Back in the charity shops
I found a couple of things, a long turquoise linen skirt (which in my head is very Vronni) and this smocky blouse. Now I see it on I'm not 100% convinced it's right for me as it's a bit tight in the bust, but I have gained about a stone in lockdown, so perhaps as I lose that the blouse will fit better. Both items were bought because I wanted stuff that was both smartish but also comfortable to wear when spending most of my time at home. I'm more '30s beach pyjama' than 'trackie bottoms'. Today I'm wearing the blouse with wide-legged linen trousers, and it's all jolly comfy.
The gyms have reopened too, so I went to mine last week. I only did half an hour on the exercise bike, as it's been so long and I didn't want to start by overdoing it and injuring myself. It felt good though!
In all honesty, I'm not sure how long places are going to say open. There's a covid hotspot in Swindon, and I can't help thinking it's going to spread to other parts of Wiltshire. I saw someone online saying 'treat this period as a respite, not the end' and that's what I'm doing – we've still got spare cat food, a bag of pasta, tinned things, a pack of loo roll (we're not the sort of idiots who bought tons of the stuff in March!) and so on set aside in case we have to isolate fully for a fortnight or more. Gosh, that sounds gloomy, doesn't it? Weirdly, I'm not, I'm actually off the stress pills right now.
There's been a sort of gentle pleasure in getting out forgotten things, be it clothes or crockery, and enjoying them once more. In the day-to-day rush of commuting I'd always fallen back on a few old favourites, so having time to look through what I've got has been good. There's something wonderful about using things up, the lotions from Christmas gift sets, the soaps bought as holiday souvenirs. Little bits of good times to be enjoyed. I'm not in any rush to acquire anything more than the occasional charity shop bargain. It's nice, really.
Have you been in any charity shops yet? Promise me you're keeping your emergency stash in good order!