We perused Barton Square (the new 'home' section) and I bought some beautiful cushions for my new sofas. I also found Portmeirion 'Holly and Ivy' collection which I use at Christmas so bought some more dishes.
We hot-footed it to John Lewis where I found some lamps for the new lounge and mum helped me choose lampshades. I know I'm hitting middle-age now, because I had no qualms about unscrewing the shades from the display lamps to try on the ones I wanted. I would never have done that a few years ago!
We had a lovely lunch in Cafe Rouge (chicken caesar salad and tarte au citron) courtesy of Tesco Deals Vouchers (TGFT). Then a cup of tea and we were revived enough to hit the clothes shops.
I bought a Per Una cardigan and necklace from M&S which I can wear to daughter's school things and not look like a refugee from Matalan. I also bought a new winter coat from Next. I find it very difficult to find winter coats I like so my last one was bought four years ago and is on its last legs. The Textile Technology (sewing, to you and me) teacher at school suggested I get my darning needle out to mend it!
I also bought a few odds and ends like curtain hooks to hang the curtains in the lounge, a new shaving mirror for the bathroom and a little cashmere V-neck for work.
And that's all the shopping I could manage in one day. It will be a few months before I'll have the opportunity again, so I made the most of it.
My mum didn't buy anything, but she said she had a lovely day. It was great spending a day with my mum. I haven't spent a day alone with her since daughter was born! She was also a great help in choosing stuff; she has such great taste.
We returned home to find that the new sofas had been delivered (they really fill the room!) and husband had taken daughter to the park and she had tried cycling without stabilisers.
Husband said to my mum: "Thanks for taking WM to do all the house shopping that I hate!" - so everyone was happy!
My mum left with a bag of frozen blackberries and I started to create my beautiful new lounge (photos at a later date)!
Now it's back to reality - husband is away for the day at some football trials in Blackburn, I've got a streaming cold, daughter needs entertaining; I'm planning cupcakes and last night's "Strictly" then it's washing, ironing, cleaning, cooking, etc.