Thursday, 29 October 2020

The Distancing Diaries - 28th & 29th October, 2020

On Wednesday morning, after my Wii Fit workout, I wrapped my latest ebay sales & put away the laundry I'd left hanging in the utility room the previous day before joining Jon for breakfast. While he popped out to the Post Office and to pick up a few essentials from Morrison's (rum, oranges and yogurt) I took advantage of a rare dry day and set to work sweeping up the leaves.

As soon as Jon was home he joined me and a couple of hours later it was looking a lot better. It didn't last, as the strong winds brought down another motherload, but it felt good to be leaf-free for a little while. I found a few more geraniums I'd forgotten to transfer to the greenhouse which I pruned and repotted & cut back the nasturtiums, gathering a few more seed pods to make into Poor Man's Capers (HERE'S the recipe).

All this rain is doing my winter window boxes the power of good.

After I rinsed my nasturtium pods and left them to soak for 48 hours in salted water, we had a noodle break then Jon did some work on Gilbert while I took a few more stock photos, wrote ebay descriptions and caught up with blog comments.

WEDNESDAY: Vintage 1970s Rumak cheesecloth dress & tooled leather belt (both charity shop finds), Clarks' Orinoco Club boots, thermal polo neck & leggings (eBay), vintage brass bangles (inherited from Mum)

It might have been dry but it was bitterly cold but thanks to my Heatgen thermal polo neck & leggings I was toasty warm even without a coat. I decided to invest in more, finding a new & detagged Marks & Sparks bodysuit and another pair of leggings on Ebay for a fraction of the retail price. 

Tea was roasted halloumi with vegetables. Check out my homegrown aubergine - small but perfectly formed! Jon hates them (he's a freak) so I had it all to myself.

Wednesday night means rum, which we enjoyed accompanied by Spooks (on the i-Player) and Ambulance on BBC One.

After a brief respite yesterday from the rain, it was back to torrential downpours on Thursday. I did my Wii Fit Workout, wheeled out the recycling & household waste bins ready for their fortnightly collection and Jon joined me for breakfast shortly afterwards. Between showers I managed to pose in the dresses I'd photographed yesterday to add to the eBay listings. The eagle-eyed amongst you will recognise several of these maxis, they've been in my personal collection for years. I still love them but it's time to move them on. 

As I'd reached my maximum listings limit on eBay I found a way around it by amending some of my existing listings and saving the older ones to draft. By the time I'd uploaded my photos and messed around with my shop it was time for lunch, a Roquefort and salad sandwich on Jon's spelt bread with some of the green tomato chutney I'd made last week. It was delicious even if I do say so myself.  I used this recipe HERE.

The postman came bearing gifts...or should I say, online purchases. I was wearing one of the dresses I'd posed in for the eBay photos but just had to try on my new-to-me gear. The Indian cotton gauze block printed midi dress was bought from our friends, Old's Cool Traders, who'd picked it up on their travels and being the ace people they are, messaged me to see if I'd like first dibs on it....I'm sure you know my answer!

Funnily enough Amanda was kind enough to leave a comment on my last post, pointing me in the direction of Dilli Grey, an amazing ethical lifestyle store with block printed dresses to die for. My indigo dress looks remarkably similar to the Ginnie Midi Dress (although I wouldn't mind one in each colour).


I said purchases, didn't I? After my fabulous clog boot find last week I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted these Maguba of Sweden beauties which I'd lusted over on the Lotta of Stockholm site a couple of years ago. They were unworn and came in their original box and, of course, I had to have them. Apparently they come up on the narrow side, perfect for my thin feet and skinny ankles!

 The rest of the afternoon was spent creating music (Jon) and researching garden planting schemes (me) before a tea of spinach and ricotta pasta, a couple of vegan meatballs, Jon's homemade tomato sauce and a sprinkling of vegetarian cheddar cheese.

We ate whilst watching the news. Apparently Walsall and our neighbours in Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Solihull & Birmingham are likely to move into tier 3, the highest level, from next weekend. Walsall's Covid cases are now the highest in the West Midlands. Jon's already booked a supermarket delivery slot in readiness, although the shops should remain open there's no sense in exposing yourself if there's an alternative. 

Stay safe & see you soon!