>Braving Murderhell

>I have a very early start this morning as I’m doing my Christmas shopping at Meadowhall. I’m on the bus and train too as (a) I don’t want to drive a strange car in this weather if I don’t have to, (b) traffic may be a nightmare, and (c) parking will be nigh on impossible. I can jump on a bus at the top of my road and that will take me to the next village where I can jump on a train, then the train takes you right on in to Meadowhall. I may be standing all the way home, but that’s preferable to unnecessary stress on the roads.

It’s going to be hell, I can tell. And I’ll be way too hot in my outdoor coat (I don’t normally bother with a coat when I drive as it’s all indoors). But hopefully the Sally Army or the Grimey Colliery Band will be there playing carols, hopefully the shops won’t be sold out of everything on my list, hopefully I’ll be able to grab a nice hot chocolate and a mince pie, and hopefully all that walking will do me good. I’d take my pedometer if it didn’t keep falling off.

There are lists coming with me (waves at Carol) – I have a list of the bus times, a list of the train times, a list of the shops I want to visit, a list of the gifts I hope to get. I only have 6 to buy for, plus something for the cats if I see anything, and something for me if I can afford it. I’m strangely quite excited. I can’t remember the last time I went on a shopping adventure.

Later I have to collect my car, so I’ll go home first, drop my packages off, then do battle with that crazy hire car. When I get my own car back I’ll probably do my grocery shopping on the way home, or wait until 10pm tonight when it should be quieter.

I walked up to the village yesterday and got Jehovah’s Witnessed on the way. Honestly, I have no problem with other faiths and religions, live and let live is one of my mottoes, but give me the same courtesy back, yeah? I suppose it happening in the street is better than it happening on the doorstep but, really, if I’m interested, I’ll let you know. The footpaths were quite good, not slippy at all, and it felt quite mild too.

No skimmed milk, though. Not from the mini-market, not from the petrol station, not from the corner shop. I pick up full fat milk and they say: “Surely the semi-skimmed would be better?” So I say: “This is for my cats,” and I pick up the semi-skimmed for me anyway. Then they try to sell me cat milk, which is about 4 times dearer than ordinary milk. My cats are fine with cow’s milk, thank you very much, so long as it’s full fat.

My treat was a fresh cream strawberry tart, which I had with a turkey sandwich for my midday meal. But they had no mince pies. Three days before Christmas and they have No Mince Pies? Amazing.

Today’s picture comes from Applebys Holidays. Imagine that, they do a coach tour to Murderhell.

14 thoughts on “>Braving Murderhell

  1. Josie 22 December 2009 / 10:36 am

    >good luck with Meadowhell!Kitt can't drink cows milk,it just makes her sick and Millie doesn't drink milk at all.Josie x

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  2. carolwarham 22 December 2009 / 12:41 pm

    >Yes Good luck with Meadowhall. I went last week, we go at tea time when it has quietened off. A colleague went last night and said it was heaving. Have fun

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  3. Devon Ellington 22 December 2009 / 1:41 pm

    >I hope you have a lovely shopping experience, and that it's not hell at all!

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  4. Suzanne Jones 22 December 2009 / 5:14 pm

    >No mince pies? That's nearly as bad as me dragging myself out of bed at 5 this morning so I could pop into the office before arriving at M&S food hall by 7 to find that everything I wanted to buy for Christmas had a sell by date of 24 December (which means I'll have to go out again before Friday – grumpy doesn't begin to cover it).Hope you had a good shopping trip.XX

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  5. twiggypeasticks 22 December 2009 / 8:12 pm

    >Urgh Meadowhall, I shop online as I HATE shopping!!!!! Good luck and buy yourself something nice you deserve it, for braving the crowds :)twiggy x

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  6. Colin Galbraith 22 December 2009 / 10:01 pm

    >Meadowhall….I thought it said Meadowhell, as in the title of a new Tim Burton film!

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  7. Katie 23 December 2009 / 2:52 am

    >Good luck with the shopping. Hope it's not too hell-ish 🙂

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  8. Diane 23 December 2009 / 1:09 pm

    >Thanks, Josie. I remembered that about Kitt. My first cat would only drink water, turned his nose up at milk. Tinker would have both, but preferred water. These are the only 2 that seem to prefer milk, and they both prefer Whiskas cat milk too …

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  9. Diane 23 December 2009 / 1:09 pm

    >Thank you, Carol. It wasn't so bad as I got there at opening time and left before noon.

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  10. Diane 23 December 2009 / 1:10 pm

    >It wasn't bad at all, Devon. If I didn't have to carry the bags it would have actually been quite pleasant.

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  11. Diane 23 December 2009 / 1:11 pm

    >Suzanne, M&S had almost sold out of slippers too. Can you believe it? You'd think they'd order in extra for Christmas, wouldn't you? I'm surprised at those dates, though. Even Tesco pies are lasting to the end of January already.

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  12. Diane 23 December 2009 / 1:13 pm

    >I'd shop online too, Twiggy, had I not been watching my finances. This is my first year of Christmas without credit and while it's hard, I was very proud of myself for sticking within my budget.

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  13. Diane 23 December 2009 / 1:14 pm

    >We do call it Meadowhell, Colin. :oDOr Murderhell.

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  14. Diane 23 December 2009 / 1:14 pm

    >Hey, Katie, nice to see you. And thanks. As I said before, I left before hell arrived.

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