Wednesday, 9 February 2011

A Hot-Blooded Woman and A Cold-Blooded Male



 It must be nearly spring! Jacob's out of hibernation and chomping his way through organic cherry tomatoes and fancy lettuce like there's no tomorrow. In case you haven't met before he's my Hermann's tortoise and I've had him since 1976.

Worn with African brass tribal collar & bangles (inherited), Edwardian lady leather boots (British Heart Foundation £4.99), Purple opaques (Hoisery stall on market 99p)

As promised here's the lovely treats that were waiting for me in the post box when I got back from my road trip yesterday. My dear friend Alex sent me the fabulous 1960's lurex dress. If I'm not sweeping the floor with a maxi then I'm showing my knickers in a super-short frock. That's where the vintage bloomers I got from Saturday's jumble sale come in handy.


She also sent this awesomely frame-worthy card. I have a collection of vintage hairdryers so this will compliment them perfectly!


Beautiful Sarah Misfit crocheted me this gorgeous shawl. She worries about me not owning knitwear with our freezing British winters but she doesn't have to, I walk everywhere and exercise a lot and my B Postive's constantly pumping through my veins, keeping me warm.


From Sarah and how apt. Isn't the crocheted flower corsage lovely? We both adore yellow.


It'll be perfect for sitting around the campfire at Glastonbury.


The ever-entertaining Jenni sent me some gorgeous Maybelline "Egg Plant" nail polish after I admired it on her blog.The oval wood ring, brass buddha and the purple cocktail ring are 50p boot sale buys and the others are inherited.


Have I got the oldest pet in blogland? He's probably older than many of my blog readers!

**TORTOISE UPDATE: Jacob was a 6 inch long baby when my Grandparents bought him me as a present during the long hot summer of 1976. He lives in a wire pen in the garden during the summer and spends the winter months sleeping in a box filled with straw in the unheated utility room. He comes to the top of the box when he's ready to come out of hibernation and we give him a shallow bath in warm water. Until the danger of frost has passed he lives indoors. He eats mainly lettuce, rocket, cucumber, tomatoes and strawberries but is partial to cat food. The cats hate it as he pushes them out the way to eat their Whiskas. He is a cheeky boy, loves a tickle under the chin, basking in the sunshine and is known to nibble toes if they are painted in bright pink or red. As they can live to way over one hundred years old I have to make provision for him in my will.**

65 comments:

  1. You've had him since 1976?!!! That's incredible! I bet he's older than loads of your readers, sadly not older than me ;o)

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  2. I think you probably have, you have obviously loved and cared for him very well. What a lucky girl receiving all those lovely treats.
    XXX

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  3. Ok I now love you even more, that tortoise is beautiful! I studied animal management for three years and you would always find me in the reptile house! We had a beautiful tortoise in there that had been rescued by the RSPCA from a garden where he was chained up. He's called Mr. T and has a hole drilled in the back of his shell where the chain had been.

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  4. Jacob is lovely...Not older than me either though :) Love your outfit Vix the dress and shawl look fantastic! xxx

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  5. for a moment, I thought you were talking about "Jon".your turtle is adorable and well looked after.
    loving the cute kitsch washroom/toilet signs.
    ahahaha Sarah is so funny and cute.that shawl and stripey top,witch boots suits your gypsy image, it gets too hot here with the heating on.the purple opaques awesome color and so cheap.corsage is lovely reminds of cake frosting flowers..you lucky gift queen.what an amazing collection of mysterious rings..purple polish is so vampy like you amor.

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  6. oh Wow you have a pet tortoise!! I've always wanted one, they're such beautiful creatures. 34 years old - that's incredible, you must know his little character inside out. Lovely packages as ever, the yellow flower is quite scrumptious!
    xxx

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  7. He's such a darling creature!Welcome back,Jacob!!!
    Gawd,honey,you do look ever so sexy in your short fab frock with your knickers hanging out!!Love that card from Sarah,sooooo apt!!! Ha! It just needs to have something about showing your knickers to be complete!!
    Gorgeous treats!Wish I could crochet...well,I really wish I had the patience to learn,dammit!!!That shalw & flower are divine,as are your BOOTS!Eeeek!!!
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek in general!
    Love you-hoping to catch you tonight,as I'm in...fingers crossed!
    XXXXXXXXXXHelga!

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  8. I've never had a tortoise and I really wish I had. Hmm. How I love your rings. So much.

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  9. Hello again Jacob! He's looking well for his age, isn't he? And yup, he's several years older than I am.

    The frock looks fab on you. Darn it for being pink. If it had been another colour (and a lot bigger) I'd totally have kept it for myself. V. glad you liked the card too. It's of the hairdressing section from the 5th floor of Lewis's (time-warp department store). Have a look at the website - http://www.lewissfifthfloor.com/ - it's absolutely fascinating!

    Sarah's card is brilliant. So, so true.

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  10. Hi my dear-what gorgeous stylish gifts from your friends, they are great pieces and look totally amazing!! Your tortoise is just so cute and nearly as old as me, lol! xxx

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  11. well I am a 1977 baby so yes he is older than moi! That is amazing to think he has been with you all this time. What amazing little creatures! x

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  12. I vintage tortoise! Perfect! Hello, I like your blog.. liking it in the UK..

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  13. Jacob is but a spring chicken, I mean tortoise, compared to moi. Somebody crocheted me a shawl very similar to the one you're wearing. Must dig it out. Loving the outfit and those boots...

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  14. Since 1976?! Jacob's amazing. I used to have a tortoise and loved watching him chomp away on his greens. Loving your outfit - that dress and shawl go perfectly with those tights and need I say anything about that purple polish? It gets a painted thumb(nail)up from me. The corsage is cute too!

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  15. A wonderful gift to have a pet for so long be part of your life. Lovely nail polish and ring.
    You Look Very Hot Mamacita!

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  16. Amazing outfit, and Jacob is adorable! I love tortoises they're so cute. loving your blog so much :)

    xoxo amie

    www.creditcrunchchic.blogspot.com

    PS you always look so fabulous xx

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  17. love this outfit from tip to toe...
    and your legs look so good with this dress.

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  18. My fantastic Vix, I have no words for you, just warmth a love. You are unique.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  19. The nail color and the dress is really pretty. And the oval wood ring is just gorgeous. I cant believe you have the tortoise since 1976!! where does he hibernate??

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  20. aw the turtle! it's bringing back childhood memories for me. don't they make the best pets?

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  21. Jacob's just gorgeous and is just one year younger than my son! so definately not an "old" man yet. Love the dress it shows off your fabulous legs beautifully. xxx

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  22. He's older than me :-) He's great though, what a fabulous and unusual pet! You are of course looking wonderful as always. xx

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  23. Hello Jacob! Yep, he probably is the oldest pet in Blogtown. He's vintage! That dress is lovely perfect for showing your pins.xxx

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  24. Jacob is very sweet! Nice to meet him.

    Love the dress and the nail polish too. How come you always look so fab!?

    Much love Trayci x x

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  25. You look beautiful as always Vix - you have such great legs!

    I love the purple polish and the dress is a real find too. And I LOVE all of those rings!

    Could you tell us more about Jacob? Where does he live? Where does he hibernate? Was he a tiny baby tortoise when you got him? More more more!

    Sarah xxx

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  26. Jacob is adorable and those goodies you have been sent are fab x

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  27. Great outfit, Vix. I love tortoises, think that they are facinating x

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  28. OMG! He is sooo old :P ... Love your dress. You have really envious legs Vix!!!

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  29. I love Jacob, i've probably told you before but i've always wanted a tortoise since i was a tiny girl. Lets hope spring really is on the way! x

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  30. Jacob! My best friend when I was growing up had a tortoise called Patchy, we used to try and teach him tricks!

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  31. Hello Jacob! It's so lovely to see him again... summer's not far away and winter must be pretty much behind us now!

    You fab in the frock and I am loving your nails and rings today. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. x

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  32. Oh he's just lovely, he's only marginally younger than me! You look fab today (well you look fab every day) and there are some wonderful bits there ~ I'm a sucker for a crochet corsage, it's fab!
    Kandi x

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  33. WHAT A HANDSOME FELLA HE IS! YOUR HANDS LOOK WONDERFUL WITH ALL THOSE RINGS! XX

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  34. Welcome back Jacob, that's certainly cheered me up - first sign of spring :)

    You look gorgeous as always Vix. That nail varnish is particularly fabulous

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  35. Look at Jacob - you kept him quiet!! He's such a cutie, I love that he nibbles toes - must thing they're his fave cherry toms when they're painted red! More Jacob exposure please! xx

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  36. Dearest Vix, ahhh lovely Jacob! You're right he probably is older than some of your readers, which made me laugh.

    Today's outfit is a triumph. You look amazing in short things. Alex and Sarah have done brilliantly. I'll call you tomorrow, love C xx

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  37. Welcome back, Jacob (he's a little older than me)! I love tortoises - did look into getting one, but all the books I read suggested they need heat lamps and complicated stuff like that!

    Great dress, LOVE the boots and the tights x

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  38. Ah hi Jacob!!! So cool you've had him since 1976! Can't wait to see more of him mooching about.

    Love those tights.
    xx

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  39. My gosh I could eat him he's so cute! (but I won't...) You look great too of course, love the short dress! x

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  40. You must be one hot-blooded woman (or living in a tropical corner of the UK) to wear a teensie-weensy skirt like this. Looking great, Vix - and I'm sure Jacob must be the grandpa of all blog pets. xxx

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  41. Oh I'll have to find out if Toby is out - my mum and dads tortoise - my dad has had him since he was 10 or 11 so he is frigging old!

    Great pressies you have had! Love the purple tights with the outfit.
    xx

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  42. Jacob is adorable! What a good-looking little cold-blooded man. He is older than me by a big margin - I was born in 1988.

    P.S. Love the underwear-skimming frock. Super hot!

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  43. Love the colors!! very 70s, the purple look fantastic on you!

    xoxo
    Miss Neira

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  44. Your tortoise is adorable. I love your dress too.

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  45. Awww! What a sweet little guy!

    I used to ask my mum if we could have a tortoise when I was a wee child. She always said that she would be stuck with it when I grow up and move out so she never let me! Her and her siblings had one when they was young though.

    I love that shawl! It looks so gorgeous! That card fits you perfectly and that nail polish colour is beautiful.. I might have to look into getting it!

    LOVE this outfit!!! xxx

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  46. Holy moly that is AWESOME!! I hope I have a pet who lasts that long some day. :P Aren't tortoises supposed to live for like 100 to 200 years? He might outlive you! Hehe.

    I love your outfit here. And that eggplant polish is gorgeous. xoxo

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  47. Bless you, Vix, for caring for a pet that long! That's far more commitment than for a human child (usually...)! It sounds like Jacob has a happy life of naps, tickles, and nibbles. Does he ever get ill?

    I love the sexy purples-and-darks ensemble, especially the Eggplant nailpolish accented by all the rings, each with a different story to tell. And I like the close-ups of your pretty eyes and bone structure.

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  48. Aww, he's soooo cute! And you're so lucky to have a pet that lives that long. Mypet rats have always lived to be 3 years tops.

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  49. That's SO thoughtful, to crochet you a shawl. Wish I was nearly as crafty.
    Looksy at Jacob. His name suits him immensely. I've never heard of a cat food eating tortoise before!

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  50. Oh goodness Jacob is quite the handsome fellow isn’t he. I had no idea tortoise’s live such a long life, it’s quite incredible really. What a fascinating insight, I bet you really do feel like he’s been with you forever.

    I love the contrast of the purples and pinks, the frock Alex sent you is fabulous xxx

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  51. I had a pet baby tortoise given to me around 1978/9 and had to give it away when I moved countries - I always wondered what happened to it - what a fascinating pet!
    Lucky you being showered with gorgeous clothes - the shawl is lovely. You have the most awesome knee high boot collection!

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  52. Oh my gosh, Jacob is lovely! More photos of him in future please :) What lovely gifts from our girls, the dress from Alex is fab and I love the crocheted brooch from Sarah. She can join me in my mission to get you into knits! xx

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  53. how fun! and jacob is definitely older than us, and thanks for the intro. sooo fun! want a turtle now, but again, how?

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  54. So how old is Jacob? And are tortoise years like dog years?

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  55. Haha love that card, what great pressies! :)

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  56. I love Jacob and the egg plant nail varnish. My brother and I had mini-turtles growing up. I believe the cat ate one of them. All we found was the damn shell.

    Love you, Vix! Stay warm. I am so OVER winter. I can't tell you.

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  57. Jacob is sooo cute

    Love your outfit too xx

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  58. How lovely to meet Jacob!! He is 5 yrs older than me. It is interesting to know how he comes out of hibernation I had always wondered how you knew. My old dog Sheba was a chihuahua and jack russle cross, she lived until she was around 18 which is pretty old. x

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  59. Jacob is rather cute! And how lovely to have a pet with you for all those years.

    Great gifts from the girls. Both cards are fabulous. The nail colour is lush.

    x

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  60. OMG, Jacob is precious!

    And I love your outfit. As always you look stunning. That shawl is o die for. Once my hand issue clears up I hope to try and knit a black poncho.

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  61. Jacob is so sweet!
    He is older than me, probably wiser too! haha

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  62. Vixen--Will Jacob ever grow any bigger?

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  63. Jacob is officially the best tortoise name ever and maybe the pet ever -I loved the little tortoise update. I am a bit obsessed by animals and pets. I have two guinea pigs called Peggy and Joan. I like the rings you have on in this post,I have a growing obsession about rings but not sure I will ever be able to wear six all at once!!

    Carol x
    www.mystylisms.blogspot.com

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