We had an appointment in town this morning at our solicitor’s. It was to update our Wills, something I think we all need to consider. We first made our Wills when we were first married, myself at 20 and husband at 29. But while they have been up-dated since then, we just wanted to make sure that they were still in order, hence this appointment.
So many people put off making a Will, and really, that is rather silly. A friend died without making one and you’d think she’d have learned her lesson as her mother hadn’t made a Will, either, and it caused quite a lot of problems within the family. So while it’s a sobering thought, considering one’s demise, making a Will is something which really needs to be done.
As our meeting was early morning – well, ten o’clock is now early to us! – we’d not had any breakfast and so we decided that instead of going immediately to do the weekly shopping, we’d first call at the hotel where our elder son married, where there is a lovely view over the Bay.
I have mentioned it before, but it won’t hurt to mention it again for newer readers, but the Headland Hotel was originally built as a holiday home for the Romanovs, the Russian royal family. Later, in the 1950s, it became a WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) hotel and in more recent times it became a rather nice 3* hotel.
The area to the right of the entrance has been extended with bi-fold doors (see photo above) and this is a cafe area and it is also where our son and daughter in law’s wedding reception was held, with the doors open to the terrace and the view of the sea.
We only wanted something light to eat, so chose coffee and croissants. They were cooked to order, taking about 15 to 20 minutes, and because we had to wait for them, they gave us each a complimentary small apple Danish as well, and they were truly delicious. I’d certainly go there again for coffee and croissants!
The croissants are quite small, so having two of them wasn’t being too greedy. But they were excellent quality.
From there we went to the large out-of-town Sainsbury’s for our shopping. We thought a Monday morning would be quiet but it was still very busy. It’s a huge place … well, huge compared with Waitrose. Yes, I’d have much preferred to have shopped in Waitrose (who wouldn’t!) but we have to get used to going elsewhere and when it came to paying we were more than pleasantly surprised at our bill which, again, was about £20 less again than Waitrose, and that even included a new £20 frying pan. So what Sainsbury’s lacks in finesse it more than makes up for in prices.
I must also give credit to the staff members to whom we spoke – they were all polite and very helpful. It’s just that the store is huge and also, no doubt because it gets so busy (and also lacks any sense of style) it does get a little untidy. But, we managed to find all we wanted (with the exception of coffee ice cream) so can’t really grumble, especially when I’m left with more money in my wallet.
When we arrived home, the latest copy of The English Home was waiting for me. How I love this magazine, truly my favourite. I’ve taken out a subscription for House & Garden magazine, but the first one of my subscription order has yet to arrive, but that’s something for me to look forward to.
As I had been given flowers for Mothering Sunday, I only picked up a small bunch of pink tulips today as I want to replace the roses – now on the point of collapse – in the bedroom. Once I’d put the food away and made a cup of tea and a sandwich for our lunch, I sat down for half an hour to look at my new magazine.
What’s not to love about this magazine? Beautiful homes, wonderful decorating ideas, just my cup of tea.
By the way, yesterday I finished reading Vanessa Robertson’s first novel, Death Will Find Me, and I do recommend it. A new Lady Kilpatrick novel will be published in the autumn and I know that as soon as it appears on Amazon, I shall be pre-ordering it (I know: that’s tautology; one simply orders things, but, well, it’s Amazon and this is how you order something from them. You pre-order it, ha ha!)
I am now reading Jacqueline Winspear’s latest Maisie Dobbs novel, The American Agent. If you’ve not read this series, I do recommend it, but do start with the first in the series, Maisie Dobbs, and then read them in chronological order as, unlike many series, Maisie becomes older as the years go by. The series starts around the time of WW1 and now we’re in the midst of the Blitz of WW2. An excellent series.
Until next time.