Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Even fairies wear boots

So, here I am, trying to get back in the habit of regular posting, not going according to plan so far!

Very busy still with a property renovation, high ceilings and uneven walls mean wallpaper with a bit of texture is a must but very hard work.  I've only ever assisted with wallpapering, but now mum is suffering with arthritic knees, I was the one who had to do the stairs ceiling, it was a feat of ladders balanced on planks balanced on ladders and don't look down!  The walls were even trickier, with the last piece on each side of the stairs measuring 14 feet to the point, eek!

However, it is now done, and I am both surprised and pleased with my new found skill.  Just one last room to paper this week and the painting begins.

Not too many bargains of late, this is due to my realising that I really do have to be ruthless and get rid of that 80% of my wardrobe that just sits there, gathering dust, when it needs to be out there, finding a new owner and being worn.

I did find this pair of gorgeous 1970's Vymura Whisperwood curtains in a charity shop, and promptly snapped them up for just £3.99


I do think it is so pretty, I found a different colourway online, the matching wallpaper actually, and all the fairies had flame red hair!

I've sold a few old bits and bobs on ebay recently, and treated myself to a mac, a lovely Seasalt one (my first Seasalt clothing purchase), it was £29 including postage and is in fantastic condition, the RRP is £120

Not wanting to put a dampener, literally, on summer, but I'm hoping for plenty of chances to wear this!

Next purchase was also an ebay treat, a brand new one.  Trying to get away from black bags, I've treated myself to this Owl print oilcloth cross body bag (sadly, I also purchased a matching purse!) it was just under £11 and there were plenty of colour options, this one is grey, bit blurry but it isn't in real life

Here it is in use

Last bargain is a supermarket clothing purchase.  I do have trouble finding jeans to fit me and I hate proper clothes shopping in real shops.  Can't remember the last time I used a changing room in a shop either, so I do create pretty much a perfect storm for badly fitting clothes and disappointing purchases, hence another reason for my many charity shop purchases!

Anyway, back to the latest bargain, which I haven't worn yet so no photo of me, just a screenshot.

Popped into Aldi for the weekly shop and saw these.  Thought I would take a chance and bought them.  Thankfully, they fit like a glove!  Really pleased as I have thrown out several pairs of ill fitting jeans recently.  They are not thick denim, and are very much jeggings quality, the sizing is very generous, I bought a size 10 but am a 12 usually.

On the subject of throwing things out, I've just cleared this little pile out this week

Several fake fur hats from Next sales about 20 years ago, lots of belts, several tops, and a denim waistcoat, plus the last of my ill fitting jeans.

We've been on a few day trips the past couple of weeks, the first this month was to Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire.  I can't remember where we set out for, but we soon realised Brockhampton was nearby so called in.  

You may have seen it before on my blog HERE, so here's just a couple of photos

 Brockhampton is a 14th century moated house 

Each room downstairs is dressed in keeping with a different era from the property's history, the kitchen is the latest era, the 50's

I've got a Mason Cash bowl not too dissimilar to that, and a stone hot water bottle (or pig as they are sometimes called) and we have some old stone jars too. We use our large jar to store our washing up brushes in

We popped over to Kenilworth Castle on the 11th March, only someone (that's me) forgot to check opening times so we walked around the perimeter walls, something we have never done before. It was very misty

 By the time we had walked right round to the entrance, the mist was clearing.  Kenilworth must have been quite stunning in its heyday

 Him indoors, deep in thought, walking across the tiltyard

After the disappointment of Kenilworth, we headed towards home, and decided to spend the rest of the day at Baddesley Clinton.  It was brightening up so we wandered around the grounds

Feeding the ducks is almost compulsory, and we always have proper duck food to hand!
Beautiful Baddesley, I could easily live here

 Gorgeous views 

Plenty of daffodils around

 Plenty of sheep too, almost feels like Easter

Almond cake (gluten free, I have to find the recipe!) in the Baddesley cafe, now it really feels like Easter!

On the way home we pass this McLaren dealership, never noticed anyone in there before, but this time I can see they have customers.  Wonder who they are?  The area is home to the odd film star, rock star and footballer, hmm...  


  1. I like the owl print bag, like you I am endeavouring to declutter this week, wish me luck x

  2. Hi there, I'm new to blogging but have been visiting your blog on and off for some time. You made some really nice purchases. Love the curtain and the oilcloth bag. I have a charity shopped one, but I only use it while I'm on holiday. On the subject of holidays: I have been to the Brockhampton estate while on holiday in the UK a couple of years ago. It's very picturesque. xxx

    1. Hi Ann, thank you for stopping by. I've just had a peek at your blog and I love it! I'm now following you so I shouldn't miss a post. love the blog name too xxx

  3. Hello, stranger! Ahhh, wallpaper! Our walls are 250 years old so we use that foam lining paper under the paper, it keeps the rooms a bit warmer, too.
    Cute print on the curtains and some fabulous scenery and posh pads, too. xxxx

    1. Good old wobbly walls! We used to use that stuff (warmline?) Have switched to painted walls in the cottage as the ceilings are so low so no wallpaper now :( xxx

  4. Hi . I think you are my double. I'm buying clothes in sales, trying to sell my old clothes and doing country walks in Sussex plus decorating.

    1. Ooh, I like the sound of country walks in Sussex, I'll take a peek at your blog, thanks for commenting Anna!

  5. I don't envy your wallpapering task, hope it works out beautifully.
    Always enjoy your your visits to the wonderful heritage buildings and a peek at their surrounds. Good luck with your clearing out.Hope Spring arrives soon for you.

  6. I don't envy your wallpapering task, hope it works out beautifully.
    Always enjoy your your visits to the wonderful heritage buildings and a peek at their surrounds. Good luck with your clearing out.Hope Spring arrives soon for you.


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