Today has been one busy day. This morning saw a visit to my Physiotherapist, who (as always) found muscles I never even knew I had. I am always sore for a day or two and then much more supple for the next five weeks until I go again.
Then, after an early lunch friend W called to collect me and we went to Teesside Park Shopping Centre. Is there supposed to be a shortage of money? Oh yes, I do know that there is terrible poverty in some places and that a lot of people find it impossible even to find enough money to feed their families, but there was no shortage of money at the Retail Park this afternoon, unless everyone is shopping on credit.
We had difficulty in finding a place to park. In fact W, who drives a large four-track, finally backed into the narrowest of spaces in an absolutely fantastic piece of parking. We were going just to Marks and Spencer, along with hundreds, if not thousands, of others. The place was heaving and clothing and food were disappearing from the shelves faster than they could be restocked.
I came home with almost all of my Christmas present shopping done and with much of my Christmas food to put into the freezer -
turkey, ham, beef and lots of canapes to freeze and cook straight from the freezer.
Because there were so many people and I had plenty of time, I did look at people carefully to see if I could pigeonhole the sort of people who had enough money to spend in these times of austerity.
There seemed to be an awful lot of retired people - lots of bored men waiting about while their wives tried on clothes. But then I saw a surprising number of young women with babies as well - so you never can tell. It could be that because we live so near to such a huge army garrison incomes are not representative of the country as a whole.
Incidentally (apropos yesterday's post about mid life crises) I also looked if any of those bored men were wearing red trousers. They weren't, but then I suppose those who were wearing such things would find better things to do than spend their afternoon accompanying their wives to Marks and Spencer.