Wednesday, 5 September 2018


So last Tuesday we took ourselves orf to spend a couple of days away and stay with friends in Brighton. Well it got slightly extended and we came home on Sunday. This was mainly driven by the fact we were running out of clothes and especially underwear.
Of course we consuted the weather and packed cardigans and wore jackets for the train journey down there. Oh dear that was a mistake, we didn't need them at all. Ah well.
Wednesday we visit the far end of town, a fabric shop but nothng for us so we stroll back into town along the front. Thursday we visit another three fabric shops but find nothing to tickle our collective fancy.
Thursday we spot a rather nice frock in a little shop, pop in and find it is not large enough but are more than rewarded by the handbags they had. Obviously we had to have one.... each.
Friday is a potter about day and afternoon tea at MetroDeco a lovely if rather trendy cafe with a selection of teas to suit all tastes, my particular favourite being Terracotta Sunburst.  We finish the day off with cocktails at The Grand and a nightcap at Legends. 
Saturday we decided to take a bus and visit Eastbourne somewhere I hadn't been since I was about 5 years old. I hate to say it but it is more of a quintesential seaside town than Brighton which lives up to a reputation. A real kiss me quick noisy London by the sea.


Tuesday, 21 August 2018


So a word of warning. I received a letter on Saturday from the Clydesdale Bank asking me to activate a Gold Credit Card. Mmmm, that is odd I mused, I haven't appplied for one. So Monday I paid a visit to their only London branch. It appears someone had tried to apply for a card in my name. They had the correct name, address and oddly enough the right date of birth but the phone numbers didn't tally thankfully.
The nice young man not fazed at all by me in drag deleted the application and we were on our way.
We wandered Kensington High Street, oh my how the mighty are fallen my dears. Not a patch on years past. We wandered into Kensington Palace Gardens and were totally underwhelmed but then again it is only an extension of Hyde Park which is one the more desolate Royal parks. We did however strike up a conversation with two heavily armed policemen outside the Israeli embassy.
Taking a little break we sat on a bench next to a devastatingly lovely young lady. Now I am not adverse to the odd selfie or ten but almost always seek to make this a solitary pastime. She however, was popping off snaps like they were going out of fashion.
So underwhelmed we hopped a bus to Westfield Shopping Centre at White City for lunch as we had agreed to disagree over where to lunch in Kensington, my partrner not favouring french style cusine.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

A grand day out

Out nearly every day this week. Had one of our grand-daughters birthday BBQ on Sunday so had assorted family members and hangers on decend upon us. About 20 at one point. It all went rather well thankfully.

Monday was just a shopping trip. Tried a new Lidl, not impressed. It is easy to see why they are cheaper, odd brands, virtually no choice. Mmmm I shall only return if I am forced to.

Tuesday a quick trip to Brent Cross but it is being out and about that is important.

Wednesday a grand day out to take in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Obviously with so much to see there are things you love and things you wouldn't give house room to. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed it. Madame got chatting to a woman that said he looked as she should be on the wall with her colourful outfit and tattoos. One of the security staff asked if she could take a picture of both of us as well.

What passes as news these days

Sums up the Summer Exhibition

 The bits John Constable left out

Pictures within pictures

I don't know which I prefer these people in the picture or the object

 I would love this at home to bring a smile to my face everyday

No words needed 

One of madames faves

and another


Madames total fave

Carpet Bear


 Grayson Perry

I would love a house large enough to hang this in

I need this in my life

Yes it is a video and my particular fave 

Well the hot weather seems to have broken, I don't know if I am glad or sad. Yes we will not cook indoors and be unable to sleep but then again it is nice not to have to wrap up when one goes out. Oh well it will be back to wearing underwear I suppose ;-)

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Well here we are, the end of July. Where does the time go?

Lovely weekend spent with two friends at their annual BBQ, well not a BBQ as such. As it is a family affair it is rather lovely to be elevated from friends to family. No pictures I'm afraid as we forgot to take any. Too, too busy chatting.
As most had travelled a fair distance we had packed up by about seven pm and we were all in bed by 10.00. Oh my how the mighty are fallen.

The new glasses have to back for an adjust, just a sidgeon tighter, it is the weight of the frames just pulling them forward.

Desperately waiting to get paid, not that I'm broke but I do like a buffer. For only the second time I would rather like to go to the Royal Academy Summer exhibition. There are two or three pieces I'd really like to see in the flesh as it were.
The first and only time I have been was many years ago when I worked in F.E. and our manager took us on a 'team building' exercise. Yes of course it was, it was just a means of her getting in without having to pay for it.

Of course payday means makeup replenishment. Again I don't need it but I do like a buffer so if I have started my last tube/container then it is time to have a replacement waiting in the wings. I have found that cheap makeup is really a false economy. The last example of this being eyeliner pencils. I shall give the MAC pencil a try, rather pricey but I'll get used to it instead of cursing a £3.99 Rimmel pencil for breaking continuously.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Another week begins and such a busy one. Quite how we ever fitted work into our busy schedule I will never know.

So Monday it is off to Guys hospital for an appointment for my partner. On the 22nd floor! I just don't do heights, no way Jose. I keep to the waiting room this time, well away from the windows. Luckily we find someone to talk to in the lift going up and on the way down.

The evening is spent at the Wembley Designer Outlet as we are celebrating our great grandson's sixth birthday. I had never been there before so we go early for a mooch around. Mmmm let us just say I won't be in a hurry to return.

Hospital appointment over its over to the West-End on the way home. Pop into dear old John Lewis and thence to Marylebone High Street to post a parcel. On the way I say I wonder if our opticians have re-opened after their re-fit and they are and we are only four days late from their re-opening. Much excitement as we enter the shop and we are booked in for an eye test the following day. Luckily or unluckily they still have the frames I have coveted for simply ages. Ultra expensive but oh my..... They come with two pairs of magnetic sunglass frames, Chanel of course. Yes I know but then I don't do understatement.

So our two eyetest appointments take two hours! Well perhaps a half hour each and the rest of the time we spend gossiping. It probably takes us a good ten minutes to leave the shop as we have to say  goodbye to all the staff!

Tomorrow is boring shopping and then off to a friends on Thursday then Sunday is Barrie Humphries Weimar show at the Barbican. I need to go back to work I'm exhausted from all this hectic lifestyle.

Of course being retired again means we get out and about more often. I am oh so lucky in that my partner is sooo accepting to the point that last week, when she had a hospital appointment I was allowed not only to accompany her but also be with her for the actual appointment. Yes, that lucky.


Unofrtunately with the demise of our employment we have had to curtail such frequent visits for breakfast at our favourite eatery Fortnums. A real shame as we had such a rapport with the restaurant staff.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Enough of work type stuff, although anecdotes may pop up here and there. Had a lovely holiday in Turkey this year, Marmaris, fake handbag centre of the Universe. Sure there were cheap and nasty knock off's but some shops and one in particular... oh yes. I only purchased one, a rather nice if small Chanel whilst madame got about six of various types.

I have to admit I thought I might encounter some problems but no. We had, for the first time, booked an all inclusive holiday and this did fill us with some trepidation as it may have meant non-acceptance from other 'guests' but no, all was tickety-boo. This may have had something to do with it being fairly early in the year and out of school holiday time.

All in all a fabulous holiday and just what we needed. Of course I picked this week to be the first week of giving up smoking would you believe.

Of course when we returned we got 'pulled' at customs on the way home.
Got anything to declare the man says.
No I don't drink
No I've just given up smoking
He smiled and waived us through.

As old age gallops up behind us we are less and less inclined to sit in the sun and cook gently although that said we do like it warm.

Lift off.