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Shopping is nice …

I’ve been shopping.

I didn’t mean to … but I had such a nice time! Jimmy and I went into Oxford for the day on Saturday, primarily to get him some new glasses but I had a sneaky peek in some shops whilst there. Oxford is our closest shopping town and it’s usually a hop and a skip away on the train for a bargain £2.20 return for the both of us. On Saturday we had to go in the car to take the youngest teen to his Duke of Edinburgh camp, then we did park and ride, not as scenic, but nice and simple. I couldn’t contain my excitement. Any concerns about said teen staying away, getting too cold, too hot, hungry or sick, were quickly forgotten as we sped towards the city centre with grins that only parents released of responsibility know of.

I do love shopping, but I have been more conscious recently of what I actually need rather than what takes my fancy. I think I did quite well in putting back several (it is the sales) items that before I wouldn’t hesitate to just buy. I felt very pleased with myself, I must confess that I did buy a couple of things though …  Jimmy got me some PJs from Toast that I have been coveting since the catalogue came through the door in February (a consolation birthday gift as the satchel is STILL in hiding!) and some lace from Darn and Stitch It, a fantastic little shop in Blue Boar Street (I could stay in there all day and be perfectly content), and an orange cardigan from Zara (I was going to keep quiet about that purchase but honesty is the best and all that). We had a lovely lunch at Modern Art Oxford and at the end of the day picked up a smart new pair of glasses for Jimmy … very handsome.

MMJ is going OK, although I’m pinning my hopes of more success in the next challenge! I have been keeping it up most days, but failed on a couple too. But, with just a few days left, I feel really happy that this challenge has made me look at my sewing habits so closely and it has certainly given my wardrobe a shake up.

Today I wore my re-fashioned 70s dress. This was floor length with a white lace bib and long sleeves before I took my scissors to it!

Oh alright, I just bought a top and t shirt from Fashion Conscience too (that’s surely not a bad thing). Now will someone please stop me!

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Birthday blues and barkcloth bargain …

Well, I am another year older. I don’t mind because I’m in the even numbers again and 4 and 2 (yes, I was forty two) add up to 6 which is my favourite number, how ridiculous is that?! On Monday it was my birthday, I meant to leave a blog, but it was all a bit quick and I felt a bit blue so it didn’t happen.

It was a lovely day, a trip by Jimmy and me to the Cotswolds, late lunch at home and a quiet evening with the teens. I don’t know why I feel blue about it, even the sun came out and that rarely happens on the 20th June (it’s a family joke that it always rains on my birthday)! My present from Jimmy wasn’t delivered, in fact he’s a bit frustrated about it. I won’t name the company but it’s a satchel and it’s from Cambridge. Despite ordering it 3 weeks ago he’s had no luck in finding out when it will come and they’ve not been very helpful (not replied to his email and a touch unhelpful on the phone). It’s a shame because they sound a really nice company, who seem to have been surprised by their success but really communication and a smile can go a long long way in making a customer feel better. In their defense, they do say they hope to deliver within 30 days but try to get it out sooner, so perhaps we should just be patient but an email explaining the delay or an update of some kind would be really nice.

Oh well, today after work I found this barkcloth curtain in The Heart Foundation (£3.99). It’s on the line drying after a gentle cycle with Ecover for delicates. I’m delighted!

Just have to decide what to do with it now …

Me Made June still going well, update tomorrow.

 

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