Sunday, 30 April 2017

May Day

It will be May tomorrow and we have a Bank Holiday in the UK so I hope to be busy in my garden planting vegetables and flowers. I removed all the winter weeds and cultivated the soil  few weeks ago but it has been too cold for most of the tender plants. We actually had a frost last week. We have also had very little rainfall so unusually I am hoping for a few showers once I have my plants in to give them a good start.

On the charity shop front, I have had a quiet week. This top (yes, turquoise again I know!) is my latest purchase. It was in a bargain bin for £1 and, while it is not in pristine condition, it will be fine for wearing around the house or garden. 

The trousers you have seen before. I wore them to work when we had our charity day a few weeks ago. Once the weather really warms up, I will be getting out my summer skirts and dresses - I can't wait!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Charity Shops in Scotland

As you can imagine, we visited a few charity shops on our trip to Scotland and I bought a few items! It is great exploring completely new charity shops not knowing what to expect. There is always a wide variety in quality of goods and prices which is part of the whole experience. It is always very wise to carefully examine each item before you buy it as some shops do not check as thoroughly as others and I have found clothes on sale with missing buttons, stains and tears etc.

My first purchase was this turquoise skirt. Regular readers of my blog will know that turquoise is one of my favourite colours. This skirt is shorter that I would have liked but it only cost £2.50. May be it would be better worn over leggings and I will give that look a go at some point.
My second purchase was this lavender top. It is nice and snug and as I do not have many tops in this colour it is something different for me. It cost £3.50 and was new. It has a George label still attached.
It seems to tone well with my black trousers.

My daughter, Hannah, was experimenting with some new photography equipment when she took these photos and we decided to take some shots from an unusual angle - just to be different. A few years ago I would never have posted a photo of my bottom in trousers on my blog but I have become less self conscious in trousers now and do not necessarily wear tunics or long tops each time I wear them in public.

Have a good week!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

At the Zoo

We have just returned from a lovely short break in Scotland. We stayed in a small family run hotel in a fairly remote spot to the west of Stirling. It was so quiet and peaceful. The weather was kind to us and was warm and sunny on most days. 

I wore this striped skirt on one of the warmer days. The photo was taken in the hotel garden and I added a cardigan before we left for the day. I bought the skirt a few days before our holiday. I love the longer length and it only cost me £2.50. It has a Next label.

It was good to wear some different skirts and dresses now that we are well into spring and I think I only resorted to trousers once when we went for a walk.

We had some lovely drives out into the countryside of mid-Scotland where there is some magnificent scenery but probably the highlight was our trip to Edinburgh and the Zoo. It occupies a vast site and is wonderfully landscaped but hilly. It took us longer than expected to see everything but it was an amazing day and Hannah and Henry loved every minute.
We were lucky to get a glimpse of the male panda. He spent a long time munching bamboo on his platform but eventually came down for a wander.

If you are ever in Edinburgh a trip to the Zoo is a must!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

White Shirt

Just a quick post this week as by the time you read it, we will be on our way to Scotland for a long weekend. We always try to have a mini break at this time of the year, once the weather starts to warm up and we have decided upon this weekend as next weekend will be busy with the Easter

I always like to be home and go to Church on Good Friday and Easter Day.

This shirt is quite plain but very suitable for work with my black skirt. It cost £2.50 in a charity shop and was in virtually new condition. I will get a lot of wear out of it during the coming months.

Next week, I will post some pictures from our break.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Navy Floral Dress

Last week I bought this navy dress with a pink floral pattern. It was on a £1 rail in a charity shop but I am not too sure if I will keep it. The belt is a little tight and becomes slightly uncomfortable if I wear it for a long time. 

We are having a mini break to Scotland next week end and I may take it with me to wear during one of the evenings as I rather like the colour and pattern. I will make my mind up as to whether to keep it afterwards.

We love visiting Scotland and it will be great to have a break at the start of the school holidays now that the weather is improving and the daylight hours are getting longer.

I will post some photos in due course!