Yesterday, I paid my podiatrist my three-monthly visit. I am afraid I am one of those unfortunate people who really could benefit from a farrier, as I grow skin on my feet like a horse that requires its hooves cutting back. Seriously, no matter how much foot cream I use – and I do use one recommended by my podiatrist, a special lanolin cream for feet – and I use a Scholl battery- powered foot file, my feet require professional attention every three months. Husband, on the other hand, who seldom creams his feet and has never had recourse to use a foot file in his life, has feet as smooth as silk.
Therefore yesterday, I was ‘tailed’, and today I have been ‘topped’, i.e. I’ve been for my five-weekly visit to my lovely hairdresser in Totnes.
We chatted about my blog and I said I would mention my visit, and would she mind if I included her photo, whereupon she seated herself on this lovely sofa which she had refurbished herself – I love this shocking pink upholstery, just right for a hair salon. I have been going to Gill’s to have my hair done almost since she opened her salon ten years ago; I tell her – jokingly, of course – that I only go for her coffee, as she serves the best coffee in town, from a proper Italian coffee machine (and not a teeny-weeny Nespresso, either!) All her staff are equally lovely, and we usually end up having a good laugh, or putting the world to rights.
I’ve used this photo of Gill’s salon before, but it doesn’t hurt to show it again
But before I settled myself for my pampering session, I popped into the supermarket for some flowers and some salad things for our this evening’s supper, and then, at the request of elder son, I bought a pasty in the deli which is just across the road from Gill’s salon …
Son wanted a pasty to take with him when he plays his round of golf – weather permitting – tomorrow morning.
Gill’s salon and this shop are positioned on an area of Totnes called The Plains. Well, it is a flat area, something you don’t find often in Devon, known for its hills.
This is The Plains in summer
On one corner of The Plains is an attractive block of flats …
Not many years ago a garage stood here where we used to take our car for it’s annual MOT. I have to admit that this building looks far more attractive (and the car business didn’t close down, but simply moved to an industrial estate, much more suitable for the type of work being carried out.)
Totnes is filled with a great many independent shops such the deli, and although I would’ve liked to have a mooch around this morning, I knew the time I had left for our car on the car park was limited, so I made a quick dash to W H Smith and bought the latest Country Homes & Interiors …
and I have photographed it here with some gorgeous creamy-white freesias that I bought in Waitrose yesterday (after my visit to my podiatrist.) White freesias do not have as strong a fragrance as the deeply coloured varieties, but these more than make up for that with their beauty. And when husband went to collect our newspaper from the local shop this morning, he returned with a packet of mint humbugs, which we both enjoy, and I suddenly thought that an old Chinese bowl in pale turquoise and pink would be ideal for them, a real hint of spring in those lovely floral colours.
After my speedy visit to W H Smith I popped into Super Drug on the hunt for some new eye shadow. Now my hair is silver I like to keep to the silver/mauve tones for eye shadow but I have to take care now to over-do the mauve shades otherwise my eyes can look as if they’ve sustained a direct punch, as grey combined with mauve can resemble a nasty bruise!
This eye shadow, unsurprisingly, is the same one I’ve been using for a few years, this is just a new replacement. And the powder is Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder, which is such good value at under £4. I use powder very sparingly as elderly women coated with powder simply look desiccated; one seeks a nice healthy glow, but not a greasy glow, so I tend to just set foundation with a little powder but not over-doing it.
Indeed, I have been reading about Rimmel. This company was founded by Eugene Rimmel in 1834 and while with such a name it sounds to be a French company, Eugene Rimmel’s perfumery was located in Regent Street, London (it was acquired by Coty in 1996.) I have been doing a little research and Wikipedia says that “within a year of opening, Rimmel came to create many make-up products, including his best-known mascara. It gave rise to the term ‘rimmel’ being used to mean ‘mascara’ in many Mediterranean languages.”
I love the drive home from Totnes. It is only a five mile journey, but the road bisects some lovely fields and in the distance I could still see lines of snow still not thawed out along the hedgerows, as if someone had been white-lining, as workmen do down the centre of a road.
As I mentioned, yesterday we shopped in Waitrose where I bought the creamy-white freesias. I also bought the deep purple lisianthus which are on the first photo on today’s post and today I bought some alstromeria. They are not yet fully in bloom, but when they are they will look pretty in our sitting room window.
And before rain set in for the rest of today – because no sooner had I arrived home than the sky clouded over and rain began – I picked three deep blue hyacinths from our garden, so we could enjoy them in the house. They were some that I’d had as bulbs in the house last year and re-planted in the garden once they had finished flowering.
If this rain continues through the weekend one thing which I will do to alleviate the gloom is to watch a DVD I have just bought. Yes, it’s mainly for children (although advertised as a ‘family’ film) but we’re all children at heart, are we not? Of this film I have heard great things, so I’m sure I shall enjoy it.
Until next time.