Hello everyone

Well it’s May now and we should be fully into warm weather and sun, but it’s been bit grey these last few days where we live (southern England) and quite cold, so I’m still wearing warm woolies like this one, which I think is a really lovely bright colour.

I haven’t done any end-of-the-month reviews lately so here’s a summary of some of the things that have happened and some thoughts on March and April, plus a short review of things watched and read.

As you know we moved! Which we really shouldn’t do at our age, and yes, I did say that, as moving involves a monumental physical effort, plus our system of conveyancing in England (not Scotland) is so stressful that of course, one’s sleep is disturbed and the blood pressure must go up. But now there are so many positives to say about our move including how much my steps have increased since we walk into town and back again, and there are numerous hills in Lewes, which compensate for the lack of stairs, now we live on the ground floor.

I breathe much cleaner air too, and first thing in the morning I open the window and take a deep breathe of the sweet air, helped I think by the greenery that surround our new abode.

We have changed our habits quite a lot and don’t watch as much television and absolutely don’t watch the news in the morning. That’s partly due to the move and partly due to how utterly infuriated I am to be governed by such morally corrupt government headed by someone who has broken the law. As for asking the Ukrainians wishing to come here for refuge to go through a complicated procedure to get a visa – why? Well I do know why, but shall not comment any further but you get my drift, this is a ghastly, dangerous government with too large a majority bringing some rather awful bills through Parliament that are so damaging. Not in my name, end of a rather small rant. Btw, while we don’t listen to the news I do read about the issues of the day, as I believe we should be aware, and face the challenges of this difficult time we are all living through. So I won’t be turning my back on the bad news, just not immersing myself in it.

Again on a more positive note, we have begun to do so much more in this lovely town. I’m always out and about.

Note the canary yellow trousers that are matched with the fuchsia pink!  I believe in colour!  The only thing that is thrifted is the jacket which I have been wearing a great deal these past few days.

We have joined our local history group, which has a very good reputation for its research efforts into looking at Lewes’ past.  In a couple of weeks time the town will be abuzz with activity as the Battle of Lewes is re-enacted with little scenarios played out from the top of the town and on to the Castle and beyond. I shall take lots of pix!

And people, I have really got over my agoraphobia and have started going to the beauticians and the hairdressers again.  Yes, got my hair cut recently and quite pleased with it.

That’s btw my natural hair colouring. If any of you are wondering whether to go grey, actually you hardly ever go completely grey or white, and I’m loving the mix of colours that l’ve got that look as though I’ve had streaks added, but no, it’s the real colour which was covered up for 30 years. You’ll know when the time is right, but going grey is great.  Note the nail varnish, not worn any for the length of this pandemic!

Note also that I’m being careful as this pandemic is far from over. I still wear a mask in indoor situations including food shopping at supermarkets where sadly fewer and fewer people are wearing masks. But at the aforesaid hairdresser and beauticians, when they see me wearing a mask they immediately pop a mask on too, which I am so thankful for. We also go to the delightful independent cinema and have watched two films wearing a mask. The sound levels are wonderful –  oh wow, that sound, I had forgotten that deep base note that cannot be replicated in one’s own home.

We are still living out of suitcases as the bathroom is now being refurbished and after a delightful short stay in Dungeness (see last week’s post) we are staying at our daughter’s again, but hey, good and rather amazing news. We are going up to London twice this month and that will be the first time to London since November 2019! The first trip will be to be to the Victoria & Albert museum, perhaps my most favourite of all places to visit in London, and the second time for my annual (not lately because of Covid) mole check, I expect we shall do something else as well on that day. I shall take lots of pix.

Watching

Honestly I have been living here, there and everywhere and can’t recall all the films we’ve watched. A couple that come to mind, was The Northman, seen at the cinema, and not one for the sensitive as it’s a grossly over-the-top violent action-filled epic. It’s director is Robert Eggers and this is only his third film, the second being The Lighthouse, which we watched with my daughter and her family, and this is also a hugely over-the-top depiction of two men going mad in a lighthouse. Actually I found The Northman great fun to watch but The Lighthouse, well it was beautiful, the cinematography was lovely, but the actual film was quite barking!

In complete contrast, the other film we watched at the cinema was The Phantom of the Open starring Mark Rylance, which is based on a true story of a terrible amateur golfer attempting to take part in the British Open Golf Championship and sometimes achieving this. It was delightful, sweet and funny.

Our television watching has been impacted by the move and we haven’t kept up with the series we had been watching. But delighted to say that the last series of Better Call Saul (Netflix) has started, and I will be so sorry when it ends as the writing is superb and the story arc – well, we all know where it leads to as it is the prequel of Breaking Bad. One of the great series, in my view. Also been watching Bridgeton (Netflix) in fits and starts – it’s totally lovely to watch.

Reading

I’ve also read lots of books but rather lost track of which ones as tbh, we’ve been living out of suitcases since the beginning of March apart from approx approx 3 weeks in early to mid April. The cottage in Dungeness is full of books and everywhere you look there’s a bookcase.

So I looked at many titles, ordered a couple from Amazon, including Suite Francais by Irene Nemirovsky and Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor and have just joined the local library where yesterday I got out Rose Tremaine’s Music and Silence which I am thoroughly enjoying.  I must say it’s lovely to be in a town where I can walk to everything including the local library – I expect to be buying fewer books now. What are you reading – any recommendations gladly received!

That’s all for now, with love Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

 

 

 

 

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33 thoughts on “Where’s the time gone? It’s May already!

  • 2nd May 2022 at 10:20 am
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    Morning Penny

    Thanks for another interesting posting. Firstly, your cyclamen jumper (sweater to those state side) what a fab colour – really suits you. I aso like your outfit with the yellow trousers and jacket.

    I’m pleased to hear you’re enjoying your new location and hope the work on your home is completed soon – though it doesn’t sound like ‘work in progress’ is holding you back from doing things. I enjoyed the photographs of your latest visit to Dungerness. Nice to return to the familiar: can get straight into things rather than having to find your way around first.

    We’ve just returned from a week in Weymouth to our best friends’ flat over looking the harbour. They are very generous we usually go down three or four times a year but, unfortunately, not for the last couple of years. Last week it was so beautiful, the Easter tourists had left (apols, that sounds so sniffy), the sky was blue and the sun shone brightly – but, wow! that icy east wind. No fish and chips on the prom this time. I searched the charity shops for a couple of decent jumpers – without success – so lighter weight clothes remain in the case and I wore the same items of warm clothing in different combos all week – amazing how creative one can be if needed 😉

    I’m reading Watching the English – The hidden rules of English behaviour by Kate Fox which I found in one the charity shops. Fox is an anthropologist and everything she writes is well researched fact. It is hilarious and I can recognise it all… jeez, we’re a strange tribe!

    Viewing: we’re still bingeing on The Sopranos – about to start the sixth and final series. We loved it first time around but both agree we have got still more this time. We have several other goodies lined up including: Better Call Saul (of course), Gentleman Jack and Mrs Maisel.

    We too are off to London for a few days at the end of the month. Like you, we’re still wearing masks although far fewer people are. So, I’m looking forward to it but feeling nervous. The V & A is also favourite of ours and I’m interested in a current exhibition, Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear. Do you know The Photographers’ Gallery? (I ask as you enjoy taking pics and you may have time on your second visit; btw – good luck with the moles!) In case you don’t know it, they often have interesting stuff there and sometime things are interactive or there’s props etc to create your own pics – great fun.

    Anyway, enjoy Lewes and London and all the very best to you both, Mary x

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    • 3rd May 2022 at 9:18 am
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      Hi Mary and thank you for your comment. That jumper was gifted to me via my daughter from her sister-in-law and is a Toast jumper so it’s going to last for ever and the colour is amazing. And yes that icy east wind, it was so cozy indoors and the sun shone and looked lovely so we went for walks twice a day, but gosh when we got out we walked briskly! So glad I’d bought that jacket but do you know, both of us forgot gloves! Our hands were stuck firmly inside our jackets!

      I forgot Gentleman Jack and Mrs Maisel, which we will take up again once we get home – they’re both superb.

      We are going to the exhibition on men’s fashion and yes, we do know of The Photographers Gallery and have been there a couple of times.

      Good to hear you are going to London and I too am feeling a little nervous about the visit, but I’m facing my fears!

      All the very best to you too Mary x

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  • 2nd May 2022 at 10:28 am
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    These are books which I have enjoyed recently. Kiss Myself Goodbye (The Many Lives of Aunt Munca) by Ferdinand Mount. Any older Brit will enjoy this book, and anyone from anywhere who loves tales of British eccentricity and skulduggery will find this true story beggars belief. Begin at the beginning and don’t peek at the end, as the twists just keep on coming.

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel (the book not the movie). After reading this unusual book, the world is never going to look the same again.

    Mrs March by Virginia Feto. An American book, and funny, but the humour is very dark.

    I have been reading up on Russia recently, and recommend Freezing Order by Bill Browder, his follow-up to Red Notice. This book, bravely narrated by the author, is factual but reads like a tense thriller. People die.

    Butler to the World by Oliver Bullough is so well-written that it’s impossible to misunderstand the nature of the terrible crimes being committed. I read the chapter on the British Virgin Islands on the very day that the Premier was caught in a sting in Miami and arrested for cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

    The best book on Russia is Putin’s People by Catherine Belton. Seriously impressive, and available for peanuts on Kindle, but 500 pages of Russian politicians’ names can be daunting if you are not a dedicated reader.

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    • 3rd May 2022 at 9:35 am
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      Thanks Christine, and I’ve read Ferdinand Mount’s book on his aunt and what a story that was! Also read The Life of Pi, which I loved and believed the fantasy totally and , did you feel this way? I felt rather shattered at the turnaround at the ending!

      Rather like the recommendations on reading up on Russia, and Butler to the World sounds as though it is a must-read.

      I’ve taken note of Mrs March and aim to get it out of the library. But can’t say I’d like to read the Putin one on a Kindle! My eyes with the 500 pages!!! But thanks for the recommendation I’ll try the library.

      Thanks again – I really appreciate hearing about these books

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      • 3rd May 2022 at 10:48 am
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        Yes, Life of Pi is a wonderful book. I think it is the first magical realism book which I have ever found truly engaging, and I agreed with the investigators at the end in finding the story with the tiger more satisfying than any realistic alternative. I wonder why you found the alternative ending more likely to be true? This is fiction, and stories, so we know that neither story is true, and yet we have both read to the very end – why did we do that? The ideas of Pi as an eternal number, the interchangeability of religions, and the circular and unchanging nature of God all gave me lots to think about. And what is story telling for anyway if not to provoke thought and change in ourselves?
        Butler to the World is a riveting and very readable book, but left me feeling ashamed to be British.

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      • 3rd May 2022 at 2:56 pm
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        Lovely jumper Penny.
        Your hair looks in good condition and a really nice colour.
        We are starting to get out a bit more following our recent move.
        I agree the moving process takes its toll, I found I went through the whole process like a “mission” it was only when we got into the house that I began to have difficulty sleeping and some vertigo. Thankfully I’m ok at the moment. I don’t know where the time has gone, it’s flown by.
        We visited our daughter near Bromley last week and had a day trip to Margate by train. We had lunch at the Tate (I thought it was quite pricey) we then went to the Old Kent Market and bought some delicious home bakes. We ate some of the bakes on the return train with a lovely cup of tea.
        All the best Penny
        Xx

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        • 4th May 2022 at 9:03 am
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          Hi Vivien
          Thanks re: the hair – it’s in much better condition since I gave up the dye – it took me along time to get round to leaving it off, but now I wonder why I ever did it!!

          Glad you’re feeling better – the continuous living out of a suitcase is getting a bit tedious and we can’t wait to get back to our little flat to be by ourselves – oh bliss. It’s been lovely to stay with our daughter but, oh, for things to be in the right place!!!

          While I’m going to the V&A first, the Tate is second on my list. Both their lunch menus are quite pricey I think.

          All the best to you too Vivien xx

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  • 2nd May 2022 at 10:49 am
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    Have just finished The Garden and Cottage Diaries by Fiona J Houston.

    Love your hair .

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    • 3rd May 2022 at 9:38 am
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      Thank you so much Veronica – I’ve taken note of the titles – much appreciated.

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  • 2nd May 2022 at 11:18 am
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    Penny…your descriptions of your new lifestyle just warms my heart! You are really getting out and about! When we moved, our older son asked us to think of moving to a location where walking was more convenient. I’m afraid Southern California is synonymous with car culture. Even though I am two blocks away from conveniences like groceries, a restaurant, pharmacy, etc., I chose to drive to my favorite farm stands in this agricultural area. Of course, gas prices are at an all-time high, so we are trying to be conscientious of our errands and trips.
    Your hair looks wonderful! So does your lovely complexion offset by that bright pink color. You have inspired me to add a bright coral color to my normally neutral summer wardrobe. I think that would work with my complexion.
    My husband’s health is improving after a five day hospital stay in April. I am thankful for his admittance to a new-to-us medical center where we found wonderful care and doctors. We had not been happy with our more local facility. This new medical center is just seven miles away. In fact, I asked his more competent nurses and a doctor for a recommendation for a new personal doctor for myself who would be affiliated with the medical center. Three times (!) one name came up. I’ve booked an appointment with this highly recommended husband/wife medical team for an overdue physical. I’m very thankful that our insurance gives me this flexibility. I’m also thankful to be back to a regular aerobics class. I’ve let myself go after almost a year of dealing with my husband’s health issues. I need to get back on track for having good health!
    I remain thankful for President Biden and his administration despite economic challenges for the average citizen. I believe it’s beyond his control and called corporate greed! I could just throttle those who side with he-who-should-not-be-named and his crooked cronies. Congressional elections are coming round and husband and I have joined a postcard-writing campaign to remind people to get out and vote. We did this during the presidential election, too.
    I look forward to reading more of your explorations around Lewes and your trips into London. Please let us know when you are fully moved in. I’m thankful that you don’t seem to let that hinder your activities! God bless your daughter and her husband for their love and support of you and your husband! Stay well…Charlene

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    • 4th May 2022 at 8:52 am
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      Hi Charlene and there’s so much I could say in response to your delightful comment but I’ve just read Heather Cox Richardson’s post on the leak re: the Supreme Court’s vote against Roe v Wade. I’m beyond appalled but of course it was always likely once the three Trump nominated judges came on board. And just read another article inThe Guardian about the long game the Republicans have played which Richardson also mentions at the beginning of her piece. Also saw Senator Warren’s angry response – good for her. What I don’t understand is how your judiciary can be so overtly political, but then I must, Charlene, step back as I acknowledge that it is your system. Nevertheless The Handmaid’s Tale is not far off for women and as a woman I stand with the sisterhood. I’ll stop at that. And at least you have a good President, while we have the most ghastly leader as our Prime Minister, probably the worst this country has known.

      On a more positive note so glad to hear of you finding a better medical centre and doctor. Not been to our local doctor yet and I believe it is quite hard to get an appointment which is a contrast to the one in Brighton. We’ll see how that goes! I do believe in exercise and walking though and will talk more about this in another post.

      You take care

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  • 2nd May 2022 at 11:22 am
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    Hello, Penny!
    Always enjoy reading your end of the month reviews and recommendations. I haven’t managed to comment on your last posts but I did read them! Loved the two Jigsaw skirts – such bargains – as Jigsaw clothing is stylish but expensive.
    After your previous post on Dungeness, I started researching accommodation but it has to be dog friendly for us.
    I’m so pleased you are enjoying your ‘new’ life and I think your hair is fabulous. June

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    • 2nd May 2022 at 3:03 pm
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      I’m responding quickly as dogs are allowed at Wi-Wurri – see the link I put in two relies to comments as not sure how to put a link in on my phone. Thanks June re: the skirts and the hair!

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      • 3rd May 2022 at 8:23 am
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        Thanks for the quick response and that’s brilliant that dogs are allowed! I’ve had a look and they are very booked up until November! Although I’d be happy to go then but might need to persuade husband!! If not, it could be a break to look forward to for next year. I’m determined to go – haha 😂

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        • 3rd May 2022 at 9:40 am
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          I think it is worth saying, well, a stay at Wi-Wurri is to be a 2023 holiday. I booked the October week we’re having a whole year ago.

          You won’t regret it!

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  • 2nd May 2022 at 5:14 pm
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    hi Penny I have been following your blog for some time and rarely comment but I felt the need when I saw your more recent posts, you are inspirational I am 63 but also like buying in thrift stores and charity shops, I live in Dublin and unfortunately charity shops are not as reasonable in the UK and the choices do not yield the finds you seem to !! however I keep trying, I wanted to say you look amazing and I envy your recent moves property wise so I will be endeavouring to replicate some of your changes in living arrangements your hair looks great too and I love your style

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    • 3rd May 2022 at 12:05 pm
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      Hi Marie – how lovely to hear from you and thank you for those kind words. Dublin must be a lovely place to live.

      Thanks again 😊

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  • 2nd May 2022 at 5:51 pm
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    I’m so pleased you’re happy with the move. Lewes sounds like a wonderful place to live and how lovely you are getting out and about so much more. The mustard and cerise pink looked great together. Have a wonderful time at the V&A – my favourite place, too!

    I loved ‘Star of the Sea’ and have read a couple of his other books but can’t think of the titles. I’d also recommend Sebastian Barry’s books and just recently I discovered Ann Patchett. I’ve enjoyed every single book of hers and I’ve read the lot apart from ‘Taft’ which I have on my Kindle.

    Hurrah for being able to walk to the library. Although there are disadvantages to living in the town centre as I do (parking, noise etc) I love being able to walk to everything.
    xxx

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    • 4th May 2022 at 8:57 am
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      Can’t wait to get up to the V&A – will be soon, next week in fact. And Lewes has so much potential and will lead us in so many ways to a much healthier life. We can walk into the town centre but where we are is quite leafy and green and we do have a parking space!

      I started reading Star of the Sea at the cottage and had to leave it behind! So have ordered another copy as it is such a good book. Also love Ann Patchett.

      Thanks as ever xxx

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  • 2nd May 2022 at 6:50 pm
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    I’m happy for you that you are feeling at place in Lewes. Its such lovely town. I’m reading Stephen King at the moment. Finders keepers. Have a great start of the week.

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    • 3rd May 2022 at 11:59 am
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      Stephen King writes great page turners – he’s definitely a good holiday read! Thanks Nancy and you have a good week too 😄

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  • 2nd May 2022 at 10:54 pm
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    Hello Penny
    The weather here in New York has been chilly as well. Yesterday was an exception, sunny and mild. My daughter and her husband I spent it outdoors at the stable, I even took a little pony ride. Today the temperatures fell and it was rainy. This is not unusual here, a cold spring and then suddenly it is hot, which is usually fine with me. However, everything is blooming, so much beauty to be seen. Lewes looks like a perfect place for you. I remember how a few years ago on my trip to the UK we would pass through such pretty villages and I wanted to just stop and move in myself. I hope you are settled soon. You look wonderful, Love that bright pink color on you, the whole outfit is so cherry, and pretty. About a dozen years ago I decided to go gray and have never looked back, I get so many complements on my hair now, never did when I was brunette
    Believe it or not on Wednesday I had a very enjoyable trip to a famous local cemetery, Woodlawn. It is a lovely spot actually, many old trees, impressive monuments, many famous and just plain rich have made it their final resting place. I will join this group again in a couple of weeks to to an estate where many musical events take place throughout the year. I have actually gone there on many occasions but this time will get a more complete of the historic home and grounds, then we will have tea. A few weeks ago I did go on my own to this venue, called Caramoor, to a piano recital. This Sunday is Mothers Day in the US, so will be treated, as well as my daughter in law naturally, to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, a small French bistro in my neighborhood.
    I have just completed reading a wonderful book by American author Anthony Doerr,
    “Cloud Cuckoo Land” It is about books, and as one review put it, ” about everything”. His earlier work, All the Light We Cannot See” was a massive best seller in recent years and won the Pulitzer Prize.
    Because of the weather I have been neglecting to do much in my small garden. I did plant two pots of pansies, blue and gold for Ukraine. I hope I can get to it this week. the cold Winter killed off all the herbs which usually overwinter, so I need to start from scratch.
    so that is it. I always look forward to your posts.
    Love, Darby

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    • 4th May 2022 at 11:25 am
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      I’ve just looked at Woodlawn Cemetery on Wikipedia and it looks lovely and I totally understand why it’s so nice as Brighton has the most delightful cemetery. It’s almost in the heart of Brighton, but full of old monuments, ancient gravestones and very old trees and feels far away and great place to just wander around in.

      The weather here has been cold and dry but I can see from my weather app that it will warm up to 22s and 23s quite shortly – that’s warm at 71F! Wow! Actually the soil in my little patch is very poor as it hasn’t been dug over for a long time and is full of old roots and being south-facing gets hot quite quickly so it needs some work and compost. And I shall have to water in the new plants. Will ask the manager (we are leasehold) if we can put in a water butt as that would be the most sensible thing we can do although I shall have to wait until the winter for it to fill up.

      Just read the blog from Heather Cox Richardson – what challenging times we are living through! I expect there will be much debate here and I guess in the States. The Republicans have played the long game, sadly. However, watched Senator Warren’s angry response – what a woman, I salute her!

      I always look forward to your comment, Darby 😊

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  • 3rd May 2022 at 3:41 am
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    You new hometown seems perfectly delightful. I think it would be wonderful to live somewhere where you could walk here, there and everywhere. Here in the suburb where I live, you’d have to walk for miles to get to what passes for a town. And, then what? Not much going on there if you don’t want a warehouse job or need some auto part. Such a shame as the town planners had this massive overhaul of the main street…so far only a few restaurants and very few retail spaces.

    I’m reading The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. I find it very good…a little slow moving at first. But, now, I’m almost finished and don’t want it to end. The same was true of his other book, A Gentleman in Moscow. We have finished Bridgerton and are now watching the second season of The Great. What a lusty bunch those Russians were!

    Always such fun to open my email and see a new post!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

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    • 3rd May 2022 at 11:57 am
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      I loved A Gentleman in Moscow, so will try the book by Amor Towles.

      Yes, re: suburbs, we also have those in large cities, but each suburb usually has its own High Street with food shops, other retail outlets and restaurants while small cities with smaller suburbs often have what we call corner shops. I think it was Napoleon who said the British were a nation of shopkeepers! And that would be true, but even in our lovely little quite up-market town there are a lot of empty shops due to the Covid lockdowns. And we Brits do walk into and around our towns whenever possible, cars are also used but we do have (usually) good public transport in cities. Rural areas are a different matter altogether and that’s where cars are more essential. But in Brighton, for instance, loads of people use buses to get into the centre. My winter gear was always attuned to the weather and waiting at cold bus-stops for the bus to come. That’s why I don’t like the no socks fashion or the short cropped pants, they’re far too brrrrr for our climate!

      Thanks Marsha 😄

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  • 4th May 2022 at 1:19 pm
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    I am glad you are out and about and are able to enjoy what your new town has to offer. I am looking forward to reading about that battle reenactment! No jumpers here as it almost already feels like summer! I am in the mood for brights lately too! Happy color!
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    • 8th May 2022 at 9:53 am
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      Hi Mireille and yes I will take lots of pix of the re-enactment. Weather is still quite cool here but we are due to have a mini-heatwave shortly which will probably hit the heights of what you’d call quite a mild temperature 🤣

      Yes, I love colour too – thanks x

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  • 5th May 2022 at 4:05 am
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    Hello Penny , I do love you with shorter hair , it draws attention to your pretty natural silver(lucky you). Glad you are enjoying all your new town has to offer , especially after the trials of the move. Hope the bathroom is soon completed and you can finally move in.
    I know despite your natural trepidation you will revel in returning to London. One day , hopefully next year , I plan to return to London and explore the area where my ancestors lived.
    Take care, Jill.

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    • 8th May 2022 at 9:43 am
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      The bathroom is 90% finished and we have our first shower in it today – YAY and hurrah! Thanks re: the shorter hair – I aim to keep it that length and am tinkering with softer fringy bits around the face.

      I’m looking forward to going up to London and maybe we can link up next year???

      You take care too Jill x

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  • 6th May 2022 at 7:08 am
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    That vibrant pink with those glasses is such a great look on you! Today the results of the local elections are coming out, and it looks as if Johnson is being soundly punished in London but less so around the country, which is disappointing. I thought the thing that would make people rebel now is the cost of living crisis, and how the govt has refused to force a windfall tax on the oil companies.

    The weather is set fair for the weekend (a quaint old phrase!) and I look forward to seeing you in “That London” (as Northerners refer to it) in the not too distant future!

    Have a great weekend x

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    • 8th May 2022 at 9:48 am
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      I think the weather will be very much warmer in a few days time. Wow!

      Yes, I’ve been complimented on those glasses (they’re the same make that Prue Leith wears) and actually I have trialed the contact lenses and I’m not going with them as the glasses hide those bags under the eyes very well 😉

      Sunday is a better day here in Lewes than Saturday so I’m going to do a bit of gardening today – and that is such a lovely thing to do after 4 years with a balcony.

      Thanks Gail x

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  • 6th May 2022 at 4:25 pm
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    I love the bright pink and yellow together, especially with your fabulous pink glasses. I do wonder what depths this government has to sink to in order to be booted out. I find it very depressing to see people in very deprived areas saying they vote Conservative, it makes no sense to me.

    I just finished a book called White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, which looks at how racism is deeply embedded in everyday life. I highly recommend it. I’m now reading Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond which is “a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years”. It’s quite a chunky read, but very interesting. I tend to read non-fiction as I’m interested in history. I should go for a light read every now and then!

    Emma xxx
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    • 8th May 2022 at 9:57 am
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      Thanks Emma and the glasses are the same make that Prue Leith wear. I thought about going back to contact lenses but prefer the look of the brightly coloured glasses – my next pair I think will be bright green!

      Thanks for the book recommendations. Like you I don’t (can’t) read light literature and prefer something weighty and meaningful in the fiction line. Will get the book on racism from the library.

      Thanks again Emma xxx

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