I expect most of you know that this is a month where we are supposed to not buy anything new. Despite it being London Fashion Week influencers and models have asked us to only buy second-hand clothes throughout September. One of those influencers, Stella Tennant (grand-daughter of one of the Mitfords) urges us to do that just that, although at the same time, after reading an article in the Financial Times (sorry, paywall) and hearing what she has in her wardrobe, personally, I think that not buying anything for 30 days wouldn’t be too hard. It’s a shame that this kind of article (don’t forget I read them so you don’t have to) is not about an ordinary person as it makes the whole attempt to get us to do more thrifting and charity shop hunting seem slightly ridiculous.
But this is a good idea, as the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries on this earth impacting on the air we breathe and depleting rivers and lakes beyond our comprehension. Anyone seen Stacy Dooley’s doc on the cotton trade? Here’s a clip from YouTube which shows the shed loads of water used for the production of cotton. She visits the Aral Sea and reveals how it has shrunk – it is truly shocking to see what our love for clothes has done.
As you would imagine I don’t find it difficult to buy second-hand but I’ve even stopped that type of clothes buying this month. I’m being very frugal after the move and our Saga cruise. I also have a dentist to visit, so that’s where my pension is going this month!
With the cooler north winds I’d put away all my summer clothes, but we had some lovely warm weather this weekend so I brought out an old charity shop blouse (with an M&S label) bought in 2011. We had a Heritage Weekend where loads of places of interest are open for free. And here I am in the Secret Garden where I shared a cafetière of coffee with Mr F and my friend Yok, who had said it was a good place to visit.
The Secret Garden is not far from our flat and was once the kitchen garden of a very large villa in Sussex Square now gone, of course.
It hosts sculptures that are changed from time to time and is open at the Brighton Festival and on the Heritage weekends.
Here’s Mr F. Afterwards off we went to Lidl – very excited to have one nearby. Little things please little….., you know!
Then in the afternoonI I did a recce of the beach and the sea.
Yup, there I am striding off to the sea. Now, actually, I didn’t swim in the sea and feel a bit of a wimp after hearing the news this morning of a woman who has just swum our English Channel 4 ways back-to-back. Me, I kind of paddled around and sat in it as, at that point, the sea was a murky brown (probably the sand, which is there at low tide) and I couldn’t see where my feet were. There was no one else swimming in that area, and as my core (more about this in the next post) is not 100% and my back is still sore I didn’t go fully in. Still, I consider it was a recce, and pleased I did it. And confession time, see those swimming shoes? I bought those on Friday, they are so necessary.
I should have had my swimming togs on the next day as we went down to the beach and met up with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson.
This time the water was crystal clear. Never mind, I said to myself, we’re here for the duration, so there’ll be plenty of time to get used to the sea and become more confidant.
By this time next year, I’ll be a fish!
It was lovely to sit and chat with my daughter 🙂
That’s all for now – have a good week.
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper