With my travelogue finished, there is nothing for it but to return to the order of the day, starting with a big catch-up as I'm obviously lagging far behind.
To jog your memories as well as mine, I finished my last non-travel post with those strange little creatures at Castle de Renesse, which we visited on my birthday. Yesterday's newspaper, by the way, contained a piece of good news: it seems that, paired with some interventions, the heavy rains of the last couple of days are slowly but surely filling up the castle's lake again!
The next day, 13 September, was a Sunday, and once again my journal had to come to my rescue, telling me it was another warm and sunny day.
With Summer slowly but surely coming to an end, and Autumn about to make an entrance, I have been trying to make the most of those Summer clothes which are still languishing unworn in my wardrobe.
That morning, I fell for this leaf-patterned coral Diolen delight dotted with blue and lime green flowers, which has been a wardrobe staple for many years. Taking my lead from the splashes of blue in the print, I added a cropped blue cardigan and accented my waist with a blue fabric covered belt. Even my shoes were in the same shade of cobalt blue.
Further accessories were a blue beaded necklace and a green-petalled and turquoise-hearted flower brooch, which was part of my recent charity shop haul.
As we wanted to buy some flowers to welcome a new neighbour, we drove down to a small local garden centre after lunch. But as garden centres as well as charity shops are my undoing, we obviously ended up buying things for ourselves too!
To fill some of the gaps in our collection of patio plants, a pot of cheerful pink Cyclamen, some pale yellow small flowered Chrysanthemums and a dwarf Sunflower came home with us. We also found the glazed square terracotta pots which are home to the latter two. They were end of range and slightly chipped and thus reduced to € 2 each.