I've been making the most of the last of the Summer days by wearing some of the things which were still rattling around unworn in my wardrobe.
With the Summer we've been having, my beloved polyester dresses must have thought their days were numbered, the heatwave dictating that I wore most of my cotton frocks, which in Summers past hardly left the suitcase they are stored in.
If I'd heeded the advice of those who are supposedly in the know, to let go of anything that hasn't been worn for over a year, these would have been ditched long ago.
Instead, any unworn Diolen, Trevira et al. dresses, apart from one or two which will be culled at my next wardrobe changeover, will live to shine another day.
I was quite surprised I hadn't even worn this red dress once, with its cheerful print of green dots and white flowers, as it usually makes at least one Summer appearance (see here and here).
So, on Friday before last, I wore it to work, with a white belt for contrast. I pinned a big, white-rimmed plastic brooch to the green cardigan I'd added, while further accessories were a string of green beads and a yellow and pink swirled plastic ring.
As it has been getting quite chilly in the mornings, I also wore a jacket on top . This vintage black and white hounds-tooth jacket, with its shiny black buttons rimmed with gold, is a firm favourite. It's got belt loops but was lacking a belt when it first became mine, which was soon remedied by adding a slim shiny black belt with a gold buckle I already owned.
My dark red chiffon scarf added another pop of colour.
I'd taken the afternoon off and after Jos met me from the tram, we made a detour to the nearest charity shop before heading home.
I can never resist a wicker sewing basket! This one hadn't even made it to the shelves yet: I found it lurking beneath a large serving dish at the bottom of a crate of items ready to be shelved. Priced at € 1, it was obvious it had to be mine!
The jewellery display didn't disappoint either, with a necklace of rose pearls and translucent plastic beads, a bracelet and two bangles, and a delightful apple pendant.
Two new-to-me retro-print blouses also came home with me and while they are waiting their turn to be worn by me, Angelica was more than happy to model them for you!
The sun was shining on Saturday morning, but by the time we made it to the park clouds had gathered once again. We ate the sandwiches we'd brought for our picnic while sat on a bench, trying to avoid the omnipresent wasps which were intent on sharing our lunch.
The brightly coloured plaid print dress I was wearing is well travelled. It came with us to Wales last year and I'd packed it again for our week away earlier this month, although it didn't leave my suitcase on both occasions.
Time to give it an outing before being packed away for Winter. Besides, I thought its autumnal hues were perfect for this time of year!
My vintage jacket, made from cobalt blue crepe, was a lucky find in a charity shop in Newcastle Emlyn, Wales, a couple of years ago.
The eagle-eyed among you may notice that I was wearing the bracelet and one of the bangles I found on Friday. The blue bangle and blue and white necklace were charity shopped as well, as was the handbag, but I can't remember where the brooch, a tiny plastic hat decorated with flowers, came from.
The half-elasticated belt was bought retail many years ago. I have it in orange as well.
And look, the dress has got pockets!
You can see a close-up of the brooch I'd pinned to its lapel, which I found at a flea market in Carmarthen, Wales, back in 2015, in one of the collages below.
The sun kept playing hide and seek while we went for a short stroll around the park.
I don't know what it is about September, and why it makes me feel quite so wistful. Might it be because it's the month that I was born in, and when I first drew breath, I breathed in the bittersweet scent of September?
There is a hint of earthiness in the air, a heady mixture of delight and melancholy that I wish that I could bottle.
"The breezes taste
of apple peel.
The air is full
of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
new books, erasers,
chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
and Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
with suds, the days
are polished with
a morning haze."
~John Updike, September
Summer foliage has had its time and is fading to hues of a mouldy, greyish brown, while solitary bees were feasting on the last of the late Summer flowers basking in the mellow sunlight.
One cannot deny that there is a subtle change in the light in these days which have Autumn breathing down their necks. The sun, when she graces us with her presence, is veiled by an almost imperceptible haze.
I was being attacked by burrs, so it was time to leave and cross the street to the charity shop which is almost opposite the park.
Here I found another stack of bangles as well as two vintage summer frocks, which will be put away for next year, by which time they'll be a surprise as I'll probably have forgotten all about them.
Then we had to dash home as we were going out that night, to the theatre, no less.
We were off to see a musical in which Jos's multi-talented 18 going on 19 year old granddaughter was performing, as she does each September. This year it was Grease! We admit not really being fans of the genre, but obviously we gladly make an exception for her.
In my book, theatre-going equals dressing up, and I chose a long-sleeved ankle-length dress with an eye-catching blowsy flower print, which I'd bought at the tail end of the C&A sales earlier this year.
In the end, I decided not to wear the shawl, crocheted for my birthday by my friend Ingrid two years ago, as it was quite a balmy night.
We made outfit photos before we went out, but as the colours were slightly drained by the evening sunlight, we re-did it on Sunday morning to offer you a better view of the details.
Look at how different the light is, changing the colours significantly!
My necklace, brooch and ring echo the colours of the dress's print, while the pink floral jacket, a present from Vix, provided contrast to the predominant dark tones of the dress.
This is the outfit I'll be linking to Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.
It's almost unimaginable that I was posing in our sunlit garden only a week ago, as it's been raining heavily while I'm typing these words, and the temperature has dropped considerably.
I'll be continuing my travelogue in my next post. Hope you will join me again on my travels?