Storm Erik is still buffeting our home as I speak. It’s been very blustery and very wet indeed. But we’d said to our younger son that we’d dog-sit Barry-the-dog today as son had a dental appointment and daughter in law was working.
And so we were up earlier than usual, no second cup of coffee in bed with my book or a magazine. First, to The Range for dishwasher tabs and then on to Waitrose for our food shopping and where I also bought flowers. The Valentine’s Day products are now on display in the entrance …
… and in another area, all the bottles of wine, especially champagne and more chocolates. But one photo of these indulgences is quite sufficient, I think.
We then dashed – well, “dash” is perhaps over-egging it; when you’re our age and pushing a heavily-laden trolley there’s no such thing as “dash” – back to the car through the pouring rain, and while husband put the trolley bags into the boot/trunk of the car, I put the trolley back in the trolley park, not that far away. By the time I’d returned to the car I was well soaked.
We then drove to younger son’s home and dog-sat Barry …
Here (above) he was just about to nod off while husband read the paper. He’s a middle-aged doggy now and not quite as mischievous as when he was a teenager, but he can still be a handful, as all terriers are (in case you’re wondering, he’s a Patterdale Terrier, which is similar to a Jack Russell). Our daughter in law said that he had looked out of the window and had begun to bark a good five minutes before we arrived!
Son returned home in a little over an hour, having been to the dental hygienist, and we then came home. By which time it was windy but the rain had momentarily ceased and we were able to unload the car without being rained upon again.
I bought red flowers today …
I know, I know … I’ve said red flowers look wrong in our sitting room, but it was such a dull day and these looked so vibrant … I bought alstromeria (which, now they’re in a vase, look more rust-coloured than red) and tulips (which are a deep scarlet.)
I love tulips, they are so elegant and they seem almost to arrange themselves. The other bunch is, for the time being anyway, on the kitchen table.
And the dessert apples we have been buying are the Jazz variety, and we just love them. Crisp, sweet and juicy, just as we like them. I couldn’t resist having one as I put the goods away.
I also bought …
… in which are some interesting homes this month, really quite quirky. I will be reading this later by the fireside.
The other indulgence, if hand lotion is classed as an indulgence, is one from Sophie Allport’s new range or toiletries (and which are on sale in Waitrose) …
I tried this on my hands this evening and while it is smooth and sinks into the skin nicely, I’m not totally convinced that I like the fragrance. I will have to try it a few times, it’s different from anything else I’ve smelt as hand lotion, that’s for sure. I feel certain, however, that I will return to my old favourite, Nivea.
And now, off for a warm shower, then into my nightie and wrap, a cup of tea, and I will await Grantchester.
I hope you will have a good weekend.
Until next time.