Plans were changed somewhat today. I was going to sort out our wardrobes, taking all the clothes out, putting some to one side for the charity shop, cleaning the wardobe inside, removing some items which can go into the spare drawers in the guest bedroom, and putting everything tidily away. This is a job which hasn’t been done for a long time and certainly needs attention.
But then the sun put in an appearance and as I’m going to the hairdresser tomorrow I realized that the weekend would soon be upon us and we didn’t want to go on the Great Christmas Tree Hunt when the world and his wife and their dog were also in search of the perfect tree.
And so this morning saw us driving to Plants Galore, a very large plants supermarket about 12 to 15 miles from our home. Our elder son had bought a Christmas tree there at the weekend and said that the quality and the prices were good. So it was a toss up of whether to buy locally and pay more or drive 15 miles there and back for a cheaper tree. We chose the latter.
The trees looked excellent, all fit and healthy like they’d had a good workout and were eating the right food. We saw one we liked immediately – no argument this time between husband and myself as to which one to have – a lovely 5ft bushy tree and it’s now in our garage, having had the end of the trunk sawn off and having a good drink in a bucket of water.
I said I liked holly wreaths for the front door, but really I meant real foliage/holly wreaths, not faux wreaths, regardless of how pretty some of those are. And so we bought a wreath although it’s not holly, but made from the off cuts of the trees, with additional bits and pieces – dried orange slices, fir cones, ribbon – to embellish it.
What surprised us when we arrived at Plants Galore was a whole row of olive trees, complete with olives.
So if you want an olive tree, here’s where can get one. They are around £700 each. On some of the non-pruned trees we could see olives growing.
Inside, there were miles of plants, including ornamental cabbages …
And, below, some rather elegant box balls …
I would also say that the staff here were helpful and friendly. That, as well as quality of goods and competitive prices, is very important in my book.
We then began to return home but decided, en route, to pop into the golf club for lunch. I expected to see the place packed out as Tuesday is Ladies Day on the course, but it was almost empty (the club house and the course) and so we were served quickly. Then we called at The Range on the way home. It isn’t my favourite place. Nothing at all wrong with it, but as they say, horses for courses. It’s just not my natural habitat. But they sell dishwasher tabs and I bought two large packets. I also saw some nice quality colouring pencils, so bought a pack of those for our little grandson. I don’t believe in buying cheap pencils for him just because he’s a child. Such things are disappointing as they rarely sharpen well, so I’ve bought decent-quality ones. I’d better start collecting other things for Christmas for him soon – Lego, Playmobile, books, clothes – but it doesn’t take a month of Sundays to buy Christmas presents, it will be all done within the next week or so.
Since returning home I’ve contacted Amazon regarding my Sony camera, bought last July, the 2nd one which has developed a fault. I managed to speak to someone in Technical Services and he emailed a return label and the camera, packed up, will be collected by Hermes and about a week later I will receive a full refund.
The problem is that the camera’s focusing isn’t working. When I open the camera the image that I point at looks blurry and I have to close the camera again and re-open it for it to clear. This has been happening for several weeks now and was really annoying. So it’s going back.
Once I’ve had a full refund I will buy another camera, not sure whether I will go for the same one as I actually like it and when working properly it gave good results, or buy a different kind. My budget for this is around £150 (once I’ve received the refund) so I must be able to find something that works well, is easy to use, and gives good results in low light without having to use the flash. (I do have two large, quite expensive DSLR Nikons but they are too heavy to cart around day to day; I am no longer needing to take photos for magazines, so seldom use these.)
Husband has now hung the wreath on the front door …
Now for a cup of tea, it’s already getting dark and it’s only three twenty in the afternoon.
Until next time.