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Thursday 18 July 2024

Tell Us About Blogging

 Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton has been blogging for 18 years and in the latest Tell Us About challenge tells us why she'll still be blogging until her 90s

Dear friends.  Blogging is the topic of this month's Tell Us About challenge,  chosen by Debbie of Deb's World. 

Tell Us About sees 9 bloggers from the UK, US, Australia and Portugal responding to a different prompt each month. All bloggers are welcome to join the link-up with their own posts on the topic.

I've been blogging since 2006. My first blog was A Curious Girl's Guide to Life, which I no longer update, although it will presumably always be "out there" in the ether. 


Wednesday 17 July 2024

What Happens at a Colour Refresh

 And Wow on Wednesday 

Gail Hanlon from over 60s blog Is This Mutton in her Spring "Wow Colours"

Dear friends.  I've just had a colour refresh - style not hair - and it's all good because the colours I've been naturally gravitating towards are indeed my wow colours!

If you think I'm talking in gibberish, let me explain.  Regular readers will know I'm a big fan of colour analysis. I was re- confirmed as a spring a couple of years ago, but as I was more concerned then with how I would mix winter and spring colours,  I didn't focus on wow colours.


Friday 12 July 2024

The Garden in June and July

 Is This Mutton's garden in June/July along with gardening tips

Dear friends.  This is the time my garden is at its height. It's fairly small and I focus my attention on spring and summer planting. 

It's now July and 1 of my 4 dahlias is flowering; the phlox are out, in very splashy colours, and "shed corner " has returned to its former glory, with brightly coloured containers. 


Wednesday 10 July 2024

Boden Skirts Over the Years

  And Wow on Wednesday

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton in her latest pre-loved Boden skirt buy

Dear friends. This summer I've been wearing far more skirts than I normally do, having bought four pre-loved Boden skirts from eBay.

It got me thinking about my Boden skirts over the years.  I can see why some of them worked less well for me, and why some were outstanding. 


Friday 5 July 2024

The Most Exciting Book List Ever!

 (And I Never Exaggerate)

Is This Mutton shares the books recently read and on the to be read pile, saying this is a truly exciting list of books

Dear friends. A quick post to share an absolutely phenomenal list of books. They're titles I've either just read, or am about to read. Some of my favourite contemporary writers are here:  Elizabeth Strout, Clare Chambers, KL Slater. You'll be wanting to pre-order.


Wednesday 3 July 2024

What I Wore to the BIBA Exhibition

 And Wow on Wednesday

Gail Hanlon from over-50s style blog Is This Mutton in retro lime green 60s dress with crochet overlay

Dear friends.  Had a delightful outing with friends from the Kettlewell Colour Club to see the BIBA exhibition at the London Fashion & Textile Museum. 

BIBA was a fashion brand started by Barbara Hulanicki in 1964.  It became very influential and along with Mary Quant, was one of the fashion retailers shaping "the London Look." 

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