I'm not usually in the city centre first thing in the morning, by which I mean about 9.15am; hardly the crack of dawn but early enough for it to be pleasantly quiet.
I was on my way to the charity shop to do the window display, and on a beautifully sunny morning, that wasn't a hardship at all.
The Peace Gardens were heaving with people later in the day, but at this time, they were empty.
It felt positively tropical in the Winter Gardens...
and there were elves in the trees and steel mobiles to boot.
The Congregational Chapel's gates were open, so I nipped in to look at the Fullard sculptures.
I think I have been all three of these figures...
but not today. I was child-free, not at all pissed off, and didn't need to run. Which was altogether A Very Good Thing.
And what did I wear during these sunny hours in Sheffield's city centre?
A new-to-me vintage frock, of course.
Don't you just love Ebay sellers who don't know very much about vintage? I frequently chuckle and shake my head at the 1980s dresses described as '50s, the bog-standard labels claimed as designer, the clothes listed as rare and unique that you've seen before, the repro styles being passed off as the real thing.
Yes, Ebay sellers - you've made me do this face. Which is usually reserved for the kids.
Still, this is a genuine vintage dress, although the seller had neglected to point out that it is practically transparent. A quick look at the label explains all; it's actually a 1960s beach cover-up by Slix, a British swimwear company who used to have a big factory in Derby.
Despite living about as far inland as it's possible to be in the UK, why let a small thing like that stop me from wearing a beach dress? With one of my many vintage slips underneath, I was good to go.
1960s Slix maxi beach dress - Ebay
Cardigan, shoes and bangles - charity shopped
1970s pendant - vintage fair
I match my garden.
I'm hoping the sunny hours continue, although I think I heard a forecast of rain on the way... Oh well. That's British summer time for you. Wear your beach dresses while you can, you can't be sure when you'll get another chance!