Update 06/07/20 with a lovely gift from a lovely friend

This post should have been written a while ago, when I first received this gift. I am so glad that I have managed to write about it today.

Pewter scarf ring – Eccentric

A dear friend sent me this lovely scarf ring out of the blue. I am so fortunate to have such kind friends. Isn’t it beautiful? The metal is pewter which will look lovely with so many of my scarves as it shimmers beautifully in the light. The shop is Ladycrow Scotland on Etsy, which sells scarves, jewellery and scarf rings. The gift was nicely packaged with an information card inside, which will help me to look after the ring properly and keep it in good condition.

I am too ill and tired today to take modelling shots, but will try to do so later in the week. We have spent some hours trying to do home admin jobs, which is so taxing on my memory. This continues to be shaky and patchy, and wears me out!

Right, back to quiet and peaceful (I hope) reading.

Love and best wishes,



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Update 03/07/20 – new season Plumes en Fête shawl colours!

This is a quick post to inform scarfies that I have added the Hermès Autumn/Winter 2020 season cashmere/silk 140cm shawls’ colourways and purchasing codes to the Scarf of the Moment post for Plumes en Fête. They will be available to purchase soon (I hope).

If you are interested in the scarves and shawls for Hermès’ new season, have a look at the Purse Forum thread: Autumn/Winter 2020 scarves. Loads of the colourways have been added and more are arriving on there every day.

OK, I will give you a quick taster. To see the whole offer, click on the link in the first paragraph!

Love and best wishes,



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Reading roundup 01/07/20

I’m feeling a little embarrassed today because I haven’t finished my latest book in time! I love reading Karin Slaughter’s books so much and I decided that I would take my time with this one:

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughtet

So, I’m sorry, but you will have to wait until next week for my response (it’s great so far, but I do have some issues with it).

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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Update 29/06/20: It’s here at last – Massaccesi reveal!

I’m so happy today! Despite feeling very ill, if I could jump up and down I would. I ordered another Massaccesi handbag back in February, then the pandemic hit and I waited and waited…. and now it has arrived! Hooray!

Here is the reveal:


First, the open box…

Next, a hint of the handbag inside its dust cover…

Finally, the full reveal…

Yes, Marco Massaccesi has really outdone himself this time: a full size Victoria in grape Croco leather with handles in carmine Nappa, dark gunmetal fittings and a lilac lining. Isn’t it beautiful? By the way, in case you were wondering, it is not real crocodile leather! As usual, the quality of the work is exceptional with great attention to detail. In my experience of the Massaccesi brand, any problems are put right and Marco personally works with his customers to ensure that they are satisfied with the final product. That is the beauty of buying bespoke rather than off-the-shelf. I am so fortunate that I can afford to do this.

Here are some more photos, including the lovely lilac lining…

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I’ve kind of broken my colour rules here because the shade is more of a reddish purple than I usually go for, but it will work so beautifully with my navy and grey winter wardrobe, especially my grey leopard coat…

Tanya coat in grey by Masai Clothing Company

Um, I think some grey ankle boots might be just the thing! And of course, I need to improve my fitness so I can go out of the house once I am allowed to do so.

Now, I will go back to stroking my new bag (and thinking about where on Earth I am going to store it!).

Love and best wishes,



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Update 26/06/20

I had plans for a nice post today, but the heat has made it virtually impossible for me to think straight, never mind take photos or write something coherent. My various conditions, especially lung issues, are very difficult to manage when it is hot and humid. I am stuck in bed with a new electric fan nearby and am sitting on towels. My hope is that the weather cools down as soon as possible.

So, I hope you are all OK and I will try to post something more interesting next week.

Love and best wishes,



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Reading roundup 24/06/20

I have watched a lot of TV this week but also finished two books. One was really gripping, the other somewhat disappointing.

The Calling by Alison Bruce

The first book was Alison Bruce’s The Calling, #03 in her D.C. Gary Goodhew Mustery series. Here is the blurb:

Kaye Whiting went to buy a birthday present and didn’t come back. She isn’t dead, or physically injured. But she is alone and very, very scared.

Fifty miles away in Cambridge town centre a deeply disturbed young woman is standing by a payphone. She knows she often feels compelled to do harmful things and is driven by a desire to make a call.

DC Gary Goodhew is one of the detectives assigned to find Kaye and when her body is discovered the only clue to the potential murderer is a woman’s voice on his answerphone saying, “Kaye  isn’t the first and won’t be the last!”

This was the third book I had read in the series, but I think I am now going to take a break from it. The reason for the decision will become clear when you read my review as written on Goodreads:

The Calling (DC Gary Goodhew Mystery #3)The Calling by Alison Bruce
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the first two books in the series, but found that this one was not up to scratch. Then, I read that The Calling was actually written before the others!

Anyway, the book had exciting and gripping moments but also a lot of flaws. The sheer number of female characters was confusing (and this was not a result of my memory issues as other reviewers have said the same thing). Some parts of the book were unnecessarily explicit. Also the story arc was muddled in places with scenes which could have easily been cut because they added nothing to the plot.

I will now take a break from the series, but may return to later books another time

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Nemesis by Rory Clements

My second book of the week was Nemesis by Rory Clements, #03 in his Tom Wilde series. With my poor memory, I had totally forgotten that I had already read the first two books in the series a few years ago – Corpus (Reading roundup 15/11/17) and Nucleus (Reading roundup 10/10/18). Anyway, here is the blurb:

A race against time to unmask a Nazi spy

In a great English house, a young woman offers herself to one of the most powerful and influential figures in the land – but this is no ordinary seduction. She plans to ensure his death . . .

On holiday in France, Professor Tom Wilde discovers his brilliant student Marcus Marfield, who disappeared two years earlier to join the International Brigades in Spain, in the Le Vernet concentration camp in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Wilde secures his release just as German tanks roll into Poland.

Meanwhile, a U-boat sinks the liner Athenia in the Atlantic with many casualties, including Americans, onboard. Goebbels claims Churchill put a bomb in the ship to blame Germany and to lure America into the war.

As the various strands of an international conspiracy begin to unwind, Tom Wilde will find himself in great personal danger. For just who is Marcus Marfield? And where does his loyalty lie?

This book was so enjoyable, as you can see from my review on Goodreads:

Nemesis (Tom Wilde, #3)Nemesis by Rory Clements
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read all three books in this superb series and can honestly say that they get better and better. The author has so clearly meticulously researched the background to the period (the 1930s leading up to the beginning of WWII), but uses this information in a seamless way. I feel that I learn from these books, but the author is not at all didactic. The main characters are interesting, different and intriguing. The plot is exciting and subtle with many twists.

I really hope that this series continues as I would love to see how Clements uses the events of WWII with his main characters. I am such a fan of his writing that I have another book of his lined up. I cannot wait to read it!

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I am not sure what I am going to read next. Maybe one of the non-fiction ebooks younger son sent me for Mother’s Day? I will make up my mind later.

Until next week:

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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Update 22/06/20 with Hermès’ new season scarves!

I had decided that I shouldn’t, couldn’t and wouldn’t buy any more Hermès scarves. After all, I now have more than twenty, in various sizes, and I haven’t been wearing them much recently. During this lockdown period, my health has steadily become even worse and my periods out of bed even fewer. So I told Lovely Husband that my scarf collection was complete. Amazingly, he totally floored me by saying that I could buy some more if I wanted, because they give me so much pleasure and hold their value.

My response was complete shock!

I then looked on the Purse Forum to see if a thread had been started for next season’s scarves, and it has…

Hermès Autumn/Winter 2020 scarves

Here is a teaser (that Greek helmet 💓💓💓):

La Danse des Amazones by Edourd Baribeaud

There are a few revelations so far, but it will develop into a great and detailed thread over the next few months. I can already see that there is one item that I will almost certainly buy. This will be revealed when I have more information about colourways.

Anyway, it is well worth following the thread as it unfolds, if you are an Hermès scarf fan like me. The sheer beauty of the design is always breathtaking.

Love and best wishes,



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Update 19/06/20

Oops! I nearly forgot to post this evening. I had such a bad sleep last night that I dozed too long this afternoon and posting went straight out of my head!

So, I will wait until Monday as I feel really dopey and fuzzy.

Have a great weekend,

Love and best wishes,



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Reading roundup 17/06/20

This last week, I have been struggling with my health, to the extent that I found it very difficult to read. Instead, I have been entertained by watching Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning. I am astonished that I didn’t watch this at the time!

The Siren by Alison Bruce

Anyway, I did read one book: The Siren by Alison Bruce, #02 in her D.C Gary Goodhew Mystery series. Here is the blurb:

All it took was one small item on the regional news for Kimberly Guyver and Rachel Golinski to know that their old life was catching up with them. They wondered how they’d been naïve enough to think it wouldn’t. They hoped they still had a chance to leave it behind – just one more time – but within hours, Rachel’s home is burning and Kimberly’s young son, Riley, is missing.DC Goodhew begins to sift through their lives, and starts to uncover an unsettling picture of deceit, murder and accelerating danger. Kimberly seems distraught but also defensive and uncooperative. Is it fear and mistrust of the police which are putting her son at risk, or darker motivations?With Riley’s life in peril, Goodhew needs Kimberly to make choices, but she has to understand, the one thing she cannot afford is another mistake.

I wrote a quick review straight away – remember that I had almost lost all memory of last week’s book by the time I came to write the review for the blog post? That was so embarrassing…

The Siren (DC Gary Goodhew Mystery #2)The Siren by Alison Bruce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would like to give this book 3.5 stars, if that were possible. This second book in the series was better than the first one, in my opinion. It kept my attention for longer and the author was not quite so obsessed with naming every single street in Cambridge. I was held by the plot and the main characters continued to develop nicely. The ending was exciting, even though a little over the top!

I have decided to read the third book in the series straight away, so I suppose that is some kind of accolade. Our library ebook system has further books in the series and I will probably read those too, after a break.

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The Calling by Alison Bruce

I am enjoying this series, so I am reading the third book now before changing to something else. There are still the ebooks sent by Younger Son for Mother’s Day plus a few others that I have on my list!

Until next week: enjoy your reading!

Love and best wishes,



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Update 15/06/20 with some purchases

Sorry, nothing exciting really! But you know how I rate the vests by Lands’ End? I seem to have so many of them already. Anyway, they were on offer the other week and I bought two more. I watch out for offers like these on my clothing staples and pounce when they drop into my inbox.

So, I now have this collection…

They are sooo useful: as sleeveless vests in hot weather with linen trousers or skirts, or under a cardigan with jeans and a scarf on cooler days. I also wear them in bed with pyjama trousers. Very versatile. It is worth keeping an eye on them for when they are in a sale. The two I have just bought are the grey and the navy – my two base colours.

By the way, the Americans call them “tank tops”. To me, being British and having lived through the 1970s, tank tops are quite something else!

Maybe like these (knitting patterns from the 1970s):


Well, that’s all for today. I must admit that I have been very ill all weekend with several horrendous coughing attacks. I have hidden in my bedroom until I feel able to go downstairs again.

Love and best wishes,



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