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  2. I thought I show two of my classic black courtspairs
  3. I,m lucky if I wanted to go for a walk I could walk right my out front gate into a forest path within about 50 meters. When I used to take my dogs for a walk on this path it was very rare that you would met someone. I,ve started shopping at my local Tesco Express in the evening now and been able to avoid having to queue up. At the moment I,m working but at the moment not sure for how long. Work has sort of dried up so I don't know how long the company can stay open for.
  4. About two miles from my home is a 'forest' which is open to the public for recreational walking; it has no other facilities apart from a couple of bins for dog's mess! I had never been there, although my wife has on one of her regular pre-virus exercise walks with a friend. We decided that it would be a good place for solitary exercise yesterday, and so it proved. We drove there, and parked outside the main gate at 9.30am. We then walked around the perimeter, covering a little more than three miles in about 80 minutes. We passed or saw no more than 10 couples, half-a-dozen solitary dog-walkers and a couple of small family groups. Almost everyone greeted us on passing, at the prescribed distance, and the whole experience was enjoyable - the forest was quite dense but easy to navigate on well-trodden paths and with a refreshingly peaceful atmosphere; I shall go again. I dropped my wife at the small supermarket about half-a-mile from home so she could pick up milk, a newspaper and a couple of other essentials and she told me that there was no queueing or other problem there. We had gone out for our walk quite early in the belief that the forest would be busier (if never exactly 'crowded') later in the day, given the fine weather. But I see from the TV news this morning that other areas (such as the Brighton seafront, and along the river or in the park at Richmond) were very busy yesterday with whole groups of people inevitably failing to distance themselves, on the move or otherwise. It was hardly surprising that the Police were taking action. What will happen today, with even better weather, remains to be seen but I'm doubtful that Joe Public as a whole will be taking proper notice of the 'instructions'. I shall remain at home; there are useful tasks to be done in the back garden.
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  6. Here are the other two 'Tina' pictures. I don't know why they couldn't be included above.
  7. I have commented before on the 'Faith' shoes shown above - see my post above of 11 Jan 2016 in particular. I have now been able to photograph the two pairs of shoes in my wife's wardrobe that were the subject of my earlier comments, and here they are (one of each shown): I have two other pics of these but, for some reason, cannot upload them all to this post - so will try adding them in a further post below, although my attempts to do so are being blocked at present. The black suede is the Faith 'Tina', size 8 and with 4.5" heel. The black leather is the Barratts ('Comme il faut' label) 'Tina', which seems to be absolutely identical (apart from the leather finish). These Tinas are very similar to the Faith 'Gina' illustrated above by FastFreddy but I think the Tina heel is a little higher, despite the claims on the Gina box that this has a 110mm (almost 4.5") heel, as I recall was stated for the Tinas. Neither pair was worn more than a couple of times by my wife, and only then about 20 years ago, before we married. They have languished in her wardrobe ever since, as she stopped wearing 'proper' heels not long after we married (undoubtedly not a coincidence but a deliberate denial or withdrawal). That is a matter of sorrow as I think these shoes in particular look very elegant - a nicely tapered toe, open throat, and a slim, properly-shaped and positioned stiletto heel - a classic court by anyone's standards. Rarely will my wife wear anything more than a 3" cuban heel these days, and even more rarely will she wear any heels because I ask her to.
  8. Yes, the police have really taken to being a law unto themselves in many places. Nowhere in the lockdown regulations (thus far) is there any stipulation about the length or duration of the daily exercise, nor is there anything about not driving somewhere to take your exercise. There is a rule against non-essential travel but if taking exercise is seen as one of the activities for which you are allowed to leave your home, then presumably one could argue that travelling to do that is essential. I see also where police have set up roadblocks in places and have been using drones to harass dog-walkers - who were apparently solo and keeping distance from other walkers. I go out on my bicycle rides - typical length 25 miles, which is what I do anyway, on dead-quiet country lanes, and typically before dawn. Otherwise I don't leave the house. We have groceries delivered. Spend my days writing a novel - here's an opportunity - and reading novels. Contemplating starting a blog of book reviews given all my reading. So far I'm not the least bit bored.
  9. I'm retired, so work in the conventional sense is not an issue, but much of my time in recent years has been spent on property renovation around the family. (No, we are not property tycoons - but several of my close relatives have an investment property in addition to a residence.) That work is sporadic and has not been too demanding or critical recently, so nothing much to abandon or postpone at present. My wife does admin for a charity one day each week but that is now shelved. So, my time is almost entirely spent on indoor home-related tasks at present (with some outside decorating lined-up when the weather is milder) plus reading (including hobby-related researches and a little writing), TV, puzzles and the like. Whether I will survive like this for possibly several months remains to be seen! Going out is currently limited to essential shopping (wife and I take it in turns) and a modest exercise walk every couple of days, if possible combined. I totally agree with the view taken by Shyheels above that it would be more sensible and less risky to all to drive (isolated in one's car) a few miles to some uncrowded and more remote place for a solitary constitutional, rather than walk through local streets to a nearby park with the probability of meeting/passing quite a number of other people. The Police allegedly take a different view - challenging people found more than a mile or two from home or driving/parking outside their town and even 'moving on' or threatening anyone seen taking a brief rest during a walk, as some may have to in order to catch breath. One eminent lawyer has already challenged the legality of such 'exercise' restrictions, without suggesting that we should in any way start mixing again.
  10. I have what is considered an "essential" job, so I'm still going in to work. I live alone, so the whole "isolation" thing is just life as usual for me. We've been taking the necessary precautions at work for weeks and everyone has remained healthy so far.
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  12. It could possibly be that you've just grown accustomed to the idea that you can, and do, wear heels and so the imperative to do so isn't there any more. I like wearing heels but its never been an obsession, let alone a fetish, but rather a fashion choice - one that was aesthetically pleasing, but had an element of daring and the forbidden to it that gave it added cachet. My tastes in heels were always fairly understated - blocky heeled ankle boots being a favourite; boots which felt more like sportier more daring versions of the hiking boots which have been a mainstay all my life. I've never been into shoes of any sort - other than cycling shoes and a few pair of colourful Converse hi-top, I don't own any. I've always preferred boots, and for most of my life that meant hiking boots. I secretly fancied a pair of high-heeled ankle boots, and knee boots (either with or without heels) and every autumn when the boot fashions would appear in the shop windows would feel a certain resentment that as a guy I was not allowed. Until finally one day I decided life was too short and bought myself pair. I've several pair now - with and without heels. I'm quite happy with that and wear them as I would anything else, casually without a lot of thinking or self-consciousness. Again, none of my boots or heels are extreme in the least, but ordinary wear, and that is how, increasingly, I come to view them.
  13. From what I have seen in my outings on my bicycle, most people are trying to do the right thing as regards outings and exercise - maintaining distance and not trying to take the mick. Still, it is hard to manage given the numbers of people involved. In some cases driving to a quieter area is probably better than strolling in your local park or village square. Members of a cycling forum to which I contribute are becoming worked up about how long one should or should not be out of the house exercising, arguing like Talmudic scholars. I go for a 25 mile ride - my daily ride anyway, and done at an hour when nobody else is around.
  14. I don,t wear heels as much as I use to. I used to come home from work and put a pair on and wear them all evening. These days I start watching TV and fall asleep so I take them off so I don,t ruin my sofa. Most evenings I don,t wear heels at all. Over the last 2 years I must of only bought 3 pairs. One pair was lost in the post and another pair I returned. Problem I have is Ebay has gone down hill over the few years. i Just cant seem to find anything I like in a size uk9. Truth is I,m not sure If I got my settings to tight and Im not seeing some heels. I want to see high heels so I have my settings to see only high heels. I dont want to go through 1,000s of flat shoes. There some new online site such as Wish. I do like some heels for sell on that site so I might risk buying a pair if they are cheep enough. Ive been going through my large collection of high heels. Just to see what I can wear. I got about 4 pairs that I cant wear for long. Should try to sell them.
  15. If the supervisor starts on me for no reason there be trouble. Supermarkets are starting to sort them out with allowing afew in at a time etc. Problem is that everyone else has the same idea about walking the dogs in parks and end up meeting other people. Some of my friends have motorbikes and cant go out on their own.
  16. Yes some employers are being total jerks about this - my wife’s head of Department was keen on business as usual, requiring people to continue coming to work even when they’re displaying symptoms, but she was overused by the governmental decree (this was a civil service job) and had to pull in her horns. The government really needs to come down hard in this. Instead of getting their knickers in a twist about people walking their dogs on quiet trails in the national parks looking hard at workplaces and unnecessary risks of contagion.
  17. At the moment I,m still having to go into work. Not sure if that good thing at the moment. Supervisor is being a right jerk at the moment. It the way he speaks to some members of staff at the moment. He,s always been bad for this but he,s worse at the moment. He,s having ago at staff for no reason. Truth is I,m looking into this as this can not go on.
  18. So how are people getting by in this weird new age we're living in? In some ways my life remains unchanged - I have been working from a home office for many years, when I'm not travelling on assignment, that is. When I'm home, and not travelling, I tend not to see much of anybody except family and so sheltering-in-place is almost my regular lifestyle. Of course now I have the rest of the family home as well - wife and I both working on the kitchen table (se with a salary and me...well...) and the kids home from university and school. I get out on my early morning bicycle for rides - for now at least, until they decide to tighten the restrictions further - but otherwise never leave the house, ordering food on-line and getting back to cooking which is something I enjoy doing anyway. Been buying books for Kindle on Amazon's 99p special deals - taking advantage of the low price (scarcely that of a newspaper) to sample books I might not otherwise ever read, and am eyeing the rich selections of box-set TV series on BBC iPlayer. So far it has not been at all disagreeable - as the New Zealand police put it in a clever Tweet the other day, here's a historic opportunity to save humanity by sitting around, ding nothing and watching TV; let's not mess it up! How is everyone else getting by?
  19. Yes, the lockdown and isolation routine does create opportunities, both for posting and for home office fashion. I've not been wearing heels so much as adopting a boho style of dress code for my office - something to brighten the mood a bit. I work from a home office anyway, have for many years, but being told now that I must, and cannot go out, makes me a bit restive. And of course I've the whole family home too.
  20. Not now, you ain't! Lockdown does create some opportunities but, equally, dictates other priorities for many. I have been too busy this last few days to post anything but have something to say on another recent post, which has to wait until I can take a couple of pics. But don't hold your breath ...! (Actually, in view of government guidelines, it is highly advisable that you do hold your breath!)
  21. Well, I have tried posting several times and have started new threads but nobody ever responds. Or they respond once and that’s it. I would like to see this forum start up again but if nobody ever responds it never will. To be honest I just happened to look in here this evening for what was going to be the last time when I noticed your post. I have been checking in daily but .i see that I’m always the most recent poster...
  22. With the forum being almost dead now I,m starting to think that no one is even coming to check for any new threads now. All I ask is you post something on this thread just to see who,s still about. With the world being on lockdown now it makes sense to spend little time on this forum. I have some ideas for couple of new threads but I want to see people post on here.
  23. I hope you are able to stay healthy at work. I’ve been working at home, when ?I’m not travelling on assignment, for 25 years. The difference now of course is that there is no prospect of travelling anywhere on assignment. I’ve always been able to wear what I please in my home work environment and lately I have really been embracing that - and enjoying it very much. It feels liberating and, in these straightened time, a spot if brightness and fun.
  24. Im not able to work at home so at the moment life for me carrys on as normal.
  25. With so many of us going to be working from home for the foreseeable future here is an opportunity to develop your own office dress code. Even if you’re video conferencing nobody can see what’s on your feet. How have you been dressing for the home office? What’s your Lockdown 2020 look?
  26. Those are indeed classics. I prefer boots myself - I've a fondness for ankle boots with 3-3.5" heels. My wife no longer wears heels herself - foot and back troubles - but she's no objection to my wearing them.
  27. I know I'm about four years late to this game, but I had to comment on these lovely pumps. My wife also wore heels of this type 20+ years ago, though as a rule she did prefer a lower heel than these. Maybe had one or two pair that I bought for her that were this high. Honestly, I also preferred a somewhat lower heel, likely in the 3.5-4 inch range (80 mm I'd guess?). Iy has been likely at least 14 years since she wore heels due to extreme foot problems followed by some nerve issues. Boy, do I miss those days.......
  28. Well, ordinary people buy hiking boots quite regularly - well made, nice looking, and very often worn in urban environments. I wouldn't see this as anything different. Decent hiking boots will set you back well over £150. So would a pair of Doc Martens. The market is there. Easily.
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