Last night I got home, chatted to Julia, admired her new hair cut, ate tea and fell asleep.
She woke me at around 10.30 with a cup of tea and a scone. I was, it seems, less than charming, ate the scone and went back to sleep, waking just after midnight – too late for a second post about my adventures. This was just as well, because there were no adventures.
That is how a day ends that started so well.
Today I went to the shop and found, even before I entered, that my key didn’t work. This sometimes happens. It hasn’t happened for about a year and I was beginning to think the keys had all bedded in. Seems I was wrong. The stale smell by the door is getting slightly better but the dodgy light switch still crackles when you use it. I get round that by leaving the lights off when I arrive. Whoever comes in second can risk electrocution. This is evolution in action – the smart ones survive.
I switched on the computer, which worked, then I opened up the email, which didn’t. For some reason it had randomly thrown us out instead of keeping us permanently signed in. Fortunately I now know the password to get back in.
I had messages about postage and delivery to answer. I won’t bore you with the details.
Then I found I couldn’t get into eBay. They’ve been messing with security and decided not to let me in without a one-time pass code. Unfortunately the pass code has to go to the telephone of the owner. It’s lucky he was already up and working at home when I rang to explain that. Then I started to sort the orders. This can be difficult when you work with people who think that the alphabet doesn’t apply to them. I needed three sets of world banknotes, which should have been easy enough to sort out if they had been, as they are supposed to be, in alphabetical order, They weren’t.
Just after we opened a man ring up to sell us “rare” stamps. We don’t really deal in stamps, as we tell him every week. And they aren’t rare. Then the query about the “rare” £2 coins. We have plenty of them, which tends to suggest they may not be rare. Then the walk-in with the 50p coins. At least she didn’t tell us they were rare. Add a man who called in to spend £3.50 on card and that completes our day.
I will chuck in some photos of stock and move on to cook tea,
We are expecting an ASDA delivery soon. Three times I have ordered celeriac. Three times it has been out of stock.
What are you intending to do with the celeriac, should you ever get some?
Mash some and roast the rest. It’s part of my quest to vary our diet. 🙂
I love mashed celeriac. Good idea to vary the diet. Good for you and the planet.
Yes, that’s why I try to foarage a bit too, though I haven’t done any this year.
It’s not too late. How about rosehips 😊
I have mixed views – have only used them for rosehip syrup and though it’s delicious it’s also full of sugar. I may have a look for a better recipe.
True. I might pick some this year to make rosehip and chilli jelly. Still full of sugar but I don’t feel it’s quite the same as drinking it.
A couple of spoonfuls of jelly seem a lot less sugary than a portion of syrup. 🙂
That’s my thinking!
Light switches that crackle sound like cause for alarm, to me.
🙂 They can do that for years with no problem. Honest…
Your establishment could do with a bit of elfin safety.
🙂 Indeed it could.
Your description of evolution in action sure made me chuckle.
🙂 Thaty’s always a bonus.
Do you ever get anyone in who actually has got something rare to sell?
W had some Victorisn banknotes once. They had been in the cellar of a house and had belonged to the uncle of the current occupant of the house but with being in a tin were slightly rust marked and several had holes in them. I have some pictures somewhere.
Lots 212-215 in this sale show four of the notes https://www.spink.com/auction/20021?page=11
That certainly looks as though they were valuable.
Banknotes were very rare in that period as we were still using sovereigns as everyday currency up until 1914.
Interesting to know about the sovereigns.
They were commonly used up until the declaration of war in 1914, when they were withdrawn from circulation because we needed the gold.
I thought as much (about the gold).
It was a massive effort to get the banknotes produced – they used stamp paper as the only security paper available and keen collectors look for examples of watermark variations.