My tulips are out. The male seagulls’ mating cry can be heard racketing around the streets of Hastings Old Town (they really go for it, with much squawking and wing flapping…). Spring is definitely here.
Suddenly I want to wear a sweatshirt rather than a cashmere jumper and I know I won’t wear my favourite boucle wool cap again until September.
Time to do the wardrobe changeover.
Also time to do an audit to see if I’ve got everything I need for my book tour.
I’m trying to remember what it’s like in Sydney and Melbourne in early May. Definitely cooling off, but not cold. Cooler in the morning and evening kind of thing. Cashmere will be included.
It’s always nice to open the wardrobe in the spare room and reacquaint myself with all the clothes which have been living in there for the past seven or eight months.
I’d forgotten how many dresses I have. I really don’t need another dress, although I did accidentally buy one yesterday. Vintage Missoni, divine colours, it had to be done.
That’s coming with me.
So that was all lovely, as it is every year, squashing the winter coats back into the cupboard and bolting the door shut, but it was even more special this time, as I pulled all my spring and summer clothes out and decided how much I still like them all.
Every single one of them fits me.
There were things I haven’t been able to wear for three years, which I will be so happy to get back into. It’s like having a whole new wardrobe without having to spend a single penny.
I’m now just a kilo off what Dr Ducan tells me is my ‘True Weight’. I haven’t used his programme to lose my rolls, but a friend who did tipped me off about the True Weight calculator on the Dukan website and I think it’s great.
It takes into account your age, your height, the size of your frame (calculated by your wrist) and the number of diet you’ve been on in your life. Then it comes up with a weight which is healthy, will make you feel good, but which – crucially – you can maintain without ridiculous effort and self deprivation.
To my great satisfaction, the weight that came back for me was exactly what I’d been aiming for.
I’m so nearly at it and when I get there, I’m staying there. I never want to be locked out of the wardrobe I’ve spent a lifetime compiling again.
I know you want to see this. I always think Mrs Seagull (they pair bond for life) looks as though she’s thinking what to make for dinner.