How are you all? Weather good where you are? I read of bloggers across the pond who currently have weather in the 90s! That’s, of course Fahrenheit, which would be 32C in our part of the world. I grew up with Fahrenheit measuring temperatures (how many of you remember those days) and this range does sound better when it’s hot weather. I mean, 90 seems so much hotter than 32! But hey Celsius is so much more logical with freezing point being at 0 degrees Celsius, hence, I feel totally at home talking about colder temperatures in Celsius. And boy, has there been some cold weather lately in the UK, like last Saturday when it started out beautifully warm and sunny so I got out a short-sleeved top and thinner cotton pants, but on going out in the afternoon I found it wasn’t that warm, in fact there was this freezing cold wind, and I really mean freezing. In fact I rushed back for some warmer clothes!
And the weather has continued to have that little nip in the air, made that much cooler with an offshore breeze. Because people I’m beside the sea in my favourite place – Dungeness. Yes, I know there are beaches that are much warmer, and places too, but oh how I love the bleakness of this stony spit of land. We’re here because, dear readers, I didn’t tell you about one quite major issue with our flat, which didn’t stop us moving in, but even so when you hear….
Yes, shortly before our move the shower failed – and it’s the only shower in the one bathroom. So we’ve been there since 4th April without the ability to have a proper wash apart from a very basic all over using the basin. Hmmm! Fortunately we have a guest suite in our little Close and we are able to use that but it is quite a fiddle to have to get your things together and walk over to the guest suite. Anyways, what a first world problem, to worry about not having a shower every day. It wasn’t always that way. Do you remember when bathrooms were cold places and there were no showers, only a ceramic bath and you bathed according to a rota. In Mr F’s household a bath was once a week, in ours it was three times a week, but only on certain days as you couldn’t have two baths on the same day. It was the boiler, which I always remember as being very temperamental and tricky to manage. Fuelled by coke, of course. So no way, do I look back to the 50s and say, those were the days, they were, let’s put it this way, very different to today.
Anyway we managed without our shower and our plumber has moved fast and put us ahead of other clients and began gutting the bathroom yesterday (25th). And oh joy, last week some unexpected days became free at the lovely cottage in Dungeness and we jumped at the offer and are here for 3 nights, and then back to my wonderful daughter. They give up their bedroom and we hope we are not too much of an inconvenience but we do cook the meals during their working week to contribute to the household.
Here’s a reminder of Dungeness and a glimpse of my latest charity shop buy – another jacket! I bought it because I have a lot of city-type coats and jackets but I don’t have much in the way of outer wear for country walks. Here you can see, it is a padded jacket with a hood and it was very necessary and toasty yesterday when we arrived mid-afternoon and went for a walk in that cool, cool wind. It cost £12.50 and is hardly worn, in fact it’s as good as new.
It’s big enough to take another layer underneath and I half wished I’d added that! There’s the discontinued lighthouse in the background and don’t forget the nuclear power station, which is now being decommissioned. There are notices around telling you what to do if you hear sirens! What a hoot!
And here are some pix of Dungeness.
Mr F striding ahead of me!
That’s the view from the back of the cottage.
And from the front of the cottage.
And it’s interior.
Everywhere you look there are books.
The cottage was once the writing retreat of a well-known playwright and has that literary feel to it. The family still own it and it is delightfully stylish while at the same time being cosy and homely.
That’s all for now,
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper