Don’t panic. I’m not talking weight here (phew, another doughnut over here please).
Remember our condom suits?
Well, these have been promoted to the bin as the pocket seams have come unstuck (heat sealed with glue), the hood on one has split away from the collar, I couldn’t bend in the trousers (rear ventilation pending) and basically although they kept the rain out, they were damn cold to put on as they were unlined and made of PVC!
Not that we’re rolling in money, but we had a little left over from house sitting and Hubby decided it was time to improve our outdoor wet winter gear for something more substantial, practical and comfortable.
Some years ago, Hubby was helping a friend with pest control.
Friend had all the designer gear: bomber jacket, snazzy scarf, cap, wellies and jeans whereas Hubby wore an old jumper over a vest and t-shirt, an all-in-one camouflage boiler suit, body warmer, overcoat, fingerless gloves, steel toe boots and thick socks, and a benny hat.
Friend was moaning about being cold, and stamping his feet to get the circulation going then complaining in the next breath that there were no rabbits about.
Hubby was of course toasty warm due to his ‘layers’ and content to sit and wait for a bunny or two to come into his sights (on their way to a pie).
Now what has this little ‘aside’ got to do with my post?
Well, basically, Hubby and I have never been fashion conscious, but like to be warm and comfortable, especially in bad weather, not caring if we look the three Fs: frumpy, fat or funny.
Her ladyship has to ‘go’, and as we have no garden, it is as you know, a walk up to the dog (currently sog) walk or round the block for the deed. Add into the equation cold and wet, our ‘condoms’ were sort of O-K yet not really practical but all we could afford at the time.
Today saw us shopping for professional work wear.
We deliberately got jackets three sizes too big so that we can wear our body warmers (they have hoods) underneath and the largest pairs of trousers for that extra ‘give’ where it counts. We even had a choice in colour, but kept with the yellows.
If we’d gone for orange, I had a feeling someone would want to squeeze me.
The plan is to vacuum pack our fleeces and we will wear the yellow jackets or our body warmers when we go out on our walks. Not only will we be seen in the dark, but the yellows are waterproof, so it won’t matter if we get caught in a shower, and it will also save us having to carry our black showerproofs on iffy days, when Maggie will already be wearing her little coat with its waterproof detachable cover.