|The Card stall in St. Lawrence's Church, Ludlow|
Department Stores? Crowds pushing and shoving? Mischief and mayhem? Panic buying?
Not in Ludlow on Saturday, and I can prove it by taking you by the hand and leading you through part of the way of my shopping day.
We started out in the Church to buy Charity Christmas Cards.
There was plenty of time to linger over the many boxes filled with cards on behalf of dozens of worthy charities and to choose the right card sold by your favourite charities, the one or two closest to your heart. The choice is great.
The volunteer lady cashiers had plenty of time to chat with a lone male purchaser who was telling them about a recent tragedy in his family. Both ladies were very supportive.
The second stop was at a dress shop
where we bought a pretty party frock for
a granddaughter who is mad about
clothes. I don't want to show the frock here,
it might spoil the surprise.
The cheese stall in the market came next. Dozens of delectable cheeses are for sale here from Europe
and the UK, each creamier, tastier, smellier and richer than the last. As you can see, there was plenty of time to consult the very knowledgeable stall holder, who will, by the way, find you any cheese you care to order. The lady in red and the cheese expert had come to a mutually very satisfactory conclusion.
Jams, marmalade, pickles, chutneys, preserves, anyone? all home-made, without artificial preservatives and prettily presented. Very reasonably priced, ideal gifts.
stalls selling christmas
wreaths and table decorations,
for those who can't be bothered, or don't have the time
to make them
the Deli on the Square
inviting you in to sample mouth-watering treats,
sweet and savoury.
The brave souls concerned for their waistlines
at this self-indulgent time of year come here
to calm their consciences and buy
fruit and vegetables from the aptly named
Going shopping on a cold day always gives me an appetite,
which the many hostelries in Ludlow are keen to satisfy.
A goodly portion of venison casserole with vegetables
at The Unicorn Pub soon filled me up.
Afterwards we completed a full programme of stopping off at
the bookstore, the chocolate shop,
the health food store and the chemist's;
there was still time and leisure to take Benno
for a walk along the river bank.
Although snow and ice have gone from the hillside and the paths,
the waterfall is still partly frozen.
Now that's what I call a Christmas Shopping Day!