Our first port of call this morning was to an upholsterer. We bought our Collins & Hayes sofa early in 1986, not long after we moved into our new home in 1985, but by 2002 it needed upholstering. Even though that was 17 years ago, and although the front has faded, it is still in good condition – in 2002 we chose a lovely Colefax & Fowler material called Byron weave in a warm terracotta colour. However, the seats have flattened out over the years and so we took them to an upholsterer to have them re-filled.
While we were there we asked for a quotation on having two Chippendale-style chairs reupholstered. They were a wedding present from my late uncle in 1964. He had bought them – 2nd hand, of course! – way back in 1939, and it is my guess that they were made as reproduction furniture in the 1920s. They are pretty chairs but the seats, we had reupholstered 28 years ago, have worn and, quite frankly, we never liked the pink velvet which the upholsterer at the time suggested. We were asked to send in a photo of the chairs and we would be sent a quotation, so watch this space. We might (or might not!) have them done! They are occasional chairs, one lives in the hall and one lives in our bedroom.
From the upholsterer, to the local petrol station to fill up and then on to B&Q for tile sealant, so that husband can renew the sealant/grout in the kitchen, where the tiles meet the worktop, and in the shower room behind the basin.
From the petrol station we drove to Asda as Eloise (of the blog This is Sixty) had kindly emailed to tell me that this supermarket sells Pyrex-style dishes with plastic lids which are suitable for the freezer. I lost no time in locating them and bought four, ready for the delivery of our new freezer (for the garage) next Monday. I expect I shall buy more, in different sizes, in due course.
While there I saw a small vacuum flask. We have only a very large one, so I thought this would be handy for when we decide, on the spur of the moment as sometimes happens, to take sandwiches and a hot drink when we go for a walk.
From Asda we drove about a mile or two to our usual supermarket, Waitrose. Just a top-up shop today. I confess I really do like this supermarket, we like the layout of the store, the produce, and the friendly staff. We also get a free newspaper, plus free coffee, with our My Waitrose cards.
Items for Hallowe’en are on the shelves, so on my next visit I will be buying some of them for Trick or Treat night. While we don’t particularly like Trick or Treat night, or rather Hallowe’en as we still prefer to call it, many children do enjoy it, but it does seem to have overtaken our traditional Guy Fawkes (or Bonfire) Night, on 5th November.
I found some pale pink roses in Waitrose, one of the supermarkets which still packs roses in single-colour bunches. I love to see pale pink roses in our bedroom. I’d not want them everywhere, but against the grey/green of the walls, they look very pretty.
When we returned home, I cleaned out the fridge and put the fridge-goods away. We then had a light, but rather late, lunch – spelt bread with Stilton and Cheddar cheese, some olives, grapes, chutney, and tomatoes. This evening we’re having leek & potato soup (reheated from the freezer) and more of the spelt bread. Unfortunately there were no Marlborough buns in Waitrose. I mentioned this to the assistant on the checkout and she said “Oh, we never have many of those, they’re not popular!” Well, they are with us! Perhaps they’re not gooey and sweet enough for most people!
When we returned home I also found that my monthly copy of Homes & Antiques had arrived …
… so something nice to read this evening after a day of errands.
Until next time.