Monday, 1 March 2021

The Distancing Diaries - 28th February & 1st March, 2021

 I was up at 6.30am on Sunday and swept and mopped the kitchen and utility room floors whilst the tea was brewing. I brought mugs back up to bed and we lay and read until just after 8am. After replacing the plants from soaking in the utility room sink we had a mug of coffee & a slice of toast.


Once dressed we made our way to Church Hill, litter picking the area surrounding St Matthew's Church as well as the main road opposite the Asda superstore. In addition to the usual takeaway wrappers, drug paraphinalia, beer cans, crisp wrappers and vodka & pop bottles we were appalled by the amount of black bags stuffed with household waste which people, rather than use their own bins, will carry into town and leave for someone else to deal with.










Six sackfuls later and the area was looking a lot better although there's still a lot more work to be done - something we'll probably go back and tackle later in the week. 


If you're fed up with the litter & fly-tipping in your area of the UK stop bitching and get picking, become community volunteers like we have. There's a list of regional projects HERE on the Keep Britain Tidy website.

 Back at home we rewarded ourselves with an al fresco coffee in the sunshine. I put away yesterday's laundry and swept the landing whilst Jon rummaged through the woodpile for something suitable to attach the washing line to.


Wear:Sleep:Repeat saw the return of the Rumak cheesecloth dress, an Amor Lux Breton Top (eBay) and my me-made pompom hat accessoried with my Walsall council official litter picking grabstick.


The details: Ilse Jacobsen handmade rubber boots (retail buy, 2018), a 1970s vintage tooled leather belt (charity shop), assorted tribal bangles (India and ebay), this week's nail paint of choice, Barry M's Damson.

After a bowl of noodles I spent the rest of the afternoon emptying pots, sweeping the patio and sorting out the borders in front of the house whilst Jon worked on Gilbert, which was interrupted by a lovely chat with friends who were passing by. I wrapped my weekend eBay sales, placed an order for some more wool as a friend had requested a hat and then had a bath to ease my aching limbs.

Tea was a veggie burger with some jacket wedges and salad. We watched The Great Pottery Throwdown and after a mug of tea retired to bed where I managed to finish These Demented Lands by Alan Warner which I'd started earlier in the day (verdict: very trippy, disjointed and odd). My next book is ready and waiting....

Monday 1st March heralded the start of meterological spring and somewhat ironically, I awoke to frost, dense fog and freezing temperatures.

 After loading the washing machine I did my first Wii Fit workout of the week, hung the laundry to dry in the utility room and wrapped the ebay items I'd sold overnight. After breakfast Jon nipped round the the post office and did a grocery shop on the way back.

Liz had bought me a pot making kit for my birthday and, using some old newspaper, I set to work moulding them whilst Jon repotted some Mother of Thousands cuttings and sewed two varieties of tomato seeds, some sweet peppers and cucumber seeds which we've put on the utility room & landing windowsills.


My Wear:Sleep:Repeat challenge continued with me wearing Sunday's Breton top beneath a vintage India Imports of Rhode Island block printed maxi dress (eBay).


The details: Indian earrings and Guess woven belt (both charity shopped), Lotta from Stockholm clogs and Nordic socks (eBay)

After a break for noodles I photographed and listed a few things on eBay although it was a bit of a challenge as it was absolutely freezing outside. A dear friend who'd been having a clearout called round and dropped a few things off that she thought I might like. This is just a sneak peak. Aren't I lucky to have vintage loving friends who share the same size and tastes as me?



We watched the government press conference accompanied by a beer. My Chocolate Orange Pastry Stout was gorgeous, tangy and not at all sweet - it was a bit lively though, check out that head!


Jon found the goat's cheese cheese marinaded in basil and tomato quiche in the reduced to clear section in the supermarket this morning, combined with my home-made cauliflower and broccoli cheese it was the perfect tea for such a cold day.


Tonight we'll be watching another Can't Get You Out of My Head documentary and episode two of The Unforgotten and hopefully I'll stay awake later than 10pm!

As I mentioned in my last post, Kezzie, a dear blogging pal, turns 40 today and, in the midst of lockdown, parties are banned so she's invited us to a virtual celebration with a Doctor Who themed dress code. It's not too late to join in or send her a birthday message HERE.


The Doctor Who I grew up with was Tom Baker, the fourth doctor and the longest lasting, playing him from 1974 - 1981. After a bit of a Google I discovered an episode from 1977 called The Mask of Mandragora. In it, his assistant, the lovely Sarah-Jane, is wearing what looks suspiciously like an Anokhi pinafore dress. A rummage in my wardrobe revealed something similar, a vintage '70s Anokhi sundress which, with an Ayesha Davar blouse underneath and a bit of ribbon snaffled from my trimmings stash and tied in a bow, I think makes a passable imitation.


Happy Birthday, Kezzie!!

Apologies for not yet replying to your messages or visiting your blogs, the epic litter pick wiped us out. I promise to catch up in the next day or so.

Stay safe and fabulous & see you soon!

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  1. I love your litter-picked outfit. Always so stylish even when busy! The yellow boots and the yellow knit hat you made are both fabulous- such a great pop of colour. I also like your dress. The purple maxi dress outfit with the oversized blue belt is fantastic as well. Have a great start of week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ivana! Sunday was so sunny and the yellow accessories added a bit of Spring to my outfit (back to winter again today.) xxx

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    2. ...and I forgot to wrote, I love how you cosplayed Dr Who. The outfit that Sarah Jane wore in that episode is delicious and you cosplayed it so well. That dress is gorgeous on you.

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  2. I think the web just ate my comment :-( To reconstruct it...Seems like McDonald’s litter gets dumped a lot in your area. Kudos to you both for being so dedicated to cleaning up other people’s garbage.

    Your outfits are great - they brighten things up just like the daffs and crocuses. Your Doctor Who ensemble is unsourced - looks perfect. HBD to Kezzie, hope she has a wonderful year.

    I only started commenting recently, but I’ve read your blog for years. I find it comforting right now because my dad died a couple weeks ago. He was a top-notch person - loved his family, his cats, his garden and fixer upper projects, cooking and sharing his wisdom, enjoying the natural world and making everything more delightful. He was terminally ill but we’d hoped he’d be around to receive all his Covid vaccine doses so as a family we could be around each other again. Sadly, he died right before his 2nd dose. Thank you for the comfort of your blog, sharing your life that you live so artfully and well. Thinking of you from across the pond.

    - Cozy Cottage in California

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    1. *Not unsourced, it was supposed to be your ensemble is inspired!

      - Cozy Cottage in California

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    2. Hello, my dear friend.
      I'm so very sorry to hear about your lovely dad, he sounds like the kind of man I would have loved to have known, a wise and gentle man with a real love and respect for his surroundings and all cat lovers have a special place in my heart.
      Sending you much love and good thoughts. xxx

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  3. Love the photo bombs - so clever and humorous. Are you going to do more?

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    1. Thanks, ratnamurti! They took so long to do, I'm not sure I'd have time! xxx

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  4. great imitation of sarah-jane!!
    love the breton top under that dress and the yellow wellies with it!
    can´t believe what people do to their own environment. back in the days in berlin the parks looked so bad after a warm weekend - i made plans to observe the litterers, collect the garbage and then ring on their doors and when they open walking straight into the flat and emptying the litter bag on their floor.......... with 2 big chaps behind me of cause ;-D
    your food photos make me hungry!!
    xxxxx

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    1. Thanks, Beate!
      When I spotted that Breton on ebay I thought it would be a great match with the wellies.
      I'd be very tempted to do the same - pick up the discarded trash and deliver it back to the instigator. One of the litter pickers found a pile of household trash which included letters with the same address, she photographed it before bagging it up and forwarded it to the council - there's now a big fine on the way to the litter lout. xxx

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  5. Happy birthday to your friend Kezzie! You and John sure stay busy and always very productive. Great job on the clean up! Here in my area businesses, different organizations, or individuals adopt a specific street to keep clean. It seems to work out pretty well. I rarely see litter like you have to deal with there. It's a shame, some people can be such pigs. Love your outfits and the beautiful jewelry your friend shared with you. Have a great week :)

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    1. Thanks, Martha! That's a brilliant idea to designate different streets to individuals and businesses, something we should adopt here. We're off to a nearby street later today awash with food wrappers and drinks cans, it's in the industrial area and the factory employees must eat their lunch and just leave the leftovers in a pile. What a way to behave! xxx

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  6. It was fun, even if my entry was lame, to celebrate with Kezzie. Ah, to be 40 again, but each decade has it's wonders. I find myself carrying a second and third bag on pup walks-one to act as glove for said garbage, and one for the trash. So far, I'm getting a smallish amount, but once the snow melts we'll see. Overall though, we don't seem t o have too much of a problem. It seems the odd idiot dropping masks on route home from store or a soda/fountain pop container, or remnants form garbage day that floated out and about. We have Adopt a Highway program here (picking up litter on ditches/sides of major roads), and adopt a park-same concept, and there will also be several community wide clean up the parks/streets days from spring to fall that we participate in, but I love your volunteer brigade efforts. What a nice friend to send things your way and for you to wear or put to use in the Kinky Shed.

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    1. I loved your Dr Who tribute picture, sam - really clever! 40 seems such a long time ago now but I rememeber thinking how mature and responsible it sounded back then.
      Well done for doing your bit with the litter picking. From other comments it sounds like it's a particular problem in the UK. It feels good to be part of a community working for the greater good. xxx

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  7. I agree about getting out and doing litter picking. There's a cut through to our road from another road (sort of cul-de-sac) and it's always full of cans and bottles. Last year, I went with a bag and picked up all the cans and bottles to put in my recycling. Of course, there were loads weeks later but at least I had a go (must go back again)
    I LOVE your Sarah Jane outfit SO much! This is one of my favourite and I KNEW you would do an amazing Classic Who outfit and you have not disappointed me!!! I've had such fun seeing all my friends dressing up and gleefully knowing it was for me!xx

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    1. I know you're brilliant at picking up after the selfish oafs who think it's okay to litter. Well done for doing that cul-de-sac. I've earmarked a particularly dity looking street for later. It's so rewarding when it's done.
      I loved dressing up for your birthday. I almost did Leela as I have a similar suede mini dress but the cold weather put me off! xxx

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  8. Fair dues to you for doing the litter picking - at my local Asda on Saturday, someone had left a child's nappy in the trolley - some people shouldn't be let out.
    I love your Sarah Jane outfit:). It was such a fun idea - Kezzie will hopefully have a blast for her birthday. Really enjoy following your blog x

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    1. No!!! What the heck goes through these people's heads? I've yet to discover one of those but I live in hope (not!!)
      I loved your Dr Who outfit, I'd wear that skirt all the time. xxx

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  9. Ooh, I love your Dr. Who outfit, and I giggled at your insertion into the stills, Vix! Brava! I wore most of my outfit to work today, and will have my post live in a couple of hours.

    Wow, I'm boggled by how much crap people just dump and don't even think about. The thing we see here is furniture left on the side of the road. People assume someone is "picking" it and taking it home, but most of it is hauled away by the city (our tax dollars hard at work). Good for you and Jon for actually DOING something instead of complaining, as most people do!

    OMG, I'm amazed at all the goodies your friend gave you! Will you keep any of it for yourself, or will most of it go into the Kinky shed? I spy some lovely things there!

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    1. Your Dr Who outfit was wonderful, Sheila, even better than you wore it all day.
      The knackered furniture, dirty mattresses and broken fridges litter our streets, too. Ourtips are open 7 days a week and, if you don't have a car, it's £15 for the council to take away up to 5 large items so if you're short of cash you can team up with a few neighbours and then it's only £3. Some people, eh?
      There's quite a few things that have wheedled their way into my wardrobe, I shall see how they fit in and have a cull in a few weeks, I think! xxx

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  10. Love your take on Sarah Jane's outfit! The yellow boots looks wonderful.
    xoxo
    Lovely
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  11. Wow you did well on your litter pick, if I took the kids they would start putting flowers in the rubbish bag! And yes they have done in the past. It’s funny I was stood out were the koi pond is saying to Paul I really need to change it. And reading what you are doing is really going to spur me on! I just need to get rid of half a ton of shale it seemed a good Idea at the time.
    Love what you did for kezzie, that was really clever. The early Sakura trees have started to blossom so I feel like spring is on its way now. Even if it is still quite cool here. Keep safe love and hugs.

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    1. You ought to see the Facebook community page, there's volunteers as young as 6 years old who go out every day litter picking, it's their treat after home schooling!
      So the koi pond might get a refurb? We were talking about doing something with the pond area last year but haven't drawn up a plan yet, so much space, so little time or decent weather to get started!
      I'd love to see your sakura trees. There's buds on the magnolia but I've not seen any blossom on our walks yet! xxx

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  12. Yes you look very Dr Who! happy birthday to your friend Kezzie :) will hop over to her blog. I am going to follow your lead and plant tomato seeds this week, it's positively Springlike here.

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    1. Thanks, Betty! I was excited to see that Sarah-Jane had worn something I had a similar version of!
      I think I might plant some basil today, the kichen plant is loking really leggy now and I can't live without a supply of the fresh stuff! xxx

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  13. That's a great achievement with the litter pick. We are fortunate in that litter isn't a huge problem here but I have noticed an increase recently. It can be very different in the Lakes, however, so I often carry a bag with me and clear any I come across.
    Your Dr Who outfit is great and I love the photographs :)

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    1. It's really strange, we were chatting to a real lovely, super posh couple on Saturday when we were out litter picking and they said that they didn't think litter was a problem around our area - Jon said that they must always chose to go for a walk after we'd been round with our grab sticks and bags!
      Good idea to always be armed with a bag for litter collecting, I feel terrible just walking past it if I'm not prepared! xxx

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  14. You really look good in a bobble hat. I wish I could wear one as they are lovely to knit or crochet. Unfortunately if I wear one I look like a four year old.

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    1. Thanks, Cherie! I'm not sure if I look good in my hats but they keep my hair under control and you're right, they're a lovely make! xxx

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  15. I am staggered at the amount of litter you collect - my hat's off to you both (and the other volunteers) when we are out walking locally we pick up as we go along and are quite cross when we have filled a dog poo bag or two after a walk out - small fry in comparison to your mighty haul. well done x

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    1. There was an unbelievable amount, I didn't expect to pick up so much but once you start it becomes almost a compulsion to continue. The community group is really gaining momentum lately, apparently we volunteers picked so much on Shine A light on Litter Sunday that the binmen are struggling to keep up with us! xxx

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  16. Great job on litter picking, even if it's sad that people throw away their litter everywhere. And rocking it in your fab outfit, I love those yellow-mustard color details, so delightfully sunny!. Looking lovely!
    Also lovely in your block printed maxi dress, such a fabulous piece, fabulous colours and fabulous You!. Those nordic socks and clogs totally rock! and matchy belt!, so cool!
    These photos of you in your pinafore dress have put a smile on my face, lovely cosplay of Sarah Jane, I love a classic DrWho inspiration!.
    besos

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    1. Thanks, Monica! Littering the UK has got so bad recently, there's even TV programmes dedicated to it. It's really empowering to feel like we're doing a tiny bit to make our streets better! xxx

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  17. Happy Tuesday morning, have not been able to drop by for a few days but just had a lovely time "catching up". My habit of always looking out the window to appreciate the country side first thing made me think you. There is litter across the lane and I thought well I will go on a litter pick walk later. I see your blog today and there it is stop bitching and do something about it - too right. I love both dresses so much and your outfit for your friend's birthday is spot on. Once again I am drooling over your food pics!! Oh nearly forgot the charity have approached us! getting "Dave" in a few weeks. Amy doing well. They are even getting us some cat food with a voucher they have so kind. Anyway back to study your lovely posts for a few mins then get off my backside and get to it. hugs Shazxx

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    1. Happy Wednesday morning, Shaz! With the torrential rain and icy cold I'm already looking forward to my rum. Good on you for tackling that stretch of lane outside your window. It's sad that we have to do it but if we all do a little bit then we'll make the UK a far prettier place to live.
      I'm so excited to hear about Dave - that's a brilliant name for a cat, a boyfriend for Amy and maybe for Phil, too. You must be brilliant pet parents! xxx

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  18. I love your litter picking outfit, but isn't it so sad that there's so much litter ☹️ The Dr Who photo bombs are brilliant 😄

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    1. Thanks, Sue! It's horrible to see so much litter everywhere, the minority spoiling it for everyone else. xxx

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  19. Great job on the litter pick, Vix - it really makes such a difference and is so satisfying - plus OUTDOORS!! Can't wait until restrictions lift and the cleansing team are back on the case to track down fly-tippers - they are relentless!

    Hope you got your washing line probs fixed - I've managed to get rid of our bedlinen backlog that has been stowed in the airing cupboard waiting for washing line weather. A good job too as I'd got to the bottom of the linen chest it all lives in lol.

    That maxi outfit is glorious - I'm in a past-it black jumper, black sequin leggings and boots. I am hobbling on account of the heels and yesterday's rowing lol. Loving the treasures your friend dropped off for you - what a fab tribal necklace - how very kind to think of you.

    The Dr Who montage is a triumph! Hope you had a great birthday Kazzie!

    Himself has just had the call from our local, lovely garage (the car is in for a pre-MOT check - we like to be forewarned) - advisory rusty notes apparently, new windscreen wipers required (!) and something else that I'm hoping is not as expensive as it sounds. Gah.

    Right, I'm off - roots and colour refresh needed, so I'll be hard at it with the tint brush later, lol.

    Take care all - Maryland, I hope you're doing well - big love to you xxxx



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    1. It looks like I might be litter picking in my bus nutter mac today but yep, it's great to be outside and it is so rewarding to look behind you after tackling a filthy street and so no litter!
      Jon's drawn up a plan for what he needs to do to the washing line but hasn't sorted it out yet. Mind you with today's rain and the threat of snow at the weekend it doesn't sound like I'll be line-drying any time soon.
      I rememeber admiring my friend's necklace several years ago. Like many people during lockdown she's decided to reassess her life, sell her house, move to another area and is passing on stuff she loves to people she knows will appreciate it more. She's very brave.
      I hope the car gets sorted without too much expense. MOT days are always a worry - especially when Jon's got so mnay vehicles!
      Good luck with the hair! xxx

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    2. I was cursing away under my breath while picking when a car drew up - it was my lovely neighbour who moved out from her old house whilst waiting for her new house to be completed (she's moved across the road lol). We've picked our stretch of road for years. While she's been waiting, she's shifted 22 bags of rubbish in around 5 months, from a stretch of roadside near where she has been living, in the meantime. I love her - we'll be down the field ditches, pulling out fly-tipping in no time!

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    3. That sounds like just the kind of person I'd want for a neighbour - lovely and socially conscious! I can't wait for some group litter picks when we're allowed. xxx

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  20. You make a great Doctor Who's assistant! Happy birthday to Kezzie; I love that name. I'm old enough to remember the very first episode of Doctor Who with William Hartnell as the Doctor...Loved the outfits and accessories,too.

    You're doing a fab job on the litter picking front. Yesterday, as I was coming from my car which is parked in a street across the road from our house; as we live on a main road; I saw a young guy on an electric scooter do a reverse and pick up a brown KFC filled carrier from the ground. It must have fallen off his handlebars. By the time I crossed the road he had gone BUT had left a spilled KFC cup of coke and cup holder; a torn Greggs carrier bag and some food wrapping paper. There was a bin not six feet away from him. He was too far down the road for me to catch up with him but how fecking lazy can you get?

    Take care and take it easy...
    xxx

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    1. I can rememeber as far back as Bill Pertwee. I've seen clips of William Hartnell as the Doctor, he was very stylish.
      gah! that lad on the scooter. I don't get why anyone wouldn't put something in a bin especially when it was that close. Dirty scutters! xxx

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  21. Did you watch the Panorama prog last night about household waste? It was very disheartening. Some folk think the countryside is there just for the purpose of fly-tipping. I love your Dr. Who montage. My sister is a Val McDermid fan but I find the books a bit gory! She really goes into detail! Aldi are selling wool both in their shops and online. I doubt any of it has even been near a sheep but it's cheap enough. Their aran range has a percentage of wool in it so not all bad. I bought packets of veg seeds from Aldi today. All prepared, just need the weather to stay good but we're due another freeze at the weekend up here so might hang off for now.xx

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    1. I saw a clip of that Panorama documentary on BBC Breakfast last week and was horrified. There was a local idiot the other day who got fined for dumping two sacks of leaves at a nearby farm and was complaining about it was officialdom gone mad and how leaves biodegrade. Why couldn't he leave them to biodegrade in his own garden rather than expect some poor farmer to deal with his waste? the mentality of come people!
      I do love a bit of gory! Did you ever see the Wire in the Blood series? It was very gruesome but excellent.
      Great tip about Aldi - I'd have to cross county lines to get to one, we don't have one in Walsall. I've discovered the Wool Warehouse and they have some lovely wool mix yarns and deliver really quickly. xxx

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  22. I can't believe the amount - or should that be mountain! - of litter you picked on Sunday. Well done, you two! It is truly exasperating that so many people do not clean up after themselves and/or take their litter home. They are often too lazy to use the bins provided, even if they're standing right next to one. Ok, deep breaths ...
    I love the Breton top layered under your cheesecloth dress, and aren't those Ilse Jacobsen rubber boots amazing? I'm admiring them each time your wear them!
    I've seen those pot making kits around, aren't they clever?
    Sunday's block printed maxi is gorgeous too, and I'm loving the belt. I've got a bit of a thing for woven belts lately.
    Can't wait to have a closer look at the things your friend brought over, and I'm absolutely loving your Sarah-Jane impersonation! xxx

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    1. We could have got more but decided to call it a day and return later in the week. The UK's littering has been bad for ages but lockdown seems to exacerbated it. The worst area was within 20 yards of the nearest bin - it beggars belief!
      I had fun making those pots.
      I remember seeing a woman wearing some Ilse Jacobsen boots like mine in London a few years ago and spent ages tracking some down at a price I could afford. I ended up buying them from The Netherlands as they were a little less eye-wateringly expensive there but they're so comfy and worth every penny!
      That blue belt reminded me of your fabulous collection. xxx

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  23. Good for you for litter picking, if more people did it there would be hardly any work. You fit perfectly in the Dr who set :)

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    1. I'm so impressed with how our community are doing - in the first 6 weeks of the year we'd collected over 2500 sacks of rubbish. I hope the litter louts see their friends and neighbours cleaning up after them and are shamed into thinking about their behaviour.
      I was a bit scared of those nasty looking monsters! xxx

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  24. Dear Vix, Hello from Vancouver Island. Thank-you so much for all your litter picking efforts. My husband and I were born in Halifax U.K. and were so disappointed when we returned for a visit after 18 or so years with how filthy everywhere looked. It took the excitement out of showing our kids "home" and instead we were quite embarrassed. We would lend a hand if we still lived there and do our bit around our own neighbourhood here. Your outfits are amazing. I'm a hippy chick of similar age to you but I struggle to find great vintage clothes here. Seeing you helps me keep up the hippy spirit and feel connected to "home". Love and sunshine to you!!

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    1. Hello to beautiful Vancouver Island! It's lovely to hear from you.
      Our litter problem has got progressively worse over the last couple of decades to the point of embarrasment. I'm not sure why the Brits have this problem but it's time for some people power and for us non-littering types to reclaim our streets!
      Sending love and good vibes to a fellow hippy chick. xxx

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  25. Hiya Vix, now we know how you get so much done in one day... AND manage to look so fresh faced.... you time travel with the doctor!!! Great to see you on Kezzie's birthday Tardis Tuesday. Lulu xXx

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    1. Ha! I wish. I'd be travelling to the early 1970s and buying all the Anokhi clothes in India! x

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  26. I'm a doctor who fan.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. I was in the 1970s, I'm not really into Sci-Fi these days, I've never even seen Star Wars! x

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  27. Well done to you and your neighbourhood,its so good to keep a place beautiful. There was a group litter pick here on Sunday.
    How lovely of your friend to pass on her perfect for you jewellery.
    Have a good week Vix. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Sally! It feels good to take some control over our neighbourhood, I can already see a difference. xxx

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  28. Im behind as usual. Just back from market day shopping. The Plant Dude had a fair array of stock today. He said he’s getting quite excited now for the new season. He’s going to redo the troughs I put on auntie Gladys grave on the anniversary of her passing on the 31st March. Where did that year go.
    On the telly this morning they were talking about a stout that has been brought out honouring the Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Phil & Holly tasted it and both agreed it was lovely and not bitter like most stouts. Isn’t it amazing what they come up with drinks wise now. The head on that one of yours is massive.
    That was good fun for Kezzies 40th I could have worn my urchin trousers and gone as the female doctor. Whatever her name is, I can’t remember.
    It’s blumming cold again here today. I think the thermals will have to go back on.
    Well done on the litter picking. We are revving up for the garden gate displays again, now there’s so many folk out walking. Don’t know what the new neighbours will think when they arrive heehee.
    Lots of love from us two xxx

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    1. Those Wednesdays soon roll around. We went to the garden centre yesterday but restrained ourselves although there were all manner of lovely spring plants. I can't beleive it's been almost a year since Auntie Gladys's passing, I wonder what she'd have made of the world we're currently living in?
      A Cadbury's Creme Egg stout?! I'm not a fan of sweet things but that chocolate orange stout was really tasty so maybe I'll give it a try!
      It's been bitter here, my thermals are back out. Hopefully tomorrow's mammoth litter pick will warm us up!
      Loads of love to you both! xxx

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  29. Magnificent effort on the litter pick, well done to you both. Did you see Jeremy Paxman and the Keep Britain Tidy campaign on TV yesterday?

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    1. Thanks, Jayne! I did, I wouldn't want Jezza to catch me dropping litter, he's quite scary, isn't he? xxx

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  30. It is such a beautifully Scenic area where you live that it looks stunning after your litter picks. I can't understand why anyone living in and around such Beauty would mar it with litter and be such a lazy lout. I think during Pandemic I've seen more Community Volunteer efforts like tidying up messy areas, it really makes a positive difference.

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    1. Apparently the community litter picking has become huge in the UK since lockdown, we're reclaiming out streets from the litter louts and it gives us a reason to be out, too! x

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  31. I bet that Doctor Who-themed party was fun. Tom Baker was the first one I remember, but over the years Pertwee has become my favourite. (Who doesn't love velvet jackets with ruffled shirts, eh?) I'm not a fan of the more recent revival at all though...

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    1. Bill Pertwee wore those velvet jackets very well, I bet there was a surge in purchases back in the day. x

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  32. Well done on collecting so many bags of rubbish.
    Your Dr Who party outfit is perfect!
    xx

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