That's what I did today. Nothing like getting prepared well in advance.
As today is supposed to be our last sunny one for a while we took the bus into Douglas. I quite enjoy the ride... 50 minutes tootling along the coast road with no driving or parking hassles.
Fortified by a strong coffee and a chocolate shortcake I managed a two hour amble around the shops to choose gifts for my niece's two children. I also bought myself a walking pole and a lightweight rain jacket that will pack into my bumbag.
P was quite horrified at the amount of money I was spending willy-nilly so when I suggested stopping somewhere for a sandwich for lunch he quickly proclaimed himself tired of shopping and we had to hurry off to catch the next bus that was due to leave in five minutes.
We had a little excitement on the way home. As the bus was negotiating the main road out at the edge of town, two police vans passed us at great speed, lights flashing and sirens wailing. A little further on we saw the police officers dealing with what appeared to be a domestic incident, with one officer assisting a young woman who was clearly in distress and a young man being restrained up against the wall. The bus passed by too fast for us to gawk in any detail.
It made me realise how thankful I am to only have a Grumpy Old Man to deal with and not a violent one.