Surely, it must be one of life’s luxuries to be able to see a glorious sunrise when so many people have limited vision because of macular degeneration or other sight problems. This was the sunrise this morning, and a glorious sight it was. The sun now rises to the south of our house, not as easterly as it does in the summer, above the sea. Seldom is the sky this brilliant colour at any other time of the year, and although I was just out of bed I rushed to get my camera before the sky changed, which it was doing moment by moment.
And then it was gone, and the whole sky became a pastel, uniform grey. Just ten to fifteen minutes of Nature’s paintbrush, and then it was as if Nature had suddenly ripped that up her painting and presented us with a fresh, blank canvas.
Last Christmas our elder son and his wife gave me a lovely present of a top from Crew Clothing. I really liked it, but it was just a little bit tight and so I returned it to what is the ‘best’ department store in Torquay. Unfortunately, they didn’t have my size in stock, and they checked with Crew Clothing and the larger size was completely out of stock. Therefore, I accepted a gift card, to be used at any time within the next year. I had carried this gift card in my wallet ever since, but time was drawing close to when it would be void and so, today, off we went so that I could search for something nice to spend it on.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see any clothes I liked, even if I decided to put the gift card amount towards something more expensive. I am finding that so many of the various companies now tend to produce much the same kind of clothes: thin fabrics, some cotton, some silky, none of which appeal to me; either loose fitting to cover lumps and bumps and which make everyone over a zero size look pregnant; or with pleats over the ‘middle’ which again isn’t a flattering look. I looked at clothes by Sea Salt, Joules, Crew Clothing, The White Stuff, Masai, Jaeger, and many others, and they were all much the same. Most of the higher-priced items were long and flowing, so that I’d have looked like a ship in full sale wearing them (and in danger of tripping up on the loose material were I not to have them shortened, costing yet more money) and the cheaper makes were often tunic-like, not flattering for a short-waist apple-shape like me, as the hem is at the widest part of the body.
I have said long and often to my husband how difficult it is to find dresses that are in lovely materials and flattering to my shape, and he said I’d obviously not looked (trust a man to come out with a silly statement like this!) but today he had to admit they were all tarred with the same brush. Shapeless sacks, skimpy fabrics, nasty patterns, poorly put together (with the exception of Jaeger, which was nice but have you seen this season’s leading colour for their coat? It is neon blue … I felt I had to shade my eyes to look at it! My goodness, I’ve seen dimmer traffic lights.)
And so, after looking around three floors of clothes, including hats – my goodness, a woolly pull-on hat with a fake fur ‘bobble’, like a rabbit’s scut, was priced at £59 – and bags; a Michael Kors that was quite nice, but certainly not nice enough for me to part with over £250, therefore I decided to buy perfume. You really can’t go wrong with a bottle of good perfume; it doesn’t need to be tried on, just sniffed, and if you are familiar with a number of fragrances, all the better, you just need to choose one that you currently don’t have. And so I came home with a bottle of eau de parfum …
I have loved Chanel No 19 for more than 30 years since my husband brought a bottle home from a business trip. In those days you could buy replacement bottles for atomizers, but atomizers are no longer necessary as most bottles of perfume are now their own atomizer. However, I have kept that original atomizer as a keepsake, as I have other bottles (now empty) of perfume from all those years ago. As soon as I got home I opened the lovely package and knew I’d made the right decision: a classic fragrance instead of a poorly made, mass produced dress.
Yesterday, we popped into what we call our ‘local’, the hotel on the sea front, for sandwiches …
Our usual beef club sandwiches, with salad and a few chips …
And today, we called again, and this time we shared a round and had coffee (which comes with biscuits) …
For a change we had smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber club sandwiches, and they were lovely, and even though we only had two quarters each, they were very filling.
The title of this post is More Little Luxuries in which I include the lovely sunrise, the perfume, lunch yesterday and today in our favourite sea front hotel, but also flowers. Yesterday I bought two bunches of chrysanthemums, very reasonably priced, and they are the most beautiful autumnal colours.
You could say that they’re “fresh as a daisy” and all for just £4. That is a little luxury, is it not?
This evening, as the sun went down, the sky over the sea looked lovely, but no matter how I tried, I could not remove the reflection in the window glass (this is through a non-opening side window), but I wanted you to see it nonetheless, and if you look carefully, you can just see the moon.
Again, what luxury to be able to see such a lovely sky on the last day of November, St Andrew’s Day.
Until next time.