Treasure chest and animal print / Cofre del tesoro y estampado animal

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I REGULARLY TAKE THINGS TO our nearest charity shop — some things old, and many things new that we changed our minds about. While I’m there, I browse. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a large metal jewellery box that looked, to me, very cool. I have a lot of earrings for the two holes in my ear, as well as some rings and wrist bands (aka bracelets) that have been stuffed in a small turquoise velvet jewellery box that I brought back from my mother’s in 2016 simply because I needed something. For 12 euros, I now have something that can be organised and looks great on the dresser. And the charity shop had, briefly, turquoise velvet.

I mentioned recently that the small, limited El Corte Inglés department store in our neighbourhood has become an outlet. It’s so much better. I found a shirt for San Geraldo and a sleeveless cardigan for myself. The next day, I found a rain jacket to replace mine that stopped being waterproof while I was out in the rain. I’ll share photos soon.

San Geraldo ordered some clothes online from a company I had never heard of. The prices were surprisingly low. There was a reason. After seeing what arrived, I don’t recommend ordering from I now have two new shirts (fun style, poor quality). They were supposed to be American XXL but are a tight, and nice, fit on my XL body. Photos of those are still to come.

San Geraldo also ordered a pair of sweat pants for lounging around the house. Those were supposed to be XL, but are snug (and, I must admit, flattering) on me. I considered taking them immediately to the charity shop, but they’re comfortable so I might keep them — although they will never be seen on the street. SG said they had an imitation Nike logo. You’ll see from the photo below that he missed the details.

The photo at top is a pair of real Nike gym shorts that I did not buy at the El Corte Inglés outlet. They were standard fit and not slim-/modern-fit. I’m thoroughly modern.


REGULARMENTE LLEVO COSAS A NUESTRA tienda de caridad más cercana, algunas cosas viejas y muchas cosas nuevas sobre las que cambiamos de opinión. Mientras estoy allí, navego. Hace un par de semanas, me fijé en una gran caja de metal para joyas que me pareció muy guay. Tengo muchos aretes para los dos agujeros en mi oreja, así como algunos anillos y muñequeras (también conocidas como pulseras) que han sido metidos en una pequeña caja de joyería de terciopelo turquesa que traje de mi madre en 2016 simplemente porque necesitaba alguna cosa. Por 12 euros, ahora tengo algo que se puede organizar y queda genial en la cómoda. Y la tienda benéfica tenía, brevemente, terciopelo turquesa.

Hace poco mencioné que los pequeños y limitados grandes almacenes El Corte Inglés de nuestro barrio se han convertido en un outlet. Es mucho mejor. Encontré una camiseta para San Geraldo y una rebeca sin mangas para mí. Al día siguiente, encontré un impermeable para reemplazar el mío que dejó de ser impermeable mientras estaba bajo la lluvia. Pronto compartiré fotos. San Geraldo encargó algo de ropa en línea a una empresa de la que nunca había oído hablar. Los precios eran sorprendentemente bajos. Había una razón. Después de ver lo que llegó, no recomiendo realizar un pedido en Ahora tengo dos camisetas nuevas (estilo divertido, mala calidad). Se suponía que iban a ser American XXL, pero quedan bien ajustados y bien en mi cuerpo XL. Las fotos de esos aún están por llegar.

San Geraldo también ordenó un par de pantalones deportivos para holgazanear en la casa. Se suponía que eran XL, pero me quedan bien (y, debo admitirlo, halagadoras). Consideré llevarlos de inmediato a la tienda benéfica, pero son cómodos, así que podría quedarme con ellos, aunque nunca los verán en la calle. SG dijo que tenían un logo de imitación de Nike. Verá en la foto de abajo que se perdió los detalles.

La foto de arriba es un pantalón corto de gimnasia, realmente Nike que no compré en el outlet de El Corte Inglés. Eran de ajuste estándar y no ajustados ni modernos. Soy completamente moderno.

The imitation Nike logo.
Imitación del logo de Nike.
• At 9:40 this morning, the cats had their 10:30 treats (that used to be their 11:30 treats and before that their 2 p.m. treats) because, well, Dudo sat like that for a half hour, while Moose paced in front of him meowing non-stop. I just couldn’t take it anymore.
• A las 9:40 de esta mañana, los gatos tenían los aperitivos de las 10:30 (que solían ser los aperitivos de las 11:30 y antes las de las 14:00) Porque, bueno, Dudo se sentó así durante media hora, mientras Moose paseaba delante de él maullando sin parar. Simplemente no pude soportarlo más.

Toledo Trinkets And Tasty Treats

Although I have perhaps another 400 photos from Toledo, I’ve decided to save you the agony. You’ve seen enough here (for now at least). However, we did buy ourselves some trinkets at a very special shop owned by a very special couple. The shop is called Arte and it can be found on Calle Hombre de Palo, 19 (a short street behind the Cathedral).

Toledo is known for its Damasquinado or Damasquina (in English, Damascene). It’s the art of decorating steel with threads of gold and silver — and also known as Toledo Gold. Toledo is famous for this handicraft, which is used on everything from swords (Toledo steel), knives, scissors, and other sharp instruments I try to avoid; as well as for jewelry, platters, art, and much more.

Judy bought herself a watch with a beautifully intricate bracelet band, as well as a couple of pairs of exquisite scissors for sewing.

I bought myself a wrist band/bracelet (pulsera in Spanish) and a couple of pairs of earrings.

The earrings are for the two holes in my left ear that My Mother The Dowager Duchess forbade me to pierce in 1994 (when I was 40). Months later, the first time she saw me with my ear pierced, she complained that my earrings were too small!

Although what I chose for myself was not tourist-grade trash (thats not available at Arte) it was very simply done and inexpensive. San Geraldo and I first found Arte on our own. What drew us in was a window display of some beautifully done glass pieces containing Klimt images. We ended up buying a candle holder that stands about six inches (15 cm) tall.


Toledo is also known for its Marzipan (mazapan). I had never been much of a fan of marzipan, appreciating it only as art because I didn’t realize there was more to it than the fruit forms in fruit colors. Then I discovered Spanish mazapan! Below is the box I bought at a very special shop called Santa Tomé. Don’t expect to get a taste. They’re gone. San Geraldo didn’t even get a taste. I thought he didn’t like mazapan. I swear! I really thought he didn’t like it. Honest!

But I’m not as bad as Judyshannonstreetwhat. She bought a box of mazapan and said she was going to give it to Tynan and Elena (Note: Not share with, give to).

A few days later, Judy admitted the plan had changed since there wasn’t much left in the box.

The reason? “Well, I was worried it wouldn’t stay fresh after it was opened.”


Because I love Laura Nyro and because she says “marzipan” around 4 minutes and 12 seconds into this 5-minute and 7-second song…