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.