I had an appointment in Totnes this morning and as we came out of the supermarket car park (where you can park your car for two hours for free) there is a grass verge and, towards the back, a wild flower meadow has been planted. It is such a pretty sight – what a shame more verges aren’t planted like this? Beautiful, isn’t it? It’s not a huge area, but better a small area like this than none at all.
After my appointment we drove to Waitrose for the weekly shop. We were much later in the day than usual (because of my Totnes appointment) but the store wasn’t particularly busy and I saw this display of chocolate … I didn’t stop to examine the items on offer because I always buy Lindt chocolate as I prefer it to Green & Black (which is also good, it’s just a matter of preference) and when I looked at my photo this evening I saw some items called Candy Kittens, which sound intriguing. I wonder if there is something similar with “Puppies” in the name, for dog lovers?
After we did the food shopping which, with a printed list laid out in the order in which we tour the aisles, we can do fairly swiftly, we drove to The Range (where we could also use the loos!) as husband was looking for some cartridge paper which is suitable for water colour painting, but of a more fine gauge than the watercolour paper he already has. The Range has a great Art Materials section (and a great Craft Section if you are a ‘crafty’ person … I have been called ‘crafty’ in the past but it was meant in a very different way, ha ha!)
He has now put his computer monitor and keyboard to one side (where he can still use them but they are not right in front of where he sits) and he has laid out paints and paper and so forth. I hope he will now stop prevaricating and just start to paint again. He didn’t stop on purpose, only other things took over. The pictures you can see are some he did 20 years ago of birds and butterflies.
After we left The Range, with art materials tucked under our arms, we drove to Ilsham Valley where we ate our shared Waitrose sandwich and ‘free’ coffee and we then drove to the picture framer to collect the two large water colours of The Wills Tower and St Mary Redcliffe (both in Bristol) which now have new mounts. I will photograph those in due course.
Once home I put the groceries away and then our new TV arrived. We have been meaning to get a new one for a while (our TV was 11 years old, which is ancient for a TV, I think) and we bit the fiscal bullet earlier in the week and bought a 43″ TV, a Toshiba. The room would ‘take’ a larger screen, but we didn’t want the TV to be even more prominent than it already is. (Our old TV is going to our younger son, as an additional TV for their cosy, 2nd sitting room – it is not going to landfill, and if they find they have no longer any use for it, then it will go to Freecycle.)
Not long afterwards our computer man called to help me with my computer niggles and also to set up the TV for us. Once that was done I made supper and now I’m feeling rather tired so will say night-night, make a cup of tea for us both, and read my magazines which arrived today.
One of my latest magazines, with the lovely Sarah Raven bulb catalogue (I ordered my spring bulbs earlier in the week)
House & Garden (October issue) also arrived today … what a beautiful room (above) … again such symmetry, always pleasing to my eyes
We will certainly be having more than our ‘five a day’, won’t we? Some of these fruits above have been returned to the fridge so that they don’t all ripen together. I’ve already scoffed two plums, they were delicious, really juicy.
As well as these fruits above, in the fridge there are strawberries (but not raspberries this week as I have found they go squishy too quickly for us to get through a whole punnet of them) and we also have bananas (oh, and some cooking apples in the fridge) not to mention tinned fruit in the larder (pears, peaches, lychees, mandarins and pineapple, and there is always stem ginger to ‘ginger up’ some fruit salad). It could be said that we like fruit!
And now for that cup of tea,
Until next time.