Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas shopping

Hi there, folks. Are you all set for Christmas, or are you running around
doing last minute food & pressie shopping?

I'm amazed by the amount of food that people buy in for an event that
lasts one or two days. Mrs C and I tend to over-buy, but we do use
everything up in due course - we don't throw out much food, very little
in fact. These days, shops round here only close for a day, or in the
case of our local Co-op shop, only half a day ... and that's on Xmas Day
itself.

But hold on a minute ... we can't leave the food shopping to the
last minute, can we? Just imagine if everyone else had bought all the
Brussel sprouts, or there are no Aunt Bessie's (frozen) Yorkshire puddings
to be found in the shop freezer. Christmas Day would be ruined!

So we all rush around in a frenzy, grabbing all that we can off the
shelves, just in case.

We're in the middle of a very cold spell of weather here ... the
pavements outside our house are covered with a thin layer of snow and
ice, and despite having our central heating on most of today, we're
still feeling the cold from time to time. Our gas boiler is playing
up at the moment, tending to switch itself off, if its internal
temperature get too hot. Our boiler man will be coming early next
month to overhaul our central heating system. In the meantime, he's
asked us to remove thermostatic valves off our radiator around the
house, and to experiment with the boiler thermostat setting too.

Oh, what fun.

4 Comments:

Anonymous edt said...

Present shopping completed by the first week in December here. We usually start a fortnight before Christmas and add things to our weekly big supermarket shop on Mondays. That leaves a last moment trip to the supermarket on Wednesday this year for perishables and a walk to the butcher today Thursday. Shopping is really handy here. The main supermarket I use is 2 mins drive away and there is a bulk-buy supermarket in the small shopping center 2 mins walk from home. So everything is done, lawns mowed, car washed, hair cut, vacume cleaning done. I enjoy Christmas day as I don't have to cook. We go to my sisters for a BBQ lunch middle day.

2:04 AM  
Anonymous lom said...

Merry Christmas

6:17 AM  
Blogger Kevin 'In Salford' said...

It's effectively a four day Xmas this year with it being against a weekend, however I totally agree that people do tend to go a bit over the top!

My main supermarket is 25 mins WALK away :) though I must admit I did get the bus back yesterday (Xmas eve) due to aching legs from trying to stay upright on all the ice and compacted icy snow.

Anyway, hope you're managing to keep warm enough and that the heating problem is resolved swiftly.

Merry Christmas, and a good New Year!

10:44 PM  
Blogger justin said...

Edt: wow! You are very well organised ~ especially getting someone else to do the Xmas Day main meal for you.
LOM and Kevin: Happy Xmas to both of you.
We're much warmer today,(Saturday), with the slightly warmer weather & our boiler behaving itself.

11:25 PM  

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