Firstly, I'd like to thank you all for your interesting comments on my last post ... it certainly made us all think, didn't it?
I'd like to pose another little question now ... not as profound as the last one, but important nonetheless. What is your guilty pleasure ... or if you're like me and greedy, pleasures in the plural! No saucy replies please ... I'm of a very sensitive nature.
Although I'm thrifty at heart, one thing I can't resist are Emma Bridgewater mugs. I have been collecting them for years, along with other pieces such as ovenware, jugs, candle holders and teapots.
I usually only ever buy them from the sales, when the prices are reduced and you get one free if you buy multiples, so I buy them for presents for other people and store them away until Christmas or birthdays come around.
I have got rather a lot ... these shelves are 3 mugs deep! I feel that although expensive, they hold their value, and discontinued pieces go for really silly money on Ebay, so they are an investment for my retirement!
Another guilty pleasure of mine is my love for magazines ... this can get rather out of hand ... I have every copy of Country Living magazine since I started getting it 12 years ago ... I just can't part with them, and have sorted them into monthly piles so that at the start of each month, I have 12 back issues to wade through. OCD? Definitely!
There have been lots of new magazines lately, I love the Simple Things and also Land Love. I hadn't heard about this one but spotted it in a supermarket and had to buy it. I set up subscriptions for my favourite magazines using my Tesco Clubcard vouchers, then they don't cost me anything. Pretty Nostalgic is an amazing magazine and I took out the annual subscription for £36, but for this I also got the Pretty Nostalgic book, which is absolutely beautiful, and retails for £25, free!
I really should be on commission, shouldn't I?
Just thought I'd share a few pictures from last week with you ...
Ruby, looking embarrassed in her Halloween get-up ...
Love the way the light filters through this old window ...
My Halloween window display ... lovely pot pumpkin from Poundland!
Cup hands ... here comes Cadbury's ... who remembers these mugs?
and Millie's decoupaged guitar, a real labour of love!
Audrey, one of my chucks, went Absent Without Leave last night and it got too dark to look for her. I was worried and hoped that she wouldn't be too frightened what with all the bangs and crashes of Bonfire Night. This morning, Oliver, my eldest, checked his Facebook, and there was a photo of Audrey, strutting around someone's back garden! I went round and the lady told me to feel free and go and get her ... Audrey is very highly strung and skittish, and she ran away and hid when she saw me! Steve is going to have to finish work early and we'll perform Operation Chickenrun together!
Hope you all have a great Tuesday!
Love, Claire xxx