I'm travelling back to Devon this morning. I have appointments to attend and Louis is back with me after school tonight. There's no rest for the wicked even if they have a sick note. My short trip to Southend-on-Sea involved a visit to my favourite seafront cafe to mainline coffee with my old schoolfriend Calamity Jane. It's right on the beach, the tide was in and the waves were HUGE!!!! I also wandered into town with Mum with a shopping list. Yep, lightbulbs were on it. I'm managed to knock over both my bedside lamps in the last week. Being accident prone is expensive.
It's rare that I venture into a proper town centre. My usual shopping haunts are the small towns of the South Hams and the relative metropolis of Newton Abbot. I like Mutley Plain in Plymouth too as that's stuffed to the gunnels with charity shops that have been very fruitful hunting grounds in the past.
Remember my resolution not to buy clothes in 2016? Well, surprise, surprise, with that wealth of retail opportunity, it's gone out of the window. But let me hastily explain. Black leggings are a staple of my wardrobe. I wear them with boots instead of tights. Given that I am Frank Spencer's female alter ego I managed to cover several of them with paint during recent decorating endeavours. Now most of the remaining pairs have started to get indecently holey. So after browsing in several clothes shops as I am fussy about length, texture and thickness I bought four new pairs. They were planned purchases. Believe me I resisted lots of gorgeousness including dresses in TKMaxx and H&M that were right up my street. I reminded myself I have a house to decorate and travel plans to fulfil. It did the trick.
So I have revised my wardrobe replenishment plans from zero for 2016. I've shown myself that I can resist the frou-frou. For comfort and decency I'll allow myself replace the basics if they wear out. That should still keep me well below that figure for the annual number of clothes purchased by women of sixty seven. If I can sustain the willpower I'll be well pleased. Watch for a future post where I make excuses and change the rules again!