We set out on a mission today
1) to buy 2 watches as retirement presents for 2 colleagues who finished work on Friday
2) to buy a mattress for the spare bed for the cottage
We also thought we might look for curtain material to replace the curtains in the cottage.
Mission 1 was accomplished fairly quickly - there are a lot of jewellers close together in Cardiff, so having eliminated all the ones that were too expensive (most of them) we didn't take that long to chose the presents.
Then we looked at curtain materials in John Lewis (after a coffee) but didn't see much we like really.
Ikea came up trumps with a mattress in the bargain corner so that was simple and cheap as well.
So - more curtain hunting.
There are lots of places selling ready made or made to measure curtains, but far fewer selling material, and although we went to another 2 shops we didn't find anything at all that we liked.
The windows are very narrow and deep set so the type of material is very restricted, but we didn't see anything that came close to being as nice as the ones already there. The trouble is the existing ones are stained from where the window sills got damp, so....
The internet brought up some possibles so we have sent off for samples.
Who would have thought it would be so difficult?
Though having said that it took me months to find the material for the curtains in my sitting room.
The penalties of being particular perhaps (very alliterative anyway)