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Fingers & Toes

Today, I went for a manicure again.  Yes, these are an elderly lady’s paws, and they are a little more red here than usual because all the lovely massaging that they received and which aids circulation caused them to be just a little more red than they usually are, but this goes within 24 hours.  A dear friend had sent me the nail polish as a present, and I’m truly delighted with it as the colour is perfect with navy blue, a colour I often wear.

Not only did I indulge in a manicure today but I also had my very first pedicure. I’ve never thought much about my feet, apart from visiting a podiatrist to have hard skin removed and toenails trimmed, but I suddenly thought how lovely it would be if my toenails looked as smart as my finger nails and this is the result. And even though I’m ancient, I don’t have bunions, callouses or any crossed toes, so why not pamper my piggies?

I chose to have the same colour on finger nails and toenails, and I’m delighted with the effect.  Lovely exfoliation of the skin, buffing of the nails, ragged cuticles dealt with, and then nails painted (undercoat, two coats of colour, and clear top coat … they received more treatment than the garage door!)  I don’t wear my finger nails very long, just to the tips of my fingers, so there is less chance of a breakage.  But they now looked cared for and I think the colour is elegant.

My beautician (I think I can now call her ‘my’, somewhat proprietorially, as I do ‘my’ hairdresser and ‘my’ dentist) is a lovely person, and what is more, she uses Neal’s Yard Remedies which are ethical products, carrying the Fairtrade Mark and they do their best to reduce our impact on the planet.  As it says in their catalogue, their plastic bottles “are made from 100% recycled plastic, while the paper and card we u se are from sustainably managed sources.”  I shall certainly be looking carefully at their catalogue now and ordering some skin care products.

My husband took me to my beautician’s house and left me there for a couple of hours and I phoned him when I was ready to be collected. This left him free to visit B&Q (oh, how men love B&Q!) where he treated himself to a new toy.  Now, he’s not one for spending money on himself, I will say that for him, but sometimes a proper tool is essential for a job and while he had been sanding our steamer chairs with sandpaper and a wire brush, he said that really, a small electrical sander would be so much better and kinder on his hands.  He has a large sander, but it was just too large and heavy for this particular job and so he bought himself a new sander. Honestly, he’s as happy as our grandson is with a new box of Lego!  He’s now examining the leaflet which shows the many various types of attachment he can buy for other sanding jobs.

While I was out, the new pillow cases from Sophie Conran arrived.  Yes, another pair  in just over a week, but I have to admit that patterned pillow cases, for us anyway, were a mistake (I’m referring to those I recently bought from Joules.)  While they are pretty in themselves, they don’t look good in our bedroom and I have to admit that if nothing else, they underline the fact that both husband and I really do prefer white bed linen, or with just a little colour such as those which have just arrived and have pale green edges to the scallops, similar to those we have with coral pink edges I bought last year …


A short post today, and now to finish the veggies for our supper (roast chicken this evening.)

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. Lovely color for your nails, Margaret. Just the other day I did my toenails. I do like my toes done during sandals/bare feet season. I think I mentioned once before that I prefer to do them myself. I had a pedicure once and it just isn’t for me. As for my fingernails, I keep them short and unpolished.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      If I could bend easily or even see my toe nails in order to paint them, I don’t think I’d have a pedicure, but I can’t bend easily with arthritis and also even though I have reading glasses and distance glasses, seeing my toes to paint them (even if I could bend) is difficult. It was truly worth it to have the pedicure today, my nails were buffed so that they were polished even before the polish was applied, and the skin buffed, too, so any dry skin was removed; and the nails filed. My beautician took infinite care, and it was quite different from having a treatment from a podiatrist, although both are equally good at their respective practices I paint my fingernails to protect them because they are thin and brittle – they’ve been thus since I had chemotherapy over a decade ago – and four or five coats of polish really helps to protect them (and I admit, they do look much nicer – well, to me, anyway – with a coat of paint. Much depends on the quality of the nails and their shape and even their natural colour; some look good painted, some look good left unpolished.)

  2. Those pillowcases look so much better and really set off your room.

    Your nails look very smart – do you manage to keep them like that for long or do they chip easily? I’m so clumsy I’d break a nail before I even got home!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I have to take care with my nails when they have newly been done, Alison, but after the first day they are less inclined to chip. If I’m careful, a manicure will last a week. By which time I feel like a different colour polish, anyway. But the main thing about having a professional manicure is the care of the nails and hands, the exfoliation of the arms and hands, the massage, the care of the cuticles, the buffing of the nails which helps rid mine of ridges, and the correct filing of the nails, making them a nice shape (which I never manage to do properly myself.) It also makes me aware of my hands and nails and I’m then therefore inclined to try and take more care of them. And I have my nails short so that I don’t break them right away!
      Yes, I like the pillow cases much more than the patterned ones. I’ve never bought patterned ones before, that was a first (and last)!

  3. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

    I’m with Alison on the pillowcases. We all have our own style and trying something different doesn’t always work. I often see things in shops and say how nice it is. Husband will tell me to get it, or say that he will buy it for me and I will say, “Oh no. I like it but it’s not me.” I think he struggles with female logic at times!
    Neale’s Yard are lovely products. I buy a lot from The Lemon Tree which are similarly natural but they don’t have such a big range,
    Your nails (all twenty of them) look ‘absolutely fabulous dahling’!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Ooh, thank you! Having “ab fab” nails is a lovely compliment, so thank you for that, Eloise! And glad you approve the pillowcases, I think they’re lovely, and I hope that if Sir here irons them, then he won’t scorch these next time, ha ha! I now realise that the edges are ’embroidered’ on (machine embroidery, no doubt) and the thread could need not such a hot iron as the rest of the cotton pillow case, so whoever does the ironing, husband or myself, needs to take a little bit more care over the embroidered edges.

  4. Mary-Louise Mielcarz

    Hello Margaet,

    Last June my husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Bindon Bottom B & B, Lulworth Cove, for a week. One of the many joys of staying there is that they use Neal’s Yard products exclusively. The mention of their product in your last story brought me right back to that visit. We spent the week touring the many beautiful area’s of Dorset, but, seeing all of your beautiful pictures of Devon, I wish we had more time to go further afield. Now we know, next time.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I’ve not heard of Bindon Bottom B&B but it sounds great, Mary-Louise, especially if it has Neal’s Yard products. I would love a visit to Dorset and Lulworth Cove and it’s not too far from where we live in Devon, either. And Devon is lovely so next time you must hop over the border.

  5. A short post but a lovely post.The colour on your nails is perfect for navy.Weather has been glorious although a tad cooler today.We had an enjoyable day at Wisley today although there wasn’t a lot out just azaleas and rhodendrums,I think I might have spelt that wrong! It’s always a pleasure at the end of a day to read your enjoyable blog. Enjoy the rest of your week,take care Margaret.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      So glad you like the nail colour, Margaret (thanks to my friend, who kindly sent it to me and it arrived yesterday, right in time for me to take it to my manicurist today.) I love it with navy and I have a neckerchief with almost exactly the same plummy colour and wore that with navy today, to pick up the colour. I will now have to search for a similarly plummy lipstick.
      Oh, how lovely to visit RHS Wisley. I’ve never been there but have seen it on TV. And thank you for your kind comments re my blog. I find it’s such a fun thing to do, I really enjoy chatting about all kinds of things, such as manicures and walks in the woods.

  6. Bed linen can be such a personal choice. I love white, too, but have been gifted other colours…. But, recently I saw a duvet cover with 2 pillowslips very cheap on sale – in “my” colours, that is, the colours that I adore. So, I also bought 2 cushions on sale to go with them. Bliss. And yes, your fingers and feet do look very elegant. good on you for having both done.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Oh, Ratnamurti, you must now tell us what ‘your’ colours are, the colours you adore! Well done on spotting some bargains, including the cushions. I’m certainly one for a bargain! I feel really proud of my nice nails now. If I don’t have polish on them I don’t take care of them and next news, they’re all ragged, different lengths, really unkempt-looking.

  7. And now what is that petite ring atop your wedding set? I did not see that before. It looks as though it may be an inherited ring. So lovely. Your nails look beautiful. I had a manicure on Friday last and it is still going strong. Once it chips, I will re-paint but because the manicurist took such care with my nails, even my paint job will look nice. Enjoyed your post today.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Donna. The ring that you noticed is an inherited one, not a valuable one but pretty. I also have a ruby and diamond one which I’ve been using today, again an inherited piece and certainly not valuable, but nice to ring (pardon the pun) the changes! One nail has chipped very slightly, but I shall repair it forthwith. I must be more careful with my nails!

  8. Your nails do look very pretty Margaret, what a lovely colour that is and, as you say, goes very well with navy.
    I also like the Neals Yard Products and always use the eye make-up remover as find it very gentle, it’s good to know that their plastic bottles are made from recycled plastic.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Elaine. I’ve not tried Neal’s Yard eye make-up remover, I’ve been using Waitrose’s own eye make-up remover pads, but I make sure that I don’t flush these down the loo, adding to the wet wipes waste which causes blockages in the sewerage system.

  9. It sounds like both of you had a fun day – you with your pampering and husband with his new toy 🙂 That nailpolish is very flattering on you. Having perfectly painted toes is a good excuse to wear sandals. I giggled when I read your comment about your nails receiving more treatment than the garage door !
    Your new pillowcases are very pretty. I’m glad you were able to get the type you wanted.
    I’m enjoying catching up on your posts – reading them one after the other – after feeling unwell lately. My cat and I are having a slow start to the day xx

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I’m so sorry to hear, as I’m sure other readers of this blog will be, Lara, that you have been feeling unwell, and I hope you will feel really better again soon.
      Yes, I enjoyed my visit to the beautician. She offers many other treatments, facials, waxing, neck & head massage, but I was happy just to end up with pretty nails, all 20 of them. I love the colour, which is OPI Miami Beet and sent to me by a friend whose nails, with this polish, I had admired.

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