I got my trip into the town and had a really good old wander around, looking here, there and everywhere for those perishing dried cherries.
I went into Holland and Barrett but no luck there. All sorts of dried fruits including some I'd hardly heard of but no cherries. I decided to take a detour through the Riverside Centre because I haven't been there for ages and, lo and behold, we do indeed have a Grape Tree shop. A lovely place with all sorts of things, including some not-so-sweetened cranberries (which I got) but no cherries. I asked and she looked a bit blank. Surely I can't be the only one?
(I bought some dried pineapple, thinking it would be a nice substitute, if necessary).
I tried M&S although I was sure they wouldn't have any - and they didn't. They did have some Christmas loo paper though so guess what!
Along the way, I picked up all sorts of other bits and bobs. A nice ribbon for the cake, some white baubles for the bedroom tree (there's spoiling for you), some white acrylic paint for the clay decorations, some poly bags in Lakeland, oh - all sorts of bits.
To get to my preferred bus stop, I have to go through the market. I stopped off at the haberdashery stall for some lace and then was just turning into the pathway to the bus stop when I remembered that there's quite a good little wholefood stall. Herbs, spices, pulses, fruit, grains - really, all sorts of stuff, loose so you can get the amount you need (within reason). How could I have forgotten?
So I went there and, finally - YESSSS - he had sour dried cherries, just what the recipe had ordered. It was lovely and old fashioned, 100g (not that old fashioned) scooped out into a paper bag can carried home triumphantly.
Those biscotti had better be the best ever.
In the afternoon, I got on with knitting the Dickensian mouse I had started (as part of a rather late order) and this morning I got her finished. A cook, holding a Christmas pudding on a plate. I think she's really cute; what do you think?
Onto the next one now which will be the main focus of my day! Tomorrow's tuition is all planned and ready so I can concentrate on crafty things. Should be a really nice day. I hope yours is too! xx