Weekly photo challenge: Beyond – appearances
Or beyond fashion and pride too.
Let’s start with the main subject of the photo, Partner enjoying a beer in our kitchen in Spain.
On the Costa del Sol (sunny coast) it was bucketing down as it does in winter, so there really isn’t much to do apart from sit inside, look at the rain, and drink beer. (no TV or internet, library books all read up)
What does the well-dressed finca owner wear on a day like that? Oh, and no heating either, which may go towards explaining the outdoor clothes, sitting inside.
On top, he has a jacket given to him along with a few others by one of the residents in a block he was working on in Gib. Next, a shirt, about 20 years old from Hawkshead (bought). Underneath a free T shirt from a friend who worked for an ambulance trust and had far too many T shirts.
Next, woollen mix climbing trousers, given to him by a customer in Newcastle, who could no longer go climbing. Partner doesn’t either, although he used to. The socks were bought from Morrisons in Gib. The safety boots were provided by a firm he worked for last year in Gib. They weren’t really very good for work, so he wore his own and used these for dog walking.
Beyond him in the corner, is the sink. Well, sort of. A plastic bowl on top of a slab of marble (from a previous job) sitting on a Black and Decker workmate, with a cold tap coming out of the wall.
When we told a friend some years ago that we had a bowl on top of the workmate, for some reason she had visions of a dead workmate (ie a person) lying in the corner of our kitchen. She obviously thought we were pretty eccentric to even consider that we would do that!!
There are no tiles in that corner because we’ve never agreed how to finish off the sink part of the kitchen. Anyway, it works perfectly well, so there is no rush. It’s only been like that for ten years or so.
Next, what does the well-dressed campo (countryside) woman wear?
In a break from the rain, I nipped down the town to the veg shop. While Spanish women may be known for their exuberant and extravagant flamenco dresses, when it rains in the campo, they wear extremely sensible clothes. Flat boots, trousers, pullovers and jackets. Pretty much like me.
Like Partner, I’m also dressed in a motley selection of (warm) freebies. One of the many jackets he was given, and being brown, it matched my (bought) leggings (£10 from M&S). Underneath, a fleece top from a Gib neighbour (didn’t fit him) and a free San Miguel T shirt when they were doing a promotion a year or two ago. I bought the boots, but you can’t see those.
Back in the UK if anyone had told me I would be wearing second-hand clothes, I’m not sure if I would have slapped them in the face or fallen on the floor in hysterics.
This, after all, is the woman who wore Jean Muir and Cerruti to work, and made her own designer clothes using patterns by Donna Karan, Armani, Calvin Klein, and countless other international fashion designers.
My life has changed so much that I am beyond fashion, pride or appearance these days. Whether it is my kitchen sink or my cold weather clothes.
Perhaps not the landscape shot intended for this WordPress challenge (that may come later) but it’s always fun to put a different spin on these.