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Walking in Sunshine

Walking in Sunshine

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine.....I know times are very hard for so many people right across the world...We have never experienced the like before and that is both sad and scary too. BUT we have to keep calm and carry on. Find joy wherever we can  be grateful for the sunshine.  Me and Mr Bag Heaven (Chris 😘) have taken this time to get to know our local area by taking long walks. For some reason we tend to ignore or not appreciate our local surroundings, the birdsong, the busy with life hedgerows. It is only at times like these that we actually look and see the beauty in our own neighbourhoods. Nature and wildlife, butterflies and bees are not only in the Home Counties but in the North too. Kate Humble and company don't have sole exclusivity to the hedgerows and nature. Walking has really been so enjoyable for us both, we pack a small flask, VIMTO and a snack plus for me an extra top, plasters, anti bacterial lotion ETC !!!! So I have got myself one of the NEW NICKY JAMES bags and I love it I love my mustard leather one and my orange ROKA too...see I am a woman of many bags 🤣😂🤣.
May 04, 2020 by Adele Hartley
Adele at  home

Adele at home

As you may be aware Bag Heaven Monton closed it's doors on 21st March so as i love to be in tkuch with you all I have been posting on my Instagram bagheaven_monton account and on Facebook.  It has been very different posting photographs of gorgeous bags taken in my garden and i  my home. As you know i border on being pretty obsessive about Bag Heaven so really having the bags ( not all 😂🤣) in our home feels right. It seems from your response that you too loved the change of scenery. I have taken a photo this morning for you of a fabulous cerulean blue YOSHI leather tote with an Easter sheep made by my very gorgeous  grandson. By the way the sheep is called Noodle after a sheep we got to know on a farm holiday we all went on las Easter.
April 12, 2020 by Adele Hartley
COVID 19

COVID 19

COVID 19 well I wore some mascara and lipstick just for the hell of it this morning......whoa have I let myself go. I no longer have a wardrobe which I use but a neat reserved space on the floor ! I honestly dont think I have LOOKED into my wardrobes over these scary weeks. My outfits now are comfy, of a colour that hides stains and bring to mind a well used americanism-  Trailer Trash! ( without enjoying scrumptious doughnuts and gallons of chocolate milkshake). BUT I've enjoyed it because we are all in the same boat and we have to keep paddling. These last few weeks i think have been resolutely cathartic....we have realised what things in our lives are important. Health and the kindness of others. Yes I shall join the silliness along with the rest of you and make a dash for my makeup bag, dive into my wardrobe and open my treasured antique hamper which I keep my treasured handbags in. BUT i trust we all never forget these times.
April 07, 2020 by Adele Hartley
JAMIE OLIVER

JAMIE OLIVER

Well I am loving Jamie Oliver's new daily programme which has been quickly put together for COVID 19. He has 5 children ....well all  can say is Jools is one lucky lady, if I was married to him he'd have a kindergarten full ! Seriously though any man who can put together a delicious plate of food from odds and sods from the cupboard and fridge gets my vote ...get behind me in the pot towel queue ! He is using his celebrity to the best advantage which can only be admired  he is I think a cook with a social conscience. Try to catch up with programmes on channel 4 at 5.30 pm.

 

April 04, 2020 by Adele Hartley
A BIG SHOUT OUT FOR ALL OF OUR NHS SUPER HEROES THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU

A BIG SHOUT OUT FOR ALL OF OUR NHS SUPER HEROES THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU

 

 A BIG SHOUT OUT FOR ALL NHS SUPER HEROES NOT JUST TODAY BUT EVERYDAY. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU ARE DOING IN THESE VERY WORRYING TIMES.

PLEASE KEEP SAFE EVERYBODY THIS VIRUS IS DEADLY SERIOUS AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYBODY FIT, HEALTHY AND WELL VERY SOON.

Adele & Chris

BAG HEAVEN

 

 

 

March 26, 2020 by Adele Hartley
Bloke driving

Bloke driving

Don't ask me why as I have no idea but  I had a 'funny 'episode'. Let me tell you what happened this morning, I was driving to the shop in Monton and was in a queue at the traffic lights (isn't there always a queue, Salford area always seems to be gridlocked). Anyway I saw a car coming out of a junction and indicating to join my lane. I genuinely do not know why I did it BUT I pressed my window down and thrust out my full arm, waved him into lane and then gave him the thumbs up!!!! I have no idea why and have never done that before, I was mortified and I think the other driver was shocked not to see a sixteen stone 'bloke'. Eddie Stobart should offer me a job, I behaved like a full on HGV truck driver. I put my head down praying for the lights to change....they took forever. I won't do that again I shall put my ladylike driver head on - pretend not to see them and make them wait.

March 11, 2020 by Adele Hartley
Do feet grow ?

Do feet grow ?

Just got a fabulous tan soft leather DEE Two bag in store which I know will look great with a pair of boots I  got myself in the sale last year (still in the carrier bag at the bottom of the back bedroom wardrobe).Looking in the mirror and deciding what to wear with them ....tried on the black jeans and new jumper....great...now the boots....too tight !!! So I changed the socks I was wearing to a thinner pair ....too tight !!! Tried pop socks with the boots.....still too tight !!! Hang on how can a pair of boots I bought 12 months ago be too small....impossible. I remember buying them and I'm sure I tried them on...did I try both boots on? ...maybe....not sure now...can leather boots be stretched? Hmmm......what a waste of money. I promise to learn from experience and never GRAB a bargain .....hang on just checked on the internet...YES your feet do grow as you get older......so that has scuppered my bargain boot buying from now on. I could end up going from 5's to 8's in no time. Back to the boots and bag ...decided to wear them as they are gorgeous...but only wear them to and from a restaurant...I call them sitting boots 🤣😂🤣
February 28, 2020 by Adele Hartley
Are cakes ageist ?

Are cakes ageist ?

Do you think which cake you prefer has got anything  to do with age ? No stay with me on this. I like a brew and a cake, I like a brew with a slice of cake .....I love cake...actually I must correct myself on this. There are certain cakes which are fine with coffee and certain cakes which can only be enjoyed and eaten with a brew. For example you can't eat a traditional British cake with an americano....Madeira cake and espresso ...really ? No it's like eating egg and bacon with mayonnaise  - they just don't go together. Back to age and cake choices. I have never ever liked bakewell tarts there has never been an occasion when in a tea room/cafe you could witness me with my nose pressed against the glass of a cake dome drooling over a bakewell tart ...never. Yesterday I was in a lovely bakery with 💙 and fancied a bakewell tart - I could not wait to get home put the kettle on, make a brew and sit down with 💙 and my cake (always on a side plate). I scoffed the lot. BAKEWELL virgin no more. Bakewell tarts in my mind have always been the cake of choice for OAPs ( I may qualify soon!!). Would you ever see an OAP with a blueberry muffin or flapjack if there were bakewell tarts on offer? Not on your Mary Berry Cookbook. Do you think the days of choosing  Nutella muffins are a thing of the past  for me? Who knows? However I think to be fair chocolate eclairs are pretty 'Age fluid'  along with cream scones you definitely are in a 'cake age fluid ' zone with them (don't know about vanilla slices though ). What cake age are you?                   PS  💙 = grandson Albert .

 

 

 

February 19, 2020 by Adele Hartley
Noisy tattoos

Noisy tattoos

We went to Majorca for a much needed short break a few weeks ago. My plan was to chill out read a few good books, eat good food and drink cheap Cava 🥂.... So on arrival at the hotel we flung our cases onto the bed looked out of from the balcony to a beautiful pool area. ....bikini on (yes I know I’m thick skinned) and as my husband said “who’s going to be looking at you !! 😂". Anyway back to the story.....pack my beach bag (the one with the sequinned pineapple on the front do you remember it?..Its a great chuck in bag) head down to the pool and get myself comfortable and ready for my holiday read that I always start the evening before so that I’m ‘into‘ it. I look around the pool and observe the perspiring bodies all shapes, sizes and all with a different story to tell ....some with stretch marks, some with caesarean marks and some sadly with life /illness scars and it makes me think about each of the people there. Back to the book.....I wonder what the woman with the M&S spotted costume does? Money on it she’s an accountant her beach bag was very organised and she had her money properly separated into euros and sterling which I always plan to do but soon forget after a few 4 euro glasses of Cava. Back to the book when out of the corner of my very big eyes I notice a young woman next to me with lots of tattoos......I put my head down and pretend to be enthralled with the comings and goings of Jenny Eclairs new book......looking to my right I notice she has prose written to the side of her thigh, can’t quite make out what it says but I manoeuvred to the right and it seemed to be prose about a lost love which was very moving. I then begin to think about the tattoo girl and feel sad about the heartbreak she has suffered. Pick up my book....standing in front of the pool are a couple, they edged their way into the pool, I notice she has a very nice bow and chain tattooed around her ankle, her partner has a huge piece of prose which takes up the whole of his back written in French ! .....I put down my book and try to casually take note of the French words and their meaning (the cheap Cava is certainly no help). A level French is a very very long time ago. I am able to read and translate some of the obvious words, life, stars, hope, luck, love and child. I can’t help myself as I begin to create a whole raft of life scenarios which may fit the words. I become bothered by what sadness may have befallen this young French man......Adele switch off and pick up your book. A man passes by with Chinese symbols carefully tattooed down the inner part of his torso and I wonder if he checked the Chinese words and their meaning or if he just trusted the artist? Mmmmmm  not sure I could do that . I pick up my book again and make an effort to switch off from the noisy tattoos........couldn’t they just cover up. 😀😎

 

 

 

 

October 19, 2019 by Adele Hartley
Roka Vegan Bags

Roka Vegan Bags

As you would expect we have seen many changes in the retail bag business over 30 plus years and by and large most trends in fashion come in cycles. One of the biggest changes in the bag business that has gathered momentum however is the demand for vegan bags🌱. We have listened to our customers, researched and delivered some really great brands and styles. We shall also be offering more choices in Vegan products for the Autumn / Winter season. ROKA bags have been an amazing ‘ find’ offering great bags in great colours for both sexes. Watch this space and continue to follow us on FB and instagram BAGHEAVEN_MONTON to see all the new styles as they arrive in the shop.
August 16, 2019 by Adele Hartley