Putting on a hundred pounds

Don’t panic. I’m not talking weight here (phew, another doughnut over here please).
Remember our condom suits?
yellow suitWell, 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.

pest controlSome 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.
bennie hat 1Friend 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.
yellow wet gearThe 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.

So if you see a fluorescent yellow Mr and Mrs Michelin walking a monochrome dog on a UK satellite picture, that’ll probably be us.
michelin

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Putting on a hundred pounds

  1. You eat bunny pie? (I know I always pick up something that has nothing to do with the thrust of the post!) I have chest waders for pond work. I opted for the cheapest which was a man’s smallest size (which is way too big). I look like something out of a sci-fi movie. When I win the lottery I’ll get one of those sleek ones with the warm lining. Until then, I’m good.

    • Haven’t made a rabbit pie or stew for that matter for a while, but now that we have the pressure cooker, you never know! I made a couple for an old boy several years ago, and he was pleased as punch that I’d remembered my promise.
      Several people here on the marina have waders. Needs must, and the idea is keeping dry and warm as you wade through the water, not chic and fashionable down a cat(or dog) walk! Bet you look great anyway.

  2. I hear you. After we got Puppy Cody, I had to go out and buy a waterproof jacket for spring and then a heavy waterproof jacket for winter, along with totally waterproof high boots for both seasons. You’d think it would be relatively easy to find that gear, but it wasn’t. I wound up having to get both jackets online and was fortunate that they were sized right. Nor did I care what color anything was – I just wanted to be dry and, in the winter, warm. I have not regretted any of the purchases. Now if I could just find boots that would automatically rid themselves of the mud …

  3. scifihammy says:

    hahaha – You think you’d show up on satellite? 😀
    – but the yellow suits sound awesome 🙂

    • They are oh-so-very warm, especially at 5.30 in the morning. As for showing up on the satellite, why not? They got really close in Patriot Games, and we’d only be a little blimp!

  4. yokel. says:

    “i’m not talking about weight”, pity, I do just love big women!!!!

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