The weather has definitely turned Autumnal by now, with a string of granite grey rainy days leaving puddles and a slippery carpet of soggy leaves in their wake. I can feel the dampness in my bones and have unearthed my snuggliest cardigans. I'm wearing my crazy clog slippers to keep my toes toasty as I sit here typing this post, trying to put off putting the heating on until my fingers have become uncomfortably numb.
For the sake of my blog's continuity, though, I'm casting my mind back to Saturday 19 September.
It was another gorgeously sunny late Summer's day but, following our Antwerp escapade the previous day, it had been a languidly lazy one so far. I was also having a bit of a Covid-wobble, as one does from time to time.
By mid-afternoon, a serious case of the jitters finally made us flee the house. Grabbing an afternoon snack to savour while sitting on a bench, our initial thought was to drive down to the water tower in the next village to take some outfit photos. But the site, which is unsheltered by trees, was bathing in glaring sunlight which bleached my painstakingly assembled outfit of much of its colour. On top of that, a wedding party, intent on following our example, arrived on the scene after we'd only taken a photo or two so we left them to it and departed elsewhere.
The place we finally settled for was a tiny park adjoining De Schorre, a recreational domain and nature reserve on the site of a former clay pit. Here, the sunlight was filtered by a leafy canopy, dappling the layer of crispy leaves underneath.
I was wearing my recently charity shopped vintage skirt, giving it a twirl or two, my feet happily kicking the satisfyingly crunchy carpet beneath them.
The bright pink of the flowers falling towards the skirt's hem prompted my choice of top: a short-sleeved pink knit one with a pattern of tiny white squares across the yoke and shoulders, which if I remember correctly came from Think Twice.
Both bracelets were charity shopped over the years, while the beaded necklace was an old flea market find. The rest of my outfit - brooch, belt, bag and shoes - were all retail buys, which have more than earned their places in my wardrobe by now. The shoes in particular have hardly been off my feet during the Summer months.