Sunday, 23 August 2009
Weekend: Lola II, shopping and picnic
Lola II has been here for the weekend. So I haven't had time to do much writing for the blog, seeing as how we've been so busy creating material to go in it.
On Friday, her mission (and she chose to accept it) was to help me buy clothes. I think I've mentioned before that I find clothes shopping rather difficult and unpleasant. This is why the majority of the clothes I possess date back to prehistoric times, and aren't particularly flattering. I've used Debenhams' Personal Shopper service before, but the nearest Debenhams is in Birmingham. So my latest bright idea is to try the charity shops - Leamington has a good number of these, being a fairly well-off middle-class town.
British Red Cross and Cancer Research UK came up with the goods - three shirts, one pair of trousers and a pair of shoes in a couple of hours for less than £25. In exchange I have discarded six shirts, two pairs of trousers and a pair of shoes on a 'two for one' basis, which was Lola II's quite brutal clause in the mission statement. There is still a huge pile of my clothes that still need replacing, and at least five other charity shops in town, so I may have to be brave enough to visit them on my own.
In Lola II's honour, I prepared a full roast dinner with all the trimmings for Friday night. We then watched 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day', a not-very-well-known film starring Frances MacDormand and Amy Adams that's rather fun. And so endeth Friday.
On Saturday I'd invited quite a lot of people to join us for a picnic in the park at the end of the road, followed by a visit to the pub. My expectations were low, but should perhaps have been lower, because hardly anyone turned up at all. It was fine, though - we were never sitting on our own, and we were particularly entertained by P's Cosmic Rocket. My thanks to the eight people (count them: eight!) who shared our special afternoon and evening.
After brunch and a short walk Lola II has now set off for home, and I'm thinking about doing a bit more work in the garden. But I'm only thinking about it, I doubt whether I'll go out and do anything...