Today has been a very "spendy" day.
It was a beautiful bright, sunny but very cold morning so we drove "over the mountain" , as they say here, to the busy metropolis of Douglas.
P dropped me off first as he wanted to visit his favoured small, locally owned sports shop to buy some compression sleeves for his leg, which has suffered from several muscle injuries. I walked down to M&S to collect my recent online order - cushions and a warm, chunky sofa throw for the new house. These were courtesy of last Christmas' gift vouchers from my lovely sister. Thanks Sis x
We met up in the Sea Terminal for coffee and a chocolate biscuit then set off to spend some money.
First we visited the Crossroads Care warehouse shop which sells some lovely second hand, donated furniture and homeware. We came away with a large ceramic table lamp complete with shade for £20 - a bargain.
Next stop was the Hospice warehouse shop which was actually a little too busy for me. We only had a quick browse there but still found a couple of things for the new house. A seagrass lidded basket and a curiosity which will make an ideal umbrella stand for the hall. I noticed the stand as we were walking towards the till to pay for the basket and tried to find a price ticket on it. We asked the young lady how much it was and she told us that it wasn't actually part of their stock - it had been used to transport some of the tall upright Christmas decorations that had just been delivered and had been put to one side whilst they were unpacking. She was happy to sell it to us though and said how about £4? Yes please!
Our last stop was our locally owned electrical retailer where we ordered and paid for a new washing machine - the house vendors are taking theirs with them. I had seen the one I wanted and it was on special offer. They are happy to keep it until we move in and will deliver it then. They may not be as cheap as Currys, but they are locally owned, very friendly and have amazing after sales service.
We drove back - over the mountain - enjoying the beautiful scenery with all of the island spread out below us in the sunshine as we passed Snaefell . We could clearly see the mountains of Scotland and Cumbria on the horizon, so close we could even make out some of the buildings on the coast.
After all that spending I needed a cup of tea and a lie down.
I am soooo looking forward to moving in and playing house.
The best part of moving, choosing your new bits and pieces . And coffee and cake, or biscuit.ReplyDelete
A lovely description of your surroundings too
Thanks Linda. I had a really good day, despite ending up a few pounds worse off.Delete
I do agree about supporting the local shops. Our local electrical shop is obviously not as cheap but their after sales service from just down the road is more important.ReplyDelete
Exactly so, Weaver.Delete
I have been shopping at resale shops locally to find Christmas gifts for my young grandchildren. The kids don't care about price and I found some terrific bargains in great condition!ReplyDelete
How fun to be getting ready for the move! Do you have a move-in date, JayCee?
Hopefully completion on 10th December. Keeping fingers crossed.Delete
Didn't realise you had a Viv Nicholson in you.ReplyDelete
Except I haven't won the pools.Delete
Buying a doll's house would have saved you a lot of money. A former church usually costs an arm and a leg.ReplyDelete
As the saying goes there are no pockets in shrouds.Delete
There's nothing like a good browse and collect things. Look forward to some pictures please?ReplyDelete
I will take some photos once it is finally ours. Trying not to tempt fate too much.Delete
Oh JayCee ….. so lovely to hear that you are buying things for your new home … so exciting. ….. and such bargains too. I have been spending on Christmas presents ….. I have to buy a lot !!! We are also starting a building project on the house ….. I’ll do a post on it but they won’t start until next September ! XXXXReplyDelete
September??? Crikey, that's a long time to wait! XXXDelete
I love to watch other people's houses being turned into home. I always get such fine ideas!ReplyDelete
Other people's ideas are usually much better than mine.Delete
Spendy yes, but sounds like it was a bit of fun, too. Nice that the weather cooperated. The anticipation is building.ReplyDelete
It was fun Mary, although P wasn't so happy. He is allergic to spending money 😁Delete
....."driving back over the mountain and enjoying the scenery" sounds perfect to me!ReplyDelete
Your purchases sound very exciting and interesting - photos later I hope!
Hmmm.... perhaps I nade them sound more exciting than they are in reality!Delete
I buy my electrical appliances from the local electrical retailer and have done so for at least 30 years. I support them, they can give me a delivery time, sometimes same day, installation, removal of old appliance and back up repairs if needed. Good luck with the new house.ReplyDelete
Thanks Rachel. We are still waiting for confirmation that exchange of contracts has gone through. We were hoping it would be today. Keeping fingers crossed for Monday.Delete
Equipping a new house is always fun, we've been doing much the same even though we've owned the house for decades.ReplyDelete
It is quite enjoy, nest building.Delete