So here I am today, feeling very smug, and pondering my good fortune.
I'm lucky to have this gorgeous 1960s frock, which I love dearly (read the tale of its provenance here - funnily enough, I'm wearing it with exactly the same top, pendant and hair flower, must be a good combination!)
And we've been very fortunate to have beautiful sunny weather.
But I am mostly contemplating the amazing fact that through blogging, I have been lucky enough to meet these wonderful women;
they must be bloggers - all that camera action, but far too stylish to be mere tourists!
Chesterfield was rocked by the glamour and gorgeousness of Vix, Tania and Annie, who came to Derbyshire to spend the day with me yesterday - and what a fabulous day it was too!
Do read Tania's very funny account of the Vix Effect in her blog post about our day. She describes it so perfectly, there's nothing I can add.
Vix also tells all about how she found love in Chesterfield.
The flea market was as eclectic and busy and friendly and interesting as ever.
Look at the chap in the background, he's mesmerised.
The Portland Hotel - a posh Wetherspoons!
Even the loos were posh - we couldn't quite believe it!
The clientele were reassuringly Wetherspoonian though.
Vix pulled. Of course she did.
I'm surprised Dave needed telling to just press it hard.
A boozy Wetherspoons lunch is a UK blogger tradition.
We laughed and talked all day.
I wonder what Vix had just said? I bet it was something saucy.
We waved Tania off, then I said goodbye to Vix and Annie, and walked back up through the churchyard to catch my bus home.
What a blissful day.
I know it's a blogger cliche, but seriously - these women are brilliant.
Funny, cheeky, chatty, friendly, knowledgeable, easy-going, beautiful.
Everything you'd wish for in a friend.
And I would never have met them if it wasn't for blogging.
Forget self-promotion, sponsorship, freebies, profile - that's the real joy of blogging right there.
Oh, and they don't half give you good presents!
Vix had promised me that the next 1960s vinyl and tapestry bag she found would be mine (to replace the one I had which got stolen) and she was as good as her word!
She also gave me a pretty vintage maxi slip, and a wonderful 1930s children's book which her mum had rescued from a skip at a school. It has the most adorable illustrations.
Lovely gardening bookmarks from Annie.
OBD (Obligatory Blogger Deer), funky pendant, bangle and rings, DVD, and pretty floral vase from Tania.
And I made a few purchases too - well, it would have been rude not to...
1970s yellow CPD;
lidded dish/tureen (the pattern looks 1950s but there is no mark)
1960-70s David Scott-Walker stainless steel ring (Vix spotted it on the 50p table, just as I was explaining that I was hoping to find more Sheffield steel jewellery!)
1960s Sherman of London dress - Ebay
Kimono top, bangles and hair flower - charity shopped
Pendant - car boot
Sandals - retail
So I am a very happy woman today, for many reasons.
But mostly because of the joy that comes from wonderful company, laughter, and friendship.
Have a glorious weekend!