The kids broke up for half term on Thursday, so we were all able to go out and about on Friday when my sister and mum came to visit.
Well, naturally one wears vintage for a trip into rural Derbyshire.
1960s Kenrose dress - £3, Chesterfield flea market
Kenneth Cole New York suede boots - £7.50, Ebay
Faux fur stole - gift from suitcase rummaging Sarah
We headed off to Hathersage for lunch, then on to the Chestnut Centre at Chapel-en-le-frith, an otter haven and owl sanctuary.
In my book of favourite animals, you can't get much better than that.
Unless there were tigers as well.
The elusive otters made their appearance at feeding time.
I couldn't get any decent photos of the owls in their enclosures, but there is a fabulous variety at the centre. And pine martins and a Scottish wild cat too.
Here are some other wild and untamed creatures frolicking in the autumn leaves.
The colours were stunning.
I had nothing much planned for Saturday, so imagine my delight when I received a text from my lovely friend Lucy, who happened to be in town.
Impromptu blogger meet-up, yay!
It is testament to my huge affection for Lucy, and my ability to quash the grumblings of my ego, that I am posting this photo of us. She looks stunning. I look like I have forgotten to brush my hair, put make-up on, or otherwise smarten myself up.
I blame the charity shopping (there are 7 on Ecclesall Road, as well as a couple of vintage shops in the area) and my hat trying-on activities.
And I may have had a drink or two by this stage...
Lucy and Ben are the most delightful, funny, interesting couple. It was really generous of them to let me gatecrash their time together, and I could happily have stayed in the pub getting steadily more drunk, and talking an increasing amount of bollocks about the Trade Union movement, kids, relationships, blogging, writing, Wales, Sheffield, and following wherever the conversational gods led us.
Till next time, Luce and Ben - cheers!
(I bought a few things too.
They will get their own post later.)
Brooch - another gift from the divine Ms. Misfit
Is it really bad that I bought these Kenneth Cole boots on Ebay at the start of the summer for a bargain price - then completely forgot I had them?
It is naughty, I know, and a sign I have too many boots...
For the literary-minded among you, the post title comes from this beautiful poem. I love it.
So now I need to catch up with all your blogs, as I am woefully behind, and have no wish to fall foul of my own pet peeve, bloggers who post but don't comment! (I have others, I may confess them at some stage...)
Hope you have had a great weekend in your neck of the woods!