Friday post 26/05/23: with this week’s health update!

Hello lovely friends and visitors! Here we go with yet another report from the land of “Two Stuck In The Bed”!

Yes, we have now endured six weeks of togetherness in our, thankfully, king sized bed. Elder Son continues to be our hero, doing the shopping, tidying up, and running up and down the stairs with drinks and meals. He is being fantastic.

I am still managing to push myself a little more each week and have been using the stairs at least six or seven times every day. I have tidied and reorganised many things downstairs and done my best to keep on top of household tasks. When ES is at work, I take over the cooking and other tasks and have been able to cope quite well. Sometimes it has all got on top of me and my own health issues have taken over, but I have managed to pull myself back, with LH’s support.

Lovely Husband’s health problems and recovery have been a bit two steps forward and one step back, or even the reverse at times. Two physiotherapists came with a view to helping LH try to go downstairs. Unfortunately, he was unable to do this because he felt too weak. So, the physios have given him more exercises to do over the next few weeks to try to strengthen his legs. On a more positive note, he has been able to book an appointment for a MRI scan on Monday. Let’s hope that we get some good news from that!

I have been toying with the idea of trying to write my Wednesday Reading Roundup posts again. If everything goes well, I will attempt to post one on 31/05/23. I will also continue with these Friday health updates for the time being. Let’s hope I can soon write about scarves again! I am getting tired of wearing lounge or night wear all of the time.

Anyway, here is an image to finish the post…

Screenshot from @womensart1 on Twitter – accessed 28/04/23

Have a great weekend!

Love and best wishes,



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Friday post 19/05/23: with yet another health update!

Hi everyone! Here’s a new update on our health situation. We have had real progress this week and are dancing around the house with great glee!

Ah, no that isn’t the case, unfortunately. In all honesty, very little has happened this week. LH is a bit stronger and I am continuing to go up and down the stairs carrying food on trays and also doing as many household tasks as I can manage. Some more equipment has been delivered to help LH and he now has an appointment for a scan (the letter actually arrived as I was typing the previous sentence!).

I suppose that we just have to hold on to the hope that LH recovers soon. He needs to be able to go up and down the stairs, potter around in the kitchen and resume his cooking schedule, and drive again. This would enable us all to continue living together in this house. Longer term issues, such as moving to a bungalow, still need to be considered. I also have to try hard to sustain this improvement to my overall health and fitness. At least that is something positive that has come from this situation!

And now for something completely different!

Screenshot from @womensart1 on Twitter – accessed 16/04/23

I will try to post again next Friday. If there is a huge improvement, I will post before then.

Love and best wishes,



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Friday post 12/05/23: health update

Hello everyone! I thought I had better write a post to show that I am still around. This blog hasn’t gone dead yet!

The update is that Lovely Husband and I are still stuck upstairs in our bedroom. It’s pretty amazing that we are still sane – it must be love!

Just to recap: towards the end of April, LH developed severe sciatica in his right leg and had a couple of falls. This made him unable to go downstairs. Regular visitors will be aware that I have a set of long term chronic conditions and also spend most of my time in bed, although I was usually able to go downstairs a couple of times each day. So, for four weeks we have been managing with the help of Elder Son, who has been an absolute star, doing the shopping, basic cooking, tidying etc.

Over the last few weeks, I have been forcing myself to do more and I have managed to get to the point where I can go downstairs much more frequently, do some cooking (although I cannot do anything that will involve strong smells or smoke: frying, grilling, using the oven), organising, housework, and so on. To be quite honest, I am feeling quite pleased about this!

LH has shown some improvement too. After a lot of hassle, we were able to contact the GP who set various things in train. For example, a physiotherapist has sorted out regular sessions with LH and a range of equipment to help him. We have had an extra handrail fitted on the stairs and the physio is going to work on LH trying to go downstairs next week.

We are also thinking about other help we might need, such as employing a cleaner. At first, we thought that we might need health care from professionals, but, since I have become stronger with some effort, perhaps we can manage without that. I suppose it all depends on whether LH can regain his previous standard of health and the ability to drive again.

OK, I think that is enough for now. Unless things change drastically, I will post again next Friday to update you all. As I am spending every day in pyjamas, there is no chance of a Scarf of the Day post at the moment!

Love and best wishes,



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Friday post 28/04/23: another health break

Sorry folks! Our situation, as described on Monday, has got worse. I am feeling overwhelmed and cannot continue posting on here at the moment.

Hope to be able to resume as soon as possible.

Love and best wishes,



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Reading roundup 26/04/23

Welcome to this week’s Reading Roundup! With everything that is going on in this house, I suppose that I am lucky to have finished one book this week.

Blood of the Mantis by Adrian Tchaikovsky

My book this week was Blood of the Mantis by Adrian Tchaikovsky, #03 Shadows of the Apt. Here is the blurb:


Driven by the ghosts of the legendary Darakyon, the seer Achaeos has tracked the stolen Shadow Box to the marsh-town of Jerez – but he has only days before this magical artefact will be lost to him forever . . .

Meanwhile, the forces of the Empire are mustering for their next great offensive. Stenwold and his followers have only a short time in which to seek allies before the enemy soldiers are on the march again, conquering everything in their path. And if they cannot hold them back before spring, then the hated black and gold flag will be flying fly over every city in the Lowlands before the year’s end.

And should the Shadow Box fall into the hands of the power-mad Emperor, then nothing will save the world from his relentless ambition.”

And this is my response on the Goodreads site:

Blood of the Mantis (Shadows of the Apt, #3)Blood of the Mantis by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another good read from Tchaikovsky. Unfortunately, I had to take quite a long break from reading about three quarters of the way through the book, so that somewhat spoiled some of the momentum. The characters are now becoming very well fleshed out, with some newer ones added. The plot has moved to a broader and larger place and we have some new areas of interest. All in all, the book and series, so far, are really worth reading.

I will now take a break for a while before returning to the series, as I need a change!

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Apologies for this bare bones post today, but it is difficult to write very much when you are sharing a bed with an ill Lovely Husband! He is trying to read the newspapers whilst I am trying to compile this post. Hmmmmm …

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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Monday post 24/04/23: with Hermès scarf news!

Welcome to my blog! I do hope that you all had a good weekend, better than ours at the very least. Lovely Husband and I are still stuck in bed. OK, that sounds quite amusing if you don’t know the background. The “story” is that, for many years, I have been almost permanently bedridden, due to multiple health issues. I can venture downstairs a couple of times each day, but even that is very difficult and exhausting for me. LH has had to join me due to a fall and severe sciatica. We have been trying for days to get a doctor’s appointment, but, with the NHS in crisis, we simply cannot reach the end of the telephone queue and get any response. I am really worried about how we will manage!

Anyway, on a more cheerful note, the good news is that posters on The Purse Forum have initiated a new thread for the Hermès Autumn/Winter 2023 scarf season. I do love to see all of the early images and hints about the new scarves…

…even though I am, of course, NOT going to purchase any!

Definitely not…

Finally, here is an image I am using to cheer myself up…

Once again, apologies for not referencing the image. I have totally forgotten where I found it and am too muddled today to go searching for the source.

Love and best wishes,



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Friday post 21/04/23: catching up!

What a time we have had! It all began a week last Wednesday when Lovely Husband began to feel a horrible pain in his right leg. He has suffered from severe back problems and sciatica for years and has learned how to bear the pain and discomfort, but this was something worse than usual.

I won’t go into any more detail, but it has been a very difficult time, although we have been able to find some rather dark humour in our situation. I suppose it could be seen as amusing that we are both stuck in bed! We are trying to keep ourselves occupied by reading, watching TV on the iPad, and chatting about this and that. I have forced myself to go downstairs far more than usual and we have been leaning on Elder Son too.

Anyway, this is why I have not been able to get dressed or wear anything nice this week. And as for modelling a scarf!!!

Let’s hope that LH recovers soon and we can all return to our “normal”, perhaps even better than normal!

Love and best wishes,



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Reading roundup 19/04/23

Well, I have a confession to make this week: I haven’t been able to finish a book! Lovely Husband is ill, so we are sharing the bed and I am dragging myself up and down the stairs to fetch the necessary provisions. When Elder Son has a day off he takes over, so it is not so tiring for me.

Anyway, all this means that I have been unable to read a book. LH wants to chat and I can manage a bit of web surfing in between, but cannot concentrate on my book. I hope he gets better soon (not because I need to read, of course!).

Happy Reading to you all…

Love and best wishes,



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Scarf of the moment: Tulipomanie

Earlier this year, before the new Spring/Summer 2023 Hermès scarf designs began to appear online, I had already decided that I was not going to purchase any more scarves or shawls of any size until the price fell, if it ever did. That was a firm decision.

Really, it was…


Oh well, my firm “resolution” lasted a few weeks! One of the new scarves began to attract my attention. I quickly realised that I loved it in many of the colourways. This is very unusual for me as one colourway usually stands out beyond the rest, but this scarf looked wonderful across the board.

Eventually, I decided that one particular scarf might work with my wardrobe with the scarf’s blues, silver grey and purples. That scarf is Tulipomanie designed by Aline Honoré, 90cm silk twill, colourway #02 Argent, Violet, Bleu, Ref: H003964S 02.


The scarf in a beautiful study of different kinds of tulips. The flowers are arranged on a plain background with space between them so that an onlooker can distinguish between each carefully drawn tulip. Every bloom is a gorgeous delight of colour, contrast and shading. Some of the scarves have a wide variety of colours, others, such as #16, have a more limited palette. In this case, oranges and greys. I also loved the scarf with the pink background, #03, but, as my previous purchase was Robe Légère with a similar pink background, I felt like I had to ignore this!

The colourway that I chose, #02, has a pale silver-grey background and the tulips are drawn in shades of blue, purple, violet, pink, and yellow. Some of the flowers are of the full-blown “parrot” varieties, others have the stripes associated with “viridiflora” types; some are tightly furled, others have wide open petals. The whole scarf is a study in colour and pattern.

NB: Please let me know if you notice any inaccuracies in my writing about tulips. I know that I love them, but am also aware that I don’t know enough about them!


These are the colourways for the Spring/Summer 2023 silk twill 90cm scarves. I have added in the codes to help those of you who may wish to purchase a scarf.

Design story

This has been taken from the Hermès website:

Tulipomanie design story


Here are some closeups of my scarf in a slideshow format:

How I wear the scarf

As I have only just bought the scarf, I have not had much opportunity to wear it. I have, however, taken photos to show a variety of scarf knots (see the next section). This time I decided to try the scarf with different cashmere jumpers in a range of colours. You can see how the scarf reacts to differing background colours…

Tulipomanie with a variety of cashmere colours

The cashmere sweaters are from Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Pure Collection and WoolOvers and in the colours: navy, light grey, purple and lilac.

Scarf ties

I have tried on this scarf in a variety of ways. At the moment, as it is so new, the silk fabric is very crisp and stiff so doesn’t fall easily into soft folds. Anyway, you can get the general idea of how it looks when worn. The mother-of-pearl scarf ring is by MaiTai.

Tulipomanie scarf ties

I don’t know all of the names of these scarf ties, but here goes:

From the top left, downwards: cowboy cowl knot, cowboy knot, half bow knot.
Centre, downwards: asymmetric wrap, cowl knot.
Top right, downwards: something I made up (!), criss-cross knot, something else I don’t have a name for 😂😂😂.

Background information

I tried to find some background information about the wonderful artist, Aline Honoré, but could not find anything worth posting here. It is about time someone wrote a piece about her work! Instead, I have listed a few sources of information about tulips themselves, plus something about Tulip Mania.

Amsterdam Tulip Museum: The Tulip
Interesting information about these gorgeous flowers.

BBC Gardener’s World Magazine: How to Grow Tulips
Detailed and useful pages with plenty of videos.

Royal Horticultural Society: Tulip
Set of pages about these flowers with information about the types of tulip and how to grow them.

Wikipedia: Tulips
A comprehensive article about the flower.

Amsterdam Tulip Museum: Holland and Tulipmania
A set of interesting articles about this phenomenon.

English Heritage: Tulips through time: from “Mania” to “Mainstream”
Blog post on the history of tulips and where to visit them in the UK.

Farmer Gracy: Tulip Mania, the “Bubble” Caused by the Love of Flowers
Beautiful photos of tulips in this blog post.

Wikipedia: Tulipmania
A very detailed article.

And, of course, there are numerous videos of the wonderful displays of tulips and the growing fields in The Netherlands. In fact, there are so many that I couldn’t decide which ones to post here, so I have left that search to you! Have fun 😊.

I hope readers have found this exploration of Tulipomanie both interesting and useful. Once again, if you find any errors or have any additional information that I could add, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Love and best wishes,



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Friday post 14/04/23: with some cheap and cheerful scarves

Welcome to my blog! Today, I have been sorting out my massive load of photos and images on the iPad and came across these two random snaps that I took quite recently. I have a drawer of fairly cheap and cheerful scarves that I have collected over the years. Most of them are silk, but of varying quality, and the designs are in a huge range of colours and patterns.

These are the photos:

Well, you can see that the photos were taken before and after the recent visit to my hairdresser! In the image on the left, I was wearing my recently purchased pink jumper from Lands’ End, and on the right, my purple cashmere jumper from Pure Collection.

I have owned these two pretty scarves for quite a long time, at the very least from before the start of my Hermès obsession. Therefore, I have unfortunately forgotten where I bought them. It probably says so somewhere on my early blog posts and I have been trying to find some mention of them, but I cannot trace them. Never mind, they are lovely and colourful and lift my outfits very well.

Over the weekend, I am planning to put the final finishing touches to a new Scarf of the Moment post for my latest Hermès scarf, Tulipomanie. I hope to be able to upload the final version on Monday evening, 17th April, all being well.

Anyway, that’s all for now! Happy Weekend 😘😘😘.

Love and best wishes,



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