Hope everyone is having a nice long weekend. This is actually my second long
weekend in a row, having had a three day weekend last week for taking the car in
to Ayr (plus I had a four-day week the week before with my hospital
appointment). We decided to treat Friday as an extra Saturday so I spent my time
knitting, writing letters and watching The Battle of the Five Armies for my film
Back to last Monday though. We've almost had Bluebell for a full year so it
was time for her to make a return trip to Arnold Clark in Ayr for her MOT and
service. We took advantage of the day out to indulge in a little retail
I've mentioned it before here, but I love visiting Ayr, especially for the
charity shops. I've noticed that some places seem to have a better quality of
goods in their charity shops and Ayr seems to be at the upper end of the scale.
My wardrobe has been in need of some updating and my 30th birthday is fast
approaching, so Mr Click suggested that we turn the charity shopping trip into
an extension of my birthday treat, in order to pick up some goodies for me.
And that we did!
Our first stop was The Works, where he spoiled me with some new colouring
pencils (did I say I was 29? I'm actually more like nine!), some butterfly
stickers (ages three and up) and a pack of washi tape I'd looked at in Glasgow
the week before and decided against getting, then regretted it.
Through the course of the day the main aim was to get some stuff for my
wardrobe so that I can retire some of my smart casual tops to the casual drawer,
and actually get some stuff I can wear for work. Also, something warm and
snuggly to replace my favourite hoodie which is slowly disintegrating, much to
my disappointment (though not to my surprise, since I pretty much live in that
hoodie and only really take it off to wash it).
And boy did we score!
I think the major bargain of the day was a snuggly grey jumper with 'WILD
ONE' splashed across the front of it, which cost a grand total of 50p!
I've also got a zip-front top to replace the above mentioned hoodie, a brand
new white work shirt (still has the tags on), black jeans, black pin stripe
trousers, a dressy up top, a long-sleeved top and a pink top with rainbows and
butterflies on. Oh, and we found a book about Dad's Army (perfect timing as we
just started watching the TV series last week), plus a book which caught my eye
(and was only 20p).
Our final stop was the Red Cross shop.
Every time I visit a charity shop I check out the inevitable
basket/folder/pile of knitting patterns. I've always looked in hope of finding a
Jean Greenhowe pattern booklet and until last Monday I've never been successful.
As I flicked through the contents of the basket, something bright and colourful
caught my eye, which stood out against all the dingy eighties patterns in the
bunch. It was the Knitted Clowns booklet. And it was only £1!
While I was celebrating my good find, Mr Click had his eye on a Casio digital watch.
We purchased my booklet and left the shop. Mr Click couldn't stop talking about
the watch. We got about a hundred yards down the road and it was clear that he
was regretting not picking it up. And he'd spoiled me rotten.
So I treated him.
Cue one really happy husband.
And one happy wife too.
I've cast on for Bertie Bloomer already. He's a gardening clown so I think
he'll make a good birthday present for my father-in-law. After losing my
knitting mojo and struggling through a project I wasn't enjoying, I've got it
back and I'm steaming through my work on Bertie.
Hopefully I'll have photos to share soon.