Retail Therapy

 

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My tooth – or rather, the space where my tooth was – felt better this morning and I felt a little retail therapy was in order.  Nothing particular, just that instead of going straight to the supermarket, I felt that I had enough time to shop local, to stop and chat and spend time enjoying a Friday morning in Cirencester.  I was out early, as you can tell from the photograph!

 

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The greengrocer was busy though, and ten minutes after parking my car, I’d already taken one heavy bag back and swapped it for an empty one.

 

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Next stop, my favourite butcher where I crossed sausages off my list and bought meat for the weekend.  Thank goodness, the roadworks here in Blackjack Street are finished and the street is looking really smart again.

 

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Clearly, I usually shop with blinkers on, because I’d not spotted that purple shop further down the street before.  This morning, I took a different route from my usual and discovered Octavia’s Bookshop, a really great children’s bookstore and definitely somewhere to return.

 

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Next, the market, to see what flowers were there (not many!)  I couldn’t resist some of Jacob’s Falafel and, since he was offering samples dipped in Chedworth yoghurt, I paid them a visit too

 

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There remained just two more places to go.

Whilst following the dentist’s advice yesterday, I took paracetamol, something I hardly ever do.  Taking the last of the small box of tablets this morning, I needed to buy replacements in the chemist.  I found Boots own brand “paracetamol plus” on offer at £1.35 with a free bottle of water, but preferring to know what I’m taking, looked closely at the ingredients to identify the “plus” part.  Caffeine.  Thinking that I didn’t really need any extra caffeine (and if I did, I’d take the tablets with a cup of coffee)  I went for the small, plain box of simple paracetamol – the same number of tablets as the first box but priced at 16p.

They’ll last me a couple of years, I expect.

Finally, to Waitrose, which was buzzing by this time, and home for lunch.  Shopping like this is great fun but boy, does it take time!

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