I was up with the larks again this morning, made my first pot of coffee of the day as it grew light outside, and at around 5.45am this (above) was the view over the sea … a glorious pink morning. I watched as the sky changed, first to deepest pink, and then to burnished gold.
Isn’t Nature’s paintbrush wonderful?
Sunshine on this little Oriental figure on the mantelpiece in the sitting room (and please overlook the splatters of wax on the mirror from the candle! I keep intending to remove this! Indeed, it wasn’t until during the week that I noticed it!)
I suggested to husband that we did the shopping early and so we were up and out of the house by 8.15, joining people in cars going to work and parents taking children to school.
I had my List with me, and we weren’t long going around the supermarket. I wonder if you always take a List? And, if so, how do you arrange it? I have a magnetic pad which I keep attached to the fridge and when I finish something or something is running low, I scribble it on the pad and then before I go shopping I transfer the items to my typed list (which I keep on computer file) removing some items I don’t need, adding those I do need, and printing it.
I write the List in the order in which we navigate the store; I find this is the best way for me although I’m sure others might do it differently, perhaps writing the items under section headings, such as Veg, Fruit, Dairy, Meat, Household, etc.
I love rubber-necking, seeing what’s in the trolleys of other shoppers. Here are today’s purchases, plus the milk (already in the fridge), ice cream (already in the freezer), the ‘free’ newspaper, and the baguette, Marlborough buns, and a croissant for my breakfast tomorrow. Under the bacon is a chicken breast which can be roasted or I will cut it in half and make two separate meals from it. Treats today are the Belvoir (for those not in the UK, this ‘Belvoir’ is pronounced ‘beever’) Ginger Beer and a bar of Lindt chocolate for me and hazelnut chocolate for husband. (All these goods are now either in the fridge, freezer or larder.) We collected our ‘free’ newspaper and also a ‘free’ cup of coffee each, now using our re-usable coffee cups.
From Waitrose we drove to the Rowcroft Hospice Boutique (this now has an eBay shop, too!) where I handed over several bags of books. I wished I’d had more time to browse, but husband was parked on double yellows outside and the traffic wardens are like mustard, or so we’ve been reliably informed, so I quickly took some photos, and then the lovely Manager and one of the volunteers asked – as I was taking the photos for my blog post – if I would like to take a photo of them to include with those of the boutique? Of course, and here they are …
The staff of this charity shop are a delight, so welcoming and friendly. And then I asked where the books had disappeared to? The area where they usually were had been filled with other things …
They then said, “Haven’t you seen our back room, then?” which is where the items brought in by the generous public used to be sorted, and this has now been transformed into a room for menswear, books, DVDs and CDs. Indeed, I photographed the Manager and her volunteer in front of the books, DVDs and CDs.
I loved one item in this room, but even if I had wanted to spend £180 on it (because it is brand new) I wouldn’t have had anywhere to put it. But my goodness, it is so stylish …
If you had a neutrally coloured room, this would look stunning, would it not? Or perhaps in a large bath/shower room decorated mainly in black and white, or with navy blue walls, this would add a zing of colour (that’s my version of “pop” of colour, which is now a dreadful cliché!) and somewhere to sit as you dried your feet or painted your nails!
All the displays are so attractive, I just wanted to spend more time there, but I could imagine husband chomping at the bit in the car …
As you can see it’s not your average charity shop! And the window – which admittedly is difficult to photograph because of reflections – now advertises that M E N are well-catered for …
I’m so sorry about all those reflections – I tried various angles, but nothing prevented them, unfortunately
While I was cleaning out the fridge and then packing the food away, there was a delivery of a book (when is there not a delivery of a book?) Another for the To Be Read pile.
And the flowers today … red freesias which I trust will be scented, unlike the cerise ones bought last week, and also sweet Williams (below) which I have put in the sitting room. Unfortunately, these have little-to-no-scent, which strikes me as strange – perhaps, although it says “Display until 21st” they are really a little old now, and their scent has disappeared? I should’ve bought the white stocks which had a glorious scent! Mea culpa!
The freesias are on the kitchen table, and I hope when they open up they will look and smell wonderful … (sadly, melons just aren’t very photogenic!)
As well as shopping and putting all the food away, I quickly made us a snack lunch which we had in the garden – the 2nd portion of watercress soup from the freezer (I would say that this soup does not freeze well and although it tastes the same, the colour changes to a slightly muddy colour, so I’d not advise freezing it) and baguettes with cheese and olives.
I have also phoned our painter (he painted the gable ends of our house the year before last) and left a message – we would like him to paint our garden boundary wall; and also I have phoned Oven Kleen, and booked to have our oven cleaned next Friday. Hard to believe that it’s eight months since this was done. I wipe the oven out after use, but having it professionally cleaned periodically keeps it looking good and hygienic.
I am now going to make a pot of tea and have it in the summerhouse.
Until next time.