I had a good potter around town today. I started off at the library (and got three brilliant looking books) and then went to Boots AGAIN (I’m becoming quite the regular). Mum gave me a £5 No. 7 voucher and it expires tomorrow so I went and got another reduced toner for my stockpile and picked up some cotton wool which I’m nearly out of. Then I took a stroll to a little antique shop that sells heartbreakingly gorgeous vintage jewellery. After drooling over diamonds and sapphires for a bit I switched my attention to the postcard section. I love, love, love old postcards. The unused immaculate postcards hold no interest for me – I’m into the ones with writing on the back that conjure up a lost era or give an intrguing glimpse into someone’s life from long ago. I got two great ones today. One is for me and the other is going in my gift box. I have a friend who also likes this kind of thing and I have bought her a book for her birthday – I thought this would make a unique bookmark! Honestly, I can’t express how much of a kick I get out of these things. Here’s what one said:
My Dear Flossie, What has become of you, I have not seen or heard anything of you for about a month, have I offended you, oh what is the matter? I might come down one evening next week. With best love from Alice
Who is Flossie?! What did Alice do to cause such offence? I am riddled with curiosity. It is postmarked 1905 so I suspect my chances of finding out are slim. Here’s what the other one said:
Dear Lott, We are absoloutely dying for the holidays to come. It seems ages since we saw you both. So delighted Mr Vine is coming down. Am looking forward to a jolly time. Ripping weather here the last few days. Hope we shall have it in Aug. Do write soon. Busy harvesting now. Love from us all xxxxx
I can’t quite make out the postmark on this one though I think it is 1911. What were they harvesting? Why does no-one say ‘ripping’ anymore?! I’m going to try and reinstate it from this very moment. Anyway, I could have bought a hundred but I held firm and stuck with these two. As if to reward my restraint the chap in the shop let me have both for £1!
I spoke too soon about the sun being out on schedule. I was about 10 steps away from my front foor when the rain began. Fortunately it didn’t last long so I was able to have a walk on the beach. The sea looked incredible – really dark from the heavy rain clouds but full of sun sparkles…
I was going to put £10 in my Christmas jar this afternoon but I decided to actually buy some things instead. A while ago I made a note of two books that I thought two different friends would like so I had a look on Amazon. I found new copies of each at very discounted prices from Amazon sellers – result!
I suppose that as I’m basing the April challenge (see ‘April Goals’ tab at top of page) from when I got paid I’d better include yesterday in todays daily tracking entry!
Friday March 27th:
Large shop at Tesco – £64.82 from food budget (leaving £85.18)
Saturday March 28th:
Boots £3.80, Antique shop £1, DVD rental shop £6.02 = £10.82 from general spends fund (leaving £89.18) £7.80 from Christmas fund
From the challenge-a-day list:
- Financial management: Buying 3 things for my gift box
- Financial management: Making 6 portions of vegetable curry and 5 portions of pork casserole to go in the freezer which means less food needs to be bought through the month
- Free stuff: Going for a walk on the beach
- Free stuff: Going to the library
- ‘Good’ spending: Using the £5 voucher to get my toner for £2.30 instead of £7.30
So more than one thing today!