After the washout that was Friday, the painter & decorators had been in touch to say that they'd be starting on the upstairs exterior window frames on Saturday morning. Jon was up first making tea, seeing to the lads and getting breakfast ready whilst I stripped and changed the bed, loaded the washing machine & pegged the laundry out on the line. We'd just eaten our sausage sandwiches when they turned up and started work.
Monty had reminded us to cut our sweet peas on Gardeners' World so I dashed down the garden with my scissors. It's the first time we've grown any - we usually make do with the naturalised wood peas - and although they smell lovely I'm somewhat underwhelmed, I think we sowed them in too shady a spot. They do look good in the vintage Swedish Art Glass bud vase we found on our travels on Thursday.
I had a rummage through the Kinky Shed and discovered a sack of summer stock I'd packed away two years ago and forgotten. I spent the day ironing, measuring, photographing and uploading everything to eBay and trying my damndest not to slip anything in my wardrobe - 1970s chambray midi skirt, I'm looking at you! Jon mopped the kitchen floor, dashed down the garden to rescue the washing from one of several sharp showers and kept the workers in tea.
We didn't have a video player when I lived at home so watching a film at friends' houses who were lucky enough to own such luxuries was a real treat as a teenager. A mate's parents owned a video shop (Metro Video, opposite the Royal Hotel, to any Walsall folk reading this) and I loved helping him out. We used to watch The Warriors on repeat, an American Sci-Fi thriller from 1979 based on the 1965 novel of the same name. A fellow teenage misfit, Jon also loved it and was excited to find this vintage vest on Thursday. He can't get it over his shoulders so again, I'm breaking the fashion police rules and wearing something I remember the first time round.
Tea was a vegeburger with salad accompanied by a bottle of San Miguel.
Later we drank rum and watched Bettany Hughes's latest travelogue.
The painters (Stuart & Ben) were due at 9am on Sunday morning although it was so miserable and damp when I got up I thought work might be rained off for the day. I made tea, brought it back to bed and read until just gone 8am. Once we were up I painted my nails in Barry M's Sour Candy.
By the time we'd eaten our toast, the rain had stopped and work had already started. We left Stuart & Ben to it and drove down to the charity shop. We'd had a rummage around and filled a donation bag with a couple of bolster covers, a paperback, a teeshirt and a keyring.
After last week's meagre pickings (two teeshirts and a solitary paperback), we were very happy with the morning's finds. The five Hugo Boss cotton, merino wool and virgin wool jumpers along with the Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger cotton shirts are all current stock and bought new would have cost almost £1000! Several don't look like they've ever been worn, they're immaculate.