After two days of laying gravel plus a weekend doing the kind of mundane jobs we spend most of the year avoiding; chopping logs for the wood burner, defrosting the freezer and cleaning windows to name but a few; it was feeling like an age since I'd worn anything decent or had ventured further than the confines of the garden. I was beyond excited to throw on a vintage dress and go out treasure hunting this morning.
I bought the earrings from the Tibetan market in Goa in 2004. The bastard massive bangle is a 19th Century Indian tribal piece I found on eBay - it's actually an anklet but thanks to my manly hands it sits on my wrist perfectly.
|WEARING: Vintage 1970s Afghan dress (my Happy Birthday to me gift last year), Doc Martens (as seen previously, you'll be sick of the sight of these by next year) and a 1970s wool felt hat (Age UK, £1 earlier this year)|
The last time I'd worn lipstick and a dress was last Wednesday, thank goodness I had the where-with-all to capture it for posterity. My amazing bejewelled North African perfume/snuff/kohl bottle pendant used to belong to my friend Maxine who runs the Pop-Up Vintage Fairs, she was having a clear out and thought it was my style - it was!!
Outfits aside, how did we fare in the charity shops?
Clockwise from top left: 1950s gents wool car coat by Shannon's (once Walsall's largest clothing manufacturer); 1970s Chinese Cheong-san; 1970s Leyjon of London tie-neck kaftan; A gorgeous 1970s Suede & Leathercraft maxi coat - this fits me perfectly but I've already got a suede coat and a customer waiting list! 1970s Weekender herringbone wool bomber jacket; 1960s hooded modette scooter anorak; 1970s gents suede waistcoat; 1970s Lotus Club anorak (sold!)
Clockwise from top left: Gents wool duffel coat which still had a ticket for a model railway exhibition in Devon in 1989 in the pocket; 1960s Susan Small metallic mini dress and jacket - the photos don't do this suit justice, it's extremely cool and totally Barbarella in real life; 1980s embossed satin jumpsuit; 1960s suede mini skirt; 1970s Moffat Weavers pure new wool frog jumper (I wanted one of these in 1977 but they were far too expensive for an 11 year old!); 1960s Courtelle modette twin set; 1960s belted shift dress; 1960s reversible Chinese brocade jacket
Not bad for a morning's work. I wonder if our luck will continue tomorrow...
Up until the beginning of June I'd recorded everything I'd read this year on the blog but with the excitement of festivals and our trip to Greece, my efforts had fallen by the wayside - that's the recording and not the reading, I don't think there's been a day in my entire life when I haven't had a book on the go. Fortunately I managed to photograph my completed reading piles before re-donating them to the charity shop, the list on the left of the collage are eBooks I've finished. Actually, that's not quite true, I abandoned The Matchmaker of Perigord halfway through as I couldn't get into it - life's too short for boring books. I should have taken more notice of the rave review by Joanne Harris on the cover - I can't get on with her writing style either.
My favourite reads were The Looking Glass War (I adore Le Carré's books and for some reason had missed this one) and Bodies, written by Jed Mercurio, creator of hit BBC drama series, Line of Duty & Bodyguard. Mercurio started his career as a hospital doctor and Bodies is a shocking story about the pressures facing Rob Lake, an NHS hospital registrar, who discovers that his senior surgeon is totally incompetent. Bodies was aired on TV in the mid-2000s and is currently available to download on the BBC i-Player. I'm not generally a fan of hospital dramas but this is totally compelling with a dose of very dark humour, even though you might need to watch it with a cushion in front of your face whenever you see anyone pick up a scalpel.
Talking of TV we're both thrilled that bleak French cop thriller Spiral is back on the BBC and are enjoying both the BBC's The Dublin Murders, based on Tana French's books, and Belgian murder mystery series Hotel Beau Sejour on Channel 4 (we don't have Netflix or satellite TV, all our viewing is done via Freeview). As well as Bodies, in recent weeks we've loved BBC 4 Danish thriller, Darkness:Those Who Kill and Peaky Blinders (obviously!) I think we'll give Giri/Haji, the BBC's new London/Toyko based thriller a go next - you can keep Hallowe'en, pumpkin lattes and cardigans - the best thing about the Autumn is the telly.
See you soon!
See you soon!