Norfolk, flower boxes and vodka

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Every time we stay with my Mum, we are well intentioned about helping get the garden in order. Each time we find something much better to do. I found a supermarket selling off ginger root at 20p/kg. I bought a lot and Laura became ingenious in storing it. I was delighted to hear that the following week there was a special offer on ginger, reducing the price to 8/kg!

This time we became volunteers for the local Aylsham in bloom organisation (my Mum might have something to do with the organising of it) and we painted the wooden planters in the market place. The improvement has been noticed and appreciated by some and we loved our bit of community service impersonation. A cheesy action photo with brushes in hand appeared in the local paper and resulted in Mum getting her camera back. She lost it a few days later when putting bags in her car. Someone picked it up and recognised us on the camera and called the contact details in the newspaper article - faith in other humans temporarily restored... until we leave Norfolk that is.

But one of the priorities of our visit, other than the garden which was barely touched, was to downsize our possessions, again. We scaled down from a house to a campervan and now to less again. We know the contents of every cupboard in Brian. Every item we've carried with us for the last two and a half years was carefully selected and occasional subsequent rationalisation means that all items had to be sufficiently high on our want/need list to remain in the van. We'd taken a few items with us that had been gifts. One in particular was a miniature bottle of vodka. The "emergency bottle" was from Laura's work colleagues. I'm not inferring that work drove her to drink. As we unpacked the van this week, we found the mini vodka hiding away. Life has been so good whilst travelling that we haven't had need to reach to the back of the cupboard. Or maybe we were travelling in the lands of plentiful and cheap booze?
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