Outfit of the day 14/12/18

All of the “activity” of the last few days has worn me out a bit. I have had to rest more today, so I have not been able to help with the housework. Over the weekend, I will try to tackle the lounge, with help, and get the Christmas tree up, but I may not be able to. We now have a very simple fibre-optic tree with no decorations. The tree is very pretty and I love turning out the lounge lights on an evening and just watching the tree change in sequence. I feel like a child again!

Outfit of the day 14/12/18 with Ferragamo navy leopard scarf

Outfit of the day 14/12/18 with Ferragamo navy leopard scarf

For today’s outfit, I dug out my oldest Ferragamo scarf. This one has a wide navy border and a vaguely geometric design in brown, blue, green and yellow with the outlines of leopards in brown. The silk is very soft and drapes well. I wore it over my navy cotton cable jumper and a navy polo neck base layer:

Today’s outfit:

  • Navy cotton polo neck base layer – Isle Collection.
  • Navy cotton cable jumper – Lands’ End.
  • Navy cotton joggers – Cotton Traders.
  • Bronze Art Nouveau style earrings.
  • Bluebell enamel and gold Chain bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Silk scarf, 90cm, in navy, blue, brown and gold – Ferragamo.

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,


PS I have a very lovely item arriving on Monday!

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Update 13/12/18

I am far too tired to write a proper post today, but I am feeling really positive. This is because I managed to do a lot of household tasks this afternoon, most of which involved using our new steam mop. I am so glad that we have got it as I can see that it will enable me to do more to help Lovely Husband with the housework. He does so much to keep the family going and I feel very guilty because I am unable to help him very much. With gadgets like the steam mop I can so easily clean the kitchen floor, for example, without getting too breathless.

Tomorrow’s job will be cleaning the lounge so that I can put up the Christmas tree and other decorations. These days, we have to be a lot more minimalist than we used to be, but I think that we definitely need some Christmas cheer!

Best wishes,


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Reading roundup 12/12/18

I have only read one book this week, but what a book! American Gods by Neil Gaiman is a huge read and I nearly didn’t finish it. I used to be able to devour long books with no issues at all, but these days my concentration is poor even though I have lots of time available.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Anyway, here is the blurb!

If you are to survive, you must believe.

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

The war has already begun, an epic struggle for the very soul of America, and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.

I had so much trouble trying to think how to review this. As you will know, if you have being reading these roundup posts, I am not the world’s best reviewer. I cannot write long and profound, or even short and insightful, responses to books. In fact, I must be one of the few librarians without A Level English Literature. So, if you want to read some great reviews, please look on Goodreads or other book sites and blogs!

Here is what I did manage to write:

This is so hard to write as I am struggling to find the words for my response to this book. Gaiman has written some of my favourite works of all time, such as The Sandman graphic novel series. I am also aware that American Gods has won massive acclaim and awards and has also been turned into a TV series. But I found it so hard to read!

I was “lucky” enough to have a copy from the library which turned out to be the extended version and I usually dive into very long books without any hesitation, but this one was daunting. Some parts were very gripping and I enjoyed many of the side stories set in the past or about mythological beings. As a former student of the ancient world, I love reading about the old gods, goddesses and fantastical creatures. Somehow, a lot of this book became a chore to read and I had to battle to get to the end. I am not totally sure why that happened. The characters were interesting, the events often intriguing and exciting, the settings were well-drawn, and the writing was very skilful.

Would I read the book again? I doubt it. Will I watch the TV series? Probably. Would I recommend the book to my friends? Well, some of them have already enjoyed it, so I think so.

I have given the book four stars because I think that it deserves at least that, but equally I could have given it two or even one!

So, make of that what you will!

The Desert Spear by Peter V Brett

The Desert Spear by Peter V Brett

I have now changed the pace and am reading the second part of the Demon Cycle series by Peter V Brett:  The Desert Spear. My verdict will be given next week.

Until then, Happy Reading to you all!

Best wishes,


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Outfit of the day 11/12/18

I must apologise for my very downbeat posts of the last few days. Today, I am feeling very pleased as I have managed to do some really positive things. I am very tired now and am back in bed, but I have a real sense of satisfaction. So, what were these positive things?

We went out to the supermarket and I steam mopped the kitchen floor! Hurrah!

You have to laugh. These feel like really amazing achievements these days 😀.

Outfit of the day 11/12/18 with Karine Assaf’s A Feminist at Heart scarf

Outfit of the day 11/12/18 with Karine Assaf’s A Feminist at Heart scarf

Anyway, here is today’s outfit:

  • Navy cotton cable jumper – Lands’ End.
  • Navy stretch cotton cord trousers – Lands’ End.
  • Navy leather shoes – Sugar – Hotter.
  • Resin earrings in silver, copper and cobalt blue. These look great with the scarf and mirror some of the colours.
  • Cobalt enamel and gold Curb Chain bangle – Halcyon Days.
  • Silk scarf, 70cm, in orange, blues, grey and white – A Feminist at Heart – Karine Assaf via Etsy. Tied very casually in a kind of cowboy knot.

Tomorrow’s post will be the usual weekly Reading Roundup.

Best wishes,


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Update 10/12/18

At least the weekend was a little better than the one before. We are having difficulty in coping as a family – two parents with long lists of physical illnesses plus depression, one son struggling with many aspects of autism, and the other son far away from us. I am so glad that he appears to be happy. Christmas is a bitter-sweet time for us – the image of rosy-cheeked children, a cosy room, the crackling fire, a huge decorated tree, and massive piles of stylishly wrapped presents is a burden to me. I tried to recreate that image when our lads were small and managed to get very close to it. But now, with just us four and no wider family wanting to see us, I just want to cry when I think of it all.

I will put a brave face on and try my best to be cheerful and my usual silly self, but it gets harder every year that my wider family stays away.

Right (gets a grip of herself). That’s enough of the maudlin stuff!

I have a few items on order for Christmas and I will show you those in a later post. One order that I can write about, although it’s not very exciting, is yet another from Lands’ End. These stretch cord trousers, that I already have in navy and brown? Well, I couldn’t resist a 50% off sale offer and so I have ordered them in a light grey. I couldn’t get the iPad to save the image from the site, so I will simply show the brown version. Yes, they are not very elegant, but they are so very comfortable and suit my lifestyle (sitting around a lot) very well indeed. In fact, with a jumper or other top covering the elasticated waist, they actually look quite nice. They have even been showcased on The Vivienne Files, so they must be OK!

Dark mahogany sport knit cords - Lands' End

Dark mahogany sport knit cords – Lands’ End

Tomorrow, I will try to get out of bed so that I can get dressed properly and write an Outfit of the Day post.

Best wishes,


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Update 07/12/18

I don’t have much time to write this post today as I have been “playing” with two new devices. Lovely Husband finally decided that it was time for him to own a mobile phone!!!! Huge fanfare!!!

As I was in need of a new one, I thought that it would be a good idea to buy two the same. I am quite a techie person, but phones are my weak spot. With Younger Son away, I decided that it would be best if I only had to learn how to use one phone, so that I can then teach LH how to use his first mobile. I will need to simplify everything as much as possible, so I have been spending the afternoon fiddling around with mine to see what it can do. This is so important as I last bought a new phone in 2010!

Outfit of the day 07/12/18 with Hermès’ Bibliothéque gavroche

Outfit of the day 07/12/18 with Hermès’ Bibliothéque gavroche

In addition, I wanted to try out another cute gavroche with my grey outfit from yesterday. I think that this colourway of Bibliothéque, with the bright shades of cobalt and pink with touches of silver grey, works very well indeed.

So, we are now at the end of the week again – I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,


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Outfit of the day 06/12/18

Last weekend was really, really horrible and it is taking me a long time to recover mentally. Living with an adult who has autism can be very hard at times and the run up to Christmas  has been difficult for many years, since he was a small child in fact. Our son can be such a wonderful person and we love him dearly, but he can also be exhausting and can drive both of us right to the edge.

To try to take my mind away from my worries and stress, I have immersed myself in reading and also have attempted to do a variety of household tasks. The state of our house has been upsetting me for quite some time. Without me being able to do the general day-to-day housework, it has all fallen onto Lovely Husband, with Elder Son helping out when he is in the right mood. So, we are all sinking under a mess! I have bought a few items to help clean up, but need to feel strong enough to actually make a start. It all gets on top of me – even thinking about all that needs doing, from major house repairs to tiny little things and a massive clean!

We do make plans and try to begin the lists, but then I end up needing to lie down again as I get too tired so quickly. Just as well that no one visits us these days as I would be too ashamed to let them see how we are living. And, yes, we did have a cleaner in the past, but we have been totally unsuccessful in finding someone suitable since they stopped.

Well, that’s my frank admission for this week!

Outfit of the day 06/12/18 with Hermès’ Baobab Cat gavroche

Outfit of the day 06/12/18 with Hermès’ Baobab Cat gavroche

Today’s outfit:

  • Mid grey cashmere short sleeved top – John Lewis.
  • Heathered light grey cashmere cardigan – Pure Collection.
  • Navy cotton stretch cord trousers – Lands’ End.
  • Mother of pearl and silver Art Deco earrings.
  • Grey and white snake skin and silver wrap bracelet – Aspinal.
  • Silk gavroche in bright pink, purple, grey and white – Baobab Cat – Hermès. Tied in a cowboy knot.

Perhaps I will feel stronger tomorrow and actually manage something useful.

Best wishes,


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