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Wednesday 27 July 2022

Reap the Exercise Rewards

 And #WowOnWednesday

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton in red sleeveless top with cream skirt and red espadrilles

Dear friends. I was shocked to read this week that half of all women in Britain haven't done any exercise since lockdown.  I mean, come on ladies! Use it or lose it. 

I wasn't always a convert to exercise. I went through long periods - including the whole of my 30s - when I did no exercise. This is what I looked like. I used to wear black a lot.


Monday 25 July 2022

Summer Sizzlers: Style Not Age Challenge

 Gail Hanlon in pink and lime green for the July Style Not Age Challenge of Summer Sizzlers photographed on the Greek island of Skiathos.

Dear friends. We're all in celebratory mood here at the Style Not Age Challenge.  Anna, who lives on the Isles of Scilly, decided to celebrate summer with the theme "Summer Sizzlers."  Jacqui, Emma and I took our pictures on holiday, and Hilda and husband G are celebrating their 40th (ruby) wedding anniversary.


Wednesday 20 July 2022

The Best Beauty Products on Holiday

 & #WowOnWednesday

Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon and husband on holiday in Skiathos, Greek Islands

Dear friends. I'm back from a wonderful 10 night stay in Skiathos, Greek Islands.  We've been there several times and I've already re-booked for next year. No wonder they call it the boomerang island. 

It's very hard to beat in terms of a perfect location, beautiful scenery and good food. Above, in a new-to-us restaurant in Skiathos Town, called Paraxenos. It was a great discovery.

Today's post will focus on the capsule wardrobe I took - pros and cons - and a few standout beauty products. 

Wednesday 13 July 2022

Summer Holiday Book List

A pile of colourful books: it's the Is This Mutton Summer Book List 2022

Dear friends. I'm a voracious reader, as those of you familiar with the monthly Friday Favorites will know. But on holiday, well! I have been known to devour a book in one day. 

I'm always looking for book recommendations so  I thought it might be useful to provide a list of what I'm taking on vacation. I've also come up with the Mutton 5:  books I've loved that you might want to discover.

Sunday 10 July 2022

10 on the 10th: Things I Love or Hate about Summer

Dear friends. Here's a first. Creating a blog post, on holiday. And trying to do it on a tablet rather than my beloved PC.

It's an easy post technically because pictures aren't essential,  and this month's format is simply state 10 things you like or dislike about summer.

Wednesday 6 July 2022

Lavender Fields Forever

And #WowOnWednesday

Walking through the Mayfield organic lavender field in Surrey, Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton in blue shorts from Roman and jacket from Kettlewell

Dear friends. I've always wanted to walk in a lavender field, and managed to achieve my ambition last week.  It was in England (yes!)  at the organic Mayfield family lavender business in Surrey.

The weather was a bit cloudy at the time so it probably wasn't the sensory experience as it might have been in France, where I imagine there is probably a lovely scent of lavender on the air. 

Monday 4 July 2022

June in Review: Bikes, Birthdays and Jubilees

 Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon with her mother, 90 year old June, in Plymouth

Dear friends. I won't forget June 2022! It's the month I finally retired from work. Plus we had two days of public holidays for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee;  the hubster completed the arduous Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride, and my mother was 90.

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