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Saturday, 14 November 2020

Shopping Good And Bad

 

I have done some shopping this past week and the results have been mixed. 

I am very pleased with this white towel set, although I never would have bought it if it hadn’t been on a substantial sales discount.  I mean, who wants to pay $49 for one bathroom towel, regardless of how soft and well-made it is?




My worst purchase was two punnets of strawberries from our local supermarket.  Not having my glasses on I thought the berries were pale because they were a little unripe.  Wrong!  

They were pale and very mushy because they had been incorrectly stored.  I would hazard a guess they had actually been frozen – and they were totally inedible.




I have been wanting some Dubonnet for a pre-dinner aperitif but nobody seems to stock it locally.  Online shopping to the rescue!

I purchased two bottles, plus a bottle of gin to mix with it, from a store in Wellington and it arrived by courier within 40 hours.  Excellent service from the Moore Wilsons Company.




We have had a sunny Saturday here today, with a bit of a breeze and a few clouds.  I was amazed in the morning to see two blackbirds feasting on the feijoa tree.  Hopefully they weren’t destroying the flowers!

Enjoy your weekend 😊

Margaret.



25 comments:

  1. Getting strawberries like that is so annoying

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  2. Those towels look lovely. After years of living with hard water and despite copious fabric softener our towels are like carborundum coated cardboard. There's really no bringing them back from that which is a shame as none are worn out, so i may simply have to bite the bullet and go shopping for towels sometime. Enjoy you 'pair o teef' xxx F

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  3. The towel set looks lovely but Oh, the strawberries do not. It's enough to put you off strawberries for a while.

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  4. What beautiful looking towels Margaret - I have bought new sheets of late, and although they are all the same thread count, the quality varies - one lot are thin enough to spit through, and one quite stiff and firm feeling, and other set somewhere in the middle.
    The strawberries look yuk!!
    Enjoy your tipple - it looks lovely. They tell us to 'shop local', but so often you can't because what you want is not stocked locally, and the retailers don't offer to get it in for you either....
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine

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    1. How annoying with the sheets. I always feel diddled when that sort of thing happens.

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  5. Thanks for your comment this morning. It made me wonder what had happened to your blog recently and I discovered that you weren't on my reading list on the dashboard because I'd never 'followed' your blog. Now remedied. I now use the dashboard reading list instead of the list in my sidebar although I haven't yet removed the sidebar list.

    It's a while since I have seen Dunonnet. It used to be very popular in England in the early'70s before I left.

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    1. Glad to have you following again, Graham. I always enjoy reading your blog :)

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  6. Wet and windy here for weekend, but we are in lockdown, so we can't go out.

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  7. Hello,
    The towels look and sound great, I love using a soft towel. The strawberries are not in season here, maybe we can get some in Jan or Feb from Florida. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  8. We just bought brand new towels at the local thrift store (charity shop). I guess that someone didn't like the colour but they were unused, beautiful quality and we picked them up for a pittance. I might be tempted to take the berries back to the store to get my money back.

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  9. Isn't it wonderful to.find something you like on sale? Too bad about the strawberries...I here when I get something that is less than what I expected.

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  10. I always say I’ll bring back such fruit to the store but I never do. I have to change that.

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    1. Likewise Marie. I just binned them, couldn't be bothered with all the hassle of returning them.

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  11. Now! How are you going to keep that white towel, white?????????

    I have white bathroom towels. Well they were. Now they are dingy. Like no ancestor would ever hang out to dry, because of embarrassment. grinnnnn

    Used Clorox bleach on them. But that makes holes in them. And they also start getting yellow.

    So please, how do you keep whites white?????????

    ✨🎄✨

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    1. Keep all menfolk and children away from the white towels! But, seriously, I have a white towel I've been using now for two years and it is still white. I always wash it in hot water and don't leave it in the sun to dry for ages, but perhaps it is the quality of the cotton? It will be interesting to see how my new ones behave.

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  12. I suspect some strawberries are being picked in the rain or soon after rain, then they do not store at all well squashed together in a punnet. I have struck a couple this season, including some that had big dents like they had been hit by hale stones. They also seem very cheap so far this season, at $2 a punnet you would wonder how costs are recovered. I hope your next strawberry purchase is perfection!

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  13. I'm with you on the cost of towels and household items but it's just something that needs replacing sometimes.

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  14. I cannot imagine $49 for a towel! I have gotten our towels - that look exactly like yours! - at Walmart for a dollar and a quarter each(yes, same price for the towel and same for the washcloth). They're soooooo soft and the towel is huge. // I was told a while back that the reason some places have strawberries like that is the refridgeration of the transport truck to the store, either over-refridgeration or the level of temperature control was not consistent. I'd accidentally picked up a pint like that and took them back to the store. Yuck.

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    1. A lot of our summer fruit (peaches and nectarines especially) suffer badly from incorrect temperature storage. They end up like fluffy cardboard with absolutely no taste. I'm picking these strawberries were kept too cold at some stage, whether when picked, transported, or stored at the supermarket. I will look closer next time!

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  15. I used to drink Dubonnet but have not had it for many years. I will have to look for it.

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  16. Aw, I'm so sorry about those strawberries! I love your "deal" on the beautiful towel!

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  17. I thought only hotels had white towels! Enjoy them!

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  18. I used to buy Dubonnet and haven;t for a long time/ Almost forgot about it! And I have never heard of mixing it with gin..... wow, that would knock my socks off!

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