Goodness me, a whole week has flown past and I haven't posted a thing. Life has been really busy with a mix of work, socialising, and kids' stuff, which is all good. It might be a challenge initially, but I'm sure I can find a blogging rhythm which fits with my new work schedule.
No looking back wistfully - onwards.
I bought this dress during a lovely day out in Nottingham last Saturday with my dear friends Vix and Tania.
Beautiful, aren't they?
I just love meeting up with these two sweethearts; we potter and browse and chat and laugh, there's always a comment or two from folk about what we're wearing, and the traditional Wetherspoons lunch is cheap and cheerful. Just like us.
Firemen, sweeper-uppers, and Vix.
Her blog post about our day is here; she has better photos than me, I was useless and took hardly any.
We chatted to the lady from Sherwood WI who had been partly responsible for the yarn bombing. She told me that the conversation turned rather naughty while she knitted those leeks. Can't think why...
A Wetherspoons in an interesting building with a mobility scooter parked outside; ahhh, we're in our happy place.
We're waiting patiently for out 'Spoons sponsored lunch. Or weekend away, whichever they would like to offer us. Now that would be a freebie worth having.
Tania and Vix lit up the city centre with vintage colour and big smiles.
The My Sight charity shop had some cracking stock...
but unfortunately Tania nearly got stuck in that vintage beach set, the quilted velvet coat was just too plain and brown for Vix, and the Shelley's platforms were too big. Oh well.
I like the feisty quotation from Nottingham-born writer Alan Sillitoe; Once a rebel, always a rebel, and it's best to be a rebel to show 'em it dun't pay to do you down.
And after a final pint and a natter, that was that. Our days out always go much too fast,
but we rarely go home empty-handed.
These well-chosen gifts from Vix and Tan demonstrate the beauty of vintage/secondhand shopping - quirky individual pieces, both useful and pretty, which needn't cost the earth but make perfect presents.
Early 1980s New Looks of California cotton dress - £5, Sunshine Vintage Bazaar
Belt and bangles - charity shopped
Sandals - retail (sale)
I've done two days at work this week, and my brain is buzzing with induction and training information.
Yes, I'm just like this little fella, bumbling about but trying to do the right thing and remember it all.
Not much chance of that, but I'm doing my best, and enjoying it!