You did know it's £4.99? said the elderly volunteer in Age UK when I tried to pay for this 1960s tartan cape at the till yesterday. Mind you, she added, it's lovely quality wool so I suppose it's worth the money and you'll look just like Miss Marple in it.
Much as I love the old girl it's not quite the look I had in mind.
The 1960s vinyl and tapestry shoulder bag was another of yesterday's purchases. The manager in the YMCA said that she'd noticed that I liked freaky stuff nobody else would touch with a bargepole. Just as well I'm not the sensitive sort.
Freaky? I think not.
The wonderful Lucy commented yesterday, "I wonder if you have an outfit which holds bad memories for you, one you haven't been able to wear because of this?"
I have a ridiculously good memory and amaze my friends by recalling what we were wearing on a certain day twenty or thirty years ago. I'm not superstitious and have no qualms about wearing something I wore during a bad period of my life. The dress I wore on the day my Mum died still hangs in my wardrobe and I wear it often.
The fabulous Jen asked me, "Is your house haunted?!" Now I'm a rational person but there's been a few unexplained incidents in the house. There's a black cat that darts underneath the furniture in our dining room which our cats bristle at the sight of, sometimes it'll pass us on the stairs (which lead off the dining room) and vanish into mid-air. After both of us admitted seeing it to someone who knew our house well they guessed which room this sighting occurred in and told us a young man hung himself from the light fitting in the 1920s.
There's more but I don't want you to think we're nutters.
The haunted room is the one with right-hand bay window and there's been some strange occurrences in the room directly above, too. Don't worry, though, our visitors say the house feels friendly and inviting.
|Tartan cape (£4.99, Age Uk) worn with tapestry bag (£2.99, YMCA), bronze leather headband (50p, Salvation Army) and Dolcis suede boots (£4.99, PDSA), Ebby, our 1970 VW Variant (eBay)|
Any plans for tonight? It's a night in with home-made pizza, rum and my latest obsession, Inspector Montalbano, for us.
Have a brilliant weekend and see you soon.