The last thing I bought was …..
I like shopping of any sort. There I’ve admitted it!
I’m also an advocate for shopping locally wherever possible. As we live in a small rural and relatively isolated town it can be hard at times but you’d be surprised at what you can find here.
We have a few great gift shops, an art gallery, a cafe/bookshop, a Museum and Visitor Information Centre, a hardware shop, a chemist, a newsagent, an antique shop, a bakery, a butcher, two supermarkets, at least two clothing shops, hairdressers and a garden centre. Plus a library, police station, petrol stations, real estates, accountants, a laundromat, council administration, a child care centre, doctors, a hospital and many various other providers.
In a small town, a simple trip into town is never quick. A recent visit involved several stops and lots of long conversations before any business was even transacted. Everyone knows you and of course having just returned from an extended overseas trip, borne the loss of both your father and your father-in-law and become a grandmother, all within a few short months, there’s a lot to catch up on.
I wandered the street nodding hello to acquaintances and stopping for chats every few minutes. It was lovely! I stopped and bought two delightful books at the Twisted Willow Homestore gift shop after receiving hugs and kisses from the owner – Where the Wild Dads Went and In My Heart which I used as the basis for my recent post have you ever fallen in love?
I visited the garden centre and bought some punnets of pansies and petunias for our hanging baskets and to plant in my sun-room, plus some potting mix. I then spent time in my sun-room rearranging the furniture, planting my seedlings and enjoying the warmth out of the still-cool breeze. It’s the best place to sit and read during most seasons, apart from summer, when it just becomes a sweat box. One year I put a blow up pool in there and made it into a pool room! I must admit it was an inspired idea, borrowed from our Danish friends, to build the free standing polycarbonite kit greenhouse.
I shopped in one of the local supermarkets, stocking up on things and was surprised to see that their range is ever expanding, including items you normally can only buy in bigger places. I started working in that supermarket when I first moved to town and it also employed my daughters when they were teenagers at school looking to make some extra pocket money. We must continue to support local businesses, or one day they won’t be there!
I visited the post office and bought a stamp and collected the mail which included something from one of my online orders. I must say I love Birdsnest Online for not only their clothing but their amazing and prompt customer service.
Earlier in the week I’d treated myself to a wonderful hour long facial at the local beauty rooms inside the chemist. Of course we had to catch up on all the news as well before the facial even got under way. The Mathematician had taught this lovely young mother at the local high school many years ago. We’re fortunate to have two beauty rooms in town and another great place for healthy foods and massages too.
Yesterday I attended a short concert from a visiting Brass Band contingent and could have spent a small fortune at the Artists on Parade Gallery, where it was held, buying the most beautiful handmade quilts – alas the ones I liked were already sold! These amazing quilts were made by a local woman, Sue Mann, who just loves hand sewing and creating colourful quilts. There were many more, this was just a small selection! How amazing are they?
Unfortunately there was a clash in scheduling, I also could have been at the Reggae band’s performance at my favourite cafe, Nest:Cafe/Cinema, just around the corner.
For a small town of about 2000 people we are very fortunate to have all this going on! It’s a wonderful supportive community.
I must go now as I’m due to meet my Discussion Group ladies at the coffee shop as we prepare to start our next course! The topic this time is Possums, Power, People & Passion – Australia and the Protection of its Environment. Doesn’t that sound interesting? We will meet once a week over 6 weeks to discuss the readings and do a report on each of the six units. Last time I used our Food as Literature course as the basis for a very popular series of posts, maybe I’ll do the same this time!
I’ll leave you with two photos of my glorious pink camellia which I get to look at all day as I sit on the deck in the lovely spring sunshine. I shared it on Instagram this morning with the caption ‘The gorgeous pink flowers are a reminder to be bright and beautiful in a world that isn’t always so’. That’s my piece of Monday Inspiration for you 🙂
Some things in life just can’t be bought. Living in a small town can have its disadvantages but it can also be a great delight if you just let it be. To me, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages! What do you think?
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