Sunday, 8 June 2014

Roses, Birds and Clothes!

 A lovely day today and time spent out in the garden.  One of my roses planted, another two to find pots for until the ground is ready for them.  

'Rachel' one of the roses bought yesterday has opened up even more and is simply gorgeous.

The gooseberries are almost ready for picking...hopefully there will be enough to make some jam.

I think I only got one jar last year...but hoping for more this year...will also have to check to see if there are any at our other house.

Back in February I had a big clear out from my wardrobe and the loft and gave it must be about 10 black sacks of clothing to the charity shops...most of it too big, some never going to wear again.  I am still working on clearing and reorganising, albeit very slowly.  I am also 'revamping' my wardrobe and clothing.  For anything that comes in, at least one similar item, preferably two must then go out...  My task for tomorrow is to find some items that must go as I have had some 'new to me' items arrive the last two weeks that I found in local charity shops.  I go for practical above all else.  Everything has to have a purpose and be something I am going to use/wear regularly, not just occasionally...

This bag is in as new condition and is leather and very practical...yup, I need practical.  It is not too big and can be carried by its handles...something I consider as I find carrying things on my shoulder difficult.

Two zip pockets on each of the outsides.

This rather 'snazzy' top, is lightweight and will be ideal for when I go to Phoenix later this month...actually I have an idea of what to team this with for the 'Groovy Girl' night.

The bag matches!

Now for some practical wear.  I had to leave some clothes behind in NZ, which included a couple of pairs of shorts so was pleased to find a couple of pairs in some local charity shops that I liked.

They have the 'trendy' fade marks...

Can be worn long...

Or folded up.


The other pair of shorts.

Hopefully these shorts will be useful in will be HOT!

A denim skirt.

A pair of new black denim jeans, again from the CS.

Gorgeous scarf - just love these colours.

Brand new Merino wool sweater.

All these for under £22.00  - not bad.

So by my reckoning I now need to jettison at least the follow:

A pair of jeans, a skirt, a top and a bag...not counting the shorts as those were left in NZ and thus these are replacements.  Will report back as hoping to do some sorting tomorrow.


While I was getting the washing in from the line today I was delighted to see this young robin visiting.

A bold little fellow

So inquisitive.

Just love the robins.

This morning the woodpecker was also is a regular visitor every morning now.


  1. Your photos are stunning. Great thrifting finds, you got some good deals there! Glad to hear your decluttering is going well. I'm cluttering the place up again buying more sindy stuff!

    1. Thanks Sharie. I was pleased with these finds as I haven't bought any clothes for a long time. Even better that most were as new! Yes it is easy to re-clutter as fast as you de-clutter!

  2. What an impressive haul for such a little cost ... hope the clearing out bit goes equally well ;0)

    1. Well the good intention is there anyway....

  3. Gooseberry jam! My mother used to make that and I've never known anyone else who did. If I remember correctly it can be quite tart. Maybe she didn't use enough sugar? I like the way you are organizing your wardrobe. Maybe this will inspire me to do the same.

    1. Oh I love gooseberry jam! I make it each year. Fortunately I am the only one who eats it, so it means I always have jam in the house...something that doesn't happen with any other variety. Yes it is tart, but then I prefer things that way.


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