Today friend W and I went to Teeside Park, a large retail outlet about forty miles away. We go about three times a year because there is a large Marks and Spencer there and with a bit of luck we can stock up on new seasonal clothes. This time of course if was for warm, winter clothes.
We had only limited success - I bought a cosy wrap/poncho thingy which will be lovely and warm or winter evenings and a large, oversized sweater for the same reason.
We then had a trawl round the food hall and bought a few things there. Their range of food is so good and I have discovered that when one lives alone ready meals for one which can be taken out of the freezer and popped into the microwave are very useful. Vegetables like broccoli and cabbage are quickly steamed to make an appetising lunch. I never thought the day would come when I would eat like this.
On the way home we called at a favourite restaurant which does a lovely fish, chips and mushy peas!!
Our journey home was interesting to say the least. There are enormous road works on our major motorway - they have been going on for years now and each time we venture on the cones are in a different place and the routes on and off the road have changed. Today, coming back, we came off at our intended exit but accidentally went back on while going round the traffic island! It didn't really matter as we came off at the next exit and came home by a different route but it did make us realise how easy it is to get on a motorway by mistake.
The outing tired me out and I slept in the chair most of the afternoon, much to Tess's disgust.
I took her for her walk after tea, by which time it was decidedly chilly.
I have just had an e mail from a friend reminding me that our doctor's surgery is doing flu jabs on the last Saturday of the month. Now if that doesn't make winter seem near I don't know what does.