|spotted at Fairhaven Lake|
Dan has a day off today so we decided to stay local, have a walk on the beach and a look around. I even decided to have a poke in some of the charity shops, I had really got out of the habit over the past few years but decided to see how other shops were compared to "mine". We went to my town's more jaunty sister first and I ended up buying a copy of the River Cottage Veg book, it cost a fiver, seems like a good buy.
We ventured back up into the town as Dan broke his glasses on Friday so is having his eyes tested. He's a dear do at the minute as he needed a suit, we ended up with two suits and just had to not think about the cost too much. Anyway, I think Sarah was right. Visiting the town for the first time it might look a bit depressing, there are many many many charity shops, a discount bakery and discount stores everywhere, plus a sign that a food bank is opening. We also looked round and saw the very nice, but not glamorous, bakery, the really nice pub, the independent department store and the other small businesses that you wouldn't know were there if you only visited the square.
When it comes down to it, we didn't move there for the shops, we moved there for the one thing that changes but doesn't change, the beach. I say beach rather than sea because there's very rarely any sea to see. I've lived in a city that everyone seems to love because it's just so jaunty. I hated it, far too sterile and one dimensional (it still had the same problems as everywhere else, it was just all outside the walls).
I think what I concluded is that we see what we want to see and we stop seeing what we don't want to see. I am purposely not seeing the light that doesn't work in the bathroom, the flooring we don't have in the living room, the bathroom in general and the back door I can't unlock. It doesn't mean it's not great, it just means it's real. I also met a fab, slightly eccentric lady at the Sue Ryder shop who gave me the offer I couldn't refuse - buy one get one free on some pillow cases, £1.50 for two cases, loads of fabric for a quilt back or some other thing. I'm happy to be where I am.