Hello again

I’ve had a busy few days over Easter which was glorious for the UK. We had hot weather, which was lovely. I don’t usually like hot weather mainly because it doesn’t suit me (Sottish genes) and I’m suspicious of the heat anyway (more about that in the next post). But the weather was just right for me. In fact, it was so good, I got out all my summer clothes and had that mammoth washing session that’s necessary to spruce them up so they’re ready to wear.  And I wore short sleeves, but did I take any pix, no I didn’t!

Anyway, it’s back to typical UK weather, where it’s raining, quite windy and much cooler. But not as cold as it was when, before that lovely Easter weather, I wore this to the gym.

There’s fur in those boots so probably not wearing them again.  The only thrifted item is the skirt but the woolly jumper was gifted and the boots were bought in a sale!

On Easter Monday, my kids and their partners and my grandson came over and instead of the ubiquitous roast I used one of Jamie Oliver’s 5 ingredients recipes and cooked a shoulder of lamb that takes 6 hours to slow roast. Click here for the recipe. I served it with couscous with added roast peppers plus French beans.  I’m so glad to have found this recipe as I find the logistics of serving up a roast with all the trimmings so boring and actually quite hard work.  This recipe is the easiest thing to cook ever – yay!

Today I’m off to Lewes to see my grandson again as I’ve kind of baby-sat (but I don’t use that term now as he’s 13) one day a week for years now. I cook their evening meal and wait for my daughter to return from her one long full day at work and then go home to Mr F.

Hey, you could help me here. When I’m in Lewes I’ll drop into a dress agency, which I’ve been using to sell my slightly better and/or interesting label thrifted clothes.  But I do get some returned and I’m wondering if this might be given back to me.

If it does – should I keep or not?  Wasn’t sure about it but I do like coats – what do you think?

On Wednesday we went up to London to the Tate Modern again, which, after the V&A, is one of my favourite places in the world. I think you might have guessed that going to art exhibitions is my thing. We saw two, one was lovely but quite conventional, Pierre Bonnard, and the other, Dorothea Tanning was kind of mind-blowing!  Just wow to have that experience in an art gallery.

The black skirt got an outing.

The friends we met up at the exhibition loved his landscapes, but we preferred his still lives and the slightly quirky cropped paintings of his muse: his beloved wife.

My kind of painting, that is.

However, the Dorothea Tanning exhibition was on another level – very challenging and so interesting. Is that a fish?

No, but what is it?

Well, apparently it’s a pin-cushion.  But actually, there was so much more to this exhibition, including some fairly disturbing material concerning the idea of family, which resonated, I can tell you.  I want to go again.

The view from the Tate to St. Paul’s.

And the Thames on our short walk to Blackfriars station.

What makes your heart sing?  For me it’s London and art exhibitions – how about you?

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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50 thoughts on “We had hot weather for four days – back to cooler and quite windy weather now!

  • 26th April 2019 at 7:41 am

    Keep the coat, but maybe shorten it a a bit? It starts well at the shoulders and the wide lapels, but then ends up looking a bit like a dressing-gown by the time you get to the hem.
    Wear with something darker on your legs, and maybe a small heel?
    Love the black and white skirt.

    • 26th April 2019 at 12:50 pm

      I thought keep the coat too. Loved it

    • 27th April 2019 at 10:26 am

      Yes, the dressing-gown look. Some coats are like that. The black and white skirt is a keeper though! Thanks for the comment and feedback 🙂

  • 26th April 2019 at 7:46 am

    I was in London over Easter visiting my daughter and her boyfriend. We had a wonderful time and they treated us to a wonderful meal in the Goring Hotel Michelin ⭐️ Restaurant. Delicious and so lovely to be treated. We visited the National Portrait Gallery which is my favourite. The paintings from the days before tubes of paint were invented are among my favourites. The colours and the detail they achieved are amazing. I must visit the Tate Modern next visit. A long time since I was there. The legs don’t allow too. much walking these days !!

    • 27th April 2019 at 10:28 am

      What a lovely treat! And next time I must go to the NationalPortrait Gallery! The Tate Modern is well supplied with lifts – hope you can go 🙂

  • 26th April 2019 at 8:10 am

    Yes, absolutely: going to London to see an exhibition in an art gallery is my idea of a treat too and I loved the Bonnard one. Great post!

    • 27th April 2019 at 10:29 am

      The Bonnard exhibition was just such a feast for the eyes, especially the interiors and the depictions of their bathroom. Tanning was amazing though – different! Thanks!

  • 26th April 2019 at 8:24 am

    Hi Penny
    Re. The coat/ mac. It is a basic essential in our climate.
    My recent acquisition is a waterproof with a removeable lining (warm), and a classic shape, expensive if new.
    I have another ,more simple, off white heavy cotton in a simple classic shape.Both are more than showerproof.

    My rules are …the mac should do more that repel a light shower,should allow for a jumper underneath and be classic in styling.I jolly things up with scarves.

    I have a parka which is waterproof,but I feel cold when I look at it!

    I am trying to stop acquiring clothes new or otherwise,to save the planet and grandchildren, and am giving loads to charity.

    I cannot find anywhere to dispose of bedding ,curtains and other textiles would you believe ?

    I absolutely love your blog ,photos and adventures.

    Best wishes to Penny and everyone.

    • 26th April 2019 at 8:51 pm

      Some charity shops do take curtains, and our local council has textile recycling bins where you can deposit bagged items such as bedding, clothing etc. Try phoning your local council.

    • 27th April 2019 at 10:35 am

      Hi Ro – hope you’ve seen Leslie’s response – the council might take textiles. Our local ‘dump’ has a cloth area too.

      I love that you’re trying not to buy new – same here. Will be writing about this shortly as it’s tricky to go completely over to charity shops. You know, bras, pants and shoes for starters, these are not really charity shop items. I mean shoes are possible but underwear, no. Still we can all cut down. Will write about this soon. Thanks so much.

  • 26th April 2019 at 8:39 am

    Like you I used the weekend to do the winter to summer clear out including huge quantities of washing. I put my wool cardigans away in sealed plastic bags & swap around my two wardrobes. 2 bags for the charity shop so I feel quite virtuous! I like the coat but agree with Sue that it’s too long.
    Recently visited National Gallery with my daughter and her partner for the Nicholas Hilliard minatures exhibition. Absolutely stunning. They give you a magnifying glass so you can see all the detail and it beggars belief that a human hand can do such finely detailed work. We spent 2 hours in there it was so enthralling. There is also an exhibition of work by a French artist called Boilly of whom I had not heard. He painted very detailed scenes of Parisian life in the late 18th century which are quite charming. Like you I enjoy exhibitions but my taste is more classical. However, my daughter and I saw and exhibition of the work of Tamara de Lempicka some years ago; incredible technique which contrasted so much with that years Summer Exhibition which did not do much for us. The next thing will be getting to the Dior exhibition at the V&A before it closes and then maybe the Mary Quant. My main interest at the moment is singing. I’ve just been over to the I O W for a few days of singing and walking in lovely weather. The hotel overlooked Freshwater Bay with lovely views. I walked up to Tennyson’s memorial , hard going for me, for the first time since I was in 6th form when I and another girl taking English were taken over there for a cultural outing. I’ve never forgotten it. I’m going on a singing holiday in Spain in October as well. Got a huge bargain in a charity shop yesterday; a pair of Reiker summer shoes for £12 in a design that they still make which I was steeling myself to spend £55 on! Have problem feet so have to spend on shoes which really annoys me.

    • 28th April 2019 at 7:37 am

      Yes, I too sorted out two massive bags for the charity shop. I’m really trying to cut down the size of my wardrobe, but sadly (!) it still looks full to bursting mainly because I’ve got two seasons wear there. Yesterday and I think today we certainly need to wear winter gear outside.

      I’ve heard about the miniatures exhibition and must go – so much to see though! But that’s a good problem 🙂

      The singing holiday sounds fab and I simply must join a choir – haven’t since I moved. Thanks for your comment Lynda – love reading them.

  • 26th April 2019 at 9:01 am

    How spooky – going to see Bonnard today. Love his use of colour. Having lunch first in veggie restaurant Tibits in Southwark Road. Self-serve and you pay by weight of plate, like NY delis. Delicious varied selection. I like the coat but agree with other comments that it runs out of oomph towards the hem. Perhaps with plain black trainers? Looking forward to next blog, as always!

    • 28th April 2019 at 7:38 am

      Yes, the Bonnard – wasn’t it delightful. And always flat shoes for exhibition days 🙂

  • 26th April 2019 at 9:11 am

    PS have no idea what to wear as weather promises to be very changeable. Got a touch of TCD – trans-seasonal clothing disorder!

    • 28th April 2019 at 7:39 am

      I have cold and hot weather clothes out in my wardrobe and it looks stuffed – but that’s primarily because the days are so changeable – I feel the same 🙂

  • 26th April 2019 at 9:17 am

    What makes my heart sing? Definitely London, art galleries and clothes like that coat! The length is fine, keep it! It has a swagger and you seem tall enough to carry it off! Also it’s a cheerful summery colour not like the usual boring beige trench coats. As I am due to retire in 3 weeks, watch out I may be fighting you over a garment in a charity shop! 😉

    • 28th April 2019 at 7:43 am

      Art galleries in London are so good. As they are in other areas. I mustn’t be so London centric!

      Oh yes, the charity shops have everything you could ever want and now it’s the most ethical way to shop. Will be writing about this v soon.

  • 26th April 2019 at 10:12 am

    Your coat is a great length. Not so long it will trip you up, and long enough to keep you warm.

    • 28th April 2019 at 7:44 am

      Thank you – it is a great length and colour, but still in two minds as I get what people are saying about the dressing-gown look! But thanks v much again 🙂

  • 26th April 2019 at 10:52 am

    Apologies if you’ve had this comment already! I love the black and white skirt and I would say the coat is a keeper. I like the length and imagine it looks good with higher boots. Some great photos, too.

    • 28th April 2019 at 7:48 am

      Apologies – with some people I appear to have to ‘approve’ them every time so your comment will disappear from your sight and I don’t know why. WordPress is good but it has its quirks which are irritating for the blogger as well as the commenter.

      Still not 100% sure about the coat which actually is still in the hands of the dress agency! So if it gets sold my dilemma will disappear!!!

  • 26th April 2019 at 11:36 am

    Keep the coat, shorten it and wear a bright colored scarf with it! I always visit 2Wear in Lewes. We have approval of G’s work to go on a holiday the last two weeks of May. I will let know in my next post which date I will be in the UK. Maybe we can arange a meetup with a few bloggers!

    • 28th April 2019 at 7:50 am

      Woo hoo I hope so Nancy – that would be so good!

      Re: the coat. When I popped in to the dress agency it was still on sale so maybe my dilemma will be solved if it’s sold to someone else!!!

  • 26th April 2019 at 12:41 pm

    The coat: my vote is Yes. And with dark trousers/leggings and shoes/boots it would be Yes, yes, yes. Started organising winter to summer clothes. Back into winter today. Enjoyable reading, thank you.

    • 28th April 2019 at 7:53 am

      On reflection Mary I’m still not 100% sure and as it’s still in the dress agency I’ll don’t have to decide as yet. Yesterday it was definitely winter down by the coast! And thank you for reading!

  • 26th April 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Oh do keep the coat! It suits you and your colouring, the length I like, a tad dramatic and why not! Lovely to have a little dash on a windy day.
    My London is the V&A, loved the Dior, but I was too early for Mary Quant so saving that for another day. Also love the NPG, especially the Tudors, a favourite of mine.

    • 28th April 2019 at 4:18 pm

      I’m off to the V&A to see the Quant exhibition next Saturday, so looking forward. The NPG has been recommended by several here – I must go!

      Still in two minds about the long coat!

  • 26th April 2019 at 1:41 pm

    That’s a wonderful exhibition if you want to go again, Penny!!
    Since you asked our opinion, I like that coat. It’s nice to have a longer one and that one is interesting!!
    Have a fabulous weekend,

    • 28th April 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Yes, the one I want to return to (the Dorothea Tanning exhibition) was very challenging and a lot to take in which is why I think I want to see it again. See this for more info about her https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Tanning

      The coat – still not sure Jodie!

  • 26th April 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I agree that you should keep the coat. After all, you have the option of later shortening it or even re donating it if you find you are not wearing it!
    The photos were wonderful to see. It seems that your Brighton location is perfect for these easy trips up to London.

    • 28th April 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Yes, the trips to London are great – when the trains are running! We’ve had a lot of bother for some months now with rails being replaced and bridges being rebuilt and all at the weekends which is when I usually go up. Thanks so much for the feedback on the coat – much appreciated 🙂

  • 26th April 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Love the black/white skirt. I always feel very Audrey having my own Roman Holiday in garments this length. Now for the rough: I hate the coat: neither charming nor necessary (otherwise you wouldn’t be asking our opinion!). Also hate the “loop” at the cuff. As I continue to mature I HATE “fiddly bits.”

    • 28th April 2019 at 4:27 pm

      I think I agree with you. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind about the skirt, but the coat I’m kind of dithering between keep and get rid of, which tells me that actually it should go.

      Thanks so much for the comment 🙂

  • 27th April 2019 at 3:33 am

    Thanks for the London pictures. How wonderful. Yes, Bonnard certainly followed his wife around the house, beautifully painting her over and over again. Your blog reminds me how fortunate I was in the 90’s to live in the London vicinity. Culture was limitless.
    Lovely clothes as ever, Judy @fancified.ca

    • 28th April 2019 at 4:32 pm

      I knew very little about Bonnard. Actually the exhibition had its critics. Some just didn’t appreciate the Bonnard style. But I loved the cropped interiors which followed I think from the photographs he took. I thought this technique really interesting. And then you could just let the delicious colours wash over you – lovely.

      Thank you, Judy, your comment is much appreciated 🙂

  • 27th April 2019 at 7:05 am

    I’m with the ones who like the coat, Penny, maybe shorten it just a tad if you always wear low heels with it . And I love the black and white skirt ! I am about to order a very similar one from Toast, but at a price ! I’m also suffering from a touch of TCD, the weather here ( Greece) has changed from spring to winter to almost summer in the last few days. Just as long as it doesn’t get too hot too soon! I am so envious of all those Galleries and wonderful exhibitions. But a trip up to a mountain village,so beautiful,with spring flowers everywhere, followed by a delicious lunch, would make my heart sing.

    • 28th April 2019 at 4:37 pm

      It sounds idyllic where you are. And we can’t have everything in life. We could do with a little bit more warmth at the moment as it’s gone back to a very winterish chilly wind! So nice to hear what makes your heart sing – thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 27th April 2019 at 7:47 am

    My heart was singing fit to bust last week, Penny: on Tuesday Tate Britain and the Don McCullin exhibition; then on Wednesday the Martin Parr exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery – poles apart, but both quite mesmerising. We’re so lucky! Love your skirt, less keen on the coat and I’m inclined to agree it looks a tad dressing gowny at its present length. I follow your blog avidly as you and I are the same age and roughly the same shape! Keep up the good work.

    • 27th April 2019 at 10:39 am

      Ah yes, Don McCullin was so good and I must go to the National Portrait Gallery soon!

      Yes, coats that are long have to be either beautifully cut and/or nipped in at the waist otherwise it’s that dressing-gown look which is such a no-no!

      Thank you so much for your comment and great to hear from you 🙂

  • 27th April 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I have just had your blog recommended by a friend. I LOVE it. I’ve been a fan of charity shop fashion for years and I’m glad they are picky about what they accept and sell. Our local Rowans hospice shop is like a beautiful French Depot Vente but not so pricey! For which my husband is truly thankful!
    Thank you for your great ideas. Love the Mac and skirt!

    • 28th April 2019 at 4:39 pm

      It’s great to meet you Elizabeth – and yes charity shops they are so good. You never know what you might find and that’s the joy of them, plus it really is a very ethical way to shop now – which I will write about very soon. Many thanks for your comment.

  • 27th April 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Keep the coat, Penny!

    I’m with you on the trip to London and Art museums but another thing that makes my heart sing is a good play or a gig or on a more simple level a roaring fire, a cup of tea and a good book!

    Let’s hope the sun comes back soon…

    • 28th April 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Yes, it really is chilly at the moment, isn’t it. Let’s hope some warmth returns!

      Despite the encouragement to keep the coat I’m still in two minds about it, which I think that tells me I shouldn’t keep it. However, it was still on sale at the dress agency so I might have the dilemma solved if it sells!

  • 28th April 2019 at 8:53 am

    Haven’t seen that exhibition but going to see the Van Gogh on Friday and hope to book for the Munch soon. I love seeing art exhibitions. Am in Paris this week for work and hope to squeeze in a trip to the Louvre. The black and white ensemble is stunning. Not sure about the coat. I don’t think it’s bright enough? Looking forward to our meet up! Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

    • 28th April 2019 at 4:45 pm

      Oh wow! Work certainly gets you out and about around Europe. Enjoy the Louvre – can’t remember when I last went.

      The skirt is a keeper but I think the coat is not. See you soon!!!

  • 30th April 2019 at 12:47 am

    So glad I stopped by your blog. Love your style and your outfits. Both are great! That checkered coat is so fabulous! Great art, too!

    In my latest post I talk a little bit about Michigan and its great lakes. =) Come check it out and join my Thursday Moda Linkup on Thursdays, too.

    Thanks, Ada. =)

  • 5th May 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Going against what most have said…..not keen on the coat. I know that you have nicer ones because we’ve seen them!
    What makes my heart sing? Seeing my children and grandchildren all together. It doesn’t happen often due to their locations but when it does I love the feeling of peace – no need to worry about any of them because I have them all in sight. I also love the lift of spirits when I catch that first glimpse of the sea when we go on holiday. We (almost) couldn’t live further away from it as were only about six miles from the furthest point from the sea in the UK.

    • 5th May 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Eloise, are you me?? 😉
      My thoughts too about the coat, and the heart-sing moment too. Seeing the whole family together, although (or perhaps because) it doesn’t happen very often, is the best thing. We also live as far away from the sea as we could, in Nottingham. I love the Yorkshire and Northunberland coastlines, though you definitely need a good coat up there! My spirits get a lift as we go up the A1M, and see the beautiful expanse of sky.
      (Would also like to spend more time hanging around art galleries and museums, too, but city pavements seem much harder than they used to!)

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