After all the celebrations it is the time for The Sales in our shops and on-line. Mind you some things are not always the bargain they seem. How can you be sure that you cannot get it cheaper elsewhere? How can you be sure the goods are not bought in especially for the sale?
to a garden centre yesterday, because we were away for Christmas I had not
bought special plants. I usually have an amaryllis bulb and so I went to Shrewsbury
to get a bargain in the sales. I found my perfect bulb. It had good shoots;
three flower buds were showing. There were only two plants left and mine was
with LED lights,’ it said and indeed there was a wire with lights all around
it. But no matter how hard I pressed the switch no lights came on. I asked the
manager. He could not make the lights come on either.
it has been reduced madam in the sale.”
it does not say reduced because of broken lights” I answer. He would not budge
and I left without my amaryllis. I could not find another one anywhere.
visits to family and friends I met someone who had an automatic robot vacuum
cleaner. I wonder if I can get one in the sales. It registered the objects in
its way, you can tell it when to start and stop, it cleans itself and empties
itself. When its battery is running low, it goes back to its docking station to
recharge. You can go out and when you get back your house is clean, so there
are no worries about dirty floors.
was a worry here though because in the gales last week one of the branches on
our tree cracked. There was an almighty noise even louder than the howling wind.
One branch was swaying heavily above the neighbour’s field fence. We needed a
tree surgeon. Two young men came and to my surprise did not go up the damaged
tree, but worked from a nearby tree with ropes, cutting branches until they
finally reduced the trunk to about half its size. It will shoot up again as it
is willow and will be a pollard instead of a heavy tree.