Hi everyone

I hope you all had a good Easter. Actually is it me or has it become a tad commercialised these days with all the exhortations to buy Easter eggs and other goodies?  Who remembers when the bakeries opened on Good Friday morning (when everything else was shut) and offered you freshly baked hot cross buns?  Which was, people, the ONLY time you could buy hot cross buns! I mean, now they appear shortly after Christmas!

Anyway, for many of us Easter is also about family and we had one of my kids plus her family to dinner on Good Friday, which was lovely. And next weekend we’re having a large get-together with both my children and the grandchildren to celebrate two birthdays – yay!

Easter Sunday was spent lazing around in the morning and then in the afternoon our first walk up to the Downs. There are so many lovely walks in and around this town. I see the blogger Annabel Streets (The Age-Well Project) has just published a book, 52 Ways to Walk. I think I’ll get this as there appears to be lots of interesting information about walking including a whole chapter on gait. My gait is certainly in need of some thought and serious work as what with my dodgy hip and my exceedingly high arched insteps (which would get higher all the time if I didn’t do the exercises – see below) I sometimes catch myself walking rather unsteadily – I’m not exaggerating. After all one’s feet are what carry you around throughout the day. Both my Personal Trainer and my new chiropodist have given me exercises and because of what I feel is some sense of urgency I shall jolly well do them every day. Do it or lose it seems a very apt phrase!  I’ll get that book and pass on any information I think relevant.

How has the weather been for you over the last few days?  It’s been really rather warm (for the UK) reaching the dizzying heights of 17C(62F).  And because that is considered near enough hot weather (!) I got out all my Spring and Summer clothes and put away some of my thick winter woollies.

Oh.My.Word. Did I have a good clear-out!  I have a huge bag for the local charity shops, and I’ve also identified some good quality clothes to sell. This was partly saying, do I wear this? And do I want to wear this? And partly down to the fact that my new wardrobe does not have a double metal pole, to take jackets above and skirts below. So although it is a longer space, with just the one pole I have ever so slightly less space than before. I mean I did have a wardrobe specialist give us an estimate for a new built-in wardrobe, but the price…. phew…..was an instant no, so I shall make do with what I’ve got.

So there’ll be a lot of shopping my closet through the summer as I really do have lots of lovely summer dresses and skirts, including these two beauties bought last year at the end of summer from the best charity shop in Kemptown in Brighton, Age UK.

This skirt has a Jigsaw label, and although it looks as though it is that crinkled cotton it is actually 78% wool.  I wore it last week on Good Friday with a green top.

The skirt below is also originally from Jigsaw and is 90% cotton. In the past few days I have worn it with short leggings underneath as I still don’t trust the weather! Both cost £7 btw.

The jacket was bought in Lewes when I didn’t have any Spring clothing – that cost £8.50

Behind me you can see the little patch of garden that I am starting from scratch. It’s south facing so we get a lot of sun through that window, which needs a roman blind – organising that now!

This is the life – loving the proximity to a seat outside.

That’s all for now. With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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31 thoughts on “Two skirts and another update on the move!

  • 18th April 2022 at 11:41 am

    Yes Penny I remember only having a hot cross bun on Good Friday. It tasted wonderful. It was then off to church for a lengthy service!
    Love the skirts and always think a denim jacket goes well.
    Loving your garden too xx

    • 19th April 2022 at 2:46 pm

      The hot cross buns were such a treat as they were so scarce and only available on the one day. They were also sold warm if I remember. The skirts were a good buy and the garden is going to be a delight as it is lovely to have a little bit of outside space.

      Thanks Vivien 😀

  • 18th April 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Oh isn’t the weather just glorious Penny. Loving every minute of it. Great skirts! You are so lucky to live in that beautiful area.

    • 19th April 2022 at 2:47 pm

      Lewes is so lovely – we think it was such a good idea to move! The skirts were a very good buy!

      Thanks Nancy 😀

      • 21st April 2022 at 11:52 am

        I was interested in what you said in your last post about the twittens in Lewes. In our town and indeed throughout the northern part of Germany these little lanes are called ‘twete’ or ‘twiete’. Surely a common word origin? They are usually named after the trade or craft people who lived there i.e. bakers or butchers’ twete. My favourite is the bolchen twete ( boiled sweet makers). Perhaps you can find out something about the twittens on your historical walk.
        Congratulations on your successful move from a so far silent reader

  • 18th April 2022 at 12:23 pm

    My grandmother baked spicy hot cross buns for us and yes, just once a year! Easter doesn’t mean much to me as I’m an atheist and now being retired it doesn’t have the same appeal as a long weekend off work. We have been given sone Easter chocs but will eat them slowly! We saw my daughter and partner in the garden but are still being very careful about Covid as HI is going sailing next weekend after 2.5 years of not being able to. I’ve had my scan so can be a bit less paranoid for a couple of weeks. We are due to go on a cruise in May so will have to restrict activities for 2 weeks before we go.
    I like your red hat; I’ve got to get one with a bigger brim but will it stay on? My current one blew off three times yesterday, may need to get something with a cord. I’m now going to move clothes around again – I have about 3m of hanging space but in three rooms. It should be possible to put a lower rail in the existing wardrobe, either yourselves or get a handy person in. I had a long wardrobe once and I put an old chest of drawers inside it for more storage space. I will be washing my wool cardigans & dark coloured wraps and shawls in net bags and putting them away in sealed plastic ones which have kept the moths away so far. I use the under bed drawers in the spare bedroom to store seasonal rotations. The reality is that I still have far too much stuff but when I watch any of those ‘clear your clutter’ home makeover programmes I feel OK about mine. At least I’m tidy. I’ve just finished watching ‘The Split’ on i-player and I’m enjoying the Design Master competition, just can’t resist the pull of the reveal at the end!

    • 19th April 2022 at 3:02 pm

      I’m like you and Easter doesn’t mean much at all, apart from, oh yes, I must buy Easter eggs for the kids and now grandchildren. Where are you going on your cruise and is it Saga again?

      The thing with the wardrobe is that it has a long pole suspended in the middle for strength but with no dividing wall. To have a double pole will be problematic as a wall would have to be erected, and in addition the pole isn’t high enough to get the jackets and the skirts in together as there are largish cupboards above the pole. So the whole thing would have to be demolished and constructed again which is why I am making-do for the moment. When I can afford it (a year or so away) I will get it done professionally, but not now as there are too many other things to sort and it’s all a very expensive business!

      Just getting back to watching our sort of programmes. We were quite constrained by the tastes of my daughter’s family but it was interesting to watch things we wouldn’t normally like Master Chef and Dragons Den.

      Thanks Lynda 😀

  • 18th April 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Looks like you’re settling in well. Can I recommend a book to help with your walking, it’s The Alexander Technique by Penelope Easten.
    I love the jacket, I’ve got a similar one. I do find dressing in Springtime (and Autumn) very difficult as I never know what to wear and end up in jeans and t shirt again. Changeable weather and menopausal flushes don’t help!
    Enjoy your garden…

    • 19th April 2022 at 3:15 pm

      Yes, I remember doing an Alexander Technique running course. Will look for the book – thanks. I will enjoy the garden and the hot flushes will pass I promise 😊

  • 18th April 2022 at 2:23 pm

    When I lived in Dublin the pubs shut on Good Friday. Here in France the butcher shops are queued out everyone seems to eat lamb, also as well as Easter it was Passover and Ramadan. I suppose that explains the rush.

    You are a real breathe of Spring with your rosy hat.

    • 19th April 2022 at 3:19 pm

      I think most of the shops closed on Good Friday but can’t remember whether pubs shut as well. We didn’t live near any pubs.

      Thanks Flora re: the hat, it was a charity shop buy, albeit new, from the Heart Foundation. I do love it.

  • 18th April 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Commercialism has gone too far with our religious festivals, we only had hot cross buns Friday and I made a traditional simnel cake for yesterday. Lewis definitely suits you I can see in your face how happy you are. Enjoy the rest of your day,Margaret

    • 19th April 2022 at 3:21 pm

      Ah, a simnel cake is the best thing ever as I love marzipan and never get enough on a Christmas cake. There’s a cake maker/baker who sells simnal cakes in Lewes market – next year…..

  • 18th April 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Ahhh…I love seeing you in the garden, Penny! Sunshine and growing plants…can’t go wrong there! Do you grow vegetables? I love to have homegrown tomatoes!
    Despite the challenges of moving, it seems that Lewes is the perfect place for you and your husband. All the activities you like, sunshine, family, shops, and the cultural activities you enjoy. Glad to read your back is better.
    I, too, was lacking in exercise for months and have just returned to a more active “dance” class. Sweated up a storm this morning and got a good stretch not to mention the cardio. Hope this helps my sleeping and some aches I have. I am also switching doctors as I found a new medical center that I favor.
    Moving seems to have given the both of us a “re-fresh” on life! I am still exploring our beach town that had been shut down right after we moved back in August 2019. Even located a car maintenance shop near the beach where I can walk while waiting for a job to be done. So much to be thankful for!
    I would be interesting in any info you can share about “52 Ways of Walking”. I do enjoy her blog posts that you recommended. I now subscribe to read her writings/information!
    Enjoy your new surroundings and the sunshine! Charlene

    • 21st April 2022 at 11:45 am

      Hi Charlene and come the summer which begins in June for us I will get a tomato plant as the front of my flat faces south as does the little patch of garden. There are still some issues to resolve with the flat which you’ll hear about next week but, really, moving here is like a new start, it really has got me out of my staying-in rut. Your move too was also a very good and positive step to take.

      That dance class sounds amazing and must be so good for you! My sleeping is still a bit off, but it is so quiet here I feel very rested.

      Thanks as ever for your interesting comment 😊

  • 18th April 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Penny. I found that putting a double rod in your closet might give you more space. I did and found that it served my needs. I might suggest you check the length of your jackets and skirts before you do it. I raised the rods on top to accommodate the second rod for your skirts. Just thought I would send this idea along to you. Stay well and enjoy your new home.
    Barbara from the States

    • 21st April 2022 at 11:49 am

      I do think a double rod is exactly what I need but it won’t be that easy as i)the pole is long with no division so some kind fo break or wall would have to be erected and then ii) the cupboards above are just too low to accommodate a double row. So in effect I’d have to completely gut the whole wardrobe and start again,which I hope to do next year, in the meantime it’ll do!!

      Thanks Barbara, I do love communicating and linking with people across the pond.

  • 19th April 2022 at 12:37 am

    I don’t think I have ever had a hot cross bun! I’m not sure it’s a big thing in central Indiana! We had the whole family over for a cook out. I do think Easter has become quite commercialized…I remember our neighbors would shop for Easter presents almost as much as Christmas presents! My kids couldn’t understand why they only got jelly beans and such! It is a shame. But, more and more stores have begun to stay closed here on Easter (once again) since Covid. I don’t know if that’s because of dwindling sales or staffing issues.

    I do love your patch of garden and can’t wait to see what you do with it! I’m not sure what I would do without a little patch of ground!

    As far as your closet, couldn’t you have a handyman come in and move your rod up and install a lower rod? I’m a big one for utilizing all of the closet space I can!

    Thanks for sharing your life with us, Penny!


    • 21st April 2022 at 3:24 pm

      Hot cross buns are a lovely tradition in the UK once sold only on Good Friday but over the years that’s changed big time with the buns on sale from end of December!!!! Have a look at the recipe and you can see a pic of the cross they have https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/hot-cross-buns They’re quite cinamonnny – yum!

      The closet thing is a bit annoying as there are cupboards above the rail that are quite low so actually there isn’t enough room for a double rod. I shall wait till next year when I’ve recovered from all the expense of sorting out the flat to employ a handyman. Not that I am unhappy about the expense – it’s all worth it as I’m so happy to be in Lewes.

      Thanks Marsha – it’s great to be connecting with people like you 😊

  • 19th April 2022 at 2:54 am

    Thanks for the info for that book, it sounds like something we all should read. In fact, I will share it in my email sometime this week.

    • 21st April 2022 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Jodie – I’m enjoying reading the book and will pass on all the interesting bits to the blog shortly 😊

  • 19th April 2022 at 12:22 pm

    A belated Happy Easter Penny! We had a nice family day with all present, first time in a few years. My daughter did a brunch, everything sourced from the local farmers market the day before, and I brought a fruit salad. and some bubbly. Here in New York it just does not want to warm up. temperatures remain well below normal. Today I woke up to temperatures in the 30’s, obviously there had been high winds as there was trash from the recycle bins blown all over, a real mess. apparently some flooding as well. I was glad to see that we did not loose power, as as been threatened. You look so happy sitting in your garden. I seems like the new home is perfect for you.
    I also had a closet clean out. There were a number of things I did not enjoy wearing anymore. I had been trying to make them work but realized I just did not think they suited me. For me it was mostly dresses and skirts, they seem to overwhelm me. and there was a dress recently purchased which I bought online. the fit was fine but on line it looked to be a cheery red and white polka dot. In reality it was a brownish tone. not for me. I hesitated to donate as I learned that so much of what is put in the donation boxes ends up in land fills. However, a local church had a more private shed where I hoped the clothing might be put to good use. And I bought a new pair of jeans, probably my my first new pair in a dozen years! I am counting on them fitting as well as the same size I purchased from the company years ago, which still fit but are wearing out.
    I am enjoying seeing how the new place is coming along.
    Love, Darby

    • 21st April 2022 at 3:34 pm

      Your family gathering sounds lovely and we too are beginning to behave far more normally with our family, although I still have some anxiety about Covid as the case numbers here are high due to the second variant of Omicron, although numbers are slowly falling now – phew!

      Temperatures are not reaching the giddy heights of 62F now but it’s near to that so we are having what we consider some quite nice weather. Mind you with my little patch of garden I would actually like a little rain. From the media I understand there is a very big cloud formation over parts of the States. Hope the weather doesn’t become too extreme.

      Donations to charity shops are not without some issues, including vast amounts of clothing sent abroad to Africa whereupon it ruins the local fashion industry. I am trying to buy fewer items but can’t resist a bargain. And noting my finances after our move a bargain is what I need!

      Thanks so much for your comment Darby which is always read with appreciation x

  • 19th April 2022 at 1:23 pm

    I am considering buying the walking book also. I watched the recent “Age Well Conversation” and was quite taken with the information about adjusting posture and gait before starting out and all the other info about the benefits of daily walking. I’d be interested in your review. I’m happy for you settling into your new digs and love the joyful look on your face as you face the camera. Stay happy! Life is good. xo karen.

    • 21st April 2022 at 3:36 pm

      The book is lovely and written so you can dip in and out, I’m really enjoying reading it.

      And oh yes, I am so very pleased and happy to be in Lewes.

      Thanks so much Karen 😊

  • 20th April 2022 at 6:07 pm

    I cannot wait to plant some seeds next week! Weather here goes back and forth: the wind makes such a difference. I am going through my sandals and getting rid of the very flat ones with no support as I realized last week that they hurt my feet now. I actually hurt a foot tendon before a race but thankfully it didn’t hurt in my running shoes once I started running.

    • 21st April 2022 at 3:42 pm

      Yes, shoes with some sort of support under the arch are essential and I know exactly what you mean about very flat sandals – I have a pair like that, but only wear them on very hot days which are few and far between in the UK!

      Weather at the moment is pleasant with no rain – do you know I’d actually like a bit of rain for my little patch! Good luck with the seeds – two people gave me sunflower seeds and I’ll be sewing those very soon.

      Thanks Mireille 😊

  • 21st April 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Penny,

    You’ve moved since I caught up with you! Hope you’re very happy in your home and you have a lovely garden to play around in…

    I remember all the shops being closed on Good Friday but not the hot cross buns and the baker. I don’t like hot cross buns anyway!

    The new skirts are gorgeous especially the one with the flowers – excellent finds!

    Have a great weekend – and don’t work yourself too hard!

    • 1st May 2022 at 9:35 am

      Hi Veronica

      Sorry for the delay in replying – it went into pending, not sure why! Yes, we’ve moved and we’re very happy about that, but we are living out of suitcases as first, the kitchen needed gutting and then our shower failed so it’s the bathroom’s that’s being done now!

      Moving is hard work of course, but we are trying to take it easy as well! Thanks xxx

    • 1st May 2022 at 9:36 am

      Thank you so much Rosemary

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