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