Tuesday was a charity shopping morning. I wore another 1970s Anokhi maxi skirt with a vintage Dolcis straw bag and a shirred suntop in block printed Indian cotton - which still had the store tags attached (I can never get my head around anyone who buys something from a proper shop and never wears it) -were both old charity shop finds.
Jon wore another of Sunday morning's purchases, a block printed cotton Levi's shirt from their Denizen range (a fashion-forward label, only available in India) along with the previous day's shorts and a pair of authentic Italian-made Raybans he found in a chazza.
With another festival imminent we erected the trade tent in the garden last week and - with Liz's help - we got our stock sorted. On Wednesday we packed it all up and loaded the van before spending the rest of the day basking on the lawn in 30°C sunshine - bliss! No outfit photos as I spent the day in my bikini.
The Butterick pattern is from the early 1970s and drafted by Kenzo. I keep saying I should make more - but large amounts of vintage fabric in prints that appeal is so hard to find (and uber expensive online).
A fortnight ago, Monsoon had a 48 hour flash sale, slashing their already reduced stock by up to 70% and I snaffled this Indian cotton embroidered co-ord from their S.E.W Sustainable range for less than £30. As our temperatures are akin to those in Greece, I thought I'd road test it for our next holiday and it gets the thumbs up - cool, comfy and fully lined - perfect! The vintage Greek souvenir bag was a charity shop buy years ago.
I'm a solar-powered reader and love nothing more than wearing a skimpy bikini and powering through a book in the sunshine. Over the past two weeks, I've read William Boyd's Trio, Jo Nesbo's Midnight Sun, and demolished Philippa Gregory's epic Wideacre trilogy. I've also read two Greek-themed novels, Aegean Dream by Dario Cariello and Victoria Hislop's Cartes Postales from Greece (courtesy of my lovely friend, Lynn) and I've just started on some non-fiction, It's All Greek To Me by Charlotte Higgins.
Viewing-wise, we were glued to the women's Euros and the England flag is still flying high- go, Lionesses! We loved the Commonwealth Games and the closing ceremony was brilliant especially Punjabi MC, Walsall's Goldie and Beverley Knight. We've enjoyed Anatomy of a Scandal and Luxembourg cop thriller, Capitani but found Norwegian cop thriller, Seizure, rather weird. The Newsreader was really good and although we're only one episode into Black Bird, we're already gripped.
The £1.50 Lidl Waste Not boxes continue to provide us (and Jacob) with the ingredients for lots of colourful meals.
Stir-fries and salads, Greek-style courgette and Feta fritters, coleslaw & potato salad, Iman Bayadi, griddled aubergines, smashed avocado, plum crumble, lime and ginger cordial, jacket potatoes, Punjabi aloo gobi to take away with us, tartiflette (for Jon) and vegan banana cake to name but a few dishes we've enjoyed. A special mention has to go to the Sugar Baby by Matisse melon, it was bloody gorgeous!