Whoop! Little Granny is back to share with with us her first instalment of the cruising adventures. Let’s just say that in typical fashion it does not all go to plan….
Hello, Little Granny here again. I am sorry it has been a while since I last appeared on Emma’s blog but the summer has been very busy. Anyway, now the dark nights are arriving early and Grumps has started back at the Pinny Club again, I have time to write about our travels.
Before I write about our Cruise around the Baltic, I have to tell you of the trip we made to Yorkshire the week before. Now Grumps had a couple of Pinny Club meetings to attend in Yorkshire so I was persuaded to accompany him with the promise that we would fit in a bit of sightseeing. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise that was going to mean more shopping for clothes for the cruise. You will recall that Grumps is the female in this relationship.
Love A Bargain!
We stayed for a week in West Yorkshire, about 9 miles from Ilkley, but what was calling out to Grumps was Boundary Mill just over the border in Lancashire. Boundary Mill is a huge warehouse of clothes, shoes, and household goods. Some very good bargains can be had and they have a brilliant fish and chip restaurant on the site. On the day in question, we arrived at a reasonable time and agreed to go our separate ways for a couple of hours and then meet up to have lunch. I had a scout round and managed to find a pair of sandals. At the allotted hour I met up with Grumps. Strange, he didn’t appear to have bought anything so over lunch I raised this fact. “You didn’t buy anything then?” “Oh, yes I did. It’s all in the boot of the car.” It turned out he had bought two pairs of trousers – a bargain he said at £10 a pair – and two pairs of shoes. Now, you will remember that he had already bought five pairs of jeans ready for the cruise so I wasn’t too impressed but £10 a pair (and a designer name) I couldn’t say too much. If life was only that simple!
A Fashion No!
Having had a delicious lunch we set off back to the hotel where Grumps was itching to try his trousers on. It was patiently explained to me that the queues were too long at Boundary for him to try on his purchases. We arrived back at the hotel and the curtains were quickly closed – goodness knows what the chambermaids thought – and the fashion show began. Oh dear, those bargain designer name trousers turned out to be a disaster. They were skinny legged. I am convulsed on the floor with laughter. Can you picture a 71 year old wearing skinny legged trousers? He looked hilarious but he was mortified as he knew he couldn’t possibly wear them. “We are going to have to go back to Boundary Mill and change these trousers”. “Whaaat”, I replied, at the thought of another day of the so-called holiday spent in Boundary Mill. But back we went on the sunniest day of the week and the trousers were exchanged and a new pair were bought from M&S!
Any opportunity the rest of the week was spent looking in shops. “We” tried a variety of flat caps on in Whitby but settled for a Whitby Jet ring. Another pair of shoes were bought in Sports Direct in Keighley. Yes, you’re right, he bought three pairs in a week. At least now we had bought everything ready for the cruise or had we?
The next instalment will mention our stop at Basingtoke on the way to Southampton before getting on board.
Thanks Little Granny. What happens in Basingtoke? Does it all go a bit Pete Tong? Probably.