We awakened to the sound of rain hammering on the window of our bedroom, but as the saying goes “rain before seven, fine before eleven” this was very much the case today. I think this is because, generally speaking, it takes about 4 hours for a weather front to move to another area.
And so we decided we’d get the errands done today, as we have been ‘promised’ worse weather tomorrow.
First of all, husband had an appointment at our surgery (part of his annual review) and after that we drove to Wellswood so that he could visit his barber. While he was having a haircut, I had a look in the Rowcroft Boutique, but apart from a pack of Christmas cards I didn’t see anything I wanted nor needed. But I feel guilty coming out of a charity shop without having spent a penny, so I bought some Christmas cards and a raffle ticket, the prize being a rather nice looking hamper of Christmas goodies.
Today I gave my new Antique Gold jacket it’s first outing.
Not a briliant photo as it was becoming dusk-dark when I took this, and as I don’t like using flash I used natural light and it really isn’t good enough. Never mind. It shows what I wore today … indigo jeans, cream (well, off white) ribbed jumper, silk scarf and jacket. Now the best bit! The young manager in the Rowcroft Boutique admired my jacket and said I looked very glam! I can’t let such a compliment go by can I? I just have to share that with you. I thanked her and said I wasn’t sure whether this was ‘my’ colour, especially with silver hair, but no, I was assured it looked lovely. Being told I looked “glam” at my great age certainly put a spring into my step.
I then went into the post office to look for a birthday card for husband. Unfortunately, I was unable to find anything I liked but I did find a card for a friend. At the till the young woman serving me (young enough to be my granddaughter) suddenly, and without any prompting, said, “Oh I love your jacket, you look stunning!” Her exact words. So what with “glam” and “stunning” I felt I was walking on air!
I mentioned these lovely remarks to husband. “Well, you do look better in it than that navy blue quilted coat!” So from now on I might re-consider my navy uniform and branch out into a bit more colour in my old age! Actually, I must take the quilted coat to a local seamstress to have the sleeves shortened. Why is it that sleeves of women’s coats/jackets are so long, these come to my finger tips and that makes a coat look too large even when the rest of it fits perfectly. I see this all the time on TV. Now you look at women wearing coats and jackets, and you will see what I mean. Seldom are they wrist length.
The Rowcroft Boutique’s windows had been arranged to commemorate Armistice Day and, as always, looked wonderful (considering they only have the items donated to work with.)
After husband had had his hair cut – I go in and have a chat with his barber as he’s cutting husband’s hair; husband has been going to this chap for years and it’s nice to have a little catch-up with him – we drove to Waitrose where, today, I bought some deep wine-red roses. Unfortunately, the smaller bunches (for there are larger bunches) have only eight roses in them, and so I could only put four in each jug on the mantelpiece as I really didn’t wish to buy two bunches or the more expensive larger bunch. Tomorrow, weather permitting, I might go and get some skimmia (with berries) from the garden to augment the roses.
I also changed the candles to pale green ones, and these pick up the colour of the two Royal Doulton vases on the plinth of the fireplace. I quite like the clashing colours of red with the copper lustre, too.
After visiting Waitrose (our trolley bags were admired by the checkout lady, she said she is going to get some – I have used my photo below on my blog before, but for those who haven’t seen these trolley bags, they are really great to use. Held together with Velcro, they separate so you an easily put them into the car and then carry each bag into the house. There are two sizes, for large and small trolleys; these are the smaller trolley size. They are sturdy and save having a motley selection of old plastic carrier bags. When I pack – and husband is getting the idea now! – I put all the chiller/freezer items into one of the bags and then when we return to the car, these can then be decanted into the insulated chiller bag in the car) we went to Ilsham Valley.
The trees looked lovely (top photo, although I took this photo a few years ago as I didn’t get out of the car today to take fresh photos, but it looked much the same as this photo was taken at the same time of year). We parked and enjoyed our ‘free’ coffee and shared an egg & cress sandwich. We know how to live here in Devon, y’know!
Now for an early supper. I made bolognaise sauce yesterday (grandson came to tea and he enjoys spaghetti bolognaise although instead of spaghetti I used penne so that it would be easier for him to eat) and there is a good portion left for us this evening. That, with freshly grated parmesan and then followed by some Limoncello gelatto sounds good to me!
Until next time.