That may sound harsh but it is true, I have been to better jumble sales, far better.
To try and gain something from the day I went to B&Q and hit a small jackpot.
Two sorry looking chrysanthemums, potted on they will make good plants next year.
Three primroses, again a bit scraggy but all have lots of new healthy growth in the middle.
A pink vinca, once in the ground this will go doolally, in as little as 3 years it will cover a large area. Just what I need at the very top of the garden, it only needs dappled light as it is a woodland plant.
I wanted to get 1 of these from Lidl this week but there were none at my 2 local branches, I am so pleased at that, these cost me £5 for the 3 and they have a good root system, once potted on they will romp away.
I picked these up to fill an empty bit of ground behind the greenhouse, they will not be in the ground too long as I will start to use them green once they are a reasonable size.
I spent a total of £8.50 and saved £11.08, I am happy with that.
I was looking for some fairly large water butts and walked my feet off looking to no avail. There is a place on the way to Ponty that has blue bins for £8, I have already earmarked at least 2 of these to be cut in half for large planters, I may have some for water as well.
After all that walking I could not get home quickly enough, Michael unloaded the car while I got the kettle on and made us a fast lunch.
4 slices of wholemeal bread from Lidl. 15p
1/3 pack of minced beef from Lidl, salt and pepper. 60p
A sprinkle of grated cheese from Lidl. 20p
2 thin burger style sandwiches, yum.
A huge, filling lunch for 2 at 95p, less than the smallest bag of chips from anywhere round here.
Once satiated we headed off to B&Q in Neath, took Ben for a long walk along the canal and then picked up the bark that I want for the garden, 8 bags for £40, a saving of £24. Nice.
I saved a total of £35. 08 today and bought nothing that I did not have on my garden list. It was interesting to see that the reduced plant section at Neath branch of B&Q was considerably more expensive than Carmarthen, who incidentally did not have the bark in stock.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. A big saving made today.
2. Most of my gardens needs are now met.
3. Ben is sleeping happily after his walk along the canal.
4. Michael is spreading bark.
5. We stopped off at Many Tears on the way back and dropped of a stack of dog beds.
That is my supply of pillowcases used up. I need to plan a trip round the charity shops quite soon.
I nearly forgot that I did slip into Dunelm and stocked up on ball point needles for my sewing machines and a new fabric marker pen. While walking through I saw some big fleece blankets and snapped up 2, they were a very good price and I will use them to back 2 of the quilt tops that I have pieced, at £14.99 they work out cheaper than wadding and fabric and give a warm snugly quilt with a lovely drape. There should also be enough off cuts to make a few little dog beds.
I hope that the new needles will help with the quilting, if not I have resigned myself to some hours of hand quilting.
I am of to make a start on dinner now, Pork Shanks in gravy with a tray of roasted vegetables. That will be more than enough after my lunch, I had planned a pudding but will not have room. Perhaps tomorrow will be soup and pudding, I haven't done that for ages.
Today started of grey,cold and damp but soon changed to bright sun and is still very bright although the wind has an edge to it.