Jaqui's Daily Blog

Sunday 7th October

I am not sure why but, since I retired, I appear to have become Mrs BOGOF.  Show me a bargain and I'm on it like a limpet. Perhaps it's because I have a lot more time, these days, to peruse the advertisements in the local newspapers and cut out all the "special offers."


Here's one: a free cappucino when I visit a certain coffee bar.  OK, it's not my drink of choice, but, hey it's coffee and milk, what's not to like?  - and, like I said, it's free!  The fact that I will have to drive 7 miles there and back, plus pay for parking and Mr B will doubtless insist on having a strong filter coffee to go with my free cappucino is neither here nor there.


Today Mr B and I headed off to a local garden centre which is under new ownership. I had been completely seduced by its offer of "buy one hot meal and get another one free" - plus a buy-one-get-one-free herbaceous plant.  Mr B did point out that (i) we were having Sunday Roast for dinner, so didn't really need another hot meal today; and (ii) it's daffodil bulbs I keep saying I need, not plants of the herbaceous variety.  However he was in the mood to humour me, so off we set.


Have you ever noticed that there is always a lot more than "garden" items in a Garden Centre?  I'm not complaining, you understand, just stating a fact.  Come half-term, there's just so much going on at this particular centre.  As part of a programme of "Spooktacular Half Term Fun" I could decorate a pumpkin or a harlequin mask, don't you know?  Paint a spooky pencil case! Decorate a monster cupcake! Enter a "Creepy Colouring Competition." Spooktacular, indeed.


Mr B points out that the grandchildren who will be visiting us this half-term have grown right out of such activities.  It is a sad thought.  Maybe next year my little Welsh boys can come to visit.  They would just LOVE to do some creepy colouring. And in a year or three, the Middle of the Darling Daughters will be sure to bring Little Ninja Baby down, if there's even half a chance of painting a spooky pencil case. Poor babe, he's not even born yet and I am already organising his social life...


We saved £20 on our trip out.  We had to spend £30 which we didn't actually need to spend, in order to achieve this excellent result, but that's not the point.  Actually Mr B was more impressed with the garden centre's offer that it would replace, free of charge, any plant which died within three years of purchase.  This was a truly foolhardy offer, he said, given my proven track record of plant-care.  There had never been anyone like me (he was warming to his theme, you can tell) for Failing to Look After Anything Properly.


That's a bit rich, in my view.  I have been looking after Mr B for over 46 years and so far, so good.


And, before you ask, no I didn't get him on a BOGOF offer...

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23.04 | 20:15

lovely and heartwarming - an inspiration to us all x

09.03 | 12:07

Love this story told as ever beautifully.x

10.11 | 21:31

What a super account of a special event. I loved meeting you last night and seeing your creation come together. I’m so pleased you got so much from the activity

07.09 | 13:17

I have broad shoulders x

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