An expensive, but high-quality, afternoon’s charity-shopping in West London: having failed to find anything this week at Portobello Market, first of all the consistently-reliable Fara shop on Elgin Crescent delivered the goods. Brown strapped jodphur boots for D, a perfect replacement for a pair just worn out; £25 but very decent leather and barely-worn. And just as I was getting envious of his fortune – and seriously considering breaking the year’s embargo on buying brand-new clothes or shoes – these Grenson brogues turned up for me in the Oxfam on Westbourne Grove. I’d usually baulk at spending £27 on a pair of secondhand shoes in a charity shop, but they were exactly what I’d been looking for, and would have surely been around the £200 mark when new. The Usual Shop, as we say, always provides.