For those new to my blog, a Peter-and-Jane Day has been named (by us) after the two little children in the 1950s/1960s Ladybird books’ reading scheme. Peter always helped his daddy, mending or washing the car, while Jane helped her mummy, baking and washing up.
Today’s Peter-and-Jane day involved husband clearing the leaves in the garden while I spent time in the kitchen. As you can imagine, there is always a lot of leaves to clear, having such a huge walnut tree. Fortunately, the high winds this week have ensured that there are few leaves left to fall, and although this morning’s task was quite an onerous one, at least we know we’re coming to the end of this annual garden task.
To help clear the leaves, husband uses the lawn mower and this chews them up, they’re deposited into the grass box and that makes it easy for him to empty the grass box (several times) into waste bags ready to take to the tip (garden waste section.)
While husband was in the garden I made the bed and then finished off ironing so that the ironing board could be put away. I also made braised red cabbage and small roast potatoes to go with the beef casserole that I cooked yesterday for today’s lunch (photograph above.) We love braised red cabbage and I do it with port, veggie Oxo cubes (two of them), balsamic vinegar, and a smidgen of runny honey (or you could use some Demerera or Muscovado sugar), plus a little extra water. (Main ingredients: red cabbage, finely shredded, with a desser apple and an onion.)
I start it off in the frying pan on the hob (photo above) and then once it has simmered for a few minutes, tip the lot into an oven-proof fish, cover with foil and cook for at least an hour in the oven (about 160C – 200C).
I also removed the old paper whites from their bowl, emptied and washed the bowl, and then husband re-filled it with fresh compost and I planted seven more paper white bulbs. You’d not think that these small tasks would fill my morning, but they did.
Yesterday, we first went to Marks & Spencer so that I could return the coat I’d bought online – it was far too large – and I tried on two smaller coats, and swapped the too-large coat for the next size down. When I got home I found a scarf which goes with it perfectly – well, it does to me.
The coat without the scarf (above) and with the scarf (below) …
And I have a pair of purple gloves which I think pick out the purple in the scarf. I have hardly worn the purple gloves, so they are like new, and I have a pair of aubergine ankle boots, similarly little-worn, so that’s that outfit ‘sorted’ as they say.
Yesterday, after M&S (I need therapy after a visit there, I can’t abide the place, so apologies to all people who love M&S or who might even work there. I find it just too disorganized … if I want jeans, I want them all in one place, not Per Una here and Autograph (or whatever) there. I suppose they think you will go around the store, searching, and while en route see other things to buy, but I want a bit more organization and a bit more colour co-ordination. Hear me, Mr Marks and Mr Spencer?)
As for the quality of things in M&S, that can be hit or miss, but if they improve the quality then the prices will rocket. I can appreciate their problem here – would quality items at a higher price sell? I really don’t know. I rather hope they would but I have my doubts. Few people are now brought up to buy good quality that will last. They want the latest fashions, not something they need a mortgage to afford and which will look outmoded by next season, and really, who can blame them?
This coat was £54 Sale price, £69 normal price. That’s back-pocket change to some people, or a huge amount to others. I consider this a good enough price for a good enough coat, we’re not taking Burberry or Aquascutum (are they still in production?) It will do for the autumn/winter for the days when it’s not freezing – it is only a light-weight coat – as I have two other winter coats which are much warmer (not including the quilted coat and jackets). As for length, it’s knee-length on me, but for a taller person it would be a long blazer. I’ve always said buy the best you can afford and, quite frankly, I can afford better, but do I want to have something in my wardrobe that is so good that I will then feel I must wear it for the next decade? (I have things I bought almost 20 years ago, they are far too good to discard, and they actually suit me, but I’m simply fed up with them! Items from Viyella and Country Casuals, two companies which we no longer see on the high street.)
After M&S I needed to relax – we’d traipsed around the men’s dept too, and bought husband a brushed cotton shirt and I’d been around the tights/pantihose dept, and managed to find what I was looking for – 60 denier opaque tights, navy blue, in my size. Husband also wanted a navy blue leather belt but they only had a nasty bright blue – who on earth wears such things? And the leather belts were really stiff, harsh leather, not something you’d want to wear around your waist, you’d be in danger of being sawn in half! Anyway, as I say we needed to relax, and so we drove up to the golf club. This is getting a habit! And we had the small portions of fish and chips each, and a pot of tea.
It was very dull but there were lots of women in the club house as Tuesday is Ladies Day, and some were about to go out and some had just come in.
The view from where we were sitting, with a terrace immediately outside, then the practice putting green and then the course itself.
Yesterday’s post brought me these beauty items …
I thought I’d try BB cream – I’d not heard of it until Jeannine mentioned it, so of course, I had to try it! Oh, it’s quite different from what I imagined. It is much darker than my usual foundation, so perhaps I should’ve opted for Light rather than Medium, and I felt the texture rather strange, but I persevered and after I had smoothed it out all over my face it didn’t look bad at all! Good coverage, a bit ‘orange’ to start with, but that soon disappeared and I didn’t need to use the powder which came with the same consignment. The eye shadow is called Truffle (a sort of coffee colour), Boots No 7, but I think I’d have been better buying a more-mauve as the brown just accentuates the dark circles around my eyes. Will I continue to use BB cream? Yes, I think I will.
Until next time.