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Not much of a substitute

Normally around this time of year, I’d be taking my annual Girls’ Weekend Away to the Pudding Club, via some extensive retail therapy in Stratford and Broadway. But not this year. I haven’t actually left the house for nearly two weeks – I’m working from home and getting a weekly supermarket delivery.

Instead of strolling round the sales and topping up my underwear drawer, I ordered some multi-packs of knickers online from M&S. And instead of pigging out at the Pudding Club I treated myself to a portion of Morrison’s Winter Berry Sponge on the Saturday night. It was tasty, but really not in the same league as a Pudding Club extravaganza!

Hopefully things will be back to normal (or at least a New Normal) next year. Though how many of the shops / tea rooms / hotels will have survived until then is another question. There was an alarming number of vacant shop units in Stratford last year, and I can only imagine that will get worse.

{ 4 } Comments

  1. SallyB | 16 February 2021 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Yes, we did our best in the food line, but I really missed our annual trip. I have bought some new trainers (for my daily walk), but it’s not the same !

  2. pauld | 22 February 2021 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    We saved a fortune since last March, still got £20 in my wallet i put in back in April 🙂

  3. Hugh Webber | 27 February 2021 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Hopefully we will come out of this lockdown soon and then we can all go out and spend some of the money currently not doing anything in the bank accounts. Could be a good time to start up tea rooms etc. That is something we all need to support.

  4. pauld | 27 February 2021 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Dont know Hugh, i kind of got emotionally attached to that £20, we’ve developed a close bond over last year, 🙂

    Just taken me 4 attempts to book covid appoints for jabs, everytime i got to the ‘book’ button on NHS website someone had beaten me to one or both appts. In the end i had to concentrate, ignore all distractions and just go for it, clicking optinos as fast as possible, then see what i’d booked !!