We went to Totnes this morning so that I could collect my ‘new’ (i.e. pre-loved, euphemism for 2nd hand) ring which had been adjusted to fit.
We parked on the supermarket car park at the bottom of this hilly town and walked (climbed!) up the hill to the jeweller’s, puffing and panting all the way. I am delighted with my ring. It now fits neatly, with my wedding ring and my engagement ring.
After that we walked back down the town and husband suggested we get a cup of coffee, and so we popped into Anne of Cleves. I’ve shown you this tea room before, but I managed to take just one pic of part of the window with it’s display of cakes (but only one here, chocolate fudge cake). It was packed with people, but we managed to find a vacant table and ordered coffee and scones.
It is truly like stepping back to the 1950s, there are plain wood tables, stick-back chairs, a red-patterned carpet, and plain white walls with pictures and plates on them for decoration. Today, it being such a dull day, there were little tea lights and vases of flowers on all the table, it looked so cosy.
We then went back down the hill to the car and husband asked whether there was anywhere else I wanted to go? This was unusual insofar as he normally wants to get right back home, and so I said I’d like to go over to Wellswood and drop off the books I had in the boot/trunk of the car at the Rowcroft Boutique.
So off we went to Wellswood and parked some distance away from the shops, it being a busy Saturday morning there being no parking spaces closer to them. We handed over the books and I had a very swift look around but I saw nothing I wanted/needed today.
I really need to be on my own when having a good look-see, husband was already champing at the bit …
Then I went into the pharmacy as I wanted to replace my face powder. I used to use loose face powder as I loved the coverage it gave even though it’s a messy way of applying powder to one’s phizzog. And so a few years ago I started to buy block powder again, and the cheapest (which I actually found very good), Rimmel. I used to buy it in this particular pharmacy but they’ve ceased stocking it and now only have Max Factor. They didn’t have the translucent one I like, but I found a pale colour which I am sure will be fine.
I notice that there is now a little note on the box to say “Since 1953”. I think Max Factor was the first to produce solid powder. I remember what an innovation it was – I was nine years old in 1953 and can clearly remember such things. Until then women used loose powder, from a powder bowl on their dressing table or a ‘drum’ of loose powder, which left a dusting of the powder not only on the face but all over the dressing table and often one’s clothes, too. To touch-up the powder during the day, they would scoop some into their compacts which then had a little gauze strip to place over the loose powder to hold it in place, not particularly effectively. Indeed, compacts – in the days before solid powder – were very messy objects indeed.
I used loose face powder myself until recent years. I used to buy Revlon translucent powder, which was put on the market in the 1960s, and in more recent years, Boots No 7 loose powder, but I’ve now decided that solid powder is absolutely fine to use. I don’t need a lot, just a little to remove any ‘shine’. ‘Shine’ is fine (that could be a new slogan!) for youth, but when you are my age it simply looks like you’re having a hot flush/flash!
So having creme puff, with it’s distinctive powdery scent, too me back over 60 years! It was worth paying more for this than I had previously done for Rimmel just for this journey back in time! I have photographed this little box of pressed powder on my Jaeger scarf, somehow it looks Very 1950s, too. (As well as this, I do have a pretty Charlotte Tilbury compact for my handbag.)
I hope you are enjoying your weekend,
Until next time.