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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Thankful Thursday: My New 'Best Friend'

It's been a cold summer here:  a dry cold summer.  I inherited the 'I don't like cold' gene from my Mum. CJ inherited the other one from Dad.  I usually keep the house at a minimum of 22 ℃.  CJ finds that about the maximum before he has to bare all.  Before I came back to the UK I saw a quilted dressing gown/robe on sale by Lands End.  It looked very warm and was just twice what I would usually spend instead of three times - a real bargain.  So I bought it and it was waiting patiently for my body to inhabit it when I arrived back.  Imagine my horror when I discovered that it was more like a slippery, nylon quilted anorak which came down to my calves.  Too late to send it back.  

I've discovered though that it may not be pretty but boy is it cosy.  I'd wear it all day if people wouldn't think me slightly eccentric.  I've spared you the head and feet!

So today I am thankful for something really mundane - a dressing gown -which means that I can stay toasty first thing in the morning and don't have to have the house at a temperature that melts CJ.

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  1. GB
    Dressing gowns and their benefits are under rated. Warmth is delicious!!

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    1. I'm sitting here on a cold summer's evening toasty warm in my dressing gown eating some seriously strong cheeses with some some seriously good port in a moment of decadence feeling even more thankful. I've just seen your FB comment so am off to look at your TT post. Take care Jaz.

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  2. If you sewed up the ends/sleeves, it would make a handy sleeping bag.

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    1. Ironing I do Frances. Sewing I do not do - except for buttons.

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  3. I am imagining you and CJ arguing about whether he should bare all or you should wear the dressing gown! Having said that, I wouldn't be without my Mickey Mouse dressing gown - it's a wonderful garment and VERY warm! :D

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    1. Jenny I can't imagine CJ and I arguing over anything really. I think I might draw the lion at wearing a Micky Mouse dressing gown. I'm brave but not that brave.

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  4. Forget the looks, if it's doing the job, what does it matter if folks think you're slightly eccentric if you wear it all day...it's yours and all paid for.
    Like Joy Behar on The View talk show (she is one of my favourites) says all the time....So What? Who Cares?
    Stay warm.

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    1. It's a small village, Virginia, and eccentric is ok. Barmy is not quite so acceptable. I'm not known for worrying about what people think but I'm rather wary of the padded wagon.

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    2. I'm still laughing.....your comment reminded me of my British girlfriend who is always saying she thinks I may be a bit barmy...hahhahahahahhahaaaaa.
      No padded wagon for me either

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  5. Well, I think it looks absolutely splendid! Warm rulz! Where did you say you got it? I want one. It can go with my see-through kettle :-)

    Oh, and I have just discovered a lovely cheese - new , to me, at least. It's a Puhoi Valley 'Distinction Blue' : Creamy, spicy & sweet. Have you tried it Geeb?

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    1. I haven't tried that particular cheese. I shall try and remember to get it when I get back to my NZ home. If I forget please remind me.

      I, too, have a see-through kettle. I'd bring you a robe but they've sold out. Warm they certainly are.

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    2. I know you have a see-through kettle. You blogged about it and I went out and got one too.

      You don't have to remember. I'll bring some to you next time I see you. If I remember heh.

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  6. It does indeed look more like an anorak than a dressing gown!
    And as for keeping your feet warm - my Mum has been adding lovely warm pairs of hand-knitted woolly socks to her Etsy shop :-)

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    1. The odd thing is, Meike, that I have lots of pairs of knitted socks (for my climbing and wellington boots) and a huge drawer of ordinary socks. However when I'm in the house I rarely wear socks (but wear jandals) and in New Zealand usually go barefoot indoors. My feet don't seem to feel the cold.

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    2. Meike - your Mum's lovely socks inspired me to try and knit my own. I did one! (One). Very proud of myself, it was very tricky, I seemed to have tiny little needles everywhere, even up my nose, I have a big hole where the ankle bone would go, but I did it! But I don't know if I have the energy to knit another now :-)

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    3. Well, GB, should you ever be in need of more knitted socks for climbing and your wellies, you know where to get them :-)

      Katherine, you are very brave to have tried! I can't knit at all, have never learnt it, and lack the patience for any kind of handicraft. I hope the needles have by now gone from your nose :-)

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  7. That should deter burglars.....I've not laughed so much in ages......the perils of mail order.

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    1. Lewis...bugulars? You've gotta be joking. I agree, though, that if we did have them it would frighten them off. Perhaps I should donate it to someone in Stoke Newington.

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  8. Should keep CJ warm just looking at you wearing that! ;) I can't do very much about regulating the temperature in my flat, just now it's about 24 which I'm okay with. In winter I have a fleece dressing-gown... but no need of that just now.

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    1. I don't have a 'to hot' problem in Lewis and in NZ I have air conditioning should I need it (which I rarely do). The point here is, Monica, that I'm wearing this in the summer!.

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    2. Point taken, Graham ;) We've had days here too this summer when I've had to wrap myself up warm.

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    3. Oh yes. I forgot that! It's your summer. Poor things.

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  9. I'm the same as you! I inherited the "I don't like cold" gene from my Mum and I will make sure I'm warm & toasty at all costs... even if it means ithers have to strip off to short sleeves in Winter. Luckily we live in a sub-tropical climate and it doesn't get as cold here as it does in Melbourne where I grew up.

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    1. Yes, Liz, most of the people I know from Brisbane and its environs love the warmth but dislike the humidity.

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