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Two Invitations - One I Can't Refuse

A most exciting invitation through the post today! Screwfix want me to go to their Live 2015 show, which is apparently the UK's best trade and DIY Show. I know just what you are thinking...

I am not sure if Screwfix have categorised me as "trade" or "DIY" but as regular readers will doubtless have surmised, simply through reading the Daily Blog from time to time, I am most definitely neither. Which is a pity because there will be over 120 exhibitors at Live 2015, none of whom, I suspect, will be exhibiting anything which might be the least bit useful to me. What is more, I could get 10% off absolutely everything - if, that is, I could find anything I wanted to buy. As a thank you for just registering, I would receive a free gift, worth £20. There is a helpful picture of the free gift on the front of my invitation. I am sure the mere sight of the Screwfix products will entice many to register immediately but, being me, I'm not sure what I would do with any of them.

A few months ago, I ordered a banister rail from Screwfix. I am extremely pleased with it because it looks smart and carries out its main duty - to help Mr B negotiate the stairs safely - admirably. No, I didn't fit it myself, don't be silly. But Tan the Man, who did, said I had made a wise purchase. Especially for one who knows nothing about banister rails and their fixtures and fittings.

Ever since, Screwfix has kindly sent me a weekly email, just in case I should suddenly turn into a DIY expert or - even more excitingly - a tradesman. I wonder if Mr (or Mrs) Screwfix is disappointed by my lack of response to such friendly overtures? Ever since I became a Screwfix customer, I have also received regular emails suggesting plumber's courses I might like to sign up for. So far I have resisted the temptation.

As invitations go, Screwfix can't hold a (birthday) candle to my invitation to this week's Really Very Important Event, namely the seventh birthday of James, the middle of the (Not So Very Little) Welsh Boys. Now that is very exciting indeed. I'm not invited to the party next Monday though I could have been. It's going to be a scooter party at somewhere called Ramp World and unfortunately I don't own a scooter. Even if I did own a scooter I am not sure I would be able to keep up with James and his pals. Particularly if ramps are involved.

It has therefore been decided that I will join James for his Actual Birthday on Wednesday. He will have some friends over for tea after school, we will display the birthday banner I have made him (James is Seven, it reads in colourful, recycled letters), and I expect there will be cake. Yes, I know, I am still Thinking of My Stomach. I will be able to take James and elder brother Sam to school and collect them at the end of the day. In the meantime I can count on the Duracell Bunny to keep me amused while the boys are at school.

I was out at a meeting this afternoon when the Duracell Bunny phoned to remind me to bring my swimming costume in case we go swimming. I am so sad I missed his call though at least Mr B had the pleasure. Quite often the Duracell Bunny and I spend our time on the telephone singing to each other. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is one of our favourites. Christmas has been coming all year as far as we are concerned. One day we will be Appropriately Seasonal.

I'd already packed my swimming costume as it was on my Just In Case list. I do like to be prepared for every eventuality. There isn't a great deal in my Just In Case, as it will be a flying visit. Most of the space is taken up with either birthday necessities or Things Left Behind from the family's last visit. Still I have washed my dressing gown, bought myself new slippers and charged up my mobile phone.

You can tell, can't you, that if it came to a choice between the invitation to Screwfix Live 2015 or James's Birthday Tea there would be no contest, despite the 120 exhibitors, 10% reduction and free gift worth £20.

My Just In Case is packed and ready. Cardiff, here I come!


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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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