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Walking to Mordor -- Isengard to Minas Tirith - Helen's journal and online home
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Walking to Mordor -- Isengard to Minas Tirith

Miles travelled since last update: 25 (2½ of them on Saturday)
Miles travelled so far: 434 (2098 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 144

Percentage complete: 75%

Point reached on journey: We have crossed a small stream and can see the beacon hill of Minrimmon on the right. To the north the delta of the Entwash has broadened to over 50 miles. Rauros lies beyond, 100 miles due north of the road.

Where I really went...

As previously mentioned, I had to make a trip to Aberystwyth to do various errands that couldn't be done locally. Once my Dad's cheque had been safely banked and my watch had had a new battery fitted, I wandered along the sea front to get a bit of exercise before hitting the clothes shops to buy a few new tops for spring.

It was very cold and grey. On my walk I, as I was there, I took the opportunity to attack an enemy Ingress portal in passing, namely this shelter on the promenade.

North shelter, Aberystwyth promenade

I tried a couple of clothes shops and in the second one I did manage to buy two cardigans, a thinner sweater and a cotton summer top. The sizing was, however, bizarre. I can normally wear a UK size 12 in tops, so selected 4 items, all size 12 to try on. Two fitted perfectly, though I didn't like the sleeves on one so rejected it. The sweater was a little tight and the cardigan wouldn't even meet at the front! So I left with 1 top size 12, 1 sweater size 14 and 2 cardigans size 16 in order to get things that fitted. That's all one brand, in one store.

On the way back to the car park, I snapped this photo of the weekly protest,

Protest in Aberystwyth

The battle to stop developers demolishing homes to build a new Tesco and a Marks & Spencers has been lost but people still protest here each week against the loss of a day centre. More details here.

This site is supposed to be for a new Tesco and Marks and Spencers store, but has been controversial from the start due to the loss of a car park and the refusal of one determined lady to sell her home. She was eventually forced to move out by a compulsory purchase order.

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From: cmcmck Date: March 16th, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sizing can be SO frustrating. I can be anything from a 12 to an 18!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 16th, 2015 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tend to buy from companies like Lands End and I know what size I am in their clothes and they are normally pretty consistent, but I thought I'd take the chance to actually try stuff on. It's just as well I wasn't buying from Top Shop via mail order otherwise I'd have had to send most of it back!
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: March 16th, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
My favorite is that there is now a Size 0 here in the US. Who on earth wears a Size 0? A ghost?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 16th, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The strange thing is, I was a size 12 back when I was in my late teens and early 20s. Except now I'm considerably heavier than I was then, so there's been some size deflation. Not as much as to create a size zero over here though.
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