On these long stravaigs through MAMBA* country, in order to operate at peak efficiency, us gurrls need to look our best. However, recently the TGO Fashion Police have noticed a touch of shabbiness creeping in around the edges of this suave sophisticate's attire.
The problem started when I acquired a very bright new Gore-Tex jacket, and was made worse when the very smart new fleece arrived, With these new pieces, the aesthete within felt there was a little something missing. Besides, the fleece was now beginning to lose it’s shape (That’s quite enough at the back, thank you - It is *definitely* the fleece!) It was time for a reappraisal of the wardrobe. The ensemble needed lifting – perhaps a few accent colours? It was time to accessorize!
Along came the TGO Challenge newsletter, and with it the “once in a lifetime opportunity” to purchase a custom designed TGO Challenge RAB Boulder Fleece! At forty three of the Pieman’s Imperial Pounds it was a snip, and in a very slimming black, it would complement my Patagonia Simple Guide Pants, in their fetching, slimming… black.
Like Boris’s Buses, monumental decisions like these come along in threes. No sooner had the ink dried on the cheque written to the Deppity’s Retirement Fund, than I found myself a prize-winner of Terra Nova Equipment’s twitter account. With a large nudge from Robin ‘Bloody Wonderful’ Evans, it was decided, that as I was Terra Nova’s 1000th twitter follower, (don’t ask – if you don’t “do” twitter you’ll never begin to understand!) a prize should be awarded.
After a chat on the phone with Jon at Terra Nova HQ, we settled on some accessories that would set off the new outfit to best effect! Cinderella could go to the ball after all!
And sure enough, a few days later a parcel arrived.
A folding Pocket Hat, but with a difference – it has an additional zip off neck sun cape and it’s not in Gore-Tex, but a natty UPF50 sun protection material. It came of course, in a stunning… black
A pair of Sticky Thinnies gloves, in….. black, and
a pair of wind resistant Boreas gloves, in…. dark grey.
They also lobbed in a couple of mini crabs and a natty little bottle opener.
In fact, all the accessories a well turned out gurrl on the TGO Challenge could ever hope for! So, with a new fleece, hat and gloves, all in a colour-way that will enhance the outfit, I am all set to take on MAMBA!.
* MAMBA: Miles And Miles of Bugger All
And in the spirit of Old Mortality, here’s a little music that I know someone will enjoy with her Glenmorangie and Haynes Manual…