The plan was to remain at home today, gardening, cooking, cleaning, anything but most certainly not going out.
So we went out.
We decided to take our charity shop items which had been steadily accumulating over a few weeks to our favourite charity shop in Wellswood, a rather pretty area of Torquay, about a mile from the harbour. Here is a collage (above) of the area, which has a village atmosphere, these photos having been taken at various times of the year, hence some with daffodils and some with autumn leaves.
I really love this charity shop. Well, it styles itself a ’boutique’, and rightly so when you see some of the lovely things it has for sale. And the window displays are wonderful. Today, one window had everything to do with baking, books on how to make cupcakes and pretty retro-looking tins, all kinds of pretty things. I just wish my photographs could do their window displays justice but there is always a lot of reflection on the glass. Here is the left hand window …
and here is the right hand window …
I wish you could have seen the dress in peacock blue, black and brown, unusual colours to put together, but it was gorgeous, believe me. And how beautifully they have displayed these clothes, with flowers and accessories in complementary colours. I had a quick look in the shop while husband disposed of some books and other bits and pieces, but didn’t find anything I really wanted or needed (not the same thing!) I certainly didn’t need anything but had I spotted something beautiful, I might’ve wanted it, ha ha!
We then popped into the Co-operative (for those outside the UK, a chain or supermarkets that started life in Rochdale by the Rochdale Pioneers, where customers became ‘members’ and gained dividend on what they purchased, i.e. it was a co-operative, owned originally by the members) and I bought an Extra Mature Cheddar and Jalapeno loaf. I have to say that Co-op bread has been a revelation to me. I’m not keen on supermarket bread, but the bread we buy in the Co-op is excellent (their own bread, I mean, not other producers’ bread), especially their Ancient Grains wholemeal sliced loaves. But today I wanted something a bit different, something from which I could construct a quick, tasty and easy lunch.
We then strolled back to our car and on a wall close by I spotted pretty cyclamen growing …
When we returned home it was almost 2 pm and although we’d had bacon & tomatoes on toast for breakfast (one of our occasional treats for we usually have porridge for breakfast, with golden granulated sugar – just a sprinkle – for husband ,and with golden syrup for myself) we were quite hungry. And so I sliced the bread and we had that with hummus for myself, chutney for husband, and cheese – St Agur, Somerset Brie, and Gruyere – grapes, strawberries, chunks of cucumber, and a few crisps.
This is the type of meal where I concede that a few crisps are acceptable. We seldom buy crisps, they are a totally unnecessary snack and usually have too much salt, but in summer it is nice to have a few with salad or with bread and cheese, as above. A packet will last us the week. The black grapes are delicious right now, and the strawberries are the new season’s English strawberries, a little bit more expensive than the Spanish imports but certainly worth it, no hard core to cut away. We enjoyed our lunch on trays on our knees in the sitting room with the Saturday papers.
This has been a bits & pieces post, nothing much happening but the kind of day we often have, dropping off items at the charity shop, buying a tasty loaf, and enjoying a light, easy lunch. We enjoyed our stroll around Wellswood – as with the majority of areas of the Bay, it’s hilly, and so our legs got a work out.
Of course, once again no work has been done, but, hey, does it matter?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.