Wink and I went to Norwich today, first to my ladies-who-lunch lunch and then to John Lewis because Wink wanted to check out linen baskets and rugs. We left, chastened by the prices. Having rejected the baskets, the least expensive of which was £50 and not all that, I wanted to buy something small to get the reduced price on the car park. I looked at Easter eggs and sweets and was really rather taken aback. £9 for a small pack of sugared almonds, for example. What looked like a small coffee cup filled with sweets was £5, which seemed all right until I realised the ‘cup’ was made of card and the fiver was for maybe 80g of sweets. I bought a stain removing stick.
We moved on to the Chapelfield mall, mainly because we were meeting Weeza and the JL multi-storey is so badly designed and there are few mother and baby spaces and there is hardly room to park the car, let alone help a small child out of it. We bought Wink her birthday presents and a bra for me. I wonder why it is that there are so few in my size. I have a very ordinary size, but there were lots of 30Fs and similarly impressive small yet big sizes, but not the more ordinary 34Ds. Not in white, anyway, which was what I wanted. I’d have bought two or three, including coloured ones, if I’d been able to find them, but I could only find a choice of two acceptable ones (I do not like padding either, it doesn’t move when you do) and tried them on, one fitted so I bought it. Later, I got over enthusiastic about odds and ends and then we went looking for clothes for Zerlina. Weeza really wanted some plain teeshirts, but Zerlina was thrilled with a bright red raincoat, of all things. It was marked down to about a third of its original price and I bought it for her. I mean, it’ll rain sometime or other, right? Weeza bought her sunglasses and Wink bought her a dress. We also had ice cream. It was a good day.
Then I went to play the organ at the Maundy Thursday service. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Maundy Thursday service before, so I don’t know if it’s the norm, but at the end the ministers removed everything they could from the altar and its surrounds. They trotted back and forth while the congregation sat silently, and then they went and sat down again. I wondered how long to stay. No one moved. It was 20 to 9 and I still had dinner to cook. After five minutes, I got up and went out. Well, someone has to. And now I’m tired. Goodnight.