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Friday, 8 September 2017

Five On Friday - The One Where I Show My Legs



Suzi of Alternative Ageing recently wrote a brilliant post about older women wearing shorts.  Being 55 and having less than perfect legs.... scars, wobbly knees, varicose veins and no ankles, (according to a former boyfriend!) I wear shorts on holiday, where nobody knows me, but I've never worn them to pop out to the shops say, or down the pub at home.  That changed a fortnight ago when temperatures reached the high 20's for a few days.  I was wearing my shorts around the house and needed to pop out, I couldn't be arsed to change and as I'd slapped some fake tan on a few days earlier I didn't think my legs could be too offensive ....could they?   

I need longer arms or a selfie stick...note the return of the 'Deidre' neck!



Anyway, after a liberating trip to Screwfix, where no one gave my legs a second glance I've decided I'll be wearing shorts again and bollocks to anyone who thinks they are 'age inappropriate' (dreadful phrase) or vulgar as my pins aren't perfect.
  Do you wear shorts? Let me know in the comments what you think.




Something I wouldn't been seen dead in, in public (unlike some Tesco shoppers) are pyjamas!  These Sainsbury caravan 'jamas were bought for sleeping in.





I couldn't resist them and thought they'd be just the thing to take to my van... in spring and autumn it can get un peu chilly at night.





After a summer of shite and shows featuring sex-mad millennials on TV I was more than pleased to see the return of Inspector Montalbano. 


 The Sicily portrayed is stark and sparsely populated (where are all the tourists?) but the skies are blue (always a mood lifter when you live in the UK) and Dottore is not bad either !  Subtitled, it's screened on BBC4 on Saturday nights. I need to catch up with last week's episode as I fell asleep whilst watching it, being rather jaded after an eventful day at

My Cousin's Wedding


I travelled across to Bristol last weekend for the marriage of Christopher and Emily.
  I gave a reading during the ceremony, mingled with guests whilst photos were taken, then stupidly cut myself rather badly on a glass between my thumb and index finger.  Fortunately there were lots of guests with medical training...a cardiologist, an anaesthetist two SRN nurses, an armed response policeman and a 999 call operator!  The general consensus was that I needed stitches, so unfortunately I missed the meal, speeches and happy announcement that two will become three early in the new year, as I was sat in Cleveden Minor Injuries Unit.  The staff there were marvellous and after a short wait I was steri-stripped, bandaged and on my way back to the wedding in a taxi, being entertained en route by the driver, whose previous occupation involved touring with pop stars. By the time I was deposited back at the venue he'd furnished me with the name of the biggest bitch in the industry. 
I don't have many photos of the occasion as I was absent for quite a while, but here I am at the end of the day with my cousin, (the bridegroom's sister) Vanessa.


Fortunately I've done no lasting damage and was able to drive home.


 I did remark to my family that there weren't many presents left at the wedding venue and was told this was due to the online wedding list, as the retailer delivers them straight to the couple's address. (I'm so last century!)  No impersonal present from me thanks very much, I gifted them some unusual Mr & Mrs mugs and personalised teaspoons 
   



I also put together this idea that I shamelessly stole from Pinterest and wrapped the lot in brown paper tied with vintage lace.
  




Last week a friend suggested a trip to The Depot in Lewes which screens French cinema, so it goes without saying that I was up for it.  We saw Back To Burgundy, (Ce Qui Nous Lie in French - What Binds Us) which tells the story of three siblings reunited when their vigneron father dies and leaves them his vineyard.  It wasn't the best French film I've seen and I tend to agree with The Guardian review here that it lacked depth and drama, nevertheless it was a pleasant enough film and the vistas of the French countryside were glorious.








So that's what I've been up to recently, how about you?
  Linking this post to Tricky's Five On Friday.



18 comments:

  1. I have finally realized that 99.99999% of the time, no one is looking at or caring about my legs! So I am now a lot more comfortable wearing shorts out of the house than I used to be. It's a hard thing though to overcome, I think, because you are so used to being told that your legs should be perfect if you want to wear shorts in public.

    I hope your injury will heal soon. That must have really hurt!

    Have a good weekend. :-)

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    1. Hi Bridget
      I am really conscious of my varicose vein but I really couldn't be bothered to change that day. I must admit did swear quite loudly when I cut my hand!

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  2. Your legs are made for shorts, Fi. They're a cracking pair of legs!

    I won't wear shorts as I don't feel comfortable wearing them anymore. I have fat knees, pasty white legs and can't be arsed to shave them most of the time, so if I expose my legs I have to depilate and apply fake tan - too much hassle. You'll rarely see me in a knee length skirt with bare legs either - for the same reason...

    I love the caravan jim jams. Sainsbury's Tu label is pretty good. I find. Except for some of their woollens which go bobbly quickly.

    I think the wedding presents you chose and made were excellent I bet your cousin and her husband will treasure them.

    You poor thing cutting your hand like that; it reminded me that back in the 90s when my friend used to go to raves in woods and warehouses; she once went to one on a boat moored on the Thames, sat on a broken glass and had to have stitches in her bum!

    Have a great weekend

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    1. You are too kind Veronica but you wouldn't say that if you could see the back of them. Glad you liked my van 'jamas. xxx

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  3. Ouch, your poor hand! What a catastrophe. Thank goodness there were some professionals on hand to advise you, hope it's feeling a bit easier now.
    Love the dress you wore to the wedding!
    I remember Jan from The Gardener's Cottage getting some stick for wearing a dress that showed her knees a few years ago. What rubbish. The more we hide our ageing bits from sight the more people will stare when they see them. Men don't stop wearing shorts after a certain age so why should we? Most women have got enough hang-ups about their own appearances to worry about anyone else. If you feel great in your shorts than wear them. You look ace anyway.
    Love Montalbano, so glad he's back. I'll have to see if Jon can download that film, can't beat a bit of subtitled drama. xxx

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    1. That was the frock I wore to my 50th and that was only it's second outing! I wouldn't say I feel great in my shorts but I like wearing them and don't care any more what people think. My dad's still wearing them at 78...mind you he has still got good legs. A great French film is Untouchable, I recommend it.

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  4. Where to start! You should definitely never be ashamed of your legs! And I thought the pajamas were so cute. How awful that you cut your hand at the wedding! I hope it heals quickly. I LOVED the wedding gift you made for them. That was such an amazing idea (isn't Pinterest awesome! :-) ) Take care and have a wonderful week.

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    1. Glad you liked my wedding gift, I'm also browsing Pinterest for ideas. Have a good weekend.

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  5. I think your legs look fantastic in shorts and I certainly don't think people should feel they can't wear whatever they want. If it doesn't hurt anyone else then it really isn't any of their business what you choose to do with yourself!

    Thanks for joining in with Five on Friday, have a wonderful weekend :)

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  6. Ouch! But it seems you were in good hands with all those professionals around. I seriously love your caravan pj's, which of course you had to buy! As from this year, I've stopped being self conscious about my legs. I have varicose veins, which I used to try and camouflage, but I couldn't be bothered anymore. And guess what, nobody even batted an eyelid! xxx

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  7. I inherited the varicose veins from my mum, although I got the blame for hers...she said they came up when she was pregnant with me!xx

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  8. I'm never completely happy wearing shorts as I've been blighted with fat knees and so tend to wear long shorts to cover them up. You seem to have pretty normal looking legs though and I didn't notice the varicose veins at all. How funny we are about these things. The older I get the more I realise that we, none of us, are perfect, and also if you closed your eyes, could you remember what the last person you saw was wearing? See? We're maybe not as observant as we thing we are. Lovely post, but golly what bad luck about your accident! Hope you're mending now.

    Anna x

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    1. Yes I think you're right Anna and most of us are too self critical. Hand still sore but doing well thanks. X

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  9. I think your legs look quite alright to wear shorts !! There are some women who should better wear long tents !!

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    1. Ha! Your comment made me laugh Gattina.

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  10. What a shame you missed so much of the wedding, I'm glad you are ok.
    No shame in stealing ideas from pinterest , in fact I think it's the law that you must!

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