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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28.12 | 07:41

This wonderful blog has summed up the true meaning of A Christmas Day. Once the dread of a restricted day had sunk in, other ways were invented. Thank you

22.12 | 09:20

So sorry to hear that Brian is in hospital. It would be bad at any time but at present....... It must be true agony for you. You'll both be in my thoughts. xx

22.08 | 02:02


I'll be able to help you with information on the usher's as Thomas Henry Usher is my aunt's ancestor as well can you please email me so we can talk

22.08 | 02:00

Hi Karen,

I thought I would try again to see if I can get a response from you again please email me so we can talk further. My email is: lol-emma@live.com.au

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