I was up earlier than usual this morning as I was meeting my friend for coffee in our favourite local hotel. It’s so nice to have this place in which to meet and it is popular with so many women who meet for coffee, lunch or tea, it’s almost like a club but without the subscription!
The hotel used to be home to Washington Merritt Grant Singer (2nd son of Isaac Singer, Founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Com). Washington was born in 1866 and died in 1934, but lived at what is now the Palace Hotel between 1887 and 1909. His father, Isaac Singer, lived at the nearby Oldway Mansion (below, now empty, awaiting redevelopment.) There is talk of it being made into an hotel but I don’t think a firm decision has been reached.
The Singer Lounge in the Palace Hotel where my friend and I met is extremely ornate (apart from the more ordinary chairs and coffee tables for guests’ use) and is a very pleasant room in which to meet and enjoy morning coffee or afternoon tea.
After we finished our coffee and chat, I drove off to a local supermarket and stocked up with flowers. I had bought some a couple of days ago, just two bunches of what I then thought were ivory-coloured tulips as they were just in bud, but as they have opened out they are more pastel yellow, but still very elegant. I also treated myself to a magazine.
Today, I bought apricot roses for the kitchen table, and dark wine-coloured alstromeria (photo at the top of this post) …
If you think we’ve gone overboard on oranges, they are for juicing.
When I returned home I found that the delivery man had called with some things I’d ordered – new indigo denim jeans, new indigo non-denim jeans, a long-sleeved white T, a long-sleeved black T, and some new cream-coloured lacy underwear. All staples in my wardrobe, but refreshed, ready for summer. Fortunately, everything fitted perfectly so nothing has to be returned, all are keepers.
I also took delivery of a jumper which I’d seen on someone’s Instagram page. I don’t ‘do’ Instagram myself, but I like to look at some of them and this person had just bought a jumper and I thought it looked really pretty. Now, I’m not one for ditsy prettiness. I like elegance and I have not worn sequins since I was eight years old and my Aunt Nancy made me a gorgeous party dress in pale gold satin with layers or gold net over the top, a pretty satin sash and embroidery finished off with gold sequins. I loved it! But I was eight years old, what eight year old wouldn’t love something like that?
Indeed, I’ve always been a bit sniffy about women who dress (to my mind) like children in pastel pinks and blues, their garments embroidered or smothered with logos, and are then embellished with beads or sequins. I mean, what man (apart from Liberace or Elvis)! would wear such things? Would Mrs May or Mrs Merkel or Madame Lagard wear such things? How, I have always thought, could women ever be taken seriously wearing SEQUINS, for heaven’s sake, and in the day time?
So, what have I bought? Only a jumper with embroidered budgerigars and flowers on the front, and the flowers have been constructed … wait for it … from SEQUINS.
And I love it!
Ok, the sequins don’t look particularly shiny here, but I assure you, they absolutely GLITTER. But it’s pretty and looks great with black jeans. I shall now seek out some pretty pink nail polish (I only wear various shades of red, or that deep pink that has a hint of brown in it.) Next I will be wearing pink shoes! Then I will know I’m ready for the funny farm! (With apologies to anyone reading who loves anything pink and sparkly!)
As well as the clothes which have arrived today, the latest Jacqueline Winspear novel has arrived. I must be mad – I love these novels about psychological Private Eye, Maisie Dobbs, but I have three still to read before I embark on the one that arrived today. But I will have a Maisie read-a-thon in due course.
These are the four latest Maisie Dobbs novels, I have three to read before I embark on the latest, In This Grave Hour.
And finally, on what started as a sunny day but which has now turned chilly and windy, my dressing chest with some of the tulips I bought. Soon, my latest scent will join this selection, Hermes’ Le Jardin sur le Nil. Unfortunately, I love all Hermes’ fragrances.
What have you been doing this Friday? Working, shopping, housekeeping, or just putting your feet up and enjoying a quiet read?
Have a lovely weekend.