local artisans, craftsmen and women and continue to buy second hand. That’s about all I can do I think. Will anything change or will we go back to being complacent again as soon as this is over, there are very good lessons to be learned I think. Hope you continue to improve and are off and running in your hot pink running shoes very soon.
    Warm regards Carol

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 7:15 am
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      Thank you so much Carol.

      Like you when this goes away (!) I hope the world rethinks its means of production. But with Trump around…… But let’s keep that hope going. In the meantime to support local artisans is the way to go – good for you, take care 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 9:52 am
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    Thank you for your blogs…so entertaining.
    I was under the impression that as a vulnerable 70+ year-old (as I am too) you shouldn’t go out at all…not even for exercise and essential shopping.

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      15th April 2020 at 10:33 am
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      No, even the over 70s like us need exercise! It’s perfectly OK. However, my husband has now gone onto the extremely vulnerable list, and I have stopped going out altogether, though I was enjoying my daily solo walk. I exercise in my living room. I like Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home on YouTube, and have clocked up six miles today by taking steps in my living room.

      I have been getting monthly food parcels from JanePlan diet delivery for over a year now, and have notched up a very satisfactory weight loss. It is such a relief to get all my basic food requirements delivered with no hassle every month. JanePlan are still advertising on TV and I would heartily recommend them to anyone.

      • the frugal fashion shopper
        16th April 2020 at 7:20 am
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        Wow, I must look up the Walk at Home on YouTube – thanks for the tip. And thanks also for telling people about JanePlan. You take care and good wishes to your husband 🙂

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          16th April 2020 at 12:22 pm
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          I can also recommend Walk at Home – brilliant! My husband (knee replacement in Feb has also found it very helpful in lieu of physio!

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            16th April 2020 at 1:28 pm
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            I took it up after knee replacement too!

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      15th April 2020 at 11:16 am
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      Why would Sainsbury’s and the like be offering us “Oldies” a special hour of shopping if we weren’t allowed out?

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        15th April 2020 at 3:50 pm
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        It’s the people including oldies that have had the NHS letter that confirms that you are vulnerable and registered on Gov.UK that are advised that they shouldn’t go out.
        I recall in Penny’s previous blog that she told us she was having trouble getting a Sainsbury’s delivery because of their delivery priority to the vulnerable but she had sorted it and was waiting to hear from them.
        So if you qualify for a Sainsbury delivery you must be registered as vulnerable in Gov.UK and to qualify for registration you must have received the NHS letter that tells you not to go out.
        Get it?

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          15th April 2020 at 3:59 pm
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          Lyndsay .. I wonder if you are right. I am over 70, fit and have not had a letter from the NHS. BUT I have had many letters from the CEO of Sainsbury’s encouraging me to use the priority online Sainsbury delivery system. It is slow and you have to keep going on to check for the day and time you want but it’s brilliant. I order every 2 weeks and only had one glitch this week, when I rang them and had to wait 1 1/4 hrs to get thru!! Joy!

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            15th April 2020 at 7:42 pm
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            I also have emails from Sainsbury’s saying I have been recognised as one of their vunerable customers but as of yet I have not been able to book an online delivery, really frustrating.
            Penny, I have watched the Tiger King after my son said to, I agree with you, totally unbelievable! Each of the places seem to be run like a cult. I just can’t believe the number of tigers in America!, why?

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            15th April 2020 at 9:38 pm
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            You get a letter from the NHS only if you have a medical condition that would affect your ability to cope with the virus. If you are fit you wouldn’t get the letter. I don’t understand why Sainsbury’s have you on their register then….they get a list from the government of everyone who has registered on Gov.UK.
            Mystery time.

          • the frugal fashion shopper
            16th April 2020 at 7:52 am
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            Hi Petronella – what an amazing name 🙂 Glad you’re managing to get the Sainsbury’s deliveries – the capacity of supermarkets is being very much tested. Online sales were at 7% of all food sales and I read somewhere that the demand is now at 27%. I never managed to get through on the phone – kudos to you for hanging on!!!

        • the frugal fashion shopper
          16th April 2020 at 7:43 am
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          Hi again Lyndsay!

          Yes, I think the whole business of who’s getting what has been very muddled. It really isn’t clear at all and I was annoyed when I was told by Sainsbury’s that I wasn’t considered vulnerable and/or old but a friend I know who is the same age but hasn’t got any health issues (as far as I know) was told by Sainsbury’s that she was on their list – gosh I thought. I also have not received a letter from the government. It is so unclear but there seem to be two ways to get food deliveries – the letter and also self-registering on .gov.uk which I’ve done. But the system is not working for so many who are deemed vulnerable because supermarkets don’t appear to have the capacity to cope with the numbers needing deliveries. However there’s a huge mega Asda not far from where I live so that I think that is why they have the capacity. So I have opted for Asda deliveries and I am very very grateful.

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      15th April 2020 at 4:25 pm
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      Hi Penny good to have you back, you were missed. I love reading your blog, just one very small thing, please could you tell me what BTW means? I keep coming across it, and I don’t understand it. Keep blogging.

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        15th April 2020 at 9:32 pm
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        By the way

      • the frugal fashion shopper
        16th April 2020 at 7:46 am
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        Hi Terri! I am so sorry, as someone has already said, it’s, ‘by the way’! I will keep blogging – it’s so nice to get the feedback 🙂

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 7:18 am
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      Hello Lyndsay – I think you have to be really, really vulnerable not go out at all. Rest assured I am not going out to any shops, not even the little ones near us, but the short walks I take are good and everybody is being responsible and keeping their distance.You take care 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 10:12 am
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    I’ve been doing some of the change over of my clothes but despite the lovely sunshine it has turned quite chilly again so proceeding with caution! Mostly I want to wear lighter colours again but I’m not putting away my wool cardigans (freshly washed) yet. We had a video call with my daughter and her partner as it was her 40th birthday. We opened some fizz and toasted her which was fun & they told us that they will get married in 2022 so that is something to look forward to! Although I’m very happy in my own company I have been feeling it all a bit recently so the call really cheered me up. We are so lucky here to have a garden & countryside on our doorstep. I went for a walk yesterday and the sun and clear cool air was just wonderful.
    As to wearing a mask I heard a very clear and credible answer from a virologist a couple of days ago. In short, unless the fabric is very dense & impermeable it will not trap the incredibly teeny tiny particles of virus, so home-made masks are unlikely to be effective. Adjusting it (it may be uncomfortable & fit badly) and taking it off is likely to transfer virus to hands etc. Masks can also give people a false sense of security. Medical masks are different and of course clinicians are in very close contact with patients continuously & they wear gloves as well. Wearing glasses may help if you don’t rub your eyes! The problem is that we touch our faces all the time without even realising it. I too am really concerned about those who are living in flats & overcrowded accommodation & frightened about how they are going to cope financially. In all the good news about volunteers and the continued efforts of essential workers I have detected a censorious note when it comes to people who are not considered to be ‘doing the right thing’ irrespective of their circumstances. If I was cooped up in a city high-rise with a couple of small children I’d take them for a picnic in the park, keeping well aware of others. Perhaps that just means I’m irresponsible too!
    We are getting the food we need ( no eggs this week) but I do miss having some flowers. At least we have some in the garden to look at. I saw a wisteria in flower on a garage wall yesterday – beautiful and so early. I’m enjoying Tea with Tricia on weekdays and there are so funny things on YouTube. Have you seen a Beatles parody – ‘I gotta wash my hands’ – very clever. We are listening to Bring up the Bodies on an audio download from the library and have been watching Ian Hislop’s Olden Days, Mr Winner, (really funny and no swearing!) Twin, Belgravia, The Nest & the second series of Your Home made Perfect which uses 3D technology- fascinating. We don’t have Netflix or any of the others as we find enough to watch on ordinary TV.
    Today is my Skype call to my PT & I’m doing 2 other sessions myself every week. I find the days go quite quickly as I don’t get up very early and I’ve brought forward the evening drink to 5ish! I just keep telling myself how lucky to be retired and financially secure at this time.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 9:32 am
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      So much to agree with here. I’m glad you found a PT as they really are the answer to health problems, although at the moment I’m not exercising too much at all. But most days I do stretching, posture and breathing exercises. I absolutely agree that masks worn by the public (which are not up to the frontline PPE standard) will not prevent you catching the virus and there is near total scientific consensus on this, but there is a growing opinion that wearing any mask, even a homemade one, will stop people people passing it on. So the people who should wear a mask are those who are asymptomatic and as you do not know you have it then the population should be kind enough to wear one. So there’s that to think about.

      Maybe I changed the duvet from winter to summer too early but one day last week I was so hot I couldn’t sleep!

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    15th April 2020 at 10:14 am
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    Thanks for your thoughts, helps to hear we’re all experiencing similar feelings. And thanks for the TV tips too. Agreed on Peaky Blinders, very stylish and the early series at least were good on UK (and Irish) social history in the early 20th century. Later series got a bit more gangsterish. Must try some of the others. Quiz has been very entertaining, but as someone said, now every time someone coughs or clears their throat in our house, I feel like shouting out ‘Craig David!’

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 9:36 am
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      I shall watch the last two episodes of Quiz tonight, yes, very entertaining! Thank you so much for the feedback. Because I was thinking do I ignore it all and write a covoid-free post, but really what we’re all going through is mind-blowing and challenging. And I think it’s good to share how we feel. You take care 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 10:18 am
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    Sorry to appear again but talking of tv, I have found a gem on Netflix:
    Film – Ladies in Black – set in Sydney 1950’s ladies fashion store – Goode’s.
    It will. Ring a smile to yr faces, esp the ‘Audrey Hepburn’ beautiful dresses! P. X

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 7:54 am
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      Ooh thanks, I’ll look that up – sounds really good 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 10:42 am
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    Cirque du Soleil is posting a new one hour programme on their YouTube channel each week – there are three of them so far. Each one is a compilation of highlights from three shows. The performers are fantastically talented and I love the stylish quirkiness of the sets. The high quality production values look especially good on a large screen TV.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 9:37 am
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      That sounds good, I shall look for it, thanks 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 10:48 am
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    Hello, Penny! We are in So. California and are sheltering in place. Yes, like you, we have much to be thankful for! We are still in the “honeymoon” stage of our move to this small coastal area eight months ago. There are enough house and personal organization projects to keep us occupied for quite awhile. Through Zoom and Marco Polo, we have social interaction with our family and with our church. And, no, we don’t insist that we must have large worship gatherings, thank you very much! Such grandstanding in our country gives all Christians a bad name.
    One thing that I find interesting is our “making do” when we run out of the odd item or two for a meal. We are so used to just running out immediately (California car culture) to purchase a missing ingredient. Putting together different combinations with different ingredients with a decent outcome has become quite satisfying. Ha! Simple things for simple folks. :).
    Currently, we are taking much caution with my husband’s need for blood labs and replenishing his meds. We are leaving our home to have to visit these places. We try to be hyper-vigilant about what we touch and social distance as we stand in lines.
    Life does go on…just differently. We are enjoying the quiet, slower pace. Much has been made of the lack of air pollution with no traffic. Also, wild animals are returning to their original locations without the usual human hustle and bustle.
    We are finding comfort in everyday small things. Hoping the same for you and your readers. Good to read your post.
    Charlene H

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 9:46 am
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      It is interesting how we were so used to buying food on a whim and just going out to get the odd thing. While I’ve been having online food deliveries for over 10 years now it was not often that I did one every week and it was never for all my food. I find it quite stressful to think through every meal and every item, but over the last two weeks we have successfully not gone into any shop whatsoever for top-ups.

      I hear from my kids and others that while people queue up safely at a distance to get into a supermarket once in it’s still a bit of a bunfight with people on top of each other just reaching for food.

      The reduction in air pollution is such a bonus. It makes one think, could we change our ways? Best wishes to you and your husband – you take care 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 1:12 pm
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    Hi Penny lovely to hear your thoughts and what you have been doing as always.
    I don’t have Netflix but have been watching Twin, Babylon Berlin (which I loved) and the pilgrimage thing which I found very interesting. Am also watching The Nest and Quiz and lots of Walter Presents. Very much looking forward to Killing Eve too.
    I know you say you’re having trouble reading but have you ever read Helen Dunmore? If you haven’t, do try her when you’re back to reading. I find her novels very readable and interesting and always on very different themes.
    I am also in my seventies and getting food delivery online but as somebody else said it had been so stressful trying to get a delivery slot, being in a virtual queue for four hours. But it does seem to have got better now so hats off to the online companies.
    Looking forward to your next blog.
    Jo

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 9:52 am
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      There’s a lot of rubbish on Netflix – one can lose the will to live looking through it for something half decent!!!!! We shall watch Twin. And yes, the choice in Walter Presents is so good.

      I will try Helen Dunmore. See some of my answers to others – the capacity of supermarkets to deliver to the new demand (from 7% to 27% apparently) has been hugely challenging for some of them. I think it might be just a little easier if you live in an urban area with several supermarkets. I am grateful that Asda stepped up to the mark in my area anyway. Hats off to the people who deliver to us 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 1:42 pm
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    Hi Penny, lovely to see your post in my inbox today. We have been in lockdown for five weeks now. I’m just outside of Toronto. The supermarkets are open for the first hour everyday just for Seniors, so I have taken advantage of that, and find with a complete shopping list, I can be in and out within 30 minutes. Our trolleys are given to us, already bleached in between customers, and one way traffic in the aisles. So I feel quite secure shopping. I wear latex gloves, and have been appalled at how people wearing them just discard them on the ground by their cars as they leave. It makes me so angry, that people can be so lazy, and not dispose of them at home. My mother lives alone in York, her residence is also on lockdown, no family, only careers allowed in; she has dementia, which has spiralled since lockdown started, so my day is spent telling her how to turn on the T.V. (She confuses her phone with her remote)and forgets how to do the simplest of tasks. I have tried to get her extra care but, every organization is stretched to the limit right now, so no one is available. My life is stressful, as I’m so worried about my mother, apart from that, I am enjoying the quiet streets and catching up on doing all the jobs I haven’t had time to do. I’ve found amazing colouring books on Amazon, which are so intricate in their designs, it fills a lot of my time.
    So grateful for our healthcare workers. We are so blessed to live in a country with health care. Meanwhile our neighbours to the south of us, are living in total Covid chaos, and little or no health care. We are blessed to be a par5 of an amazing Commonwealth community.
    Have a great week.❤️

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 10:05 am
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      It must be so stressful worrying about your mother from afar, I found it difficult enough when I was actually only a two hours drive away, I feel for you. Glad to hear you can get food quite quickly. I can’t even fathom a health care system where people have to pay for their coronavirus treatment – unbelievable and cruel. But all health workers are to be praised to the skies – they are putting themselves into harm’s way. Plus a big thanks to all the key workers who I think we just took for granted. Hats off and maybe in the UK we might consider funding our health service better and paying higher wages to the nurses. Have a good week too and take care 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 1:55 pm
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    Ha! Penny! Thanks for the chuckle. I too have found myself obsessed with all aspects of food – though I admit we have enough to last a couple of weeks so would not starve. It’s the uncertainty of not knowing if you will get what you actually want if you are not shopping yourself . We have kind volunteers that are shopping once a week for those of us self isolating. I too became obsessed with getting a Tesco slot. So much so that for nearly 2 weeks I was getting up at midnight to ‘be there’ when the new day came up! I have never got a Tesco slot to this day. I have however got a Waitrose slot – with delivery today! I have waited a while but today is the day and I have been able to offer my neighbours chance to add to my order if they need anything. It has not yet arrived but there is still time…..hopefully! I like that you are ‘dressing’ for a video call – we are too! Keep posting please. Kindest regards, Pauline

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 10:16 am
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      The looking for a delivery slot was so time-consuming and really quite stressful, yet I’m still stressed and that’s when I receive the items. Won’t it be great when we can buy food on a whim and not think who’s touched this, and will it therefore kill me – stupid and a tad paranoid, I know, but I do think that.

      Great to hear you got a Waitrose slot. Best wishes to you Pauline 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 1:59 pm
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    Ha! Penny! Thanks for the chuckle. I too have found myself obsessed with all aspects of food – though I admit we have enough to last a couple of weeks so would not starve. It’s the uncertainty of not knowing if you will get what you actually want if you are not shopping yourself . We have kind volunteers that are shopping once a week for those of us self isolating. But today we should be getting an actual Waitrose delivery…..fingers crossed! At least I have been able to offer my neighbours the chance to ‘share’ my slot. Keep posting please. It’s comforting to know that others have the same feelings, foibles and hopes.

    Kindest regards,
    Pauline

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    15th April 2020 at 4:31 pm
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    Hi Penny
    It is still not really warm here in New York but most days I am able to get out for a walk. last week when I went to the supermarket there was not much in the way of fresh vegetables. I thought, well, I’ll get frozen but there was absolutely nothing in the way of frozen veggies. Luckily, there was fruit. apparently meat processing plants have had to close as there have been huge outbreaks of the virus at the plants. this was especially so in a state which did not institute social distancing . this does not really effect me as I am pretty much vegetarian but I am concerned about what is happening to the fresh produce. I do try to eat a healthy diet with little processed stuff. And apparently there is no one to plant and harvest because the orange idiot did not consider them essential and got rid of them. well, enough of the rant, sorry for being political again. I am glad to see you are doing well and are up and about, nice to have the sea so close.
    Darby

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th April 2020 at 10:20 am
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      No, you can be political any time. One day I shall get enough energy to write in My Other Blog and that will be one big rant about our incompetent and useless government who thought ‘herd’ immunity would work – er no! I hope there’s a reckoning when this is over. So you’re not alone in thinking who are these people in charge of us????? So impressed by the many women leaders around the world who seems have got it right e.g. New Zealand’s leader and Germany’s leader. All hail women, actually Macron is not doing too badly in France.

      It is nice to be near the sea – you take care 🙂

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    15th April 2020 at 11:11 pm
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    I appreciate all the comments which show that we really don’t know what others are coping with at any time. I hope everyone is able to have access to the food, etc. they need, as well as enjoy their days, even if in different ways. I keep checking the restriction updates to make sure going for walks/bike rides is still acceptable, and it is allowed as engaging in outdoor activity with social distancing (6 feet). I agree with others in being grateful for our healthcare workers. I live in the US, and it is incredible to see (on the news) how they are working such long and intense hours to provide medical care to patients. Their determination and compassion is touching and inspiring. It doesn’t support them or help anybody to imagine we are living in chaos. There is a lot to be grateful for, including scientists and state governments constantly looking for (and using) ways to better address the problems. I’m refusing to listen or watch the scare tactics some public figures use. Here are TV’s Mr. Rogers words: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

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      16th April 2020 at 10:53 am
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      Hi Evie, I’m looking forward to seeing the Tom Hanks film about Mr Rogers who is a character that we don’t know much about here in the UK, but I heard Tom Hanks talk about MrRogers (and the film) on the Mark Kermode podcast and was impressed.

      It is a very interesting debate and conundrum as to whether the economies of the world will survive the lack of manufacturing and production – they’re certainly going be hit with huge consequences for ordinary people. But it is great to see some countries coming through and out the other side of their peaks. However, I think the lockdown ought to be for quite a long time especially for older people with health issues. I believe that a lot of people here in the UK think the same way. I for one will be distancing until there is a vaccine. In the meantime hats off to all health care workers around the world – what commitment. You take care – it’s so good to share our thoughts and worries 🙂

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        16th April 2020 at 12:22 pm
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        The film Mr Rogers was wonderful – I cried all the way through it was so touching!

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    16th April 2020 at 7:21 am
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    It’s reassuring to see the promenade in Brighton so empty behind you! Like you my day seems to revolve around food – either eating it, preparing it, or planning next week’s meals so I can make a comprehensive shopping list that means only one supermarket shop a week. Makes me realise how lazy I had become when I could just pop out for one or two missing ingredients!
    The most uplifting thing that I have seen recently is the support for Tom Moore and his epic 100 lengths of his garden at the age of almost 100. Isn’t it amazing how one man can inspire so many people to donate money for such a worthy cause?
    Enjoy your daily exercise, a short time in the fresh air and sunshine can really lift everyone’s spirits!

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      16th April 2020 at 10:56 am
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      Hasn’t the response to Tom Moore been amazing – it is good to see a positive side to this whole distressing experience. He is a good example of how anyone can do a little something towards helping others – inspiring and uplifting.

      Thank you I do enjoy the short little walks I take – best wishes to you 🙂

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        16th April 2020 at 11:07 am
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        You would not believe .. I have just tried to donate to Tom Moore’s Just Giving and after several attempts gave up – for now!! Couldn’t get thru. Presume inundated with donations. Amazing man.

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    17th April 2020 at 10:57 am
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    Loving the sequinned jacket! I’m not bored; I can always find something to do but from time to time don’t really feel like doing any of them, so then I just watch TV. We enjoyed Quiz, I love Belgravia and also Masterchef – looking forward to the final tonight

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    22nd April 2020 at 7:07 am
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    Sequinned jacket – that certainly caught my attention! It’s a beaut, very similar to the one I call my “Elton John jacket.” We are due to see him in Oct and I might wear it then, but it might also get cancelled.

    Very worrying to think about all the people on zero hours contracts, or cash in hand folks, who have no money now. Food bank donations have dropped off a cliff and some say they have hardly any food for another week. It’s a worrying time for those poor souls.

    The weather looks tantalizing – sunny – but it does seem cold again and I’ve put a blanket on top of my summer duvet, and even resorted to the PJs!

    Glad you have secured a delivery slot!

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