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A Miscellany on Friday

The daffodils are appearing, if not in the garden yet (although we have three out in our front garden) then in the supermarkets, and I bought this little bunch yesterday.  Apart from one, they are still in their ‘pencil’ stage, but soon the warmth of the intermittent sunshine (plus the warmth of the central heating) should cause them to open, and very pretty they will look.  I’ve removed the brown/russet items from the table and put out some yellow ornaments to complement the bright acid yellow of the daffodils.

I had decided, upon waking and finding the sun shining, that today I’d do some much-needed housekeeping.  Husband said he’d help me by moving our very heavy bed and vacuuming under and behind it, but just as everything was ready for breakfast, I bent over the table to pour tea and felt a spasm in my back – pulled muscles, no doubt. And so, doing anything greater than heating up soup for lunch and putting a few things into the washing machine has been out of the question.  I hate moaning about such silly things, these things happen to us all, so it’s just a case of waiting for it to ease.  Onto things more cheerful!

Such as breakfast, which was tasty. I grilled bacon & tomatoes and served them on toast, and then we enjoyed more toast and marmalade, and a cup of tea.

I had decided to use a different teapot today and it was a good job I didn’t drop it when I pulled the muscles, as I might easily have done.  It is one of a set which includes a coffee pot and a lidded sugar bowl, and is rather pretty, with naïve decoration of houses and people.  It is by Villeroy & Boch and I love it, I thought it would make a change from the little pink teapot I usually use.

Soon, some more pottery will be added to my collection.  Yesterday, I popped into a charity shop close to my podiatrist (where I had an appointment yesterday morning) and I saw five lovely Royal Doulton side plates (some call them bread-and-butter plates) and because I was in a hurry (I had no time to examine them all) I left them there and when I got home I regretted it.  So this morning I phoned the shop and they were still there! So they have put them to one side and I will buy them tomorrow.  I mean, how could I turn down five Royal Doulton plates in a pretty design for £3.50?

The post yesterday brought something nice, too.  I love perfume as many of you will know, and especially the ones I’ve been familiar with since childhood. One such perfume is Worth’s Je Reviens.

Like many things which make an impression on us, I remember the first time I smelt this.  I was 12 years old, almost 13.  It was the summer of 1956 and I was with an older friend in her lovely home in Torquay.  She showed me her beautiful bedroom where twin beds were covered with the most elegant bedspreads in purple/green shot silk, and the furniture was painted green but with lovely flowers on the fronts of the drawers – I think it was painted Austrian furniture.   And then she showed me the little phial of perfume that her mother had bought for her, and opened the bottle and let me dab some onto my wrists and behind my ears.  It was Je Reviens, and I’ve loved this fragrance ever since.  Of course, as with so many perfumes, the recipe has changed slightly over the years, but this one is still close to the original (well, it is to me) of 62 years ago.

I have photographed the perfume and the box on a silk scarf which I think compliments them.  It is a very small bottle, and not an atomizer, so I just dab it on as I did all those years ago.

Today, the post also brought something I’d been looking forward to:  the original hardback with dust jacket of Elizabeth Goudge’s novel, The Scent of Water:

The feel and look of this book is much more to my taste. I know it’s silly, the words are the same, but for me the whole experience of reading is more than just the words, it’s the book, the cover, even the font used to print the words.

After my visit to the podiatrist yesterday we did the weekly shop, not a huge amount yesterday, mainly fruit and vegetables, but it was time to buy flowers as only the alstromeria from last week were still looking good. I reduced them in size and put them in the hearth.

And joy of joys, the supermarket had some iris (and they weren’t expensive, either.)

When I was a child I wasn’t keen on iris.  I thought they looked rather sinister, but now I love them, they are so elegant and they have such deep blue and purple colours.

The other flowers I bought were pink tulips, edged with white.

In the afternoon there was yet another delivery, this time my new kitchen scales.  I’ve not had reason to use them yet, but they seem fine. The only thing I would say, and which I’d not realized when I ordered them is that there isn’t a groove in which to secure the bowl;  it simply perches on the scales, so that I shall have to take care not to knock it over when it’s filled with sugar or flour and spill the lot over the worktop and the floor!

So, that is my Friday miscellany.  No real news today, and instead of buzzing around cleaning and tidying, I’ve been nursing a sore back.  But it will get better.  I must learn not to bend awkwardly and still expect ancient bones, ligaments and muscles to behave!

Until next time.

About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. I hope your back settles down soon, it’s so miserable when that happens.

    I’m glad you posted about flowers, it reminded me that I need to change the water on some carnations I have. I bought them about two weeks ago and they are still going strong. I have some daffodils too, bought a week ago and they are lovely. I’m not especially fond of yellow, but daffodils always make me feel hopeful that Spring is on the way. Out and about today I saw quite a lot of snowdrops which have the same effect. I cannot seem to grow them in my garden (heavy clay) – I’ve tried bulbs and “in the green” with no luck. Your iris are lovely but I really dislike tulips, irrantional I know but they remind me of the plastic flowers you used to get free with washing powder when I was young!

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Alison, my back is painful but it will ease in a day or two, I’m sure. Glad my post about flowers has reminded you to change their water. Carnations can last a long time if looked after, i.e. clean water regularly and not placing them in direct sunlight or close to a source of heat, such as a fire or radiator. And as with you, I’m not fond of yellow flowers, but daffs are such a promise of spring I simply have to have a few bunches as soon as they appear in the supermarket. Unlike you, I love tulips, but we can’t possibly like all the same things and I understand how they might look like plastic flowers, with their globular perfection!

  2. Oh ouch Margaret, I do hope that your back feels better very soon.
    How pretty is that teapot and doesn’t it look nice on your breakfast table, my beloved so rarely drinks tea that we don’t even have a large teapot although I do have one of those single cup jobs, not quite the same though.
    I did take advantage of a 2 for £5 offer on tulips this week but have yet to buy any daffodils, here we are nearly at the end of January with just February to go until we enter Spring. I cannot wait!

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Elaine. Such a silly thing to have done.
      I love the teapot, it’s really unusual with a scene of houses and people, quite different from British-made porcelain.
      Yes, two for £5 on tulips is a good offer. I also used this offer in Waitrosoe yesterday, I have another vase of the same pink ones on the table behind the sofa. I will be going to Waitrose again tomorrow (on Saturday we don’t have our daily paper put back – there is no delivery, but we have it on order – at our local shop, so sometimes we make the trip to Waitrose and pick up a free one using our My Waitrose card. It’s a bit silly, driving a ten to twelve miles round trip with a newspaper in mind, and we have to spend at least £10 in order to qualify for the free paper, but we enjoy the drive, and always get a few extra things for the weekend) and then on to the charity shop (the same charity as the one to where I take my unwanted books and things, but a different outlet) for the Royal Doulton plates. My intention is for them to replace five rather tatty plates that have lot most of their pattern in the dishwasher. Like you, it’s seemed a long winter, and I can’t wait for spring. Trouble is, spring lasts for such a comparatively short time!

  3. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

    Je Reviens was a great favourite of my mothers and I remember the box sitting on her dressing table. I haven’t smelt it in years.
    Iris are among the flowers I most like. What beautiful richly coloured specimens.
    So many times I have pondered over whether to buy something, not done so and then wished I had (and often gone back and got it). I hope you will enjoy using your plates.

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, Je Reviens is such an unusual fragrance I think that once smelt, it’s seldom forgotten. I absolutely love it, and it has made a change from all my other perfumes. I’ve been using L’Heure Bleu and Mitsuko a lot this autumn/winter, I just wanted something lighter … it must be that spring is in the air!
      I think we all regret the things we haven’t bought even if at the time they seemed an extravagance! But £3.50 for five plates is hardly an extravagance. I was just pushed for time and rather than quickly buying them, I put them back on the shelf. I’m fortunate that they were, indeed, still there this afternoon when I phoned the charity shop!

  4. hope your back improves. I had a really dodgy back for many years, and when it would seize up, I would wear a giant sticking plaster (elastoplast) on my lower back, one I used had herbs in it and the other had Deep Heat. The warmth from these relaxed the back muscles and enabled me to keep moving about and walking. I’m a yoga teacher and I would even recommend them to students who had back problems. I got mine from the chemist but they can be found in Chinese shops too.

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Ragnamurti, I’m sure my back will improve with a good rest. I have been using Ibuleve but perhaps the Deep Heat under a large sticking plaster is the answer! I’ve never done yoga although I believe it is beneficial to health.

      • yes, the old fashioned gentle yoga is amazing. I totally loathe the modern styles which were created and became the norm.

        • Margaret Powling

          I don[t know one thing about yoga, Ratnamurti, so wouldn’t know about the various styles. Maybe a gentle, old-fashioned yoga might be the answer to ageing bones, ligaments, muscles, etc.

  5. Hello Margaret,

    So thrilled your original copy of ‘The Scent of Water’ has arrived to replace the print-on-demand version. The cover art for this version looks so inviting. I do agree with you about the look and feel of a book, the authenticity and history is so important. I really enjoy enticing dust jackets and I have sometimes found some unexpectedly good reads, as the picture on the front of the book has tempted me to read it. I also like the way original covers reflect the era in which the book was written.

    You kindly asked what being a writer-in-residence entails. I’m lucky enough to have the collections and archives of one of your local museums to inspire the history books that I’ve had published. I particularly enjoy writing about people who lived in days past to ensure they are not forgotten and to show the present generation how these same people have influenced life today through their actions long ago.

    I do hope you back will soon be on the mend.

    Samantha

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, I was delighted when the book arrived this morning, Samantha, and it’s in very good condition, considering it was published in 1963. The print-on-demand version will go to the charity shop tomorrow, along with some other paperbacks that I’ve bought recently and not really enjoyed. I read up to about page 70 and if it’s not working for me by then, off it goes to the charity shop. This doesn’t mean the book isn’t any good, only that it’s not for me; someone else might love it.
      Yes, original covers do reflect the era in which they were written – that’s exactly how I feel. The early 1960s mean a lot to me – I was leaving school, meeting my husband, getting married and setting up our first home together (we were fortunate in having a brand new bungalow to move into, many people in the 1960s weren’t so fortunate.)
      How lovely to have had history books published! When I was at school I detested history but now I love it. But only parts of history. I’m not so interested in medieval history, but love from say the Stuarts onwards, and I particularly enjoy social history and have had articles published on such subjects as the spa towns of the UK, and also the history of the woollen industry, even the history of tall ships! Yes, it’s important to write about the people so that they’re not forgotten, especially those who have influenced our lives today. We are lucky in the Bay to have both Brixham and Torquay Museums, as well as Bygones in St Marychurch, and Torre Abbey, too.

  6. I’m sorry about your back – I know exactly how that is as I’ve been there and done that. Hope it quickly gets better. Yoga is my answer to all the kinks and spasms I tend to get.

    • Margaret Powling

      Saturday morning here, Jeannine, and rather stiff and sore but that’s because I’ve been prone all night, and I’m sure once I get moving again my back will feel better. But thank you for your kind comment – I’ve never tried yoga, I don’t think I’d be able to manage it with my arthritis, and I’m hopeless at balancing on one leg, that sort of thing, I’d just fall over and injure myself even more, ha ha!

  7. Eloise. (thisissixty.blog)

    I feel very mean. Whilst writing my comment above I fully intend saying that I hoped you back would feel better soon, and thenI sent the comment without adding it!
    So………I really do hope your back wil feel loads better very, very soon!

    • Margaret Powling

      Not mean at all, Eloise! My back is just a nuisance, I do my best to ignore these little things that happen to our ageing bods, I wasn’t even going to mention it on my post but it happened so quickly I felt it was such a silly thing to have happened. I mean, just bending over the table to pour out tea!

  8. Sigh. I love everything about this post, Margaret! Eager to see your Royal Doulton plates. I inherited six different patterns of RD place settings (however, just a dinner plate, cup and saucer to each set) from my mother, but sadly one saucer has broken into two perfect halves while sitting in the cabinet! Now how that happened, I’ll never know, but maybe it had a flaw that cracked under the weight of other plates. They are all newer patterns, and I imagine she bought them on special. The perfume sounds divine and your scarf is lovely, as are the flowers. Oh books. I could just go on and on from one bibliophile to another! I believe I read The Scent of Water years ago, but don’t remember a thing about it. Know I’ve read A City of Bells and The Lost Angel (short stories), but that’s about all for Goudge. Too many books… I will share I’m reading Hard Times by Dickens, and it took a few pages, but I’m enjoying the story now. If his books have too much ugliness in them I doubt I’ll read them all, but so far, so good. I really don’t know anything about his books except for the movie Oliver. Anyway, as dear Mrs. Bales would say from As Time Goes By: “Over and out!”

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Bess, and yes, I’m looking forward to buying the plates later this morning. I once broke a rather nice Spode plate, one of the pair I have on a side table in our sitting room, but as it cracked in half as yours has done, my husband managed to stick it together again. It wasn’t worth going to the expense of a professional restorer, it wasn’t a valuable plate, but I just love the deep blue colour and now I can’t tell which is the repaired plate unless I actually pick them up and examine them. He is a man of many talents, not only vacuuming and cleaning radiators!
      You can never have too many books, but logistics can become difficult, I know – finding places to put them. I do part with them now and again, paperbacks I know I shan’t read again, but this Goudge is certainly a keeper, if only for the pretty dust jacket. However, I feel I shall enjoy it.
      I was put off reading Dickens at school when David Copperfield was a set book. I don’t know why it was considered (and it still might be, for all I know) that children of 13 and 14 should be reading this Victorian writer who was writing for adults? How could they possibly understand the social mores of the day, the rigid class system, the lack of sanitation, the spread of disease, the cruelty to so many people. I’ve not been able to read Dickens since then, but what he wrote really had an effect on his readership, highlighting the plight of the poor. Maybe one day I will attempt to read Dickens again. I know parts of his books are funny, too. My husband says that his father (a Victorian himself, born 1889) that he used to sit in the chair, chuckling, reading something funny in Dickens!

      • How nice that your husband’s father enjoyed Dickens! I did read A Christmas Carol last year, but that writing seemed nothing like the book I’m reading now. I agree that young people wouldn’t enjoy the books. I doubt I would have enjoyed them much earlier than now in my older age when I can go slow and ponder books (and google many words and terms out of curiosity as I read). Also, my first thought before I typed my original comment was to tell you to feel better, and then it totally left me, which often happens. So feel better, dear lady.

        • Margaret Powling

          Yes, my husband’s father – so my husband tells me (from his memories as a young man) – used to sit by the fireside reading Dickens, long before they had a television set in the house, and he used to love the stories and would often laugh out loud at some of the funnier scenes in Dickens. Of course, Dickens would’ve been writing only about 30 to 40 years before my husband’s father was born, so the settings would’ve been slightly more familiar in some ways to him (if that makes sense!)
          Yes, I do feel a bit better today, Bess, thank you. I’m going to have a warm shower and sit with a hot water bottle at my back while I go and read as there is nothing we wish to watch on TV.

  9. Ha! I just thought I was done. I meant to ask if the pitcher on your kitchen table and the one holding your daffodils are from a matched set? Can’t quite tell. Sweet pitchers and a nice size. Also, I “got to” wondering, and I have insulted Mrs. Bale by calling her Mrs. Bales. I’m so embarrassed. :O)

    • Margaret Powling

      No, the pitcher is a one-off. It was made by our younger son’s partner many years ago. She has a ceramics degree and was, at the time, working in a pottery and this is one of the items she made. I also have a plate made by her and two lovely bowls, but none of them match. And no, you have not insulted me at all. Indeed, I can’t remember Mrs Bales so I will have to watch As Time Goes By, I used to watch it but I’ve forgotten much of what I watched, Bess! You couldn’t insult me if you tried, you haven’t an insulting bone in your body!
      Ah, correction: I’ve just realized you mean the pitcher on the hall table and not the one on the kitchen table. The white pitcher is a hot-water jug (seldom used) by Royal Worcester, in the design called Verona. This was our dinner service pattern many years ago and we have only a few items left now, including the plates on which I served our breakfast yesterday and the small milk jug on the table. It is white with simple gold-leaf pattern. I love it, but it’s no longer made and 2nd hand pieces are expensive. I decided to use it for the daffs for the hall table as it was just the right size.

  10. A delightful post once again Margaret, thank you for writing when your back must be hurting you.
    I do hope it improves soon. I have pulled similar muscles myself, so I know how that hurts. I found taking a magnesium supplement really helped me.
    Those Royal Doulton plates are a bargain, excellent that they were still available.
    Your flowers are beautiful and I love the daffodils, sure sign that Spring is on the way, the yellow ornaments really complement the color, such a nice touch.
    Ahh Je Reviens, what memories that brings. My first job out of school was in a chemists shop, so many wonderful fragrances.
    I know that you have written about perfumes previously, such a nostalgic subject, much enjoyed.
    As you say many of the old favourites do not seem to be the same these days.
    Do you wear perfume every day? I used to when I was working but now just occasionally, I must change that as I do enjoy it.
    Be well again very soon.
    Pam in TX.x

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Pam, and yes the old back hurts this morning, too, but I am having a cup of coffee and writing to my friends (as I now think of them) who are all around the globe – it’s like a modern version of a correspondence magazine, isn’t it? I used to belong to one of those and I’m still in contact with two members of that magazine from more than 35 years ago!
      Yes, daffodils are a sign that spring is on the way. We have three ‘out’ in the garden, but only three so far.
      How lovely to have had a job in a chemist’s shop, I’d have loved being on the perfume counter. I used to go with my mother to the dept store in our town (or rather the best dept store as there were four of them) and the very soignee assistants on the perfumery counter would save for me the lovely tester bottles – well, those that didn’t have to be returned to the manufacturers. I had quite a collection when I was about ten or eleven; I’ve always loved perfumes but, sadly, few of the modern ones. I have a sample of La Vie et Belle by Lancôme and to me this typifies the modern smell of scent, which is cloying and sickly. Give me the old fragrances any day – Miss Dior (the original one) for example. I expect you will remember the fragrances of Yardley from years ago … I know it was a much cheaper brand, but I loved Yardley’s Bond Street! The closest I’ve ever come to that fragrance in another brand is Hermes Rouge Hermes (sadly, very expensive so I’ve not bought any, but it was originally branded as Parfum d’Hermes and I bought some many years ago when on the ferry from France to England, duty free.)
      Yes, I wear perfume every day, all the time. I love it, even when working in the house doing housekeeping or sitting her at the computer. Sadly, husband doesn’t have any sense of smell, he says he can smell “something” but couldn’t say what it is. It is one of life’s affordable little luxuries. It doesn’t have to cost the earth, even an eau de toilette in one of the less-expensive makes is sometimes pleasant. One fragrance which has gone up in price in recent times and which used to be bargain-basement price is Ma Griffe, and I used to love that, too.
      Thank you for your good wishes, I am walking (or sitting) very gingerly!

      • Yes indeed, Yardley Bond Street was wonderful and I also remember Ma Griffe another favourite.
        Looking back that was such an idyllic time when I worked in the Chemists. Although at the time that would not have been my perception I am sure.
        Each day tending my counter and changing displays, all the lovely perfumes at my fingertips. It was in the days of true service when customers would take a seat and be waited upon and shown all the goodies.
        I recall also that company reps were very generous with their samples, we would often be given full size bottles to try, I guess in the hope that we would promote the product, although that was never mentioned, very subtle by today’s standards.
        I am pleased that you wear perfume every day, I have the opposite problem with my husband, he has a heightened sense of smell and I have to hold back when I am applying!!
        Hope the back is feeling better, best wishes.
        Pam in TX.x

        • Margaret Powling

          That’s lovely, that you remember Yardley’s Bond Street as few people I know remember this fragrance. Very strong, but very elegant, too. Oh, yes, those were the days when there was a chair at the counter and people were actually ‘served’ rather than simply, as today, taking things themselves off shelves and taking them to a check out. I loved it when I went to our favourite dept. store with my mothers and the assistants, who dressed very smartly, always in black, saved for me the tester samples, often six or more fixed into a Bakelite stand, bottles with little glass ‘droppers’ in them so you could sample the scent on your skin. None of this spraying it onto a piece of paper and wafting it about to dry, you could really tell what it smelt like on your own skin.
          Yes, my back is a little better, thank you, Pam. Had paracetamol this evening and some Ibuleve rubbed into it.

  11. Keep moving and your back will look after itself, hopefully.

    Je Reviens was my first grown up perfume. It’s hard to find now, but I buy a bottle when I see it. I think it’s Iris based.

    We have had 10cm overnight and have been promised 25cm but at least it’s not blizzard conditions.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    • Margaret Powling

      It seems Je Riviens, Linda (or WonderCollie) was and still is a popular fragrance! I hadn’t thought of it being iris-based, which would be a coincidence as I have iris in the house right now and have just taken delivery of the perfume! Oh, my goodness, 10cm of snow overnight! I presume you don’t live in the UK then, or perhaps in Scotland? Keep warm and snug indoors! Yes, I will try and keep moving. I’m off to replenish my coffee cup right now …

  12. It’s so easy to pull a muscle in the back. Take care Margaret and I hope it improves soon. Je Reviens was my mother’s favourite scent and I love the colours of your silk scarf in the photograph. And Elizabeth Goudge – I had my mother’s cloth bound copy of “The Little White Horse” which I used to read over and over as a child. I spotted a very tatty hardback copy of an Elizabeth Goudge novel recently and picked it up to sniff, but it was just a bit too musty! But she is on my mental list when scouring secondhand book stalls. I also have a weakness for fine charity shop china (and English lead crystal glassware as you know!). My most recent purchase was a set of eight small coffee cups and saucers made in 1957 by Wedgwood in the pattern Summer Skies. I used them at Christmas for serving chocolate mousse and lemon posset. My sitting room is scented by a sprig of Daphne in a Caithness glass vase and while the snowdrops are flowering I cut some every few days to put in my tiny smoky grey glass posy vase. I grow daffodils at the plot for cutting – it has been years and years since I bought any flowers as I find it so satisfying to grow my own, but that said your flowers always look so lovely and beautifully arranged too. Good to be checking in with my blog pal. I have been reading and enjoying, just too busy to comment.

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, I love this scarf, too, Sarah. I bought it when I bought a pale blue jumper and wore it with that, but over the years the jumper has been relegated to the ‘cleaning up clothes’ category, i.e. not ready for the bin, but not quite good enough to go out in. But I do like the scarf, it’s a very soft silk, not the heavy silk of a Jaeger or Hermes scarf.
      Thank you, my back is slowly improving and, as you say, it’s very easy to pull a muscle in the back.
      That’s the problem with some 2nd hand book, the smell! I once had a lovely, clean copy of a Margaret Forster novel but it had obviously come from the home of a heavy smoker and I simply couldn’t rid it of the smell of stale tobacco and so I had to dispose of it.
      How lovely to have found those Wedgwood coffee cups and saucers. Yes, set of the tiny coffee cans, as they are called, used to be very popular when people held more formal dinner parties than we hold today, and they had after dinner coffee. They are lovely for serving mouse, etc, as you say, or even lined up with a single flower in each one.
      Oh, I love the scent of Daphne, I have a small bush in the garden, but it’s a very slow growing one! But how lovely to be able to grow your own flowers, and your smoky grey posy vase sounds lovely. I had a number of smoky grey glass in the 1960s when coloured glass, especially grey, was very popular. Never mind about always leaving a comment – it’s just nice that you enjoy my blog.

  13. I hope that by the time you are reading my comment you are feeling better. Backs can be bothersome things, can’t they ! We rely on them for all sorts of things and when they ‘go’ we really go down in a heap. I’m sending you lots of good thoughts.

    Your flowers are very beautiful and you certainly have style when it comes to presenting them ‘just so’. Your arrangement with the daffodils is very pretty indeed. I love the irises – I was sole bridesmaid for an Aunty many (many) years ago and had a simple bouquet which consisted largely of those same flowers so when I see them I remember my bouquet. Unfortunately I only have one photo of that event but given that it was c1988 and I was wearing a drop-waisted taffeta dress with huge (leg-of-mutton ?) sleeves and white pantyhose and white stilettos it’s probably not a bad thing. Ha ha.

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Lara. Sunday morning here as I write this, just crawled out of bed and back very painful, but until it gets better, this is to be expected. But thank you so much for your kind thoughts. It’s having been lying down all night in one position, I’m sure. Once I get moving again I think it will ease a bit.
      How lovely that your Auntie chose iris for your bridesmaid’s bouquet. But oh, the 1980s fashions! I think fashion reached a very low point in the 1980s, but at least you can remember the beautiful bouquet!

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