Monday, 24 November 2014

Invisible Monday!

Patti's Visible Monday is here and I'm feeling pretty invisible; a bit of foolish backward walking led to a fall which resulted in my right arm being put in plaster. I'm right handed - oh to be ambidextrous! I'm now in a splint, which is a considerable improvement, but I'm not feeling or looking like the bright young thing that I sometimes fool myself into believing I still am. So I'm suitably chastened and dressed all in grey, comfortable stuff that is easy to pull on with one hand!
A soft cotton Gap blouse, spotted Boden jumper with buttons down the back. (Don't ask me why!) Cropped grey leggings from Asda and M&s sneakers.
What I'm really in need of is an injection of vibrant colour.
This dress would be perfect for Christmas. It's only the small (ha ha) matter of the price tag that stops me rushing to make a purchase. It's featured in the December edition of 'Elle' magazine and I love everything about it, the long sleeves, the neat waist and full skirt, everything that is except the £1,518 price tag. It's wool-tulle by Simone Rocha. Absolute fairytale!

For you young things who might not have known who I was blethering on about in my previous post here is a photo of the fabled couple, Jane and Serge, taken in Oxford in the '60's by Jane's brother. Jane is so cool but, sorry Serge, that is not a good look!
Who would have thought that this photo of Jane was taken about half a century ago - ballet flats, crops,  it's timeless.
Hope you're all feeling colourful and visible wherever you are!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Je t'aime Visible Monday

Wrap up warm time is here and I'm back in a cosy jumper. But, what's this? Am I also in fashion! In the November edition of 'Red' magazine I've spotted a piece by the fashion editor, Alexandra Stedman saying that her Bella Freud sweater, 'Ginsberg is God' is possibly the favourite item in her wardrobe. I feel rather the same about my version; it's light but warm and also fun and references my era, the '60's 'it' couple English actress, Jane Birkin and her lover, the French/Russian, Serge Gainsbourg.
And I'm quite capable of stepping up to the plate and wearing it with a full skirt, although on this occasion I gave the tulle petticoat a miss!

I'm wearing a peace poppy for Remembrance Sunday, cotton skirt from Phase Eight, old black leggings and ballet pumps and a Victorian velvet choker.
For Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire night was always one of the highlights of my year when I was a child. First there were the preparations, 'chumping' for wood, making a guy, careful hoarding of pocket money in order to buy favourite fireworks. (I always bought several 'snowflakes' and kept some for the winter to light under the trees in the orchard when there was a snowfall.) Bonfire night was never an anti-climax, even the catherine wheels that refused to spin were fun because you had to come up close and poke them back into action with a stick. Big brother and his pals had a great time terrifying  everyone with their bangers and jumping crackers, Mom made toffee and we cooked jacket potatoes in the bonfire ash. It was excitement and pleasure from beginning to end.
This year we arrived in St Ives on November 5th. Just enough time to settle into the apartment then walk through town to check on arrangements for the evening firework display that takes place on Porthminster Beach. 
The moon shone on the sea
and not even the brightest fireworks could outshine it.
Although they tried!
We sat on a bench above the beach 
and had a great view of all the action.

This year there was no toffee stuck in my teeth, there was no burnt tongue, no grubby face and clothes, no damaged gloves, no smell of woodsmoke - but I had a lovely time!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Sky watching in Halkidiki

We been staying at Eagles Palace for a week. The hotel is perched high above the beach amongst luxuriant planting and is the perfect place for a bit of sky watching.

There is little else to do but relax,
and eat!
(Thank you, Christian for taking this photo.)
Our room was just a short step away from the beach
and even nearer to the exercise class. We did our best!
But was it good enough? The teacher is laughing!

Even when the sun was setting it was hard to tear ourselves away from the beach.

One evening, surely arranged especially for Friday Skywatch, there was this beautiful sunset. I just had time to point my camera before the colour  was gone.

What's not to love about Eagles' Palace!

Monday, 20 October 2014


I've been away, snatching a week of sunshine to set me up for the winter months ahead. I LOVE being at the seaside when the sun is hot and the water warm!
This Gap beach dress packs well, it takes up very little room, doesn't crease and has deep side pockets into which I can cram sunhat, cream, and random bits of beachcomber finds. Isn't it lovely to wander a shoreline in search of treasure. The skinny top came from M&S as a two part set, twinned with a white lace trimmed camisole that I very rarely wear.
For Patti's Visible Monday.

Friday, 19 September 2014


We've been to Wells this evening, the smallest city in England. The weather was mild and misty and the upper reaches of the cathedral facade disappeared into the darkness.
Here's my photo for Friday Skywatch.
We  had a meal with friends at Cafe Piano with live music, good food and plenty to celebrate. We are still a UNITED KINGDOM.  I'm  delighted that I'll not need a passport to visit my Scottish cousins!
A Union Jack flag in my pudding by way of celebration.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Visible Monday - a bargain!

I'd planned not to buy any clothes this year - but who can resist a bargain? Yesterday we went to 'reclaim the streets' in Frome. It's a huge artisan market that takes place in the town on the first Sunday of every month. It's humming with all manner of people and things, there's no knowing what you might come home with! I found this suede skirt with a £3 price tag. It tried it on over my jeans and it fitted well. I obviously looked far too enthusiastic. "Oh, that's wrongly priced," said the seller, "it should be £10." I can't haggle to save my life. An Agnes B leather skirt for a tenner with the colour pink that I love - I handed over the money!
It's fully lined, feels lovely to wear and goes with lots of my existing tops.
So who's a happy bunny!
The market is a great place for people watching. Frome is well-known for it's vintage shops, so there are always people with very individual style to be seen. 

Oh, yes, I agree with that!
Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday.