Outfit of the day 21/06/18

I am feeling quite pleased with myself today as I have managed to cope with quite a bit of disruption in the house. Lovely Husband and I decided the other week to get on with our long list of household maintenance jobs which we had been putting off for some years. We were both so caught up with our worries and stress that we were allowing our home to get into quite a poor state. This then fed back into making us even more worried!

So, yesterday and today we had some chaps come to repair the roof and also open up the loft hatch for the first time in years. There is a huge accumulation of dust and rubble up in the loft from a huge hail storm which caused massive damage in our area a few years ago. Lovely Husband was worried that opening up the loft would send clouds of debris around the house and cause me to have serious coughing attacks. We had put this off for too long until I just said “Let’s go for it!”

As it turned out, I actually had a bad coughing bout over lunch when a crumb went down the wrong way. This resulted in a rather undignified dash to the loo, where I had the embarrassing episode of sitting there coughing and retching into a bucket with two young men sitting on the roof just outside the bathroom window! I now find the thought rather funny, although I didn’t at the time.

When they had finished with the roof, we all held our breath whilst the hatch was opened and…. hardly anything came down! It was such an anticlimax. And a very welcome relief all round. So we have now booked in to have the loft sorted out as well, thereby ticking another job from the to-do list. Phew!

After posting my purple Hermès scarves on The Purse Forum for this week’s theme, I had the colour firmly in my mind, so had to wear shades of purple today…

Outfit of the day 21/06/18

Outfit of the day 21/06/18

Today’s outfit:

  • Fresh lavender cotton vest top – Lands’ End.
  • Frosted lavender cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Indigo jeans – Cotton Traders.
  • Amethyst and gold floral earrings – craft centre near Torquay.
  • Purple leather and gold wrap bracelet – Ferragamo.
  • Purple lacquered horn pendant – Quecraft via Etsy.

If any of you are interested in Lands’ End clothes, they seem to have virtually continuous sales on different types. I have subscribed to their emails so that I can check my wishlist against their offers.

Best wishes,


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Reading roundup 20/06/18

I have enjoyed two books this week and have started two more. What, two at the same time? I will get to that later in the post 😀.

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

The first book was Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. Here is the blurb:

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

I gave the book three stars (more of a 3 1/2 really) and wrote the following review on Goodreads:

I am not sure how to review this book. It was a good read about a very difficult subject and I think that it was handled pretty well. The courtroom scenes were good and the whole thing was intriguing. The main characters were mostly pretty unlikeable and I found echoes of my own University days, even though I didn’t go to Oxbridge. I have certainly met people with the same kind of polished, wealthy arrogance. I didn’t give the book four stars because there were sections which dragged and the structure was confusing at times. Well worth reading, though.

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

My second read of the week, Baby Doll by Hollie Overton, was marketed as being for fans of Gone Girl and Girl on a Train! To be honest, I really dislike this lazy way of advertising a book, especially when it is nothing at all like either of these! This is the blurb:

Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.

This is what happens next…

…to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter…and to her captor.

So, in fact, this book is more like Room than either Gone Girl or Girl on a Train, although Room is miles better! Here is my review of Baby Doll, which I gave three stars (although it was closer to two stars really):

The first half of this book was pretty good. The idea of writing the aftermath of someone escaping from kidnapping was interesting. The impact on the escapee and her family, on her captor and his family, and on the wider community was well done. Then the plot began to go in wilder and wilder directions and the writing became poor. The whole thing descended into the implausible. Such a shame.

Continue reading

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Update 19/06/18: Blog housekeeping

After a very bad night, fighting the dreaded cough, I have had to rest a lot today. Well, when I say rest…. erm, maybe not. As Elder Son is at home feeling unwell, it hasn’t been much of a rest. He gets bored and expects yours truly to be his constant source of solace and entertainment! Aaaaargh!

When I did manage to get some peace and quiet, I did some blog housekeeping. The Categories and Tags have got a bit out of hand and I am trying to make more sense of them. I also want to clarify the colour tags that I use for the “Outfit of the Day” posts to relate them more closely to my wardrobe colours. You see, even if visitors to the blog don’t notice, I do and I cannot stop being a Librarian in my head!

Anyway, it will take a long time to sort out all of the tags after 18 months of posting. I have also tested all of the links in the sidebar, updated some and am in the process of adding some new ones. This again is a work in progress.

I will now get back to my book to try to keep myself awake. Oh, before I sign off, I thought I would show you some jeans that I might just acquire for my wardrobe. Think they would suit me?

Only joking 😂🤣😂🤣😂…

Best wishes,


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Outfit of the day 18/06/18

I am sort of cheating today as this is the outfit I wore last week, when I went with Lovely Husband to his hospital appointment. I want to show it to you then ask for advice…


  • Navy cotton vest – Sainsbury’s Tu.
  • Navy and white linen trousers – Isle Collection.
  • Navy leather sandals – Suave.
  • Pearl stud earrings – John Lewis.
  • Blue iris leather Vara Bow bracelet – Ferragamo.
  • Shades of blue, modal and viscose kimono jacket – China Tree – One Hundred Stars

I forgot to take a photo last Thursday as I was so worried and nervous, so I cannot make a collage, but I felt really comfortable and happy in the oufit. The kimono jacket is lovely and I am thinking about maybe getting another one when I see one in “my colours”. Anyway, I want to ask my readers for advice. I was getting bored with the earrings I already have which go with this jacket: white pearl, blue resin and, of course, gold or silver.  I thought that something more oriental would look better, so I searched both eBay and Etsy and found the items below:

The top photo shows earrings from 6195shirley on eBay. They have gold tone wires, Chinese-type character blue and white beads, and long blue tassels. And I mean long, very long indeed. The photo below shows the earrings I found from Emma Amies on Etsy. These have silver wires and each earring has two blue and white floral beads, which again look vaguely oriental.

What I want to know is: can I get away with wearing the long tassels at my age? Do they look OTT or silly? What do you think and please be honest!

Here I am wearing both:

I suppose that I could make one of the tassel earrings into a necklace, which would look nice, or even shorten the tassels, which I am sure I would mess up!

Decisions, decisions…

Best wishes,


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Outfit of the day 15/06/18

Well, I feel like a limp lettuce today! Not really surprising after the events of yesterday. Lovely Husband had to endure a very unpleasant medical procedure at the hospital. He was worried about the operation itself and also what might be found. Over the preceding few days, he had to take some horrible meds and also deal with a nasty diet which was very difficult for him to manage as he also suffers from diabetes. Of course, I was also very worried for him and, as you may know, worry and stress exacerbate my own conditions. I really wanted to be able to support him through this ordeal.

Yesterday, I was determined to go with him to the hospital so that I could be there for him and also drive him home afterwards, if necessary. I was so scared that my own illnesses would prevent me from doing this or, somehow, put the spotlight on me rather than on him. Anyway, it all turned out fine in the end. The procedure was successful and the results were excellent. We are both so relieved! LH is slowly ticking off a list of issues that he is having to face and, so far, everything has been fine.

Today has been restful. We were both very tired and I have spent the day mostly in bed, managing a few easy household tasks. I did try to get up and I did get dressed, but quickly realised that being out of bed was too much for me. So, here is today’s outfit, even if I only wore it for a few minutes!

Outfit of the day 15/06/18 with Liberty’s Laws of the Game of Cricket scarf

Outfit of the day 15/06/18 with Liberty’s Laws of the Game of Cricket scarf

Today’s outfit:

  • White cotton crew necked t-shirt – Sainsbury’s Tu.
  • Bright navy cotton mix cardigan – Lands’ End.
  • Navy and white linen trousers – Isle Collection.
  • Blue resin and silver earrings.
  • Blue iris leather and white gold Vara bow bracelet – Ferragamo.
  • Silk scarf, 70cm, in ivory and blue – Laws of the Game of Cricket – Liberty of London. Tied in a simple criss-cross knot using a bias fold and a MaiTai horn scarf ring.

I hope that the lovely weather continues over the weekend and that you all have a wonderful time.

Best wishes,


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Reading roundup 13/06/18

I have to admit that I have only managed one book again this week, although I have almost finished a second, but not quite. So, I will have to write about that one next week instead. I have been rather down and ill and, when that happens, I find it hard to read and tend to resort to watching TV.

The Court of the Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

The Court of the Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

This week’s book was a good one, though. I had read everything previously borrowed from the Library and didn’t want to read my new book choices before tackling some I had building up in my ebook account. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark was the first in line. Here is the blurb:

They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust.

In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of invasion – and only one man can see it.

Haunted by dreams of the empire’s demise, Orhan Emmereth has decided to act. On his orders, a company of soldiers cross the desert to reach the city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Marching on Sorlost, Marith thinks he is running away from the past which haunts him. But in the Golden City, his destiny awaits him – beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen.

This book is definitely not for gentle readers as it is pretty violent, to say the least! I awarded it fours stars and here is my review on Goodreads:

I am not sure what to say about this book. I did enjoy it and I really want to read the sequel. It was well written and the plot and characters were interesting. From reading some of the reviews here on Goodreads, I have discovered that fantasy like this is called “grimdark” and that term really does suit this story. The plot has conspiracies, betrayals, shocking twists and totally grim and dark moments galore. Sometimes too grim and dark even for me. Perhaps it is a marmite kind of book, but then I like marmite! I am interested to find out how the characters develop in subsequent books, so will keep an eye out for them as ebooks.

The book is part one of the Empires of Dust series, so I am sure that I will soon be reading The Tower of Living and Dying, which is #02.

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

I have almost finished Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan and will give you my verdict next time.

Until then: Happy Reading to you all!

Best wishes,


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Outfit of the day 11/06/18

We are having such beautiful weather here in the English Midlands. I spent a couple of hours today sitting in the garden reading. As I am now unable to tend our garden, it has got rather out of hand and wild. We do have a lovely chap who comes to cut the grass and do some tidying up, but we could really do with even more of his time. The garden is long and narrow with really lush growth from a wealth of plants, some of which appear to date back to the early days of this property, which was built in the 1930s.

I sat on our decking, under the parasol, and listened to the birds and insects and enjoyed the perfume from the nearby roses. The gentle breeze through the trees and shrubs was just perfect. When next door’s children came home from school, they ran into their garden with their two dogs barking excitedly. I loved hearing their happy shouts, but had to come indoors as I couldn’t really concentrate on my book! If the weather is similar tomorrow, I will try to go outside earlier so that I can get a longer time in the relative peace.

Some of you may remember my comments when I bought this linen dress in the Pure Collection sale last year. I wasn’t too impressed with the fit and nearly returned it, but decided to hang onto it. So, I was glad to have it today as the loose fit and wafty (is that a real word?) fabric were really comfortable against my skin. The colour is nice and I decided to throw caution to the winds and wear these huge earrings! Lovely Husband, who is not known for his tact, immediately said “Bette Lynch”, but I brazened it out.

What do you all think? Am I too old to get away with these?

Today’s outfit:

  • Turquoise linen dress – Pure Collection.
  • Turquoise resin and gold tone earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane.
  • Aqua glass and gunmetal beads, silver and copper wire bracelet.
  • Navy leather sandals – Suave.
Outfit of the day 11/06/18

Outfit of the day 11/06/18

Lovely Husband and I have been discussing lots of family issues over the weekend, trying to make a sensible plan of action to tackle our list of problems. Both of us are feeling more calm and focused, although I cannot say we are optimistic as yet. He has more serious medical procedures ahead, which are worrying both of us, but we are trying to tackle each issue as it comes. I do now feel a little better than I did last week. Let’s see how it goes…

Best wishes,


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