Winter suddenly arrived on Tuesday when the windchill factor brought the temperatures down to near freezing all day. Although there actually hasn't been a frost here yet, unlike other parts of the country.The leaves had all come down at once over the weekend, the roads are caked with mud from the tractors and lorries doing the sugar beet and everywhere is suddenly looking very dismal.
Swimming was nice and quiet, only 7 people in for most of the time I was swimming. Six months ago I could just about do 8 x 20m lengths, two weeks ago I managed 20 lengths and this week I did 26 x 20m, with only a couple of pauses. On the way there a Barn Owl flew towards and then across the road in front of me which reminded me to look for any signs of one roosting in the wood shed this year, but nothing...........sadly.
It's the food storage and the baking equipment cupboards in the kitchen being replaced next week, so a big job of emptying everything onto the dining room table. I seem to have a good lot of food in tins, nothing too out of date except a tin of cheap custard BBE Aug 2016, which I ate with a banana for two days, it was fine.
Did my stint at the charity shop, the books were in a right old muddle as I hadn't been there the week before. So my job was to tidy them all back into alphabetical order and bring more down. There is one problem with this shop - it's very old and only the shop is on the ground floor . Everything else is up steep winding stairs - 3 more floors! So when people bring in donations it all has to go up and then sorted and back down again. The lady who is the manager says she loses two pound in weight every week, but then puts it back on at the weekend. I can see this might be a problem if they get any very elderly volunteers, they'll never make it up and down....I struggle and I'm fairly fit - ish!
Interesting things learned this week
1. We might be getting an Aldi in Stowmarket. There was one in town many years ago before the brand really took off but they closed down. The building then became a Poundland but blow-me-down that closed down too.............just before we moved back this way. If Aldi returns it will be in a different building just out of town but within walking distance and closer to the centre than Lidl is. There isn't much parking at the proposed site so it might get turned down by the council as it involves change of use from offices to retail. I'll keep you updated!
2. The Wyevale Garden Centre in Woodbridge has turned into a Dobbies. Wonder if they all have.
Here's a teaser from somewhere I went this week. More photos will appear in my Advent 2018 posts during December (or before if I run out of ideas for the rest of this month!)
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Have a lovely weekend, enjoy whatever you do despite the weather forecast, which is a bit dreary.