Good morning, everyone. Well, Beeb got yesterday's forecast very wrong. By nine the sun was out and it was an absolutely glorious autumnal day, full of bright colour. So cheering.
I slouched around doing this and that for a while and then, after breakfast, set off for Abercorn Garden Centre to have a nosey round. They had a very good display of Christmas stuff, most of which I wasn't tempted by, but I did get a few presents and some pot pourri.
Then I went over the road to Lathcoats, out local PYO that has a nice farm shop. They are also noted for their apples, many of which you just don't get in the supermarkets at all and I wanted to get a selection - which I did. They used to do this lovely thing where they had all their apple choices on a table with a few knives and a poster encouraging you to try before you bought. Sadly, Covid has put an end to that for the time being.
I also got half a dozen fresh eggs.
It was such a beautiful morning, I decided to drive back the country way - a bit further but it can be just as quick as going through town, depending on traffic and so much more pleasant - and realised I was going pretty close to another two garden centres so I detoured a bit to visit them as well. I didn't get much, just a few bits and bobs I needed, but I did find a nice ribbon for the Christmas cake which is the very last thing I needed to get for it.
After that, I didn't do much really, just pottered. Lindsey must have worked us really hard on Monday's circuits because I've been all achey - good achey, not unwell achey! You know you're getting old when, each time you get up out of your chair, you utter a softy 'oooof!' lol
Today is a bit busier. This morning I will be off to do my weekly shop which is a bit longer today due to getting some bits and bobs for Christmas. Anything to make it easier nearer the time! Do you do this or get things in one fell swoop near the time?
Then I have personal training which will definitely be a bit ouchy but I need it so no grumbles.
Well, I must love you and leave you, as Diane sometimes says. Have a super day, stay safe, warm and happy and keep smiling!
Unfortunately the weather forecast here had been accurate for yesterday. Gloomy and so very dark. I'm relieved we won't have long to wait now until the shortest day.ReplyDelete
I need to think a little more seriously about Christmas. I've already purchased a few gifts - I don't buy for many - and I also have one or two items, such as After Eights and the chocolates for Lily's advent calendar, tucked away at the back of the cupboard.
Enjoy your day! X
Pretty much a month plus a few days. It can be extremely gloomy when the sun doesn't shine.Delete
I'm back from shopping and there's a definite chill in the air despite the sunshine.
We've just bought two full trays of eggs as there is bird flu in a neighbouring town. We wondered whether this free range flock would be culled if it moves this way so wanted to get stocked up.ReplyDelete
Oh, dear. I do hope not. Poor hens. xxDelete
It was lovely and sunny here yesterday too but miserable and cold today. I really cant rely on what Siri tells me on my iPhone. I don't know where he gets his data from according to him it is supposed to be sunny today...tch! i have made myself a list of Christmas gifts I want to make but looking at it again it looks rather ambitious as the days are flying by and some have to be posted overseas. I particularly find Garden Centres are good for Christmas shopping as they have some unusual items that you don't often see in the city shops. I am also looking forward to the Christmas market which I hope they will have this year. I am familiar with that soft 'oooof!' sound LOL! Take care. Amanda xReplyDelete
It's supposed to be turning pretty cold here over the next few days. Time will tell!Delete
Good luck with the gift buying. It can be tricky, can't it, especially when distance is involved.
Enjoy the Christmas market. They can be such good fun, I think.
I thought I'd bought all of my Twelve Days gifts but I still need to get one more. I never think of trying the garden centres so will follow your example and see what's on sale in this area. Thanks for the idea Joy xxReplyDelete
Good luck - I think it will be fun, whether or not you ind anything. I hope you do though. :-)Delete
I buy a bit each time I go shopping, and I think I am about ready to start baking. Putting things in the freezer so that we don't eat them before everything is ready.ReplyDelete
It feels good, doesn't it. A leftover from the days when the pantry would be groaning with all the good things stored away for the leaner months. We no longer have to do that but the instinct still kicks in from time to time.Delete
Haven't even started on the Christmas preparations (except for the plum pudding) as we have three birthdays in November. The last one is on Saturday so, after that, I will get going.ReplyDelete
Oh, gosh! That's quite a month!Delete
Plenty of time to get organised for Christmas - and have a lovely time on Saturday. xx
I always bought from Abercorns and picked strawberries at Lathcoats.. We have just found a very good nursery which grows its own plants so considerably cheaper.ReplyDelete
They are both lovely places, aren't they.Delete
Abercorns is good but it is fairly expensive. However, you get things there that can be quite hard to find elsewhere so no complaints.
I'm glad you've found somewhere good.