Lunch by the River
Yesterday, my mum came over and we went into town for the morning before meeting up with a family friend for lunch. The day started off a bit later than planned because the buses were against me. Usually there’s a constant stream of buses, so I arrived at 9:30 ready to meet my mum at 10. I looked on the little swanky electronic thingy that shows when the next buses will be and it said 18 minutes. Oh brilliant – I guess I’ll be late then. So when the more expensive bus arrived about 10 minutes later, I thought I’d better just stop being a cheap skate and use this company for once.
Me and one other girl got on and the bus pulled off, so I thought “this isn’t too bad, at least I’ll get there on time.” But just as we’d gone round the other buses, we pulled back in again. Huh? Then the driver got off! I sat there agitatedly for a few minutes and then to make things ten times worse, the cheaper bus pulled in, waited for a while and then went. Brilliant. Eventually the bus driver came back into view putting out his cigarette and got back on the bus. A few people who had been waiting got on and I thought “finally, now we can go.” Then the driver picked up something small and black and started to read it. “Ok, maybe he’s new and checking the route or fares or something?” No. It was his bloomin’ kindle. So we waited for another five minutes until he’d reached the end of his chapter and then decided that maybe he should take these poor, ripped off people to where they wanted to go.
Anyway, we eventually made it into town and I met my mum who’d already had a wonder around the shops while she waited for me. We didn’t really have anything specific that we needed to do (other than buy some new goggles!) so we had a look down a few of the side streets, going into any shops that looked interesting. The first one we went into had all sorts of glass jewellery and little earring dishes and general nik-naks, which was nice to look around but we didn’t buy anything (neither of us are very impulsive buyers). The second shop I think my mum just about fell in love with. It was a Haberdashery shop filled to the brim with all sorts of fabrics and yarn and ribbon and buttons. I was treated to two balls of yarn after I started wondering which colours might look nice for my next project, which I think is going to be cushion covers. Either that or a blanket, but I don’t think I’m quite advanced enough in my knitting skills to start a blanket yet!
I think I’ll have to order some more online as the shop didn’t have a huge variety of colours. Does anyone know any good websites that might have it on there? It’s called King Cole Big Value Chunky.
After that, I showed my mum the house that I’ll be living in next year (after a bit of wondering around saying, “I’m sure it’s round here somewhere!”) and then we went in search of the canoe club. I knew vaguely where it was, but I’d never been there – turns out it’s within walking distance from my house next year which is handy. We had a bit of a breather on a fallen tree and watched the river for a little while.
After that, we walked up to meet our friend and we went and had lunch in a nice (but quite posh!) restaurant in some gardens by the river. I had sweet potato soup and chips. Because I’m traditional like that. Especially in posh places. I don’t think I’ll get invited out again…
All in all, it was a really nice day and it kind of felt like the first day of spring. It was a shame I had to spend the rest of the day cooped up inside doing all the work I probably should have done instead of having lunch/swimming/knitting/watching Grey’s Anatomy with my friend etc earlier in the week. I’ll learn someday.
Meh, probably not.