Yesterday I received a pack of Christmas Raffle tickets in the post. All quite acceptable, nothing unusual about that, I expect that many charities do the same.
When it came to paying for them I was dismayed and then quite angry.
The only option is to pay by post, they require all your bank details including the security code. This then goes into an envelope, with the ticket stubs, that has Christmas Raffle emblazoned on both sides. This advertises to all and sundry that it is worth a quick look.
Given that many pieces of mail go missing,
Not everybody is able to resist temptation,
There is obviously the probability of cash/ bank details inside,
Would you have filled it in and popped it into the post box?
What I did was go to the website and using the "contact us" option sent an email expressing my concerns.
I had been listening to the news earlier about concerns regarding the ways that charities go about their fundraising. This was primarily about how aggressive they have become, and the fact that they seem to target the elderly.
I will continue to support them and when I am near their shop I will go in and see if I can pay for these tickets there. If that is not an option I will return them and ask to be removed from the mailing list.
On a lighter note, my hat is finished, I made it a little shorter than the pattern and it fits perfectly, is very warm and I wore it when walking Ben after dinner last night.
On the subject of Ben, he tidied his bed when we returned and shuffled his toys around. He likes to lay with his tail in the corner and his muzzle resting on a toy so that he can see the room. This toy used to be one of a pair of fat bumble bees, that has been hidden under the bureau and the polar bear now has pride of place. All of these used to squeak, but he is quite enthusiastic in his play and they are all silent now. I do not mind in the slightest.
I was given 2 large bags of cooking apples earlier in the week and handed over a jar of the sandwich piccalilli and an apple cake as a thank you.
I have 4 slabs of frozen apple puree tucked away and another bag full to process today. There have been 4 cakes made, 2 of which were gifted and I will be trying a different variation of the recipe tomorrow. The original came from Mum and is very very good.
I turned a good haul of runner beans into pickle to enjoy in a few weeks time, some of these will be gifts and I spiced enough vinegar for 2 jars of cucumber.
2 loads of washing done and mostly line dried and got my 13 granny squares in yellow done.
Not a bad day really.
Ben is off to the groomers this morning whilst take Maggie shopping. I only need 5 things, which is a relief, after last weeks stuffing the pantry full
I added it all up last night and was horrified to find that I spent £217!!!
BUT, I went to the Fig Tree and stocked up on nuts, seeds, spices and dried fruit for muesli and baking, enough for well over a month.
I took advantage of a Lidl half price offer on beef and I have all the cider vinegar* that I need from Morrisons. I also included my granny heated shoulder cape and Francesca's birthday present in the total. I spent just over £40 on shampoo and ear cleaner for Ben, enough for several months, and as I said the pantry is full.
I have fabric and thread, most of a full roll of batting for quilting and plenty of yarn for crochet and knitting.
The library has enough books to keep me going and I have most of the seeds for next years gardening.
The only household item I need is thin bleach and I will pick that up today and it will do the rest of the month.
* By the time I have used all that vinegar I hope that my homemade apple cider vinegar will be ready to use.
Now I am off to get the kettle on, I have been up for over an hour and only had one cuppa.