Friday, 6 April 2018

A Date With My Fantasy Self

For as long as I can remember I have flirted with the idea of jaunting about the place, shopping at the greengrocer and using local shops for our weekly food shopping. So yesterday that's what I did. 

In the town on the first Thursday of the month we have a small market, my plan was to nip there for some vegetables. When I got there the stall was packed and when I could grab a peek there wasn't all that much I fancied, and some of the produce were things Dan can't eat (turnips etc.). So I picked up my v-pud and thought about what to do as I'd missed the train, and didn't want to hang around for 50 minutes for the next one. So I got the bus.

IT'S SO EXPENSIVE! The train is £2.10 return, a bus ticket was £5. FIVE POUNDS! But in the spirit of being more light and loose I went with it and headed off to Lytham. 

the view from the bus
Lytham was absolutely packed as it was a gorgeous day and I was already starting to suspect my trolley would be a hindrance. I nipped to the cookware shop and picked up the first thing on my list, a veg steamer. Then to the pet shop for some toys for the buns, where I had a chat with the owners about my dog trolley, and how much we love whippets. Then to the greengrocer, it was soooooooooooo busy and the trolley was very much in the way, not helped by the fact I had forgotten about the school holidays so lots of very small children were having a great time selecting their own orange. I ended up buying kale, beetroot, and asparagus. Dan really likes asparagus, I don't know why I bought the kale as I can't stand it, so only the beetroot was really a success. 

Hot and flustered I went to the prom for a sip of coconut water and a bit of a sit. 

I think I was drooping to one side by this point
There were lots of people around, but it was wonderful to get a bit of peace. I had just enough time to find some daffodils before jumping back onto the bus, which was one of the new, very fancy ones. 

When I got home I stared at my shopping and thought... hmmm chips for tea and I'll worry about what to make with that lot later.  At least the daffodils played ball, displaying their beautiful orange centres when they opened up this morning, just the thing. 


So on my date with my fantasy self I learned a lot, being out and about is good, as are supermarkets. As if more proof were needed, I'm just not the jaunty* type. 


* although I was described as "quirky" by a customer this week. 

12 comments:

  1. try making dehydrated kale chips, you may enjoy them in that form

    I do like going to specialty stores for imported jams at the like, but make that one stop a destination, I walk or take public transit, I don't drive, and even if I did, it makes me a bit dizzy zigzagging around

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    1. Chips are a good idea, thanks.

      I don't drive either, it's not something I've ever wanted to do.

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  2. As from Monday I am eligible for Free bus travel, not sure if this will make a difference or not only time will tell.

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    1. Our new buses are very nice but as long as I can get about on foot I'd rather di that when I'm on my own, the bus was more faff that it was worth for me.

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  3. We often walk from St Annes to Lytham but thanks for the tip about the train. Isn’t it a pity the trams don’t go all the way now. We put kale into soup, but I have made kale crisps in the past which are very moreish. I can’t eat turnip either as it has somewhat disastrous results very quickly! (tmi). I was recommended Koko milk and yoghurt by my daughter and it’s really lovely. I love coconut water and find it so refreshing but being a fussie flossie I drink Vitacoco and no other. Happy weekend.

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    1. I've only ever had Vita Coco, it's yummy!

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  4. I love this post and what fabulous day you had for living as your fantasy self. Just occasionally I do the local thing but rain usually stops play. At least your daffidils came out. My supermarket ones were rubbish. X

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    1. Thank you. It was a really beautiful day. My town isn't as fancy by any stretch of the imagination but I do my basic shopping there, plus we have the beach.

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  5. The Daffodil's are lovely , I love the orange centre. The sea front looks very peaceful and is a beautiful view xx

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    1. The view is certainly the best bit!

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  6. Not the best of days then! I used to shop all the time down in our village when we had a great little greengrocers, bakers and butchers (not that I use the butchers being vegetarian) but they have long since gone since they built a Morrisons just out of the village centre and they took all the local trade. So I just go to Sainsbury's now after work and the little wholefood shop in town.
    The daffodils are cheerful though and the bus ride sounded quite nice but I cannot believe the price of the fare.

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    1. I had a really nice day, it just wasn't that useful in terms of veg, but it was really good to test out the idea of shopping that way.

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