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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21.02 | 22:41

Wonderful!😁

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08.02 | 17:40

Agree with the very last line.Enjoyable game and obviously we can discuss this at our next birdie outing x

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24.01 | 18:27

So glad you got so many domestic issues sorted. There are days when I wish I had a couple of darling daughters. I have a darling son but he is a long way away

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19.11 | 22:40

I'll be thinking of you. Good luck. Love from Pat.xx

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